North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery

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North by Northwest Restaurant & BreweryNorth by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
Based on:
50 Beers
433 Hads
Place Score: 89
Reviews: 33
Visits: 55
Avg: 3.94
pDev: n/a
Taps: 6
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

10010 Capital Of TX Hwy N
Austin, Texas, 78759
United States
phone: (512) 467-6969

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Reviews: 33 | Visits: 55
Photo of spaceycasey
4.65/5  rDev +18%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A "high-end" brewpub, combining great beer, an upscale atmosphere and an impressive menu.

NXNW is the most beautiful non-chain brewpub I've ever been in from an architectural and decor standpoint - almost makes you feel like you are in a Gordon Biersch, which is nice - but also a bit deceiving if you are like me and not really into chains.

They keep 5 beers on tap plus a number of special things - from Lambics to bourbon barrel aged items. Their lambics, in my opinion, are the best beers made in Texas. Brewer Ty has done an amazing job in that respect.

Great, friendly, attentive service. Menu is more upscale, so a little pricey for brewpub fare, but still a relatively good value.

A very unique brewpub and a bit out of the way for visitors, but well worth the trip.

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Photo of millhouse
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

We came here for lunch today. They had a good crowd even for a late lunch.

Their food menu is fairly extensive for a brewpub. We just split some appetizers, but they were all outstanding. Pan-fried cornbread, blue cheese tomato bisque and onion rings. All were very tasty, though the BBQ ketchup for the onion rings was too sweet for our tastes.

We had pints of the black ale, the hefe, and their current seasonal (bock). The black ale and the bock were tremendous... incredibly smooth and bordering on the edge of perfection. The hefe was good, but to me lacked a bit of the mouthfeel that I like in a good hefe. It was still better than the average hefe.

We had the sampler of all of their beers and every single one of them was true to the style and were very good representations of them. The sampler was only $5, too, which was great.

The only reason that I rated the value as $$$ was that we paid $40 (before tip) for lunch. I think that's a hair above reasonable, but I was not disappointed with a thing.

If we're ever in Austin again, I will try to come back. This is a great place.

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Photo of vlodko62
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in for dinner and to try the brews. A very nice, classy, bright place, with restaurant and bar seating.

Tried a sample flight of all of their beers (they have five regulars and one seasonal - currently a pilsener). All were done well. The Py Jango IPA was phenomenal.

I had the cedar plank salmon for dinner, and it was very good - don't think "pub food," think "good restaurant."

The atmosphere was very friendly. I struck up conversations with several people which gave me a feel for what Austin's like - a bit different from the rest of Texas.

I come to Austin once or twice a year on business. I know I'm definitely coming back here.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Very chill spot with great food and good beer. The 6 beers in their regular lineup didn't "wow" me, nor did their Irish Stout seasonal, but the Brewer's Specials the night I went (Barton Kriek and Barrel-Aged King Kona Stout) were both top-notch. The Kriek, especially.

Server was very knowledgeable about the beer he was serving, was prompt and attentave, and recommended some great entrees. Only service complaint was the wait, but even that was fairly short given it was a Saturday night.

My beef tenderloin was absolutely perfect (served on chipotle potatoes, covered with fried onions and asparagus, and with jumbo shrimp on the sited). Well-cooked, flavorful, filling, all you could ask for in a meal. Everyone else at my table was pleased with their food as well.

Great restaurant, solid brewery, a bit pricey, but a highly recommended treat if you're ever in Austin.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Only one experience to draw on, but WOW, this is one great place. It has a great Northwestern US decor and inspired menu, and great beer. Had the sampler as an appetizer (with 3 cloves of roasted garlic) and loved every beer (ok, the 'Northern Light' beer was a touch watery, but I understand we have to educate the unwashed somehow). Food was exceptional, best meal I've had in quite some time, at a reasonable (about $22 for the special; cedar plank salmon with bleu cheese mashed potatoes on bed of greens) price. Got a growler ($20, but very nice quality, $15 full of seasonal beer). Good service, good selection, I was impressed. To quote the current governor of Calf: "I'll be back".

