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Oct 12, 2012 11:18 AM

Alamo Drafthouse Ritz

I'm visiting Austin for a conference and have reservations for a film at the Alamo Ritz tomorrow at lunchtime. Any recommendations for what to order?

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  1. Depends on what you like, honestly the Drafthouse has decent food but only slightly better than say a Chilli's or similar place. I think if you see any intriguing specials I'd go there. They often have seasonal or speciality items at different times of the year and they are usually good. Food wise I think the cheesesteak is okay. Green chili fries and chips and queso are good too. Best thing on the menu are the milkshakes. In fact I'd rec you eat elsewhere downtown and just grab a shake there.

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    1. re: Rptrane

      Thanks. Eating elsewhere isn't a realistic alternative since it's a noon show. A milkshake could be a good meal, though! :)

      1. re: Elisa515

        As said before, the food's nothing amazing, but I have a few standards that I stick to and am always happy with. The Nacho Libre is tasty, even though it's a bit of a mess to eat in the dark. The grilled cheese is another go-to (kinda hard to f*** up a grilled cheese). Good bread, good amount of cheese and roasted tomato, easy to eat in the dark. Plus their fries that come with it are really good- I usually ask for a side of chipotle mayo with em. I had the green chile burger once- it was fine but definitely nothing mind-blowing.

        I was there last night, and they had a pizza special that had pear, gorgonzola and bacon jam on it... sounded pretty tempting.

        1. re: popvulture

          Their pork chile stew is really very good. I really miss the chicken pesto pizza, but I've already fought that battle once.

          Yes, the Guiness milkshake is very, Very good, but also a meal by itself.

          1. re: amysuehere

            We had salads (I had the Once Upon a Time in Mexico one, which I enjoyed) and shared the green chile fries. By holding the bowls rather than eating from the panel, no problem with mess. Shared the very good french press coffee. Definitely intended to have the Pecan Porter milkshake but it would have been too much at that hour.

            I'm used to bringing in salad or a sandwich to my local theater (I live in the NYC suburbs), so this was a step up.

            If I lived in your area I'd be at this theater a couple times a week. Loved the atmosphere and the film selection. Thanks for the advice--definitely need to get back to Austin!

            1. re: amysuehere

              I second the puerco guisada. I haven't eaten it at the Ritz, only slaughter lane. But i did like it.
              I had a decent Philly Cheesteak. Full disclosure, i have never had one in Philly, but it was better than Texadelphia.(which of course, as an out of towner you have never had).
              I see now that i am too late on this advice. Oh well. Maybe next time.

              1. re: TroyTempest

                On Chowhound, it's never too late! Others will come along at another time looking for this help.

                About cheesesteaks...I grew up near Philly, and honestly the idea of "authentic" is overrated; does the sandwich taste delicious? is really the question that's important.

                1. re: Elisa515

                  It's pretty good for a sandwich that you get in a movie, especially with a nice craft brew.

      2. The Royale with Cheese is an excellent burger.