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Round Rock visits - help a Boston hound out of a rut?

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I visit the Round Rock area about once a month (from Boston), and could use some advice on new places to try. When I go out with friends or colleagues, I make them choose the restaurant, but for evenings when I'm on my own it's getting pretty boring. I'm looking for places in Austin and/or Round Rock with good food that will be pleasant for dining alone after work.

Few food constraints - No pork, no sushi, no alcohol, red meat in moderation, trying to eat at least healthy-ish, dinner budget of up to $30, not a fan of national chains at all, not a vegetarian but I like tofu.

Of the places I've been to so far, East Side Cafe is my favorite (and Uchi, but that's too high-end and better with friends). I'm still not entirely sold on Tex-Mex, but could try more: I've been to Chuy's, Z'Tejas, Antonio's and La Palappa - all better than what passes for Mexican food in Boston (we do have great Salvadoran taquerias, but that's different), no places that really stood out as favorites. I've been to Rudy's and Country Line for BBQ, but would love to find a BBQ place where they also served vegetables. When I've stayed over at the Domain, I like the vegetarian options at The Steeping Room.

Any tips on new places I should try? Thanks!

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  1. Try Pok E Joe's BBQ.

    Potato Salad
    Buttered Corn
    Mac N’ Cheese
    Green Salad
    Broccoli Salad
    Green Bean Casserole
    Jalapeño Corn Bread Casserole
    Baked Potato Casserole

    Pok E Jo's Smoke House BBQ @ 1202 N. IH 35, Suite C, Round Rock, TX. 512 - 388 - 7578.
    http://www.pokejos.com/

    1. Round Rock is full of non chain restaurants. Gino's Italian on Mays (Great Lasagne), Main Street Grill (great salads, steaks) and Louisiana Longhorn Cajun (Gumbos and Etouffees, Fish dishes and great desserts) in the historical downtown district, Cafe 620 (Breakfast) and Gumbo's on RR620,(great fish dishes) Origami Japanese in the Sprouts shopping center at RR620 and I-35, Moriella's Mexican on Hwy 79.(great chili rellenos) All of these resaurants have vegetables and salads.

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      Main Street Grill
      118 E Main St, Round Rock, TX 78664

      Louisiana Longhorn Cafe
      200 E Main St, Round Rock, TX 78664

      1. Teji's Indian. Good and cheap.

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        Teji's
        1205 Round Rock Ave, Round Rock, TX 78681

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        1. re: uarent

          I have to agree with Meshelle...but add.. Belugas , Hao haos Juarez Mexican Bakery, Friar Tuck's Have you tried Silver and Stone over in Georgetown? very relaxed atmosphere he cooks seasonal and locally farmed food...often has live music ....If you are wandering down into Austin proper try Mother's vegetarian for the non-vegetarian

        2. La Cocina is a fantastic new place that is a combo of Italian and Mexican. It sounds odd, but look up the reviews, they are very good.

          Also, if you are looking for BBQ give Johnny T's a try. Excellent food.

          My absolute favorite place though is Michael's Taco's. It doesn't even have a permanent sign (only a banner) but I think they have the best Tacos in all of Austin. The tacos are as fresh as they come and pipping hot off the grill.

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          1. re: douglasbader

            You beat me to it. I was going to recommend La Cocina too. I've had both Italian and Mexican dishes and loved them. They do great things with their sauces.

            Johnny T's is also pretty good. I've had the turkey there, and it was good, in case you're on meat overload that day. I also like that they have the same cream corn that Rudy's has. (They must have stolen the recipe, but I'll forgive them).

          2. Go south a bit to Pflugerville and try the European Bistro. It's run by a couple of little old Hungarian ladies. The goulash and the cabbage rolls are fantastic. But don't eat the cabbage rolls unless you will spend the rest of the day in the open air.

            There is supposed to be a new Bavarian restaurant open in Pflugerville, but I don't know anything about it.

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            1. re: Thorkel

              The Bavarian restaurant in P-ville is Neurnberg Brahaus (sp?)--which I love--but I think the potato pancakes might be the only thing there without pork. European Bistro, OTOH, has plenty of offerings without red meat or pork, such as the heavenly chicken paprikash.

              1. re: rusty_s

                Pork is no problem for me. Now I definitely have to try it out. Thanks!