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verily Aug 20, 2013 12:29 PM

Despite that fact that they're building a new one a few miles away, Whole Foods has decided to keep the Gateway store open after all. I suspect they don't want to lose customers to the new Trader Joe's opening up in the Arboretum.

http://www.austin360.com/weblogs/reli...

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  1. TroyTempest RE: verily Aug 20, 2013 03:37 PM

    this is good. Not that i'm a big WF shopper, but the domain is just a logistical PITA to get in and out of.

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      verily RE: verily Sep 3, 2013 10:55 AM

      Noticed that "Momo Korean Cuisine and Sushi" has opened up in the former Maharaja Indian place in the old shopping center at Spicewood Springs & 183. It didn't look open when I passed by to go to Asia Cafe, but it is set at an odd angle to the parking lot. Anyone been there yet?

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        jwynne2000 RE: verily Sep 8, 2013 05:08 AM

        We went Friday night. Certainly not terrible, but wife and I both agreed that you can do much better even at Osaka one exit up 183.

      2. dinaofdoom RE: verily Sep 6, 2013 04:31 PM

        zakia's greek cuisine at the artisan apartments on parmer closed, and a new thai place is opening up. hope it's good, because it's right around the corner from my house.

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          dinaofdoom RE: dinaofdoom Sep 13, 2013 08:57 PM

          forgot to mention the name. it's "thai lada".

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            verily RE: dinaofdoom Nov 8, 2013 12:02 PM

            Thai Lada is...interesting. Service is allll over the place. I find it a bit charming, but someone could easily lose patience with the very scattered waitresses. The panang curry I ordered tasted good, but it was missing one of the veggies listed on the menu. On a later trip, I tried the basil crispy chicken and once again it was missing some of the veggies listed. I plan to stick to the other Parmer restaurant Thai Cuisine for lunch.

            Amigo's in the same shopping center seems to have met its end. It was closed on a Tuesday at noon. No signage up mentioning why it was closed, so I'm assuming they didn't pay their rent.

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              rudeboy RE: verily Nov 8, 2013 01:31 PM

              That's too bad, Amigo's had some really good tacos. The owner is a hoot.

        2. sqwertz RE: verily Sep 20, 2013 04:54 PM

          By now we've all probably heard that Trader Joe's Bee Cave location opened up today. But also worth mentioning is that Wheatsville South finally opened today as well. It's at South Lamar, across from the Sun Harvest turned Sprouts.

          -sw

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            dinaofdoom RE: sqwertz Oct 4, 2013 10:50 PM

            i've been to the trader joe's bee cave several times now, despite it the distance and my hatred of that part of town :-)

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              slowcoooked RE: dinaofdoom Oct 5, 2013 06:52 AM

              have you tried that cookie butter stuff, smooth or crunchy? It's a remarkably good product especially melted over good vanilla bean ice cream.

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                Rptrane RE: slowcoooked Oct 5, 2013 07:56 AM

                That's stuff is already available at other places. Sprouts, Central Market and Whole Foods carries variations of the product.

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                  dinaofdoom RE: slowcoooked Oct 6, 2013 01:17 PM

                  slowcooked, i can't have it (gluten) but got some for a friend. also, the tubs of burrata (2 balls for $5) can't be beat! the cheese prices alone are amazing and worth the drive, for me at least.

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                    sqwertz RE: dinaofdoom Oct 20, 2013 10:33 PM

                    They have Roquefort - the king of cheeses - for $9.95/lb. Which is ridiculously low. CM and Hole Foods charge $28-$34. Even Costco is $9.50 for 11 ounces.

                    I picked up soem burrata but ended up trading it in for the St Andre. Next time...

                    -sw

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                      TroyTempest RE: sqwertz Oct 21, 2013 07:58 AM

                      Is this the usual price? That is a great price

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                        dinaofdoom RE: TroyTempest Oct 22, 2013 06:13 AM

                        they don't do sales, so i imagine it is.

                        i can't remember the exact pricing but the cambozola i got was about half what HEB charges (when i can even find it).

                        hope they can keep up with demand. when i went for my second visit, there was a bunch of stuff i wanted to stock up on, like the refrigerated packets of kim chee for $2, but they were out.

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                          chispa_c RE: dinaofdoom Jan 3, 2014 07:41 AM

                          Therein lies my problem with Trader Joes...no guaranteed stock. They get deals, they sell the deals and then they are out, sometimes forever. If I'm going to a destination store like TJ's, I want them to have the items I've purchased before. Just not their model. I'll pass.

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                            TroyTempest RE: chispa_c Jan 3, 2014 08:41 AM

                            Yes! I went to buy a Turkey for Xmas. They said no turkeys, for Xmas we are doing hams. Well, my kids wanted a turkey. Aaargh!

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              ieathereforeiam RE: verily Sep 20, 2013 10:08 PM

              construction has begun in earnest over at titayas. hopefully not too long now.

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                PappyAustin RE: ieathereforeiam Dec 9, 2013 03:46 PM

                Any report on a possible reopening date?

              2. sqwertz RE: verily Sep 22, 2013 02:16 PM

                The former Artz Rib House building seems to have been abducted by aliens. The now empty lot will supposedly be rebuilt as Abel's Rib House (possibly related to Abel's on the Lake and Cain and Abel? Same property owners)

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                  rudeboy RE: sqwertz Sep 23, 2013 06:17 AM

                  Oh, that's good. I thought that "they" were going to tear the whole thing down and go vertical.

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                    sqwertz RE: rudeboy Sep 23, 2013 04:36 PM

                    Oh, it's torn down for sure. I think the sign is the only thing left last I looked. But I don't think the lot is large enough for the City to require it go vertical (residential on top of retail).

                    It had to be torn down since any sort of remodeling would have meant it would have to be remodeled to current building codes. And It was a wreck, IMO.

                    -sw

                2. Alan Sudo RE: verily Sep 24, 2013 03:06 PM

                  I know it's a chain, but the new Boneheads Grilled Fish and Chicken in Mueller opens tomorrow. (There's a coupon for $3 off on their website right now).

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                    sweet100s RE: Alan Sudo Sep 24, 2013 08:49 PM

                    link?

