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amykragan Nov 4, 2013 12:08 PM

Waterloo at the Galleria
Soleil (at the Oasis)
Boiling Pot on 6th St.
Hemingway's in Cedar Park

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  1. rudeboy RE: amykragan Nov 4, 2013 07:52 PM

    I'm not surprised about Waterloo. I don't know if I've changed, or they did. I used to go to the one on Burnet Rd 15 years ago, and it seems fun for good bar food and beer. More recently, I've been to the suburban chain locations, the food was mediocre, and some of the staff were nice (others were indifferent).

    Never went to Soleil, as I thought it was just one of those "Concept Restaurants." They did have dry aged prime grass fed beef, which sort of made me want to go once. I think people out there like Oasis-type food, even though they have the $.

    Boiling pot sort of seemed like a ripoff. I'm half cajun, and it is hard to pay that much for too many potatoes, overcooked corn, ekrich sausage, and a few morsels of overdone seafood. Sorry if that sounds mean, but many "Cajun" restaurants fail for very good reasons.

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      amysuehere RE: rudeboy Nov 5, 2013 10:39 AM

      Went to Soleil once and was very disappointed. Far too pedestrian food for much too high a price-point...so, right in line with the Oasis.

      I have a Waterloo across from my house that I wish would die. However, the Westlake parents like to drown their day there while the kiddies go wild, so I guess it's permanent.

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        Frankie_Candido RE: amysuehere Nov 5, 2013 12:03 PM

        Great business model for Waterloo ain't it? Too bad the food is mediocre. Always enjoy seeing the old coots drink their first adult beverage of the day at the bar when I have to take the kids out to breakfast...

    2. slowcoooked RE: amykragan Nov 5, 2013 12:31 PM

      Went to Flat top today on manor and it was shut up. Renovation? Closed for good? I am not sure.

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        hlk RE: slowcoooked Nov 5, 2013 11:12 PM


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          Rptrane RE: hlk Nov 6, 2013 03:38 AM

          Reopening soon as something elseI believe. Eater had a story about it a week or two ago.. Some kind of shuffling going on between the owners and their two restaurants.


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            hlk RE: Rptrane Nov 6, 2013 02:24 PM

            I didn't realize the new cantina they're putting in to replace it was still going to serve Flat Top's burgers. Good news. Thanks!

      2. rudeboy RE: amykragan Nov 8, 2013 05:35 AM

        Noticed that the entire NATY was gone. Just scraps of signs and such. Checked the website, and it is true. I wanted to go there, since it wasn't too far and there was obviously plenty of parking. However, the selection of trailers didn't suit me, except for Snarky's...and I didn't notice that they were there anymore when I checked into it. LoBurn is ripe for a trailer yard if there's space to be had. I'm thinking behind the HEB toward Amy's. But she would pitch a fit I'm sure.

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          amysuehere RE: rudeboy Nov 8, 2013 10:56 AM

          I went a couple of times and just wasn't impressed. Snarky's was inconsistent, the Greek place was just nasty. Never made it to the noodle place.

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            slowcoooked RE: amysuehere Nov 8, 2013 12:09 PM

            agreed on the greek trailer, the folks serving the food looked greek, but their food was pathetic. i mean seriously!! we had a stellar greek place with proper homemade cheese and spinach / feta filo pies and the rest in W. Lafayette, Indiana the tenth the size of Austin that blows anythying around here away. Same in Banff Alberta, a town of about 15,000 people in the off season. Santorini isn't bad, actually, but their spanikopita is just silly too. WTF?

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              lodermulch RE: slowcoooked Nov 8, 2013 01:11 PM

              I've lived here most of my life and have yet to encounter first rate greek food, maybe Mykonos from 20 years back, I don't know. If there's a great Greek place currently out there that I'm missing, please correct me!

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                rudeboy RE: lodermulch Nov 8, 2013 01:33 PM

                Remember Ted's Greek and American Cuisine on Congress. He would leer at your woman while you ate. The food wasn't that good, but the place was huge. He closed, by the way, so this is relevant to the RIP thread. We should start a new Hard Hat.

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                amysuehere RE: slowcoooked Nov 8, 2013 05:19 PM

                Slowcooked! Email me! I need some info from you on that.


