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amykragan Jul 19, 2012 08:34 PM

Went to Davenport Village (Westlake) today and saw they are hard at work remodeling to put in Opal Divine's Davenport. That particular location has been several flops so hopefully this one can make it. No idea on the opening date. They have the neon sign up but are still doing demolition.

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    cashhh RE: amykragan Jul 23, 2012 10:26 AM

    East Side Pies is opening a third location at 1809 Anderson Ln., where the ol' creepy Pizza Peddler used to be. Another awesome win for our neighborhood!

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      Rice Checks RE: cashhh Jul 23, 2012 10:57 AM

      That's right in my neighborhood. Looking forward to the East Side Pies. I ordered from Pizza Peddler once or twice... Was unimpressed. But, I'm curious. What made it creepy?

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        cashhh RE: Rice Checks Jul 27, 2012 12:04 PM

        My roommates and I live close by and we would get a whole lot of their flyers on our door and we always found the cartoonish pizza peddler drawing to be really really creepy. We always made jokes that when we jog at night, the pizza peddler would be following us. It's silly, but that drawing was weird lol.

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        richardd_x RE: cashhh Sep 10, 2012 07:26 AM

        Looks like it's open. Noticed it on Friday when I stopped into the Craft-Beer mini mart next door. Wasn't a fan (at all) when I tried it some years ago. Will have to give it another shot. They still doing the cracker-type crust?

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        LakeLBJ RE: amykragan Jul 23, 2012 01:16 PM

        French Quarter Grille is opening their second location at the former Gumbos of Round Rock location on 620. August time frame according to Facebook.

        Gumbos of RR will be reopening off of 79 just east of 35.

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          amykragan RE: LakeLBJ Jul 23, 2012 06:53 PM

          no way, that's great news. any word on where GUmbo's moved and when they'll open?>

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            LakeLBJ RE: amykragan Jul 24, 2012 08:56 AM

            From gumbos web site:
            Gumbo’s of Round Rock will reopen this summer at 910 Heritage Center Circle. If you want to be notified and invited to the opening week of festivities and music, please sign up for our VIP email list today and we will add you do our list for grand re-opening festivities.

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              dinaofdoom RE: LakeLBJ Aug 20, 2012 11:25 AM

              well, summer is almost over.
              any news on when the new gumbo's RR site will open?

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                LakeLBJ RE: dinaofdoom Aug 20, 2012 12:13 PM

                Lots of drama on the gumbos Facebook page, but they posted on August 16th that they'll be going to the Georgetown Square, the RR location they were working on is no more....
                I did read that French Quarter Grille, owned by an ex-Gumbos Chef, is open at the old Gumbos of RR location on 620.

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                  dinaofdoom RE: LakeLBJ Aug 20, 2012 07:33 PM

                  thanks! my coworker friend was anxious for the re-opening.
                  bummer they are going to georgetown square, though, and not RR.

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          austexgal RE: amykragan Jul 24, 2012 07:45 PM

          The building that was most recently the former north location of Hoover's Cooking (Anderson Mill & 183) is becoming a Kohnami Japanese Restaurant.

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            Defman RE: austexgal Sep 11, 2012 02:23 PM

            I'm almost never on that side of town, imagine my horror to discover that my jonesing for fried pork chops goes unresolved!!!

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              dinaofdoom RE: austexgal Sep 11, 2012 05:49 PM

              now that it's been a few months, anyone have any intel on kohnami?
              i noticed there are some locations in padre and macallen, plus santa fe.
              wondering if it's the same people, or something else.

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                dinaofdoom RE: dinaofdoom Sep 13, 2012 04:56 PM

                ok, i drove by and that place is not even remotely close to opening.
                it's still the completely deserted hoover's, with no outward signs of getting it ready for an opening.

            2. sqwertz RE: amykragan Jul 26, 2012 09:58 PM

              Subsin's on Manchaca and Stassney has morphed into yet another Thai restaurant. I forget the name... begins with an M with an unlikely word after it.

              That location is jinxed. I feel sorry for anybody that moves into that spot without tearing it down first - and making it look really different. It's doomed. I fear.

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                popvulture RE: sqwertz Jul 26, 2012 10:32 PM

                Yeah, I drove by there a couple times recently and noticed that. I liked Subsin's... I have a Thai friend in town who said it was one of his favorite places.

                It was grungy but tasty... the new place looks pretty much the same. I'd love to hear if it's good, should anybody end up checking it out.

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                  sqwertz RE: sqwertz Aug 16, 2012 10:27 PM

                  It's "M. ThaiTown", FWIW.

                  Also note that the Sunflower/Newflower has officially morphed into a Sprouts. So we'll only be getting one flyer in the mail now. They were practically identical anyway.


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                  ssouth RE: amykragan Jul 28, 2012 06:05 PM

                  Brio Tuscan Grill coming to the old TGIF location in the Arboretum. Building is just a shell right now so it will probably be a few months. Looks to be a chain from a quick web search.

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                    cashhh RE: amykragan Aug 10, 2012 11:53 AM

                    A ramen place is opening up in the 360 Cafe location adjacent to Pho Van. I believe it is called Ta Tsu Mya? I tried googling but no luck on any info!

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                      RamenTatsu_ya RE: cashhh Aug 11, 2012 11:18 AM

                      Hey there, Ramen Tatsu-ya here! We're in the process of finishing up final renovations etc...but we'll be opening very soon. Feel free to follow our facebook page for more info and updates: http://facebook.com/ramentatsuya ... Thanks for your comment, cashhh!

                    2. dinaofdoom RE: amykragan Aug 11, 2012 11:25 PM

                      an egg & i is going in near the lakeline plaza target.
                      they're rehabbing the mattress store space.

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                        elpaninaro RE: amykragan Aug 20, 2012 06:21 PM

                        Lupe Tortilla's in Westlake finally getting close (shopping center at 360 and Bee Cave across from the HEB and Office Depot.) I see parking lot signs and their Christmas lights being strung inside. Here's hoping they open soon- I cannot wait!

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                          elpaninaro RE: elpaninaro Aug 27, 2012 05:56 PM

                          Looks like soft opening is underway at Lupe's in Westlake- there were lots of cars and people standing outside today!

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                          willastn RE: amykragan Aug 23, 2012 08:05 AM

                          According to ad in community newsletter, In the Buns Burger Joint is "evolving" to Jamaz Cafe.

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                            dinaofdoom RE: willastn Aug 23, 2012 11:55 AM

                            feh. i didn't like the last "evolution". *shakes fist grumpily*

                            oh lawdy. the name is actually JAMRZ. as in "jammers".