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                      Alan Sudo RE: sweet100s Sep 25, 2013 09:43 AM

                      Here you go:
                      https://www.facebook.com/BoneheadsAustin

                  2. rudeboy RE: verily Oct 5, 2013 09:42 PM

                    Talked to Sap today of Sap's Thai. He is opening a new location at Burnet and 2222. The menu will be a bit different. He has an aggressive schedule, but he is still working on permitting for the remodel. Where Pappy's was. Please support him when he opens.......you all know about that location.

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                      amysuehere RE: rudeboy Oct 6, 2013 07:39 AM

                      Yeah! That's even closer to home! I'll be there with bells on!

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                        ieathereforeiam RE: rudeboy Oct 6, 2013 05:53 PM

                        great news. hopefully when titayas reopens we have an embarrasment of riches in the hood. Mam's is a bit one dimensional in my opinion.

                        tough location indeed.

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                          rudeboy RE: ieathereforeiam Oct 6, 2013 08:21 PM

                          I'd be interested to know about your Mam's opinion. I'm going to start another thread.

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                          TroyTempest RE: rudeboy Oct 7, 2013 08:01 AM

                          So, will he be in that strip center next to the HEB? Lastly there was a BBQ place there i believe.

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                            rudeboy RE: TroyTempest Oct 7, 2013 02:52 PM

                            Yeah - I hope Sap can overcome the curse......Romeo's was pretty successful there until the original owners sold the business. Other than that, Pancho's was there for a long time.

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                              TroyTempest RE: rudeboy Oct 8, 2013 07:04 AM

                              Me too. I like Sap's, but don't make it down south much. The fact that Pancho's was there for a long time says something. What, I'm not exactly sure.

                        3. sqwertz RE: verily Oct 8, 2013 03:19 PM

                          Dan's Hamburgers on Manchaca and Ben White is gone. Poof! Just like Artz - It was there one day and gone the next.

                          A blurb on austin360 says they are closing for 8 weeks for "remodeling" and hope to reopen by Thanksgiving. I think they meant "rebuild", not "remodel".

                          In other news Nanking restaurant had a big fire last night. Southside Pizza had a smaller one (just caught those two blurbs on the news as I was writing this).

                          -sw

                          1. rudeboy RE: verily Oct 14, 2013 07:18 AM

                            Just noticed that My Fit Foods is opening next to the HEB at 2222 and Burnet....for those of you trying to maximize your $ per calorie.

                            I was hoping that the former Blockbusters space would become "more HEB" or a specialty charcuterie/cheese place. Or a seafood market. But I'm sure that wouldn't sit well with HEB.

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                              ieathereforeiam RE: rudeboy Oct 14, 2013 11:31 AM

                              does heb own the whole development? i think i remember they do. i wonder if they recently invested in my fit foods- seems like every new heb has a my fit foods counter now. maybe this is in lieu of that since there wouldn't be room at that crappy heb.

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                                sqwertz RE: ieathereforeiam Oct 14, 2013 11:59 AM

                                The original deal worked out with HEB in 2011 was for four in-store kiosks and a standalone store in an HEB-owned shopping center.

                                I'm pretty sure HEB owns most of the shopping centers in which they reside. I think one exception is William Cannon and First St.

                                -sw

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                                  rudeboy RE: ieathereforeiam Oct 14, 2013 03:22 PM

                                  Yeah, I don't know - maybe they do, and they probably don't see My Fit Foods as a threat. For example, if you eat My FIt Foods a lot, you'd need to stop in HEB to get ice cream and potato chips on the same trip!

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                                  dinaofdoom RE: rudeboy Oct 14, 2013 09:34 PM

                                  they put in a my fit foods after the remodel at parker/mcneil, which was a total bummer because they got rid of the hot and prepared food case.

                                  the new lakeline location has a cafe concept (kind of like the hot and cold stuff at whole foods, but HEB-ized) and no MFF. perhaps they are alternating concepts.

                                  our office had some complimentary my fit foods for a health-oriented seminar. it was AWFUL. salty and mealy yet flavorless despite the sodium.

                                  there are a few people in the office who buy all their meals from them, and i marvel at how much they're paying for a plastic container filled with a piece of cheese and a hard boiled egg (that's just one example).

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                                    rudeboy RE: dinaofdoom Oct 14, 2013 10:46 PM

                                    Yeah - we had the same office seminar. I went in and got the plug because I didn't have a lunch that day. They are big on parboiled rice....I thought that parboiled rice was just rice that was partially cooked, but it is much more than that. It has almost the same nutritional value as brown rice but it tastes better than brown rice (for some reason, I cannot stand brown rice). So, I just started using parboiled at home.

                                    I've been to that HEB and noticed the change in that aisle.

                                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parboile...

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                                      ieathereforeiam RE: dinaofdoom Oct 15, 2013 11:40 AM

                                      have y'all tried the mueller heb cafe? the rice bowls there are decent. better than the food at central market cafe at least.

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                                        sweet100s RE: ieathereforeiam Oct 15, 2013 09:12 PM

                                        HEB Mueller makes a delicious artichoke pesto pizza.

                                  2. rudeboy RE: verily Oct 19, 2013 09:29 PM

                                    On my way to Hobby Lobby to pick up a Jesus fish eating a Darwin fish for my Prius, I noticed that a new place is opening on the N side of Anderson....where that store was that sold those great tamales with the fat masa. It says "Tortillaria and Taqueria." I think where Gault intersects Anderson. Maybe we will get lucky and have some good corn tortillas produced.

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                                      Alan Sudo RE: rudeboy Oct 20, 2013 11:31 AM

                                      A Jesus fish eating a Darwin fish?!?!
                                      I always thought that was a christdarwin, the seafood equivalent of a turducken. Looks like I'm gonna have to pry mine off my tailgate and replace it with a little silver outline of a brisket.

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                                        amysuehere RE: rudeboy Oct 20, 2013 03:57 PM

                                        I've got a pirate-fish and an MX 5

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                                          TroyTempest RE: rudeboy Oct 21, 2013 08:01 AM

                                          I assume that you are talking about the mini mart where Oaxacan Tamaleo used to occupy half of it was. If so, i saw that, cool.

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                                            ssnclrk RE: rudeboy Dec 18, 2013 06:00 PM

                                            Wasn't that a gas station.

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                                              TroyTempest RE: ssnclrk Dec 19, 2013 06:55 AM

                                              Yes, Gas station / convenience store

                                          2. rudeboy RE: verily Oct 19, 2013 09:33 PM

                                            I was hanging out at Kids and Cats today, so I took a peek inside the former Pappy's - there doesn't seem to be any movement on the new Sap's (HEB shopping center at 2222 and Burnet).

