Since its origins as a converted parking garage, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has ushered film-lovers of all breeds into its auditoriums, even gaining a following among Hollywood legends; Quentin Tarantino has been known to host five-day movie marathons at Alamo. The theater has earned that reputation by making moviegoing a personal experience, from the menu of handcrafted snacks and locally brewed beer to the completely ad-free presentations before shows. Alamo?s ninja servers pick up written food and drink orders throughout the movie and serve moviegoers directly at their seat. The staff enforces a strict no-talking, no-texting policy by kicking out any offenders, falling just short of yanking them from their seats with a giant's shepherd's crook.
Both first-run blockbusters and classics are projected onto Alamo's silver screens in crisp 35-millimeter or digital format. Meanwhile, surround speakers immerse audiences in the cinematic soundscape, whether they're seated in one of the expansive theaters afforded to blockbuster reels or the more intimate spaces reserved for indie films wound around tiny bobbins. Despite Alamo's vow of silence, fan-centric Quote-Along and Sing-Along nights encourage guests to shout their favorite lines, and actors, directors, and other celebrities often attend special screenings to lead in-depth discussions. These exclusive events have led to acclaim for Alamo from publications such as Entertainment Weekly, which called it ?one of America's most fanatically unique moviegoing experiences,? and Wired, which opined that it "might just be the coolest movie theater in the world."
There are two sizes at A-OK Chinese: big and bigger. These generous helpings of American-style Chinese food include mushroom-goat-cheese rangoons and chicken-fried pork buns on the big side, and spicy lo mein and five-spice ribs on the bigger side. Along with an assortment of daily specials, A-OK also treats guests to a full wine and beer list, which spotlights local craft brews and full bottles of red, white, and sparkling vino. You can even take some of it to go in their space-age-looking growlers which are insulated bags, making them safe to carry home or juggle without fear of breaking.
Olivia's eclectic menu offerings are concocted from locally sourced meats and produce (current suppliers are listed on each menu), so they change as frequently as Cousin Nature's fickle whims. Dinnertime sees the appearance of such winsome bites as the lamb fries ($12) and coffee-rubbed scallops, with a supporting cast of risotto, butternut squash, ricotta salata, and scene-stealing brown butter ($32). Olivia's lunch menu isn't just a dinner doppelganger. It features an extensive list of equally engaging edibles, including speckled trout with fingerling potatoes ($15). Olivia's natural stone-and-wood accents and midcentury minimalist design occupy anxious eyes with chic, angular feasts so your mouth can focus on the award-winning food.
Juicers turned to high speeds whizz inside of JuiceLand, wafting the fresh aromas of crisp apples and ginger into the air. Guests sip on elixirs that moments ago transformed from solid to liquid, enjoying flavor combinations that work to satisfy taste buds and fortify bodies with leafy greens and their health benefits. In addition to serving refreshing juices and smoothies, JuiceLand also curates five-day juice cleanses that equip guests with a gallon of freshly squeezed juices each day; the juices are designed to clean livers, improve skin texture, and provide enough light energy to complete the first transatlantic jog.
Mmm mmm Uchi! Uchi is the premier contemporary Japanese dining and sushi establishment in Austin. Open seven days a week, they serve a wide range of guests and entertain food critics as well. Uchi presents an everyday menu including such staples as the crunchy tuna roll and the shag roll, but guests can choose from the daily special menu as well. Selections from the daily menu have included kaki kosho with oyster, grapefruit and pink peppercorn as well as ahiru nabe, comprised of duck, enoki, chili and egg. Learn to make your own Uchi delights at home with the Uchi cookbook, which is available for purchase on their website. For in-restaurant dining, a limited number of reservations are accepted each night, so guests should call early or reserve a spot online.