Gloria's Cafe - Cedar Park
This place just recently opened up near my house and I am THRILLED! I've only been twice but both times the food was fantastic. Homemade, fresh, delicious, and very reasonably priced. Tonight I had the Guisada and it was easily the best I've ever had. The rice, the beans, the flour tortillas... all were perfectly prepared and full of flavor. Even the chips and salsa are impressive.
1201 N Lakeline Blvd
Cedar Park, TX 78613
We stopped here recently and were a bit disappointed. Service was fairly slow that day, food was ok. We had a taco plate and the chili rellenos lunch. The rellenos was a better dish. If we're hungry and near there, we might stop in again, we wouldn't go out of our way to eat there though.
Well we went to this place last nite. Let me say that I always root for local places.
But we were VERY disappointed.
Anyone who is THRILLED with this place must be thrilled with a toothache.
Atmosphere: this is a sterile strip-center store room and is just plain painted walls and tan ceramic tile floor. The only real decoration is a $10 printed mexican blanket and $10 mexican hat hanging over the kitchen service window. The chairs have roller balls on the bottom so when you lean in to the table to eat the chair slides back on the hard ceramic floor pushing you away from the table. But there are lots of windows on the north side of the room. Other than lack of menu knowledge Service was OK overall.
Salsa & Chips: the first warning was that the salsa was watery and almost tasteless - slight hint of onion and nothing else. The chips are the standard giant bag restaurant supply kind. How can a place be texmex in texas and serve salsa like this?
WE ordered 3 things:
Omelet breakfast: I asked what was in the Spanish omelet - the waitress didn't know. She asked the cook - HE didn't know either. He looked it up in the menu and then had to go ask someone else! PRO: They serve breakfast all day. Omelet was 3 eggs, had good amount of sour cream on top, had half a small avocado sliced on top. BAD: the omelet was slightly overcooked, dry, and had almost no cheese inside and maybe half a teaspoonful of powder-like cheese on top. And there was no salsa inside like they said. Hash browns were the WORST I HAVE EVER EATEN. The are the frozen shredded kind which is tolerable but they tasted like badly burned hamburger grease - totally inedible!
Chicken burrito: PRO: its BIG and has sufficient amount of shredded chicken inside. BAD: almost tasteless and dry - chicken was not seasoned, plain tasteless rice, some chopped onion, some bean paste - no cheese, no sauce. I only ate about 1/3 of it. When i gave it to my dog later to eat i saw that in the very bottom end was some sour cream.
Tamale plate: 3 relatively small tamales BAD: my wife said they were the frozen kind, dry and tasteless. Again tasteless rice side.
hash browns: F
Now maybe the "home cooking side of the menu - (hamburgers, steak, sandwiches)" items are better - but we will never know because we aren't going back.
Cheesy_rice - thank you, thank you, thank you! I took my 3 1/2 year old and myself to Gloria's Cafe last night. I am so happy I did. A little general info first - their menu is "Mexican and American Food" so they have burgers and cfs andand enchiladas, etc. They also serve breakfast all day, opening at 7 a.m.
I orderd two chicken enchiladas, one with green sauce and one with suiza sauce. They were just exactly how I like enchiladas. The chicken was shredded, the tortillas hearty and the sauce plentiful. The suiza was a sour cream green sauce combo and it was so flavorful. So often suiza is boring but this time. The green sauce was a tomatillo, I believe, and was tangy and wonderful. The rice was very good, with the refried beans being even better. Their refrieds have a heft to them, not runny and not mushed beyond all bean recognition.
The chips were fried up fresh and came to the table hot. They were crispy and slightly thick. The salsa was a roasted smoky red sauce, garlicky and oniony.
My daughter had the silver dollar pancakes, which reminded me of Waterloo's pancakes (which is a very good thing to me) and she enjoyed them very much. The breakfast menu had omelette's, breakfast burittos and migas, etc. I very much look forward to sampling it.
They have only been open one week and while we were there several patrons came in that had already been there before. I overheard one couple saying it was their fourth trip. Please go and support this delicious local business!