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Which Phil's Ice House better for kids??

hi there! Which location of Phil's is better (playscape, fun factor) for kids? The
Lamar or Burnet location? Thx!

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  1. IMHO, S. Lamar. there's more seating outside with sight lines to the playscape so it's easier to watch your kid when it's crowded. There's more seating in general which makes it easier during peak times.

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    1. The Phil's on Burnet shares it's space with Amy's Ice Cream. Nuff said.

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      1. re: paternite

        The South Lamar location does as well. Burgers, Ice cream, and a play ground. Don't think you can go wrong with either as far as the kids are concerned.

        1. re: ssouth

          The one on Burnet is "cooler," in my opinion.

            1. re: reinadetostones

              Because I would like to take my kids to the one that is most fun : ). And I didn't know if there is a difference bwtn the two since I've only been to the one on Burnet.

              1. re: Lotus7

                No, I was asking rudeboy why the Burnet one is cooler. I get your request, and am following the responses with interest - good question!

                BTW - how is the burger there? Any other food recommendations?

                1. re: reinadetostones

                  None of the food is really good. The burgers are hit and miss. They tend to char them dry frequently. The onion rings are tasty but are cut too small so they're difficult to eat. Don't get the fish sandwich. It's advertised as a hand breaded trout fillet and what I got last night was a perfect circle hockey puck that resembled a giant chicken mcnugget but tasted like cheap tuna. Really, we only go there to play and settle for the food. Heck, we bring our kid's dinner since she won't eat fried food and there's nothing else.

                  1. re: achtungpv

                    I've only been to the Burnet location, but we love the burgers there. I rank it is one of the best I've had in Austin. I also love that we can get a mix of sweet potato fries and regular.

                    1. re: MattC02

                      Maybe that is why the Burnet location is cooler!?

                    2. re: achtungpv

                      Gotcha. OT, but I have really enjoyed taking my kiddo to Freddie's. He has a choice of non-fried items, and has been known to have black beans, corn tortillas and a side of cucumber there. The playscape is small, the parking is terrible, but the burgers are actually pretty good, the beer is cold and it is downright pleasant to listen to a good band under the trees while the kiddo gets his ya yas out and eats halfway healthily.

                      1. re: achtungpv

                        Ugh - that fish sandwich! When they first opened, it was actually (as described) a real filet - one of the best fish sandwiches I've ever had. It was batter fried, not hand breaded. So crispy and fresh tasting that I was looking forward to it the last time I was there. Then I got the dreaded puck. I'm not a sender backer, but I sent it back. Stay miles away from that thing. So disappointing.

                        The burgers can be good - charred and juicy. But I've found that to be the exception lately as the last few burgers have been charred and dry. Love the sweet buns (that's been talked about on the boards before) but usually take one cap off. It's a lot of bun. And I think the onion strings are nice - I don't see those thin stringy onion rings too many places.