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The Good Knight

Yes I have had nothing but good experiences there. The wait staff is really nice, the tables are comfortable. The atmosphere is unique and casual... I've liked my cocktails and that coconut cake mentioned above!

Oct 07, 2009
lauralakoala in Austin

How do I Wow the Crowd??? Need Ideas for a catered lunch for 300.

Phonecia bakery?

Oct 07, 2009
lauralakoala in Austin

Late night dining - help.

Definitely recommend Justine's, but not if you'd be dining alone. I had a rich and tasty onion soup and a streamed artichoke on a nice patio, with lots of wine! The Good Knight is more casual and if you're a light eater, that would be a nice spot for a meal/ cocktail. I don't remember their menu being very big at all. I don't like Kerby Lane or Magnolia that much, but Arandas is a place I would like the food (I get avocado tostadas) and would be ok with going alone!

Oct 07, 2009
lauralakoala in Austin

wanted: truck with (good) food @ my party

I ate one of them downtown, and it was very good! Lots of veggie options, if you're into that! :D

Aug 13, 2009
lauralakoala in Austin

Cocktails in Austin

Also behind The Good Knight, but I haven't been to a lot of the high-end places.

Aug 13, 2009
lauralakoala in Austin

Tasty Late-ish Dinner--Palo Alto region/ Stanford

Took a huge group to Fu Lam Mum on the board's recommendation--I think everyone left happy! I had some amazing braised tofu and kind of indulgent crispy fried noodles. The place was totally crazy and fun. The person I spoke with said they seat 378 people. It was almost full by 5:30 and they open at 5:00. Most people I was with ordered meat, so I didn't try it, but you can definitely order family style. Thanks chowhounds!!

New to Round Rock

We've been known to make the trip to Round Rock to go to Sacconne's !

Jul 22, 2009
lauralakoala in Austin

road trip--Austin to Corpus

Thanks everyone! I will be revisiting this next time I go to Corpus for sure! There will be a next time... :)

Jul 22, 2009
lauralakoala in Austin

Tasty Late-ish Dinner--Palo Alto region/ Stanford

Thanks for the A Go Go Tip--it was better! I felt very special as well. :)

Tasty Late-ish Dinner--Palo Alto region/ Stanford

Hey thanks! I actually defaulted to Pizza My Heart because everyone except me wanted pizza. I am especially interested in this Fu Lam Mum--hope to get there this summer!

Tasty Late-ish Dinner--Palo Alto region/ Stanford

Hi! I am new to this board as I am visiting Stanford for the summer. My partner is flying in tonight. We will probably be back in the Palo Alto area, but are open to the small communities nearby, between 9-10. I am not a very good navigator so thought late night dinner nearby would be good!

We are students and vegetarians--but we love everything! Maybe no Mexican unless it's great California style (we live in Texas and eat wonderful Mexican weekly... or daily). Asian food would be nice to hear about, but we are open to other flavors! Entrees closer to the 10 dollar range would be appreciated. Under 15 for sure! :)

Thank you very much!
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screaming goat--budget chow

to reply to myself--the veggie burgers aren't too good, always seem to come out dry, even when covered with delicious smotherings like sour cream and roasted chilis. Stick with tacos, beer, guacamole, and salsa! :)

May 14, 2009
lauralakoala in Austin

Mother's Day Brunch

A follow-up---I thought Mother's Day at Fonda San Miguel was great. I did a quick browse of the board and I see it's been mentioned a lot so I don't need to go into detail. But I will say (for next year's moms!) they have walk-in seating around 12:30-12:45 for people who don't make reservations. You sit either in the bar room or on the exterior of the courtyard sort of place near the entrance.
It was a very pretty restaurant. I don't eat meat so I wish it cost only $30 instead of $42--but the meat looked sumptuous, quite the main event. However, I had about 15 cold appetizer/salads and 7-8 mexican dishes to choose from, plus a table full of dessert.
Chocolate mousse and these berry custard tarts were the best? I thinks so :)

Definitely a nice treat!

May 11, 2009
lauralakoala in Austin

road trip--Austin to Corpus

Hi everyone!
We are going on a Texas trip and were looking for some suggestions along the way... I tried the "texas" board but didn't get much of a response yet.
We're going to Victoria for lunch, then driving to Goose Island State Park, so we're looking for good spots along that route. We are then heading to Mustang Island State Park, so we're looking for places on the way/ near there. And finally, we'll be visiting Corpus because I need my picture taken with Selena's statue.
Any help would be appreciated, especially for things we'd be likely not to know about. Which is actually everything, come to think about it. :)
One small caveat is that I am a vegetarian and my boyfriend eats (and loves) fish. I know that's a big one, but we like eating off the menus of non-vegetarian restaurants as long as they have a couple things .
Thanks everyone!

