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Good Indian Food in Austin

Anyone try G'raj Mahal yet?

http://grajmahalaustin.com/

I've heard rave reviews of their garlic naan.

Apr 29, 2011
addicted2rice in Austin

RIP part 4

I know! It's so sad. It was on our regular lunch rotation. You're right about it being empty though. They really tried, but it just didn't work out. Now where am I gonna go for my chicken tomatillo enchiladas?... =(

Mar 28, 2011
addicted2rice in Austin

Bubble Tea place on Parmer?

Anyone try the new tea place on Parmer/Metric? Co-worker told me it was bubble tea. Usually go to Coco's but it drives me nuts that they don't take credit cards. Nice to have one more north and closer to work.

Jan 11, 2011
addicted2rice in Austin

gypsy picnic: trailer food festival on 11/06

Looks like the 5dollarlunch deal mostly features restaurants in the downtown area. Is that true dinaofdoom?

I mostly need to stick to North Austin / Domain area for lunch since that's where work is. But of course it's franchise central in the domain. =P I'd love to add some food trucks, but we kinda miss out up here.

Nov 13, 2010
addicted2rice in Austin

Best Places to eat at The Domain

I agree Ventana is a good recommendation. They also have a less fancy cafe there too.

Jumping on the food truck bandwagon: Sometimes Chilantro parks in the lot and serves hungry lunch-goers. Try the Kimchi fries. Something different if you want to add something new to your lunch rotation.

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Ventana
Austin, TX, Austin, TX

Nov 13, 2010
addicted2rice in Austin

best bakery for a birthday cake?

Gateau Marisa at Upper Crust is always a crowd-pleaser. Really dense, and not cheap but very yummy. Description from the site:

A traditional yellow cake layered with pastry cream and a choice of fresh sliced strawberries, bananas or a combination of the two. Iced with a cream cheese icing and topped with whole strawberries. (contains alcohol)

I would order it more, but usually it's just me and the hubs for our b-days. Too hard on the hips.

Another thread on this topic:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/334155

Nov 13, 2010
addicted2rice in Austin

Weekday Lunch Spots Near the Domain?

I work in the area as well. And go to most of those places mentioned. I've been wanting to try the Bleu River Grille (Culinary academy cafeteria?), but never can make it. FYI they are closed on mondays.

The new sushi place next too freebird's is pretty good and they have an interesting ordering schema. You can piece together your own bento box. Quality is decent, but not special. If you like indian I like the buffet at Bombay Bistro. And if you've got an expense account there's always Houstons for lunch.

I highly recommend you avoid Detour bar though. It's a new bar pretending to be a dive bar. Doesn't have the history/cache/patron loyalty to accomplish it. Drinks are bad and not worth the money. And their seating is terrible. a few small tables and some bench seating that is too deep. I felt like a 12 year old with my feed dangling over the side. =P

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Bleu River Grille
11400 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78758

Bombay Bistro
10710 Research Blvd Ste 126, Austin, TX 78759

May 12, 2010
addicted2rice in Austin

Weekday Lunch Spots Near the Domain?

I agree with the Thai Cuisine recommendation. They are fast, and the free app/salad bar is nice. The food is not the best thai, but decent, and it is a good value. the app bar usually has a dessert choice too. The tapioca pudding dessert is particularly yum. For a lunch time choice it's a good one.

One caveat is the parking is kinda tight. they are right next to the tomodachi sushi and JJ's BBQ.

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Thai Cuisine
4101 W Parmer Ln Ste F, Austin, TX 78727

May 12, 2010
addicted2rice in Austin

Best Places to eat at The Domain

On the whole there's nothing that blows my mind at the Domain. I've gotten great service at Flemings and McCormick and Schmick's.

If you're looking for moderate to inexpensive, Maggiano's at the Domain II isn't bad. They have wine tastings twice a week to try out new wines. It's quality is better than Buca di Beppo or Macaroni grill but in the same vein. It is a franchise after all. They also have a today/tomorrow deal which sends you home with a whole separate dish. Lots of pasta.

Haven't tried sushi zushi yet, but I'm kinda a sushi snob. Anybody give it a try?

May 12, 2010
addicted2rice in Austin

Paletas?

I echo the recommendation of Las Delicias. They have a lot of different flavors. Coconut is probably the best. But if you're gonna head over their try their ice cream. Paletas are good on the go, but coconut in a cone? Heavenly. Be aware that they only take cash I think,

May 10, 2010
addicted2rice in Austin

Mooyah is now Cafe Canela...

Hi Chowhounders...

Long time lurker first time poster. =)

A co-worker and I drove past the old Mooyah location on 183/burnet next to Chili's last Friday. Surprised to see that another place had opened in the old Mooyah/Geaux Burger location so we gave it a try. Found it surprisingly good. I brought my husband back over the weekend to see what his opinion was. Hubby and I used to frequent Mooyah @ lunch. In our opinion better/cheaper than Mighty Fine but we agree the "Best Burger in Austin" label is debatable.

So for all those Mooyah fans I say give it a try. It is the EXACT same burger. They seem to have changed ownership or at least management. Now they not only have the burgers, but also some mexican dishes, and a few choices for breakfast.

The Good:

1. Burger is the same as the old mooyah burger. Since there weren't many people, it was fresh and good.

2. The mexican dishes are good. and cheap. $5.50 for an enchilada plate (2 enchiladas, rice ,beans, pico). Quality is pretty good. Not as spicy as I like. Good for those who like mexican but aren't into heat. I tried the chicken tomatillo and was pleased with the size. Also had the pork burrito and found it quite tasty. Soft, moist and full of fat. =)

3. They are really hustling in the service department. Think they are really trying to regain their old customers. Food was brought to us, plus we had a free dessert.

The Bad;

1. I missed a little spiciness in their dishes. Yes I can add it myself as they have some sort of sauce/condiment bar, but it's not the same.

2. We were confused by the name. Cafe? They did offer coffee, which my husband said was pretty good but i can't comment on it personally. I didn't see any pastries either.

3. They have you fill out little form which-which style for your order. Which they pass on to the cooks.. Kinda annoying especially if you're the only one there ordering. =) At least they don't make a big deal out of it if you don't.

While the prices/service were both good, I'm not sure they will scale very well. Because of the new dishes I'm not sure they're not splitting their focus in two. Once business picks up I don't know if they'll be able to keep it up.

Anyway I like the food and am interested to hear what other Chowhounders think. Give it a try and let everyone know.

Thanks!

May 10, 2010
addicted2rice in Austin