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                              cstrombe RE: dinaofdoom Aug 23, 2012 02:34 PM

                              Yeah, the evolution away from cheese-embedded-in-the-patty was a bad idea. New name even worse idea. Awful!

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                                TroyTempest RE: cstrombe Feb 14, 2014 11:01 AM

                                The name may be awful, but i do like their burgers, and hand cut fries. It's a solid burger, better than the fast food burgers in the area.
                                They have Maine Root sodas in the fountain.
                                And i like the classic rock played in the background.
                                BTW, it has new ownership, not just a name change.

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                                  dinaofdoom RE: TroyTempest Feb 14, 2014 04:17 PM

                                  are the fries hand cut? went in there 2 times after the change of hands (see what i did there) and they were coming frozen coming out of a plastic bag.

                                  i will check them out again, despite the unfortunate name.

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                                    TroyTempest RE: dinaofdoom Feb 14, 2014 08:14 PM

                                    They tasted and looked hand-cut. Onion rings appeared to be frozen

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                                      rudeboy RE: TroyTempest Feb 14, 2014 08:32 PM

                                      JAMRZ does have fresh cut fries, but on my visits, I did not witness the cutting of fries firsthand (kitchen is sor of hidden in the back). I typically get either only fries or only burger. The fries were tasty, regardless. Burgers are good, and there are unlimited refills on the soda.

                                      I did go to In-n-Out the other day and saw that they were doing the fries by hand.I don't remember this from CA. Did not get the fries. Not that that's relevant, but that was a tasty burger.I like to have a tasty beverage to wash it down. Funny that they specifically ask if you want onions on the burger.

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                                        TroyTempest RE: rudeboy Feb 15, 2014 07:33 AM

                                        Doesn't P. Terry's do this, too? Must have got it from the in-n-out

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                                          rudeboy RE: TroyTempest Feb 15, 2014 09:53 AM

                                          Yeah - once I saw a bunch of Idaho(?) potato boxes behind the store.

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                                            TroyTempest RE: rudeboy Feb 15, 2014 10:52 AM

                                            No, not the potatoes.
                                            I meant P. Terry's also specifically asks if you want onions, then charge extra for them, unless it is pickles i was thinking about.

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                                              rudeboy RE: TroyTempest Feb 15, 2014 11:15 AM

                                              Oh - it does seem like P. Terry's uses the In-n-out model. I did not check my receipt to see if I was charged for onions at In-n-Out. If you are interested, check out each of their "food philosophies" below. Man, if someone told me that they were opening a burger stand ten years ago, I would have called them crazy!



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                                                dinaofdoom RE: TroyTempest Feb 16, 2014 12:11 PM

                                                not sure about the onions, but i get pickles on the side all the time and don't get charged for them.

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                                                  TroyTempest RE: dinaofdoom Feb 16, 2014 12:21 PM

                                                  I'm going to have to re-check my data. I know Thundercloud charges extra for pickles. Maybe i lumped them all in together.
                                                  I know P. Terry's, when u order a burger all the way, they come back and ask, Do you want XXX? I used to think XXX was onions. Now I'm not sure. It could be pickles.
                                                  ..damn old age

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                                                    cpencis RE: TroyTempest Feb 17, 2014 04:17 AM

                                                    It is Jalapeños that are extra at P. Terry's...

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                                                      Rene RE: cpencis Feb 17, 2014 05:24 AM

                                                      How funny is that? A jalapeño costs about 5¢.

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                              singlemalt RE: amykragan Aug 28, 2012 07:56 AM

                              There is a Hill's Cafe offshoot open,, or opening, in the new building just north of the Lowe's on Shoal Creek Blvd. I am told is is a BBQ joint but there is nothing about it on the Hill's Cafe website. FYI for all the bold eaters out there. More info to come after I go to Lowe's today. AmySueHere are you up to the challenge?

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                                ret3 RE: singlemalt Aug 28, 2012 10:25 AM

                                A couple intrepid Chowhounds have already made an early visit: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/862707, and the site for the BBQ place is linked dead-center on Hill's frontpage (although the signs do look very similar, so you might not notice the "BBQ" in the new one).

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                                  singlemalt RE: ret3 Aug 28, 2012 11:04 AM

                                  Glad to see some positive early reports since it is about a mile from my house. Unfortunately, they have only the "Bubbaland" selection of beers. What a shame when there are so many good brews available now.

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                                    singlemalt RE: ret3 Aug 28, 2012 11:08 AM

                                    and the site for the BBQ place is linked dead-center on Hill's frontpage (although the signs do look very similar, so you might not notice the "BBQ"

                                    How do they expect me to see it if they put it right in front of me? I am a man , afterall.

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                                    TroyTempest RE: singlemalt Aug 28, 2012 10:28 AM

                                    You know, that is a hard location to find. I was heading to Lowe's one day, and wanted to see where it was. I don't exactly know what it is. It's just not where you expect it to be. I had to circle around the block twice.

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                                      verily RE: singlemalt Aug 28, 2012 12:00 PM

                                      I thought I spotted a BBQ sign as I was driving into the Lowes from Steck a month or so ago. It's in the building with the consignment shop, right?

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                                        singlemalt RE: verily Aug 28, 2012 02:44 PM

                                        That's the one. Hill's is in the corner where the building makes a 90 degree turn. However, if you want a good hot dog go to the trailer in front of Lowe's. Although limited in selection he gets his dogs from some place in Brooklyn, or thereabouts, and grill onions to put on top of them ( or one can opt for kraut).

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                                          amysuehere RE: singlemalt Aug 28, 2012 03:03 PM

                                          You know I've often wondered about that stand. There's always at least two or three people waiting in line every time I've walked by, but I've always just eaten lunch. I keep wanting to try the gyro.

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                                        amysuehere RE: singlemalt Aug 28, 2012 03:02 PM

                                        Sure! That's just around the corner from work. I'll try it this week.

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                                        richardd_x RE: amykragan Aug 29, 2012 02:22 PM

                                        Anyone know whats going on next to where Simplicity Eats was on Burnet? Whatever it is, it has some brewery lookin' tanks in the window that I noticed today....

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                                          jimmiex3 RE: richardd_x Aug 29, 2012 03:52 PM

                                          Pinthouse Pizza. https://www.facebook.com/PinthousePizza

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                                            richardd_x RE: jimmiex3 Aug 30, 2012 06:48 AM

                                            Great, thanks for the heads up....Definitely could use some good pizza in the hood.

