Texas Steak Out

Texas Steak Out on UrbanspoonYeah, yeah, I haven’t posted in a while. Well live get’s in the way sometimes. So do bills and work and eating. So let me get right to it.

Texas Steak Out, I had eaten before and decided to try again. This time, I did pickup, instead of delivery because I was in a hurry.

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The League Kitchen and Tavern

The League Kitchen and Tavern on UrbanspoonWell it is nice to actually find a place that I can’t say anything bad about. As readers know, that does not happen often. So it is nice to know that there are still a few get the Blueberry Muffin French Toast *and* the Chicken and Biscuit with Jalapeño Truffle Gravy. The Meatloaf is excellent as well. type of places still around.

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Your Mom’s Burger Bar

Your Mom's Burger Bar on UrbanspoonNot often do I take the time to hash out a review from my phone, this is one reason I don’t tweet, I have far more to say. Not the point, point is Mom’s. It has gone way down hill.

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…its been a while

Well all, I know it has been a while since I have done some updates. Life gets in the way of stuff sometimes. I mean not in the way of eating, but just in the way of putting pen to paper or fingers to keys as it were.

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Ross Old Austin Cafe

Ross' Old Austin Cafe on UrbanspoonOnce again I wanted some home cooking. Seems like I have been craving that lately, or is it just that what I have found is just not that good? Who knows.

Ross to the rescue! Ross’ Old Austin Cafe has been up on North Lamar for a long time, at least longer than most can remember. Their history is long, back from when Austin was tiny. Back to the 1940′s…but I forget the history.

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Keifer’s Cafe

Kiefer's Cafe on UrbanspoonI always wanted to go back to this place after trying it for the first time a while ago. The only problem is they are only open for Breakfast and Lunch and only weekdays. Must be nice.

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Third Base Sports Bar

Third Base Sports Bar on UrbanspoonIt has been a long time since I have been to Third Base downtown. Despite it’s age, I have to say that it’s still a nice bar. Many places start to show their age the longer they’ve been open, but they seem to keep this place looking good. Maybe they have been watching Bar Rescue with John Tapper.

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Hoover’s Cooking

Hoover's Cooking on UrbanspoonThis place is much like The Salt Lick, just when you think it can’t get worse, you are amazed that it does. I should have known this when I checked in on Facebook and a friend said “Prepare to be disappointed”. Boy was he right.

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Opal Divine’s Marina

Opal Divine's Marina on UrbanspoonI got in the boat and headed for a late dinner. It was awkward since they had no docks to park my boat at because this place is no where near a lake, river, ocean, or even pond for that matter. I never really understood why they called this joint a Marina, maybe because Captian Jack’s or Poopy’s Poop Deck was what it was called before Opal floated in. Who knows.

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Buenos Aires Cafe

Buenos Aires Cafe on UrbanspoonLunch time called for a break from work and the search for a different lunch venue. I drove around with a work buddy looking for Soul Food, which is almost impossible to find on a Monday. Small, locally owned shops are often closed Monday’s, we just forgot that. So since we were in East Austin we drove by the same haunts, many that I had been to before like Gene’s.

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Bacon

Bacon on UrbanspoonI had high hopes but it is possible that they need a little more time to fry out the wrinkles.  The bacon had food flavor, but was not trimmed well and there was a single stingy side that you could not chew. The bacon waffle, pictured below, was good, but same problem with the bacon. The Mason Jar coffee cake, just had bacon bits on top, and was drier than a martini. The thing almost turned to dust when I dug it out of the jar. We even asked the waitress about it, and she had no clue what the dish was, much less how it was suppose to be prepared.

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Old School Grill

Old School Grill on UrbanspoonWe had to check out Old School Grill since it has only been open for two weeks. Mind you, we thought it served BBQ, but not, it is more of a New Orleans style cooking. This is back to the roots which Dan came from I hear.

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Casino el Camino

Casino El Camino on UrbanspoonI hate Guy Fieri and his f’ing hair. I probably misspelled his name, so I will just call him Gay Douche.
Nevermind. Since that douchetool showed up here there are all kind of family tourists that come into this joint. And it is funny as hell!

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Java Cafe

Cafe Java on UrbanspoonThe Grandma still runs this joint with a tight fist and it always shows in the quality of the food. Everything is great, mostly the standard American fair, but breakfast is served all day!

Everything at both locations is always fresh and good. I only wish she would open up a location in NW Austin, maybe around Lakeline.

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Taco Villa

Taco Villa on UrbanspoonSo my girl has eaten at Taco Villa for years and loves the place. I was hesitant as Taco Bueno in Abilene was so good, but Taco Villa stood the test.

I had a simple combo with a burrito and taco, both of which came *very* fast and were *very* fresh.

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Beef O’Brady’s

Beef O'Brady's on UrbanspoonWe wanted some good grub, sandwiches or burgers, so our host took us to Beef O’ Brady’s. This place is a local hangout in the evening where folks get cold beer and some burgers, play NtN Trivia and Poker, Darts and they have a game room for the rug-rats.

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Taco Bueno

Taco Bueno on UrbanspoonWell normally I don’t eat at Fast Food joints, nor do I post about them when I do eat there. It is just not the flavor of this blog. I mean they don’t have a bar at all.

Nevermind…

I was headed to Amarillo and the crew needed lunch. Since it was close off the highway per Urbanspoon.com we made a 1 min detour.

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El Meson Taqueria

El Meson Taqueria on UrbanspoonI went here for Lunch as it is near the office. Some of the work guys have been here numerous times and swore it was good. They were right.

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Virginia’s On The Bay

Virginia's On The Bay on UrbanspoonPeople think this joint’s just another tourist place, but it is actually good. The bar downstairs is awesome as well as the tables on the rail. You can watch the marina and the boats go in and out while your drinking or eating.

The breeze always seems to blow and it is very comfortable even on a 90+ degree day like today.

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Island Cafe

Island Cafe & Smokehouse on UrbanspoonI am so glad the other place we tried was so small we could not get in. The other place was busy (all 6 tables) and we were outside, folks that pulled up and had the same experience told us about this place. I have to say it is one of the best Breakfasts I have had in a while. The Biscuits and Gravy were awesome! The eggs tasted very good, not like some of the chemically ones I have had lately. Hash Browns were rich with butter and cooked perfectly.

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Shells Pasta & Seafood

Shells Pasta & Seafood on UrbanspoonShell’s is small, hell tiny even. There are maybe 9 tables inside. They do have a large deck, but sometimes in the heat, you really want some A/C. So wait, there is a back story. We were sitting in Driftwood, Texas having Italian at Trattoria Lisina when one of us said “We should go to the beach, and eat seafood for dinner.”

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Trattoria Lisina

Trattoria Lisina on UrbanspoonIf you like Mandola’s then you will love Trattoria Lisina in Driftwood. This is the flagship location for all the Mandola’s and it shows! The food is amazing! One of the specials today is the grilled venison and it was amazing.

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Hula Hut

Hula Hut on UrbanspoonI don’t go often to Hula Hut, as it is mostly lost its Austin appeal, but was downtown and wanted something close to the lake. One of the best reasons to go there is to watch the douchbaggery in boating as they try to dock boats.

We sat out on the new deck, and let me say it looks great after the fire.

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Chedd’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese

Chedd's Gourmet Grilled Cheese on UrbanspoonSo I went to try Chedd’s which touts itself as some bad ass grilled cheese place. Well they are right.

So I had the Smokey Cheddar with Bacon on White. Then a side of the Tomato Basil Soup, for dipping. Because only terrorists don’t dip there grilled cheese in tomato soup.

The soup was good, read good, thick and sweet.

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Freddie’s Place

Freddie's Place on UrbanspoonI went for lunch. I have to say it is just not as good as it used to be. I cannot really put my finger on what it is, but the flavor is just not the same. When I used to go, I would tear into the burger and say WOW that is tasty, real fresh and yummy.

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Charlie’s Steak House

Charlie's Steak House on UrbanspoonIt has been almost a year since I have been to Charlie’s Steak House. First off, you can still smoke while eating in this joint. I know that sounds strange to some of you, but there are people that still do that. So deal with it….or not. They have smoking in the bar area, but you can’t smoke in the dining room proper. I just wanted to say proper.

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MVP Sports Bar

MVP Sports Bar and Grill on UrbanspoonI been here a few times, but only ate when they first opened. It was ok, but nothing awesome. Truth is it has not gotten better but in reality for the price you can’t complain.

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Shoal Creek Saloon

Shoal Creek Saloon on UrbanspoonI have been to Shoal Creek a few time for lunch and always get the lunch special. I want to try the Cajun but just never happens. A friend has tried the Seafood Etouffee and sad it was good.

I always seem to be here on Pork Chop Day and this mother is big! Bigger than tour face big! You could use it as a weapon, a tasty meat weapon.

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Jardin Corona (Jollyville)

Jardin Corona (Jollyville) on UrbanspoonIt has been a while since I have been to Jardin Corona…maybe a year or so. The first time I went to Jardin Corona was when they opened their new location, in the early 90′s. I honestly can’t remember where they were, but I think it was where Ala Carrera was which is now MVP Sports Bar on 183 before Braker. Not sure, but I think. I remember when they moved to the current location as I had an office off of Pond Springs Road and we would eat close by.

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Ski Shores Cafe

Ski Shores Cafe on UrbanspoonIt’s been a while since I have been to Ski Shores, probably close to two years. The place is still nice after the remodel. They keep putting money into it and it shows.

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Wildfire

Wildfire on UrbanspoonI really can’t count how many times I have been to wildfire. If I were to harbor a guess, it would be in the 1000′s. You might think this is crazy, but almost every day for 4 years…it just adds up. I once set the record for most consecutive days which was 45. Mind you that was Sunday’s also. Anyone else that goes there for the most part never shows up on Sunday as they have families, jobs and other meaningless things to do.

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iPad iEatAtTheBar.com

We added a plug-in for the iPad so you can view the site in a ‘Flip board’ style. We think that this is very nice for the iPad. Mind you the iPhone site layout is different, but it is formatted for a smaller screen and works well. We will continue to use the WPTouch plug-in for iPhone and all mobile browsers.

