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Hard Hat XII

The Church's fried chicken on Burnet by the Aristocrat bar has closed up shop. Signage removed, etc. Only ate there a couple times, cuz it was pretty lousy. I have no idea what might move into such a small operating space...

Jul 01, 2015
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What this town needs

A German restaurant

Jun 16, 2015
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Twisted Root

Had a somewhat opposite experience burgerswise than yours. The meat was undercooked. Signs say burgers are cooked to medium well. Mine was just barely rare. I thought it was properly seasoned, however. Didn't have a shake. And their cutesy ordering system, where everyone gets a funny name instead of a number (I was "obi wan kenobi.") seemed to cause confusion because I heard repeated calls for "Harry Potter, your shakes are ready" and "Bullwinkle, burger for bullwinkle" over and over again. It got tiresome. And I saw several instances of little kids hitting the golf balls very hard, sending them into the parking lot and into the outside dining area. Seems a recipe for disaster, imho.

Maybe these things are all issues that will get ironed out. I like their variety of toppings, and would be interested in getting a game meat burger, with a gin and tonic for my beverage.

May 15, 2015
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RIP April 2015

Elevation Burger in the Walmart parking lot on Anderson by Burnet has closed. Sign down and tables gone. A lot of burger options in that area. Tough to compete with Hopdoddy, too.

Apr 04, 2015
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Man bites dog

Yeah that trailer at Lowe's has some great dogs. I've never had anything else there, though.

Mar 06, 2015
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Man bites dog

The last time I was there, the staff were surly. And the tables were sticky. Sticky tables skeeve me out.

Mar 05, 2015
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The Great Burnet Road Chocolate War!!!

Okay, that headline was a little over the top. And not entirely accurate. Actually, it is largely inaccurate. But I charge ahead: I noticed that Chocolaterie Tessa has opened up on Burnet Rd. Has anyone been? How's the chocolate?

And Lammes is opening up a shop just off Anderson (just north and west of Chocolaterie Tessa) in the shopping plaza with Fresh Plus, Gattis and Jimmy John's.

So, does this mean a price war? Mild vandalism? Swarms of chocolate-scented roughians hitting each other over the head with wooden spoons in a hilarious gang war? Will there be I Love Lucy style shenanigans?

I, for one, welcome my future chocolate overlords.

Nov 13, 2014
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RIP VIII

Yeah, it was a neat place. I'm not conversant in saki, and the waitress was really friendly and helpful, explaining the different choices.

I was there for dinner, and I got the impression that it was a late night place. It was starting to get filled up as we left around 9-ish. Ah well.

I hope another local place will move in there.

Sep 20, 2014
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RIP VIII

Just saw on my neighborhood FB page that the Dojo, the izakaya on 183 and Burnet closed. Only got there once, but enjoyed it.

Sep 17, 2014
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Micklethwait Craft Meats is the new Franklin?

One question I have with reviews like this is the issue of frame of reference. I come from DC. And having lived here in paradise for 16 years, I have formed an opinion about BBQ joints. But the locals have grown up with quality Q. When I hear "decent BBQ" I wonder if it means decent compared to the kings (LA, Franklin's) or decent compared to the Bill Miller "BBQ" franchises...

Jun 21, 2014
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P Terry's

That line actually moves pretty fast. I would say it's comparable to a standard Whataburger line. When I've been, they have people outside taking orders, and they seem to have things down to a science. For a fast food burger, it's pretty good.

May 15, 2014
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Evening BBQ establishment?

Thanks for the info, guys. Keep it coming if you have anything more to contribute.

I like Stiles Switch, but I was looking for all my options. I'd like to try something new, and it looks like Live Oak might fit the bill. We might end up doing a pseudo bbq crawl and hit multiple places.

Mar 20, 2014
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Evening BBQ establishment?

My big brother is coming into town and he wants 'Q. Where do you suggest we hit up for BBQ after 3 pm on a Monday? I know Franklin's is closed that day, and I've figured that La, Mueller and Micklethwait are sold out by dinner time. I want to hit up Live Oak, as I've never been. I live close to Stiles Switch, but am in the mood to try something new.

Your thoughts?

Mar 19, 2014
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Hat Creek on Burnet....?

Nov 19, 2013
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Broasted chicken in Austin?

According to wikipedia: "Broasting is a method of cooking chicken and other foods using a pressure fryer and condiments. The technique was invented by L.A.M. Phelan in the early 1950s and is marketed by the Broaster Company of Beloit, Wisconsin, which Phelan founded.
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The method essentially combines pressure cooking with deep frying chicken that has been marinated and breaded."

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broasting

Oct 26, 2013
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Austin American Spaceman top twelve burger list...

I'm a Top Notch fan, so I'd consider them worthy of consideration.