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Photo of randal
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Now this is what brewpubs used to be all about! Good, creative food and excellent beers. So many "surviving" brewpubs (at least in Texas) have morphed into sports bars with beer as a sidenote.

At North by Northwest beer is the emphasis with a very solid lineup of regulars and interesting seasonals (and perhaps even a pLambic or two floating around). The approach to food is made with the same care and finnesse as the beer.

Reasonably priced, excellent beers (always ask for the seasonals) and great food. What else is there?

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Photo of porter17
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Sat outside on a perfect September night. Didn't have any food. Service was very good except she forgot my glass of water. Had not one but two different samplers (there may have been 2 or 3 repeats in the samplers out of 6 beers but there were also other beers that were not in either sampler). All of the beers were very good to excellent except one which was fair. The high quality was evident. I very much enjoyed my visit and highly recommend a stop in to all beer travelers when in the area.

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Photo of Hollenbeck2
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

cool spot, a bit off the path if you are staying in downtown for a convention it is a little too far out, on the north side of austin, but if you are up around round rock or that way it is a good spot to go while the ladies go shopping, the perfect christmas shopping drop off for the man in the family.

great service livley atmosphere, good people, but it is austin so that is no surprise.

good beer good food, the food is a little pricey I would suggest happy hour bar apps and drinks.

austin is great with many different options you really need to see what area you will be in or around to deside where to go, this is a good spot just don't head there during rush hour in the evening bad traffic out of downtown.

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Photo of miskatonic
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in here last time I was in Austin, and was pretty impressed. It's nice to see a place that takes the brew-pub concept in a new direction with a bit fancier than average setup, like a very well designed and tastefully decorated interior and a very unique and crafty menu. The beers I thought were all outstanding including a nice IPA and a very impressive Saison during my visit. The layout and decorating scheme of the place didn't seem to match up to the exterior, which gave the impression that this place was far more casual than it is, but you can certainly get away with shorts and flip-flops here if you want to. Overall I was very impressed with the beers and the cuisine, though the nicey-nice scheme made me think I would like this better as a night out with the lady, than a day of beers and wings with the boys. I reccomend this as one of the better brew pubs I've experienced in the South, and certainly the tops for Austin

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Photo of wampahoofus
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere: The place has a nice North-Western theme. Everything is in brick and stone with pictures of black and white scenes from the Oregan and Washington. It is quite cozy.

Quality: The beers are well presented and a nice variety is offered. However, I find them all a bit light and german lagerish in style. They are quite drinkable but unremarkable.

Service: Fast and friendly. I had no troubles getting what I want when I wanted it. Samples were offered as well.

Selection: Seven craft beers on tap. I think that is pretty good.

Food: Had a nice meal of penne pasta. The presentation with great and the taste was great. The menu looks nice. Lots of choices from steaks to pizza to sandwiches. You can dine for $10 to $30.

Value: Beers are $3.25. That's very reasonable. The food menu will let you get what you want and pay as much as you want. You can have a big night out or just a few brews and a snack.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

NXNW is a beautifully, somewhat upscale, very well put together restaurant/brewpub that seems almost like a chain restaurant. There's a small bar area as you enter, and then the main dining area to the right with a very nice deck behind.

The food is very good, fairly well-varied and inventive, and reasonably priced. They also offer a gluten-free menu which is unusual. I can vouch for the calamari, onion rings, crab and shrimpo cakes (!!!), and Lemon Shrimp Linguine - all great!

The beers are fairly mainstream as indicated by the style of the restaurant, but very well made. The hefeweizen and schwarzbier stand out in my mind, but I believe the pale ale was very good as well.

I had a great time and a great meal there, and this is a great place for family meals. I'm planning a trip back to Austin right now, and I know that my brother and his wife would really enjoy this place! Worth trying. Unlike any other brewpub you'll find.

