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GenieinTX May 28, 2008 01:21 PM

I was at the Chic-Fil-A near the WalMart at 35 and Ben White and noticed they were putting a place in the little shopping center there called Cabo Bob's Burritos. Anyone heard anything about this or know the name?

The reason I'm interested is that my boyfriend and I are in a current arguement- Chipotle vs Freebirds, (I'm on the FB side) and if it's good this could be another player.

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    bloody hammer Mar 19, 2010 04:25 PM

    best thing about Cabo Bob's is they have Dublin Dr Pepper on tap.

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      cousin dave Mar 21, 2010 03:46 PM

      I like their food but really, their ordering process is about the *stupidest* thing I've ever seen. Ordering food there involves no fewer than three people, none of whom communicate with each other so you end up repeating your entire order to all of them.

      I've also noticed that if the owners (and family) are not present, service takes a steep, steep dive. It's often difficult to get the employees to help you as they're talking with each other or hiding in the back. I've walked out twice after standing there for a few minutes being ignored.

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        ret3 Mar 23, 2010 07:49 AM

        As does Torchy's, at least the one on Spicewood Springs.

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        MYSTARR.com Mar 19, 2010 03:12 PM

        The Quility of food is great and I LOVE Cabo Bob.

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          arnoldez Feb 4, 2009 03:51 PM

          Cabo Bob's is locally owned by a couple who frequented Baja and got a taste for the local flavors. I've eaten there quite a few times as I live just around the corner (I attend St. Edward's). I speak a lot with the couple, they said they do plan to franchise the place if it gets to be big enough (which so far, it seems as if they're doing pretty well). Very nice people, food's pretty good. I think I like Freebird's burritos just a little better (Chipotle sucks), but Cabo Bob's tacos are awesome, and they definitely hook you up. I've also heard that the fish is amazing at Cabo Bob's, but I haven't tried it (I'm not much of a fish fan, but my girlfriend absolutely loves the stuff). However, my favorite thing about Cabo Bob's by far is the soda fountain. It's the only soda fountain (I repeat FOUNTAIN) that I know of in Austin that offers all Imperial Sugar based drinks (i.e., no corn syrup). This includes not only Dublin Dr. Pepper, but a few other flavors like lemon, grape, root beer, and my favorite, vintage cola. Sooo good.

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            aimster77 Jan 27, 2009 09:24 AM

            I visited Cabo Bob's today. I was hoping that it was going to be like Rubio's (a California chain), but it's more like Freebirds or Chipotle. On the plus side, they make their tortillas fresh, and they offer fish. They also have a killer lemonade at the soda fountain, and they also offer Dublin Dr. Pepper.
            Frankly, I am surprised that it's not a chain. It looked a lot like a chain inside...

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              orb Jan 6, 2009 06:55 PM

              I didn't find out about this place until recently and went for the first time tonight. I thought the burritos were very good. It was definitely a cut above freebirds/chipotle, both of which I consider fine in a pinch. To me, the taste and style reminded me a lot of Mission Burritos in Houston. I still considered Chango's to have the best burrito in town, but I definitely plan to hit up Cabo Bob's from time to time.

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                GenieinTX Aug 20, 2008 07:13 AM

                I ended up going back and having the fish tacos. I gotta say, I loved them. That mango cucumber salsa is really good. I plan on going back for them.

                Maybe it's the same guy who owns a Papa John's franchise here in town.

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                  ShoonToon Aug 19, 2008 09:22 AM

                  Cabo Bob's is owned by the same guy that owns Papa John's. I am going to eat it for lunch today after reading all of these posts...

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                    yellowvette22 Aug 19, 2008 05:18 PM

                    I don't think that is correct. I talked to them in there and they said that it was a totally new restaurant. Two guys from here in Austin started it. Anybody know?

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                      Nab Aug 19, 2008 07:21 PM

                      Pretty sure it's loco owned. I was at the Shoreline Grill last week for a biz dinner and noticed a Cabo Bob's business card at the hostess stand and when I got to chatting her up she mentioned that the owner (John?) I think frequents Shoreline and he dropped off the card.

                      My meal at Shoreline was actually pretty good, though I was yappin' too much to pay a heckuvalot of attention to the food, but the scallop entree I had was very good. Big honkin' scallops, quite fresh, with a good sear on them, and matched well with pistachio goat cheese polenta which, while a bit too thick and rich for me, was pretty tasty. I would never dine there on my own dime though (quite overpriced).

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                    pierogi Aug 9, 2008 08:45 PM

                    i had the shredded pork bowl today and i absolutely loved it. the pork was delicious and flavorful. the beans, also remarkable. they put lots of guacamole, salsa, and fresh cilantro on it. the serving was massive. i really was impressed and all chowhounders should support them and try it!!

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                      GenieinTX Aug 6, 2008 11:17 AM

                      I went by this place for lunch today. It was pretty packed. It's a build your own buritto place, similar to Freebirds, but with more choices. Chicken, beef, pork, and fried fish. You can get a burrito or tacos. I got a burrito with shredded pork. I thought it was bland. The pork had no flavor except too salty. The rice was bland. But I will say that I didn't get beans or a sauce, so that could have something to do with it. The pork was cooked well, you also get several choices in flavor of tortilla. All in all, I'm going to try it again to try the crispy fish tacos. I love fish tacos, I just had to go with my other love today - pig. The pig was disappointing, hopefully the fish won't be.

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                        scarletm Jul 6, 2008 07:32 PM

                        Well I'm not up on the burrito argument but I do know a little about what's coming from Cabo Bob's, for what it's worth, since my friend is their chef. They're locally owned and I believe this is the first one. They plan on making the tortillas in front of you, and they'll use a real mesquite grill, not gas. What got my attention though is that they are the only Austin place with Dublin Dr Pepper, which is the original Dr. Pepper made with pure sugar cane instead of the corn syrup stuff. They have other sugar cane drinks too which my friend was excited about. I'm not old enough to remember the colas before they switched to corn syrup but apparently they were a lot different and some swear by them. Hope that helps!

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                          Motorblade Aug 12, 2008 12:52 AM

                          Actually Cabo Bob's is not the only place in Austin to offer Dublin Dr. Pepper. Tom's Taboolery on Guadalupe next to Antones Records has Dublin D.P. as well, I am happy to inform you.

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                            sambamaster Aug 12, 2008 09:14 PM

                            also the bbq place a block south, or east, of Ohlen on 183 has Dublin DP. Not to mention Central Mkt used to sell it, and probably several other joints...

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                              mvance Aug 25, 2008 03:06 PM

                              I know that several places around town carry the Dublin sugarcane Dr. Pepper, but Cabo Bob's is the first place I've seen it available at a (self-serve) soda fountain. All the places I've seen before with Dublin Dr. Pepper had it either in bottles or cans.

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                          yellowvette22 Jun 7, 2008 05:25 PM

                          I've been wondering about that place too. I work right down the street. I agree - I like chipotle, but another choice for tacos or burritos would be good.

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