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1431 Cafe

1431 Cafe on UrbanspoonWell I not been to 1431 Cafe in quite some time. I am not sure why as it is just up the toll way and easy to get to. They serve breakfast all day for thar that want it and everything else is just straight up American.

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Carlos ‘n Charlie’s

Carlos 'n Charlie's on UrbanspoonYou can’t party your frog off at Lunch…well some of the folks that come here can. I have before, just not today.

Today sucked. Sucked hard. Tax day is tomorrow, which I am not ready for and I get a ticket on the access road. Really? When a Sargent gives you a ticket, you can bank on Austin Police Department to just be generating revenue.

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Wild Bubba’s Wild Game Grill

Wild Bubba's Wild Game Grill on UrbanspoonSo I wanted to try this joint before I took folks from the office. Let me tell you it kicks major ass! It is also right at the F1 track.

I had the Kangaroo Burger which was amazing. Kangaroo is 98% protein, so it was real lean! I will be back for sure, as I have to try the elk, yak, bear, wild boar, antelope, and buffalo burgers!

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Austin Restaurant Week – Spring 2011

I just wanted to let everyone know that Austin Restaurant Week is an excellent opportunity to get out and enjoy some great food. Basically it is a fixed price for 3 course meals and many of the best places in town.

Check out their website at http://restaurantweekaustin.com/

They do Lunch and Dinner so there are no excuses for not taking advantage!


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Gino’s Italian

Gino's Italian on UrbanspoonI can’t say I remember the last time I have been to Gino’s, but it has been too long. I went tonight as visitors were in town staying in Round Rock. I never remember going there at Dinner, seems that I have only been at lunch.

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Maudie’s

Maudie's on UrbanspoonI was out for Lunch yesterday and we stopped at Maudie’s. The South Lamar location is nice(which is where we went), but I like the North Lamar location more. Either way, Maudie’s gets a bad rap, but I go there and eat what I know is good. The Sausage Migas Con Queso.

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Church’s Chicken

Church's Chicken on UrbanspoonHaters gonna hate and I don’t know why, it think Church’s is excellent. It always taste fresh and you can get real chicken not just tenders.

The honey biscuits are awesome. I had not eaten here in 20+ years but I now know why my Mama Jean loved this place. They have sweat tea also.

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Red Lobster

Red Lobster on UrbanspoonSome of you might be thinking that I have lost my mind going to Red Lobster, but honestly I like the biscuits. They are somewhat pricey for the food, but it is always good.

I mean your not going to scream at the moon and say how good the place is, but still, if you drown anything in drawn butter it tastes good.

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Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks on UrbanspoonIt seems guys like to go to Twin Peaks, I am not sure why. Maybe it’s the boobs, I am just not sure. Ok it’s the food.

I went to lunch with coworkers today as one of them had the frequent diner card thing and wanted his free sandwich.

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Los Pinos Mexican

Los Pinos Mexican on UrbanspoonLos Pinos is always good foe breakfast tacos. In fact I think they are some of the best you can get mainly because the flat top griddle is seasoned well. The breakfast tacos are mixed when cooked also, not just made then spooned into a tortilla, so the sausage is mixed with the eggs when cooking. The potatoes are added on the grill too so the flavor is integrates with the taco, not just spooned on.

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Jim’s

Jim's on UrbanspoonJim’s is always easy and good. It is nice to see that the continue to be a diner and cafe style place.

Mind you some of the wait staff are full on bat shit crazy.

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iEatAtTheBar.com makes Urbanspoon.com #1 Austin Blogger

Well it took 4 days, as their servers only recalculate in the early morning. So we made it to the #1 slot.I want to thank every one of you for your support. Ok, this not going to be a Grammy Speech, as I have Lunch coming up in a few and need to eat and do some more blogging.

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Flores Mexican Restaurant

Flores Mexican on UrbanspoonI don’t come to Flores often because it is always packed. I guess that makes it good? Who knows.

It’s not bad, it is just not stellar. I get the nachos or the flautas and have not be displeased.

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Panda Express

Panda Express on UrbanspoonThis is only the second or third time in my life I have eaten at Toxic Panda, wait sorry Panda Express, not sure why I said that. Nevermind.

So some friends come here often because it is close to their house. So I went with them one time and it is easy and seems to always be on the way to where I am going.

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Urban Spoon Rating

Bacon for everyoneSo since I have converted my reviews from Urbanspoon.com to my own site, and now they are logging me as a Blogger…I have been climbing the ranks of Urbanspoon’s Bloggers fast!

Monday: Rank #64
Tuesday: Rank #60
Wednesday: Rank #35
…..where will it be by tomorrow?
I will say probably #2 in Austin, Top 25 in the World.

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Habanero Mexican Cafe

Habanero Mexican Cafe on UrbanspoonHabanero’s is only known by the true connoisseurs of Tacos in Austin. They claim to smoke their meats over Pecan Wood, even though that is not what really hits your at first. It is the mere fact that the food and meats are just so flavorful.

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Sam’s Boat

Sam's Boat on UrbanspoonAs for a bar goes you either love or hate this place. I ENT come often, but can’t help but crave the wings. The wings are some of the best in town because they are twice cooked, fried then broiled!

The the other fare is what it is. Most people come for Crawfish when it is in season. I personally go with other menu items such as the club.

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The Water Tank

Water Tank on UrbanspoonAs always I try to stop into The Water Tank for Tuesday Tacos mostly because they are a buck. Yes 1 dollar! And these things are good, I mean they are not over thought, just like you would cook up at home. Ground meat, a packet of seasoning, shell, and what ever you put n it.

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Ross’ Old Austin Cafe

Ross' Old Austin Cafe on UrbanspoonRoss’ has been up on Lamar before it was in town. Close to the scary Mickey’ Thirsty Lounge where they apparently have ‘set-ups’.

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Patsy’s Cowgirl Cafe

Patsy's Cowgirl Cafe on UrbanspoonI have been back to Patsy’s twice in the last two weeks. I have not been in over 2 years, in part because I was not close to it, but mostly because it got to the point where it was horrid two years ago.

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The Oasis

Oasis on UrbanspoonI went out to The Oasis last night with some friends. We didn’t eat at the bar because there is only one reason to go out there and that is to sit on the decks to look at the lake.

We got there late and the sun had already set, but we were hoping that we could catch the thunderstorm that was rolling in. We missed it due to it going around us.

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Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks on UrbanspoonI came to Twin Peaks with friends for the Sunday Car Show. The show somewhat sucked as there were only a few cars, and some were the cholo type that were all ‘hit the switches, bitches’…so really not my scene.

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Little Ceasars Pizza

Little Caesars Pizza on UrbanspoonSo I have been seeing the people on the side of the road touting $5.99 “hot and ready”. There is usually a chick holding the sign, so hot and ready makes me giggle…nevermind.

So their deal is they always have pepperoni or cheese pizza hot and ready, just roll in and grab it. If it sits there more than 15 minutes or so, they chunk it and make new one.

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Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que

Uncle Billy's on UrbanspoonHit Billy’s for Happy Hour to watch the Lake. This is not real Que, but for a brewhouse it is good. The location is what makes this place. Upstairs is awesome when the weather is great!

The food is good but I can not classify it BBQ even though they do. It is more of a Memphis Style over real Texas, bit most won’t come here for food.


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Mobile Site Launched

Almost have everything done. Check the Mobile Site by visiting with your iPhone, Android or Windows Mobile.


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Site Updates

As you might have seen we have made numerous changes to the site. Much is just implementing WordPress for the primary code set of the site. With this it allows ease of posting via mobile devices.

Also there is a simple plug in that implements a mobile enabled site on the fly. WPTouch is just simply drop in and turn on.

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Zed’s

Zed's on UrbanspoonReally astonishing location just off of IH35, with views of the creek and greenbelt. The outside seating is wonderful as I overlooks a grassy knoll where they host live music later in the week. It wits facing the east so the building shades the outside decks. The menu is very Texas with venison in the meat loaf, as well as other game.

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Brick House Tavern + Tap

Brick House Tavern+Tap on UrbanspoonThe bar is far too small for a brew pub this size. Two taps at the bar for all beers, no serve bar. They actually reduced the size of Joe’s bar. On the up side the server a cylinder of 100oz of beer, with a tap on the side of it. The parking is horrid, so the success here is questionable. Liquor selection is skinny at best, but at least the serve breakfast all day!


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Onion

Onion on Urbanspoon Onion
Austin, Texas

“RE-OPEN!”
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I am so glad this place is re-open. There is no better pizza, late night downtown Austin. Next to an awesome bar that has real Austin Live Music, One2One.


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Rudino’s Pizza & Grinders

Rudino's Pizza & Grinders on UrbanspoonRudino’s Pizza & Grinders
Austin, Texas

“Not the same ”
Doesn’t likes it

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Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy

Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy on UrbanspoonAbuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy
Amarillo, Texas

“Still Busy….still so so. ”
Doesn’t like it

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Shoorters Billiards & Sports Bar

Shooters Billiards & Sports Bar (Blue) on Urbanspoon Shoorters Billiards & Sports Bar
Austin, Texas

“Horrible service, slower than Christmas”
Does not like it

Seating is only good at the bar. The music is usually quite enough to work, only lacking plugs at the tables.

Wirelss SSID: SHOOTERS
Secure: No
Outlets: Ask bartender, best location far right end of bar
Quiet: Medium, (Music or Games usually going on)
Speed: Fast
Overall Workability Rating: 3 (1-5)


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Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill

Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill on Urbanspoon Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill
Austin, Texas

“Boobies”
Likes it

Good place to work at lunch, but when games come on, the noise makes it very difficult to work.

Wirelss SSID: Bikinis on 6th
Secure: No
Outlets: Front of bar
Quiet: Semi-Noisy
Speed: Fast
Overall Workability Rating: 3 (1-5)


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Bagpipes Pub & Eatery

Bagpipes Pub & Eatery on Urbanspoon Bagpipes Pub & Eatery
Austin, Texas

“Roach in my salad…blah”
Does not like it

Good place to work, but the food is horrible.

