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Seeking best potato salad

Favorite is Donn's BBQ. Second is Mandola's.

Rudy's does have the worst sides, and sauce for that matter.

Jan 27, 2013
LakeLBJ in Austin

Do Berlin Doner kebaps really have that much gristle?

Not far from there is Pars Mediterranean Deli, I just had lunch there today - gyro, hummus, pita, and a drink for $7.50. The gyro is packed with meat and light on veggies. About 10 different sides if you don't want hummus.

Med Chef is good, too, more expensive but they make grandmas hummus and it's the best hummus in town....

Oct 01, 2012
LakeLBJ in Austin

Best Tex-Mex in Austin

My picks would be El Chile on Manor rd. go for enchiladas verdes or my favorite, Enchiladas De Mole Rojo. Excellent chips and salsa, too.

Other pick would be Habanero on Oltorf. Go for the enchiladas verdes or beef fajitas.

Aug 31, 2012
LakeLBJ in Austin

Hard Hat X

Lots of drama on the gumbos Facebook page, but they posted on August 16th that they'll be going to the Georgetown Square, the RR location they were working on is no more....
I did read that French Quarter Grille, owned by an ex-Gumbos Chef, is open at the old Gumbos of RR location on 620.

Aug 20, 2012
LakeLBJ in Austin

Hopdoddy's on Anderson Lane

Yes, you'll enjoy it. It's your birthday for crying out loud. Life is too short to have guilt the next day after a birthday meal. Get a burger, fries, beer, and a shake.

Jul 27, 2012
LakeLBJ in Austin

Hard Hat X

From gumbos web site:
Gumbo’s of Round Rock will reopen this summer at 910 Heritage Center Circle. If you want to be notified and invited to the opening week of festivities and music, please sign up for our VIP email list today and we will add you do our list for grand re-opening festivities.

Jul 24, 2012
LakeLBJ in Austin

Hard Hat X

French Quarter Grille is opening their second location at the former Gumbos of Round Rock location on 620. August time frame according to Facebook.

Gumbos of RR will be reopening off of 79 just east of 35.

Jul 23, 2012
LakeLBJ in Austin

RIP V

Agreed, Hoody's is where its at. Been there forever, too, but I will miss Hog Island.

I do want to check out Phatsos.

Jul 20, 2012
LakeLBJ in Austin

Why can't I find Tri-tip steak in Texas?

I love cooking tri tip on the big green egg. What other way can you feed a group of 4 people steak for $8 to $10? Always a crowd pleaser because most Texans have never had it.

I buy it at HEB on East hwy 79 or Sprouts when they have it. I don't have a membership to Costco unfortunately.

Jul 18, 2012
LakeLBJ in Austin

RIP V

Hog island Deli up on Lavaca is gone.

Jul 11, 2012
LakeLBJ in Austin

Hard Hat Report Vol 8

Cane's Chicken (fast food chicken fingers) and Dos Salsas (Georgetown Tex-Mex) under construction 1431 across from 1890 Ranch.

Qdoba looks open at 1890 Ranch in Cedar Park.

VooDoo BBQ under construction north of La Frontera, I think in Home Depot shopping center. "Cajun" BBQ franchise from Louisianna.

Jul 07, 2012
LakeLBJ in Austin

In n' Out coming to Round Rock

sweet100s -- it's going in at the old Bennegins / Blue Oak Grill space behind Rudy's at exit 254. Perhaps the worst location in Round Rock, hopefully their food will make them successful, I have never tried there far south location, but reviews seem positive.

Jul 07, 2012
LakeLBJ in Austin

The Noble Pig

I'm in the minority here, but the time I tried it I got the noble pig, and it was disappointing. A pulled pork sandwich should be overflowing with meaty goodness, mine had a small lump of unappealing meat. It was mostly bread....I need to try it again but wow there are much better sandwiches in Austin.

Jun 19, 2012
LakeLBJ in Austin

What are your current faves in the Round Rock area?

Salt Lick BBQ
French Quarter Grille
Hoody's Subs
JT's BBQ

May 22, 2012
LakeLBJ in Austin

RIP V

Gumbos in Round Rock is closed. Website says lease issues, but will reopen in new location in future. I just wanted to stop in and grab some chocolate custard tonight.

Had to settle for salted chocolate toffee cookie from the steeping room at domain.

Apr 28, 2012
LakeLBJ in Austin

Smoked beef rib the Switch or J. Mueller or else?

Hey sqwertz,
I want to try some beef ribs in my big green egg. Give me some tips on time/temp and what especially do I need to ask for at the heb meat counter?

Apr 05, 2012
LakeLBJ in Austin

Elaine's Pork & Pie - great staff, pork, and carrot cake

They sell pulled pork that's not smoked, but out of an oven? Weird.

