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Looking for breakfast Taylor, Elgin, Georgetown area. . .

Sorry to be so long in replying. Yes, the City Cafe is good. We also tried the 290 Cafe but found we liked the City Cafe better. That's usually our breakfast destination. If we're not going to Cracker Barrel that is. . . :)

Oct 02, 2009
skaw in Texas

Looking for diners in Houston for Friday night. . .

I won't tell if you won't :P

Oct 02, 2009
skaw in Houston

Looking for diners in Houston for Friday night. . .

So much good advice! It will be hard to chose.

Oct 01, 2009
skaw in Houston

Looking for diners in Houston for Friday night. . .

True - Waffle House does indeed meet all those criteria. And I will admit to enjoying Waffle House - only for breakfast though.

Oct 01, 2009
skaw in Houston

Looking for diners in Houston for Friday night. . .

Yes the menus are pretty similiar. I think though to be a diner (at least in my mind), there are certain main staples to be had making the diner a more specific term. If I go to a diner, I would expect hamburgers, pie, milkshakes, traditional breakfast, etc all cooked on a large griddle. Also important is how late a place is open. Diners should be open 24/7 or at least late. If it meets all the criteria, I will call it diner be it in a rail car or not.
Now I realizes this is all subjective and as a defination exists soley in the realms of my own mind, but that is what a diner is to me.

Sep 30, 2009
skaw in Houston

Looking for diners in Houston for Friday night. . .

Yes, I saw that on their website, only open until 2:30 PM. Still might be worth a stop for lunch. Is it good enough to go out of the way a little for?

Sep 30, 2009
skaw in Houston

Looking for diners in Houston for Friday night. . .

To be truthful, I don't think I've been to a real east coast diner as I've spent most of my life west of the Mississippi (I live in Austin). But I use the term diner as it brings to mind the ambiance that I'm looking for, namely traditional food like your mama used to make in a causal atmosphere at a low price.
But I'm perfectly happy with family restraurant recs! Thank you both and I will check up on both places.

Sep 29, 2009
skaw in Houston

Looking for diners in Houston for Friday night. . .

I hope this post isn't too redundent as I have seen many posts regarding good food in Houston, however, I haven't been able to find exactly what I'm looking for in my search.
I'm looking for a diner or casual place that serves traditional American fare (though I'm willing to branch out if it sounds really good). I'm a big spice whimp so not really into to Tex-Mex, Thai, or Indian.
I saw Sam's Diner mentioned as well as Heaven in Pie (not sure I got that quite right but 'heaven' and 'pie' were in there somewhere). Any opinions, recs, etc would be appreciated. We're not super picky. Thanks!
Also I would appreciate any thoughts on Galveston as we will be going there on Saturday.

Sep 29, 2009
skaw in Houston

Chicken & Dumplings

If I remember correctly, Cracker Barrel only serves C & D on a certain day of the week - but I could be wrong, it's happened before.
If you live north and are willing to travel a little, Texan Cafe in Hutto has C & D on their menu. The dumplings are large round balls and the chicken in pieces mixed in. I remember it as been good though not extremely flavorful. The dumplings were not too soggy and the chicken wasn't dry. The gravy was also nice.

Jan 16, 2009
skaw in Austin

I ate at Texas Monthly’s Top 5 BBQ Pits in One Weekend.

I think its limiting to the purpose of this forum to put arbitrary limits on what should or shouldn't pertain. While some people may live in south Austin and think of Round Rock as too far, to those in north Austin, Round Rock is a mere five to ten minutes away and vice versa. If the post is irrelevent to chowhounds reading the Austin board, likely there would be no productive posts on it hence it would fade into the archives no harm no foul.
On the positive note, maybe someone who never would think about visiting the Texas board would read this and hear about some place they had never heard of before. If it was never posted, they would have then missed out on the great BBQ available within a short drive.
Speaking as someone new to the forum (and liking it!), it is not immediately obvious that posts about the outlying towns around Austin would be relevent to the Texas board and not the Austin one.
I say let the chips fall where they may!

Jan 13, 2009
skaw in Austin

Looking for a good breakfast spot way north. . .