Wirelss SSID: BAGPIPES PUB
Secure: No
Outlets: None, Ask bartender to plug in behind the bar
Quiet: No
Speed: Medium
Overall Workability Rating: 2 (1-5)


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Wahoo’s Fish Taco

Wahoo's Fish Taco on Urbanspoon Wahoo’s Fish Taco
Austin, Texas

“Not bad”
Likes it

Good place to work while eating lunch, but it is too busy with traffic to really work more than over lunch. The signal falls off sometimes as there are many people walking around.

Wirelss SSID: Wahoo
Secure:
No
Outlets: None
Quiet: ***
Speed: *
Overall Workability Rating: *

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Boat House Grill

Boat House Grill on UrbanspoonBoat House Grill
Austin, Texas

“Hit rock bottom”
Doesn’t like it

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Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar on UrbanspoonBuffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Amarillo, Texas

“Great place to watch the Game!”
Likes it

Stopped into catch the Cowboys and have a few drinks.BW3′s is corporate and you can expect the same, mostly everywhere.That being said, they are not the best wings, nor the worst, but the do get them done right every time. The atmosphere is always good and it is bumping during Games.Good for drinks, pub food, wings and such!


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Stockyard Cafe

Stockyard Cafe on UrbanspoonStockyard Cafe
Amarillo, Texas

“Excellent Truck Stop Food”
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Feldman’s Diner

Feldman's Diner on UrbanspoonFeldman’s Diner
Canyon, Texas

“Wrong Way is the Right Way!”
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Wanted some Diner food, so we headed south from Amarillo.Excellent choice! Chicken Fried Steak was tender and cooked perfectly, with an excellent scald. The Pot Roast, which was a daily special, not on the menu, was excellent. Chicken Fried Steak was covered in white gravy and the Pot Roast in brown gravy.They also have sweet tea, which has not seemed to catch on in Amarillo as of yet.The salad was awesome (side salad) and the Ranch Dressing was PERFECT! Cold and thick and tasty!Also had the fried pickles, which were expensive, but had 10 total fried pickles on the plate (which is too much!!!)The only downside were the sides. The broccoli cheese casserole has some sweet red peppers in them, which gives it a strange taste. The Loaded Mashed Potatoes were not hot enough to melt the butter, cheese and sour cream.Our waitress, Robin was spot on and very, very courteous. Also a great place for the Kids as they model trains that run around over-head!

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Golden Light Cafe

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Amarillo, Texas

Still Great Burgers!
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Pluckers Lakeline

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Austin, Texas

“Patty Melt tossed in Ranch Seasoning”
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Very good place to get work done. The speed is acceptable and the music is usually quite enough to make phone calls if needed.

Wirelss SSID: Pluckers-Guest
Secure: No
Outlets: Under the bar on each end and at the tables in the bar
Quiet:
Medium (Quite unless they crank the music, or games are on)
Speed: Medium
Overall Workability Rating: 3 (1-5)


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Kerbey Lane Cafe (University)

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Austin, Texas

“Maaannn I got sooomm muuunnchiies!”
Doesn’t like it

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Little Red Barn Hamburgers

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Round Rock, Texas

“Dangit these burgers are good!”
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Awesome burgers and great weekend Breakfast! Griddle style burgers, dripping with flavor. Get two napkins!


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Gatti Land

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Round Rock, Texas

“LOVE THIS PLACE!”
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Even though there are tons of kids, the buffet moves fast enough that the Pizza is ALWAYS Fresh. All the goodies you would find on a Pizza buffet, bred sticks, cinnamon sticks, desert pizza, pasta, salad…and Lordy Lordy SWEET TEA! Good pizza!


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Carino’s Italian Grill

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Round Rock, Texas

“Used to be better…”
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Ok, this is a corporate place, so it falls off my list of places I frequent, but when Carino’s first opened, the food was real good. The Veal was very good for being a chain, but now all has gone downhill. This happens many times when more competition moves in closer so don’t say you were not warned.


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620 Cafe & Bakery

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Round Rock, Texas

“Good food, but always slow.”
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Good standard American Food. Scotty has been doing this kind of cooking for years and has it down to a science. Chicken Fried Steak, Enchiladas and your standard Truck Stop style breakfast. The only problem is it is not open late (2pm) and it is always slow on the weekends, even when the place is not busy.


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CLOSED – Pancho’s Mexican Buffet

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Austin, Texas

“Raise the flag, I gotta puke.”
Doesn’t like it

Do folks really go to this place? I went back in the late 80′s when there was a Pancho’s on Burnet. The place still sucks, with all the good Mexican choices in town, why go here? All you can eat…well if you like bad food and want lots of it.


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CLOSED: Bear Rock Café

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Austin, Texas

“Sandwitches, but not a cafe.”
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So I classify a Cafe as a place that serves some American home cooking.This ain’t it. It is more of a sandwich shop. For sandwich’s the prices are a little high, but if your close to the location it will do.Mind you this is no real deli, nor a cafe….I mean some in-between concoction of food that is almost non-classifiable. But they do have a few good sandwiches and hell, at least the WiFi is free…but for breakfast, go next door to the Kolache Factory.


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Boulevard Bar & Grill

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Austin, Texas

“Good location on Far West”
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Noisy at busy times, but otherwise a quiet place. Lack of power plugs is only detraction.

Wirelss SSID: Boulevard
Secure: No
Outlets: None
Quiet: Quiet
Speed: Medium
Overall Workability Rating: 3 (1-5)


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Homer’s Bar & Grill

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Austin, Texas

“No more food”
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I love Homer and Shelly, their karaoke, drinks, and overall attitude about running a bar.They closed down the kitchen, but it is still a good place to have a drink and get some work done.

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Closed – Hooters

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Austin, Texas

“Corporate”
Does not like it

Honestly they spend so much time making sure you do not need any more drinks, food, whatever, it is hard to keep a train of thought. Even after I told them, I am just going to sit here and work.

Wirelss SSID: Hooters
Secure: No
Outlets: None
Quiet: Loud
Speed: Medium
Overall Workability Rating: 1 (1-5)


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Hideout Pub

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Austin, Texas

“Good late grub”
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Excellent Jukebox so the noise level can be high. The food is good and they serve food until midnight.

Wirelss SSID: Fry’s Electronics Free WiFi
Secure: No
Outlets: Few at end of bar by Bar Top Game
Quiet: Quiet (unless people are playing jukebox)
Speed: Fast
Overall Workability Rating: 3 (1-5)


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Cover 3

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Austin, Texas

“Quite and tasty”
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There are not enough seats at the bar, but you can sit at any table. It is very quite most of the day and the speed is enough to get work done.

Wirelss SSID: Cover3
Secure: No
Outlets: None, Ask bartender to plug in behind the bar
Quiet: Quiet
Speed: Very Fast
Overall Workability Rating: 4 (1-5)


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Hideout Pub

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“Cheap drinks, food to boot!”
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The food at Hideout is good for pub grub. The drinks stand out as they are mostly $3 bucks.
I have tried the Burgers, waffle fries, and nachos. All are good and the staff is nice.
It is in a weird location, one reason they call it Hideout…but it is worth a stop by. It seems that most people use it as a “stop-off” bar, as they have a few drinks and move on.


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Chuy’s (North Austin)

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Austin, Texas

“Chuy’s and Elvis….just the way they rolls.”
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Carrows

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Austin, Texas

“Sh*thole!”
Doesn’t like it

Ok, so not often do I try to make a splash with a title, but seriously this place sucks.
Let’s say you cross a Kettle with a IHOP, put it in the ghetto, invite anyone for a 5 o’clock free crack give away and you got Carrows.
Now, I have been to Carrows in other towns and it is your standard IHOP style breakfast joint…but here in Austin, stay away…unless your looking to buy crack with your waffles.


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The Grove

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Austin, Texas

“Reed’s New Wine Bar”
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Jaspers

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Austin, Texas

“Best bar at The Domain…”
Doesn’t like it

Went after the fiasco at Jo Dimagio’s. Bartenders were great. I did not eat, but will be back to eat for sure.
Bar was awesome, high end and was busy even late in the evening.


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Onion

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“Great late night Pizza.”
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True Austin kinda shop. Good pizza and great for late nights.
This is not that crap down on 6th street from the Roll-le-pollo place.
Theirs is good stuff. Even if your sober!!


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Cafe Java

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Austin, Texas

“Don’t let the name fool ya, this is a good American Diner”
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Los Pinos Mexican

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Lakeway, Texas

“Open 7 Days!”
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Finally went to this place tonight. I have heard mixed reviews, but lately only good. So I hit it.
Good, Good, Good! Beans were ‘clean’ and tasty, rice was good. The Chicken Tortilla Soup was awesome, as close to my own I have had.
It is a weird little joint, but they do serve breakfast every day, and on weekends until 2pm. Gonna have to hitch a ride up to it when I am on the lake all night! doh!


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Rocco’s Grill

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Lakeway, Texas

“Good food, weird scene”
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Manuel’s

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Austin, Texas

“Great Patio, not much more…”
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Walburg Restaurant

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Walburg, Texas

“Best Bier Garten in Central Texas…”
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Love this place. Look for live music in season.
Food is always good, bier garten is not always open, call or check their site.
All the snitzel is good!


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P. Terry’s Burger Stand

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Austin, Texas

“Best Drive up/walk up Burger in Town”
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Man this place is good. Go with the double meat since the size is small.On nasty days, skip this joint, since all the seating is outside. Drive up available much like Short Stop.Lemonade is great, wish it came in a cup as big as the rest of the drinks, but hand squeezed the way it should be.


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Third Base Sports Bar

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Austin, Texas

“Great at lunch”
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Excellent place to work downtown. Lunch is usually quite and you can even take phone calls if needed.