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                                              singlemalt RE: richardd_x Aug 30, 2012 07:57 AM

                                              The 'hood is getting better and better. Support your local hot dog vendor.

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                                                rudeboy RE: singlemalt Aug 30, 2012 01:22 PM

                                                At the end of my street, an apartment complex is being built (you can see the link on the Pinthouse page above). Next to that, on the corner of Houston and Burnet, there's talk of a Little Woodrow's opening. A rep is going to speak to our neighborhood association about it. I think that they plan to serve food at that location.

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                                                  singlemalt RE: rudeboy Aug 31, 2012 07:54 AM

                                                  rudeboy, what neighborhood assoc. do you live in? Mine is the Allandale.

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                                                    rudeboy RE: singlemalt Aug 31, 2012 12:15 PM

                                                    Brentwood......right across Burnet. Woodrow's will be on Burnet/Houston/Clay.

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                                          willtryanythingonce RE: amykragan Aug 31, 2012 11:11 AM

                                          There's a "Donn's Texas BBQ" opening in the old Kettle restaurant building on the N I-35 frontage road between Oltorf and Woodward. I assume it's an extension of the Donn's in Oak Hill based solely on the name, does anyone know otherwise?

                                          1. rudeboy RE: amykragan Aug 31, 2012 12:36 PM

                                            I've noticed a lot of drainage work going on on 183 northbound at the location where "Austinville" was going to be built. So I looked it up and found this:


                                            I was most excited about Hog Island Deli before, but now that doesn't appear to be in the cards.

                                            1. ftf RE: amykragan Sep 12, 2012 07:31 PM

                                              Mangia on Lake Austin re-branding as Pizza Bistro. They've been shut down recently with lots of remodeling. http://www.statesman.com/business/man...

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                                                topodrinko RE: amykragan Sep 13, 2012 07:46 AM

                                                What opened up in the El Greco space?

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                                                  magicbus RE: topodrinko Sep 13, 2012 04:55 PM

                                                  Wildwood Bakehouse. (Haven't tried it.) http://www.wildwoodartcafe.com

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                                                  ChristineR RE: amykragan Sep 17, 2012 11:48 AM

                                                  What is the asian place opening on Burnet, on the west side, i want to say near Hancock? Looks upscale.

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                                                    mollyjade RE: ChristineR Sep 18, 2012 08:05 AM

                                                    Is this what you're talking about? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/856296

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                                                    Rice Checks RE: amykragan Sep 22, 2012 12:28 PM

                                                    Just found out that Bud's Po' Boys, the trailer behind the farmer's market on Burnet is in the process of moving to the farmer's market near the former Mueller Airport.

                                                    1. TroyTempest RE: amykragan Oct 2, 2012 10:25 AM

                                                      I hear that East Side Kings is taking over the kitchen at Hole in the Wall.

                                                      1. popvulture RE: amykragan Oct 30, 2012 05:22 PM

                                                        Anybody have any idea what's going on with the old La Reyna space on S.1st? I assume La Reyna's gone... while it was still open, it had banners advertising new management, but was always empty. Plus they're really doing a big cosmetic overhaul on the building... looks like new owner/new money/new business.

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                                                          Alan Sudo RE: popvulture Oct 30, 2012 11:56 PM

                                                          The Scrumptious Chef website is reporting that La Reyna will become El Guapo, a new restaurant from Marisela Godinez of El Meson.

                                                        2. sqwertz RE: amykragan Oct 30, 2012 06:49 PM

                                                          Gourdough's is opening up a storefront somewhere in the strip mall at Manchaca and Lamar. They'll reportedly be serving some real food - you know - with vegetables and stuff.

                                                          Keep hearing about a burger joint across from Black Sheep Lodge in the old tire shop, but Black Sheep is protesting. Same landlord owns both properties.

                                                          The Slaughter Lane/Great Britain food trailer "court" has a new tenant of unknown cuisine. There's more than one shed building there but I think only one tenant. Banh mi people are gone from what I've seen.

                                                          Has any Chinese/Asian restaurant south of Oltorf that has been oepn 5+ years ever closed? (Subsins, Chicken place behind HEB on Congress don't count - those locations are jinxed)? It seems they've all been here for 15+ years.


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                                                            Alan Sudo RE: sqwertz Oct 30, 2012 11:54 PM

                                                            Gourdough's is taking over the old Kirby Lane Cafe - should be open later today for Halloween.

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                                                              sqwertz RE: Alan Sudo Oct 31, 2012 11:34 PM

                                                              Our neighborhood newspaper reported that it was going into the NEW Kerby Lane location (or somewhere in that strip mall). It seems every time they report a restaurant opening, they're a mile or so off.


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                                                                TroyTempest RE: sqwertz Nov 1, 2012 07:51 AM

                                                                That's great.
                                                                How the heck would it be going into the new Kerby Lane, Kerby Lane is there?

                                                          2. TroyTempest RE: amykragan Nov 1, 2012 05:31 PM

                                                            I saw a sign today for Spicewood Tavern coming soon in what i believe used to be Mirabelle.

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                                                              amysuehere RE: TroyTempest Nov 3, 2012 05:11 PM

                                                              Hmm. The "new" incarnation of Mirabelle died? That's not surprising, though.

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                                                                TroyTempest RE: amysuehere Feb 12, 2013 10:50 AM

                                                                BTW, I have been to Spicewood Tavern 3 times since December, all good. No time for a real review (not 2 mention my memory for details lacks a little after a few weeks) , but i had shortribs, shrimp Po-boy twice. All very solid. One daughter had butternut squash ravioli,which she liked and my son had some sort of a burger that looked good. It was big and he llked it. My other daughter had the fish and chips. I had the fish, pretty sure it was cod, don't remember the chips, damn memory.

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                                                                  PappyAustin RE: TroyTempest Feb 12, 2013 02:04 PM

                                                                  I live in the neighborhood and tried to go there once with a party of 6. They refused to push together two empty four tops that were next to one another. Plus they were less than pleasant about it. I can't speak to the food because I've still never eaten there.

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                                                                    amysuehere RE: PappyAustin Feb 12, 2013 02:28 PM

                                                                    Living/working near there, we had to try it out. We all agreed it was perfectly fine food (actually, thought the wings were pretty pedestrian). However, Cover 3 is MUCH better at the same price point and just down the road.

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                                                                      TroyTempest RE: amysuehere Feb 13, 2013 06:34 AM

                                                                      That's good to know. I still haven't made it to cover 3, though I plan to. Spicewood is within walking distance which is one of the good things about it.

