Recommendations for Maudie's?
I've been searching for a place that serves Migas during weekday lunch hours for Friday trips home when I'm craving Migas (or breakfast in general) and haven't eaten since 5am if at all.
There are precious few places who serve Migas during weekday lunch hours. I think the list on my PDA is up to seven. The reason as Don Luis explained to me -- the griddle / stove must be kept at a different (lower) temperature for eggs than for everything else on their lunch menu. They can't do dual temps with only 8 feet of griddle space.
Someone recommended a local? chain called Maudie's.
I called and they do seem to have Migas (and other breakfast options) available during lunch!
What are your favorites at Maudies?
Here are their locations from their website:
Maudie's Café off Lake Austin Blvd.
2608 W. 7th
Austin, TX 78703
1212 S. Lamar
Austin, TX 78704
Maudie's North Lamar
10205 N. Lamar
Austin, TX 78753
9911 Brodie Lane
Austin, TX 78748
3801 N. Capital of TX Hwy.
Austin, TX 78746
I wouldn't say that I love Maudie's, but I do like it somewhat. I've been to the one on So. Lamar and the one off Lake Austin Blvd. I preferred the Lake Austin one.
The thing about Maudie's is that it's an old-fashioned, slacker-ish Austin place. It's a place to go when you are just too tired to cook and want something filling and familiar, and maybe to have a margarita too. The food is never going to be excellent, but you know that going in. It's lazy Tex-Mex food, served cheaply, and I think such restaurants have a place in life--it's the kind of place you might want to go if you are with non-chowhound-y friends from work, people who don't have a lot of money to spend, and who just want to hang out with friends in a friendly, comfortable place and have a good time. I've never found the service to be rude, though, just lazy (not saying it didn't happen elsewhere, just reporting my own experience). If I experience rude service at Maudie's, it would be an easy place to cross off my list. There are too many similar places (Trudy's, and Little Mexico, Polvo's, and several others, at least to some degree) to put up with rude service.
Can't comment on Maudie's migas (but I was not a fan of their cheese enchiladas the one time I went), but I have had migas for weekday lunch at another local chain, Trudy's. The one time I had them there, they were quite tasty.
Another option for good cheap migas is the Tamale House on Airport. They are only open until 2 or 3, and there are only a couple of tables there, so it's best to plan on taking your food to go, but their migas are good and cheap and available any time.
I also like the migas at Cisco's, but don't know their weekday serving hours.
When we lived far south, we were regulars at Maudie's Hacienda. We always liked it. The service used to be great, then slacked off (the bartenders were always awesome), but this is about 2 years ago. I didn't usually indulge in their migas. I preferred the huevos borrachos.
Anyway, we moved far north, so Jardin Corona is now our sorta-local Tex-Mex joint of preference.