Originally Posted by airportlobby
I'm planning a long weekend and struggling with how seriously to take this post. Is Graham Elliot really a better experience than Blackbird? Dude looks like a turd+TV show with Ramsay+naming a restaurant after himself at that age= hard to imagine it will be a fun place to eat.
Is Bristol better than Avec or Longman or Purple Pig or.... Out of all the small plate, porcine-heavy places, is this the one?
Trying to get in at the horribly named Schwa. Too late? Worth it if my gf has some dietary restrictions (dairy and red meat)? Also tempted by Charlie Trotter's for some old school fine dining, something we don't have at all in Austin.
You might be friendly, but currently I think you're incredibly stupid.
Your metrics for judging restaurants in this post might be a joke, so I'll consider the possibility that you aren't actually some retarded Yelp lemming that is in fact capable of forming coherent opinions.
Yes, Graham Elliot is considerably better than Blackbird. If you're a name dropper, kindly consider that he did Avenues before he opened GE. There are plenty of chefs that open restaurants in their own names. Have you ever heard of Joel Robuchon or Alain Ducasse? You're from Austin so I'm guessing your fine dining experience is incredibly limited. In fact, if I knew someone was from Austin, the #1 place I would recommend would be GE. Why? Because it's a 1 star michelin restaurant serving probably 2 star food where you can wear whatever you want, it plays loud rock music and serves you popcorn when you enter, and he has one of the city's best mixologists on program and will pair cocktails with your meal in lieu of wine. It's the most austin restaurant in Chicago.
Yes, for the 1000th time, I and several other people who actually eat out in Chicago regularly rather than just read about it on the internet, Bristol is the best anglo-food "small plate" restaurant, possibly in the country.
Also, who the flying fuck cares about Schwa's name? It is some of the best food you'll ever eat in your life, and should also be very acceptable to someone from Austin. Try to go to Alinea.
Dietary restrictions are catered to by these places. Let them know in advance. Your girl can eat the vegetable tasting menu at Trotter's, which I'd recommend for you as well because it is quite phenomenal. But if you aren't on an unlimited budget, I'd rather do Alinea than Trotter's if I had to pick one.