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                                                                        amysuehere RE: TroyTempest Feb 13, 2013 06:51 AM

                                                                        Great lunch special of 1/2 ruben and onion soup. Hickory burger and buffalo chicken sandwich are my favorites. Best chicken fried chicken I've had in a long while (I sub out the shoestring fries for the mashed taters). Steak salad, while expensive, is fresh and flavorful.

                                                                        Also, on weekend mornings they have a build your own Bloody Mary bar that's quite extensive (several starters, shrimp, pickled veggies, lots of hot sauces and tiger-type sauces, plenty of celery and olives).

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                                                                          Homero RE: amysuehere Apr 10, 2013 10:57 AM

                                                                          Just to clarify for the readers above, amysuehere is talking about Cover 3 and not Spicewood Tavern. Unless I am mistaken?

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                                                                            TroyTempest RE: Homero Apr 10, 2013 12:46 PM


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                                                                              amysuehere RE: Homero Apr 10, 2013 04:58 PM

                                                                              Yes, Cover 3; not Spicewood Tavern. Thank you, Homero.

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                                                                                TroyTempest RE: amysuehere Apr 10, 2013 05:33 PM

                                                                                I just recently got a 10 gift cert and free desert for my birthday from spicewood in the mail. Don't know how they got my b-day, but i'n gonna use it. I like that place. Yeah, that's probably the kiss of death.

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                                                                Rene RE: amykragan Jan 22, 2013 07:58 AM

                                                                Just noticed something on the sign of the former Red Robin on 183 near Anderson Mill... Does anyone know what's going in there?

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                                                                  beercoop RE: Rene Jan 22, 2013 09:36 AM

                                                                  I think it said Third Base.

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                                                                    cstrombe RE: beercoop Jan 22, 2013 02:48 PM

                                                                    Third Base is correct, saw the sign this morning as I drove in to work.

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                                                                      dinaofdoom RE: cstrombe Jun 13, 2013 05:02 PM

                                                                      we went to the new third base at 183 & anderson mill today around 3 for drinks and food work outing. it opened about a week or so ago.

                                                                      two coworkers got AWFUL mexican martinis. they tasted like sugary juice. they sent them back (nicely) explaining they were way too sweet and juice-tasting. the second round was just as bad. my frozen marg was equally yucky. we think it was the sour mix, which they claim to make themselves per the waitress. if that is the case they need a new recipe. the other mixed drinks were also quite off-tasting so we decided to skip the food and leave.

                                                                      the service was also lacking, as i had asked the waitress for the gluten free menu several times and she never brought it. before that, she kept saying in a snippy way to our table "so are you getting any food or what" several times. we kept saying we would start with drinks and water while we read the menus (some of which she never brought). the drinks took a bit to sort out as mentioned above. personally, i think a server should ask questions like "are you hungry? can i get you something?" or "if you're interested in some food let me know if you'd like suggestions". it just came off as rude and dismissive. we were also charged full price for our drinks even though the cocktails all fell under the thursday all day well drink special category.

                                                                      we won't be back, which is a shame, because we wanted and needed something in that area besides cover 2.

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                                                                        rudeboy RE: dinaofdoom Jun 13, 2013 05:42 PM

                                                                        There's always "Shenanigan's," the Water Tank, and the Hitchin Post!

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                                                                          sweet100s RE: dinaofdoom Jun 14, 2013 01:30 AM

                                                                          Dina have you tried Cover 2's fish tacos?

                                                                          I find them addictive. Not to mention the fancy rice on the side. I've never gushed about rice before. Usually just not worth the carbs. But their fish tacos fancy rice side is special.

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                                                                            dinaofdoom RE: sweet100s Jun 14, 2013 10:55 PM

                                                                            no, we just went there for drinks and apps a few times after work. so i will definitely keep that in mind next time. thanks for the rec.

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                                                                              jwynne2000 RE: sweet100s Jun 16, 2013 06:03 AM

                                                                              Last night I tried the Cover 2 fish tacos (crusted mahi mahi) with the rice you mentioned, on your recommendation. Wow... where has this been hiding? Buttery rice with minced jalapeno and red pepper...mmmm.

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                                                                                sweet100s RE: jwynne2000 Jun 17, 2013 01:07 AM

                                                                                >>Wow... where has this been hiding?

                                                                                Yay! Exactly !!!

                                                                                I can tell you where -- those fish tacos have been hiding out in the bottom right of the Cover 2 menu. People read menus from the center out. Also, it looks relatively expensive to everything else @ $13?, but they are much better than $16-ish similar dishes.

                                                                                And that rice! It has an intangible beyond the ingredients that I can see.

                                                                                The unexpected thing about Cover 2 is that even though their are TVs everywhere it seems more conducive to conversation than I'd expect.

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                                                                              Sweet_Cheeks RE: dinaofdoom Jun 14, 2013 04:55 AM

                                                                              Don't write it off so soon. A week after opening they are still working out the kinks. I always try to give a place at least 2 chances before I write it off. Helps me figure out if it is the individual(s) or the entire restaurant that's the problem.

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                                                                                Rptrane RE: Sweet_Cheeks Jun 14, 2013 11:18 AM

                                                                                Reviewers generally give a place two months to get the kinks out before evaluating a new place.

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                                                                        High_Boost RE: amykragan Jan 22, 2013 09:01 AM

                                                                        I don't think there are too many Round Rock people here, but there is a new Torchy's going in just west of grimes on 79.

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                                                                          missmitzi RE: High_Boost Jan 24, 2013 01:42 PM

                                                                          There is also a Torchy's going in at 1431 and 183A (across from the Ranch 1890 shopping strip).

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                                                                          verily RE: amykragan Jan 24, 2013 02:01 PM

                                                                          Sambets is apparently reopening as a trailer on Burnet.

                                                                          Hill's BBQ has closed.

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                                                                            amysuehere RE: verily Jan 24, 2013 03:09 PM

                                                                            I would assume at the NATY?

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                                                                              paternite RE: amysuehere Jan 24, 2013 06:36 PM

                                                                              In the lot next to Pinthouse Pizza. I tried the gumbo yesterday. It was great !!

