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To the new owners of Mongolian BBQ (Lamar & Rundberg). I hate all the changes you're making!

I'm a long time regular of the Mongolian BBQ located at the southwest corner
of north Lamar and Rundberg. The former owners, Judy & Allen Chung took
excellent care of me and made me feel at home. I routinely ate there 2-3
times a week (yes, a week). However, they've since retired and you new
folks are screwing up a good formula: tasty food at cheap prices. It seems
you're trying to move upscale, with a new sushi bar and expanded menu.
That's commendable, but you've raised the prices 20-30% and will probably
drive away all your loyal customers in the process. It's important to
remember you're located in a run-down strip mall in a shabby part of town.
People simply aren't going to want to spend $15-$20 for a dinner in that
type of location. Also, the price hike has screwed up the simple flat
pricing of before, where everything included sales tax and was rounded up to
the nearest dollar or half-dollar. I realize it's trendy now to pay
everything with a credit card, but for those Luddites like me, who still pay
cash for most things, that simplicity was very much appreciated. I like
your new tablecloths and Asian paper lanterns, but what happened to the
seahorse aquarium? Also, making the rice self-serve is really annoying.
Please go back to serving it along with the pita bread.

Jan 22, 2007
gringo_ in Austin

Hungry & Desperate in Pflugerville.

So, I've been in Pflugerville for about eight months now and am rather
disappointed with the local restaurants. Here's a list of the places I've
tried, including brief descriptions. Someone please recommend some *good*
restaurants around here. I'm especially interested in cheap eats and diner
type places. I'm also looking for a decent burger joint (flame grilled, not
griddle fried). I cry a little everytime I pass the closed Hang Time Grill
(next to Jason's Deli in RR). That place was perfect.

Restaurant name / cuisine / # of visits

1) Los Jaliscienses / Tex-Mex / 5 - I really wanted to like this place
because it's just down the street from my apartment and the prices are dirt
cheap. The food is okay at best, the portions are big, but I didn't care
for the three salsas they bring out. I'll take one good salsa over a trio
of bad ones any day. Unfortunately, bad salsa is a deal-breaker for me.

2) El Rincon / Tex-Mex / 12 - This place is perpetually packed and I have
no idea why. The food is passable, but their salsa is so mild, an infant
could eat it. On the bright side, their tortillas are fresh (if a bit
heavy) and their outdoor patio is very pleasant in the spring & fall.

3) Springhill Cafe / Seafood / 2 - This place is incredibly tacky.
Everything is served on disposable plates with plastic forks. Their
borracho beans are straight out of the can. Menu is very heavy with fried
food and little else. Tables are covered with advertisements. Walls are
covered in old junk. Place smells like moth balls. Everything costs $3
more then it should. I can't believe they've been around for 20 years.

4) El Bandido / Tex-Mex / 1 - Located in what appears to be a double-wide
trailer, this place was really disappointing. The food was forgettable and
slightly over-priced. I hear they're moving to a nicer building very soon.
I may give them a 2nd chance, eventually.

5) Zorbas / Greek / ~40 - Wow! This place is awesome! Their marinated
chicken is flavorful and zesty. Their dolmathes are tangy and fresh. Their
humus has a delightful zing. Everything I've tried is really great.
They're daily lunch special ($7.57 after tax) is also super cheap. My only
complaint is they often play loud, fast tempo Greek dance music and it's
hard to enjoy your food with all that racket going on. Also, I don't care
for all those florescent lights. Makes me feel like I'm eating in a
McDonalds. Those two petty gripes aside, this place is a winner.

6) Fish Daddies / Seafood / 6 - I loathe chain restaurants, but this place
has a lot going for it. First, the whole place looks posh and really
deluxe, but the prices are insanely low. Most everything on the menu is
$8-$12, which is dirt cheap for fresh seafood. I just wish they had some
French bread / baguettes & whipped butter (I'd gladly pay extra). I also
wish their side veggies were a little better (they're undercooked and
over-salted). Incidentally, that aquarium at the front door is incredible.
I want one so bad!

7) Cafe Mangu / Cuban / 1 - This place has a lot going for it. The food and
service are both first rate, and the dining room is delightfully cozy.
Unfortunately, I don't think Cuban food appeals to me very much. Also,
their prices are bit higher than I'm accustomed to...$17 for a Sunday lunch
w/ Iced Tea? Yikes!

8) Dot's / Soul & Southern / 4 - When this place re-opened late last year,
there was an hour long wait for a table. Now, it's almost empty. I think I
know why...the food (which is still tasty) isn't quite as good as people
remember. Also, the portions are smaller and the prices are higher than
before. Lastly, the dining room is depressing, no music, no TV, no
decorations. It's a shame this place isn't open on the weekends, because
that's when I eat out the most.

Jan 22, 2007
gringo_ in Austin