As we have over the past few years, my wife and I went out with friends on Christmas Eve for dinner. This year we went to 827Ray’s located at 3519 Ranch Road 620 N, just West of Mansfield Dam in Austin.
We tried three appetizers: the Meat and Cheese Board, Baked Goat Cheese and Beef Carpaccio. All were well received. I had a Grilled Filet Mignon as my main course and it was a very good steak. This is definitely a place I would return to for the steak.
If you are in far North Austin, this is a great place for a steak. It is rated at 4 stars on Yelp and 4+ stars on OpenTable. The meals range from $30-60, so it is not an inexpensive restaurant.
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We were in New Orleans last weekend for one of the 2016 regional NFL flag football tournaments. After the long, nine hour drive over from Austin (with stops at Buc-ees of course) we made some time for ourselves. The couple we were with had found Mr. John’s Steakhouse (2111 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA).
I shared a “Who Dat Shrimp” appetizer (Bacon wrapped gulf shrimp stuffed with crabmeat served with a sweet Thai chili sauce and chipotle remoulade) that was very tasty. I followed that with a “Hearts of Lettuce” salad (A crisp wedge of iceberg lettuce topped with grape tomatoes, crispy apple wood bacon and crumbled blue cheese). Anticipating that I would order dessert, I only ordered the “Petite Filet” accompanied by a Baked Potato. As expected I topped it all off with at piece of cheesecake covered with chocolate sauce.
All four of us were very happy with our meals. If you are in the garden district of New Orleans and are looking for a good steak, you won’t be disappointed with Mr. John’s Steakhouse. It was a little on the expensive side (Yelp rakes it in the $31-$60 per person range) but seemed to be well worth it (the Yelp rating was 4.5 out of 5, with a rating of 4.6 out of 5 on OpenTable).
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I had not heard of projection mapping until I saw the YouTube video referenced below. In this case an automation is used to put on a short show for each guest around a table. It is clever and I imagine that we will see more of this mix of technology and art. The “Le Petite Chef” was produced by Belgian automation studio Skullmapping.
My wife and I, along with another couple, visited the Vince Young Steakhouse the evening before last. This was our second opportunity to enjoy the food there and it was every bit as good as the first time. It is located at 301 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701 in downtown Austin near the convention center. Public parking is a couple of blocks away, but they do have valet parking.
We had not been out to a fancy restaurant in a while so we made an evening of it. We started out with appetizers – Shrimp Gratin, Daily Beef Tartare, Shrimp Cocktail, and Roasted Bone Marrow. I only sampled the Shrimp Gratin which was excellent, but the others said the rest of the spread was outstanding. For salads we selected a couple of Grilled Caesar Salads, a Farm to Table Salad , and (for me) a Wedge Salad with Blue cheese. We followed those ups with various steaks and a selection of sides.
The decor is a little on the modern side, but very nice and cozy. All together it was a wonderful dinner enjoyed by all. The steaks were the best we have had in Austin. This is not an inexpensive restaurant, but it is worth every cent! I am sure we will be back again in the future more than once.
If you are looking for a great steak in a refined dining atmosphere, I strongly recommend Vince Young Steakhouse.
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After the Alaska cruise my wife and I took in the fall of 2013 we spent a couple of days in Seattle, WA. One of the places we came across and decided to stop for dinner was the Virginia Inn. Located only a few blocks from Pike Place Market on 1st Avenue, it is in the center of the high traffic area for visitors.
The Virginia Inn has a pub-like interior and a few tables outside on the sidewalk like a French cafe.
I wouldn’t say that the food was exceptional, but we both enjoyed our steak dinners. We sat outside on a pleasant September evening and enjoyed the end of a long day of exploring the city.
If you are in the Pike Place Market Historic District of Seattle, I would recommend the Virginia Inn as a good place for food or beverage.
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