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Photo of PCaravan
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been so dissapointed with the last several brewpubs that I visited that I haven't gone to one in quite a while but I'm glad that a gave North by Northwest a try. Most brewpubs I come accross seem to have 3-5 house brews on tap and only one seems to be good and by good I mean average. This place was a pleasant exeption. I ordered a sampler (what happened to the days when the samplers a brewpubs were free?). I started my normal routine of starting with the lightest and working my through to the darkest. Usually the lightest, in this case the Northern Light, is a brewpubs attempt at providing a beer that will please those who are used budmiller coors and is bland and watery at best. While Northern Light was light in color and body, it provided plenty of flavor with a very well balanced and surprisingly complex brew where the flavors of the malt and the hops came through nicely. I dare say this beer for the masses would have kept me happy if it was the only beer on tap. This left me excited at what was to come knowing that this is usually the worst beer that is offered. While I can't say all the beers there were to my liking, they were all of high quality with enough of a broad selection to that anyone would have found what they liked. The Bavarian Hefeweisen was my favorite with the PY Jingo Pale Ale coming in a close second. The selection of food was good with typical pub fair and typical pub pricing. The burger I had was excellent. The pub design and decor was nice and generally typical for a brewpub and the service was professional and good. My only complaint was that the pub was extremely crowded and is why atmosphere got the lowest mark in my review but really it's just a sign as to how good this pub is.

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Photo of goatgoat
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A pretty large place. A separate bar section with shared benches as well as a more formal dining room.
The food is tasty. I have the tomato bisque, flavored with blue cheese, each time I go. I love it. Everything else I've had has been good, but that soup is excellent. Menu is generally upscale American. A little pricey but good for the quality.
Service has always been prompt and efficient. And usually pretty eager to talk beer.
Their house beers range from mediocre safe brewpub standards to a rotating selection of quality seasonals. A nice range of options. Growlers are pricey, but feature a very pretty fliptop bottle. They also offer bombers, which were very reasonably priced for their Irish Stout.

This is quickly becoming a regular stop on my Austin beer runs...

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

A true brewpub. You can only get the house beers here. Overall the standard beers are average, but the seasonals can be exceptional. The Lambics and Kriek are world class. I come here usually for cask night. They have a very nice cask here. They usually aggressively hop it which I enjoy.

They food here is the best I have ever had at a brewpub. Even the appetizers are quite refined -- fried artichokes, mmm.
They have a great salmon plank and a memorable pork tenderloin.

This is a brewpub that you can take a first date to and not be embarassed.

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Photo of midaszero
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I use to frequent NXNW all the time before getting more into better beers. The restaurant has a very nice and laid back atmosphere where you will see people dressed up and people like me that show up in shorts and sandals.

They have 5 standard taps plus one or two seasonal taps. Their regular offerings are a new break from regular beers that you get everywhere but I tend to enjoy there seasonal beers a lot more.

The waitstaff and bartenders and quick and friendly.

The selection consist solely of there own beer which at times can be disappointing but I guess that is part of the reason to go there.

The food is excellent and I have never been disappointed by anything I order here. I especially love coming for the Sunday brunch.

By far my favorite brew they make is the Kodiak IPA. Which is one of there many beers they offer for take home in bomber bottles. They also sell growlers for $25 of any beer on tap which you can get refilled for $15 if i remember correctly. They also offer a mug club for frequent visitors.

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Photo of wolffman17
3.98/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

NXNW is located on the north side of Austin. Being accustomed to long drives in Houston, it doesn't seem too far out of the way to me, though. The building itself is big and has an interesting industrial lodge feel...going for the Pacific NW theme. Clean and nice. Small bar area just beyond the entryway. To the right is the large dining area completely separate from the bar. Once in there it feels much more like a restaurant; you'd never know they brew their own beer. Vaulted ceiling, fireplace towards the end of the room, lots of wood in the construction. Fairly quiet for a busy place. I like the overall vibe, but sitting at the bar is probably more enjoyable for the typical beer geek. Good service.

