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Now Open - Sago (In the Triangle)

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jensterx Feb 28, 2008 10:54 AM

Got a notice that they are now Open for business. It's in the same complex as Mandola's and the Flying Saucer, but on the Guadalupe side of the complex.

I'm giving them a few days before I walk over and give them a try....

A quick Google search doesn't reveal much about the place, no website or menu that I could find...

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  1. amysuehere RE: jensterx Feb 28, 2008 11:23 AM

    I really like Mondola's pizza, but gawd the parking there absolutely stinks

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      amysuehere RE: amysuehere Mar 17, 2008 12:54 PM

      We started at the place across the street, the beer joint that everyone's been chatting about, but the idea of pub grub just didn't appeal. Plus the costumes on the waitresses were a little off-putting.

      Went to Mandola's again (I'm addicted to the Prosciutto & Arugula Pizza) and the line was out the door. I'm really liking this place, but the crowds are just so unreal. Hubbers and I got one of the last patio tables and sat down with a purchased bottle of wine. Now, is this rude or am I sensitive (or rude myself). About half way through our meal a lady came and sat on the wall next to our table (obviously wanting it when we were done) and crossed her arms and stared at us through the rest of our meal. We finished and had two more glasses in the bottle, so we poured them and drank them, which REALLY irritated her. She sat and glared at us while we finished our wine. Now, we didn't gulp our wine, but we didn't linger either (however, there was a piece of me that wanted to...). Is it me or is the dining scene in Austin just growing more and more rude...or were we wrong not to get up and finish our wine on the wall.

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        chrischris RE: amysuehere Mar 17, 2008 01:12 PM

        Totally not rude. On your part, anyway.

        I've only had sweets at Mandola's, and they were pretty good. I have to back for lunch or dinner.

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          chowinginaustin RE: chrischris Mar 17, 2008 01:39 PM

          I agree, very rude on her part. The BF and I are usually never in a hurry when we eat out and let the waiters know so they don't hover over us. But to have a patron do the same would be completely irritating. I was finishing a beer at the saucer one night and there was a guy leaning on my chair, practically in my lap. My BF had stood up thinking I was done (but I had a couple more sips). I could tell this guy was really put out to have to wait two more seconds before diving in to my chair.

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          zimmerwoman RE: amysuehere Jul 27, 2011 08:12 AM

          update: no it is not wrong of you to stay. and I would not deal personally with that. I would have shifted my chair so we couldn't make eye contact. I can't change her rude behavior, but I can refuse to participate in the exchange.

          And it's not just the dining scene. People are just a lot less courteous in general than when you grew up, WHENEVER that was.

          My favorite thing at Mandolas is to get a selection of things from the deli counter, put them on an antipasto platter, get some bread and sit down with some friends to pick a little, talk a little. So you know we are not focused on table turnover. Them's the breaks for her if she comes to stare. Same thing happens sometime at Port of Call in New Orleans, but they are mostly already drunk and recalcitrant by the time they get there, so just think: It could be worse.

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        verily RE: jensterx Feb 28, 2008 12:24 PM

        A craigslist ad for the place bills it as Upscale, Mid-Priced "Modern Mexican". I'll be interested to find out what they consider modern Mexican to be.

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          DanielNTX RE: verily Mar 28, 2008 02:55 PM

          Modern Mexican to me is like Javier's in Dallas: http://www.javiers.net/ Look at the menu.

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          crothers RE: jensterx Feb 29, 2008 09:04 AM

          peeked inside today. menu looks good. modern mexican. <$10 lunch menu. very attractive interior. nice large patio: wood-beamed pergola, overlooks triangle green space. sure to be popular. very uncrowded for now. enjoy it while it lasts.

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            rudeboy RE: crothers Mar 2, 2008 08:24 AM

            If you were to pick one place that one should go elsewhere if they were considering Sago, where would that be?

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            ieathereforeiam RE: jensterx Feb 29, 2008 11:52 AM

            I ate there yesterday for lunch. Had the pork stuffed poblano w/ cheese. It was served over rice with a cup of black beans on the side. The pork was well prepared (stewed and tender). Overall, not bad for 9 bucks. A little bland, but I'll go back.

            Service was friendly and fast. I would like to go and try the brisket tacos.

            There are several braised pork items on the menu that looked interesting too.