Wirelss SSID: Thirdbase
Secure: No
Outlets: Under knees at bar
Quiet: Very Quite (during lunch)
Speed: Fast
Overall Workability Rating: 4 (1-5)


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Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill

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“Locally owned is best!”
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Kayman’s Deli

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Lakeway, Texas

“Tiny Deli, Large Sandwiches!”
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CLOSED – Burger House

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Austin, Texas

“Holy Cow!”
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Wow, it is hard to figure out where to put Burger House…for sure in the top 3.
Great little place, awesome burgers. I went for the double meat, double cheese.
These are your griddle style like your mom would make on the stove…and they run down your arm juicy.
I would pass on the fires, they were shoestring but over done.
Just WOW on the burger!


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Cafe Castronova

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Austin, Texas

“Excellent for Breakfast!”
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Stopped into Cafe Castronova for Breakfast. The name will fool you, since it is more of a Bistro than Cafe.
The breakfast was awesome and under 10 bucks, but I would assume that the dinner is high-end and great. It was standard American breakfast with the fusion of their upscale style of food. The Home Fries were AWESOME.
They do have a Cigar Room next door that is part of the establishment, and the vibe in there is old world Cuba Style.
Sometime I will try to go back for Dinner.


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Blu Parrot Lakeside Bar & Grill

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Lake Travis, Texas

“Horrible!”
Doesn’t like it

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CLOSED: Dimassi’s Mediterranean Buffet

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Austin, Texas

“Great Buffet! Awesome Flavor!”
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Well, no bar here, but a buffet. I have to say I have never eaten at a Mediterranean Buffet. As buffet’s go, this one is fresh. The food was great. The standard Mediterranean fare was there, and the desserts were great also.
I was really wowed to try the Fried Chicken and it was great also.
I did lunch, but would assume that dinner is  just as good.


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Monument Cafe

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Austin, Texas

“Just plane ordinary.”
Doesn’t like it

Many like Monument Cafe, but every time I go there I just expect more. The idea is great but the follow through is not so good.
They are building a new location, and that possibly brings hope of a new flux of recipes and maybe shake off the stale.


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Wildfire

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Georgetown, Texas

“Great bar!”
Doesn’t like it

I have been eating at the bar here for years. All in all the food has gone up and down, but it remains a good place that is not corporate, and serves good steaks.
The bar is the best part of the restaurant, since it is just inviting.
Good non-corporate restaurant!


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Maudie’s Cafe

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Austin, Texas

“Another location, still great Maudie’s!”
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Went for Josie’s Enchiladas last night…so damn good.
North location is small like the rest and in an odd old shopping center. It can be warm due to the setting sun later in the evening, but well worth it.
Same great food and service.
But, I would not necessarily visit this area of town late at night…it can be somewhat sketchy.


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Exotic Thai

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Austin, Texas

“Upscale Thai…”
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I went here for lunch on the recommendation of a friend. Exotic Thai has only been open a few months but have really found their stride.
This is not your standard Thai restaurant, as my Pad Thai was not served in a bowl but on a plate. It was dryer than most but the flavor was awesome. The plate had a cabbage soup, rice, and salad.
The  place  was not large, and sits in a strange place in a long and narrow center at Braker and Lamar. They also have a large meeting room as well.


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Dan’s Hamburgers

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Austin, Texas

“Dan’s or Fran’s Choose your side…”
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Well, if you have lived in Austin long enough you know the story. Dan and Fran broke up. They had like 10 restaurants…and the court said split them.
So you got Fran’s and Dan’s….all are basically the same…unless you had the bumper sticker conveying which you supported.


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Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre on Urbanspoon Cuba Libre
Austin, Texas
“Good drinks…Ok Tapas”

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…so I am not really a Tapas connoisseur, but it seems they want to over do everything. Seriously, apple chutney with the Tapas…
Just stick to the basics, go with a Castro minimalism and make some good Tapas….but mind you the Drink of the same name, Cuba Libre is one of the best here.


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Chuy’s (Round Rock)

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Round Rock, Texas

“The Round Rock Graceland!”
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Every location embraces Elvis and Hubcaps….crazy decor and good Tex-Mex.
If your just visiting Austin, or have lived here for year, you need to get back. Every time I go, I realize I should eat at Chuy’s more often.


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Chuy’s (Arboretum)

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Austin, Texas

“Another location, same good food.”
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Their Tex-Mex holds it’s own with any joint in town, but they do have a great late night selection of buzz killing entrees.
Chicken Enchiladas are always my selection, and don’t forget to get the Jalapeno Ranch for dipping the chips.


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Chick-Fil-a

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Austin, Texas

“The cows know it’s good….”
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Boulevard Bar & Grill

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Austin, Texas

“…good lunch stuff.”
Doesn’t like it

Well, I went to Boulevard Bar & Grill the first week it was open years ago….it sucked.
That, like many things changed, they have solidified their niche.
Burgers are good at lunch and they have a cheap happy hour. Even after years of them being there, I go back every few months when I am in the area.
Be warned, the bar is small, so there really is no “eating at the bar”.


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Bone Daddy’s House of Smoke

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Austin, Texas

“BBQ not so good, Chicks …oh so good.”
Doesn’t like it

So this is not really a BBQ place, in fact I would rate Rudy’s above this place and Rudy’s sucks as Texas BBQ goes.
Never the less, it is a place that has scantly clad women, in little shorts and other things protruding.
That being said, get the sausage plate…they don’t ever screw that up. Also, you can get a bacon plate at the bar…only real men order bacon with whiskey!


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Cafe Java

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Austin, Texas

“Both locations are great..”
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Phil’s Icehouse

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Austin, Texas

“Burgers, and Ice Cream!”
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A friend turned me onto these guys “little burgers”.
Now mind you, ya need a few to make it fill ya, but they are good, real good. As sliders go, these might be the bets in town.
I can’t say I have tried anything else on the menu, since I usually just get the sliders and then go next door to Amy’s to get some cream.


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Amy’s Ice Cream

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Austin, Texas

“Austin loves Amy!”
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Waterloo Ice House

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Austin, Texas

“South Location has live Music….”
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Pier on Lake Travis

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Lake Travis, Texas

“Boats and Burgers! Yeah!”
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South Congress Cafe

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Austin, Texas

“Upscale Cafe, hoddy toddy menu.”
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Angel’s Icehouse

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Spicewood, Texas

“Nice drive, nice burger…”
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Stopped by when I was driving back to Austin. The outdoor tables are nice if the weather is forgiving…but it was too hot when I was there so we moved inside and ate at the bar.
Burgers were great and the chicken fried steak can hold it’s own with most in town.
Good food if your in the area.


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Sarovar Indian Cuisine

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Austin, Texas

“Great lunch buffet :P”
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I went for lunch last week with an Indian co-worker. We were both impressed, but his recommendation is more valid since his family owns numerous Indian restaurants in India.
The buffet was well stocked and had a large selection of both meat and vegetarian fare. My second Indian choice in Austin after Bombay Bistro.


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Mesa Rosa

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Austin, Texas

“Best Taco Salad in town…”
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This is by far the best location of the Mesa Rosa restaurants. Some of the others don’t keep as close to the original menu.
Everything that I have had is great, but my favorite is the Taco Salad with ground beef. The side of queso that comes with it is just the icing on the cake for the Taco Salad, this in the huge homemade taco shell bowl and mounds of beef and cheese….and did I mention the queso?
Good stuff!


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Waterloo Ice House

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Austin, Texas

“Baked Potato Soup! Get some.”
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Sandy’s Hamburger Hut

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Lakeway, Texas

“Best Burgers in Lakeway!”
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Cafe Blue

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Lake Travis, Texas

“A Jerk Burger? Tasty!”
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There are lots of jerks in this world, but Cafe Blue’s Jerk Burger takes the cake.
I have yet to find another place that uses Jerk Seasoning on beef, but it hits the spot dead on! Excellent burger, worth the drive or boat trip.
Everything I have had from their menu is good.
The Crab Cakes, Wedge Salad and Jerk Burger are what I stop for.
Also Boat accessible with dock parking at Sandy Creek Marina.


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Carlos N’ Charlie’s

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Austin, Texas

“…on the decline.”
Really likes it

The food continues to be on the decline. It is hard to screw up Beef Fajitas, but when half of it is un-chewable, I wonder if they are just not doing any quality checks on the food.


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Arkie’s Grill

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Austin, Texas

“Chicken and Dumplings…Home Cooking, Truck Stop, Blue Plate…yeah like that!”   Likes it

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Maudie’s Cafe

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Austin, Texas

“Cheese, Cheese, Thank GOD for the Cheese!”
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Sambet’s

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Austin, Texas

“Swamp Shack is right”

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Oasis

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Austin, Texas

“New Vegas Style Sunset”
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Clay Pit

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Austin, Texas

“Buffet:Stay away”
Doesn’t like it

The buffet is minimal for the price. They usually only have two main dishes, one meat and one veggie. At lunch the Buffet is up front and in the way of all the traffic coming in to sit down. Just basically a cluster.
The regular menu is good, but there are other places in town to get better Indian.
The atmosphere the only selling point Clay Pit has. The building is nicely restored. They keep getting traffic due to its location and NOT the food.
Go North to Bombay Bistro.


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House Park Bar-B-Que

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Austin, Texas

“Now ya need teeth.”
Doesn’t like it

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Parkside

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Austin, Texas

“Three Words: Bone Marrow Salad!”
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Evangeline Cafe

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Austin, Texas

“Big Po-Boy’s”
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Jaspers

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Austin, Texas

“truth in printing?”
Doesn’t like it

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Hut’s Hamburgers

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Austin, Texas
“mmmm burgers!”
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Hut’s is a Old Austin Standard. I went last week for lunch and it was great as always. I usually go with the Dagwood, but branched out and got a regular burger (laugh!).
This place is always good for a burger, but be warned. Anytime UT is playing, stay away, or other big events downtown, everyone wants to go there, and the wait is for ever. Catch it on an off day for some good quick burgers!


