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Rosie's Tamale House- Are you kidding me?

ChristineR Aug 31, 2008 02:57 PM

Went for fajita night last night. That is all I have to say.

Fine, I'll elaborate- if you are a restaurant that has been around for that long, and is then hit with competition- wouldn't you make a tiny bit of effort to compete? The decor was stark, atmosphere uncomfortable, the food was on par with a school cafeteria, AND there isn't a bar! I'm not sure you should be allowed to eat tex-mex without having the option of ordering a margarita. Surely they can afford a license by now. Oh, and the queso and tortillas were just gross.

Anyway, we went because I had heard about it for so long and finally broke down.

I couldn't stop waiting for Gorden Ramsey to walk through the door.

You've been warned.

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  1. AustinJohn RE: ChristineR Aug 31, 2008 04:18 PM

    <You've been warned.> You've got to be kidding, Christine. Well, back to Brooklyn (and Vaya con Dios!)

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    1. re: AustinJohn
      ChristineR RE: AustinJohn Aug 31, 2008 06:32 PM

      My years in NYC only expanded my ability to judge quality-- I'm a Daughter of Texas, darn it.

      Look, the flavor of the beef and onions were ok, but they clearly aren't trying. Stale chips? Ballpark queso (out of a can)? I think not.

      If you're arguement of my pereception of the restaurant is in question due to my history you are way off.

      I do love me some Buster's, however.

      1. re: ChristineR
        taliesin15 RE: ChristineR Aug 31, 2008 07:54 PM

        Actually, there is a strange charm about places like that--also with El Patio (crackers with salsa!), Jamie's Spanish Village on Red River and El Gallo on South Congress. For some people, like my friend who is a painting contractor good old boy from Ft. Worth, this kind of place is the pinnacle of "real Mexican food." OTOH, he's good to take along to a place that's serving rather ordinary texmex fare at insane high prices, for exclaiming so loud that everyone looks at our table "$20 for Mexican food?!" (that place is now closed)

        1. re: taliesin15
          televiking RE: taliesin15 Aug 31, 2008 07:59 PM

          strange, yes, charm - it is eluding me, personally. Was appalled at Rosie's, Jaime's, El Gallo, and if digging that defines a real texan, color me coastal. Not gulf coastal, just, eh, you get it.

          1. re: televiking
            nypb RE: televiking Sep 1, 2008 11:51 AM

            I'm with Christine on this one. I tried Rosie's for dinner once and won't be returning. For a place that is billed as a tamale house the tamales are...ordinary.

            I admit I do enjoy the breakfast tacos although I think they use what tastes like American cheese on the migas. It works.

    2. tom in austin RE: ChristineR Sep 1, 2008 08:23 PM

      For folks looking for "Tamale House", this is universally known to be the famous (and completely unrelated) Tamale House #3 on Airport.

      Rosie's Tamale House shares a similar moniker and not much else. And literally no one I know likes Rosie's. The place is a waste of space.

      I will point out that just because a place has "Tamale House" in the name doesn't mean that they even need to serve tamales, though. Tamale House doesn't -- just cheap, tasty food (and semi-leathery store bought tortillas).

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      1. re: tom in austin
        Flapjacks RE: tom in austin Sep 6, 2008 12:47 AM

        I grew up out at the Lake, and they used to have a separate place up the road (more towards 620), a trailer, that just did tamales. They were great. As for the sit down Rosie's... eh. It's almost as bad as El Patio on Guad.

        1. re: Flapjacks
          danny_w RE: Flapjacks Sep 8, 2008 01:02 PM

          Hey, hey, hey! I never liked Rosies very much, but El Patio has got to be my favorite place for enchiladas in all of Austin (Enchiladas y Mas is a close 2nd)! Very old Austin here, very much old style TexMex. The best!

      2. TroyTempest RE: ChristineR Sep 8, 2008 01:24 PM

        one of the attractions of Rosie's is that it is BYOB. You can mix up a pitcher your own margaritas at home, or a cooler of beer, drink as much as you want (with a DD in tow of course) and get out of there pretty cheap
        By the way, Willie Nelson supposedly frequents it.
        Salt lick used to be BYOB too, Haven't been in so long, I don't know if it is or not anymore.

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          Kaya_n_Austin RE: TroyTempest Sep 12, 2008 10:37 AM

          Never was a fan of Rosie's. The Salt Lick in Driftwood is still BYOB. Heard the new one out in Round Rock (or is it Georgetown??) is going to have a liquor license. The new thing at Salt Lick now is a sign on the door stating that as of 9/1/08 they will no longer offer to go containers for your leftover "all you can eat" BBQ.

          1. re: Kaya_n_Austin
            NirvRush RE: Kaya_n_Austin Sep 12, 2008 05:15 PM

            are you SERIOUS!? i can't see myself ever driving out to the salt lick again. having another meal for the next day helped justify the drive out there.

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