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Carillon at the AT&T Center

1 February 2010 3,028 views 11 Comments

If you’re looking for a new fine dining restaurant to try, I recommend checking out the Carillon at the AT&T Executive Education Center at the University of Texas.

I first wrote about the AT&T Center back in Sept. 2008 when it opened to the public. AT&T is a client and I invited media to tour the facility and taste some menu items.

I’ve returned twice since then — once in December 2009 for a three course tasting menu and again last week for a media preview of the new menu.

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Highlights include the pork belly, tuna tartar, scallops, braised short ribs, and the olive oil beef tenderloin.

The one menu item I’ve tried twice and just don’t “get” is the white bean soup. To me it has the mealy texture of a bad apple; another food blogger compared it to eating grout.

The candlelit atmosphere of the restaurant is very nice with a lovely open kitchen and excellent service. I’d recommend the AT&T Center and the Carillon for private parties as well. Diners get their parking validated so there’s no need to stress about finding a space. Please note that while the restaurant is open to the public for breakfast and dinner, it caters to University faculty and staff only during lunchtime. Dinner hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Fun Fact: A carillon is an instrument consisting of at least 23 bronze bells and is housed in a bell tower.

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  • linda

    hey jodi,
    i really have to make a road trip w/your mom to austin…seems like it's a great city & foodie town!
    please try making ina garten's rosemary & white bean soup…the texture is great (i use an immersion blender to finely puree) & flavor fantastic…it is a staple for me…
    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/r

  • linda

    hey jodi,
    i really have to make a road trip w/your mom to austin…seems like it's a great city & foodie town!
    please try making ina garten's rosemary & white bean soup…the texture is great (i use an immersion blender to finely puree) & flavor fantastic…it is a staple for me…
    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/r

  • jodibart

    Thanks, Linda! I need to make a road trip to your house also and help you cook one of your gourmet meals! I don't know how you manage to stay so slim :-)

  • linda

    any time! we could have such fun!!! bring mom along!!

  • linda

    any time! we could have such fun!!! bring mom along!!

  • Betsy

    Thanks for the review; I've been wanting to try this place. Did you happen to try any of the desserts?

  • jodibart

    I don't remember if I had dessert there but the fried goat cheese cheesecake sounds yummy (although I'm wondering if it should correctly be called the fried goat cheese cake but that kind of sounds like it is made with fried goat. Hmmm).

    Link: http://www.meetattexas.com/downloads/Jan_10/Car

  • jodibart

    I don't remember if I had dessert there but the fried goat cheese cheesecake sounds yummy (although I'm wondering if it should correctly be called the fried goat cheese cake but that kind of sounds like it is made with fried goat. Hmmm).

    Link: http://www.meetattexas.com/downloads/Jan_10/Car

  • jodibart

    I don't remember if I had dessert there but the fried goat cheese cheesecake sounds yummy (although I'm wondering if it should correctly be called the fried goat cheese cake but that kind of sounds like it is made with fried goat. Hmmm).

    Link: http://www.meetattexas.com/dow

  • jodibart

    I don't remember if I had dessert there but the fried goat cheese cheesecake sounds yummy (although I'm wondering if it should correctly be called the fried goat cheese cake but that kind of sounds like it is made with fried goat. Hmmm).

    Link: http://www.meetattexas.com/dow

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