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                                                                                missmitzi RE: paternite Jan 31, 2013 10:52 AM

                                                                                We hit up the new Sambet's trailer today. Had the gumbo, crawfish etouffee and the shrimp poboy. The gumbo and etouffee were slightly better than I remember, both with a little more heat and flavor. We both still really like them. The poboy was also still good. The bread was different, softer and thicker (from what I remember). I was able to pull off hunks of the bread and sop up some gumbo juices and still have plenty for the poboy. Think the sandwich is a little smaller. They are definitely not up to speed yet (he said it was just their 2nd day open) but the food is just as good as it was before.

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                                                                              TroyTempest RE: verily Jan 25, 2013 08:00 AM

                                                                              Wow, Hill's didn't last very long

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                                                                              Sweet_Cheeks RE: amykragan Feb 8, 2013 07:08 AM

                                                                              Anyone heard anything about Blackfinn Ameripub opening up at the Domain? Is it a chain?

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                                                                                Chicago Wine Geek RE: Sweet_Cheeks Feb 8, 2013 10:35 AM

                                                                                It is a chain. There is one here in Naperville. It's ok, trying to be a more upscale Fridays....

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                                                                                  jwynne2000 RE: Chicago Wine Geek Feb 9, 2013 09:15 AM

                                                                                  It can't be any worse than The Park.

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                                                                                    dinaofdoom RE: jwynne2000 Feb 9, 2013 10:25 PM

                                                                                    hate that place. my coworkers love it, so it's often chosen for after work functions. the noise is deafening.

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                                                                                      SlickTheCat RE: dinaofdoom Feb 14, 2013 06:09 AM

                                                                                      What is up with that place, anytime I'm at the Domain on a Sunday it is cranking music and appears to be pretty crowded.

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                                                                                        Rptrane RE: SlickTheCat Feb 25, 2013 04:56 PM

                                                                                        I was thinking the same thing. I assumed it was some kind of private party the crowd was so big. Everyplace else was a ghost town

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                                                                                verily RE: amykragan Feb 12, 2013 07:17 AM

                                                                                A new contemporary Japanese restaurant called Soto is opening up soon in the Lakeline shopping center (between Party City and Hancock Fabrics). It looks like it's getting close to opening, though I didn't see a sign indicating a date.

                                                                                The area seems pretty saturated already with Japanese restaurants focusing on sushi, so hopefully this one lives up to the contemporary/fusion spin.


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                                                                                  dinaofdoom RE: verily Feb 13, 2013 10:30 AM

                                                                                  wow, this corner of northwest austin is turning into sushiville.
                                                                                  midori, momiji, osaka mansun, and the new kohnami.
                                                                                  plus, kobe and ajishin also serve sushi.

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                                                                                    verily RE: dinaofdoom Feb 13, 2013 02:08 PM

                                                                                    And then around 620, you've got Nagoya, How Do You Roll?, Umiya, and Daichi.

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                                                                                    careyana RE: verily Jun 10, 2013 03:51 PM

                                                                                    Husband and I chanced on Soto for anniversary dinner. Their prices are a bit higher, but their sushi is good. Spouse even ordered sushi (granted, it *was* kobe beef, but he declared it the best ever).

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                                                                                    verily RE: amykragan Feb 25, 2013 01:58 PM

                                                                                    Trader Joe's is apparently planning to open a second store in the former Sprouts on Bee Caves near MoPac since the Seaholm one is going to take a while to open.


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                                                                                      dinaofdoom RE: verily Feb 27, 2013 11:10 PM

                                                                                      wish they had one further north!

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                                                                                        hlk RE: dinaofdoom Feb 28, 2013 10:09 AM

                                                                                        They will.

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                                                                                          tdombrow RE: dinaofdoom Mar 2, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                          I second that emotion

                                                                                      2. dinaofdoom RE: amykragan Feb 28, 2013 08:27 AM

                                                                                        anyone try kohnami yet at 183 & anderson mill?
                                                                                        (think it's in the old hoover's spot).
                                                                                        yelp review are usually unreliable after an opening.
                                                                                        i just liked their facebook page, but it doesn't have a lot of information like the menu, or happy hour, etc.
                                                                                        "yakitori bar" is on their sign, so i'm hoping it's good.

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                                                                                          snowymt RE: dinaofdoom Feb 28, 2013 05:52 PM

                                                                                          went for lunch on Saturday. Really nice renovated interior, really upscale. We thought we could get the lunch specials but after ordering (and being served the miso soup) were told we had to pay full price. Example: beef bulgogi lunch price $12-13, dinner price $18. Also, there was a buy one roll get the other roll free coupon but also told later that it did not apply on Saturdays. So that part kind of sucked. If you want to go for lunch go M-F!

                                                                                          Food was good, fish was fresh for my sushi, I just think the prices are pretty steep and my favorite Midori is right across the road with excellent food already (for less cost)

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                                                                                            dinaofdoom RE: snowymt Mar 2, 2013 05:55 PM

                                                                                            good to know. thanks for the update!
                                                                                            we will be going to check out the happy hour food.

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                                                                                          jwynne2000 RE: amykragan Feb 28, 2013 04:55 PM

                                                                                          For all my west Parmer Lane kin.... Saw a sign posted on the door of the former Old School Bar & Grill: "Coming Soon - Margarita's!"

                                                                                          Hey, I could live with even an average Mexican joint slingin Tequila Slurpees if it's walking distance from the house :)

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                                                                                            dinaofdoom RE: jwynne2000 Mar 2, 2013 05:57 PM

                                                                                            that spot needs a good place, but it's totally jinxed.

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                                                                                              verily RE: jwynne2000 Mar 5, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                                              If Curra's couldn't make it, I don't hold out much hope for a generically named Mexican joint. But I suppose it could surprise me.

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                                                                                                verily RE: verily May 29, 2013 11:58 AM

                                                                                                Margarita's has opened. I have not tried it yet, but the Yelp reviews indicate that it was opened up by some of the staff from Jorge's and are using their recipes.

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                                                                                                  jwynne2000 RE: verily May 30, 2013 05:00 AM

                                                                                                  I've been to Margaritas several times now. They are regularly on a 45 minute wait on Fridays and Saturdays, and they're usually pretty full on the weekdays. So I think they'll make it.

                                                                                                  The food is actually pretty decent. For a first visit, I'd recommend the naked chile rellenos with the New Mexico chile sauce.

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                                                                                                    dinaofdoom RE: jwynne2000 Jun 11, 2013 02:28 PM

                                                                                                    i went a few weeks ago and had an enjoyable albeit not very exciting meal. it was good, but not inspiring. i will probably be back because it's close to work and we need more venues for office outings.

