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RIP 9 (IX)

Hill-Bert's on 35th appears to be closed and the marquee signs says all furnishings for sale. Anyone have any details?

Jun 25, 2015
ftf in Austin

Going to Austin Saturday without reservations

Jeffrey's. Went there last Saturday night and had no trouble getting a table. Old Fashioned, Fried Oysters and the Duck. Outstanding.

Mar 04, 2015
ftf in Austin

25 Classic Restaurants Every Austinite Must Try

Good list. I'd add Texas Chili Parlor and Hyde Park Bar and Grill. I'd like to add Mad Dog and Beans but can't for obvious reasons.

Feb 01, 2015
ftf in Austin

Is anyone NOT in Austin this weekend?!

I was in Chicago watching the USA Eagles v the New Zealand All Blacks. And to be relevant to this forum eating at Lou Malnati's. And it was awesome. Nothing in Austin compares sadly.

Nov 02, 2014
ftf in Austin

Slab BBQ

I tried it earlier this week and agree with you about the oddity of it being only a sandwich place. I ordered their pulled pork sandwich and also skipped the bread. The pulled pork was a little dry, but had good flavor and I really enjoyed the mustard based sauce. However, the only brewed tea they serve is sweat tea. This is Texas. When did sweet tea take over. I grudgingly can tolerate it side by side with regular tea, and have trained myself to always look, but this is the first place that didn't even offer regular tea. I doubt I'll go back.

Aug 22, 2014
ftf in Austin

Best Macaroni and Cheese in Austin

For a classic version, Pok E Jo's is really good. Elbow mac and processed cheese. I haven't had it in years, but used to have a couple of bites from my kids' plate when they were younger.

Jul 06, 2014
ftf in Austin


Austin Bakehouse is closing June 15.

Jun 02, 2014
ftf in Austin

Austin Food Memories

Five Star was the BBQ joint behind the Popeyes. Sadly it's gone and replaced with a mediocre pizza place now (yaghi's was there for a while and it was very good though).

I miss Mad Dogs and Beans. I didn't go to college in Austin but when we moved here in the late 80s we lived up around Seton and would ride our bikes down to it in weekends. Also miss Ted's. Hard to find a gyro anywhere close to as good although the aforementioned Yaghi's is close.

May 03, 2014
ftf in Austin

Lion & The Rose

Kerby Lane is going in there.

Dec 19, 2013
ftf in Austin

I Guess I'm No Longer in the "Cool Group"

Probably less than a 20 minute wait at Barley Swine at 7 on a Monday. Me? I'd go to Azul Tequila or Zax.

Jun 13, 2013
ftf in Austin

Downtown Burger

I office right around the corner and eat there once a month or so. Great char grilled burger. Fries are really good too. Owner is one of the nicest guys around. Good fresh veggies.

Jun 11, 2013
ftf in Austin

south of the river

Zax (crab cakes, tortilla soup, grilled polenta, pulled pork quesadilla and 512 IPA)

Maudie's (fajita tacos, Rockin Ruthann's, Maggie's plate)

Man Bites Dog (Abe Froman with tots)

And of course El Meson, Barley Swine, Uchi, etc.

May 12, 2013
ftf in Austin

BBQ in downtown area for 20 people on a Saturday night

Green Mesquite and Scholz are owned by the same folks. Their bbq menu is basically the same so I assume you haven't been there since they combined a few years back. Scholz has Green Mesquite wings etc.

Apr 21, 2013
ftf in Austin

BBQ in downtown area for 20 people on a Saturday night

Pretty limited based on your requirements. Scholtz might work. They have a nice beer garden if the weather cooperates. Call ahead and reserve a spot ahead of time and if you're willing to order for a group get them to just have a whole brisket held back so it won't be as dry and a couple of rib racks and some sausage. But don't expect much other than a nice time.

Apr 18, 2013
ftf in Austin

Summer visit w/4 kids (7 -14) from NYC...foodie parents.

Take the kids to Krause Springs in Spicewood late morning. Then drive another 30 or so miles up 71 to Llano for the best west Texas style BBQ at Coopers in Llano. On the way back hit pie happy hour at the Bluebonnet Diner in Marble Falls.

