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    Austin restaurant suggestions?

    Hi everyone -- I'm planning a bachelor party in Austin and looking for a restaurant recommendation for 8 guys. We don't want anything too gourmet, and will be hitting up bars afterwards, so probably don't want anything too heavy. Any ideas are appreciated!

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    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Austin, TX
    Mexican - Gueros (Austin Institution, trendy, not fancy), Matt's El Rancho (further from downtown, but can accomodate large groups).

    Hamburgers - Casino El Camino on 6th. Also, you can get your drink on a little early there.

    BBQ - not a lot of great BBQ in the city. Iron Works is downtown and pretty good.

    If you just want to start downtown and not have to cab or drive it at all, Iron Cactus on Sixth is pretty good as well.

    Lots of places to go -- For a group of 8, I'd probably do Gueros if I had a van/could hop in cabs, followed by Iron Cactus and th Casino El Camino.

    Of course, there is always Hooters. . . . .

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    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Los Angeles

    Salt Lick

    Only place to go is the Salt Lick. Out in the middle of nowhere -- and I mean the middle of nowhere -- like an oasis of great BBQ and a party atmosphere inside and out. Can't go wrong.

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    Mexican - Chuy's - one down town on Barton Springs Road
    BBQ - Rudy's - various locations around the city
    Freebirds - awsome burritos
    Burgers and Stuff - Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road
    Deli - Katz's on 6th street

    My favorite is Chuy's. Ask for the cilantro ranch dip with your chips. Margarita's aren't bad either.

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    If you into sushi, there's Uchi (expensive) on S. Lamar, and for affordable sushi, there's Kyoto on Congress, right downtown.
    For Tex-Mex, along with the others mentioned, Polvos on S. First is a pretty hoppin spot, but can be crowded. Z Tejas is a nice, fancy Mexican place. Also Maudie's on S. Lamar. And for super cheap, you can get some tacos, avocado and salad and rice and beans for like $6 at Arandas.
    For BBQ downtown, Ironworks is probably your best bet. Salt Lick is far, but pretty good. Rudy's is always good.
    Your normal seafood and steak houses: Ruth's Chris, Sullivans, Eddie V's, McCormick and Schmicks.

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    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Never found any great restaurants. Go see the swallows. And bring a picnic.

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    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Charleston, SC
    threadgills

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    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Durham, NC

    wow

    There is tons of BBQ in Texas

    Pizza- Home Slice Pizza, great!

    BBQ- The Salt Lick, a tradition in Austin and you must go there

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    Thanks everyone!

    I've got a reservation at Salt Lick. Really looking forward to it. I'll let you know how it goes.

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    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Austin, TX
    Quote Originally Posted by JMorgan99 View Post
    I've got a reservation at Salt Lick. Really looking forward to it. I'll let you know how it goes.
    Just as a heads up in case you didn't catch this above -- Salt Lick is about 45 minutes to an hour outside of town.

    It's also BYOB, so make sure you grab a cooler and fill it up with a case of Lone Star.

    But if you have the time and the drivers to get down there, as others have said, it's a lot of fun and typically has great live music.

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    Appreciate that -- we've got a drunk bus carting us around for the evening, so shouldn't be a problem. They told us BYOB when I called for the reservation (didn't know that before) so that makes it even better. Should be cheap!

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    Quote Originally Posted by A-Tex Devil View Post
    Just as a heads up in case you didn't catch this above -- Salt Lick is about 45 minutes to an hour outside of town.

    It's also BYOB, so make sure you grab a cooler and fill it up with a case of Lone Star.

    But if you have the time and the drivers to get down there, as others have said, it's a lot of fun and typically has great live music.
    Also, it used to be cash only. Might want to check on that. I haven't been in years so they might take credit cards now. And since it is in the middle of no where, running to an ATM when the check comes is difficult.

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    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Princeton, NJ
    Quote Originally Posted by A-Tex Devil View Post
    Just as a heads up in case you didn't catch this above -- Salt Lick is about 45 minutes to an hour outside of town.

    It's also BYOB, so make sure you grab a cooler and fill it up with a case of Lone Star.

    But if you have the time and the drivers to get down there, as others have said, it's a lot of fun and typically has great live music.
    if he has a reservation, it's probably for salt lick 360 which is close to town. don't think the original takes reservations

    and 360 is not byob

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    Quote Originally Posted by freshmanjs View Post
    if he has a reservation, it's probably for salt lick 360 which is close to town. don't think the original takes reservations

    and 360 is not byob
    Nope, it's at the original. They take reservations for large groups... you just have to call the headquarters, not the restaurant itself.

    And yep, it's cash only. Guess we'll be making an ATM run before dinner.

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