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                                                                                                      Mike B RE: jwynne2000 Jun 14, 2013 12:10 PM

                                                                                                      Randomly tried this place last Saturday. No wait at prime time (approx 7:30pm), lots of empty tables.

                                                                                                      The food was very uneven. I got a dish with the New Mexico chile sauce that was hard to choke down due the sauce being so bad (seemed like whoever made it probably wasn't following the recipe). Margaritas were the awful sickly sweet kind.

                                                                                                      On the positive side, it seemed like both flour & corn tortillas there are freshly made. Pricing seems decent if they can get their act together.

                                                                                              2. sqwertz RE: amykragan Mar 11, 2013 10:14 PM

                                                                                                Another VERTS (Berlin style kebap/pitas) going in in one of those new high rises on mid-south Lamar. Haven't tried the one on the drag yet.

                                                                                                Opening "soon", there's something on their website about "Free Food... MARCH - One Free Entree Per Person" but when you try and click on the details you're led to a dead end.


                                                                                                1. sqwertz RE: amykragan Mar 24, 2013 04:52 PM

                                                                                                  Word is that Hong Kong Market (Ohlen/183/Peyton Gin) has finally reopened after a fire a couple years years ago. Not only did I totally miss the opening and closing of their Parmer and Metric Superstore, I also missed the fact that their original store had a fire and had been closed all this time.

                                                                                                  In somewhat related news, HEB will be closed all day Easter. Which I don't understand. They're open part of the day on Christmas and Thanksgiving Days, but closed on the lesser holiday of Easter ??


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                                                                                                    Frankie_Candido RE: sqwertz Mar 25, 2013 06:50 AM

                                                                                                    Easter is in no way a lesser holiday. It is the very crux of Christianity!

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                                                                                                      sqwertz RE: Frankie_Candido Mar 25, 2013 07:29 AM

                                                                                                      It is the least commercial and the least celebrated holiday of the other two. Maybe if they moved it to Monday.... ;-)

                                                                                                      Get your leg of lamb from CostCo today or tomorrow as there is a very good chance they will be sold out later in the week! (Sam's Club lamb has been dumbed down to be more Americanized while CostCo's still has the gamier NZ/Australian flavor).

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                                                                                                      sasebastian RE: sqwertz Mar 26, 2013 05:55 PM

                                                                                                      I went in to the Hong Kong Market on Friday and was disgusted. The veg was in seriously bad shape. The green and jalapeño peppers were shriveled and wrinkly, the eggplants were rotten and oozing, potatoes were squishy and sprouting. That put me off the whole place.

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                                                                                                        sqwertz RE: sasebastian Apr 1, 2013 10:38 PM

                                                                                                        That's too bad. It used to be that was the best store in town, IMO. That was back in 2000-2002. Then came New Oriental Market, My Thanh's replacement superstore (MT Supermarket), and now Hana World Market in the failed Hong Kong Market spinoff space.

                                                                                                        They may be down for the count. A combination of bad timing and bad marketing off their superstore. The only thing going for them is that they're the closest Asian market to 3/4's of Austin. But at only a couple more miles you can get a much better selection.

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                                                                                                      Ashforth RE: amykragan Mar 30, 2013 01:05 PM

                                                                                                      A couple of new chain restaurants are coming to Sunset Valley: Noodles & Co. and Zoe's Kitchen. They are going into the new building that replaced the torn down Marie Calendar's.

                                                                                                      Noodles & Co. is a slightly weird concept to me. A menu with Mediterranean, Japanese, Thai, American and Italian-American dishes isn't cohesive just because each dish has noodles. It makes me expect that no dish will be more than mediocre. I hope to be wrong!

                                                                                                      Zoe's Kitchen sounds more promising, with a greek-leaning menu with hummus made on site, sides of roasted fresh vegetables, mayo-free potato salad, pasta salad and coleslaw. I'm hoping it will be good.

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                                                                                                        Optimista RE: Ashforth Apr 4, 2013 09:38 AM

                                                                                                        I've been to both. There are several other Noodles & Co. locations in town, and one more Zoe's Kitchen.

                                                                                                        I'd say both are a little hit-or-miss. If they have the truffled mac 'n' cheese at Noodles & Co. when you go, that is hands-down my favorite. It's worthy of company (in fact, I ordered a huge pile of it for a gathering I had at my house, once, and one of my most talented chef friends took some leftovers, so I don't think I'm alone in my adoration for it). But it's seasonal. There are a few other decent things on the menu. I wrote a really long post about a tasting I did there on my blog, if you're interested.

                                                                                                        I don't think I ever got around to blogging about Zoe's and I've only been a handful of times, but I'd say there are some great things and some things that lean more toward mediocre.

                                                                                                      2. dinaofdoom RE: amykragan Apr 2, 2013 12:01 PM

                                                                                                        teji's has a sign posted that they're opening a location on campus. 21st and guadalupe iirc.

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                                                                                                          Optimista RE: amykragan Apr 4, 2013 09:40 AM

                                                                                                          Does anyone have solid intel on what is going in where Jorge's used to be on Hancock? I heard that it is going to be a Chuy's. Please tell me that rumor was wrong.

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                                                                                                            TAF RE: Optimista Apr 4, 2013 02:10 PM

                                                                                                            It is to be called La Mancha Tex-Mex Taverna.

                                                                                                            From the Statesman: "In addition, the new owners of the Jorge’s site — who include Chuy’s co-founder Mike Young — said another Tex-Mex restaurant will open in its place that will retain an Austin flavor and blend with the neighborhood.

                                                                                                            Veloz recently sold the 9,000-square-foot Hancock location off Burnet Road for an undisclosed price to a group of five investors who besides Young include Will Muntz, co-owner of Lucky Lounge downtown. Muntz will partner with John Korioth, who owns Hanger Lounge and Six Lounge, in the new restaurant, La Mancha Tex-Mex Tavern, which will debut in the spring, Muntz said.

                                                                                                            Muntz said the building will undergo an extensive remodel, with design work by noted architect Michael Hsu, who offices within walking distance from Jorge’s. Muntz lives two blocks from Jorge’s, and Korioth grew up in the neighborhood."

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                                                                                                              Optimista RE: TAF Apr 8, 2013 09:31 PM

                                                                                                              Aha, there's hope! Fingers crossed that it will be decent. Thanks, TAF!

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                                                                                                                TAF RE: Optimista May 2, 2013 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                The remodeling certainly looks promising. A new, large patio roof has gone up, and a new facade. They are now hiring staff, so it shouldn't be long! I shall report in once they open.

