A break from the fried food, burgers and pizza near the downtown bars, Koriente offers fresh, healthy food in the heart of the Red River bar scene. Open late on weekends, the Asian-inspired restaurant has a diverse clientele, from health-conscious diners to late-night snackers. The menu features lots of fresh vegetables, noodles and spicy dishes like curries and bibambap. Snacks include summer rolls, tapioca wraps and edamame. To drink, Koriente offers an extensive tea list featuring greens, blacks, reds and herbals. Bubble tea, the chilled drink with delightfully chewy tapioca pearls suspended in it, is also available in a variety of fruit or yogurt flavors.
The Moonshine Grill sits in the oldest building in Austin, and the decor tastefully reflects the same. The sweeping arches and exquisite mirrors on the brick and stone walls, not to mention the warm fire place all make for a cozy setting. The starters everyone raves about are the corn dog shrimp, which are skewered shrimp in cornmeal batter, served with honey and blueberry mustard. The choice entrées are the broiled rainbow trout and Texas flat iron steak. Behind the main restaurant is a refurbished carriage converted into a bar, making the Moonshine Grill an ideal setting, no matter what the occasion.
Enjoy a special evening with elegant New American dishes lovingly prepared by meticulous chefs at the Launderette. The elite venue in East Austin has garnered rave reviews for its sumptuous meals and enjoys steady patronage. The décor is ultra-modern with luxurious leather seats, polished furnishings and upholstery. The food consists of a Prix-fixe menu of four courses featuring dishes like Squid Ink Cavatelli, Boneless Sardine, Rabbit Terrine and French Onion Soup. A separate menu catering to children is also offered.
Serving macrobiotic food in a community setting, this restaurant offers natural, organic, vegan meals. One complete, balanced macrobiotic meal is created for lunch and another completely different meal will be offered for dinner. You will not find a menu, as the chef plans meals daily based on the seasons. The cooks work continuously during each meal to keep the fresh food coming, as you may go back for seconds as often as you like. The fresh steamed greens with almond sauce are a favorite of many patrons. Its environment is spacious and airy with many windows surrounding the dining area. There is even a silent table, where guests may eat without being disturbed.
Elegantly appointed with intricate ceilings and plush furnishings, The Driskill Grill is indeed one of those places to dine for special occasions. This elite steakhouse serves sublime steaks and seafood that are indeed feast to the eyes and palate. The candle-lit ambiance ensures, that a romantic dinner is also a fabulous option. Reservations are highly recommended.
Besides providing some of the best barbecue in town, Stubb's Bar-B-Q has a huge outdoor venue that can host rock concerts. A brainchild of Christopher B. Stubblefield, the original Stubb's Bar-B-Q was set up in Lubbock; when it shut its doors this Red River location kept up the Stubb tradition of providing delicious barbecued meat, chilled beer and rocking music. Family platters are also served here. Come early to get a bite to eat, then stay and watch the shows.
With chef Benjamin Nathan at the helm, the Belmont seeks to transport you back in time to the Las Vegas and Palm Springs of the 1960's. Looking around, you might expect to see the Rat Pack as you sense the nostalgia of the elegant leather and soft lighting while being entertained with music of the era. The menu offers a wide range of American culinary options including cedar planked salmon and grilled asparagus as well as shrimp and grits. For the lighter appetite, try one of their unique salads like the arugula, pear and goat cheese salad or iceberg wedge salad. All in all, this place has achieved what it set out to become, an upscale classic American restaurant and bar.
After the success of Lonesome Dove Western Bistro in Fort Worth, Chef Tim Worth has opened another flagship outlet in Austin. The restaurant offers a range of steakhouse classics like brisket, rump steak, pork sausages and ribeye steaks but has a couple of more innovative dishes as well. Along with the usual pork, beef, chicken and duck, wild game is also served including rabbit, quail and elk. Sides like grilled asparagus and Texas honey as well as zippy cocktails and wines complement the rich flavors of the meat perfectly. The classy ambiance of the restaurant and the fine New American touches to the dishes truly makes for a delightful dining experience.
Péché is French for 'sin' and this is definitely the place to go to for wickedly delicious cocktails. This locale offers fine French fare, with daily specials that include everything fromm quintessentially French soups and grilled veal porterhouse to lamb cassoulet and pork involtini. They have an envious drink menu that consists of its famous pre-prohibition cocktails like the classic Sazerac or the more contemporary ones like the fig Manhattan, not to mention it's Austin's first absinthe bar. Stop on by for a trip to the old world of classy cuisine at Péché
With 106 locations, Ruth's Chris Steak House is known across the United States for their USDA Prime-graded beef. The filets, T-bones, rib-eyes and porterhouses keep people coming back. The fish preparations are forced to play second fiddle but take a leap of faith and try the ahi-tuna stack, if nothing else. Even vegetarians have the grilled portobello mushrooms to look forward to. Add to this the bread pudding with whiskey sauce (Ruth's original recipe) or any other from the assortment of cheesecakes and ice cream freezes. The only words left for the diners are 'put a fork in me, I'm done!'
With art-deco charm well in place, the wooden interiors and comfy booths make Truluck's extremely inviting. Given Truluck's 'commitment to crabs', no one doubts the restaurant's long standing relationship with seafood. The tiger shrimp, Brazilian pacu fish and virtually all of the appetizers come in large portions. To narrow down the array of entrées, pick from the salmon and flounder. Truluck's also serves steaks and chops but if you're at a place known for its seafood, why crawl back to land??
This local favorite doesn't disappoint even the hungriest cowboy. Southwest favorites offered in huge portions are served with a bevy of libations to boot. Think saloon atmosphere with bistro fare but don't be fooled, the food packs a big punch. Try the green Chile mac and cheese or their ever-so-juicy 22oz bone-in ribeye, to make you remember why you love Texas cooking. Locals can't get enough of the oven baked kettle of green Chile pork stew. The mood here is just as lively as the food, thanks to tasty drinks like the Roaring margaritas and other specials.