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Mighty Fine Burgers

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Austin, Texas

“…its a Rudy’s kina place :(”
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Onion Creek Grille

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Austin, Texas

“Best lunch pasta bar”
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I usually visit at lunch. Even though they do not have a bar to eat at, the pasta selection is great. For $12 bucks it is all-you-can-eat Pasta Bar.
First: Pick your ingredients; They have mushrooms, onions, ham, turkey, chicken, pepperoni, shrimp, clams,  and the assortment of veggies for your pasta.
Second:  Pick your Sauces include; Alfredo, Cajun, pesto, marinara, and another that escapes me.
Third: Pick your Pasta; flat noodles, wheat noodles, bow-tie, spiral, spaghetti.
Forth: EAT!


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Bj’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

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Austin, Texas

“Good micro brews…”
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BJ’s does have good micro brews, but the food is a little too corporate for my taste.
This place is just your standard corporate joint and most of the offerings are like Cheadders, Bennigans, and the others.
The one bright point are the micro brews, but if your going for lunch, you might not be able to take advantage of that.
Not bad, but will not blow your skirt up.


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Fonda San Miguel

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Austin, Texas

“Sunday Brunch WOW!”
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Bombay Bistro

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Austin, Texas

“Excellent Indian!”
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Even with working down close to 183 and Ben White, we often drive up to Bombay Bistro for lunch.
Their lunch buffet is larger than most Indian restaurants down south and the quality far exceeds all of those that we have been to.  They usually have 4-5 main dishes on the buffet and 2 veggie choices.
Excellent price, excellent quality.


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Austin Land & Cattle

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Austin, Texas

“Update: Not a Prime Steakhouse”
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India Kitchen

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Austin, Texas

“Good lunch spot”
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Good Indian food in the south east area. I mostly go for lunch and eat the buffet. The buffet is not large, but there is usually 2-3 main items, with the standard Indian sides.
Only down side, is they don’t like to serve tea. It is hard to get anything more than water, and when you do specifically ask for tea, it hardly ever gets refilled.


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El Patio

El Patio on Urbanspoon El Patio
Austin, Texas

“Awesome…since 1952, yes 1952.”
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This place is always great. Just your good clean Tex-Mex the way it should be. Have a cold beer and enjoy a place that has been here longer than most everyone that will read this.


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Dirty Martin’s Place

Dirty Martin's Place on Urbanspoon Dirty Martin’s Place
Austin, Texas

“Was better before it was ‘Dirty’s Kum-bak’ ”
Doesn’t like it

It was much better before it closed down the last time. But make no mistake, it got it’s name Dirty’s because it is just that. The place is disgusting…but the burgers are fair. The photo on their site of the Meat Frying makes me want to puke. They don’t call it Dirty’s for nothing, remember that.


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34th Street Cafe

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Austin, Texas

“Best Crab Cakes in Town!”
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The Chef at 34th street is amazing. For such a small place, the quality of food is just outstanding. I am not sure how they do it out of a kitchen that is so small. Lunch is always good, diner is upscale and the place is always quite. Always go for the Crab Cakes App, they are the best in town. Nice selection of Wine as well.


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Mozart’s Coffee Roasters

Mozart's Coffee Roasters on Urbanspoon Mozart’s Coffee Roasters
Austin, Texas

“Check out the Late Night Live Music”
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During the warm months, be sure to check out the live music on the Deck. Good coffee and coffee house eats.


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Umi Shushi Bar and Grill

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Austin, Texas

“Excellent Lunch Sushi”
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Since I am not usually down south for Diner, I can’t speak of the evening crowd, but for lunch this place is always empty, which equates to fast.Good sushi, Toro is excellent (fatty tuna) as are all of the items I have tired over the many trips.They also have Bento Boxes for lunch (fixed lunch with salad, sides, meat).


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Patsy’s Cowgirl Cafe

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Austin, Texas

“Awesome at first, but after cook left…”
Doesn’t like it

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Vic’s Barbecue

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Austin, Texas

“Sweet Tea for ME!”
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Zorba Greek

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Round Rock, Texas

“Good Greek, but used to be better.”
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This place was awesome when the Athenian Grill owner started it. But then he sold out to another fellow, who promptly fired all the Greek’s working there and filled their place with anyone that would work for lower wages. Food is good, but not nearly the quality that it was.


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Sirloin Stockade

Sirloin Stockade on Urbanspoon Sirloin Stockade
Round Rock, Texas

“Buffet style low grade mush.”
Doesn’t like it
This place is a haven for the blue haired crowd on Church days. Most folks that would pass on this place but it still seems packed. It is a buffet much like Ryan’s and is just not that good.


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Dot’s Place

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Pflugerville, Texas

“Lost the vibe…”

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La Margarita

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Round Rock, Texas

“Old location was good…”
Doesn’t like it

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Gumbo’s

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Round Rock, Texas

“Good steaks and Deserts!”
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Gumbo’s has weathered many storms, buy out’s, sell out’s, new owners, managers, old owners, managers, and it still stands on it’s own. The steaks are good, the Cajun entree’s are better. Leave room for the Desert, the Bread Pudding is to die for.


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Springhill

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Pflugerville, Texas

“Good, Good Fish!”
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This place is excellent and has been serving the same quality food since I can remember. Fish is great, but the other most favorite menu item is the Grilled Chicken Salad. Just awesome!


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El Rincon

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Pflugerville, Texas

“Excellent!”
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This place is great! It has been around for what seems ever now, but they really have good food. I call it Clean Mexican, since it is void of the heavy grease that many Tex-Mex places drown their food in. I always go with the Enchiladas, but you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu!


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Cheddar’s Casual Cafe

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Pflugerville, Texas

“Inexpensive family dining…”
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Austin Pizza Garden

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Austin, Texas

“Best Pizza in Oak Hill”
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I have been to this place many times and the Pizza leaves you with a smile. All of it is fresh and cooked to order. Just damn good pizza.


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Cheddar’s Casual Cafe

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Austin, Texas

“Inexpensive family dining…”
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Kobe Japanese Steakhouse

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Austin, Texas

“Bad Ass Spicy Tuna Rolls”
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I think that Kobe has some of the best Spicy Tuna Rolls in town. Mainly because they roll them in the tempura crunch – which must have ‘crack’ in it – because it is so good. I usually eat at the bar (this is my theme) but if you eat at one of the grills, I suggest the Chateau Bruene. Their meat is good, but since it is a Japanese Steakhouse, they really don’t cook the steaks like us Texans, but to each their own.


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CLOSED – Ben’s Long Branch BBQ

Ben's Long Branch BBQ on Urbanspoon Ben’s Long Branch BBQ – CLOSED
Austin, Texas

“Closed indefinably”
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I was there 2nd week of DEC07. Closed. Called the phone, closed for TWO weeks for remodel.Still closed as of 01/17/2008, phone disconnected now, no more answering machine.Goodbye Ben’s!


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Hoover’s Cooking

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Austin, Texas
“Old Austin Favorite”
Always a good standby. North location is not as good as East Austin. Sunday brunch is good.Always try one of the deserts!


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Billy’s on Burnet

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Austin, Texas

“Love the Logo, food also.”
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Good little neighborhood place.Beer and the standard menu items. Burgers, sandwiches, et al.Deck is nice when when the weather is, but not much room on the inside.


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Third Base

Third Base Sports Bar on Urbanspoon Third Base
Austin, Texas

“Quite at lunch”
Likes it

Great spot to get some work done. During the day the noise is very low and it is easy to work and even talk on the phone if you need.

Wirelss SSID: Thirdbase
Secure: No
Outlets: Not obvious, ask bartender, Under the Bar by knees
Quiet: Very Quite (during day)
Speed: Very Fast
Overall Workability Rating: 5 (1-5)

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Lavaca Street Sports Bar

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Austin, Texas

“its a sports bar”
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Acceptable place to work downtown, but not ideal due to hours.

Wirelss SSID: Lavaca Street Bar
Secure: No
Outlets: Ask bartender to plug in behind the bar
Quiet: Quite until later
Speed: Medium
Overall Workability Rating: 2 (1-5)


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Halcyon

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Austin, Texas

“Quite for lunch”
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Quite enough to talk on the phone, speed is good, but there are usually 3-5 users online at all times.
Wirelss SSID: Halcyon
Secure: No
Outlets: None, Ask bartender to plug in behind the bar
Quiet: Quite
Speed: Fast
Overall Workability Rating: 3 (1-5)


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Anderson Mill Tavern

Anderson Mill Tavern
Austin, Texas

“Still a dive bar”
Does not like it

Quite most of the day. They do play music, but that is usually not loud.

Wirelss SSID: AMT
Secure: No
Outlets: None, Ask bartender to plug in behind the bar
Quiet: * (Music or Games usually going on)
Speed: **
Overall Workability Rating: **


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Shoal Creek Saloon

Shoal Creek Saloon on Urbanspoon Shoal Creek Saloon
Austin, Texas

“Lunch specials every day”
Likes it
Nice that you can work on the back Patio. Quite out there unless they have a game on but that is usually not the case.

Wirelss SSID: Saloon
Secure: No
Outlets: None
Quiet: * (Music or Games usually going on)
Speed: **
Overall Workability Rating: **


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Sam’s Boat

Sam's Boat on Urbanspoon Sam’s Boat
Austin, Texas

“Wireless is slower than the second coming of Jesus.”
Doesn’t like it

I have no idea how Corporate continues to say wireless works, when you get close to 9kbps out of the link.Seriously, get RoadRunner, DSL is a joke, especially here. If you have to do ANY work, or even check email, good luck.

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Golden Light Cafe

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Amarillo, Texas

HOLY COW BURGER!
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Where do I start? I was here over Christmas. This place is the way you would expect: photos of the patrons on the walls, from every event in the last 20 years, Halloween, New Years, what-ever-day….The burgers are not just good, they are GOD LIKE! Some of the best you will find.Not to mention they are on the old Route 66. This is the way everyone should roll today!