                                            And speaking of Hard Hat - here are some pix from when HEB was first build at Burnet and Koenig:

                                            Grand opening of HEB on Burnet in 1950
                                            http://blueicehouse.com/n5ssi/HEB%201...

                                            The 7-11 at 2222 and Burnet:
                                            http://blueicehouse.com/n5ssi/2222.JPG

                                            Another shot of HEB from old frisco parking lot:
                                            http://blueicehouse.com/n5ssi/HEB1954...

                                            bunch of random pix in the root directory http://blueicehouse.com/n5ssi

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                                              ieathereforeiam RE: rudeboy Oct 20, 2013 11:43 AM

                                              those are great pics. thanks for sharing.

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                                                Rene RE: ieathereforeiam Oct 20, 2013 02:37 PM

                                                I really enjoyed those pictures!

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                                                  rudeboy RE: Rene Oct 21, 2013 09:48 AM

                                                  Sure, glad that y'all liked the pix. I got them through my neighborhood listserv.

                                                  but, UPDATE: I saw giant asian artifacts and boxes with asian writing on them inside of the former Pappy's yesterday. Even some sort of statuary type thing. Looks like things are moving. Hope he doesn't spend too much on the remodel.

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                                                sweet100s RE: rudeboy Oct 21, 2013 10:45 PM

                                                Now who would have known that rudeboy is sentimenal. ;-).

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                                                  maripepa RE: rudeboy Dec 28, 2013 03:07 PM

                                                  drove by the former Pappy's, and the new thai place "Saps" still had the "Coming Soon" banner hanging, but the sign on the door said "Now Open". Yet another "soft opening" to which I wasn't invited?!!

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                                                    rudeboy RE: maripepa Dec 30, 2013 05:47 AM

                                                    I walked in yesterday - there was no soft opening. Maybe the "Now Open" sign was for Pappy's?

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                                                      amysuehere RE: rudeboy Dec 30, 2013 10:24 AM

                                                      So they ARE open. Good news, indeed.

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                                                  PappyAustin RE: verily Oct 21, 2013 08:52 AM

                                                  Schmidt Family BBQ website says they are opening 10/28/13.
                                                  It is right at the NW corner of Hwy 71 and 620

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                                                    lodermulch RE: verily Nov 8, 2013 01:26 PM

                                                    An Indo-Chinese place just opened on the drag where Hai Ky used to be - "Sauce N Spice". Looks interesting, but I've not been able to make it there yet.

                                                    http://saucenspicerestaurant.com

                                                    1. amykragan RE: verily Nov 11, 2013 07:32 AM

                                                      The League Kitchen & Tavern is going to open soon in Avery Ranch.

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                                                        ssnclrk RE: verily Dec 18, 2013 06:05 PM

                                                        Does anyone know what is going in next to the Arby's on Ohlen/183. It's where the IHOP used to be.

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                                                          topeater RE: verily Dec 23, 2013 03:47 PM

                                                          360 pizza is opening in South Austin where Mercury pizza used to be on S. Lamar and Kinney Ave. Anyone eaten at the other locations?

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                                                            amysuehere RE: topeater Dec 26, 2013 08:43 AM

                                                            It's right by my house (walking distance, actually) on 360/2222. I haven't been because of the reviews I've seen and the fact that they fooled me once when it changed from Quizno's to another sandwich shop, only to find the only thing that really changed was the name. If anyone knows otherwise, please chime in.

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                                                            foodiegal71 RE: verily Dec 26, 2013 12:27 PM

                                                            Does anyone know what's going in where the Fuddrucker's on South Lamar was? It looks like it will have a patio...

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                                                              ampeg66 RE: foodiegal71 Dec 26, 2013 11:31 PM

                                                              I think it's this:
                                                              http://theparkdomain.com

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                                                                heyzeus212 RE: ampeg66 Jan 31, 2014 11:33 AM

                                                                Drove by there yesterday, and there definitely is a banner up now saying it will be The Park.

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                                                              Carter B. RE: verily Dec 28, 2013 07:04 PM

                                                              Cabo Bob's has opened a second location at the somewhat cursed intersection of 29th/Rio Grande. Not a bad burrito if you get the big green egg grilled meats (I don't care for their fried fish)

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                                                                maripepa RE: verily Dec 30, 2013 05:58 AM

                                                                What is going on in the former laundromat next to Fonda san Miguel on Hancock? The whole outside has been beautifully mural-ized in Frida Kahlo-esque art and at the top it says "just wait". It looks awesome and I'm guessing the project is related to Fonda... just a guess. Maybe a Fondita Cantina!?!!! That would be cool!

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                                                                  Rptrane RE: maripepa Dec 30, 2013 07:11 PM

                                                                  Thats some new hot shot restaurant. Too lazy to look it up but eater's had a few stories on it.

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                                                                    rudeboy RE: Rptrane Jan 4, 2014 10:53 AM

                                                                    Funny, I saw that Frida Kahlo-esque mural when I went to a Dr. appt. across the street, Used to be a laundromat - I'll see what I can find out.

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                                                                    heyzeus212 RE: maripepa Jan 31, 2014 11:34 AM

                                                                    "potential for a future project, but no specific plans."

                                                                    http://austin.eater.com/archives/2014...

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                                                                      rudeboy RE: heyzeus212 Jan 31, 2014 12:13 PM

                                                                      I used to do my laundry there before I had my own machines......

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                                                                    jwynne2000 RE: verily Dec 31, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                    In the shopping center at the intersection of Parmer and McNeil - "Coming Soon: Verts".

                                                                    Score. :)

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                                                                      dinaofdoom RE: jwynne2000 Jan 1, 2014 03:56 PM

                                                                      wow, i didn't see that and i pass by twice a day (at least). thanks for mentioning it! is it in the plaza with the whataburger, or the HEB?

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                                                                        jwynne2000 RE: dinaofdoom Jan 2, 2014 06:44 PM

                                                                        It's in the plaza with the Whataburger, right next door to Eggroll Express

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                                                                          dinaofdoom RE: jwynne2000 Jan 3, 2014 12:15 PM

                                                                          yeah, that's what i figured. the HEB plaza is a little too rough around the edges for that type of chain.

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                                                                        Lovetroll RE: jwynne2000 Feb 5, 2014 09:32 PM

                                                                        Opening this Saturday the 8th. They're going to be giving out free food (1 entree per person) from 11am - 8pm.

