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Fearless Critic Austin Restaurant Guide Paperback – July 1, 2011

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Robin Goldstein is an author and a travel writer. He is the coauthor of The Beer Trials and The Wine Trials. He is a contributor to the New York Times' Freakonomics blog and has written for more than 30 Fodor's travel guides. He has a certificate in cooking from the French Culinary Institute in New York City and a Wine and Spirit Education Trust certificate for advanced wine and spirits study. He lives in Oakland, California.
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Product Details

  • Series: Fearless Critic
  • Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Fearless Critic Media; 4 edition (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608160688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608160686
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,324,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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OMFG, this book saved me so much money! The Fearless Critic Austin guide cuts straight to the chase, preventing you from flushing your money down the toilet at so-called "local favorites" that don't pass muster. Ignore the hype and take it from the critics in this book, who travel incognito and spend their own cash instead of accepting industry freebies, then grade on a highly sophisticated four-pronged approach (food, vibe, price, alcohol--if any). Unbiased, and totally unafraid to call out the sacred cows in this alleged "foodie town," the book is also a great investment for wine, beer and margarita lovers looking to get their swerve on, somewhere far from the maddening 6th Street crowds. Like listening to a trusted friend who will never steer you wrong, the Fearless Critics cover everything from diners, trailers and dives to haute cuisine in a trademark cheeky fashion that'll have you laughing at their subtle digs and nodding your head about all the places you know and love.

One critique: some of the best places in Austin are actually not located in Austin, which can be frustrating at times. Austin traffic being consistently hellish, and Round Rock/Pflugerville being quite distant from the downtown core (especially at rush hour), you'll probably end up leaving these picks off your list of go-to restaurants. Fair enough including them, as they're worth the drive, but just beware if you expect all these eateries to be within a stoner's throw of downtown.

More cities, please!
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This book is the end all be all for eating out in Austin (or any city they have done a FC for)!
Every single time this book has sent me in the right direction no matter what I am looking for.
The voice of the book is clear, concise, and at times hilarious. It's a perfect blurb for each restaurant
so you don't get bored when reading it.
It's like sports highlights for foodies.
Love.It.
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I bought this book when I moved to Austin and it is such a great book! Just flip to whatever genre you are in the mood for, and there all the top places in Austin. I also loved that you can search by area of town and special features such as kid-friendly, patio dining, drink ratings, etc. This is my second Fearless Critic Austin book and I will continue to purchase them as they come out with new ones.
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The food critics ruthlessly trash local spots such as Guero's, and Truluck's...the negative reviews can be even more fun to read than the positive reviews. (Although they have been helpful as well) With almost 400 places reviewed its a great guide for locals and tourists
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Just returned from 3 days and 2 nights in Austin. With this book we found incredible original menu items, unique feel (atmosphere) at every restaurant and no "sticker shock" with the pricing. Helped make a weekend vacation feel like a week. We look forward to purchasing the Dallas and San Antonio editions.
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