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Tillerman

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Las Vegas, Nevada

“Don’t waste your time!”
Doesn’t like it

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Best Wurst

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Austin, Texas

“Best late night food on 6th street”
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Best Wurst is the best late night food on Sixth Street. This place is heads and shoulders above ANY of the pizza joints.
He has been there for years and the one reason is that these Brauts are just damn good.
He also can be found around 10th and Congress at lunch.


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Beluga Japanese

Beluga Japanese on UrbanspoonBeluga Japanese
Round Rock, Texas

“Still very good!”
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I went back recently, it was as it has always been. Fresh and tasty. We had a large group and it was no problem for them to handle.


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Reale’s Pizza & Cafe

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Austin, Texas

“Bartender now runs the show”
Doesn’t like it

I have been eating at Reale’s for over ten years. Tonight I go in to eat at the bar and the bartender tells us we can’t. Only appetizers. I asked who changed this? He said HE did. SO now because the bartender is horrible slow he refuses to serve food. I don’t even want to give the owner a call, I will just find another place.


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Reata

Reata on UrbanspoonReata
Fort Worth, Texas

“Fillet was Flavorless, tastless. ”
Doesn’t like it

I was told this was an excellent place to eat. If I had only known the Chop House was a block away….I will say the Bar on the roof-top was very nice.The food was another story. They have the assortment of menu items that most high end Steakhouses have, like the wedge salad, but do not be fooled.They get their meat primarily from a personally owned ranch with Hereford Cattle which is not know for being excellent meat, but the idea must sell.That being said, the Fillet was flavorless. It was cooked to order as I wished (rare), but there was no flavor. My No flavor I mean ZERO.Tasteless meat.If you want to go eat a steak, try the Chop House, or get in the car, drive down 6th street – west until it merges into 7th St, and go to the 3100 block of 7th. You will find Eddie V’s who has some of the best steaks in the State of Texas, if not the Planet.

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Eddie V’s

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Fort Worth, Texas

“Be warned DFW Steakhouses, Eddie V’s has arrived. ”
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Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy

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Amarillo, Texas

“Food and Waiter saved the night.”
Doesn’t like it

The hostess stand sucks, in a big way. We were told that it was a 10 min wait. 10 min later, they said it was a 15min wait, then after we waited a total of 25min, they said it was 10 more minutes. Total bullshit.Let me tell you there is a call-ahead list. So do that to get in front of the others…like us that waited.Finally at the table, the evening went perfectly. Joisah was awesome. All of the food was great. I had cheese and beef enchiladas with Queso on top. It was EXCELLENT.I would recommend it .I talked to the manager and explained the situation at the front, and let him know that our server was one of the best I had had any place.

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Calico County Restaurant

Calico County Restaurant on UrbanspoonCalico County Restaurant
Amarillo, Texas

“Good Home Cooking! Free Sweet Rolls!!!”
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Went for lunch. First off, let me say the bread basket has sweet rolls in it….yes FREE SWEET ROLLS!So I had the Chicken Fried Steak (light portion). It was very good. Good meat, cooked correctly, fresh taste.All of the sides looked good, but I had the Broccoli & Rice Casserole. The Chicken n’ Dumplings were not all that good, as it was more of a soup than gravy sauce.All in all, good joint.


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Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse

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Amarillo, Texas

“Best whap-o-neeze in town.”
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Ye Olde Pancake Station

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Amarillo, Texas

“Best for Breakfast! ”
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This place has been here for ever. They sold it, left town, and then came back, and had to buy it back again.Now non-smoking (well had been for some time), but the breakfast is still some of the best you can get. All the standard fare, from biscuits and gravy to french toast the place just does breakfast rigtht.Get some!


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Hummers Sports Cafe

Hummers Sports Cafe on UrbanspoonHummers Sports Cafe
Amarillo, Texas

“You said Hummers, I’ll take one too.”
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Well I like the name….a lot.The food is good for pub grub and sports bar stuff. The place is setup more like an older Applebee’s, but is a local joint.The beer is cold and the appetizers are filling.


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The Big Texan Steak Ranch

The Big Texan Steak Ranch on UrbanspoonThe Big Texan Steak Ranch
Amarillo, Texas

“Yeah, Yeah … Tourist Trap”
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Top Notch

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Austin, Texas

“OPEN AGAIN!!!!! :)
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The Local News said they were back open. I am not sure if they ever found the recipe to the Special Sauce…no matter, the burgers are still great!


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Top Notch

Top Notch on UrbanspoonTop Notch
Austin, Texas

“Closed Temporarily”
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Folks it is only a temporary close! Temporarily.


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CLOSED: T.G.I. Friday’s

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Austin, Texas

“How can they get worse….they can.”
Doesn’t like it

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Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme on UrbanspoonKrispy Kreme (Excalibur Casino)
Las Vegas, Nevada

“Holy God it is good. ”
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So since they roll the dough all the time, there is hardly ever a time I have been to the Krispy Kreme when they do not have fresh hot doughnuts coming off the belt.That being said, once I took someone there and they thought the doughnuts were so good they went home and bought stock.One of the best locations due to the volume.


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Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme on UrbanspoonKrispy Kreme (Circus Circus Casino)
Las Vegas, Nevada

“Holy God it is good.”
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So since they roll the dough all the time, there is hardly ever a time I have been to the Krispy Kreme when they do not have fresh hot doughnuts coming off the belt.That being said, once I took someone there and they thought the doughnuts were so good they went home and bought stock.


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Aureole

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Las Vegas, Nevada

“Over rated food. Excellent Service.”
Doesn’t like it

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Roxy’s

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Las Vegas, Nevada

“Word’s can’t express my hatred for this place!”
Doesn’t like it

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Trofi at the Doubletree Hotel

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Overland Park, Kansas

“Good Breakfast”
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I have been to the Droubletree numerous times for conferences. If I ever get up early, which is once in say 3 days, I will catch brunch here. The brunch is good and the bacon comes crispy. It is a tad over priced for just Hotel food, but it is convenient.


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Texas Roadhouse

Texas Roadhouse on UrbanspoonTexas Roadhouse
Kansas City, Kansas

“Not really”
Doesn’t like it

This was my first Texas Roadhouse to eat at, and it was just corporate food.That being said, the peanuts are good, not much else is.


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RA Sushi

RA Sushi on UrbanspoonRA Sushi
Las Vegas, Nevada

“Excellent Non-Casino Sushi, on The Strip!”
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Man this place is good. Since it is in Fashion Show Mall, it is close to everything. The best part about RA is it is not a Casino joint….and it is GOOD!I went with other Sushi lovers and we were all impressed.Spicy Tuna Rolls are my barometer of sushi joints, like chicken-fried steak of sushi. I rate by that single dish, as well as Torro.This place was awesome, very fresh, and VERY cost effective!


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Paradise Garden Cafe

Paradise Garden Cafe (Flamingo) on UrbanspoonParadise Garden Cafe (Harrah’s Casino)
Las Vegas, Nevada

“Alaskan Crab Leg Buffet”
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What else needs to be said, it is all you can eat Crab Legs! The buffet is fresh and there are TONS of choices….but I can’t get past the ALL YOU CAN EAT CRAB LEGS. Wait, did I say all you can eat Crab Legs?


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Lucky’s Cafe

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Well, they have Breakfast…
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The Courtyard

The Courtyard (Stratosphere) on UrbanspoonThe Courtyard (Stratosphere Casino)
Las Vegas, Nevada

“only if your staying here and can’t afford a cab”
Doesn’t like it

The Stratosphere is old now. Top of the World is awesome, but everything else sucks.The Courtyard Buffet sucked even when it was brand new….I should know since I was there the first week the Strat opened.


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Le Village

Le Village (Paris) on UrbanspoonLe Village (Paris Casino)
Las Vegas, Nevada

“Good late night”
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Ok, I was drunk, real drunk. That being said, from what I remember it was good. Food that was good enough to keep the booze down and get me to bead. Hell, buffet’s are buffet’s…there are only a few outstanding ones and this one is not on that list.


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Mon Ami Gabi

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Las Vegas, Nevada

“Good Steaks, quick eating! ”
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Ferraro’s

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Las Vegas, Nevada

“Best Italian in all of Vegas”
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Top of the World

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Las Vegas, Nevada

“Best Steaks in Vegas”
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Waterloo Ice House (South Park Medows)

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Austin, Texas

“Queso Blanco covered Chopsteak”
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Athenian Grill

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Austin, Texas

“NOW OPEN!!!! NOW OPEN!!!”
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This new place is AWESOME. The look, feel, style, food, everything is great!
The location is now in One American Center. They are open for Lunch and Dinner. Get back there and try all the good dishes that we remember!
Welcome back!


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Signature Room at the 95th

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Chicago, Illinois

“Best place for a Cocktail”
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The food is good, but I would recommend having a Cocktail on the 96th at the Lounge.Bar none, this is the highest place to have a drink, unless you trek to Vegas to the Stratosphere, where their lounge is at the 109th floor


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House of Blues

House of Blues on UrbanspoonHouse of Blues
Chicago, Illinois

Sandwitches are great!
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I love the sandwiches, most folks forget this places actually serves food.Lots of menu items to try.  Food not as good as their Blues, but still you should stop by.


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Wildfire

Wildfire on UrbanspoonWildfire
Chicago, Illinois

“Wildfire by the same name make for good steaks.”
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So the last time I was in Chicago I had to stop here, mainly because I am from Austin, and eat all the time at Wildfire in Georgetown.Would it live up to the excellent steaks I know and love?It did, in every aspect. The Fillet was great. Cooked as expected and the flavor was wonderful.They did everything right, even down to the logo cocktail napkins, which my local Wildfire does not do.


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Threadgill’s

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Austin, Texas

“why do Austinites like this bland crappy food?”
Doesn’t like it

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Korea House Restaurant and Sushi Bar

Korea House Restaurant and Sushi Bar on UrbanspoonKorea House Restaurant and Sushi Bar
Austin, Texas

“Good cheap sushi!”
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Good place, lots to choose from and a price that is hard to beat ANYWHERE!Enjoy the Village fountain outside, most folks don’t know how cool the Village is…unless your old time Austin.


