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Review: Annapurna Gardens in Round Rock

Any idea on what the heck happened to Chola? Last time I went it had obviously gone downhill in a big way. The service was lacking, the food took forever to come out of the kitchen (45+ mins), and the quality was not nearly as good as it used to be.

Oct 17, 2013
Mike B in Austin

A well researched (I hope) Trip Plan from Seattle

Be as obstinate as you want to be, it's just a message board. I was using this part of her post to base my suggestion:

"Mostly looking for things that are either specifically Austin (like breakfast tacos, which I'm pretty excited about, because I love both breakfast AND tacos) and things that we can't get here in the NW--like super solid Mexican food, BBQ, etc."

Uchi/Uchiko, while great, both have food that's similar to what's available to her in many restaurants in the NW.

If I told Chowhound Seattle that I was visiting from Texas and looking for things that were uniquely Seattle that I couldn't get in Texas. I wouldn't expect them to direct me to a BBQ joint even if it was nationally well-regarded.

Aug 13, 2013
Mike B in Austin

A well researched (I hope) Trip Plan from Seattle

Sure, they are both excellent. I was just basing my recommendation on the fact that she said she was looking for things she can't find in the Pacific NW that are specifically Austin.

Aug 10, 2013
Mike B in Austin

A well researched (I hope) Trip Plan from Seattle

I'd also suggest Bangers (I think 100 beers on tap) or Easy Tiger for beers.

Aug 09, 2013
Mike B in Austin
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A well researched (I hope) Trip Plan from Seattle

IMHO there is no disputing the Franklin's is leagues better than Lambert's. Lamberts is where you send out of town guests who want to sample Texas BBQ in a more refined environment. It's where I'd take my mom when she visits from Ohio.

For someone who is purposely making the trip to Austin to sample our food, I would make sure they hit up something approximating a real Texas BBQ joint rather than a classed up version with mediocre BBQ.

So, if you don't feel like waiting in line at Franklin's (which I totally get and agree with), I suggest you visit John Mueller's or LA BBQ instead or even make the trip to Lockhart.

If you were my guest, I'd skip the line at Franklin's and take you to John Mueller's. Make sure you get a beef rib.

As far as Uchi vs Uchiko, both are excellent, but I'd say neither are a must for someone visiting from the Pacific NW.

And I know you have nice Whole Foods out there, but you may want to visit their flagship store downtown if you are interested in nice grocery stores.

Aug 09, 2013
Mike B in Austin

Crispy-skinned roast pork to die for

It's actually at Parmer/I-35 in front of the Wal-Mart center (on the west side of 35)

Jul 30, 2013
Mike B in Austin

Hard Hat X

The Mopac/Parmer P Terry's opened today. Curious what the traffic is like. They built that location in record time.

Jun 28, 2013
Mike B in Austin

Hard Hat X

Randomly tried this place last Saturday. No wait at prime time (approx 7:30pm), lots of empty tables.

The food was very uneven. I got a dish with the New Mexico chile sauce that was hard to choke down due the sauce being so bad (seemed like whoever made it probably wasn't following the recipe). Margaritas were the awful sickly sweet kind.

On the positive side, it seemed like both flour & corn tortillas there are freshly made. Pricing seems decent if they can get their act together.

Jun 14, 2013
Mike B in Austin

QUI opening june20th!

They are soft open to anyone tonight and tomorrow for dinner.

Jun 14, 2013
Mike B in Austin

RIP V

Hmmm... Probably ripe for a chain restaurant.

Cheesecake Factory? Pappasitos?

Jun 12, 2013
Mike B in Austin

Advice for first time visitors from NY (researched!!)

I think you should reconsider not visiting John Mueller's new place. You can be in and out of there relatively fast especially if you go right when it opens (from 10:30-11:00am)

If you do go, get the Beef Rib. That is his speciality and probably unlike anything you can get in NY.

I'm going to second the other person who suggested visiting Rainey St over 6th St.

Jun 08, 2013
Mike B in Austin

QUI opening june20th!

I think it is already open via a soft open which the public can go to. Call them to double check.

Jun 08, 2013
Mike B in Austin

Jeffrey's reopened

They've posted the official dinner & bar menus on their website now. I'm curious to see the wine list/prices.

May 17, 2013
Mike B in Austin

Jeffrey's reopened

I guess this place is now a new answer to the "steaks not downtown" thread.