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                                                                                                            Optimista RE: amykragan Apr 4, 2013 09:52 AM

                                                                                                            Aaaaand fresh from Addie Broyles' in-box: new Lucy's Fried Chicken going in at 5408 Burnet (old Austin Diner location) later this year. For you Lucy's fans, please let me know what you love there - I've yet to find my sweet spot.

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                                                                                                              hlk RE: Optimista Apr 4, 2013 10:08 AM

                                                                                                              The fried chicken livers. I think they're the best fried chicken livers I've ever had. The raw oysters are good, too, but in general I find the food to be uneven. Seemed like the regular fried chicken was a lot better when they first opened than the subsequent times I've had it.

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                                                                                                                Optimista RE: hlk Apr 8, 2013 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                Thanks, hlk. I'll try those next time.

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                                                                                                                malarkey RE: Optimista Jun 19, 2013 09:47 PM

                                                                                                                The wood roasted oysters are good, and I love their fried chicken. It's the best I've had in town. And I love that they have pink champagne by the glass!

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                                                                                                                  singlemalt RE: Optimista Sep 11, 2013 08:21 AM

                                                                                                                  Drove down Burnet Rd. last night and noticed Lucy's all lit up. Seems like they are open. Looking forward to eating there and a report from others.

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                                                                                                                    ieathereforeiam RE: singlemalt Sep 13, 2013 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                    ate there yesterday. food was the exact same as the original down south.

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                                                                                                                  verily RE: amykragan May 1, 2013 07:08 PM

                                                                                                                  Taco Shack on 620 (near Lake Creek) is finally open. I'm curious to see which local franchise sets up shop on 620 next...

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                                                                                                                    Rptrane RE: amykragan May 1, 2013 08:36 PM

                                                                                                                    Elevation burger by Costco is finally open for business. IF only it was a P Terry instead.

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                                                                                                                      TroyTempest RE: Rptrane May 2, 2013 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                      that has got to be one of the worst intersections in town to put a drive thru in. Thanfully for traffic sake, it's not P. Terry. At least drive-thru traffic won't be in the street.

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                                                                                                                        Mike B RE: Rptrane May 5, 2013 10:21 PM

                                                                                                                        Noticed that P. Terry's has started construction at Mopac & Parmer on the access road getting off at Parmer (heading North on Mopac)

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                                                                                                                          Rptrane RE: Mike B May 6, 2013 05:28 AM

                                                                                                                          Was going to post this. It's kinda hard to get to though coming North. I wonder if there's a good back way to access the location without doing a loop.

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                                                                                                                            Mike B RE: Rptrane May 6, 2013 03:22 PM

                                                                                                                            Yes, that location can be a pain. You can get off at Parmer and take a right at the first road after the shopping center with the HEB. There is a road that runs through there that connects to the road in front of the medical center that takes you to the access road. Not sure if that would be any shorter though.

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                                                                                                                            Mike B RE: Mike B Jun 28, 2013 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                            The Mopac/Parmer P Terry's opened today. Curious what the traffic is like. They built that location in record time.

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                                                                                                                              Rptrane RE: Mike B Jun 28, 2013 06:35 PM

                                                                                                                              I drove past it last week and it had no interior still. I can't imagine how it's open yet.

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                                                                                                                            careyana RE: Rptrane Jun 10, 2013 04:04 PM

                                                                                                                            According to the community rag, P. Terry's will be building a location near Catfish Parlor near Oak Knoll on SB 183.


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                                                                                                                            verily RE: amykragan May 3, 2013 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                            Stuffed Cajun Market is adding a new location at Brodie Lane and 290. If I eavesdropped properly at lunch, it's going to be in the shopping center with BJ's and Petsmart.

                                                                                                                            1. sqwertz RE: amykragan May 13, 2013 10:55 PM

                                                                                                                              El Pollo Regio in the former Arby's at William Cannon and Congress. It's been a slow remodel - still not open.

                                                                                                                              They've pretty much vanished here in Austin according to their website but are huge in Dallas. Website only lists two locations in Austin - Burleson/183 and Berkman. Don't they have one on Oltorf/Burleson, too? North Lamar at Rutland, and I35 at Rundberg, too?


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                                                                                                                                slowcoooked RE: sqwertz May 14, 2013 01:48 PM

                                                                                                                                I'm about a mile from the one on Ohlen and 183 (west side) and it's still smokin' strong.

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                                                                                                                                  ssnclrk RE: slowcoooked May 17, 2013 01:44 AM

                                                                                                                                  We get chicken from the one on Ohlen about once a month.

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                                                                                                                                  topodrinko RE: sqwertz May 17, 2013 06:45 AM

                                                                                                                                  are you guys talk about Arby's vanishing or El Pollo Regio? Both have a location on/near Ohlen

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                                                                                                                                    ssnclrk RE: topodrinko May 18, 2013 02:27 AM

                                                                                                                                    I think they were talking about El Pollo Regio here in Austin. If you look on the website it only shows a couple of locations. I live very close to the Arby's and El Pollo Regio at Ohlen Road. My grand children love the chicken there.

                                                                                                                                    I noticed the little Cuban place next door to Twin Liquors at Jamestown/183 has a for lease sign in the window.

                                                                                                                                3. sqwertz RE: amykragan May 22, 2013 07:43 PM

                                                                                                                                  New construction on empty land: "Meat Market and Gas Station" (?) being built at South First and Dittmer That would make three gas stations at one intersection in a residential neighborhood. Anybody know the extent of the "meat market"?


                                                                                                                                  1. dinaofdoom RE: amykragan Jun 11, 2013 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                    two new places in the same strip mall:
                                                                                                                                    a sushi/korean joint in the now-defunct maharajah indian location, and "nawlins cafe" (or something similarly named) in the old sambet's spot a few doors down.

                                                                                                                                    also, apna bazaar greatly expanded and moved a few doors over since my last visit to this shopping center. it looks to be bigger than the asia cafe store now.

                                                                                                                                    for those not familiar, it's in the back of the big lots plaza at the spicewood springs/mcneil and 183 intersection.

                                                                                                                                    1. Alan Sudo RE: amykragan Jun 26, 2013 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                                      Lots happening on the 2200 block of Manor Rd.

                                                                                                                                      Schoolhouse Pub has finished painting the interior and is installing beer taps. They promise 20 taps of Texas beer, creative cocktails and pub grub,

                                                                                                                                      Hopfields, the new beer garden spot from the folks at Black Sheep Lounge had city crews blocking off the street this morning to install their new utility lines. More great beer, cocktails and pub grub,

                                                                                                                                      Sugarmama's Bakeshop has promised a 2nd location in the building that shares a parking lot with Hopfields.