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                                                                          dinaofdoom RE: jwynne2000 Feb 6, 2014 06:49 PM

                                                                          it's open! and deeeeeelicious.
                                                                          so glad there are more and more options in the nabe.

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                                                                          Rptrane RE: verily Dec 31, 2013 08:10 PM

                                                                          New Green Mesquite BBQ in Round Rock near the Wal-Mart. It appears to be in that one cursed location. It's previously been a BBQ joint and something else in between. Don't know what.

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                                                                            Rptrane RE: verily Jan 3, 2014 03:39 AM

                                                                            They also are opening a Green Mesquite in Round Rock. It's near the Walmart across from LaFrontera Never cared for their food but the wings are okay.

                                                                            1. Alan Sudo RE: verily Jan 3, 2014 01:51 PM

                                                                              While South Austin already has lots of Mexican food, it is about to get some great Tex-Mex as well. Amaya's Taco Village has just announced on their website that they are expanding into a new location at South Park Meadows. All I know so far is they say it's "Coming Soon" but I'm about to head over to the existing location for Happy Hour and will see if I can get any additional details.

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                                                                                hlk RE: Alan Sudo Jan 3, 2014 02:26 PM

                                                                                SOMETHING GOOD IS COMING TO SOUTHPARK MEADOWS? It's a Festivus miracle!

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                                                                                jwynne2000 RE: verily Jan 5, 2014 04:38 AM

                                                                                Sign up on Parmer, just east of Mopac near the Filipino store:

                                                                                Coming soon: Heaven Bakery

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                                                                                  SlickTheCat RE: verily Jan 5, 2014 04:15 PM

                                                                                  Boardwalk Burgers on South Lamar close to the Broken Spoke, anybody been to one?

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                                                                                    Rptrane RE: SlickTheCat Jan 5, 2014 04:55 PM

                                                                                    There is one at Parmer and 35.. Fries are good and burgers are okay. If you can get a coupon its not a bad deal.

                                                                                  2. amykragan RE: verily Jan 22, 2014 07:49 AM

                                                                                    http://www.diningoutwithrobbalon.com/...

                                                                                    A new Saps mid January

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                                                                                      TroyTempest RE: amykragan Jan 22, 2014 08:27 AM

                                                                                      Well, we are past mid-January. Is it open?

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                                                                                        kosheri RE: TroyTempest Jan 22, 2014 08:43 AM

                                                                                        As of the weekend, the sign out front still said coming soon.

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                                                                                          ieathereforeiam RE: kosheri Jan 22, 2014 11:32 AM

                                                                                          i called yesterday and he was hoping to be open next week. Titaya's saturday!

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                                                                                      ieathereforeiam RE: verily Jan 22, 2014 11:33 AM

                                                                                      Maudie's in the Triangle is now looking at a March opening. This is the second delay. originally was supposed to be late last year, then january...

                                                                                      I'm wondering what the problem is seeing as how it was a restaurant before that never saw heavy wear.

                                                                                      1. dinaofdoom RE: verily Jan 27, 2014 05:26 PM

                                                                                        fire in the hole (wood fire pizza and craft beers) on main street in RR.

                                                                                        right behind it, coco's lounge. not sure what that will be but they are getting a liquor license.

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                                                                                          jwynne2000 RE: dinaofdoom Jan 28, 2014 02:55 PM

                                                                                          The Fire in the Hole website makes it look like a food truck kind of operation. Is this location in RR a brick and mortar? Did it look like it was open yet?

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                                                                                            dinaofdoom RE: jwynne2000 Jan 28, 2014 04:15 PM

                                                                                            definitely brick and mortar, but not ready for an opening, soft or otherwise. you can see the work when you peer inside the windows. probably needs a lot of ventilation and whatnot for the ovens.

                                                                                            it's at the intersection of 620/main/mays, with the greater austin allergy across the street on the main street side, and the sugarbritches shop across on the mays/620 corner.

                                                                                            the coco lounge place is basically around the corner, on the mays side.

                                                                                            speaking of downtown RR, curly's re-opens thursday, after their dining room expansion and fryer hood work. really enjoy that place.

                                                                                        2. girloftheworld RE: verily Jan 27, 2014 06:34 PM

                                                                                          Phillip Speer of Uchiko is going to be opening ST. Phillips (named for the patron saint of bakers) in the old canoli joes on south lamar... it is going to be all house made breads ..pizza. sandwiches. re invented comfort foods

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                                                                                            ccaustin RE: verily Jan 28, 2014 08:10 AM

                                                                                            Bullritos has opened in the old Qdoba location in the Arboretum. From the looks of their website, someone said "What happens if we combine Which-Which with Chipotle?"

                                                                                            1. dinaofdoom RE: verily Jan 31, 2014 09:34 AM

                                                                                              according to the latest edition of community news, the austinville concept on 183 (near anderson mill and the ifly place) will add a soup peddler and papalote taco house later this year.

                                                                                              they really need to get better signage. i pass ifly all the time, and had no idea the amy's ice cream/bakery hybrid and phil's icehouse had finally opened.

                                                                                              amy's bakery menu:
                                                                                              http://www.bakedbyamys.com

                                                                                              and it's been a long time coming, too. 7 years! sheesh.

                                                                                              excited for soup peddler!

                                                                                              and here's a link to the south lamar location of papalote. i've never been.

                                                                                              http://yumpapalote.com

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                                                                                                hlk RE: dinaofdoom Jan 31, 2014 01:17 PM

                                                                                                Ooo, those are good ones. I like Papalote a lot.

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                                                                                                  dinaofdoom RE: hlk Jan 31, 2014 09:00 PM

                                                                                                  their menu looks interesting, and not as silly-ily priced as the mighty bird also on 183

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                                                                                                  dinaofdoom RE: dinaofdoom Jun 28, 2014 10:25 PM

                                                                                                  after several visits, i'm not sure why phil's is so popular. the playground? the parking is dismal here. had to turn around & leave several times after 7:30, which i thought would be safer, due to kiddos). the burgers are just ok. the set-ups seem like they're rotating the same ingredients in different combinations: fried onions, or grilled onions? swiss or jack? also, the amount of fries i get is always meager, and it would be good to get a burger only option.

