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Good eats in area of Brodie / Slaughter / Wm. Cannon / Manchaca

kentuckyfriedgirl May 15, 2009 10:26 AM

I will be visiting Austin next week and staying in the neighborhood bordered by Brodie Lane, Slaughter Lane, William Cannon and Manchaca.

Would love any and all recommendations for good eats in the area: store-front bbq; taco carts; hamburger stands; fast food joints (I like Carvels); etc.

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    barleybob9 RE: kentuckyfriedgirl May 15, 2009 01:15 PM

    I love the breakfasts at Casa Garcia-excellent chilaquies. Also in the same center is Hao-Hao-great Vietnamese. Both are at Wm.C @ Manshak. Also heard good things about:
    Cypress Grille
    And you must checkout Giddy Ups-cheap beer on Manchaca near Slaughter

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      NirvRush RE: barleybob9 May 15, 2009 04:09 PM

      ooo, my hood!

      Evangeline Cafe- great cajun of course, and GREAT hamburger (2-for-1 on Monday)
      Pho Thai Son
      Galaxy Cafe
      KC Donut (near Evangeline on Brodie) has great kolaches and croissant breakfast
      sandwiches if you get there earlyish enough.
      La Posada -texmex - yummy stuffed avocado
      Culvers for fast food
      Tino's Greek Cafe
      Cypress Grill (cajun again) on the other side of Mopac is pretty good, but Evangeline is way better

    2. sqwertz RE: kentuckyfriedgirl May 15, 2009 05:42 PM

      I think you mean Culvers, not Carvels.

      Tino's Greek Cafe. Everything is good, but I particularly like the Chicken shish kabob.


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        TroyTempest RE: sqwertz May 18, 2009 07:46 AM

        I think she means Carvel's, which is a chain we don't have here. I've never been there so I have no point of comparison, but i hear good things about their ice cream.

        In this area, I like Madam Mam's (discussed pleanty on this board) and Hyde Park Bar and Grill, both on Westgate and Ben White.
        Also Spec's on Brodie and Ben White has pretty good sandwiches for lunch as well as the biggest liquor and wine selection in town.

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          amykragan RE: TroyTempest May 18, 2009 09:39 AM

          Madam Mam's for sure. I love their panang curry. But I've liked most things there. Haven't tried it myself, but Cannoli Joe's got some good reviews.

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            missmitzi RE: TroyTempest May 18, 2009 09:44 AM

            There is a Culver's in Austin, but up north at Braker and Kramer. They have good burgers and shakes.

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              amykragan RE: missmitzi May 18, 2009 10:02 AM

              Culver's and Carvel's are not the same. We don't have Carvel's here.

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                mkwng RE: amykragan May 18, 2009 10:45 AM

                Actually, Schlotzsky's was bought by the owners of Carvel, and there are a few local Schlotzsky's that also have Carvel (and Cinnabon) on the menu.

                Carvel = ice cream, Cookie Puss, Fudgie the Whale, etc.
                Culver's = butter burgers and frozen custard, etc.

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                  Hsien_Ko RE: mkwng May 25, 2009 10:22 AM

                  I'm dismayed to report that the Carvels in Austin do not make their wonderful ice cream cakes.

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                TroyTempest RE: missmitzi May 18, 2009 12:43 PM

                There's also a Culver's on Wm. Cannon and Brodie

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                sqwertz RE: TroyTempest May 22, 2009 12:25 PM

                No, I think she means Culvers. Carvel's does not serve fast food. And there is a Culvers at one of the intersections she mentions. I'm assuming she did some research and saw a Culvers.

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                  TroyTempest RE: sqwertz May 22, 2009 04:29 PM

                  Yes, this has already been established by the OP.

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              snakesplanes RE: kentuckyfriedgirl May 17, 2009 04:51 PM

              Evitas Botanitas - just north of william cannon on south 1st. Great food. I have dreams about this place....
              Chief's BBQ - cheap bbq gem on south 1st and dittmar. I recommend the homer. Or the bbq'd bologna. Tasty and very unique bbq sauce.
              Hao Hao - good vietnamese. on william cannon and manchaca.

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                mkwng RE: snakesplanes May 18, 2009 10:47 AM

                Evita's is great, and they sure could use the support right now:


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                nelgie123 RE: kentuckyfriedgirl May 18, 2009 03:41 PM

                I"m not a fan of Tino's Greek Cafe but I only eat the vegetarian items so perhaps the meat is better? Either way, if you have decent Greek food where you live it doesn't seem worth it to me.
                La Familia is a little Mexican place in the strip center on Wm Cannon between Mopac & Brodie. They have great salsa and nachos.
                Pho Thai Son is really good-when my Dad was here I had to bring him there twice. Order the pho though-that's definitely their specialty.
                I agree Evangeline over Cypress Grill.

                Hope you find something good!

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                  kentuckyfriedgirl RE: kentuckyfriedgirl May 19, 2009 08:04 AM

                  Thanks for all your responses I can't wait to try out some of these places. I did mean Culvers not Carvels (looks like I have been living in the northeast for too long :)).

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                    SpaceAgeNinjaCowboy RE: kentuckyfriedgirl May 20, 2009 09:24 AM

                    I can't remember the name of the place, but one of my fav hidden locales in this area is a gas station on the corner of Pleasant Valley and Wm Cannon that has a hidden Mexican restaurant on the other half of it that has some of the best damn B-fast tacos around. I think MPH and Scrumptious have mentioned the place as well.

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                      achtungpv RE: kentuckyfriedgirl May 22, 2009 09:05 PM

                      Down at the end of Manchaca Rd on FM 1626 there's a Chavelo's taco trailer. Get the super taco for $4...beef fajitas, beans, cheese, onion, cilantro...about 1.5 lbs worth. Good stuff.

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                        mwreese RE: kentuckyfriedgirl May 26, 2009 10:05 AM

                        I love the Bakehouse (5404 Manchaca). I get the dijon chicken sandwich. I think the bun is homemade, comes w/ dijon, swiss and sprouts. We also like the onion strings.

                        I once had their Mississippi Mud Pie. Wow - knocked my socks off.

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                          NirvRush RE: mwreese May 26, 2009 09:01 PM

                          really?? i used to like going there 5+ years ago. but then i started to realize how much the food and atmosphere kinda sucks. plus, when i heard it had been a candidate for Kitchen Nightmares, i got a wee bit turned off. i will admit that the sweets in the bakery case were always pretty yummy.

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                          tuckspop11 RE: kentuckyfriedgirl May 28, 2009 02:54 PM

                          Well, I for Tex-Mex, I like Maude's at the corner of Slaughter and Brodie. Love the chips and salsa and the chicken enchaladas with green ranchero suace. In the same shopping center is Brick Oven Pizza. Have lunch specials. Pretty good Italian food.
                          Casa Garcia's at Manchaca and William Cannon is good too.
                          Most people will think I'm crazy, but I really like the fried chicken at Bill Miller BBQ also at Manchaca and William Cannon. They have these marinated onions that I just love.
                          Evangeline's is good for cajun.
                          Maybe someone can help me, but there is a chinese restaurant at Manchaca and Slaughter in the HEB shopping center. It is on the opposite end of the center from HEB. Good food.
                          Venture on down to Ben White and Manchaca for breakfast at Dan's Hamburgers and then go back and get the best burger in town.

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