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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. 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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    1. re: rudeboy

      Went to Soleil once and was very disappointed. Far too pedestrian food for much too high a, 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.

      1. re: amysuehere

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

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        1. re: hlk

          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.

          1. re: Rptrane

            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!

      1. 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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        1. re: rudeboy

          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.

          1. re: amysuehere

            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?

            1. re: slowcoooked

              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!

              1. re: lodermulch

                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.

              2. re: slowcoooked

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


              3. re: amysuehere

                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.

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

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              1. re: lodermulch

                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.

                1. re: Rptrane

                  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....!

                  1. re: lodermulch

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

                    1. re: amysuehere

                      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!

                      1. re: rudeboy

                        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.

                        1. re: ssnclrk

                          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.

                2. re: lodermulch

                  That's another one of those jinxed locations.

                  1. re: sqwertz

                    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.

                3. 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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                  1. re: jwynne2000

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

                    1. re: verily

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

                      1. re: hlk

                        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.

                        1. re: amysuehere

                          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.