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                ssnclrk RE: amysuehere Dec 18, 2013 05:50 PM

                We went over there a few times. My daughter liked the bbq trailer that was there for a while. The last time we went they were only serving chopped sandwiches. I didn't like Snarky's at all.

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              lodermulch RE: amykragan Dec 4, 2013 01:22 PM

              Lucky J's (chicken and waffles) on Burnet just closed down.

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                Rptrane RE: lodermulch Dec 4, 2013 03:24 PM

                Went there twice, second time was with someone. The chicken was bad both times.. Even my companion thought it was bad.. First time the oil was way too old, back in their first trailer location. Second time we ended up giving it away to a homeless person.

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                  lodermulch RE: Rptrane Dec 4, 2013 04:00 PM

                  I had the same experience. Toss in the grumpy service, and that was it for me.

                  Oh well, still looking for seasoned fried chicken that won't hurt my budget....!

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                    amysuehere RE: lodermulch Dec 4, 2013 05:32 PM

                    Hate me, but.....Popeye's!! Guilty pleasure, but always perfect and always spicy.

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                      rudeboy RE: amysuehere Dec 5, 2013 11:01 PM

                      Hate me, too, but Church's has spicy chicken now and it is around the corner. Always sounds like a great idea until after you're done eating!

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                        ssnclrk RE: rudeboy Dec 12, 2013 08:05 PM

                        We like Popeye's but the one on N. Lamar has horrible service and they really need to spend some time training their employees. I don't care for Church's and haven't ever been in the one on Fairfield/183.

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                          foodiegal71 RE: ssnclrk Dec 18, 2013 02:42 PM

                          And the one time I've ordered there, I got home to soggy chicken. It's worth the drive to the one on Cameron for me.

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                  sqwertz RE: lodermulch Dec 5, 2013 04:27 AM

                  That's another one of those jinxed locations.

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                    rudeboy RE: sqwertz Dec 5, 2013 11:04 PM

                    It is such a small place, but I do agree that the food was just so-so. I remember the first Rush Hour movie when the people approached Jackie Chan looking for a chicken and waffle place. Sounded weird back them. I wonder if Lucy's opening had something to do with their closing. I did want them to make it, though.

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                  jwynne2000 RE: amykragan Dec 7, 2013 03:52 AM

                  Al Forno Pizza next to Little Woodrows on Parmer is gone. Looks like it will reopen as Brooklyn Pie Company, which I understand has multiple locations around town.

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                    verily RE: jwynne2000 Dec 9, 2013 08:04 PM

                    Al Forno was part of the Brooklyn Pie Company franchise...never understood why it was named differently.

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                      hlk RE: verily Dec 10, 2013 09:35 AM

                      So how is Brooklyn Pie Company? There's a one near me and I'm semi-tempted to try it. Is it worth it?

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                        amysuehere RE: hlk Dec 10, 2013 10:36 AM

                        They're one of the better delivered pizzas. Crust almost has a sourdough flavor and is very chewy. Sauce isn't sweet, more on the spicy side. Toppings are always fresh and of higher quality than most delivery places.

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                          rudeboy RE: amysuehere Dec 11, 2013 11:51 AM

                          Agree with Amysue.Definitely worth a try. Maybe ask them to undercook and not slice if delivery is what you want, then heat up your oven. I think they will do that.

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                            amysuehere RE: rudeboy Dec 13, 2013 11:39 AM

                            They do.

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                    Rptrane RE: amykragan Dec 18, 2013 03:19 PM

                    Be My Cupcake in Round Rock has closed. For lease sign on the door. No other information. They have no email address on their web site and no managed facebook. We are very sad. Their cupcakes and cookies were the best in town. Any information would be helpful.

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                      sqwertz RE: Rptrane Dec 18, 2013 09:39 PM

                      The Cupcake Fad is on it's way out. It peeked about 18 months ago according to all the "Culinary Trending Sxperts" :-)


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                        Rptrane RE: sqwertz Dec 18, 2013 10:24 PM

                        I don't know man it was also a good bakery.. A few months ago they had a run of the best brownies I've ever had. They also made a birthday cake for me and it was awesome.

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