Its strange cause I work in Austin and live in Taylor so its hard for me to seperate the two areas in my head (hence the reason I started the thread here first).
We just went back to City Cafe for dinner last night so I am able to report the pie was divine. I won't go into the dinner food as it has probably been discussed elsehwhere and this is a breakfast thread but I will say it was quite enjoyable.
The pie is worth discussing though. I had the brownie pie warmed with two scoops of vanilla and it was superb - gooey and delightful. My husband had the German Chocolate cake and it was nice and moist (and big!).
We will definately be returning.

Jan 07, 2009
skaw in Austin

Hard Hat Report

There is a Baby Green's in construction at 800 Brazos downtown. Not sure when it will be done.
Launchpad, a co-working cafe, will also be opening in the main lobby. They will have food, drinks, and also rent out space to those who need an office space or meeting room for a short period of time. Not sure when they will be finished either as construction always seems to take longer it's supposed too.

Jan 05, 2009
skaw in Austin

Looking for a good breakfast spot way north. . .

I have returned triumphment! I tried the City Cafe in Elgin and we arrived just in time for breakfast (they stop serving at 11:00 AM). They have the option of a breakfast menu or on Saturdays (which is when we went) a buffet. We went with the breakfast menu.
We both had the breakfast special which included pancake or waffle, eggs, hashbrowns, sausage or bacon, and toast or biscuit (all for only 6.50). The pancakes can be regular, blueberry, or pecan. They have a short and tall stack (two or three). The hashbrowns were not what we expected being small squares of pan fried potatoes rather then shredded; however, they were addictingly good with very nice flavor not at all bland as some potatoes tend to be. My husband particularily liked the the sausage which came in two small round patties. The pancakes were good and obiviously fresh as my blueberries were mixed in the batter (from their pattern I could tell they'd been scattered on top of the pancake while it was on the griddle).
Service was fine; they were nice enough to let us order breakfast even though it was a few minutes past eleven.
All in all it was a good experience and difinitely worth getting up a little early. Best of all - this goodness only cost us 14.80 and that included drinks and a meal upgrade for two. We'll have to try their lunch too one of these days. They have daily specials including Friday catfish fry, Monday buy one burger get one free, Tuesday kid special, and so on (if I got one of those days matched to the wrong special I apologize).
Next, we will be trying the 290 Cafe in Manor for breakfast. Will report back. . .

Jan 05, 2009
skaw in Austin

Looking for breakfast Taylor, Elgin, Georgetown area. . .

I have returned triumphment! I tried the City Cafe in Elgin and we arrived just in time for breakfast (they stop serving at 11:00 AM). They have the option of a breakfast menu or on Saturdays (which is when we went) a buffet. We went with the breakfast menu.
We both had the breakfast special which included pancake or waffle, eggs, hashbrowns, sausage or bacon, and toast or biscuit (all for only 6.50). The pancakes can be regular, blueberry, or pecan. They have a short and tall stack (two or three). The hashbrowns were not what we expected being small squares of pan fried potatoes rather then shredded; however, they were addictingly good with very nice flavor not at all bland as some potatoes tend to be. My husband particularily liked the the sausage which came in two small round patties. The pancakes were good and obiviously fresh as my blueberries were mixed in the batter (from their pattern I could tell they'd been scattered on top of the pancake while it was on the griddle).
Service was fine; they were nice enough to let us order breakfast even though it was a few minutes past eleven.
All in all it was a good experience and we will definitely be going back. Best of all - this goodness only cost us 14.80 and that included drinks and a meal upgrade for two. We have heard that their lunch is good too - so must try that soon.

Jan 05, 2009
skaw in Texas

Looking for breakfast Taylor, Elgin, Georgetown area. . .

All these places to try *rubs hands greedily* Greatly appreciating the tips!

Dec 25, 2008
skaw in Texas

Looking for breakfast Taylor, Elgin, Georgetown area. . .

I think someone else mentioned it - the City Cafe right? I will definately give that a try. Thanks!

Dec 16, 2008
skaw in Texas

Looking for breakfast Taylor, Elgin, Georgetown area. . .

