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Whether it's for an evening of drinks or a satisfying meal, Trace is a sophisticated eatery that is worth returning to time and again. Located at the W Hotel in downtown Austin, this restaurant is a great place to dine even if you're not staying at the W hotel. Trace's chefs provide guests with masterful cuisine concoctions that are sure to leave you wanting more. What's surprising is that all foods are seasonal and organic fare that originated from the farms around Austin. But these well-trained chefs aren't constricted by the lack of food options, instead, their creativity shines through.
With a subdued ambiance, Parkside provides the ideal setting for an intimate dinner with someone special. Voted multiple times by critics and locals alike as an outstanding dining site, this restaurant on 6th Street should not be missed. Fine foods with luxurious flavors are served here, including dishes like grilled Angus steak and seared scallops. Call or see the website for more information.
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.
When in and around the Austin campus of the University of Texas, head to the lovely Carillon. Homecoming chef Josh Watkins combines his classical training and creative instinct to re-define American classics showcased on imaginative platters. The fare is influenced by molecular gastronomy and boasts dishes like Hamachi crudo, miso marinaded mero and escolar. Dine beneath the arches, amidst antique chandeliers and elegant accents that are archetypal of the university's remarkable architecture. The experience epitomizes fine-dining in the city.
There are few places that are better for delicious comfort food in Austin than Threadgill's Home Cookin'. In addition to live music, the restaurant - eclectically decked out in neon beer signs and huge jukeboxes - offers up such familiar dishes as the scrumptious chicken fried steak and fried green tomatoes. Whether its a fun meal with friends, family or coworkers you are looking for, Threadgill's definitely delivers. Bonus fun fact: this restaurant chain is known for where Janis Joplin, arguably the first female rock star, developed her signature sound.
With a trendy yet relaxed vibe, District Kitchen+Cocktails is a great place to stop by for a fun night out with friends or family. A great place to socialize, the restaurant features a bar area as well as an outdoor patio and happy hour specials ensure a steady stream of regular customers stopping by for a post-work drink or an early dinner. With a menu focused on fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, the restaurant serves up a nice selection of New American fare. Popular favorites include the shishito peppers, hog wings, octopus braised in sofrito and the truffle prosciutto flatbread. Pair your meal with a craft beer, glass of wine or one of their craft cocktails for a complete experience.