Austin >The Carillon
Some of the most original, refined, and intense food in Texas is being served at this classy if somewhat dull looking restaurant in the ATT center. It lacks the edge and panache of some Austin restaurants but it bows to none in the caliber of the cookery.
The Carillon's atmosphere has a bit to be desired, mired in that old boy's club style of Texas Exes and their kin, but the menu is a breath of fresh air, with classic bones (duck leg confit, braised short rib) and experimental touches (fennel jam, smoked maple syrup).
Great for special occasions with friends as you explore the exceptional flavor combinations of the tasting menu together. Chef Josh Watkins is an artist...turning Texas ingredients into haute cuisine.
There's only a few meals that are worth crying over and the one I had at The Carillon was worth every tear. Try the scallops, the crispy pork belly, braised short ribs and dark chocolate terrine.
Chef Josh Watkins has transformed The Carillon into one of the top restaurants in town. No small feat considering its location, and the crispy pork belly is a can't-miss dish.
Chef Josh Watkins's delightfully impressive gluten-free menu options help make this the best fine dining establishment in town.
The best gluten-free fine dining establishment in Austin, hands down.
Of course the pork belly. But the veal cheek is AMAZING. The drinks are great. The staff is incredible. And the chocolate martinis make the best dessert.
The best gourmet burgers in Austin. Try their burgers with any of these toppings and you will think you went to heaven: foie gras, or pork belly with the truffle oil aioli spread.
Tip on Foie Gras Burger: "I didnt know that Austin is one hell of a kitchen!".
Everything is bigger in Texas, especially the omelets!
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