Having just happened upon this site while web surfing, I am hoping you purveyers of fine food can aid me in my quest. My hubby and I moved to Taylor last year (from Austin) and I am still looking for a good breakfast place that is not a long drive. I am a big fan of the American breakfast (i.e. pancakes, eggs, bacon, etc).
Our present most commonly visited breakfast place is Cracker Barrel (it may be a chain but their pancakes are dang good). However, it is a little far when craving immediate breakfast satisfaction. I had high hopes for the Old TImer's Cafe, little home-converted-into-restaurant up 79 towards Granger, but was disappointed by bland food which I could find in the freezer at H.E.B.
I am willing to travel a bit if the food is worth it so any suggestions in Elgin, Goergetown, Round Rock, or Granger would be welcome and attempted even though my aim is to find a place closer by. Perhaps there lies some undiscovered gem in Taylor.
I am not a fan of Mexican food thus breakfast taco place suggestions will be wasted on me. I know this may be shocking to some of you as even in the short time I've spent going over the posts, I have seen numerous mentions of taco stands and TexMex. Still I hope you will all overlook this flaw and help me out.
Good burger/lunch suggestions would be appreciated as well (we are already quite familiar and fond of Texan Cafe).

Dec 14, 2008
skaw in Texas

Looking for a good breakfast spot way north. . .

Thanks! I just finished scoping out the Texas boards and will probably post again there but leave this one here to get the best of both worlds. I work in Austin so spend a lot of running back and forth which makes me tend to think of Taylor, Hutto etc as part of the Austin area.
I too love to sleep in which is why a good b'fast is important to me. It has to be worth getting up for.
While searching the Texas boards I stumbled onto scrumptious's review of the Old TImer's Cafe which was the one I couldn't remember. The review was quite through and much more detailed then my mention (though it came done I think to the same conclusion - bland).
I will try the Monument and post a review.

Dec 14, 2008
skaw in Austin

Looking for a good breakfast spot way north. . .

Dang it, did I search the wrong board. Thanks I will check there.

Dec 14, 2008
skaw in Austin

ChowHound Assignment:Go A Place Never Reviewed On This Board.

Since I only found one mention of the Texan cafe in my search and that was for the pies, I thought I'd mention it. Here is the previous thread I found http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/535011

The Texan Cafe in Hutto (right off 79) is the closest I've found so far to diner food in or near Austin. It serves the traditional fare of hamburgers, homestyle dishes like chicken fried steak, steak, and fish. The pie place is adjacent with its own counter so the pies can either be bought there or with your meal.
They have daily blue plate specials which are good but it can be disappointing to see something you want and not be able to get it cause its the wrong day.
We have been several times and enjoyed the food. They have killer sweet potato fries which you get instead regular fries.
Their burgers are good size with decent variety. I usually opt for the mushroom swiss as it is a favorite, but my husband said good things about the blue cheese and bacon.
The chicken fried steak had a nice crispy shell without too much grease. I can't comment on the gravy as I am not a gravy fan.
The dumplings in the chicken and dumplings were pretty good size and good if a little bland.
I enjoyed the pies (though the peppermint is really pepperminty) and the whipped topping didn't bother me at all.

Dec 14, 2008
skaw in Austin

Looking for a good breakfast spot way north. . .

Having just happened upon this site while web surfing, I am hoping you purveyers of fine food can aid me in my quest. My hubby and I moved to Taylor last year (from Austin) and I am still looking for a good breakfast place that is not a long drive. I am a big fan of the American breakfast (i.e. pancakes, eggs, bacon, etc).
Our present most commonly visited breakfast place is Cracker Barrel (it may be a chain but their pancakes are dang good). However, it is a little far when craving immediate breakfast satisfaction. I had high hopes for a little home-converted-into-restaurant up 79 towards Granger (can't remember the name right now) but was disappointed by bland food which I could find in the freezer at H.E.B.
I am willing to travel a bit if the food is worth it so any suggestions in Elgin, Goergetown, Round Rock, or Granger would be welcome and attempted even though my aim is to find a place closer by. Perhaps there lies some undiscovered gem in Taylor.
I am not a fan of Mexican food thus breakfast taco place suggestions will be wasted on me. I know this may be shocking to some of you as even in the short time I've spent going over the posts, I have seen numerous mentions of taco stands and TexMex. Still I hope you will all overlook this flaw and help me out.
Good burger/lunch suggestions would be appreciated as well (we are already quite familiar and fond of Texan Cafe).

Dec 14, 2008
skaw in Austin