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New job in Round Rock - What's Good?

danny_w Jul 18, 2013 09:26 AM

I just started a new job in RR and don't know the area very well. I know there are several restaurants (mostly fast food) in the WalMart and Lowes shopping centers, and I went with a friend to Longhorn Cafe recently (OK but not great for the price). On the north end there are Cracker Barrel, Chuy's, Saltgrass, etc.

I eat out most every day so I need a variety of suggestions, cheap or midrange mostly. I like mostly any kind of food.

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    rajat Oct 17, 2013 03:18 PM

    It looks like Annapurna Gardens (in the shopping center with Target) is getting decent reviews in another thread here. That's another option.

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    1. re: rajat
      slowcoooked Oct 17, 2013 10:21 PM

      indeed :-)

    2. slowcoooked Oct 16, 2013 11:45 AM

      Annapurna Gardens is MUCH better than my recent visit to Chola's. I take Chola's recommendation back with force. It just sucked the last time I ate there a few weeks ago.

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        KevinCooks Oct 9, 2013 10:44 AM

        There is a new BBQ place opening on Main St in downtown RR. Curly's Carolina TX. They will have Carolina style pork BBQ and Texas BBQ. It was two trailer owners that partnered up. Looks like they will be open First of Nov. according to what I've heard.

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        1. re: KevinCooks
          slowcoooked Oct 9, 2013 10:33 PM

          They've been serving up NC style BBQ pork for over a year out of the trailer and it's fantastic. If that's your thing, and it sure is mine, it's authentic and delicious. I lived in NC for a few years as a kid and rapidly developed an obsession for that vinegar red pepper sauce.

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          jwynne2000 Oct 8, 2013 11:07 PM

          Greenhouse Craft Food is now open:


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            sweet100s Oct 23, 2013 08:42 PM

            Have you tried Greenhouse Craft Food yet jwynne ?

            Looks promising. Someone took an interesting and thoughful approach with the menu.

            ex: Breakfast menu
            RISOTTO House-made bacon, roasted poblano, leeks, farm egg, parmigiano-reggiano

            (Good to see that the chef aims high :-). I love breakfast sandwiches.)

            and from their daily menu:
            The Greenhouse Special
            BLT made with house-made bacon, sourdough,
            baby greens, local tomatoes, fried farmhouse
            egg, jalapeño maple jelly $7.5

            and of course the:
            Fresh-fried, powdered sugar

            Maybe good to combine with an Ikea trip so I can walk off the Biegnet calories quickly.

            Love that they are open continuously between lunch - dinner.

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              jwynne2000 Oct 26, 2013 07:37 PM

              Yes, I've been there once, for saturday lunch. Fun (albeit small) little selection of Texas beers. I had the BLT you listed above. Delish. I'm bullish on this place.

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            grillo7 Aug 3, 2013 08:04 AM

            Our go to place in Round Rock are:

            1. Pho Viet - Great Vietnamese food on Louis Henna...
            2. Torchy's
            3. Tarka - good quick and casual Indian
            4. Jack Allen's - Excellent, especially the Sunday brunch
            5. Teji's
            6. Thai Spoon - fair Thai, just started going here but seems about as good as any you can get in the Austin area
            7. Chola - lunch buffet

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            1. re: grillo7
              nytexan Aug 4, 2013 08:13 PM

              there is much better thai in doiwntown austin than thai spoon

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                TroyTempest Aug 5, 2013 08:07 AM

                Could someone delete this post

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              Fiddi Aug 1, 2013 10:21 AM

              I love Teji's and Jack Allen's Kitchen. I have to add Niki's Pizza, which is in the same shopping center as Teji's and Taqueria Arandinas. Niki's is New York style pizza and is the only one around here my NYC born husband enjoys around here.

              Edited to add my fav coffee/lunch place. Cafe Java on Gattis School Rd. Breakfast and lunch have always been great there.

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              1. re: Fiddi
                WSZsr Aug 1, 2013 11:24 AM

                Has he tried Brooklyn Pie in La Frontera?

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                  Fiddi Aug 1, 2013 11:28 AM

                  No, but I'll put it on our must try list. Thanks!

              2. amykragan Jul 29, 2013 10:45 AM

                Krave Wine Bar & Bistro--I love their Gnocchi, I add grilled chicken.
                Main St. Grill
                Louisiana Longhorn cafe
                These are all on Main St.

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                  Rene Jul 24, 2013 07:19 AM

                  I just saw a Groupon for The Blind Squirrel Sandwich Shop. I haven't tried it (honestly never heard of it) but it looks very interesting and reasonably priced. I'd go if in the area.


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                    danny_w Jul 29, 2013 07:16 AM

                    Looks very interesting, I'll have to try it out. Thanks.

