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I'll be heading to Round Rock for the first time tomorrow to go to the Ikea there. I'm unfamiliar with the area, and am trying to figure out a good place for dinner near there for my family. We LOVE food, and won't head that way very often so would love to try a great restaurant (will have 2 yr old). Open to ALL cuisines! Any ideas?

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  1. there is a new Tandor Indian place in the far corner of the shopping center by SPecs..it is pretty good.. most the stuff is chains over there..there is a mom and pop taco shack that is pretty good ... Mighty fine Burgers is ok if you like burgers..I get the FOB it is not on the menu but it is a flatened out version of their burger that is pretty tasty and there is a park that you can play in!

    1. I live very nearby (and happen to have a 2 year old) and there really isn't much up that way. We typically eat at various Tex-Mex restaurants south of IKEA on I-35. Casa Garcia's if we want the chalupa plate, Mesa Rosa for their crispy tacos or La Margarita for fajitas or enchiladas. Other than that we eat at Brooklyn Heights, which is West on 1431 and then south on Parmer from there. We like the pizza and lasagna there. Not sure if it's really worth driving for.

      If you are willing to travel about 20 more minutes to Liberty Hill, Dahlia's Cafe is home cooking that is fantastic. Just outstanding. They have a play area (though I think it will be too cold tomorrow for that). It's what we do when we want something really yummy. That or we go to Austin.

      You might search the board for general Round Rock suggestions. I've seen people mention Teji's here but haven't ever been. Hope this helps a little.

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      Casa Garcia's
      1901 W William Cannon Dr Ste 159, Austin, TX 78745

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

      Brooklyn Heights
      14900 Avery Ranch Blvd Ste C700, Austin, TX 78717

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      1. re: missmitzi

        Thx so much for suggestions. I'm so tired of Tex Mex! Maybe I'll try Indian. Any one been to Tarka or Masala Wok? Not sure how far from Ikea...

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        Masala Wok
        1100 Center Ridge Dr Ste 300, Austin, TX 78753

        Tarka
        5207 Brodie Ln, Austin, TX 78745

        1. re: Lotus7

          Masala Wok is pretty poor, in my experience. Tarka is a little better - it's run by the same people that run Clay Pit. If you're willing to drive to back to Tech Ridge, Bombay Express is good. Ho Ho Chinese BBQ is also in that area.

          1. re: Lotus7

            i love tarka. i've only been to the one in sunset valley, but it's pretty delicious. def get some of the Madras soup and at least a sip of the mango lemonade.

            1. re: Lotus7

              If you go to Tarka, be prepared to get a ton of Cilantro, even if you specifically request "no cilantro" when you order. Buyer beware.

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              Tarka
              5207 Brodie Ln, Austin, TX 78745

          2. There's a Steak n' Shake next door to Ikea, which is fairly new to Austin and Central Texas. As a kid in the midwest, Steak n' Shake was the end-all be-all of late night greasy spoon chain hangouts. Their milkshakes are good, burgers are thin but adequate, and skinny cheese fries are a gooey mess.

            Most chow-hounds would probably not get caught dead there, and in all honesty the experience for me is more about nostalgia than the food quality. But it's there, and it's not TGIFridays.

            1. I've eaten at the Ikea cafe a few times and it's actually not bad. Plenty of stuff for the kid to eat.
              No booze, though. Which I suppose is a downside for you parents. :)

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              1. re: paternite

                I have to agree, the time ate there, it was pretty good, and there is stuff like mac and cheese for your kiddo. Oh, the Swedish Meatballs are actually really good, like, I buy them there and eat them at home.

                1. re: shalom9

                  I agree. It's not the best, but it's really inexpensive. And, it's part of the IKEA experience for me. I wander through the showroom maze, eat at the cafe, and then continue my journey through kitchen stuff, rugs etc...

              2. austinist wrote about tarka, and i totally bookmarked it because it sounded great.
                i plan to visit the next time i ikea (yes, it is totally a verb).

                http://austinist.com/2011/01/07/food_...

                1. Lotus7,
                  If you really want to get away from that CHAIN feeling, try looking up Sichuan Garden and Teji's on Yelp, Sichuan Garden can be compared to Asia Cafe on 183, amazing chili pepper flavors, Teji's is totally mom and pa, grocery isles right next to your tables, great flavors, may be a bit small for your family more than 4 people.

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

                  Sichuan Garden
                  110 N Interstate 35, Round Rock, TX 78681

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                  1. re: DevoBevo

                    Great call on Teji's guys! Food was delicious, esp bhel puri, lamb korma and paneer tikka. Chicken 65 was a disaster and saag paneer and Nans were good. Went fri evening and it was a madhouse- tons of pick ups so table service was slooooow. But poor waiter tried his best and owner was such a nice guy. Will go back!

                    Happened to go to Tarka today bc I had to go back to Ikea to exchange something-ugh. Had a delicious chicken nannini. The kiddo had the samosas which were good-standard. Mango lassi delicious. Carried out lamb coconut curry and chicken
                    for dinner and both were good tho I was annoyed by number of potatoes in the lamb-obviously filler. Overall good meal with good service. Two keepers !!

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

                    Tarka
                    5207 Brodie Ln, Austin, TX 78745

                    1. re: Lotus7

                      the name nannini cracks me up.
                      glad it was good, as it's on my list of "when shopping at ikea" options, which are totally slim.

                  2. hnewburn just posted in a separate thread that blue oak grill at 3406 and I35 is tasty, and needs some CH love.
                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/763452

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                    1. re: dinaofdoom

                      Yelp peps give Blue Oak Grill some good ratings, def checking it out in the near future, SICK AND TIRED of the big chains in RR, support the locals with great food!!!

                      1. re: DevoBevo

                        i live in far NW austin and it's the same here-- lotsa chains.

                    2. The reality of the development surrounding Ikea is that it is mostly chains. The best if the lot may be Razoo's, a DFW based Cajun chain. The poboy sandwiches are solid - especially the shrimp or crawfish (off menu, by request). Fried pickles are done right. The etoufee isn't very impressive. As a break from shopping, quick casual, Razoo's us as good as it gets.

                      1. Try Blue Oak Grill, its on the left as you are heading north on I35 - the same exit as Ikea. Turn left at the light - you'll see Rudy's across the freeway. Go past Rudy's and turn right on Chisholm Trail. You'll see in on the right - amazing food, american flair and filling. Locally owned which is a treat in Round Rock.

                        1. If you can take Parmer Lane on the way to or from Ikea, you might try a greek restaurant named Zakia's. I've really enjoyed it.

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                          1. re: ridgeback

                            sorry, i have to disagree.
                            i live in the next apartment complex over, and have not enjoyed my meals at zakias.
                            poor service, plus subpar and overpriced food = totally not going back even though it's next door.

                          2. Too late for the original poster's journey, but...
                            Within walking distance of Ikea, zpizza has a very nice crust.