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Hard Hat Report Vol 7

This series has grown some serious legs.

Vol 6 has gotten cumbersome due to its' size so here's a fresh volume.

This thread concerns itself with restaurants and bars that are about to open or are in the opening stages.

Just to start the ball rolling: Barley Swine, the new project from Bryce Gilmore of Odd Duck Farm To Trailer fame is in the final stages of readying for a Dec 29th opening.

He's taking over the old Pie Slice location on S. Lamar.

Expect lots of locally foraged meats and vegetables with the addition of beer from the multitude of area breweries.

http://twitter.com/BarleySwine

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  1. There's an article in today's AAS stating the Hat Creek is opening a store in Westlake. Additionally, it appears that they want to open ten additional stores.

    The one on Burnet Rd is sort of fast-foody looking anyhow....so I'm not surprised.

    1. Does anyone know what's going into the small drive-through (first a Short Stop, then a Baby Greens) at Oltorf & South Lamar? It's been renovated for a couple of months and looks like they're close to finishing. A new menu board went up but it's blank.

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      Baby Greens
      2316 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

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      1. re: chascates

        Looks like a taco place. I saw a coming soon sign with the name of the place ("Taco...(something)") and "Authentic Mexican Food".

        1. re: jwynne2000

          Tacorrido or something like that. I'll try to find the website. Looks alright though

          1. re: puddles

            This is it: http://www.eltacorrido.com/sur.html

            Been saying coming soon for-freaking-ever-though

            1. re: puddles

              This is doomed even before it opens. They've been workingon it for almost a year. The location is doomed. I was surprised BG's lasted so long. Before that is was BBQ and befroe that it was already a mexcian joint. None them lasted for more than a year.

              Ther's already a tacorido up north (Rundberg and Lamar). I haven't been there since they remodeled 5(?) years ago but I was totally unimpressed. But somebody must like them. They're open quite late like all the North Lamar Taco Stands, so that may explain it.

              -sw

              1. re: sqwertz

                I've recently been to the El Tacorrido @ Rundberg & Lamar. What did you have sqwertz?

                Quite frankly, these are some of the best tacos I've had here. All come with onion, cilantro & lime; meat is well seasoned, juicy and delish. I've had the guisada, the carnitas, and the chicarrones and a couple others I'm blanking on right now (I wish someone here would do crispy chicarrones con carne though...) I'm happy this place is like 5 minutes from my 'hood!

                1. re: sqwertz

                  I've recently been to the El Tacorrido @ Rundberg & Lamar. What did you have sqwertz?

                  Quite frankly, these are some of the best tacos I've had here. All come with onion, cilantro & lime; meat is well seasoned, juicy and delish. I've had the guisada, the carnitas, and the chicarrones and a couple others I'm blanking on right now (I wish someone here would do crispy chicarrones con carne though...) I'm happy this place is like 5 minutes from my 'hood!

                  1. re: sqwertz

                    I've recently been to the El Tacorrido @ Rundberg & Lamar. What did you have sqwertz?

                    Quite frankly, these are some of the best tacos I've had here. All come with onion, cilantro & lime; meat is well seasoned, juicy and delish. I've had the guisada, the carnitas, and the chicarrones and a couple others I'm blanking on right now (I wish someone here would do crispy chicarrones con carne though...) I'm happy this place is like 5 minutes from my 'hood!

                    1. re: malarkey

                      I grabbed some breakfast tacos at the one on S 1st a few weeks ago... agreed. Good stuff.

          2. There's a pad site being developed on Wm Cannon and Brush Country (next to 24 Hour FItness/Panera). going to be a Freddy's Frozen Custard. yay. =/

            1. Zed's is having their grand opening today in N. Austin. Just south of the HEB at Parmer and I35, next to the JC Penney store. The building looks quite nice from the outside. I'm curious to try this place...hopefully it will be good because I live about 5 minutes away.
              http://www.zeds.bz

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              1. re: Madcap

                i live at parmer/620 and i hadn't even heard of this place opening 'til now.
                the menu seems a little z'tejas-ish.
                please report back if you try it!

                1. re: dinaofdoom

                  We went to the mock opening and the food was ok but so not worth the prices they are charging. Everything was completely under seasoned from the cole slaw to the steaks. I had the pork chop with cole slaw and smashed potatoes. The potatoes were the best of the lot- very garlicky. The cocktails were fabulous though- the Spicy Bison and the Bluepear Lemonade were tasty.
                  They have some kins to work out of course and I hope they improve the food and lower the prices. They plan to do live music in a few months and the set-up is rather nice for it. It's got potential, but as I live down south, I won't be back for the food.

                  1. re: carimwc

                    For those kinds of prices (and especially in that area) they had better be darn good, or they won't last long, and it doesn't sound like they are there (yet). Best wait a while...

                    1. re: danny_w

                      One wonders if the owners have seen Pulp Fiction. "Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead."

                      1. re: brentwood

                        That was the first thing I thought of, too. They have a "Chopper Salad" on the menu, so I have to think they are aware... "It's not a motorcycle, it's a chopper, baby"

                2. re: Madcap

                  We tried it out last week for dinner and I agree with the previous review. The food was decent but overpriced. I had the french dip with mac n cheese and borracho beans. The mac n cheese was relatively flavorless and the beans tasted like a can of ranch style beans. The margarita I had was excellent though. They have a huge outdoor seating area that's quite nice. I'm hopeful they can pull it all together.

                3. There's a sign up for Taqueria el Charro up at the location where Fuegos once was. Doesn't look open yet.