                                                                                                  also tried baked by amy today. the inside is slick and modern looking. very young snotty hipster girls staffing the counter (this coming from a girl with piercings, tattoos and magenta hair). the cupcakes looked exquisite. tried a vanilla and pistachio macarons after getting a lecture on how nothing is truly "gluten free". at $2 a piece, they were very crispy and had a lovely texture. too sweet for my taste, but maybe that's how it got such crispness? there is a fair amount of ground nuts in the cookies so the extra ground nuts in the filling were kinda superfluous. the ones at the office are better and are cheaper (yes, i'm spoiled!).

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                                                                                                    rudeboy RE: dinaofdoom Jun 28, 2014 11:13 PM

                                                                                                    Agree about Phil's. The draw for me is that I can walk there with my daughter, have a beer, and watch her play. I don't like how they force one to have a burger AND fries. I like the choice of including fries or not (I'm weird - I like to either have only a burger or only fries).

                                                                                                    You have to build your own burger with three ingredients for a certain price. I have liked chili, onions, and cheddar on a veggie patty, and blue cheese, mushrooms, and sauteed onions on a beef patty. Haven't had any of their chicken sandwiches or the fish sandwich. The foot long and the corn dog are both insanely salty. Not sure where they are sourcing those dogs, but they are horrible.

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                                                                                                      TroyTempest RE: rudeboy Jun 29, 2014 07:13 AM

                                                                                                      I agree with rudeboy. I can go to Phil's, have a better than average beer on tap, kids can have ice cream, and the burgers aren't terrible.

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                                                                                                        Sweet_Cheeks RE: TroyTempest Jun 29, 2014 12:27 PM

                                                                                                        I agree with the above. The burgers are only ok, but the draw is the great playscape for the kids. And you can get a burger without the fries. Just tell them no fries and they will knock a dollar off the price.

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                                                                                                          ieathereforeiam RE: Sweet_Cheeks Jun 29, 2014 07:53 PM

                                                                                                          i think y'all are being generous about the burgers. some of the worst in town maybe in my not so humble opinion.

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                                                                                                            dinaofdoom RE: ieathereforeiam Jun 29, 2014 08:01 PM

                                                                                                            yeah, since i'm childless, i am definitely not there for the playscape :-)

                                                                                                            and, it makes no sense that they offer baskets of fries as a side when you can't order the sandwich a la cart. reduce the price of the burgers and then do two sizes of the fries for individuals and groups.

                                                                                                3. dinaofdoom RE: verily Feb 3, 2014 11:10 AM

                                                                                                  sambet's cajun now has a trailer. it's parked right off the northbound 183 before the anderson mill intersection, shortly before the enterprise car rental (and the ifly/amy's ice cream/phil's ice house).

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                                                                                                    mollyjade RE: verily Feb 3, 2014 11:48 AM

                                                                                                    Tiny Pies is going into the old Lucky J's location on Burnet. The location seems unaccountably cursed since other restaurants in the area seem to do OK.

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                                                                                                      rudeboy RE: mollyjade Feb 3, 2014 03:58 PM

                                                                                                      I remember the sandwich shop and Lucky J's. Both lasted for quite a while. Seating was limited, though. Maybe a a pie shop will do very well there, since it is mainly a pick up thing. Let's wish them luck!

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                                                                                                        Rptrane RE: mollyjade Feb 3, 2014 07:42 PM

                                                                                                        Lucky J's was awful food. Really bad stuff.

                                                                                                      2. TroyTempest RE: verily Feb 9, 2014 02:07 PM

                                                                                                        Looks like Suzi's China Grill on Shoal Creek's remodel was more like a total demolition. The sign says re-opening in May.

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                                                                                                          rudeboy RE: TroyTempest Feb 9, 2014 04:29 PM

                                                                                                          I noticed that on my way to Lowe's. Looks like a total gut. Are your sure that it is reopening?

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                                                                                                            TroyTempest RE: rudeboy Feb 9, 2014 08:12 PM

                                                                                                            No, not sure. I just read the sign outside. Don't see how by May.

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                                                                                                              ampeg66 RE: rudeboy Feb 9, 2014 09:07 PM

                                                                                                              Looks like she's building a small center to include the restaurant along with office/retail space. I remember reading about this, but the original story from 2012 made it sound like an addition or remodel, so I was also surprised to see it leveled.

                                                                                                              http://www.statesman.com/news/busines...

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                                                                                                                rudeboy RE: ampeg66 Feb 10, 2014 12:52 AM

                                                                                                                I always felt that Suzi's was "too saucy."

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                                                                                                                sqwertz RE: rudeboy Feb 21, 2014 03:50 AM

                                                                                                                Kinda like Dan's Hamburgers on Manchaca - said they'd be reopen before the holidays (when they tore it down in October). Looks almost ready to open, but not quite.

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                                                                                                                PappyAustin RE: TroyTempest Apr 8, 2014 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                It is now April and there is no sign of a new structure. Maybe they mean May 2015. I actually miss this place as it was my go to place for decent Chinese within 10 minutes of home.

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                                                                                                                  ieathereforeiam RE: PappyAustin Apr 10, 2014 10:03 AM

                                                                                                                  i've had good luck at shu shu for the typical american chinese standards.

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                                                                                                                    rudeboy RE: ieathereforeiam Apr 10, 2014 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                    Totally agree (I may have mentioned it before). I really like Shu Shu's Singapore noodles. Not as much curry as some others, but you can request it to be curried up. They do get the "char" off of their woks that you can taste in the food. Much less "saucy" than Suzi's. When I went to Suzi's, I'd ask them to cut down on the sauce. But I'm looking forward to their new place.

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                                                                                                                    TroyTempest RE: PappyAustin Apr 14, 2014 09:54 AM

                                                                                                                    Drove by yesterday. There is sign of a structure now. Foundation poured (could have been the old foundation), Steel frames up. The sigb clearly says May 2014, though i still don't see how.

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                                                                                                                    TroyTempest RE: TroyTempest Jun 19, 2014 08:39 AM

                                                                                                                    The sign has been amended to say opening soon now

                                                                                                                  4. ret3 RE: verily Feb 20, 2014 09:18 AM

                                                                                                                    Word on the street (the street here being The Statesman) is that there will soon be a Kerbey Lane on Braker Lane (http://www.austin360.com/weblogs/the-...). I imagine it'll thin the weekend brunch crowd at Cafe Java a touch.

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                                                                                                                      verily RE: verily Feb 24, 2014 06:52 PM

                                                                                                                      New restaurant called the Foxhole Culinary Tavern is coming to the Lakeline Target shopping center. Concept sounds similar to Cover 3.