Apr 10, 2009
lauralakoala in Austin

Road trip--Austin to Corpus

Hi everyone!
We are going on a Texas trip and were looking for some suggestions along the way... We're going to Victoria for lunch, then driving to Goose Island State Park, so we're looking for good spots along that route. We are then heading to Mustang Island State Park, so we're looking for places on the way/ near there. And finally, we'll be visiting Corpus because I need my picture taken with Selena's statue.
Any help would be appreciated, especially for things we'd be likely not to know about. Which is actually everything, come to think about it. :)
One small caveat is that I am a vegetarian and my boyfriend eats (and loves) fish. I know that's a big one, but we like eating off the menus of non-vegetarian restaurants as long as they have a couple things .
Thanks everyone!

Apr 10, 2009
lauralakoala in Texas

screaming goat--budget chow

Hi everyone, I didn't see The Screaming Goat reviewed on here so I thought I'd give it a go since it's quickly becoming a neighborhood go-to.

It's basically Mexican, although they do include burgers on the menu. I am new-ish to Texas and the intricacies of all the types of Mexican, Tex-Mex, and interior Mex food, but my instinct is to say this is definitely not Tex-Mex--no gooey cheese--and as to whether it's "gringo" or int. Mex, my boyfriend said it tasted more similar to the food he got in Mexico City than the stuff we usually get here. However, it had that healthy vibe, so I don't know...

To start with, it's inexpensive, especially if, like me, you eat your veggies instead of meat! They give you a dollar off each menu item if you order it without meat, which puts them near to my heart. So I think each veggie taco is around 1.50. Also, every day they have a basic beer special for less than $2.00--Corona, Lone Star, and I think sometimes Dos Equis. They also have rotating food specials.

Fresh is the word to describe pretty much everything there-- they fresh fry the chips, the salsas are all homemade. The two green ones, tomatillo and verde, are delicious, unusual (to me) in their inclusion of vinegar. I ate ALL my salsa with my chips. : ) I think they make their own corn tortillas, or at least they source them from somewhere good because they actually taste like corn and not chewy plastic. The flour tortillas also seemed fresh off a griddle, but they were just a tiny bit dry--I would say no lard and maybe not very much fat and oil in them. They could use a little scoop.

I ate the black bean / veggie mix tacos on corn--highly recommended, as well as delicious poofy sopapillas with honey. There were tons of happy families eating there when I was there, so I am curious what you all would say about the meat!

So yeah! For vegetarians, it's about the same price as Taco Cabana, but a million times better. : ) And the ambience is totally relaxed--maybe not the place to try to impress someone on a date, but if you're at the tacos and beer point, it's very comfortable to chat and eat. The only quirk is if you pay together, they don't separate your food onto your own plate. I guess you have to ask for extra plates? Kind of mysterious.

Feb 16, 2009
lauralakoala in Austin

TexMex in Central Austin that does not "Keep It Weird"

I don't know anything about San Antonio (yet!) but Janitzio is great. Absolutely. Not Tex Mex, but not the Mexican equivalent of a greasy spoon--super tasty. Try the stuffed avocado. Also, their seemingly vegetarian stuff (beans) are actually vegetarian, so that's nice! Salsa is amazing, try not to gorge before your meal comes. BYOB too!

Oct 03, 2008
lauralakoala in Austin

What to Order at Enoteca Vespaio?

Try the polenta cookies with an after dinner coffee. They have some nuts too, maybe almonds? The texture is perfect--crumbly and chewy and crunchy. Just a little salty, a teeny bit more sweet. They're not decadent by any means (except for the copious amount of butter), but super yum!

Oct 03, 2008
lauralakoala in Austin

lulu b's:vietnamese sandwiches/snacks in 78704!

I stopped here today based on your great recommendations! I'm sad to say I can't recommend it as highly.
First, I had a pineapple smoothie--$4 for a small one, so pricey but delicious. not overly sweetened, and, i chance to say, it had REAL pineapple of some sort in it, not just the (also delicious but not-the-same) canned variety. The reason I ordered one is they supposedly have no running potable tapwater... Hmmm...
Then, I waited. And waited and waited. My boyfriend was surfing his iphone, and I was just standing there. Waiting. After 17.5 minutes (timed by the iphone!) I went to the counter and asked about my food--the woman said, "You're the next one I'm calling." And then shortly gave me my food. Without even a "Sorry about the wait." All we had was a sandwich and summer rolls, so... yeah, I don't know. When I think of cart service I think FAST! But this took longer than many casual restaurants. It wasn't overly busy either, sooo... I don't know.
On the bright side--my tofu summer rolls were delicious! ($3.50 for two mid-sized rolls.) Peanut sauce was rich and tangy and spicy and sweet, and the tofu was nicely fried/grilled without being greasy at all! Fresh veggies, herbs, yum. Small, small complaint may be that the rice paper they used was a little too meaty/thick.
So in sum--took too long, cost a little too much for the 'ambiance,' but tasted good. Real good.

Oct 03, 2008
lauralakoala in Austin

New Austin Restaurant Review: Sampaios

Maybe it was the influence of the alcohol, but I really liked the yucca with curry sauce! To note--they have a separate vegetarian menu with prices pretty much under 10 dollars. Had the brie, too--it was nice, but I agree that there was nothing "Brazilian" about it. Just tasty cheese.

Aug 30, 2008
lauralakoala in Austin