Roaring Fork or Roaring Fork?
Had seen some postings about Roaring Fork in north Austin and decided to try it for lunch, if they were open. I googled Roaring Fork Austin; the first entry was:
Roaring Fork Austin LLC
111 Lavaca Street
Austin, TX 78701
Without really looking at the list closely I called and was informed "there is no Roaring Fork branch in north Austin".
Checked the second entry from Google:
Roaring Fork Stonelake
10850 Stonelake Blvd
Austin TX 78759
Called the second entry and went for lunch. Asked the receptionist about the two Roaring Forks; she replied "oh, we're here and there is another one downtown, at 7th and Lavaca".
Checking the addresses I found that the Roaring Fork Austin LLC at 111 Lavaca is really III Forks. And the Roaring Fork at 7th and Lavaca is really Eddie V's.
On to the review. My wife had Tortilla Soup and Mexcian Corn. She loved both; the soup was served by setting a bowl containing garnishes on the table and pouring hot soup over it. The corn was on the cob (two), grilled and sprinkled with spices.
I had the "Big Ass Burger", cooked medium. Got what must have been at least a 12-ounce patty served on a sweet bun and nicely pink on the inside; accompanied by a cast iron pot of french fries. Burger was juicy, with lots of flavor. Fries were not the best I've ever had , but pretty good. Burger was well worth the $13.
If anyone has an explanation for the naming confusion I'd love to hear it.
I'd agree that the two aren't related, and have friends who work at both. The hostess was probably confused about the downtown location as the Roaring Fork (per NirvRush) is about two blocks east of 7th and Lavaca, at the base of the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel at 701 Congress Ave. Both locations are open for lunch, and the company is based out of Scottsdale. III Forks is based in Dallas, and owned by Consolidated Restaurant Operations (which also owns Cantina Laredo).
The confusion is understandable (and completely the Internet's fault, not yours), and reminds me why I take most things I find online with a grain of salt. I might add that I found some of this information online, so . . .
This might clear up some confusion: (From austin360.com)
"Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Restaurant roars into fourth location
On Monday , Larry Foles and Guy Villavaso are set to open their fourth Roaring Fork restaurant, the second in Austin, overlooking Quarry Lake at 10850 Stonelake Blvd. With the look of a cinder-block bunker out front, it's not the most picturesque lakeside restaurant you've ever seen. But out back is where it counts, where a wraparound wooden deck and an interior appointed with wood floors, red leather banquettes and glass walls offer tree-dappled views of the breezy little reservoir. Foles and Villavaso - whose past and present restaurant roster from more than 35 years in business together includes Eddie V's, Wildfish, Z'Tejas and Brio Vista - will lean on their corporate chef Harold Marmulstein to execute the wood-fired, rustic cooking of the American West already in place at the downtown Roaring Fork: green chile pork, lamb-chop fondue, cedar-plank salmon and wood-grilled lamb and steak. Prices range from $7 to $14 for appetizers and $13 to $29 for main courses. Hours will run 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. During daily happy hours from 4 to 6 p.m., appetizers and salads will be $4 off and drinks will be $2 off.
- Mike Sutter"