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Sep 17, 2007 04:43 AM

Dining options - Nutty Brown Cafe area??

We are heading out to the Nutty Brown for a show this weekend and would like to do dinner, but not familar with the area at all. Anybody got any ideas?? Thanks for the help.

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  1. Well you could eat at the Nutty Brown. It's pretty good for Burgers CFS, catfish, even enchiladas. You probably have to get there early because others will have the same idea, but that's what I'd do.
    Also not too far is the Satellite and Waterloo on escarpment & slaughter. I like the Satellite, but Nutty Brown is better than this Waterloo.

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    1. re: TroyTempest

      Ugh. We ate there on Saturday night and I can't remember the last time I had a meal so utterly lacking in flavor. Seriously, it's hard to screw up chicken fried chicken, and was like eating batter-fried cardboard. And the service was the worst we've had in a while. Avoid. I seem to remember seeing something called the 290 cafe?

      1. re: bookgrrl72

        I haven't tried Cafe 290, but I know that it's nowhere near the Nutty Brown Cafe. Cafe 290 is located in Manor, northeast of Austin. The Nutty Brown Cafe is southwest of town.

        It's been more than a year, but I have had good burgers and onion rings at the Nutty Brown Cafe. Their ribeye was okay, too. (They seem to have a good source for beef.) If I recall correctly, they also used to serve excellent Southern-style green beans with bacon. Pies were supplied by the Wimberley Pie Company, for those who like that bakery.

        Should you decide to stop somewhere along the way (like in Sunset Valley), you'll have many more dining options.

        1. re: MPH

          No I do think there is a cafe close to the Nutty Brown with 290 in the name, possibly 290 diner? Anyway, you're right, this is different than the one in Manor (which lately i've heard referred to as Manor Cafe 290)

          bookgrrl72, that's too bad about your experience at nutty brown. I've been there 3 times, all good, granted it has been almost a year.

          1. re: TroyTempest

            There very well might be a diner close to the Nutty Brown. However, the only thing between the Y in Oak Hill and 281 with "290" in the title, according to various online maps, is a ranch and fence store. Does anyone have a name or location for the non-Manor mystery diner on 290?

            Amended to add: I just found a listing for "Texas 290 Diner" in Johnson City, which is on 290 West, but on the other side of 281.

            1. re: MPH

              290 West Bar & Grill

              290 West Bar & Grill
              12013 W Highway 290, Austin, TX 78737

              1. re: MPH

                By the way, the Texas 290 Diner in Johnson City has fantastic burgers. Odd hours, though. So it's best to check and see if they're open before driving out there. The burgers remind me of Hill's, back when Hill's actually deserved the title they brag about...

            2. re: MPH

              I only wish my dining experience at Nutty Brown was as good as MPH's. I still have foodmares about their Chicken Fried Steak,a leathery,misshapen mess of a dish with gravy that'd spewed forth from some distant factory of horrors.

              Service was comically bad;a waitress on her last legs in the industry,her craggy visage haunted me for days and competence was but a distant memory for this embittered veteran of restaurant service.Howling toddlers in a series of relentless footraces with their parents around and around the patio area completed the dining experience.

              The menu trumpeted the "fact" that their burgers were Kobe beef.Quite a feat to be able to turn a profit on Kobe beef at 7 or 8 bucks a burger when it wholesales at around 45 dollars a pound.

              1. re: scrumptiouschef

                I guess they meant "Kobe-esque" burgers, although even that seems to be a bit of a stretch. Unless the cow was named Kobe. It's been a long time since my last visit, but I do recall that the place was blissfully empty in mid-afternoon.

                And thanks for linking to this location, jwynne. It's practically right next door to NB, so I don't know why my mapping sites didn't show it. After all the research to pinpoint the location, it would be nice if some 'hound could comment on their food!

        2. Isn't there a diner somewhere right there next to it? The name is escaping me right now. I've never eaten there, so I can't comment on the quality of the food.

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            1. I work out here, and we do lunch at Nutty Brown pretty often. They have huge, tasty salads (where I always substitute blackened salmon for whatever meat is suggested to top it), a pretty good veggie burger, and excellent sides. They have the largest amount of options in the area, from healthy to the Cecil de Gullo (a fried chicken breast topped with queso, salsa, taco meat, and more). It's certainly not fancy, but I've never left feeling disappointed.
              The other restaurants around here don't get near the same review. 290 Bar and Grill is grody (it's the only word I can find that fits it perfectly). Stale smoke smelling, greasy bar. I'm not sure if it's still on the menu, as it's been a while since I even thought about going inside, but they used to have a Chicken Fried Cheeseburger on the menu.
              Sunset Canyon Bar and Grill (and Chinese Cuisine) is located a mile or so west, and is actually pretty good for chinese food. But the majority of the menu as bar food, home style chicken fried steaks, burgers, and a few mexican dishes. Smoking is also allowed there, so it's a bit of a shock coming from Austin.
              Stadium Restaurant down the road is also west a mile, and I haven't enjoyed a single thing there. I actually skipped lunch last time the group went there, rather than having another severely disappointing meal - crunchy and dripping with grease tortillas, off-tasting dressings, and even the fries were cold.

              1. There's a Cartwright's BBQ right next to Nutty Brown. Average at best, but it serves the purpose in times of BBQ emergencies.