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                      Rene Jul 29, 2013 09:43 AM

                      The reviews and menu look great... will look forward to your review!

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                      danny_w Jul 30, 2013 11:20 AM

                      Tried to go there today but couldn't find it, probably because I didn't go far enough north. There was road construction about where I think it should be so I just went on.

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                        nytexan Aug 4, 2013 08:12 PM

                        its on mays

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                          danny_w Aug 6, 2013 11:59 AM

                          Ate there today and had the Godfather (NY strip). The sandwich was good (although it could have used more meat) but the chips were the blandest I have ever tasted (no salt at all). They were only marginally better when I doused them with salt. Also a sign on the door said that the A/C was out, but fans were keeping it acceptably cool.

                          A little on the expensive side and hard to get to with the construction in front, but I will be back to try some of the other choices.

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                      missmitzi Jul 23, 2013 02:48 PM

                      I like Round Rock cafe in the downtown area. I have only been for breakfast but have family that frequents for lunch and enjoys it. I hear the chicken salad is particularly good. They can be slow at times, so maybe best for take out. For breakfast, I love their omelets, sausage waffle (has sausage inside the waffle and one half is covered in syrup and the other in sausage gravy) and their breakfast potatoes are delicious. You know, just in case you get a hankering to get breakfast before work sometime.

                      Also, I like La Silla off I-35 (where Michael's tacos used to be). Once again, I mainly hit it for breakfast. Recommend - La Silla burrito, heuvos rancheros and all breakfast tacos. They are pretty quick. The lunch tacos I have seen look good, so might be worth investigating.

                      1. Chicago Wine Geek Jul 22, 2013 10:22 AM

                        I'm a fan of Rosie Pho's. And love Juarez Bakery for breakfast tacos and lunch.

                        1. ipsedixit Jul 19, 2013 07:44 PM

                          Noble Creek, about a 10-15 minute drive S-SW of Round Rock.

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                            saticoy Jul 20, 2013 06:18 PM

                            Noble pig? Now Noble Sandwich? Agreed!

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                              girloftheworld Jul 20, 2013 07:12 PM

                              noble pig is not round rock though it is clear over by lakeline mall and lunch lines are a bit long.

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                              TroyTempest Jul 23, 2013 01:48 PM

                              Aren't you from LA?

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                                ipsedixit Jul 23, 2013 03:22 PM

                                Yes. Why?

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                                  TroyTempest Jul 24, 2013 06:57 AM

                                  Because you'd know that Noble Pig is not that close to RR, and Noble Creek is not a real place, that's all.

                                  do you ever get to Round Rock?

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                                    ipsedixit Jul 24, 2013 07:03 AM

                                    Yes, quite a bit this year.

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                                      TroyTempest Jul 24, 2013 07:23 AM

                                      my condolences,
                                      I live in Austin, but i try to stay away form round rock :-)

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                                        ipsedixit Jul 24, 2013 07:39 AM

                                        There is one major employer in Round Rock, and we have many issues with that employer.


                                        Usu. stay in Austin and drive to RR.

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                                          girloftheworld Jul 24, 2013 11:19 AM

                                          :( hey! give us a break! we have that lovely historic round rock! and Dell Diamond and.... ummm Dans Puffy tacos oh and IKEA dont forget that! ;)

                              2. girloftheworld Jul 19, 2013 07:38 PM

                                off the top of my head here ar our favourite rotaions

                                Jack Allens is awesome
                                Dans Puffy tacos is a dive but makes great puffy tacos
                                Red Wagon Burgers same
                                pacific star oyster
                                Rio Grand

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                                1. re: girloftheworld
                                  slowcoooked Jul 21, 2013 09:19 PM

                                  I've yet to hit pacific star, I'm a seafood snob explant from eastern shore Maryland. What's great?

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                                    girloftheworld Jul 22, 2013 07:27 AM

                                    the oysters
                                    stuffed crab

                                    You are not going to get Maryland seafood satisfaction but it is good

                                    have you eaver had the crab cakes at counter cafe on lamar?

                                    1. re: girloftheworld
                                      slowcoooked Jul 22, 2013 11:35 AM

                                      Thanks Girloftheworld. I'll try the oysters. And no, I haven't tasted Counter's crabcake yet. If it's simple and not overly seasoned / southwestern-o-fied, I'd probably enjoy it.

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                                    danny_w Jul 31, 2013 08:34 AM

                                    Where is Pacific Star? I went to the SE corner of I35 and Palm Valley (79) but could not find it. Their website says that it is behind the DQ. Is it still there? The only things in that area that I found were Baskin Robins, ShortStop, Long John's, and a Mexican place that looked closed (no cars).

