The name says it all. Foxhole *is* a Culinary Tavern. The folks that started this are awesome and really in tune to their restaurant. They get what it is to have a bar that serves amazing food in an contemporary upscale environment. I am glad the decided to bring this to North Austin and get out of Downtown.
So I feel I should at least write about Opal’s since I am sitting here on their WIFI, fed and satisfied after the failure that is Abel’s.
Opal’s has lots of stuff on the menu, much of it good. The Nachos are very good, with home made, fried chips. I usually get the Two Step for Lunch as it is cost effective, filling and you have numerous items to pick from.
The only complaint is for the Executive Chef. You suck at what you do if you have to use Bell Peppers in 99% of the dishes for flavoring. Honestly, I have never been to a place that needs to cook bell peppers into their Black Beans. Black Beans don’t need it, their flavor comes from the bean itself, it is just not necessary.
Well 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.
I 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.
People 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.
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.
I 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.
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.
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.
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.
Really 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.
The 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!
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.
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!
“…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”.
“Best Taco Salad in town…”
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 micro brews…”
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.
“Lunch specials every day”
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
Quiet: * (Music or Games usually going on)
Overall Workability Rating: **
“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.
“Best place for a Cocktail”
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
“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.
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.
Cool 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.
“Damn good burger!”
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.