Don't let the lines deter you. This place is not just another trendy locavore haunt. It's positively buzzing with creativity and passion, all of which you'll taste in every bite. We sighed and exclaimed all through our dinner at Barley Swine--the best we'd had on this continent in...oh, years, probably. The intensity of flavor brought back memories of Italy but the boundary-pushing flavor combos (e.g., pork belly, lavender and pumpkin seed) had homegrown Texas swagger. Favorite dish? Maybe the scallops and brussels sprouts with peanuts and grapefruit, but there wasn't one dish we didn't scarf down with joy. Barley Swine was a highlight of our trip to Austin and we'd hoped to sample the rest of the menu on a return visit. Silly us, we sauntered in at 8 for what we hoped would be a half-hour wait and were told, "At least an hour." Follow the locals' advice and go early.
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