Tag Archives: ARW Fall 2011

ARW Day 2: Foreign & Domestic

18 Oct

Foreign & Domestic, do you like us? Check yes, no, or maybe because Two Chicks likes you… we, like you, like you. Both of us agreed F&D is our new de facto foodie crush. Just thinking about them makes A unbelievably giddy; she’s been daydreaming during work and doodling their name in her Trapper Keeper with a glitter pen.

The restaurant is what one might call cozy; located in the cool but unpretentious North Loop neighborhood, it’s housed in a small stone building with an even smaller gravel patio area. B lives walking distance from it and watched the owners move in and overhaul the previously abandoned building. The inside is light, airy and modern, with a warmth generated from a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows and candles throughout. Arriving a little before 6:30pm on a weeknight during Restaurant Week, we weren’t able to secure a table but were happily steered toward two seats at the counter. Normally we would balk at not having a real table, but the counter was a blessing in disguise. We had a full view of the kitchen and saw our meal prepared from start to finish. We have no doubt that, had it not been so busy, we could have enjoyed some great conversation with the chef-owner. As it was, one of them did overhear part of our conversation and jumped in with the name of a Bon Appetit writer that had escaped me at that moment. Interactive dining, hooray! gimme more!

ARW Day 1: Braise

17 Oct

Editor’s Note: Another Austin Restaurant Week in the books and Two Chicks is properly stuffed. This time around, we let our bank accounts do the choosing, so we opted for just two restaurants, Braise and Foreign & Domestic.

A had been eyeing Braise since ARW 2010, hoping that they would again participate; and wouldn’t you know it, the foodie gods answered her prayers!  The restaurant is housed in a multi-use development in the new and improved East 6th Street area.  While the mixed -use development is the hip thing around town, both of us were irked at the rather plain-looking building. The restaurant anchors the corner of an apartment complex, but its sign blended a bit too much into the neutral toned brick, causing A to pass up the place three times before finally spotting it. Still the neighborhood was peaceful and parking was easy; as B waited at the front door, A left her irritation at the door as we entered the cozy, dimly lit restaurant.

We immediately delved into the menu and fell prey to the wine pairing option for an additional $20.  In hindsight, A could have done without the wine pairing but it was nice of them to have it as an option.  She just doesn’t down her booze as quickly as others (*ahem* B) so she was extremely behind each time they brought her a new glass.  She resembled that kid who holds up the entire class being dismissed for recess because she’s the last one to turn in the pop quiz. gimme more!

Order Up: Austin Restaurant Week, Fall 2011

24 Sep

Hello hungry readers!  It’s that time of the year when you can spend two gluttonous weeks taste-testing some of Austin’s best restaurants without ending up in the poorhouse.  The fall version of Austin Restaurant Week begins this Sunday, the 25th; week one runs through the 28th while week two stretches from October 2-5.  Two Chicks are polishing up our list of places to hit up and so far some top contenders are Paggi House and Foreign & Domestic; but as always, it’s proving a challenge to narrow things down.  We may have to resort to a brutal game of Rock, Paper, Scissors to make sure every place gets a fair shot.

What places will you be trying out? Drop us a comment and let us know!  We hope to see peeps out and about; look for us to be stuffing our faces and snarking with the wait staff!

-A