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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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  1. 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

      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

        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

          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?

          1. re: Rene

            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.

            1. re: girloftheworld

              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

            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

            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.

            1. re: raisncains

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

        2. Via 313, Gordough's, Noble Pig,

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          1. re: Rptrane

            those places have round rock locations?

            1. re: dinaofdoom

              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...

                1. re: amykragan

                  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..

              1. re: dinaofdoom

                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!

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


              1. 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.

                1. 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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                  1. re: missmitzi

                    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.

                    1. re: Rptrane

                      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.

                      1. re: slowcoooked

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

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

                  2. 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 jalapeƱo.

                    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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                    1. re: rajat

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

                      1. re: rajat

                        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. 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?

                        1. 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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                          1. re: ridgeback

                            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.

                            1. re: rajat

                              Went to Pita Fusion for the first time last weekend. Best homemade pita bread I've had in memory. Best to me = it has flavor vs being bland pita bread + it's soft, not dry. The entire sandwich was delicous (I had chicken schwarma) but it's worth the drive just for that bread on any sandwich.

                              Hey Ms. Dina - I recall seeing a mention of GF options (though call to be sure!).

                              1. re: sweet100s

                                thanks for the info! zorba's has tons of GF options so i imagine this place would too as long as there's no pita.

                          2. 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!

                            1. scarlet rabbit: the people behind greenhouse craft food are opening an alice in wonderland "black tablecloth" place on main street.


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                              1. re: dinaofdoom

                                also, there are facebook rumors that star co. coffee is re-opeing in a larger location down the street.

                              2. ok round rockers,

                                moving to the RR part of brushy creek in a week.

                                already know about most on near 620 & main street.

                                anything i shouldn't miss?

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                                1. re: dinaofdoom

                                  We went to Scarlett Rabbit for lunch and really enjoyed the bacon wrapped shrimp appetizer and the pappardelle(great texture and flavor). Not as impressed with the smoked trout caprese salad, which might be because I have been eating tomatoes out of my garden for a month. My friends shared a chocolate cake that they loved!

                                  1. re: dinaofdoom

                                    You are close enough to Noble Pig that I would just drive over there but you will see us east siders at Greenhouse, we love the fish and chips of Drum and the salads are very fresh and tasty! We also enjoy Taco Tuesday. If you want Mexican, Morelia's has just reopened and I hear good things. The Round Rock version is better than Pflugerville but for lunch or breakfast tacos, try Juarez Bakery. Also Serena's has great breakfast tacos on north Mays.

                                    1. re: raisncains

                                      i currently live in 78729 so have been to noble pig quite a few times. the parmer morelia's is pretty good. will have to try juarez bakery & serena's.

                                      we did scarlet rabbit over the weekend for a birthday party, and it was a disaster. to spare everyone the long-winded version, they bought us a round, gave the party of 14 a 50% discount, and comped the birthday girl.

                                      although we didn't try it, the back patio looked lovely. i hope they improve, because i want to go back.

                                    2. re: dinaofdoom

                                      well hello Neighbor.

                                      I assume you already know about Jack Allen's, Teji's, Deckhand, Tacqueria Arandinas.

                                      Have you been to Pho Viet on 45 east of I35? they do a good version of shaken beef.

                                      1. re: lixlix

                                        yes on all those, but i was late to the deckhand game and only started gorging myself on deckhand sauce this summer.

                                        haven't tried pho viet, but will!

                                        1. re: dinaofdoom

                                          Also, don't forget Fire in the Hole Pizza.

                                          I currently believe that is actually the nicest fine dining establishment food wise in Round Rock.

                                          1. re: lixlix

                                            i haven't tried it yet, but when i called the hostess said there are a lot of non-pizza, non-gluten items.

                                            1. re: dinaofdoom

                                              Marfa Tomato dish and Cauliflower dish pretty good. Unfortunately you won't be able to have their Pasta which is where I think their strength is.

                                              1. re: lixlix

                                                Diana- are gluten free? I must have missed that somewhere along the line... there is a pizza place up by the outlet mall that has some good gluten free pizza

                                                1. re: girloftheworld

                                                  yeah, i'm a challenging dinner guest, but options have become waaaay better in the past year.

                                                  are you thinking of BJ's brewhouse? they have a GF chocolate chip skillet cookie.