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Closed: BW-3 Bar & Grill

Bw-3 Bar & Grill on UrbanspoonBw-3 Bar & Grill
Austin, Texas

“good for a beer, but food sucks ”
Doesn’t like it

It is a bar, the food sucks. It was better before the name change.


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Magnolia Cafe

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Austin, Texas

“Great for the latenight drinkers”
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This place is awesome. Open 24hrs, best place downtown to get some sober up food.


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Counter Cafe

Counter Cafe on UrbanspoonCounter Cafe
Austin, Texas

“Small and old skool kewl”
Really likes it

This place is tiny, like it should be at a luncheon counter. Went on a Sunday and ate breakfast.Menu is good, more of a short order cook type of place.Excellent niche place you need to eat at.


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Krispy Kreme

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Austin, Texas

“Jesus these are good”
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If satan were to make donuts Krispy Kreme would be his shop, these are better than life itself.Many want to say Round Rock Donuts is good, but their yellow color scares me. The one thing that makes Krispy Kreme good, is that they glaze EVERY donut before they do anything to it. Sprinkles, flavors, filling.God bless Krispy Kreme…even though they are supremely evil to anyone’s diet.

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Closed: Serranos Arboretum

Serranos Arboretum on UrbanspoonSerranos Arboretum
Austin, Texas

“Is this place still in business? ”
Doesn’t like it

Man, as Mexican food goes this place just does not cut it.I know they are a local family, but seriously if their pockets are that deep, stop the hemorrhaging and get out of the mediocre Mexican food business


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Top Notch

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Austin, Texas

“Excellent Burgers, old style service”
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What is there not to love about Top Notch, I mean it was in Dazed and Confused!The burgers are some of the best griddle style burgers in town. Thin meat with all the juiciness that goes with a good drive in burger.Make no mistake this place is not a gourmet burger joint, just old fashioned drive in burgers.


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Hill-Bert’s Burgers

Hill-Bert's Burgers on UrbanspoonHill-Bert’s Burgers
Austin, Texas

“Great Austin Burgers”
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This place has been here for ever. They run their burger patties through a oven much like Schlotzsky’s uses – a converbelt oven where the patties are cooked the same every time. Grease drains away, and nothing but beefy goodness is left.Now with more locations (all in the same area though)An Austin original.


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Tex Sandwiches

Tex Sandwiches on UrbanspoonTex Sandwiches
Round Rock, Texas

“Better than Schlotzsky’s”
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This place was called Alvin Ord’s years ago. Then after Schlotzsky’s  sued the corporation for “coping the recipe’s” they broke them apart and the local owners changed the name.This place has excellent sandwiches just like Schlotzsky’s  but much fresher and well, to die for.Small strip center place, that is not too warm, but the sandwiches make up for it!


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Reale’s Pizza & Cafe

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Austin, Texas

Good Local Italian and Pizza place
Doesn’t like it

This place is local and good.Pizza is always REAL fresh and GREAT! All of the Italian selections are good as well.


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Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop

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Austin, Texas

“Chicken Fried Bacon”
Likes it

There is one thing that you need to stop into Joe’s for CHICKEN FRIED BACON. I am a bacon connoisseur and could not eat two full strips. This stuff is deadly, but there are not that many places in Texas you can get this. Always busy on weekends and the staff mostly speaks spanish.


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Enchiladas Y Mas

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Austin, Texas

“Chief Special is the Best”
Really likes it

How can you make Chulapas better? Cover them in fresh grated cheese and then pour some queso made from the same fresh grated cheese.Cheese, cheese, more cheese.I have not had anything on the menu that was not good. Excellent for Breakfast on the weekends – the Breakfast Tacos are huge


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CLOSED: Bennigan’s

Bennigan's on UrbanspoonBennigan’s
Austin, Texas

“Quite possibly some of the worst service in town”
Doesn’t like it

Only saving grace for this shop is that you can still smoke inside the bar.Even though the staff is friendly the service sucks. EVERY TIME. The bar is small, but the bartenders seem to be consumed with … well something besides slingin’ liquor. They have NTN Trivia, a bunch of TV’s and Karaoke on one night.


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House Park Bar-B-Que

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Austin, Texas

“Now ya need teeth.”
Doesn’t like it

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Jaspers

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Austin, Texas

“truth in printing?”
Doesn’t like it

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Texas Bar & Grill

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Austin, Texas

“yeah, right.”
Doesn’t like it

It is a neighborhood bar. So the clans come and go. I know the place has a completely different scene from the after work crowd to the late night. So depending on when you go your mileage may vary.
Kitchen is closed, which says a bunch. Skip it and go to Italian Garden next door.


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CLOSED: Italian Garden

Italian Garden on UrbanspoonItalian Garden
Round Rock, Texas

“Every dish hand made…”
Likes it

Since I was reviewing Texas Bar and Grill, I thought I would give Italian Garden next door the highest of props.This place is awesome, but make sure you have the time. Every dish is hand made. The owner has been in the kitchen for over 10 years. I have never had a bad meal there, but do not expect a high-end, black tie style of dining.Just good Italian food, locally owned, and hand made.


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Austin Land & Cattle

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Austin, Texas

“Update: Not a Prime Steakhouse”
Doesn’t like it

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Sushi Sake

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Austin, Texas

“Awesome Crunch Roll”
Likes it

Great Sushi at a reasonable price. The place is upscale, but you will not feel out of place in Jeans.
Sushi Bar is one of the largest in town, and the restaurant has ample seating. There is usually a wait on Friday and Saturday nights, but the rest of the week is easy in and out.
I personally like the Crunch Roll, but always inquire about any special rolls they are doing that night – and always try the new ones.
Domino Regato, Mr. Roboto!


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Country Junction

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Sachse, Texas

“Good home cooking…”
Likes it

I have been to this place a few times when staying with friends.They always have good lunch specials and the standard menu fare is great.Just good southern cooking! Chicken Fried Steak, Fried Chicken, Meat Loaf and the likes.Worth a stop if your up in Sachse.


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Spring Creek Barbeque

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Richardson, Texas

“Nice bar scene”
Likes it

Good place with a nice bar scene. Mostly locals, but the BBQ will work.


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BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

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Plano, Texas

“Good food, better beer.”
Likes it

Nice brewpub, lots of room.Food is better than most brew pubs.


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CLOSED: Aunt Tilly’s Island Cafe and Bar

Aunt Tilly's Island Cafe and Bar on UrbanspoonAunt Tilly’s Island Cafe and Bar
Lake Travis, Texas

“Good Lake vibe, good live music”
Likes it

Well the flood hit Aunt Tilly’s hard. When they are kicking it, they Cubano sandwich is one of the best. There is live music most weekends in the summer.Good place to go, but not easy to boat to. The docking is limited and mostly private. There is room for around 4 boats, unless you disregard the “do not park” signs and tie up at the end of the piers.

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Texas Bar & Grill

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Austin, Texas

“They call this place T-Bag for a reason…”
Doesn’t like it

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The Belmont

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Austin, Texas

“Retro Rat Pack Style”
Likes it

Good steaks, not the best in town, but great for a flash from the past so you can act like Frank, Dean or Sammy.Bar is great!


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Pacific Star Oyster Bar

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Round Rock, Texas

Killer Gumbo!”
Likes it

Just as good as the other locations, just closer if you are in Round Rock. Great Fried fish and the Gumbo is out of this world. This location has WiFi.


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CLOSED: Reed’s Jazz & Supper Club

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Austin, Texas

“Closed as of 12/20/2007″
Doesn’t like it

Was a good place for the Bone in Ribeye. Reed was always there on Monday’s which was a treat. Bands where always good and the staff always friendly. But it is now closed.


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Bartllet’s (formerly Houston’s)

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Austin, Texas

“Consistently Excellent Steaks for me since 1991″
Really likes it

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Eddie V’s Edgewater Grille

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Austin, Texas

“Best in Town”
Really likes it

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Ray’s BBQ

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Austin, Texas

“Excellent”
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Blue Star Cafeteria

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Austin, Texas

“Good, but no cafeteria”
Doesn’t like it

The place has good food, but how about some truth in advertising?

caf·e·te·ri·a [kaf-i-teer-ee-uh] -noun
1. a restaurant in which patrons wait on themselves, carrying their food to tables from counters where it is displayed and served.
2. a lunchroom or dining hall, as in a factory, office, or school, where food is served from counters or dispensed from vending machines or where food brought from home may be eaten.

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Z’Tejas (Arboretum)

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Austin, Texas

“Z Friends?”
Doesn’t like it

Yeah, Tejas means Friend…whatever.The place is ok, but not steller. Breakfast/Brunch is good, but they don’t have just a good ol’ American style breakfast.Drinks are good.Oh, the Avery location is very pretentious. For no reason…and the menu is smaller…and the liquor selection is not a large (except of the tequila)


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T.G.I Friday’s

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Austin, Texas

“good bar, bad food”
Doesn’t like it

You always want their food to be good, it just aint.I had the sliders the last time I was in there. Vomit.


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Short Stop

Short Stop on UrbanspoonShore Stop
Austin, Texas

“Bag of burgers.”
Likes it

Where else can you get a bag of burgers for like 8 bucks?4 burgers for 8 bucks, or is it 10 now…either way, I remember when it was $5.99 for a bag of burgers…Still it is quick and better than McCrapples


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Pok-E-Jo’s Smokehouse

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Austin, Texas

“Pok-e-No’s”
Doesn’t like it

Well once again it is corporate. Even though Porky (owners name) lives here, it is still not that good.I mean it will do in a pinch, but there are a bunch of better places here in Austin….much like Rudy’s


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P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

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Austin, Texas

“still good, but not like it used to be… ”
Likes it

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Outback Steakhouse

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Austin, Texas

“get the joey sirloin”
Doesn’t like it

Ok, it is corporate so it falls of the list of places I like to go. But often I have folks give me Gift certs for this place.Best item on the menu is the Joey sirloin 6oz. It is like 6 bucks (adults pay $2 more, but that never happens) and you get one side.So it is just the right size with a sweet poatatoe and you save the waste of the 4 other oz on the 10oz and the $6 for the other.Drinks are always good!