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                                                                                                                        Rptrane RE: verily Feb 24, 2014 08:03 PM

                                                                                                                        They moving into the Spin space?

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                                                                                                                          Rene RE: Rptrane Feb 25, 2014 05:22 AM

                                                                                                                          I couldn't believe it but they are moving into the Bennigans space which has been vacant for ten years it seems.

                                                                                                                      2. dinaofdoom RE: verily Apr 8, 2014 05:18 PM

                                                                                                                        anyone heard anything on the arboretum trader joe's opening?

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                                                                                                                          Optimista RE: verily Apr 24, 2014 06:46 AM

                                                                                                                          Jack Allen's is opening in the old Trento space!

                                                                                                                          http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/blo...

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                                                                                                                            amykragan RE: Optimista Apr 24, 2014 06:57 AM

                                                                                                                            Just saw that, exciting!

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                                                                                                                              amysuehere RE: Optimista Apr 24, 2014 10:03 AM

                                                                                                                              I have mixed feelings. First time we went, we loved it. Second time, tried Sunday brunch and were completely put off by the huge line. Third time we went, happy hour, not as impressed with the food.

                                                                                                                              Of course, it's practically walking distance, so I'm sure we'll give it a couple more goes.

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                                                                                                                                Optimista RE: amysuehere Apr 24, 2014 01:40 PM

                                                                                                                                Surprised to hear that, @amysuehere - I've been to Jack Allen's quite a bit in both Oak Hill and RR and I've yet to have a bad meal (though I've had some I loved better than others). Haven't tried the brunch yet, though, and a huge line would put me off, too. My faves there are the trout salad, the Navaho taco, the fried catfish app, and of course the chicken fried pork chop. Dang, that thing is good.

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                                                                                                                                  amysuehere RE: Optimista Apr 25, 2014 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                                  It being so close, I'm sure to give at least another try. Haven't had the Navajo taco or the CFPC. I'll try those, then.

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                                                                                                                                  Rptrane RE: amysuehere Apr 24, 2014 02:26 PM

                                                                                                                                  Menu food is much better than the brunch.

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                                                                                                                                    hlk RE: Rptrane Apr 25, 2014 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                    Agreed. And I thought I was the only person in Austin who wasn't completely blown away by their brunch.

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                                                                                                                                Frankie_Candido RE: verily Apr 25, 2014 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                I like the pimiento cheese amuse-bouche. Makes me feel right at home.

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                                                                                                                                  Rptrane RE: Frankie_Candido May 15, 2014 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                                  They are stingy with the crackers. Had cheese left and asked for more crackers and was told to kick rocks. The crackers are hand made. Are the cheese with a spoon.

                                                                                                                                2. TroyTempest RE: verily May 15, 2014 07:31 AM

                                                                                                                                  There is a Chen Z noodle house going in at the strip center on the corner of Wm. Cannon and 290.
                                                                                                                                  This is the strip center where Flores is. I think it is going where the Viet. restaurant used to be, or maybe where burger Tex was. Whatever followed burger Tex is gone now, too. Was it a Kebab place?
                                                                                                                                  A long overdue question, but does anyone know what the deal is with Shabu (formerly ChenZ) on anderson is? Does Chen still have an ownership stake in the place? Did it just change names only? I've been since the name change. Not much changed. I like the place.

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                                                                                                                                    ieathereforeiam RE: TroyTempest May 15, 2014 12:47 PM

                                                                                                                                    the xian sushi place in mueller has hand pulled noodles. not as good as chen's but still pretty good and inexpensive

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                                                                                                                                    crippstom RE: verily May 15, 2014 03:24 PM

                                                                                                                                    I see Tacodeli is opening up in the Villages of Westlake shopping center near the HEB.

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                                                                                                                                      lodermulch RE: verily Jun 2, 2014 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                                      Papouli's Greek Grill opening "soon" in Hancock Center...

                                                                                                                                      www.papoulis.com

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                                                                                                                                        sqwertz RE: lodermulch Jun 2, 2014 03:24 PM

                                                                                                                                        I tried eating there on Saturday (just happened to be going by there) but it won't open until the 9th, so they say. I almost broke down and ate at Freebirds for the first time in 7 years but the idea of eating a rice and bean bomb with a tablespoon of meat just never appeals to me.

                                                                                                                                        -sw

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                                                                                                                                        Sweet_Cheeks RE: verily Jun 2, 2014 10:16 AM

                                                                                                                                        A new Sprouts is to open in NW Austin on Lakeline Blvd.

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                                                                                                                                          dinaofdoom RE: Sweet_Cheeks Jun 2, 2014 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                          oooo, interesting! wonder if it will technically be cedar park. makes sense considering the CP growth explosion.

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                                                                                                                                            verily RE: dinaofdoom Jun 3, 2014 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                            According to the Community Impact newsletter, it's going to be on Cypress Creek near Lakeline. I'm betting it's going into the new expansion across the street from Randall's.

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                                                                                                                                              Rptrane RE: verily Jun 5, 2014 04:39 AM

                                                                                                                                              Sprouts is nothing special. i really wonder why HEB won't build a Central Market up North or in Round Rock. I find there's very little that's special about Sprouts food wise. I think they are mostly a supplement store.

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                                                                                                                                                ericthered RE: Rptrane Jun 5, 2014 06:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                I'm with you. Sprouts wants to be seen as the poor man's Whole Foods but they fall woefully short.

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                                                                                                                                                  kosheri RE: ericthered Jun 5, 2014 08:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                  There were two reasons why I used to like to go to Sprouts: their frozen pizza dough and bulk honeycomb candy (aka sponge toffee). They haven't had the pizza dough in 2(?) years and I can't justify a trip just for candy. Although if there were a store near my neighborhood, I'd probably go occasionally.

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                                                                                                                                                  TroyTempest RE: Rptrane Jun 5, 2014 06:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                  The new big HEB at Lakeline is almost Central Marketish

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                                                                                                                                                    Rptrane RE: TroyTempest Jun 5, 2014 01:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                    They sell a single cookie there that is $1,000 calories. It's bananas.

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                                                                                                                                                      dinaofdoom RE: Rptrane Jun 5, 2014 03:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                      which one is that?