All NXNW beers are high quality. 6 house beers. The Batch 1000 Tripel was particularly good on my first visit. The Py Jingo Pale Ale surprised me and stands as one of the better Pale Ales I've had. Fresh as can be.

Extensive lunch and dinner menus consist of salads, sandwiches, steak, fish, pizza, pasta, etc. Nothing really crazy, but they've got plenty of good, tasty options that are a couple steps above typical brewpub fare. Weekend brunch available as well.

Overall, I can recommend NXNW as a solid beer spot in Austin. If I lived in the area, I could see myself dropping in frequently for a pint and growler fill.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere- The inside is similar to most of the upscale brewpubs I've visited. The emphasis is on the restaurant, not the bar. Not bad, just doesn't stand out from the average brewpub.

Quality- The three beers I had were all very good, but nothing blew my mind. None of the standard beers are very heavy (nothing like a stout or porter), so the emphasize seemed to be on high quality, but easy to drink beers. The highlight of the beers I had was the Okanagon Black Ale, while was similar to New Belgium's 1554.

Service- The waiter did a great job keeping up with my drinking rate and the food arrived quickly. Otherwise, nothing exceptional.

Selection- 6 beers: bock, black ale, light beer, pale ale, amber ale, and a seasonal. During my visit the seasonal was a blond ale.

Food- The menu seemed to be a little on the healthy side for a brewpub, which I guess isn't a bad thing. So don't expect greasy burgers and wings. Choices are interesting, but not really suited for me. The pizza I had was very good, but could have used a lot more cheese.

Value/Overall: The prices were reasonble, especially for beer. Though none of the beers were fantastic or experimental, all were solid and worth drinking. I would visit again.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I visited North by Northwest (or NXNW as the establishment typically refers to itself) on 23-May-2003. NXNW is a restaurant and brew on premises that according to the management is modeled after the brewpubs of the Pacific Northwest.

The interior is quite large and spacious with wood and stone predominating in the decor. Throughout there are mural-sized antique black-and-white photographs of scenes of the Pacific North West.

The menu selection is quite varied with prices ranging from about $8.00 for burgers to $20 for steaks and seafood. Many of the offerings seem to be what I would call "Nouvelle Cuisine", i.e. "Honey Glazed Game Hen", "Beef and Chicken Satay", or "Whole Cold Stream Trout". Overall, I prefer informal Texas cuisine, but that's a matter of taste.

There are six beers on tap that are brewed in house, one being a seasonal offering. The beers offered at the time of my visit were NXNW Bock, Okanagon Black Ale, Northern Light, Duckabish Amber, Py Jingo Pale Ale, and the seasonal offering NXNW Brown Ale. All of the beer selections were at least decent, some were very good.

During happy hour, a pint is $2.50, otherwise $3.25. Growlers are offered at $15.00 for a refill ($25 at other times), plus $10 for the empty growler. For those seeking mementos, NXNW logo T-Shirts, pint glasses, and the like are available.

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Photo of mixnslam
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I actually liked this place. It was a little bit yuppie feeling for the clientele but I felt comfortable. They have their own beers and were pretty decent. The amount of bar area seating could be a little bit bigger and they do have outside seating, which helps a little. They focus a good amount on food that appears to be a little on the fancier side. The burger and quail was very good. The place is clean and well maintained. The staff is very friendly and greet you right away when entering. Its a nice place for dinner and a beer.

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Photo of rowew
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in for drinks after work, and ended up staying for a while to watch the football game. Bar is by the entrance, with a couple patios and a large restaurant area. Design is modern lodge, the brewing equipment was behind glass towards the front. The whole place seemed upscale, but also felt a bit sterile. The beers were all good, especially the APA special they had on tap. Didn't try any food, but did check out the menu .. looked interesting but a bit pricey.

