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Good food on the waaay east side?

I work out near Decker and 969. Are there any decent lunch places around these parts? I've been a regular at Willies BBQ and Dan's on Airport. Otherwise I haven't found anything particularly inspiring. How is that Terry's seafood place at Airport and MLK? Any good Taco Carts? Please help me find a new lunch spot!

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  1. terrys aint that great. along oak springs and airport theres springhill catfish which is good along with what i believe is an el pollo rico cart also on airport (and manor maybe? cant remember). theres also a place off a tillery and lyons (marcelino pan y vino) which is pretty good. oh, theres also dannys bbq off of mlk and... something. thats all i can remember right now

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    1. re: glorpisgod

      I have tried and tried to like Danny's BBQ, but every time I go the meat is overcooked and dry with very little actual smoke flavor. I say stick to Willie's (although I haven't tried the Old Skool BBQ Bus near the new rail station).

      1. re: Alan Sudo

        thats sad, i remember when it was lewiss bbq. that stuff was great

    2. Arkie's Grill on E. Cesar Chavez is a pretty good option for diner/homestyle food.

      Arkies Grill
      4827 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

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      1. I recently heard good things about a Brazilian Cafe on Pleasant Valley Rd somewhere around 2nd through 5th street. I think its called Rio Cafe. Haven't checked it out yet, but will report when I do.

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        1. re: Homero

          rio is good, their salgadinhos are excelente

          1. re: glorpisgod

            Thanks for the info. Now I need to go sooner!

        2. How about Justine's. Isn't it on east 5th?

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          1. Don's BBQ on 969 just east of Decker is a favorite of ours. Reliably good BBQ, and super friendly staff. I actually love their breakfast more than the BBQ - you haven't lived until you've tried their brisket & egg taco which is chock full of brisket trimmings (mostly the "sugar cookie" brisket crust). Two kinds of homemade salsa. Good pancakes too. Cinnamon in the batter I think. For lunch they have a bunch of specials. Stay away from the chicken fried steak (frozen patty) and stick with the smoked meats.

            1. Tacos El Rico, Vargas & Felix--one of the best places in the city

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              1. re: taliesin15

                Definitely familiar with El Rico. There's a relatively new taco stand at the gas station/liquor store on 969 just west of the TDCJ facility that I need to try.

              2. There is Mr. Catfish off of Springdale (btw Airport and 183). I haven't been yet, but Jalepeno Joes is a burger place also off of Springdale (btw Airport and 7th). My favorite is the Old School BBQ Bus next to the train tracks on MLK. They are only there 4 days a week and their hours are "flexible" so I would check their facebook page for updates. Hope this helps!

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                1. re: totesatx

                  Thanks, I'll give Mr Catfish a try.

                  I've seen the school bus parked there a few times...what do you like at Old School BBQ?

                  Mr Catfish
                  1075 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78721