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Mimis Cafe

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Austin, Texas

“well it was new when I went”
Doesn’t like it

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Marie Callender’s

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Austin, Texas

“good billboards, food not so much”
Doesn’t like it

I have been to Marie’s more than a few times. Each time I arrive with high hopes that it will be good american food. It just is not.It is corporate, which is against my roll, but you think they could make even turkey right. The gravy is spiced like folks would on the east coast…and everything is over priced.I mean the chicken pot pie is like 13 bucks.At least they went down on the prices of whole pies…guess that whole American obesity problem is catching up with them.

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Iron Cactus North

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Austin, Texas

“dont piss off Jonathan”
Doesn’t like it

Apparently after 2 years visiting the place for lunch, drinks, dinner and more drinks…EVERY DAY, the bartender has a bad day, gets pissed at you and once he becomes the manager his bans you from the restaurant. The Owners are great guys, too bad they have a$$holes like this working for them.


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CLOSED: Grady’s American Grill

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Austin, Texas

closed, now Tru-Lucks
by iEatAtTheBar (377 reviews)
January 17, 2008 – Doesn’t like it

closed, was over prices american, now over priced sub-par steaks.


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Fujiyama Japanese

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Austin, Texas

“good and inexpensive”
Likes it

I was going to this place before they changed the name and put in all the grills.This place is good and far cheaper than Kobe, benihana or the other places in town. I would recommend this as your everyday Hibachi grill place, due to the reasonable price, but if you want to do it to the ‘nines’ choose one of the other places.


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Fresh Choice

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Austin, Texas

“fresh is in the name…and it is.”
Likes it

Much better than Super Salad…the freshness is the first thing you realize when you start eating.Packed at lunch, but not so busy in the evenings.Soups and such are good. Even a guy can get full on a big meaty salad…and of course pizza, soup, and baked potatoes.


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Cheesecake Factory

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Austin, Texas

“it’s corporate…what can you say.”
Doesn’t like it

It’s a corporate shop and I like local or ones that have less than around 10 restaurants in the chain.Standard food, menu is HUGE, but the advertisements inside the menu is just in bad taste.The cheesecake, well I don’t care much for that as a desert, so just not my bag.


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Catfish Parlour

Catfish Parlour on UrbanspoonCatfiosh Parlour
Austin, Texas

“some hushpuppies daddy!”
Likes it

I eat at both locations South and North. The North location is the better of the two.I have never understood why at the South it is called a ‘Big Cat’ and North it is a simple Large Catfish.Anywhoo, they use only the best catfish they can buy and there is never a muddy or skin taste that most folks know.Lunch is awesome and the all you can eat fish or shrip nights are yummy.Hell, it has been here since 183 was a two lane going out of town. It is worth a trip.

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Catfish Parlour

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Austin, Texas

“Best catfish in town”
Likes it

I eat at both locations South and North. The North location is the better of the two.I have never understood why at the South it is called a ‘Big Cat’ and North it is a simple Large Catfish.Anywhoo, they use only the best catfish they can buy and there is never a muddy or skin taste that most folks know.Lunch is awesome and the all you can eat fish or shrip nights are yummy.Hell, it has been here since 183 was a two lane going out of town. It is worth a trip.


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Brick Oven

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Austin, Texas

“not so much any more… ”
Doesn’t like it

This place used to be a great lunch spot. The last 3 times I have been in there the service was horribly slow. The final time, I stood at the hostess stand for 4 minutes, while numerous waitstaff and the manager walked by…none of which ever asked if I needed any service. I had 3 other people with me, and I told them, I would buy lunch ANYWHERE else, but we are not eating here – and I will NEVER BE BACK.your mileage may vary…


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Alvin’s Sandwich Shop

Alvin's Sandwich Shop on UrbanspoonAlvin’s Sandwich Shop
Austin, Texas

“shithole”
Doesn’t like it

Alvin’s used to be good much like Tex Sandwiches…but not any more. I would guess that asian food would be better served there now….pass for sandwitches.


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CLOSED: A la Carrera

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Austin, Texas

Good lunch place
Doesn’t like it

I have been to this place hundreds of times.I used to go there for lunch back in the early 90′s before it moved to this location. It is still good standard Mexican fare. Closed on Monday.


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Lala’s Little Nugget

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Austin, Texas

“It’s always Christmas at Lala’s ”
Likes it

Nice neighborhood dive bar to get a drink. Not as smokey as it used to be since the smoking ban. Still a pool table, awesome juke box.No cussing or you have to put a $1 in the juke box, same for knocking a pool ball off the table.Burgers are good for bar food, fries are yummy.

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Dart Bowl Steak House

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Austin, Texas

“Truckstop enchiladas and burgers are bad ass”
Really likes it

This place is great! The enchiladas are old skool truck stop style in a sizzle plate.The hamburgers are some of the best in town, since they are made on a griddle that has been seasoned for the last 30 years.Beer, Burgers, Bowling, what else can you want besides the Dude and some Jesus.


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Conans Pizza

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Austin, Texas

“Pizza’s good, but the decor is better”
Likes it

I love the Conan the Barbarian theme of this place, with all the little niches and tables to sit at, much like an old draught house in the old world.Pizza is good, even though this used to be a chain…is it any more?


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Truluck’s

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Austin, Texas

“why do folks like this place? ”
Doesn’t like it

As Steak and Fish places go this one is sub-par.I have been there 5 times and had steaks that were over priced, over done, and over rated.Can’t speak on the fish, but if it is anything like the steak, I would just drive down to one of the other better steak places either downtown, or up north.


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Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill on UrbanspoonMoonshine Patio Bar & Grill
Austin, Texas

“awesome brunch!”
Likes it

Best brunch downtown. Complete menu, everything is well done. Put it on your list of where to take a chick!


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Iron Works Barbecue

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Austin, Texas

“Keep driving ”
Doesn’t like it

As BBQ joints in a 10 block radius goes, this one I would pass on.Everyone says it is great, but every time I go, I am left wanting better brisket with more flavor and taste.Only thing worth eating is the Banana Pudding and Ice Tea.


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House Park Bar-B-Que

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Austin, Texas

“need no teef to eat his beef”
Doesn’t like it

That has been on his sign for years. Small place, good BBQ all around.  Nice to eat outside when the weather is good.


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Starbucks @ 6th and Congress

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Austin, Texas

“Best Location in Town”
Likes it

Folks are friendly to everyone but the bums, just they way it should be


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Closed: Dan McKlusky’s

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Austin, Texas

“Closed”
Doesn’t like it

Location is now closed


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Daddy’s Grill & Bar

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Austin, Texas

“was better as bw3′s”
Doesn’t like it

Sucks now


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Casino El Camino

Casino El Camino on UrbanspoonCasino El Camino
Austin, Texas

“Best burgers around 6th”
Likes it

…maybe some of the best in town, but depends on what type you like. An old stand by never the less.


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Athenian Grill

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Austin, Texas

“Re-Open Soon! Best Greek in Town” 
Likes it

Best Greek in town! Will Re-open soon at 6th and Congress.


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Frank & Angie’s Pizzeria

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Austin, Texas

“Locally owned and excellent”
Likes it

Awesome place, hidden away. Don’t tell everyone. All kinds of Pizza, even a lactose friendly one. Get there.


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Rudino’s Pizza & Grinders

Rudino's Pizza & Grinders on UrbanspoonRudino’s Pizza & Grinders
Austin, Texas

“Not subs – Grinders!”
Likes it

If you know what a Grinder is then you will love this place. The dough is made daily and makes the entire experience.Same dough for the Pizza as the sandwiches. Friendly family place that has the BEST grinders in town!


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Boat House Grill

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Austin, Texas

“Nice atmosphere and good food”
Likes it

Go with the Catfish or the Burgers.I eat the Catfish Toe’s (smaller bit size with more crispy).Live music sometimes, outside tables with a covered roof, so a good place when the weather is nice. Small A/C dining, so on hot summer days I would pass


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Beluga Japanese

Beluga Japanese on UrbanspoonBeluga Japanese
Round Rock, Texas

“Excellent for Round Rock Sushi”
Likes it

I thought this location was jinxed before Beluga moved in.I have eaten there multiple times (at the bar of course) and the Sushi is always very good.For Round Rock and a jinxed location, they are doing quite well with some darn good Sushi!


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Rudy’s Country Store & Bar-B-Q

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Austin, Texas

“Slogan “Worst BBQ in Texas” and they are right. ”
Doesn’t like it

As corporate goes, this is good BBQ, but white all the options for BBQ right here in their corporate home, how do they make it? Probably on all the folks from some other state that don’t know good BBQ and ones that one go east of IH35 or southeast of town.At least the good BBQ shops are less busy due to non-savvy BBQ eaters visiting Rudy’s.


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Sam’s Boat

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Austin, Texas

“Best Wings in Town”
Dosen’t likes it

Hooters is way over rated. Sam’s Boat bakes their first, then seasons, deep fries and serves!Good place for some drinks also – As for the “Blood of Satan” it will knock out the most veteran drinker!

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Cool River Cafe

Cool River Cafe on UrbanspoonCool River used to serve USDA Prime and their steaks were very, very good. Now it is Black Angus (not certified Prime) and the steaks are lacking.The nightlife is weak and the crows is aging. The same bands have been there for years and it is getting boring.At least you can still smoke here, even cigars. The Cigar Room is awesome and the staff and management are great to the regulars.Some nights depending on the Band that is playing the crowd can go from Cowboy to seedy to down right thugs, but Monday and Tuesdays are quite since there are no live bands.

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Water Tank

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Austin, Texas

“Damn good burger!”
Likes it

So I ate at the bar last week for lunch. I have to say the burgers at Water Tank hold their own with any in town. Mind you these are not your gourmet burger, just more of a diner style.
The flavor is awesome, so much so I have had a burger three times this week.
They do take-out as well as eat in, so sometimes I just don’t eat at the bar.


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