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meresidotes May 26, 2006 02:36 PM

Any opinions about Moonshine Bar & Grill in Austin?

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    Kent Wang May 26, 2006 03:19 PM

    Not that original, rather pricey, about what you would expect from downtown. I'd rather spend my money elsewhere. There are reviews by both the Statesman and the Chronicle.

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      Rene May 26, 2006 05:19 PM

      I like Moonshine. Their Sunday brunch is well appointed. The last time I went for Happy Hour, the drinks were a dollar off and the appetizers were half price. The corn dog shrimp and fried asparagus were so tasty. I have to admit that I've yet to have dinner or lunch there so I can't comment on that. I can say that the service was great and the people watching was fun, as well.

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      ftf May 26, 2006 08:30 PM

      I've been once, and probably should try it again and not write it off completely. But the service was awful (besides slow and inattentive, they brought us the wrong appetizer and one incorrect entree) and the food wasn't very good. My dish was overcooked. I have heard wonderful things about the Sunday brunch and will try to make a point to go back for that. If I want comfort food, I'll generally go to Tony's on East 6th however.

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        Annie May 27, 2006 01:04 AM

        I love Moonshine. Had lunch there many times. My granddaughter and I especially love the salmon. I always like the double vegetables and the desserts are great -- they make their own chocolate malt ice cream.

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          Mike B May 27, 2006 02:53 PM

          I've been once, and I wanted to like it, but the experience wasn't great. The service was slow, the food was only ok, and the wait for a table was about twice as long as estimated by the hostess.

          The whole theme of the menu also seems a little bit off. What is the deal with the popcorn?

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            amysuehere May 27, 2006 04:26 PM

            I've only been to brunch, but I think it's quite reasonable and I enjoy the way they divide up the stations to savory, sweet, comfort, spicy, lite. Their bread pudding is to die for and they are very good about not rushing you and keeping your coffee/juice full. For $12.95 I find it well worth the price.

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              saticoy Mar 8, 2007 04:13 PM

              My first time to Moonshine didn't light my fire...charming space, attentive service (early lunch - not much of a crowd yet) and I sort of liked the mildly spiced popcorn as an alternative to the ubiquitous chips. I also liked the enormous portions of veggies - the carrot coins appeared to be steamed plain and the zucchini had a pleasant bite of cracked red pepper in a light dressing - maybe just a sautee. The beer-battered asparagus were fine...well-prepared - the crust was crunchy and the asparagus were firm and flavorful... but I found this,,,I don't know...a little disrepectful to one of my favorite vegetables. Weird, I admit. But this ham-fisted approach to coating was present again in my broiled rainbow trout with cornbread stuffing and a chile sage butter. The trout was fine, fresh, and it had flavor once the mound of butter-soaked stuffing was pushed to the side....where I sort of assumed it would be to begin with, rather than blanketing the small filet. Macaroni and cheese was nicely served on the side in its own ramekin with a crispy bread crumb topping, but it was not thick enough for my tastes...milky sauce, rather than goopy cheesy sauce, and it was lacking flavor. So, I guess if someone else suggests it I will probably try it again, but I don' think I would make it a destination on my own...

              1. bookgrrl72 Mar 10, 2007 08:49 PM

                I'm always excited to go there and walk away with an overwhelming "meh." I find the service consistently mediocre, especially the hostesses, who are rude, rude, rude, and seem to make a point of seating early diners with toddlers in tow in uncomfortable spots, which makes for an even more uncomfortable moment when you have to inform them that no, you really can't put two adults and a high chair at a two-top in a high-traffic area.

                the waiters, who work for tips, are nicer. i like the specialty drinks there, and the happy hour prices are pretty fair, IIRC. i find the menu rather boring, though, and just end up getting the green chile mac & cheese, which really is the most interesting entree on the menu. last time i had it, though, there were great big hunks of chicken gristle in the mix, which was unappetizing, to say the least.

                they really shine (ha!) with their desserts, though. i sure do like that chocolate malt ice cream!

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                  foodiegal71 Mar 11, 2007 03:59 PM

                  I've never been that impressed with this place. It's always seemed as though it were another one of the "Austin institutions" that leave me feeling disappointed. I've never had great service at Moonshine, and I've heard many a tale of downright rude and horrible service. I will say that their brunch isn't a bad deal, it is what it is and it's fine for the price. I'd rather pay less and go to Maria's for breakfast tacos though.

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