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raisncains Nov 9, 2013 06:35 AM

Just wanted to say that I recommend both Greenhouse Craft Foods and High Country Market. Greenhouse has salads, sandwiches and then a daily lunch special. The food is all locally sourced and made in house. My friends and I really enjoyed our salads which weren't over dressed and very fresh tasting.
High Country has a great staff who will accommodate almost any request. They have good burgers, sandwiches, breakfast tacos,and salad with a wine bar and beer on tap. We usually go their for a glass of wine and an appetizer at night but I have recently discovered that they make a nice cappuccino!

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    jwynne2000 Nov 10, 2013 07:30 AM

    Agreed on Greenhouse. Very fresh, straightforward food, with some decent beers and wines. A must-try if you're in the area (going to Ikea or something).

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    1. re: jwynne2000
      dinaofdoom Nov 10, 2013 11:10 AM

      haven't tried greenhouse or high country market yet, but finally went to 620 cafe yesterday. good, solid "diner type" food, with breakfast all day fare. got one of the cast iron skillet breakfasts, and couldn't finish 1/3 of it, and i didn't even touch the tasty looking tea breads they brought out with butter.

      curly's bbq is opening on main street in a few days. can't wait to try it.

      we ate at zorba's last night. i can never get enough of their saganaki.

      french quarter grille was pretty good, but rather pricey for a casual dinner. we had a deal that alleviated some of that sting.

      origami is pretty good if you want to stay local for sushi or japanese fare.

      was also kinda disappointed in annapurna when we went for dinner the other day, especially considering the raves on this board. the service was bad but forgivable (african american teenager who was new, and therefore was unfamiliar with the dishes when we asked questions). the saag paneer wasn't very flavorful, and we got something that wasn't saag paneer as take out for a friend. the entire underside of the masala dosa was mushy, like it had been reheated after a while. they also didn't give us any chutneys for the samosa etc.

      any other RR places you're frequenting these days, or not?

      1. re: dinaofdoom
        girloftheworld Nov 10, 2013 04:26 PM

        THese are my favourite go tos here

        Tio Dans is my favourite for puffy tacos... it is a bit divey but has been around forever and is awesome.....

        Jack Allen's- is on our regular rotation

        Redwagon burgers ( also divey but awesomeflat fried greeeeeessssy burgers)

        pacific star oyster bar

        Hoodys sub shop
        Johnny Ts bbq
        The orginal Brooklyn Pie pizza co
        Los Dos Hermanos

        1. re: girloftheworld
          Rene Nov 10, 2013 11:57 PM

          I could agree with you completely except I thought Tio Dans was just bad. I'd wanted to try it for years but was never in the area at an opportune moment so I just went one day. What is it you like there GOTW?

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            girloftheworld Nov 11, 2013 05:24 AM

            i like the pufffy tacos..i dont get anything else..it is just something about the greasy puffy taco with that finelyground meat and cool guacmole that combines into the most satisfying bite.

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              Rene Nov 11, 2013 08:08 AM

              That's what I ordered... guess it's just not my thing because I would describe it the same way. I know they've been there forever and are often very busy so I'm gonna say... it's just me. Glad others can enjoy it.

          2. re: girloftheworld
            verily Nov 12, 2013 10:57 AM

            Johnny T's does some pretty good brisket. Easily beats the other options nearby: Smokey Mo's and J&Js. Though if you're in RR, might as well just drive to Taylor.

          3. re: dinaofdoom
            raisncains Nov 11, 2013 05:34 AM

            I also want to give some love to:
            Torchy's Salmon Tacos, Teji's Indian Market, and of course Jack Allen's and the Noble Pig.

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              verily Nov 12, 2013 11:01 AM

              Noble Pig is in Austin where it meets the far SW corner of Cedar Park. Not RR at all.

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          Rptrane Nov 10, 2013 07:48 PM

          Via 313, Gordough's, Noble Pig,

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            dinaofdoom Nov 10, 2013 09:37 PM

            those places have round rock locations?

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              girloftheworld Nov 11, 2013 05:25 AM

              noble pig is really too far to be round rock... it is sort of what we call rounaustin it is that wasteland between Austin and round rock.. Stuffed is there too...

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                amykragan Nov 11, 2013 06:24 AM

                those are both in Cedar Park

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                  girloftheworld Nov 11, 2013 03:05 PM

                  they are by lake line mall by my school which is in the rr school district but hasaAustin adress not cedar park school school district..

              2. re: dinaofdoom
                Rptrane Nov 11, 2013 10:53 AM

                My apologies. I thought I was in another thread. For Round Rock I second Jack Allen's and the Blind Squirrel. I also like Juarez Bakery ( they serve great breakfast tacos). For cupcakes and cookies I love Be My Cupcake. I wish they would go back to serving brownies. Best I've ever had!

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              redhatcharm Nov 11, 2013 11:04 AM

              New Curley's Carolina BBQ, Texas is coming to downtown Round Rock. Famous for their pulled pork:


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                rajat Nov 11, 2013 10:05 PM

                I think the breakfast tacos at Taquerias Arandinas (on 620, in the same shopping center as Tejis) are pretty good, and the rest of the food is standard Tex Mex. Service can be hit and miss though; incredibly charming and friendly on most days, but try to hail down anyone at all on some days.

