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Mike says this board needs some spice. Let's talk food in Austin for a few minutes. Chime in, tell me your hidden gems or even the common joints that everyone knows about. Nothing is off limits. It's the offseason. So I made the trek to Austin a few weeks back. We had food at several places, some old names you'll recognize, a few new ones. Here is my list, good/bad/otherwise Kerby Lane: I remember this place being better back in the day. It was by no means awful, but it really wasn't memorable either. Went there for a late supper, had chicken fried chicken. It was just, well, average. Fixe: in a word, phenomenal. The food, the atmosphere, the service, all top notch. Would go again. Lucy's on S. Congress: Cool vibe, food was awful. Service not much better. Fried chicken joint with solid ratings. The food was all fried and tasted like they hadn't changed the oil in their fryer in months. The veggies were overcooked. The sides were awful. Will not return. Sandy's: Stopped in for a malt, and it was the same as it ever was. Decent burger joint malt. Prohibition Creamery: Ice cream joint/bar on E. 7th. Bourbon ice cream Bourbon milkshake-nuff said. Fantastic. Wife had red velvet ice cream and is still raving about it. Cool joint for an evening nightcap/dessert. Nightcap: W. 6th. Stopped into this converted home for a drink and some evening appetizers. Everything was well-prepared. Service was great. Will return. Matt's El Rancho: Classic place, food same as I'd remembered it. Just a cool place to sit out on the patio and relax with a margarita and a bowl of Bob Armstrong queso. Yep, never change. Blacksheep Lodge: S. Lamar. We had a HS Happy Hour here back in football season. They do a nice job with bar food, drinks are spot on and it's an out-of-the-way pub with good grub. So go, tell me your go-to spots.
Sorry for the least exciting thread on this board in quite some time, but I am on the search for two tickets to the game on Sept. 4. My wife and I will be arriving in Austin from Indianapolis on Friday, Sept. 2. Meeting somewhere in Austin to make the transaction can be the first priority when we get into town. I'm not trying to string anyone out until game day. I know these are hard tickets to come by. And I don't want to pay an arm and a leg. I may be one of many, many people making the trip down from Indiana, but I'm wearing the right colors. So, please, while I understand a slight cost above face is a worthy expectation for a game like this, don't come at me with "$300" or "$450" A PIECE for upper level, etc. I am happy to pay anywhere from $125- to $250 a piece depending where your tickets are -- as this can be negotiated. If you have an extra pair, or know someone who is selling, let them know I bleed orange and I am a serious buyer -- I won't back out if we can agree on something. I'm coming from Indiana for crying out loud. You can reach me at 317-938-7919. Just shoot me a text. Or follow me on Twitter @CoreyElliot I'm hoping to solidify this by the time the weekend comes, though, I know based on last year's experience in South Bend, hours before game time it looked like people couldn't hardly find someone to give their extra tickets away to, so it's not a drastic situation just yet. Hook 'Em! and thanks for anything any of y'all can do.
Thank God my bride and I were no longer at the Co-op - where we were the day before. She and I actually walked the campus a little the previous day. I was slap dab in the middle of med school, and we left Austin that evening. No one really knows today why Whitman went off his rocker.