                                                  1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                    My froend is celiac so I have become very good at adapting so most people dont even notice anything when she is at a party... Annnyway it is called Zpizza it is reasonably priced and yummy and a good option if you are out shopping over there..

                                                2. re: lixlix

                                                  they do have a GF pizza option, although a lot of times i won't do that unless they make it in-house. otherwise, it resembles cardboard, and tastes worse :-D

                                          1. re: dinaofdoom

                                            We are moving :( out of the RR area..
                                            I looove Tio Dans for greasy greasy Puffy Tacos
                                            Pacific Star for oysters
                                            and red wagon for flat fried burgers

                                          2. ok. now that i'm officially a resident, anything else i'm missing: farm stands, markets, local products?

                                            places on my list to try:
                                            jelly queens
                                            kawaii shaved ice
                                            farmer's market (isn't it technically in georgetown?)

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                                            1. re: dinaofdoom

                                              The lakeline farmer's market might be closer.

                                              I would make the drive to Snow Monster if you are craving shaved ice.

                                              1. re: lixlix

                                                i've been to the lakeline one lots having lived over in that direction, and will be going again this weekend. it's a great market, i was just wondering if there were others i didn't know about.

                                                and the kawaii is really just for a quick meet up with some of my girlfriends.

                                              2. re: dinaofdoom

                                                It's not in Round Rock but we really enjoyed the winery in Florence! I recommend it for a fun afternoon and evening.

                                                1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                  there is a farmers market in the hospital parking lot by the outlet mall on saturdays

                                                  1. re: girloftheworld

                                                    IMO it stinks. All the action is at Lakeline or downtown.

                                                      1. re: girloftheworld

                                                        bummer that it stinks. i was hoping there was something lakeline-esque. that's a pretty good one.

                                                2. Went to Scarlett Rabbit for dinner last week and really enjoyed it. Had a much more favorable experience than my last trip to Greenhouse Craft Foods.

                                                  In particular, the oyster nachos are great. Plump Oysters fried perfectly in cornmeal.

                                                  Aside from this, the chicen and waffles were also very good with nicely fried chicken and plump crispy belgian style waffles. Only advice I would give is serve the maple syrup on the side instead of predrizzled on the dish.

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                                                  1. re: lixlix

                                                    when i was there, that waffle dish looked & smelled really good.

                                                    1. re: lixlix

                                                      Chicken cutlets or whole pieces? I don't go for places with cutlets.

                                                      1. re: Rptrane

                                                        since i didn't partake, i can't say for sure. but looking at the pics on yelp, seems to be chicken pieces rather than strips.

                                                        1. re: Rptrane

                                                          It was large pieces but no bone.

                                                      2. coming soon according to community impact:

                                                        1. tortilleria mama sara
                                                        109 w. main street
                                                        traditional tortillas coming early september

                                                        2. hat creek burger co.
                                                        in front of the dell diamond
                                                        coming mid 2015

                                                        3. star co. coffeehouse & cafe
                                                        201 e. main street
                                                        opening september 25th
                                                        coffee, amy's ice cream, pastry, beer & healthy foods

                                                        4. chipotle in the ikea shopping center in the fall

                                                        also in community impact:
                                                        what is this high country market "gourmet gas station" with a craft beer bar on gattis school road?

                                                        1. Tried the brick and mortar Garbo's last week. Enjoyed it very much. Love the fact that occasionally they have Ipswitch clams.

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                                                          1. re: lixlix

                                                            i really really need to go here!

                                                            1. re: lixlix

                                                              Absolutely love the new Garbos. First time there I had the scallops which were as close to perfect as I'd ever had. Just so many little things we love about that place.

                                                            2. I'm confused about Greenhouse. Do they just have sandwiches & salads on their dinner menu, too? Their "specials" link on their website shoots you to their FB page, which has a running commentary of specials, but I can't tell whether they're one-day specials or last longer than that.

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                                                              1. re: Optimista

                                                                they are typically one day specials.

                                                                1. re: lixlix

                                                                  that's my understanding too. the stuff that isn't as sandwich & salad-y seems to be the daily specials.

                                                              2. dojo izakaya over at 183/burnet closed, but per eater, the chefs are taking the izakaya & ramen dishes over to tokyo steakhouse in RR. SCORE!

                                                                dojo was pretty good, i was just never down that way.