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I work at 7600 N Capital of Texas Highway (Lakewood and 360), and been trying to find good inexpensive lunch foods in the area. We do Maudies in westlake or drive over to anderson area, but in the need of something new. Any ideas? Preferably to go or order upfront, sit down takes too long for the hour alloted from lunch.

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  1. Boat House Grill does a good catfish plate. The BBQ place on the SW corner of that intersection, Smokey J's, I believe, does a cheap chopped beef sandwich.

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    1. re: Steven Dilley

      Smokey J's also has an excellent frito pie. Not traditional - has fritos, chopped beef, pinto beans and cheese.

    2. (live at 2222/360 so I feel your pain - ah to live in the land of the bland). Well, you've got County Line of course and Siena does a really nice lunch, but isn't cheap or quick. We tried Suzy Q's and while it's cheap, it's really just a little bit better than the Quizno's it replaced (haven't tried the pizza, but the Italian sub is at least better than the Subway). I will not set foot into the living hell that is Waterloo Icehouse.

      Uni on Westlake is totally doable in an hour and I really like their pizzas and salads. Haven't tried any of the nicer items.

      Rice is horrible with a capital H.

      Bamboo is standard Americanized Chinese, and really not great but better than Dragon Gate (but the chili-pepper wings @ CG are good for a take-out change).

      Brooklyn Pies delivers to our area and the pizzas are one of my favorites; Greek salad is quite good too.

      You can go up 360 to Z Tejas - good food and we always make our under hour mark.

      Boulevard Grill on Mesa has one of my favorite Hawaiian chicken samiches and they have a lot of 2 for 1 deals. Torchy's Tacos is there, but I'd oder takeout and call ahead.

      Mesa Ranch used to be a favorite but they've slipped as of late.

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      Waterloo Icehouse
      9600 Escarpment Blvd, Austin, TX 78749

      Torchy's Tacos
      2809 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

      Mesa Ranch Restaurant
      2200 S Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78704

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      1. re: amysuehere

        Also, I really-really wanted to like My Place, but I really think they're not gonna make it. Food is just average and about $3 overpriced for everything.

        1. re: amysuehere

          Oh, let's not forget Berry Hill. I think of them as my happy hour place. 1/2 price nachos and mexican martinis on the patio...berry nice indeed.

        2. this might be too far south on 360 but Thai Spice...at 360 and Las Cimas parkway(right after bee caves exit, if you are headed south)..in the westlake shopping center.

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          1. re: texangurl

            If you're going that far south, the burger place in that mall is good too. Great green chile burger. The name escapes me now (they had a place briefly on the corner of 2222/ and Burnet for a while). That would be a real push and probably not doable in an hour, though.

            1. re: amysuehere

              hangtown grill!? Best veggie pizza and turkey burger I have ever had!!!

              1. re: texangurl

                That's it. Hangtown.

                1. re: amysuehere

                  Didn't it close down?

                  1. re: Homero

                    The one at 2222/Burnet did. The one in Westlake Village is still open as far as I know.

            2. re: texangurl

              What do you like at T.S.? I've walked by it several times. Have you tried Lion and the Rose yet? I thought it a bit "Disneyland" for me, but if someone says it's worthwhile...

              1. re: amysuehere

                Industry wags tell me Lion and the Rose scored one of Whole Foods top chefs to run their kitchen. Haven't been by yet but their location has been the death knell for an untold number of restaurants over the years.

            3. http://www.thaispiceaustin.com/

              1. we're in the same set of building and i also live in the area. What have you eaten in the areas? Few places you can try:

                Triumph Cafe on Spicewood (early/late, they get busy. also great breakfast tacos)
                Several at Arbor Walk (not a great fan of any of them but Mighty Fine, Potbelly, How do you Roll?)
                Whole Foods for take in/out
                Waterloo and 2222 and 360
                Bamboo Grill at Jester

                obviously up on 183 you can grab a bunch like Tan My on Ohlen Sunflower in the Target plaza. I can do all of these in about 60 min. More guidance, more suggestions.

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                Tan My Restaurant
                1601 Ohlen Rd, Austin, TX 78758

                Bamboo Grill
                6507 Jester Blvd Ste 501, Austin, TX 78750

                1. Duh. I was thinking 620 / 2222 in my initial response.

                  Otherwise, good suggestions so far.

                  1. The Hub has pretty good hamburgers, and the folks there are friendly. That is on 2222 just east of Mesa where the gas station is. Gumbos has set up shop in the old chilis near Davenport Village. Just south of the bridge on 360. They have a sandwich and side lunch special for about $10 bucks. shrimp or oyster po-boy or muffeletta. If you sit at the bar you can definitely be out in less than an hour. Even sitting down in a booth I have made it in an hour when I used to work at Riverplace. (2222/620)

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                    1. re: Homero

                      I was wondering if they had a lunch service. Love the happy hour. Wish they had a porch.

                      1. re: amysuehere

                        Thai Spice has the best appetizer - cheese rolls! Skinny egg rolls filled w/ cream cheese and chives. I can eat my weight in them and their cashew chicken and seasame chicken is good. I have not been there in a while but it was amazing from what I remember.

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                        Thai Spice
                        1310 Ranch Road 620 S Ste A7, Lakeway, TX 78734