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Friends are in town.Well heeled so they're staying at the Driskill on 6th st.Thought about meeting for a good breakfast before sending them to Dead Man's Hole and Poodies so I called the cafe inside the hotel to make sure they had plenty grease before bending me over for a pricey breakfast.

THIRTEEN DOLLARS for a bacon,egg and cheese breakfast taco with a cup of coffee.

Which set me to thinking.Given our current economic condition what restaurant has given you acute sticker shock on their pricing?

It can be humble[Dirty Martin's $9 plus Bacon Cheeseburger,Onion Ring and lemonade Combo....Frisco Shop's BLT,Fries and a Coke for $9 plus]or it can be grandiose[help me here].

Does anyone remember the scene in Network[the movie]when Peter Finch screams out the window:"I'm mad as Hell and I'm not going to take it anymore"?

I do.

And when the phone person at Driskill casually informed me of how much I would be paying for the humblest of breakfast foods[the taco]and the most common of morning drinks[coffee]I raised my window and let forth a torrent.

Let's hear your torrent...

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  1. Got one. We live within a mile or so of Pappasitos, and even though it's not my favorite, they have a couple of things going for them - I like the homemade flour tortillas, and they are really good at to-go orders. Sometimes if we have an unexpected friend or parents over I'll order their Fajita Party Pack and pick it up. They always pack it up nicely, go over the order when you get there, and give you plenty of tortillas and warm chips.

    The Party Packs are fajitas with fixins (sour cream, cheese, guac, pico, rice, beans, salsa, chips, tortillas) and are priced according to how many people you want to serve. We usually order the 2 lb pack which says it serves 4-5.

    I have a to-go menu on the wall - we moved into our house in 2000 so the menu can at most be 8 yrs old, probably less. On my menu, the price of the party pack in question is $29.95. The price has crept up little by little - $32.95, $34.95 - but I just went there a few weeks ago after calling in an order for that same party pack, and it's now... $72.95!!!

    Incredulous, I told the server that I had an older menu with a price less than half of what they are now charging. He didn't believe me. He goes, "yeah, it went up, it used to be $64.95." I said dude - I'm telling you, my menu says $29.95. Ah what does he care anyway. Austin's never going to run out of UT students and they are never going to run out of parents taking them out to dinner, so Pappasito's will live on. Just not in my house. Wah.

    1. Perhaps it's because I'm in a different part of the country than you, but nine bucks for either of the sandwich combos you mentioned sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me!

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      1. re: invinotheresverde

        Agreed..here in the SF Bay Area, a $9 sandwich combo would make me happy! Recently a restaurant near me started lunch service. The banner outside the restaurant touted inexpensive pricing however a quick peek at the lunch menu and the inclusion of a $17 lunch salad (the usual grilled chicken etc) made me just say no.

      2. I've never heard of a hotel that doesn't vastly overcharge for breakfast. It is just part of the hotel game.

        I'd say if you can get out of a hotel breakfast for under $20, you are doing pretty good.

        1. I am the most shocked at wine lists prices. I was amazed at the Old Castle Hill - new Mexican place last week. Part of that is being a (very) old Austinite - I just can't see paying premium prices for Mexican food. (We do have a strong Fonda San Miguel contigent in the house though...). Thirteen dollars for a breakfast taco and coffee? I would of been screaming also!

          1. Texicalli Grill. I dunno if it still exists since the Mayor died.

            Seriously, it was like $14 for a burger. Everything on the menu was insanely expensive for slightly better than fast food quality. Last time we ate there we got 2 sandwiches and split an order of fries and two teas and it was almost $40.

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            1. re: achtungpv

              A Texicali Grill is being put into the old Trudy's space at Brodie Oaks (Ben White & Lamar). I saw it last weekend, and also saw the El Rey in that same cluster of strip centers has closed. I used to think El Rey was pretty good but I was not impressed the last few times I went there.

              1. re: Ashforth

                Just a note:

                I think that may be a Texican that is opening at Brodie Oaks.