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              jensterx RE: ieathereforeiam Mar 17, 2008 10:37 AM

              Stopped in for dinner last night. Had the "classic" white cheese queso - not at all what I was expecting. I was expecting a small bowl of tex-mex goo (as discussed in another thread) to dip chips and and tortillas into... instead, we got a small oval dish of thick baked cheese with a small dollup of pico on top. Flavor was nice enough, but it was nearly impossible to eat - it was too thick for the chips (we were forced to use utensils to cut off "bites"), and even with the heft of a tortilla - it seemed you were just biting into hunks of slightly melted cheese. The flour tortillas were not store bought - not sure if they were made in house however.

              Dinner was the Beef Brisket Tacos. These were pretty good - beef had a nice flavor, was pulled into bite sized strips and was nice and juicy. A little too much red cabbage for my taste in the taco, but it gave a nice contrasting crunch to the beef. A slice of avacodo and a chipotle sauce of some kind topped off each of the tacos. Each of the two tacos was served on a nice thick corn tortilla. I'm not the tortilla expert on the board, but I enjoyed the thick, slighty chewy texture.

              Tacos were served with rice and choice of beans -- I really enjoyed the cilantro and honey rice. It was a nice change from the standard tex-mex rice. Black beans were good - nothing to write home about.

              I did hear overhear several people that made their way to Sago after seeing the line at Mandola's... which may be how they get their start. I think once the weather warms up a bit - the patio will be a big draw too.

              Rudeboy - I have no idea where else to suggest that would offer a similar menu in the area....I'm not familiar enough yet with the area.

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              chascates RE: jensterx Mar 26, 2008 02:04 PM

              Just had the braised pork shoulder stuffed into a poblano. My friend had fish tacos. We thought all the flavors married well and tasted very good. My friend likes her corn tortillas very thin & told our waitress who said they appreciate the feedback. They are still working on some of the dishes. The place is from the same people who started Portabla. Their web site (http://sagomodernmexican.com/) has a PDF menu. My stuffed poblano was atop a baked masa cake & had a good mole sauce. Not overly spicy or rich, great boracho beans. I could go for just a bowl of that. They're serving breakfast now & our waitress recommended the salmon cake (w/poached egg & chipotle hollandaise). She said the owners wanted a 'new Mexican-style' food and whatever it is it's pretty good. Nice patio, several separate sitting areas.

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                amysuehere RE: chascates Mar 27, 2008 07:56 AM

                We walked in and walked out. $10 salads, with a super salad across the street swayed us...However, they do have a very nice patio and the twist on eggs benedict has me interested. Guess we'll have to give them a try.

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                  kirelerya RE: amysuehere Mar 27, 2008 08:51 AM

                  The food was only okay, and a little expensive BUT it was the pounding techno music that was totally off putting and ruined the meal.

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                    amysuehere RE: kirelerya Mar 27, 2008 09:11 AM

                    Okay, swaying the other way again...It seemed to me that it was too expensive for what it was, plus I'm not gonna like anything that's Americanized Mexican

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                      mcmercy RE: kirelerya Mar 27, 2008 11:46 AM

                      I agree, the food was okay, the service was decent, and the atmosphere (particularly the patio) was nice. However the entire experience was ruined by having to hear Nelly rap about how his "c***'s ready to let it go". You guys really need to reconsider your music selection.

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                        heyhigirl RE: mcmercy May 13, 2008 03:24 PM

                        That's "cocked, ready to let it go." Guns, not wieners. :)

                        I'll have to try this place. Only been to the Triangle to get a haircut at Salon Intuitions -- which was awesome, by the way -- but I was really surprised to see so many restaurants. I had no idea there was so much going on there! I'm hungry...

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                    thebodytx RE: chascates May 5, 2008 03:43 PM

                    TAF and I lunched at Sago today. I'll let TAF make his own comments, but Sago is definitely not on my list. The red salsa was bland, and the green tasted like it was made from something moldy. I ordered the fish tacos, which were totally slathered with 1000 Island dressing. The few bits of uncontanimated fish I could find tasted pretty good. The charro beans were quite good. Service was "strange"; the restaurant was basically empty, but nobody was watching the desk. Afer several minutes a waiter deigned to seat us. Then another waiter showed up and there was obvious confusion over whose table it was.

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                      singlemalt RE: thebodytx May 12, 2008 09:33 AM

                      Went to Sago after reading DR's review. 3 of us got the Pobalno chicken relleno and one got the fajita salad. For starters I got the ceviche salad. To begin with the chips served were terrifically salty. Way too salty. I have heard said often that the reason for that is to encourage you to drink more, Donno'. The green sauce was,IMO, quite good. The ceviche salad was, as DR described, more like a cole slaw and had too much cream dressing on it. I did not get a lime or acidic flavor or fish flavor like the ceviche I had eaten before. IMO, scratch that one. The entree, however, uniformly agreed on by all of us, was quite good. The honeyed rice was flavorful, unique and served as a good counter part for the Poblane. The chicken was fresh tasting and had a very good cream sauce whose name I cannot recall right now. Charro beans were good, not outstanding, but had a pleasant, mild spicey flavor. All together, a good dinner. I don't know if I will go back because other items did not look that interesting. May go back for the Cheese Enchiladas, don't know yet.