May 07, 2013
Mike B in Austin

Hard Hat X

Yes, that location can be a pain. You can get off at Parmer and take a right at the first road after the shopping center with the HEB. There is a road that runs through there that connects to the road in front of the medical center that takes you to the access road. Not sure if that would be any shorter though.

May 06, 2013
Mike B in Austin

Hard Hat X

Noticed that P. Terry's has started construction at Mopac & Parmer on the access road getting off at Parmer (heading North on Mopac)

May 05, 2013
Mike B in Austin

High Quality BYOW Restaurant

Have you looked into Hudsons on the Bend? I've never been, but I've heard they have a creative menu and nice size wine list. I don't have any clue if the allow corkage.

Apr 17, 2013
Mike B in Austin

fine dining in the Arboretum area

Roaring Fork on Quarry Lake is a nice spot for dinner. Not exactly foodie territory, but it usually is decent, and it's a great place to enjoy good weather days.

You could to the Estancia Brazilian steakhouse in the Arboretum for something different.

Apr 12, 2013
Mike B in Austin

High Quality BYOW Restaurant

Try these:

- The Carillon (very close to campus)
- Olivia
- Uchi

Did you check with the big steakhouses in town? They seem to have the deeper wine lists. Not all that adventurous, but I imagine they'd be able to accomodate vegetarians at some of them, but I've never tried.

Apr 12, 2013
Mike B in Austin

Food Trailer Venue Once a Month at Long Center

I've been once, and I wasn't that impressed. The biggest problem with it for me is that the trailers do not have their full normal menu. They have a limited menu just for this event made up of 3-4 items or so. One of the trailers I specifically went there to try, didn't have any of the items available that I was actually interested in trying.

I understand they have to do something to quickly service the crowds, but I'd rather just visit these trailers on a normal day in their normal spot so I can try the dishes I'm interested in.

Oct 23, 2012
Mike B in Austin

kholodets fish aspic in Austin: Who's been to the Russian House?

One of the last messages on their Facebook page in late August indicated that they were still working on getting the inspection and permitting process done with the city. They said they are ready to go as soon as that process is finished.

Sep 17, 2012
Mike B in Austin

Everybody loves ________, but me

I don't think they are going to close any time soon. They've even turned into a chain of sorts with a location in St Helena, CA and soon in Los Angeles. Plus, they are spinning out a thai food (?) restaurant soon in Austin.

Aug 22, 2012
Mike B in Austin

Inka Chicken

Fresa's is decent, but $24 for a tiny chicken is a stretch (as is $18 pho).

Aug 22, 2012
Mike B in Austin

Everybody loves ________, but me

Going to go with Hopdoddy. Decent burger, but what's up with the crazy lines at all hours?

Aug 22, 2012
Mike B in Austin

Everybody loves ________, but me

People in Austin love to wait in line for food. See Hopdoddys.

Aug 22, 2012
Mike B in Austin

Everybody loves ________, but me

I've found La Condesa likes to strictly enforce their kitchen rules no matter how silly.

For instance, they used to have 'fancy' nachos available on their dinner menu, but now they are only available on the bar menu. I went one time for an early dinner and the dining room was empty except for one other couple. Even so, they steadfastly refused to serve the nachos in their dining room as an appetizer even though we were ordering a complete meal.

Aug 22, 2012
Mike B in Austin

Austin Food & Wine Festival

Thanks for the detailed rundown. Bummed I missed out on that one.

May 01, 2012
Mike B in Austin

Austin Food & Wine Festival

What wines did they end up tasting at Superstar wines? I waited in line for 45 minutes for that one and got shut out when the VIPs ended up filling the spaces en masse.

I'd say that was one of my major complaints for the fest. If you spent your time waiting for a wine or food demo and ended up not getting a seat, your chances of getting into another one were slim at that point.

I think they're really going to have to consider holding the wine tastings indoors or in bigger air conditioned tents next time. I could actually see dust clouds wafting in towards the speaker's podium for one of the tastings I did make it into. He jokingly referred to the effect of gulping a mouthful of dust when wine tasting as 'Texas terroir'.

May 01, 2012
Mike B in Austin

Food and wine fest

I saw a lot of complaints from the $250/pass people who weren't even able to get in to see the demos they wanted, so I guess that's the real difference between the $850/pass and the $250. Both are potentially ripoffs, but the $850 at least gets you into what you want to see.

Apr 28, 2012
Mike B in Austin

Visiting from California

La Condesa has an outpost in Napa now, so if you are only in town a short time, it might be worth checking out other places since you can hit La Condesa closer to home.

Apr 26, 2012
Mike B in Austin