For reasons not entirely clear, The Chronicle reviews Pelons, which opened in 2012, this week. The food earns decent marks from reviewer Kate Thornberry, but the atmosphere disappoints:
To make a fine distinction, Pelons is a bar that serves food, not a restaurant that happens to have a bar. Loud, mediocre music is pumped everywhere (mostly modern country and rock) creating a frenetic mood, and female servers wear identical, Hooters-like uniforms. (The one male server I encountered was dressed as though he was simultaneously working in the kitchen, which he possibly was.) The staff seemed surprised to have customers during the dinner hour.Thornberry imagines Bikini's founder Doug Guller's restaurant makes for a good place to grab a margarita before a show nearby.
Inspired by the World Cup, Statesman critic Matthew Odam creates a "bracket" of 16 international restaurants in Austin. Spoiler alert:
he does not pit them against one another Update! Odam tells Eater a bracket will be included in the print section, and one should be coming online shortly. Here's his thoughts on campus newcomer Blackbird and Henry, representing England:
The menu draws from Schmidt's time in England with dishes like curried prawn kedgeree and a strawberry and whipped cream dessert called Eton Mess, named after the college that sits near the River Thames outside London. Schmidt takes a subtle approach to fish and chips, substituting massive cod for slender and pungent smelt, which are fried after being tossed in a mixture of potato starch and rice flour (gluten-free diners, rejoice). The crisp handcut fries and crunchy fish come with a clever malt vinegar aioli.
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