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                                                                                                                                                        Rptrane RE: dinaofdoom Jun 5, 2014 03:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                        I know they bake them fresh at the Lakeline property. I don' t know if they have a name. They have chocolate chips and nuts.

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                                                                                                                                                          dinaofdoom RE: Rptrane Jun 5, 2014 10:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                          1,000 calories is quite some cookie!

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                                                                                                                                                            Rptrane RE: dinaofdoom Jun 6, 2014 04:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                            It's larger than a normal cookie but not like cake size or anything. It just has a bunch of stuff in it. The packaging is kind of misleading. It lists the serving size as 1/3 a cookie. Who eats a third of a cookie?

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                                                                                                                                                              dinaofdoom RE: Rptrane Jun 6, 2014 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                              definitely not me! ha

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                                                                                                                                                    sqwertz RE: Rptrane Jun 8, 2014 08:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                    I go in there for deals on vegetables because it's convenient to me. But that's about it now that they stopped carrying the Bob's Big Boy Roquefort dressing.

                                                                                                                                                    -sw

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                                                                                                                                                      rudeboy RE: sqwertz Jun 9, 2014 04:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Haven't ever heard of Bob's Big Boy Roquefort dressing.....is it real Roquefort? I have a bottle of Marie's Blue Cheese, but I'm looking for something better.

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                                                                                                                                                        sqwertz RE: rudeboy Jun 9, 2014 04:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Bob's is Real Roquefort. Marie's used to have a really good Roquefort as well, but I haven't seen it since I left California 14 years ago. Marie's [Superchunk] Blue tastes bitter to me and a couple other people I know.

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                                                                                                                                                          TroyTempest RE: sqwertz Jun 10, 2014 05:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, i used to see the Marie's roquefort down here. I think it was in an orange lidded jar. From the website, it doesn't look like they make it anymore

                                                                                                                                                          http://www.maries.com/products.aspx?c...

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                                                                                                                                                            rudeboy RE: TroyTempest Jun 10, 2014 06:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                            It seems to me that Marie's got dumbed down for mass production, but I haven't really looked into it.

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                                                                                                                                                          jwynne2000 RE: rudeboy Jun 10, 2014 06:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Bob's Big Boy...there's a blast from the childhood past. The thousand island dressing on their burgers was pretty legit, from what I remember. I wonder if they ever bottled that?

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                                                                                                                                                            ampeg66 RE: jwynne2000 Jun 10, 2014 07:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Pretty sure Sprouts carried that one too, but I never got around to trying it.

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                                                                                                                                                              sqwertz RE: jwynne2000 Jun 12, 2014 05:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Their Thousand Island is one of the dressings in their bottled lineup. But I can't find a site that describes them all. They only advertise tarter sauce on their site.

                                                                                                                                                              OK, I tracked them down to "K.T's Kitchen". I don't see Sprouts on their retailer list, and no Texas - only West coast retailer. Only Sunflower/Newflower here used to carry them.

                                                                                                                                                              http://www.ktskitchens.com/

                                                                                                                                                              Bummer.

                                                                                                                                                3. dinaofdoom RE: verily Jun 2, 2014 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                  anyone have any additional intel on the scarlet rabbit, other than "june"?

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                                                                                                                                                    crippstom RE: verily Jun 12, 2014 02:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Driving on Congress today between 2nd and 3rd St. is a Coopers BBQ out of Llano opening up soon. Home of the big chop. It's on the East Side.
                                                                                                                                                    I'm still wondering when Blacks BBQ on Barton Springs is going to open.

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                                                                                                                                                      rudeboy RE: crippstom Jun 12, 2014 02:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Man, I tried to clue in shoeless joe on real Austin cue. I think it's time for a second Smitty's on Burnet Rd!

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                                                                                                                                                        crippstom RE: rudeboy Jun 12, 2014 02:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                        There is Schmidt's Family BBQ in Bee Cave which is just down the road from me. I haven't tried it and don't know why.

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                                                                                                                                                          Rptrane RE: crippstom Jun 12, 2014 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                          The feedback has been very poor so far.

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                                                                                                                                                        ieathereforeiam RE: crippstom Jun 13, 2014 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                        drove by the other day and they had the smokers going and a hiring sign up. soon..

                                                                                                                                                      3. dinaofdoom RE: verily Jun 13, 2014 06:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                        pulled in at anderson mill & 183 to check on the progress of davod's (yes, no "i") mediterranean market. the permits were all dated around april. there are a lot of grocery store type fixtures going in BUT what looked like a small kitchen and/or counter service area in the back.

                                                                                                                                                        so at the very least, they are putting in something for food prep. i am super excited about this.

                                                                                                                                                        also, based on the person's name on the permits and my digging, it appears he is armenian.

                                                                                                                                                        if that's the case, YAYYYYYYY because there is a huge and extremely delicious armenian restaurant community in my native boston. and to the best of my knowledge, there aren't many (any?) armenian joints in austin.

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                                                                                                                                                          TroyTempest RE: dinaofdoom Jun 14, 2014 09:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, the sign has been up forever. It will be a welcome addition to that part of town whenever it happens.

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                                                                                                                                                            dinaofdoom RE: TroyTempest Jun 14, 2014 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                            yes but this time there is a lot of progress inside, yay!

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                                                                                                                                                            sweet100s RE: dinaofdoom Jun 19, 2014 04:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Which side of Anderson Mill & 183?

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                                                                                                                                                              missmitzi RE: sweet100s Jun 19, 2014 06:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                              I believe it is the North East corner of the intersection, in the older strip center with the BBVA Compass bank.

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                                                                                                                                                                TroyTempest RE: sweet100s Jun 19, 2014 08:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                As per my original post way back on Hard Hot X, it the NW corner (unless I'm directionally challenged)

                                                                                                                                                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8594...

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                                                                                                                                                                  TroyTempest RE: TroyTempest Jun 19, 2014 07:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  oops. I meant Hard Hat X, Hard Hot X sounds like... Well you know what it sounds like.

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                                                                                                                                                                  dinaofdoom RE: sweet100s Jun 19, 2014 05:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  yeah, look for twin liquors & the shaved ice truck in the parking lot.

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                                                                                                                                                                  TroyTempest RE: dinaofdoom Jul 11, 2014 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Went by there today, it looked open. They told me tomorrow. So, looking forward to that.

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                                                                                                                                                                  PappyAustin RE: verily Jun 16, 2014 06:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Newest Jack Allen's on 360. Any info on their timetable to open?