Mar 30, 2012
LakeLBJ in Austin

Any good Greek food in Austin?

Ok, had to go and try The Mediterranean Cafe for lunch today. It's out of the way, on aurora drive off of 2222. Not busy at all besides the workers in the back producing all the specialties. Had a lamb gyro with a pita and hummus on the side. Some of the toppings are non-typical (jalapeños, olives) but the gyro was huge and excellent. The hummus had a unique lemon flavor and is now my favorite in town...

I will put this in my regular Greek rotation for sure now. Pricing is $7.99/pound. My combo was 1.2 pounds, $10.38 with tax.

Mar 21, 2012
LakeLBJ in Austin

Any good Greek food in Austin?

Tinos is the normal chain standard here, there are several spread out over town. Not sure if you'll like it or not, it's nothing special.

Athenian Grill downtown is popular at lunch. Give it a try if you work downtown, otherwise skip it, you will pay a few extra dollars per plate compared to other spots and parking is a nightmare on west 6th.

Plaka is basically a direct copy of Athenian Grill, the food and portions are basically the same. I believe the owner of Plaka was related to Athenian Grill at some point, but don't remember the whole story. The food is fine, I can't compare it to Niko Niko in Houston since I've never been. Basically expect the standard Kronos gyro meat, spit grilled chicken, etc.

A stand out for me is Pars. The Hummus is unlike anything I've had in the area, much thicker and more garlicky. Great price for a gyro, side, and canned drink. Maybe $7.50? And they load the gyro up with meat.

Kebabalicious trailer on 2nd and Congress is good for a quick gyro. Open at Lunch, but went by yesterday at 1pm and they were closed...

I have not tried The Med Chef but that's next on my list.

Mar 21, 2012
LakeLBJ in Austin

Casino El Camino

It's the same burger as before. It's just not hip or trendy anymore to you. Now, the lines are at Hopdoddy or P. Terry's or whatever the latest gimicky place is. In a few years something else will come along....

Feb 27, 2012
LakeLBJ in Austin

Hard Hat Vol IX

You're probably thinking of Extreme Pita, which is right next to JJ's at 6th and Congress.

Feb 26, 2012
LakeLBJ in Austin

Hard Hat Vol IX

For the downtown lunch crew, Wholly Cow Burgers is going in at 7th and Congress Ave where Pita Pit just vacated last week.

Feb 08, 2012
LakeLBJ in Austin

Brownie Sundae??

While not a brownie specifically, I'd recommend the Double Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake with Vanilla bean ice cream at Chee Zee. A good place where it is normal to just order desert.

Feb 05, 2012
LakeLBJ in Austin

El Greco Closed?

$11 for a Gyro with no sides or drink. In a college neighborhood. How could this guy not succeed?

Jan 25, 2012
LakeLBJ in Austin

Eating At The Noble Pig In Austin

Ah, this thread has resurfaced. I finally tried it a few months ago, and got the namesake Noble Pig sammy. What a disappointment! It's about 90% bread, and 10% meat. The meat is a small lump of grey unappealing mess. You will not be able to differentiate any of the three meat favors. The bread is great, though. Which is a shame, because with a name like Noble Pig, I expected it to be all about the meat. I left hungry.

With so many good reviews, I want to try it again. But I'll be getting something else....

Dec 09, 2011
LakeLBJ in Austin

RIP part 4

Did they ever update the interior at that place? They needed a Restaurant Impossible makeover in the worst way. We went a few years ago and sat in a booth, it felt like I sat into a black hole. Good food, but the interior was so drab it wasn't an appealing place to take guests.

Dec 09, 2011
LakeLBJ in Austin

Groupon Restaurants to Avoid

I bet 25% never even get used.

I bought mine and then realized its only good for the south location. Reading comprehension fail.

Nov 19, 2011
LakeLBJ in Austin

roll with me here: best egg roll in austin?

So it's ok for someone to steal from us as long as they are old and make egg rolls?

Nov 18, 2011
LakeLBJ in Austin

Where is your favorite place to watch the UT game, have a good meal and get ice cold beer on tap?

Won't even be able to watch this week due to the Longhorn Network....

Oct 26, 2011
LakeLBJ in Austin

Mission style burritos...

Out of all the burrito shops in Austin, Cabo Bobs is my favorite. It's at Ben white and 35 behind the Chick Fil A.

All the meat is cooked over oak lump charcoal in big green eggs, and they make your tortilla only when you order it. Also, the entire place is HFCS free.

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Cabo Bob's
500 E Ben White Blvd Ste D100, Austin, TX 78704

Oct 21, 2011
LakeLBJ in Austin