                                                                                                                                      Nearby, Patrizi's is serving pasta in the yard at the Vortex Theater, joining Thai Thani and Hoover's Texa Mexi Que for trailer food options and the old El Chile is becoming ... something else.

                                                                                                                                      Fun times for Manor Rd.

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                                                                                                                                        ieathereforeiam RE: Alan Sudo Jun 27, 2013 01:44 PM

                                                                                                                                        the black sheep place is "haymaker". thanks for the update AS. good stuff.

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                                                                                                                                          Alan Sudo RE: ieathereforeiam Jun 28, 2013 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                          Not sure how I confused Haymaker with Hopfields but you are correct. The space looks fun - can't wait for them to open.

                                                                                                                                      2. sqwertz RE: amykragan Jul 7, 2013 09:23 PM

                                                                                                                                        El Pollo Rico at William Cannon/Congress is open and belching out plumes of smoke. Former Arby's building.

                                                                                                                                        Cajun Meat Market opening next month in Sunset Valley. - Homestead Shopping Center, IIRC.

                                                                                                                                        Still trying to figure out the "Meat Market" at S. First and Davis Ln....

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                                                                                                                                          rudeboy RE: sqwertz Jul 13, 2013 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                                          I'm surprised that Hat Creek didn't take over the Arby's - The hat sign just begs to be converted a la Burgernet Rd.

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                                                                                                                                            sqwertz RE: rudeboy Jul 17, 2013 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                                            I'm really surprised Arby's let them use them hat. A hat is a very proprietary feature of a business. The hat is 100% brand recognition for Arby's. Companies just don't let other companies use their trademarks and servicemarks.

                                                                                                                                            The hat has been gone from the William Cannon Arby's for 3-4 years. Probably in storage for the next Hat Creek :-)

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                                                                                                                                              popvulture RE: sqwertz Jul 17, 2013 06:16 PM

                                                                                                                                              I always wondered about the legality of that sign; I didn't even know it was actually repurposed from an Arby's. It sure looks great!

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                                                                                                                                                rudeboy RE: popvulture Jul 17, 2013 07:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                Well, I used to go to Arby's all the time, just for that hat - now, I can't ever decide!

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                                                                                                                                          verily RE: amykragan Jul 16, 2013 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                          There's a new Izakaya called The Dojo opening up at 183 & Burnet in the old Toyko Steakhouse. It appears to be in its soft opening (family, friends, neighbors) phase right now.


                                                                                                                                          1. sqwertz RE: amykragan Jul 16, 2013 08:59 PM

                                                                                                                                            Looks like they're breaking ground on the lot reportedly being used for Austin's first In & Out Burger (NW corner of Airport and I35).


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                                                                                                                                              Sweet_Cheeks RE: amykragan Aug 12, 2013 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                                              For some time now there's been an empty air-stream trailer at the corner of 6th & Sabine. Today I saw workers put a Gourdough's sign on it. I hope that trailer doesn't move a single block.

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                                                                                                                                                mollyjade RE: amykragan Aug 14, 2013 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                New Maudie's location going into the empty restaurant space on the north side of the Triangle.

                                                                                                                                                1. dinaofdoom RE: amykragan Oct 27, 2013 12:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                  bumping this because HHXI is missing.

                                                                                                                                                  tried mighty bird today. it's in the old alvin sandwich spot on 183, in the same plaza as the dunkin' donuts. got the signature taco, with pulled rotisserie chicken, cheese and avocado, with a pico and siracha sauce. the chicken was pretty darn salty. the corn tortillas were wonderful, though. nice and thick with uneven edges. pretty sure they were freshly made, either there or locally.

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                                                                                                                                                    sweet100s RE: dinaofdoom Oct 27, 2013 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Darn, I was hoping that place would be great.
                                                                                                                                                    Did you give them feedback on the saltiness?

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                                                                                                                                                      ieathereforeiam RE: sweet100s Oct 27, 2013 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                      their facebook says it will be open in about 6 weeks on anderson.

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                                                                                                                                                        dinaofdoom RE: sweet100s Oct 27, 2013 09:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                        maybe it was overbrined or something. hopefully it was an off day, but in general their menu didn't really excite me. and $4 for one taco and $14 for a whole chicken seems kinda steep for a fast food place.

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                                                                                                                                                        ericthered RE: dinaofdoom Oct 29, 2013 05:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Got their migas breakfast taco and it turned out to be a pasty salty mostly unappealing grey lump. And for this I paid $3.49. They've seen the last of me.

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                                                                                                                                                          dinaofdoom RE: ericthered Oct 30, 2013 07:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                          yuck! and that seems high for a bfast taco

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                                                                                                                                                          High_Boost RE: dinaofdoom Oct 29, 2013 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                          I stopped by for breakfast recently and grabbed a couple of their "ready to go" chicken chorizo tacos and I thought they were good.

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                                                                                                                                                          missmitzi RE: amykragan Oct 30, 2013 02:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Zed's in North Austin has reopened. Only 2 reviews on yelp but both very positive (for what that is worth). Checked out their facebook page and the food definitely looks better than before (for what that is worth). I'm interested to try it and to hear if anyone else does.

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                                                                                                                                                            sweet100s RE: missmitzi Oct 31, 2013 01:18 PM


                                                                                                                                                            Zed's has such a beautiful space.

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                                                                                                                                                              sqwertz RE: sweet100s Nov 1, 2013 11:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I watched them build that and it must have cost a pretty penny. Just the natural gas setup and permits must have cost $100K+


                                                                                                                                                          2. amykragan RE: amykragan Nov 4, 2013 12:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Highlights Gametime Grill opened a 2nd location on Cypress Creek Road

                                                                                                                                                            1. TroyTempest RE: amykragan Nov 7, 2013 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Something called Davod's (not David's) Mediterranean market is going into the strip center on the NW corner of 183 and Anderson. There is a Twin Liquor in there, too.

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                                                                                                                                                                TroyTempest RE: TroyTempest Feb 14, 2014 11:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                I meant Anderson Mill, duh!

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                                                                                                                                                                  dinaofdoom RE: TroyTempest Feb 14, 2014 04:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  aha! i noticed that sign recently while sitting in traffic, and google had nothing. really interested because there's no market type stuff in that area other than HEB.

                                                                                                                                                              2. rudeboy RE: amykragan Nov 8, 2013 07:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                TacoDeli is expanding:


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