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                        amysuehere RE: singlemalt May 12, 2008 11:07 AM

                        How did you feel as to price/value? I went in and read the menu and thought they were a little on the high side and didn't stay and eat. Went across the way to Mandola's

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                          singlemalt RE: amysuehere May 13, 2008 10:59 AM

                          The poblano chicken was 10.95, My wife thinks it is reasonable enough considering the prep, location and amount of food. She's a better judge of such things than I am. Hope that helps.

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                            ChristineR RE: singlemalt May 25, 2008 08:40 AM

                            Went yesterday. Pobalno chicken relleno. This is the reason they should stay.

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                        cherilyntx RE: thebodytx May 26, 2008 08:22 AM

                        Yes, that was my experience too-- the service was "strange", with a basically empty restaurant. I was seated in full view of everything, in the center (woman eating alone). The food was good modern Mexican, except the cilantro-honey rice was a bit too strange.

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                      The Tres Leches RE: jensterx Jun 3, 2008 02:08 PM

                      Had lunch there yesterday.

                      I loved their green salsa. Their chips were also a little denser than your standard restaurant chip and salty. That happens to be the kind of chip I like so I had to restrain myself from eating too many of them.

                      I had their pork gorditas. In reality, they were more like deep fried empanadas with a pliable curst that were opened up and had lettuce, tomatoes and cheese stuffed in after frying. The rice and charro beans were also nice, not an afterthought like at most places. I love beans with bits of meat in them. I'll definitely go back.

                      There's now a big parking garage open there so parking isn't an issue anymore.

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                        austinethos RE: The Tres Leches Jun 10, 2008 12:58 AM

                        I just ate there this past week with a friend, and I had a good experience. I live rather close by - long walking, easy biking, or short driving distance - and I'm glad another option is available. Also, why are there so many mentions of Mandola's in this post? Ok, it's in the same area, but they have nothing to do with Sago.

                        I went for late lunch (meaning I have not had their dinner menu and prices). I ordered the pork gorditas, and liked them enough to go back and recommend the place to friends for a try. The chips and salsa were great - especially since I like thicker chips rather than the ultra thin ones. Perhaps they have changed the salsa recipes thanks to others posts or feedback - and I loved especially the green one. It was not at all traditional Mexican verde salsa, but if you expect that go to a traditional Mexican restaurant, not a "modern" one like they say they are. It was a bit creamier with more depth of flavor.

                        As for service, we were there in the late afternoon, and we had no problem being seated or attended to. The server, a cute Asian/Irish had good input on what she liked and was attentive at the right times. The restaurant was rather empty, but it was around 4pm admittedly.

                        I also loved their corn soup and the honey rice. I would go back for that alone.

                        As with any culinary encounter, consider what that particular restaurant is good at (here, it's "modern mexican"), and then choose menu items accordingly. I am sure, to their fault, they included certain main stream Mexican (or Austin mexican) items with some twist. No, you aren't going to have the best traditional taco in Austin. We in Austin have an appreciation for real, non-english speaking, cheap, mexican food. You are not here for that. These guys started Portabla. They have an appreciation for the same food, but hope to expand the palate and atmosphere for our tastes.

                        I'll go back, order something different, and then report. Until then, it's definitely worth checking out.

                      2. rudeboy RE: jensterx Jun 7, 2008 04:35 AM

                        OK. I went. I had very high hopes after tasting the two salsas, red and green. Maybe two of the best salsas served together that I've ever had. I'll go again, definitely, but my posole tasted like a food fight, and the relleno was reasonably tasty, but a bit dry.

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                          singlemalt RE: rudeboy Jun 7, 2008 06:33 AM

                          I forgot to comment on the posole in my previous post. My friend ordered and it had all of 3 pieces of hominy in it. It was more like a stew with a little hominy thrown in. Won't order that one again.

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                          hungryfoodie RE: jensterx Jun 9, 2008 09:24 PM

                          we live in the neighborhood. too bad we had the WORST SMELLYIST fish tacos we've ever had. we likely won't go back, even to try other food!

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