I've been coming to Trudy's for years, normally for a special occasion because they have the famous Mexican Martini, and a free one on your birthday. The parking here fills up fast but if you're coming at dinner a lot of the other businesses in the lot are closed, which opens up some spots. Just be ready to park on the other side of the lot and walk a little bit. The building itself is pretty cool- it has a lounge feel, the upstairs bar is good for small groups. The outside patio still has pretty good climate control. The booths are huge! It gets pretty loud inside, and you can expect a pretty long wait for dinner Thursday- Saturday. The atmosphere is fun- perfect for parties or group dinners. I like this location better than the one near campus because you don't have quite so many drunk college students. I pretty much stick to the same order every time- Stuffed Avacado with suiza sauce, refried black beans and rice. This entree is soooo good. I'm always a little surprised at how spicy the sauce is (not to mention the complementary salsa), but nothing a Dr Pepper can't handle. I just recently tried the weekend brunch and was pleasantly surprised. I normally don't like buffets at all. The salad bar is small but stocked with good stuff, and the homemade chipotle ranch is divine. The fruit was fresh and sweet. There's queso and tortilla soup available. On the hot buffet line, I tried a little bit of everything, but since I was there later, I didn't try as many of the breakfast items- there's migas, hashbrowns, and other breakfasty items. I reallly liked the mushroom enchiladas, mini stuffed poblano peppers and mini stuffed avacados. Then there's little dessert items, including flan, tres leches, cobbler, and cookie squares. I tried the cookie squares because I was really full after everything else. The buffet was 11.95, including a drink. I normally get the stuffed avacado which is 11 alone, plus a drink. So I'd say that the buffet is a pretty awesome value for what you get.
3. Texican Cafe
My husband and I love this restaurant and I am surprised about the negative reviews I read about the service because we have yet to come across an unfriendly waiter or waitress. We bring family and friends in often and all of them have also loved the food, drinks and atmosphere! Their texican …
A cool location with indoor and outdoor tables, walls display work by local artists ... good for social stuff or just to work. Their coffee is great (the most important thing!), but they have a tasty little menu, too, with vegetarian and organic options. My favorites are the brie and apple sa…
Recently I underwent a spiritual exercise wherein I divested myself of nearly all personal possessions and spent a month living the life of a penniless monk on the streets of Austin, Texas. During that time I came across the good people at LIFT CAFE who demonstrated an outstanding appreciatio…
12. Caffe Yolly
12129 Ranch Road 620 N Ste 102Austin, TX 78750
From Business: What's better than local roast coffee? A local family owned coffee cafe! Everyone here at Caffe Yolly is dedicated to providing our customers with quality ingredients and fantastic service. And we're not just another coffee house either. Stop in and you will find yourself surrounded by rich espresso, delicious desserts lik…
I love these guys! I swear that every time I go in they remember my name!!! It's pretty far North, on Parmer Ln but well worth going a little out of your way for. The coffee is consistently good, the espresso drinks are great and it has a HUGE deck to enjoy when the weather is nice.
23. Hot Mama's Cafe
Healthy delicious food! I have been enjoying Two Hot Mama's creamy cilantro salsa for years. Now I can buy it and other delicious salsa at the the actual restaurant. We enjoyed crispy corn tortillas topped with grilled vegetables, rice, corn and black bean salsa...YUM YUM! Each diner can cre…
Hands down, this place clearly allows consumers to make healthy choices. For those nutrition conscious eaters, calories shown on menu is huge!! The food is even better! Welcome to Austin Corner Bakery!
My boyfriend and I stumbled upon Serranos yesterday just driving around. Bored with our usuals, we took the opportunity to try something new. Even from the car we could see the charm right away. We were seated right away (it was about 4 on a Sunday) and our waiter was quick to get our dri…
I've heard about this place for months and my husband and I finally decided to hear what all the talk was about.... We pulled up to a packed parking lot and quickly learned that we weren't the only ones interested in Verde's. When you walk in, you're greeted by friendly faces and a warm ambiance. I first met Nick, the friendliest, most accommodating bartender we've ever met. He went above and beyond to satisfy our needs (we were on an hour wait, but he was right on top of things and made sure we were taken care of). Nick invited us to try one of 6 homemade infused tequilas. I tried the strawberry and raspberry combination, while my husband tried their homemade sangria...both were amazing (we can't wait to try more)!! While we were waiting, another staff member (Brandy) invited us to check out the patio. Wow!! A lounge area, and dining area (all covered), accompanied by a huge lawn where children of all ages can run free! They have soccer balls, frisbees, footballs, etc. for everyone to enjoy! We ordered the Chipotle Glazed Pork Chop and the Pollo Palomino....again, WOW! The seasoning was perfect! For ONE restaurant to have the WHOLE package is heaven to us!! We've been waiting for a place like this and folks...it's HERE!!! With a lot of restaurants you have good food, but not so good service, or a not so good atmosphere...but, they've got it all!! Well done Verde's and THANK YOU!!! We'll definitely be back! Mr. and Mrs. Sminsky Austin, TX
Recently I underwent a spiritual exercise wherein I divested myself of nearly all personal possessions and spent a month living the life of a penniless monk on the streets of Austin, Texas. During that time I came across the good people at LIFT CAFE who demonstrated an outstanding appreciation of the Spirit of Aloha. I was especially impressed by manager John and staff person Jamie, both of whom basically took me under their wings and gave me not only moral support but also the occasional gratis house coffee. In addition, they allowed me to hang out and use their wifi without ever making me feel unwanted or in the way. And how rare is that??? Very. While not a gourmet by any stretch of the imagination, the coffee was delicious, hot and strong. Just what I needed to LIFT my spirits during a difficult time for this street monk in his mid-60s. The wifi allowed me to stay in contact with my spiritual partner. The best of all possible worlds, one might say. I have many fond memories of that most interesting time, but some of my fondest are centered on John and Jamie. A great big shout-out to the both of them and a world of aloha wished them in all they do. I cannot recommend LIFT CAFE too highly. It is so very rare to meet people who go out of their way to live compassion rather than having it be some abstract concept. Again...John and Jamie...aloha until we meet again! Me ke aloha, Elijah Street
Location- This is my favorite Kerbey location. It's the original and the charm of a house-turned-restaurant makes the small size worth it. And here, you miss a lot of the student crowd. The service is hit or miss, but if you can get Joy as your server, do! She's great. Food- Order the Kerbey Queso (or Cowboy Queso). Just do it. I go with my super-picky sister who doesn't eat pico de gallo or guacamole so we get both on the side. It's perfect because then there's more of everything. The salsa that comes with it isn't spectacular by itself, but alongside the queso it's perfect. The chipotle chicken pasta is awesome. (This might be a seasonal item... I don't think it's on the menu right now) The shredded chicken quesadillas and tacos are decent. The pancakes are thick, heavy ones- not like light, fluffy IHOP pancakes. These guys have serious substance. I like the apple whole wheat and lemon poppyseed! Even if I'm not ordering breakfast, I'll get a pancake on the side. The turkey and avocado sandwich is delicious. The chocolate coffee is good- and you get two free refills. The iced coffee is pretty good too. It's cold brewed which is a plus, and I've never been able to finish the whole glass. When I first moved to Austin I wasn't completely impressed with Kerbey Lane, but now I go regularly because they're open 24 hours, the queso is awesome, and the ambiance is great!
