Go ahead. Brave the revelers on East Sixth. Your reward will be a meal that sparkles from beginning to end. Raw oysters from around the globe are so pristine you hardly need dab them with mignonette or horseradish. When our group discussed the meal later, we couldn’t decide which entrée had been best, because they were all terrific: the grilled New York strip with roasted mushrooms in a stout beer broth (as classy as a red wine sauce); the lightly smoked, exceptionally tender pork chop with crispy grits; and what we took to calling “pulled” duck, a pan-seared log of deftly seasoned meat sitting on a bed of Le Puy lentils with lightly charred red grapefruit sections on top. The flavors were deep, not shallow, and the cooking spot-on. Of the marvelously creative desserts, we did have a favorite, the crisp lime-basil sorbet atop a creamy yogurt mousse, tarted up with a white-chocolate crumble. Parkside’s casual setting in an ancient brick building belies the sophistication of its kitchen. (1/15)

City: Austin


Drinks: Bar

Price: $$-$$$


Address: 301 E. 6th, Austin, TX, 78701

Hours: D 7 days.

Phone: 512-474-9898


Last updated: November 16, 2011