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addlepated Dec 8, 2011 04:56 PM

Has anyone been to the restaurant downtown called Bacon, and how is it? http://www.baconaustin.com/

Yelp's reviews are mediocre, but I go to Yelp for opinions on trendy places and I come here for opinions on good food.

  1. tom in austin Dec 8, 2011 05:55 PM

    Five visits so far, still trying to figure it out.

    The eponymous bacon on the menu is pretty good, but I've had better. Big, chewy chunks, sometimes more like jerky. I make sure I order a side of bacon every time I visit, as it is their namesake. Not worth the price as of yet, I'll keep trying.

    The best item for me has been their biscuits & gravy, which is solid, but not great. This is the only thing I can recommend on the entire menu thus far, but they do biscuits & gravy much better just down the street at Counter Cafe.

    Their breakfast tacos have been completely forgettable. The menu claims the tortillas are fresh. If this is true, the day I ordered they must have been out and resorting to blatantly store-bought and pre-made. Or possibly I'm going insane.

    Their diner options (eggs, toast) have been diner-grade at best. Still haven't done their fried chicken, that'll be my next thing, be it chicken and waffles or just strips.

    The place sort of reminds me of Hank's Garage -- on paper this place should be really great. Every visit is OK at best, usually mediocre, and always peppered with little, obvious food missteps (store-bought tortillas, etc.) that sort of make it hard to give yourself over to the chow experience.

    End of the day, not recommended. Hope they figure it out. Let me know if you discover something great on the menu that I should try.

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      ieathereforeiam Dec 9, 2011 02:28 PM

      i was pretty surprised that the the bacon slices were so small when i got the side order. the tabasco bacon was actually pretty tasty. I had burger where the bacon is actually in the grind. not bad. but i agree with Tom-not memorable.

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        ieathereforeiam Dec 9, 2011 08:30 PM

        upon rereading, I came across more negative than I meant to. I really liked the bacon cheese fry thing and the service was quick and friendly. I could see them hitting their stride at some point and becoming a reliable joint.

    2. malarkey Dec 9, 2011 06:15 PM

      Only been once. Burger was overcooked. Everything else was fine~ good meat to bun ratio, good toppings, including an honest-to-god ripe tomato slice. Fries were fine but I don't even remember what kind they are. It's like they are almost hitting the mark... but missing it.

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        elpaninaro Jan 29, 2012 05:33 PM

        Went on Saturday for lunch. Great concept, great location and great eclectic Austin atmosphere.

        Dreadful food. The bacon was chewy and tough, and the toast was either made with stale bread or they found some new way to toast bread and make it taste very odd.

        Given the simplicity of the menu, the food should be a home-run here or at least very good. As it stands, lots of basic cooking 101 mistakes. A shame- this place has real potential.

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          Rptrane Jan 29, 2012 09:25 PM

          Place recenlty lost its head chef, does not bode well. I hope it sticks around long enough for me to check out.

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            elpaninaro Jan 30, 2012 05:55 PM

            Thanks for that news- it could explain the problems I observed. Hoping they get it sorted out- it really is a great concept.

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            sqwertz Jan 30, 2012 12:10 AM

            I don't have any opinion of the place other than I like their neon sign.

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              rudeboy Feb 26, 2012 01:38 AM

              Have you eaten there?

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              Chuckster71 Feb 2, 2012 04:53 AM

              I went with the wife a few weeks ago. A few comments-if your name is Bacon, then Bacon should come with everything you order. My wife ordered the special of blueberry pancakes and eggs, Bacon was extra. And it was $2 a strip.

              The food-I had the chicken and waffles and had them add the Thai bacon to the waffles, my wife ordered a side of hickory bacon on hers. Honestly, I could not tell the difference between the two. And becuase the bacon was left whole in the waffle it was incredibly hard to cut. I had to saw the darn thing to eat the waffles.

              In addition the chicken tasted like it had not been seasoned. While I will say the chicken was moist the breading just tasted like fried oil.

              Some of my friends really love this place, and I'm sure the name will keep folks coming in, but my experience was pretty mediocre.

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                elpaninaro Feb 25, 2012 06:09 PM

                My running group has this place in the Saturday lunch rotation once a month, so gave them another shot today.

                This time I ordered the Clarkesville Cobb salad and a side of fries.

                The salad was pretty darn awesome. Fresh crispy romaine and onions, tender chicken breast properly cooked, avocado ripe, tasty sharp cheddar cheese, hardboiled egg with no green on outside of yolk since they knew to plunge them in ice right after cooking and a very nice ranch dressing that was not heavy like so many are.

                In short it was just flat out good basic salad with all the attention to detail so few restaurants take anymore- even at the higher end.

                The bacon was, again, chewy and undercooked to my taste. The waiter at the end of the meal asked me what I thought and I told him this visit was much better than the last and I would be back- but I asked if it was normal for them to cook the bacon the way they had. He said yes, but told me ask for "crispy" anytime and they would do it. He then surprised me a few minutes later with 5 free slices done crispy and YEESSSS it was wonderful! Very meaty and substantial- yet with a nice crisp.

                Side of fries was okay. I think a little more salt and maybe some pepper would help- but I appreciate their basic approach.

                I am much more optimistic after my last visit. That salad was wonderful.

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                  tom in austin Feb 26, 2012 11:33 AM

                  Ironic that a place named Bacon's best item is a salad.

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                    elpaninaro Feb 26, 2012 06:38 PM

                    Yes Tom, but there was bacon on it! :) I look forward to really exploring and sorting out this place in the near future. I am compelled by the herd to go frequently (running group), and I like what I see.

                    This place has the feel and crowd I remember from my college days- unlike what I see in many trendy places now. So I want to like it- and I want the food to work for me like it does others. I need to explore the menu more.

                    That is tough here- I am not into waffles, and I have yet to find fried chicken I like better than my own. And bigger picture I see in this place a lot of attention to detail that is missing from 90%+ of other restaurants that should be cooking 101 stuff. And this I blame on diners- the average American willing to slowly physically damage and kill their children with fast food, but first to run screaming to the government over Good Flow making non-pasteurized juices.

                    What really pleased me today was Bacon (via the waiter) telling me straight up how and why they cook the bacon the way they do, and then rushing to do a special batch more "my style" to accomodate. That showed a care and love for the diner- much as with the details in the salad- that I rarely see anymore. These guys take pride in their work if you take the time to give feedback. Means the world to me.

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