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New Middle Eastern food restaurant located near Braker & North Lamar

This strip center has become a regular stop for me. Between this place, Snow Monster, Pho Dan And the always reliable Rice Bowl Cafe. The best part about these North Austin spots (besides the food) is the fact that there is nothing hip or trendy about them- just great ethnic eats priced for the working man.

Aug 26, 2014
Oyster Boy in Austin

Desperately in search of guilty pleasure Chinese takeout

I've ordered/ picked up from Rice Bowl perhaps 20 times (mainly because it is so convenient for me) and never noticed the
salting one way or the other. I guess it is to my taste. At any rate, I got a craving as a result of this thread and ordered delivery on Saturday. Excellent versions of Chinese American. But the kickers here are the added Taiwanese dishes. The Roast Beef Rolls are outstanding. The name doesn't conjure up much but it is tender sauced roast beef with grilled green onions wrapped in a green onion pancake, served with hot chili on the side.

Oct 15, 2013
Oyster Boy in Austin

Desperately in search of guilty pleasure Chinese takeout

Since you mention north Austin, I recommend Rice Bowl Cafe for take out. It's in a strip mall on the corner of Lamar and Braker. They also have some Tiawanese dishes in addition to good versions of the standard Chinese take-out. The lady who seems to run the joint is very nice.

Oct 10, 2013
Oyster Boy in Austin

In n' Out coming to Round Rock

The point is, I ain't whistlin' Dixie just because yet another hamburger joint is coming to town. Relax and have a glass of Cool-Aid, dude.

Jun 29, 2012
Oyster Boy in Austin

In n' Out coming to Round Rock

Mighty Fine is also already in RR.

Jun 29, 2012
Oyster Boy in Austin

Line at Franklin BBQ

Hey I jest, I jest. Just a little levity here in the Franklin's line...it helps pass the time. On a serious note, I have business in La Grange today and hope to give Prause Market a try. I haven't read too much about the place on here.

May 12, 2012
Oyster Boy in Austin

Line at Franklin BBQ

Well, the line just got shorter 'cause here's one Coonass who'll never darken that door as long as the line is slinking down the street as it is. I don't have the patience ya'll...to hell with it!

May 10, 2012
Oyster Boy in Austin

Line at Franklin BBQ

Finally a voice of reason! You're not the only one avoiding that bandwagon!

May 08, 2012
Oyster Boy in Austin

Crawfish in Restaurants

Also pertinent to this thread is whether they 'sprinkle' the seasoning on the outside of the cooked crawfish or add it to the water that the crawfish are boiled in. This is a make or break deal for my south Louisiana palate. It should be added to the water for boiling without exception.

Mar 31, 2012
Oyster Boy in Austin

La Fogata on Burnet

Is it still parked in front of the self-serve car wash? I didn't see it there when I passed awhile back...

Mar 29, 2012
Oyster Boy in Austin

Raw Oysters

Funny, I just happened to see the Pacific Star location in Round Rock today. I'm up that way fairly often, so I'll check it out.

Feb 27, 2012
Oyster Boy in Austin

Raw Oysters

I had a dozen raw gulf oysters and a couple beers at Capt. Benny's on Friday night and enjoyed them immensely. The gulf oysters were medium in size, salty and good. I believe the cost was $8.00 a dozen. I've had them for double that price right across I-35. Although I didn't try them, they had three additional varieties. I realize this place is a minor chain and I didn't have the opportunity to venture further into the menu. That said, I really dug this funk little place and sitting at the bar inside the 'boat'. It was the first Fri. in lent and the joint was hopping. It reminded me of places I used to visit in Pascagoula, Pensacola, etc. and that was nostalgic. Where else can I get good raw oysters at a reasonable price?

Feb 25, 2012
Oyster Boy in Austin

Any cool spots (that serves really good food) that will be showing the Pats game on Sat night?

The only problem that I have with Cover 3 is the volume. If you're interested in listening to the game as well as watching it, you're in for a real challenge. It never seems loud enough to hear clearly. I've seen 3 Saints games there and it's been a problem each time. We'd ask the manager to turn it up and he would...ever so slightly. You can see the game beautifully and from various angles- but not hear. This may not be a problem if you arrive early enough to sit at the bar, however. That said, I very much enjoyed the food while watching the games. The macaroni & cheese is outstanding, as are the beef nachos. They seem to be made with brisket or perhaps roast beef. I never order either of those but they call to me here and are superior to most. I've had a couple entrees and enjoyed those, too.

Jan 13, 2012
Oyster Boy in Austin

Line at Franklin BBQ

Ah, the truth at LAST! I hold a similar sentiment toward the entire food truck phenomenon...

Nov 19, 2011
Oyster Boy in Austin

Take-out samosas

Shahi Foods, the little place on the corner of Lamar & Parmer usually has a tray of them on the counter near the cash register. It's sort of behind the Conoco station.

Oct 24, 2011
Oyster Boy in Austin

Live Blue Crabs

MT Supermarket in the Chinatown Center has them very often.

Sep 24, 2011
Oyster Boy in Austin

Southern style tamales?

Unfortunately, I have not located these in Austin, either. They were available in New Orleans- "Manuel's Hot Tamales" being the most prevalent. They did not returned post-Katrina to my knowledge. I love these greasy little red hot bombs! "Old Style Hot Tamales" still exist on the Westbank there. That doesn't solve the quandary, I know.

