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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
6.6
8.5
$65
A swanky good time that evokes New Orleans, but we “roux” its namesake dish

People love the Capitol-area Gumbo’s, which makes the most of the historic Brown Building it’s in; the décor is ornate, yet the dark, clubby feeling is relaxed—like a faux-century-old bastion of luxury dining for New Orleans’ aristocracy. That’s not to say the food’s terribly convincing—it helps if you’ve never eaten in the Big Easy. If you have, you might find that the eponymous gumbo (and the étouffée), while deeply flavored, lacks that authentic muddy roux. It’s still better than the… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
8.9
6.5
$15
At its best, this barbecue granddaddy turns out the best naked brisket around

Kreuz Market (pronounced “krites”) opened, like its contemporaries, as a grocery, smoking meat to preserve it in the days before refrigeration—that’s how the Texas barbecue tradition started.

Almost 100 years later, in 1999, it moved up the road from its original spot to a huge barn-like structure that could probably seat the entire town. Antique scales and cash registers, photos, and signs line the hall where you wait in line to order. A dozen pits fill the back walls, emitting heat… [More]