I just ate at the location on rundberg and i was skeptical on the fact that it used to be the infamous Pollo Regio. But in my opinion, Pollo Rico blows me away. The chicken is by far the greatest thing i have ever eatan, and if i may also say that it is better than the Pollo Regio before it. The chicken with the sauces, green one especially, are absolutely mouth watering. This new and improved taste got me thinking if there were still pollo regios in austin. I found one off of Ohlen and decided to compare it. Yes i am a serious critique and find it a great passtime. Anyways, i bought a chicken from Regio and another from Rico, and decided hands down that Pollo Rico has the better chicken. The great taste of their juicy chicken covered in a certain sause, which is called "Achote," i believe, is great. Upon further inspection i have figured out that the chicken is absolutely grease-free. Despite the fact what others may say, the "grease looking color" on the packaging is simply the "Achote" along with juiciness of the chicken itself. Not only is this food great tasting, it isnt half-bad for you either.
I visited Manuel's on Jollyville for ths first time this past weekend with some friends. They assured me that it was one of the best Mexican food restaurants in Austin. I can't say that I was disappointed. We had to wait about 30 minutes for a table as it was quite busy on this SAturday night. We kept ourselves busy with cocktails and chips at the bar. Our top shelf Margaritas were excellent without being too sweet and a Mojito was ordered that was excellent. Once we sat down, the waiter was pleasant and attentive. We quickly ordered some guacamole which was fresh and delicious. I ordered the chicken fajitas and my friends ordered chicken mole and a salad. The fajitas were really good, but I think the mole was the highlight. It was rich and spicy without being too heavy. I highly recommend this place, just expect to wait on a weekend night. Enjoy
I think this may be the first or second 5 star rating I've given out so far and it's well deserved. With so much Tex-Mex in town, El Chile has managed to set themselves apart and still stay true to Tex-Mex. I don't know how they do it, but everything I order from there is phenomenal. It's usually pretty hard to get in on weekends, especially in the evenings. I would suggest mid-day lunchtime on the weekends or dinner on the weekdays. The service is usually pretty good and they have both indoor and outdoor seating. It's usually very loud so be prepared to shout at times during dinner. Parking can be scarce at peak times, so that's another reason to go during off-peak times. I could fill up on their free chips and two types of salsa alone, but I would highly recommend the chile rellenos and tres leches cake!
I went to Corazon and It felt like coming back home to Castle Hill except they now have a full bar and a lounge so that when you have to wait you have somewhere pretty cool to sit and watch the crowd . It is decorated really nicely and is not that kitchy mexican decor . Tasteful . Really cool window tin work The food is really pretty good and my favorite Castle Hill Mexican salad is back as are the shrimp enchiladas . It is a much less expensive menu which seems to be a good move when you think about it . Same owners and same chef and more or less the same kitchen staff and lots of familiar faces at the door and on the floor . I liked it a lot and was very comfortable to be back there .It's not Fonda and it's not Chuy's . It fills that gap .
I haven't been to Curra's in years even though I had always liked it before. I decided to take a new friend there for dinner tonight and it was just as good as I remembered. I ordered the Salmon with Nopalitos in a cream sauce and it was super delicious! The salsa had a really nice homemade flavor too. The waiter was really great! We stayed there chatting and eating for almost 3 hours and he always made sure our waters were full. He didn't bring our check until we asked for it so he allowed us to take as long as we wanted without feeling rushed. They have a really large dining area inside but they also have a small outdoor patio if you want to eat outside.
Wow! I thought I might be the first person to review this place, but I'm so pleasantly surprised to see how many other people enjoy Aranda's. I was introduced to the place by an ex about 9 years ago and love it! When I'm in the mood to fill up on tasty cheap food in a sit-down restaurant, this is one of my choices. You can get a torta or gigantor burrito for around $3 with unlimited chips and homemade salsa. I love going there with a friend and paying around $8-$9 for lunch, tax, and tip for TWO. Now, for that much money, you can't use words like ambiance, vibe, cuisine, etc., but you can use words like cheap, fast, and good.