Good quality beer, but the atmosphere didn't appeal to me - a bit too sterile, with a bit of a corporate feel. That said if you are in the area its a nice place to stop for a beer or three, and it worked well with a work crowd.

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3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

North By Northwest is a very nice place. The atmosphere is great, a very good-looking place. The decor is top notch, everything is clean and looks brand new. There are even a couple of oak barrels spread throughout the restaurant that have signs on them that say "Do not disturb until 2007" -- "Lambic fermenting inside" -- I thought that was awesome!!! It definitely made me want to be around when those barrels are tapped.

We had lunch there on a weekday at about 2 PM and had the place basically to ourselves. The menu is broad and offers some great choices. I had a pulled pork sandwich on herbed flat bread with a mango, tomato, cilantro, caper relish on top. My wife opted for a big turkey sandwich and our daughter had a cheese pizza. Everything was solid.

There seem to be six beers on tap most of the time, five mainstays and a seasonal. I had a pint of their black ale, a pint of hefeweizen, and a tulip glass full of their seasonal English style barleywine. The beers were all tasty and well made. There was a beer sampler on the menu also, a sample of each beer for $5 or $6. I ended up buying some beer to take home as I was excited to find out that the brewpub sells some of their beers in bottles. I bought a bomber of Kodiak IPA (not on tap) and a .750 of belgian ale, Gouldenbiere (also not on tap). At the time they also had their barleywine available in .750's but since I had already drank it and I was trying to stay on budget, I had to pass.

The service was good. I don't think our waitress was very knowledgeable about the beers, but everyone was very friendly. That is always a plus in my book these days.

The pints were $3.75 each when I was there. The plates ran from $8 to $25. I had lunch for three, three beers, two big beers to go, a pint glass, and a shirt for my wife for $75. Considering we do not get out much to do anything it was worth it and I will definitely return in the future.

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3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

In San Antonio NXNW would be awesome, but for Austin... nope. A surprising number of older folks just hanging out on the front patio getting wasted. The food and service were good, just kinda reminded my of a Chili's or TGIFriday.

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Photo of tjkinate
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The restaurant was very clean and quite impressive on the inside. I was a bit nervous how their beer would taste, because it felt a little commercial for me.

Upon drinking my first beer, Jingo Pale Ale, my fears were put to rest. After finishing my first beer I decided to go big or go home with the Green Menace DIPA. This brew exceeded my expectations, tasting even better than the Jingo.

Wish I would have brought my review notebook, two worthy beers of reviewing. Oh well, will just have to go again.

Service was good, and the food was very tasty. Almost making up for the steep prices. Next visit to NXNW I will probably sit in the bar area sticking to appetizers beer.

Next time you are in northwest Austin and are craving some good food and beer I suggest you give this place a shot.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Abbreviated "NXNW", it was located at the intersection of North Capital of Texas Highway and Stone Lake. Nothing like drinking in opulence! The entry was center of the building and the blonde wood m.d.s. was right at the entryway. High tables and chairs fronted the concrete and stone bar which overlooked six FVs behind glass aft of the back bar. The lavs were to the left of the entry, past a couple of curtains. To the extreme left of the bar and up a couple of steps was a semi-private meeting area with white-leather upholstered benches fronted by low tables and brown leather foot stools. Off to the right, past the m.d.s., was the copper-jacketed brewhouse, staggered on two levels. Further right was the extensive restaurant area. Lots of light granite and blonde brick throughout. Growlers, but only of the German swing-top variety.

Beers: Duckabish Amber Ale; Northern Light; Py Jingo Pale Ale; Okan Ogan Black; Bavarian Hefeweizen.

Seasonals: Belgian Wit; Tu Helen Bock.

Mom Test: No problem here. They were very family-friendly.

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Photo of JamLand
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

A slightly upscale brewpub. Only offer their brews, which some of their one-offs are really good. Food is good, but can be on the more expensive side for brewpubs and Austin. The burger is really good.

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North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery in Austin, TX
89 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.