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Caldo de Res

You can also get a very nice bowl of C de R at Taqueria de los Jalisciences on 290 by Cameron. I think they have it on their daily menu.

Jul 03, 2011
trubbaman in Austin

Best Mole dishes in Austin?

El Azteca is great, and they have a really tasty chicken mole.

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El Azteca Restaurant
2600 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702

Jul 25, 2010
trubbaman in Austin

Jaime’s Spanish Village

You're trying to say that a restaurant you like that closes is 'a little unjust' but you're actually saying that you want a successful restaurant you don't like to 'go away.' That's two different things entirely.

I have no problem with opinions about food and restaurants, but I do think it's a bit much to wish that a successful restaurant that you don't happen to like should 'go away.' It'll go away when the customers stop coming in.

You say that your palate is not a democracy but there's much more to a successful restaurant than just the food. Many of these places also have longtime employees with families. I wouldn't want it to be on my conscience that they lost their jobs because I thought the food they served was not what I happened to like. Thankfully, it's not up to you, although like the rest of us you get to vote with your dollars. That's the ultimate arbiter.

I don't buy the argument that if Olive Garden went away it would suddenly spawn better restaurants. There's no shortage of restaurants available as new ones open and others close every day. People go where they go for different reasons, none more correct than others.

As was pointed out earlier, there are a lot of reasons for restaurants to fail. Food and service are a big part of the equation, but neglect or errors in other areas can be just as deadly to a business. When that happens to a restaurant I like, I don't feel that it's unjust. Sad, yes, but not unjust.

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Olive Garden
1354 N Interstate 35, New Braunfels, TX 78130

Jul 09, 2010
trubbaman in Austin

Jaime’s Spanish Village

I don't understand the self-appointed Arbiter of Taste that some folks seem to have awarded themselves. If you don't like the restaurant, fine - don't go, but there are no shortage of people who do like going to El Patio or Matt's. Just because your personal preference is for something else, that doesn't make it more valid than the people who dine in another place for whatever reason they choose. Success in restaurants is difficult to attain and for them to maintain that for decades speaks to a wide range of attributes. It boils down to pleasing people and they have a record of doing that.

Mind you, I'm not necessarily defending their food other than to say that a lot of people enjoy it. My questions revolve around the need for some to close down local icons because they don't like the food or the crowds. I understand that in a perfect world we'd all be at mom and pop five star restaurants that made enough money to stay in business but didn't charge so much that we couldn't eat there regularly, but this isn't a perfect world and different restaurants serve different people. It's a big world, not a narrow one.

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El Patio Restaurant
2938 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705

Jul 09, 2010
trubbaman in Austin

Jaime’s Spanish Village

What makes you think that the people who go to Matt's and El Patio stop other places from flourishing? Why would you tear down two long-successful restaurants that support lots of workers? This doesn't make sense to me.

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El Patio Restaurant
2938 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705

Jul 08, 2010
trubbaman in Austin

Jaime’s Spanish Village

The food has been overpriced and not very good for a long time now, but the owner says that he's staying open through the end of the month and donating his proceeds to the workers. That would be a great reason to go, if you're interested in helping those people out.

Last day is supposed to be July 30.

Jul 08, 2010
trubbaman in Austin