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Recommendation for lunch in Round Rock?

I need to meet a friend tomorrow near RR Hospital (on 620, west of 35) and would be very grateful for suggestions. Thanks!

Jan 12, 2011
AustinCook in Austin

Advice, please, on special occasion restaurant in Aptos/Santa Cruz area

Thanks a lot, PolarBear. This is very helpful.

Aug 14, 2010
AustinCook in California

Advice, please, on special occasion restaurant in Aptos/Santa Cruz area

8 friends from across the country are gathering in a rented house & we'd appreciate recommendations for a place for a landmark birthday meal. For this occasion, our budget is pretty high but since we'll have to leave kids with a babysitter we don't want to travel far from home base, so San Francisco or even San Jose restaurants are not an option. We have one person who doesn't eat meat, but does eat fish.

I appreciate your advice!

Aug 13, 2010
AustinCook in California

Good eats in the Arboretum area

If you're willing to drive a few miles for Texas BBQ, there is County Line on 2222 just off 360, and there's the Davenport Ranch location for the Salt Lick, off 360 south of the bridge.
If you can avoid rush hour, these are about a 7 or 8 minute drive from the Arboretum.

Oct 19, 2007
AustinCook in Austin

Roy's - Austin

I have never eaten at the Austin Roy's, because I was so disappointed with the Roy's on Kauai.

Please notice that this opinion should be taken with 3 grains of salt! Since I have never eaten at this restaurant it is arguably unfair for me to criticize it. But since it is a chain, I think it is fair to comment on my experience with other chain locations, and my experience with Roy's is that is an expensive tourist trap with OK food and poor service.

Feb 08, 2007
AustinCook in Chains

New Vegetarian Cafe in San Antonio

"Green" has recently opened & is already a favorite with local vegetarians. My vegan brother and sister-in-law who live in SA invited me to lunch there today, and I was favorably impressed. This casual restaurant is in a beautifully remodeled old house in a funky neighborhood just outside of downtown (maybe a 5 min taxi ride from the Riverwalk hotels). The menu is large and varied, with many vegan options (and the staff will make vegan versions of many vegetarian entrees). The daily specials are creative, the coffee is free-trade organic, and the desserts are all vegan. Prices are very reasonable - lunch for 3 with appetizers, main course and coffee was about $30. Portions are large - we were too stuffed to try the vegan chocolate cake. Green doesn't have a liquor license but customers are welcome to bring their own beer or wine. They are considering supplying wine glasses, etc. for a small corkage charge.

Green is open for breakfast, lunch & dinner, and does not close between services, I suspect their coffee bar and free WiFi draw customers all day. It has already won strong support from the local Vegetarian community - my family has eaten there 4 or 5 times in the past couple of weeks, and they have friends who have eaten there every day since the cafe opened!

Green is at 1017 N Flores, San Antonio, Tx 78212

Feb 08, 2007
AustinCook in Texas