Apr 14, 2013
ftf in Austin


Lion and Rose Westlake looks to have closed. Drove by tonight and it was pitch black at 8 pm. Anyone know the story? Austin location is no longer listed on their webpage.

Jan 11, 2013
ftf in Austin

Hard Hat X

Mangia on Lake Austin re-branding as Pizza Bistro. They've been shut down recently with lots of remodeling.

Sep 12, 2012
ftf in Austin

Seeking restaurant in Westlake general area to suit a family with diverse needs

Zingers at Hill Country Galleria is pretty good and would seem to fit your requirements.

Jul 18, 2012
ftf in Austin

Best Tortilla Soup in Austin?


May 21, 2011
ftf in Austin

Anything in Burnet - the town, not the road?

Not aware of any Italian. The Maxican across from the airport is a nice, sit down restaurant with an all around, although Tex-centric, menu. But the food is good and you get free back rubs from the owner's mom. Tea-licious on the plaza is good for light dishes (quiche, salads, etc.) but I don't know if they're open for dinner. For Tex Mex there's a good one across from HEB on 29, but the name escapes me.

Apr 26, 2011
ftf in Austin

Food near Hyatt Regency

Zax is nearby and has a great Sunday brunch. The Zax Eggs (poached eggs on crabcakes with Hollandaise Sauce) are outstanding. Also have a wide selection of beer on tap and reasonably priced wine selections.

Jun 02, 2009
ftf in Austin

What happened to Opie's BBQ in Spicewood???

It was open last Sunday. You realize it moved last year, right?

May 29, 2009
ftf in Austin


Depends what you want. If you're looking for traditional, creamy style mac and cheese, Pok-E-Jo's is hard to beat.

Feb 27, 2009
ftf in Austin

Castle Hill replacement

I would second this, with one caveat. We ate there recently and the menu is very similar to the old Castle Hill. We ordered a bottle of reasonably priced wine. After checking and seeing that they were out of our selection, the waiter recommended another bottle. Come to find out when we received our bill that it cost twice as much as our original choice. Shame on us for not asking, but still. I'll go back for the food, but will be more diligent in on wine price in the future.

Jan 27, 2009
ftf in Austin

Vegetarian options at BBQ pits?

I heard today that Artz has a sign up that says "Closed temporarily. Hopefully". I haven't confirmed. Anyone know if this is true and what's up??

Jan 26, 2009
ftf in Austin

Zoot moving to Bee Cave Bistro space

Buster's closed??!!

Jan 15, 2009
ftf in Austin

Austin - Tex Mex (Chuy's, Fonda San Miguel, Manuel's)

Based on your parameters, I would go with Manuel's on Sat. night. But it's not necessarily traditional Tex-Mex. There's no way to reasonably walk to Chuy's from downtown. If you want something else within walking distance, there's also El Sol y La Luna on South Congress, But it's a little of a hike. Keep in mind, none of these places are the top of the list when it comes to sit down Mexican food (other than Fonda, that's a great choice). If you change your mind and are willing to cab it, there are several places on South First/South Lamar that I like. Have fun.

Sep 09, 2008
ftf in Austin

Chuco's..he-hem...10th Street Tacos


New sign for a place called The Screaming Goat. They have a Myspace page and appear to serve pretty much the same thing. Anyone heard about it?

Sep 05, 2008
ftf in Austin

Athenian Grill opening Tuesday July 22nd

sorry to be dense, but where did it reopen? Is it in an office building downtown?

Jul 22, 2008
ftf in Austin

Some places known for their chicken wings

Finally tried these for lunch today at Green Mesquite. Good size, meaty wings and drummettes, mesquite smoked, then finished with a traditional BBQ sauce. They are not spicy like a Buffalo style hot wing, but they are very good.They taste and look like they keep them on the smoker and then finish them over the grill with sauce when you order, as some of the sauce has the look like it's been hit with a flame. I cook these occasionally for myself at home in a similar manner and these are as good or better than homemade. You can order them as a plate and get two sides, or alone off the appetizer menu. I got them as a plate because I do like Green Mesquites green beans and potato salad. I had stopped going to GM a few years back because the quality of their BBQ had gone way downhill over the last several years, but I'll definitely back for these.

Jun 24, 2008
ftf in Austin