Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Austin, the capital of the state of Texas, offers a truly eclectic dining scene that fits with the city's long-standing reputation for liberalism, with a hodgepodge of global ethnic and regional cuisines - ranging from Asian and European foods to American classics and Cajun / Creole - providing the perfect balance to the steak and barbeque eateries so abundant in the region. Austin's regional cuisine has its roots firmly in home-style family cooking, with Southern inspired pan-fries and smoked foods featuring prominently, along with spices and seasonings native to Texas, all infused with the flavors of Mexican and Cajun cuisine.