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Jan 24, 2014 07:09 PM


Grey potatoes that taste like fish, lukewarm coffee, nice servers. though. Is there any reason to go there except for the people working there? This place really sucks.

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  1. I went there one years and years ago and could not understand how they have stayed in business this long.

    BTW, why is your VG sideways?

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    1. re: singlemalt

      Not sure - maybe because of the movie!

    2. In every city there are marginal restaurants that survive on nostalgia. The I grew up eating there so it must be OK syndrome. Another one like that in Austin is just down the street - The Frisco Shop.

      1. Answer = no. I went once about 8 years ago. Once. Didn't get sick, and do not recall any bad service. I wonder if it's the pretty sparse diner scene here. Cafe Java is decent, and since it's about 3 miles from my house has become a regular spot for a 3 scrambled egg with swiss, 2 sausage patty, rye toast and coffee breakfast. I've found nothing in Austin that beats that for a breakfast less than ten bucks. And their chili is a deep dark mahogany and delicious, but their corned beef hash sucks like it's from a can. And actually, their coffee probably is the best among those types of places in central austin. They beat the ass out of the Omelettry.

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        1. re: slowcoooked

          Slowcooked, you might try Pacha. Their pancakes are awesome, and they have fresh farm eggs.

          1. re: rudeboy

            haven't been to pacha. thanks for the tip.

            1. re: slowcoooked

              If you go on the weekend, go before 9....

              1. re: rudeboy

                I've been to cocina consuelo several times and have completely overlooked Pacha. The website is certainly funky and the pies look pretty damn good. have you had the quiches?

                1. re: slowcoooked

                  Everything i've had there has been pretty decent. not a huge fan of their coffee but the joint is too easily overlooked.

                  1. re: slowcoooked

                    Haven't tried their quiche, but if you 're in the mood for something sweet, I encourage you to try their bran muffins (blueberry and raspberry are the best--they also make cranberry--all with actual fruit, not dried tiny pieces). Best bran muffins of my life.

                    The raspberry ricotta muffin is also delicious. It has swirls of ricotta and whole raspberries.

          2. I always liked the pancakes. Haven't been in a couple of years, but IIRC they were ok.

            1. you can travel way north to the Egg and I

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              1. re: girloftheworld

                which is worse than a denny's in my opinion.

                1. re: girloftheworld

                  that's another place whose popularity i don't get. it's so freakin' expensive for what it is (you know, eggs).

                  1. re: dinaofdoom

                    I know it is weird... we drove by and there was a line hanging out the door...However it was Sunday.. maybe it is an after church thing?

                    1. re: girloftheworld

                      620 cafe is sooooo much better, and not as expensive (just one example, since there's an egg and i in RR)