Sep 04, 2013
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Best hamburger rolls in Austin?

Does anyone know where I can find pretzel buns?

Aug 24, 2013
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Another lost La Fogata thread

Oh good, more hamburger joints on Burnet.

Jun 29, 2013
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Suggestions for Super Bowl viewing this Sunday?

How does this answer the question?

Jan 31, 2013
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Restaurant Jezebel

Is there a questionnaire for each person or for each table?

Nov 10, 2012
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Hard Hat X

Just found out that Bud's Po' Boys, the trailer behind the farmer's market on Burnet is in the process of moving to the farmer's market near the former Mueller Airport.

Sep 22, 2012
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Two California women 30-40 somethings looking for cool Austin ambiance, second to fine food, next week!

A damned fine list. Just a few notes:

If you have no car and are staying downtown/SoCo, scratch Stiles Switch off your list. That is up north (more than 50 blocks from downtown) and would be accessible only by cab or rental car. Maybe by bus, now that I think about it...

By Blacks, do you mean Blacks BBQ, or J. Blacks? Blacks BBQ is in Lockhart Texas, about 45 minutes outside Austin. Again, taxi or rental car required, and the taxi fare would be HUGE.

Perla's is awesome for seafood and people watching

Sep 11, 2012
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Good kolaches in Austin

My favorite is Kolache Shoppe on Burnet. They recently changed their name to Kolache Creations.

Jul 24, 2012
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Hard Hat X

That's right in my neighborhood. Looking forward to the East Side Pies. I ordered from Pizza Peddler once or twice... Was unimpressed. But, I'm curious. What made it creepy?

Jul 23, 2012
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Food Trailer Venue Once a Month at Long Center

Wake up ya fool! You're snoring!

Jul 16, 2012
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Pork BBQ in Austin

I am thrilled about this. Gonna check 'em out. Went to college in Greenville NC, and have always missed good ol' pulled pork. And Parkers! Yes! That stuff was amazing...

May 30, 2012
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Tarka

I went there for lunch on Thursday. I am by no means an expert on Indian food, but it was quite good. The samosa's were incredible. They came with "mint-tamarind-yogurt chutney" and I prefer plain ol' raita, usually, but I still thought they were as good as the other places around Burnet/Anderson.I had the chicken tikka masala, medium heat. Not the most adventurous choice, but a good place to start. To me, there was no heat whatsoever. Maybe they gave me the mild, I don't know. Oh... yeah, you can choose your level of heat. But it was tomato-ey. Could've had more chicken, but I didn't feel cheated. Got the Rasmalai for dessert. They were a little small, but quite good. All this, with a root beer, cost just over 17 bucks. So, not dirt cheap. They have a lot of choices on the menu, including vegetarian options. Indian sodas, as well as coke and the like. My choices were a little pedestrian, but I would have no trouble suggesting this to people jonesing for a little Indian, or to take home.

May 25, 2012
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Tarka

Thanks for the report. I am verrrry excited this place opened up. I read ages ago that they were gonna open up there, and then nothing until I saw a mention that they had opened up yesterday. Are they on the Which Wich side of the mall, or the Dos Batos side of the mall?

This is my neighborhood as well. If their samosas are good, I might be there more than once a week.

Everything about that reboot of Northcross mall, except for the Walmart, has been above average.

May 24, 2012
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two foodie girls eating their way through austin...

If you can make it to north of Austin, I HIGHLY recommend The Noble Pig for sammiches. Great great food. They make own bread and condiments and cure their own meat, and grind their own sausages. The duck pastrami is awesome.

http://www.noblepigaustin.com/about/

Mar 18, 2012
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Stiles Switch BBQ

I tried them today for lunch as well. The customer service WAS very nice. They seem committed to good customer service. The guy explained the different sausages to me without me asking, and seemed both genuinely happy to be there, and to have me as a customer. Got the brisket, some sausages and a Diablo sammich, which is brisket and sausage. Sides: mac and cheese and potato salad. Had just a bit of the brisket, and it seems quite nice. The sausage in the sandwich was the jalapeno, and seemed really good. Haven't had the other links yet. The potato salad was pretty good and the mac and cheese was terrific.

My palate isn't sophisticated enough to say it's better or worse than Franklins or the Lockhart joints, but there is definitely no comparable place in North Austin. Better by far than Rudy's, which is a low bar, but still. Easily the best in the area. It's close to my home. It will be my go-to BBQ joint for when I get a jones for Q.

Definitely worth a trip there. Especially if you live in the Allandale/Burnet Road/North Lamar vicinity.

Edited to add: Thereman, did you see that yellow stuff in the saran wrap by the register? Do you know what that was? Too embarrassed to ask...

Dec 30, 2011
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