                I really like Pho Viet (same shopping center as Buluga, which I don't really care for).The calamari at Pho Viet is good; I also like the garlic shrimp. Pita Fusion, same shopping center, is really good.

                In town, the burgers at Junior's are good, but I love the potato chips (fried there, not packaged). Good beer selection, so it's a great place to hangout.

                Curly's is supposed to open later this week (14th I think the sign said). Also in town center.

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                  missmitzi Nov 12, 2013 06:51 AM

                  For breakfast, I really like La Silla (in the old Michael's Tacos location) off I-35. Excellent huevos rancheros and breakfast tacos. Homemade tortillas.

                  Also, Round Rock Cafe in old downtown is very good for all three meals, but especially breakfast and lunch. I have enjoyed all of the breakfast items I've tried, particularly the build your own omelet and breakfast potatoes. The chicken salad at lunch is my go to order.

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                    Rptrane Nov 12, 2013 05:15 PM

                    While not Round Rock depending upon your location and time available it might be worth a trip to Georgetown to Monument Cafe. The food can be pretty good there and service is always on point.

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                      slowcoooked Nov 12, 2013 08:22 PM

                      The Monument for breakfast is probably top five in our book in the entire Austin metro area and its suburban haunts. I love the chicken fried steak breakfast, the burnt orange free range egg yolks, the extra crispy browns on request, the biscuits and gravy with most every plate, the sprinting servers. great stuff. do it right and it's not expensive, do it wrong and have a 50$ breakfast.

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                        girloftheworld Nov 13, 2013 05:06 AM

                        totally forgot to add to the list..you are right..

                        the oatmeal is sublime here..weird i know but good oatmeal is really good

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                    rajat Dec 11, 2013 10:45 AM

                    So today, we tried the Blind Squirrel for the first time. For some reason, this place had slipped our notice, and boy am I sorry. The sandwiches were fantastic.

                    I had a Godfather: grill strip steak, mozarella, mushrooms, sweet onions, garlic butter sauce; it was really, really good. The bread was really good, the sandwich was fantastic.

                    My partner had the Chicken Maximus, served on flat bread. Again, fantastic. The sandwich had a really tasty relish on it.

                    We both had the chips with the sandwich; obviously fried there and not chips out of a bag. Really good. I will try the cole slaw next time.

                    Sandwiches on the menu that I'm looking forward to is the Quacker: tea smoked duck with cabbage, daikon, onions and hoisin sauce. Also, the Paris, Texas: confit of brisket, sharp cheddar cheese, pickles and jalapeño.

                    This is an informal, order at the counter, seat yourself, place; perfect for lunch. Obviously, you can take the sandwiches to go, but really, I think it's best eaten there soon as it's made.

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                      dinaofdoom Dec 11, 2013 05:58 PM

                      if they had gluten free options, i would definitely give it a try. the menu sounds great!

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                        danny_w Dec 19, 2013 07:28 AM

                        I must have been there on a bad day. The Godfather sandwich was good but extremely stingy on meat, and the chips (although fresh) were just plain awful. Maybe I should give them another try.

                      2. dinaofdoom Dec 13, 2013 05:50 PM

                        went to round rock cafe for the first time today, as their mostly-lunch hours don't usually work out for me. my friend had raved about their burger, which has freshly ground meat including bacon in the mix.

                        it was a little salty (probably the bacon?) but holy crap, it was delicious. since i'm GF i could not enjoy the beautiful bun like my friend. it looked pretty eggy and fluffy and tantalizing.

                        they also gave us some from scratch egg nog ice cream which was made that morning. highly recommend this place.

                        anyone been for their (only) friday dinner slot? is it a different menu?

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                          ridgeback Dec 16, 2013 08:42 PM

                          There's a small sandwich shop in RR that makes their own pita bread for sandwiches and it's really super good - Planet Fusion over by Beluga and KFC in the HEB shopping center on the toll road frontage. They serve traditional pita sandwiches like gyro and falafel as well as some creative vegetarian choices - grilled portobello with avocado. And even steak and cheese. Lots of optional fresh toppings, even feta. The pita was so soft and tasted great. Never thought I'd rave about a pita sandwich place but there's a first for most everything.

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                            rajat Dec 17, 2013 09:21 AM

                            Pita Fusion has really friendly staff, helpful with recommendations for toppings. There are a few tables to eat in, but I generally do takeout and eat somewhere more comfortable. There can be a line during the lunch crush, but it seems to move pretty fast.

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                            missmitzi Mar 5, 2014 07:38 AM

                            Their is a new taqueria in Round Rock, Del Sol Taqueria. IT is in the location that was previously La Silla and before that Michael's Tacos. Del Sol makes their own tortillas, both flour and corn. The migas have the homemade corn tortillas cut up and fried until just crispy. These are my favorite migas ever. My daughter loves their egg and cheese tacos, they use real cheddar on them. They put the white cheese on the beans. There is a salsa bar with 5 types of homemade salsa, including my favorite jalapeno salsa (the creamy one...yum). Please give this place a try because I would really miss those migas if they close!

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