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                                      TroyTempest Jul 31, 2013 08:44 AM

                                      There is one on 183, Anderson mill exit, North side of the road before you get to Lake Creek.
                                      just looked, I didn't know there was an RR location.

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                                        WSZsr Jul 31, 2013 09:13 AM

                                        That's exactly where it is. You didn't see the DQ?

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                                          girloftheworld Jul 31, 2013 09:14 AM

                                          yeo it is on the corner.. right on the corner grayish building more next to the DQ than behind,, the mexican place is way behind them both... I

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                                        rajat Jul 18, 2013 10:06 AM

                                        For Indian, there's Chola's and Teji's (my favorite).

                                        For bbq, there's Johnny T's on 620. There's also the Curly's Perfect Pig food truck on Mays. Up the road on May's, the grilled chicken at Pollo Rico's is good.

                                        At the 620 and 35 SW corner, there's Sichuan Garden which has very good Sichuan style food, but I wouldn't order the standard American Chinese stuff there (well, I almost never order standard American Chinese dishes, so I'm not a good judge, but the sweet and sour shrimp was awful).

                                        I like the breakfast tacos at Taqueria Arandinas (on 620, same shopping center as Teji's and Hao Hao). In that same shopping center, there is Hoody's Sub Shop; I like the meatball sub.

                                        Downtown, Junior's has decent burgers and I love the fries and chips.

                                        On 45 (Louis Henna), Pho Viet is very good, and Pita Fusion in the same shopping center is also really good.

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                                        1. re: rajat
                                          WSZsr Jul 19, 2013 10:17 AM

                                          Cafe Java on Gattis School, Brooklyn Pie (slices) in the back of La Frontera, Fire Bowl Cafe in La Frontera (Singapore Vermicelli),

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                                            danny_w Jul 19, 2013 03:25 PM

                                            Thanks I did not know Brooklyn Pie head a store there. They are my favorite in Austin. I've been to Fire Bowl and like it.

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                                            KevinCooks Jul 22, 2013 10:28 PM

                                            Wanted to point out the food trailer park on Mays shut down, but I heard Curly's Perfect Pig is opening a brick and mortar on Main St. downtown.

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                                              nytexan Aug 4, 2013 08:10 PM

                                              yes curlys will open in oct 2013 on main street

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                                                KevinCooks Aug 4, 2013 08:56 PM

                                                I just saw on their facebook page that they partnered with a Texas BBQ guy and opening a Carolina/Texas BBQ place on Main St.

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                                              danny_w Jul 23, 2013 04:03 PM

                                              I tried Johnny T's today with a coworker. The brisket was very good, tender and moist, but a little bland (needed bbq sauce to spice it up), and the cole slaw was good, but the beans were out of a can. The sausage was just OK, nothing special (it is not theirs however so that is not a fair comparison). My friend said his pulled pork sandwich was the best he has had. Overall I would give it another try, but I prefer meat that doesn't need bbq sauce (just my preference).

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                                                nytexan Aug 4, 2013 08:10 PM

                                                suasage is meyers im told

                                            3. slowcoooked Jul 18, 2013 09:37 AM

                                              Chola's does a decent buffet spread for lunch. I like their chili chicken and goat curry. biryani is usually pretty good too. not every day but often they'll serve up a fried bread in a sweet cream desert that's wonderful. They face home depot, and are next to Zorba's greek.

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                                                danny_w Jul 18, 2013 01:45 PM

                                                Thanks for the rep lie. I have eaten at Chola's and thought it was OK but nothing spectacular; I have had far better Indian buffets elsewhere but they are now too far from where I work. I will have to give the others a try.

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                                                  dinaofdoom Oct 6, 2013 01:28 PM

                                                  i've been spending some time eating in RR, and i really liked my lunch at zorba's. since it's near dell, the lunch menu is more limited and cafeteria style. dinner menu is more expansive.

                                                  although i did not try any, sichuan garden (in the same plaza as sprouts, origami, etc.) had some surprisingly non-american items on the menu. lots of offal and ma la stuff.

                                                  origami is very good, and the owner is very nice.

                                                  taquerias arandinas and teji's over on RR ave near the highschool are solid choices for mexican and indian, respectively.

                                                  got a living social deal for the RR location of french quarter grill, so will be trying that soon.

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                                                    danny_w Oct 16, 2013 09:19 AM

                                                    Yes I always used to like Zorba's. The last time I went they had changed to "order at the front" instead of wait staff (I don't know when they changed, may havbe been long ago).

                                                    I will have to try taquerias arandinas.

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                                                      dinaofdoom Oct 16, 2013 10:04 PM

                                                      that's just for lunch. at dinner it's sit down (and there are more options).

                                                      taquerias arandinas has a complimentary bean soup which is pretty good, and the salsa's got kick.

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