Sep 21, 2011
Oyster Boy in Austin

Lizano Salsa

I'm trying again to locate this bottled Costa Rican sauce in the Austin area. Any recent sightings? Thanks.

Jun 10, 2011
Oyster Boy in Austin

Cajun/Creole restaurants

Are the prices the same? I thought Mama Roux's slightly overpriced. I went numerous times and the priced jumped at some point. French Quarter Gill is still on my list to try

May 27, 2011
Oyster Boy in Austin

Cajun/Creole restaurants

I have enjoyed the crawfish etouffee at Cypress grill on William Cannon. Also the Atchafalaya catfish, which is fried and covered in the aforementioned etouffee. I wish they would use a different type of fish other than farm raised catfish though. In my opinion, farm-raised catfish is an abomination and so is tilapia. The boudin ball appetizer was tasty as well. I find the fried food generally fried very well here.

May 27, 2011
Oyster Boy in Austin

Seeking a restaurant in Austin with both a good beer selection and a tasty macaroi and cheese

The mac and cheese was excellent at Cover 3 the one time I had it. Funny, but I went once and the TVs were way too low. I couldn't hear a damn thing, in fact. For obvious reasons, they are much louder when there is a televised sporting event (at least one would hope so). Decent beer and wine selection as I recall.

May 09, 2011
Oyster Boy in Austin

Butcher shops and farmer's markets in north austin?

Stuffed Cajun Meat Market might met your butcher needs- especially if you're headed out to Cedar Park.

Apr 24, 2011
Oyster Boy in Austin

Paco's Tacos---Muy GOOD!

Agreed- it can be a challenge. If you are trying to get into the parking lot, you cannot tell if it is already full and may encounter another unsuccessful vehicle trying to exit. At any rate, to paraphrase W. Burroughs, if the food is good I'd crawl through a sewer to buy. I had lunch there last week and it was very tasty. I initially thought it was a bit pricey for tacos, but that concern was assuaged when they brought out the overstuffed delights. The green sauce that I had was thick and unusual (I think that they have two varieties of green).

Feb 21, 2011
Oyster Boy in Austin

New Peruvian Food restaurant in Austin? Anyone tried it?

Tried it today. Nice guy running the booth. They whipped up a lomo saltado for me, even though I didn't see it listed on the menu. A simple typical Peruvian dish with tomatoes, onion, beef and French fries over rice. Also an arroz chaufa. Funny all the Asian influence in Peruvian food. I had an Inca Kola, but got a free taste of the Chicha ( drink made of purple corn) too. Hope they make it, seems odd to recently open in the Highland mall...

Feb 09, 2011
Oyster Boy in Austin

Northern Indian Cuisine in Austin?

Try Bombay Bistro- the atmosphere is far superior. I found Shalimar to also be as you described above. I'm not knocking the food at either, but of the three I prefer Bombay Bistro for the overall experience.

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

Jan 20, 2011
Oyster Boy in Austin

Threadgill's Only Better

This isn't in Austin, but since it fits the bill and I just ate there an hour ago I thought it worth a mention: Monument Cafe in Georgetown. This home cooking is quite good, and twenty minutes from my home in Austin. The make an effort with the quality of the raw ingredients I had stewed squash as a side for my chick fried steak, and it was better than stewed squash should be. I think it was heavy with fresh thyme. One of today's stand out desserts was a mixed-berry fried pie. Outstanding!

Nov 13, 2010
Oyster Boy in Austin

La Potosina (a review from a friend of mine, but sounds like a CH moment)

Damn, was hoping to keep this one quiet for awhile longer ;). The woman in back makes some fine tacos. I'm fond of the barbacoa. She loads them up fairly well. "I like people to taste something besides a mouthful of tortilla," she told me. I also like to get a chile relleno from the little stack. Nice & friendly people running this place. Free coffee in the AM.

Nov 09, 2010
Oyster Boy in Austin

Mueller's in Taylor...now just "Meh"

I've been meaning to reply to this one as well. I had the moist brisket and chipotle sausage from Mueller's on Halloween weekend and it simply blew my mind. The peppery black crust was superb and the marbled meat nearly melted in my mouth. I took a friend from New Orleans along and he declared it the 'best he had ever eaten'. I've been tempted on my BBQ tours to tout one or another as the best, but decided it fool-hearty with so many variables going into the process on any given day. I've had both great and fair days at many of the legendary pits. This one is most definitely still on my itinerary. As for the sides, I typically find them uninspired across the board everywhere but have accepted that for what it is.

Nov 06, 2010
Oyster Boy in Austin

I just returned to Austin--looking for Asian fast food

I've been pleased with Rice Bowl Cafe on Braker near Lamar (same strip mall as Pho Dan). I usually get delivery, or call in and pick it up. I have eaten perhaps five of the items and have found them all to be far superior to most Chinese delivery. However, I return time and again to the Ma Po Tofu with pork, which I find outstanding. Great spiciness with the silky tofu. A quick option, I always find.

Oct 05, 2010
Oyster Boy in Austin

Great Tacos near N. Lamar and Rundberg

Not too terribly far from that area is La Fogata in front of a car-wash on Burnet Rd. near 183. I think this trailer is far above average for the area. Some unique specialty items as well. Sadly, I haven't been in a few months and can't recall specifics. Run by a very nice lady. Try it!

Jul 24, 2010
Oyster Boy in Austin