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                                                                                                                                                                    ccaustin RE: PappyAustin Jun 17, 2014 07:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    I sat at the bar next to Jack G himself at the RR location last week. He told us that he expected the 360 location to be open between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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                                                                                                                                                                      PappyAustin RE: ccaustin Jun 17, 2014 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Wow, they must be completely gutting the place. That means they are putting big bucks into it.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. malarkey RE: verily Jun 20, 2014 07:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Arboretum TJ's opens today! ... BTW, plenty of cities support both WF and TJ's. They really are very different stores.

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                                                                                                                                                                      dinaofdoom RE: malarkey Jun 20, 2014 09:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      i went today and boy oh boy, the parking is tight. i can't even imagine what parking would be like on a saturday or weeknight rush hour.

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                                                                                                                                                                      crippstom RE: verily Jun 20, 2014 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      I drove by the new "Blacks BBQ" today on Barton Springs Rd. The sign said they would open next week.
                                                                                                                                                                      I've never tried the one in Lockhart as I've heard reviews all over the place.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Alan Sudo RE: crippstom Jun 20, 2014 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Black's in Lockhart has actually been making a pretty big deal out of the fact that they have nothing to do with the Barton Springs location. It's the original Lockhart guy's grandsons.

                                                                                                                                                                        However, Black's in Lockhart has decided to take over the old Aussie Pies location on Guadalupe and open up an Austin branch there. They will not be actually BBQing in Austin, but trucking in brisket from Lockhart and reheating it to serve here.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Rptrane RE: Alan Sudo Jun 20, 2014 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          He actually filed legal papers against his grandson who had to change the name of the restaurant. Original Lockhart location was in business 1,000 year sand just now wants to come to Austin.

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                                                                                                                                                                        crippstom RE: verily Jun 21, 2014 06:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Cover 3 opening on W 6th St. right before Mopac on the left side. After reading the CFS thread I remembered something about theirs with a poblano cream gravy. I've not tried yet.
                                                                                                                                                                        I saw the smokers going this morning at "Terry Blacks BBQ".

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                                                                                                                                                                          jwynne2000 RE: crippstom Jun 21, 2014 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Terry Blacks must have opened today. There were a bazillion cars and people there when I drove by around 1:00

                                                                                                                                                                        2. dinaofdoom RE: verily Jun 21, 2014 10:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          according to their facebook, scarlet rabbit in RR is soft opening soon (or has, as they had pics of people out on the patio).

                                                                                                                                                                          for a finer dining joint, i'm not really interested in sitting at picnic tables, even if they are painted blue.

                                                                                                                                                                          but, i'll reserve judgment for the food & the rest of the ambience.

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                                                                                                                                                                            Rptrane RE: dinaofdoom Jun 22, 2014 08:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            I went to Craftfood but I wasn't really impressed. At leas not enough to spend more money on their food. They need to really amp up the execution of the place they are already running prior to expansion.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. sqwertz RE: verily Jun 22, 2014 03:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Sign up on Slaughter just outside Southpark Meadows in the vacant lot between I35 and Congress behind Vallero reads:

                                                                                                                                                                            "Future Home of HEB".

                                                                                                                                                                            Which will be really cool since sometimes I have to pick up stuff at Walmart against my will when I'm on that end of Slaughter.

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                                                                                                                                                                              crippstom RE: sqwertz Jun 22, 2014 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              I used to live down that way and had the same problem. The William Cannon location was sometimes hard to deal with. Or I would head down to Buda.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. sqwertz RE: verily Jun 26, 2014 09:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Yet another food trailer park: Zilker Food Park opens July 1st (assuming they have tenants). Across from Peter Pan golf on Barton Springs/Lamar in the old KFC parking lot. Room for 10 tenants means there will be practically no parking.

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                                                                                                                                                                                tori_atx RE: verily Jul 16, 2014 07:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                There is a sign up for a place called "Zaitoon Mediterranean Grill" at 620 & Lake Creek behind the Dairy Queen and Subway there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  PappyAustin RE: tori_atx Jul 17, 2014 07:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  You sure about the location? Don't think there is a DQ at 620 and Lake Creek.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    dinaofdoom RE: PappyAustin Jul 17, 2014 08:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    i was confused myself!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Rene RE: dinaofdoom Jul 17, 2014 11:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      There are two Lake Creeks that hit 620, one in Round Rock and one in far Northwest Austin almost in Cedar Park. There is a DQ about half a block west of the intersection near Cedar Park.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        dinaofdoom RE: Rene Jul 17, 2014 12:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        ah ok according to google maps, that's near stuffed cajun meat market and right after rc fowler's

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                                                                                                                                                                                          tori_atx RE: dinaofdoom Jul 17, 2014 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Hehe, sorry for the confusion. It's here http://goo.gl/maps/1w7Ze about where it says "Dream Dinners". Next time I will locate it using more Chowhound-ish places like Stuffed and Noble Sandwich Co. instead of DQ and Subway. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                            dinaofdoom RE: tori_atx Jul 17, 2014 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            haha! didn't even think of that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  texasgirly RE: verily Jul 17, 2014 09:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  "Tea Haus" under construction next to Phonatic in Northcross Center on Anderson. Anyone have any details?

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                                                                                                                                                                                    tori_atx RE: verily 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                    So I went to Polvo's north location off of Bratton Ln. for lunch today and I saw that the brick & mortar version of Garbo's (Lobster Truck) looks ready to open. It's in the same spot where Gumbo's originally was and that was later Yoli's Place and then who knows what. Here is a map because I have learned my lesson. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                      dinaofdoom RE: tori_atx 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                      hahahaha thanks for the link!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      texasgirly RE: verily 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                      Doubledaves Pizza to take over Mesa Ranch - Bummed!

                                                                                                                                                                                      http://impactnews.com/blogs/northwest...

                                                                                                                                                                                      Really wanted something decent to go in there!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        amysuehere RE: texasgirly 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                        Didn't we all...Ack! Land of the Bland strikes again. Besides the pizza across the street at Brooklyn Pie is much better.

                                                                                                                                                                                        I wasn't thrilled with that place that opened where Maribelle was either.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        tori_atx RE: verily 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                                                                        Speaking of pizza takeovers, also on the way to lunch today I saw a banner up at Pizza Bistro (Gracy Farms & MoPac near Taco Deli http://goo.gl/maps/iBIXi ) saying it was reverting back to being a Mangia Pizza.

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