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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Located close to the intersection of I-35 and 290, Amaya’s Taco Village offers Tex-Mex food. The place had some Mexican decoration but it misses to get a full environment. This makes the place very common and without flavor.
With respect to the food, ALR ordered a taco plate and the special of the day. The taco plate consisted of three beef tacos with beans and rice. The special of the day was grilled chicken with queso sauce with beans and rice. The tacos were the classic Tex-Mex taco with “hard” shells which in the case of Amaya’s, the shells are softer. The flavor of both options was Ok, it was just the standard Tex-Mex flavors that anyone should expect without launching them to a great level.
The cost of the special kept it below $7 plus tip making the overall value just Ok. Service was defective since the checks were mixed up with a different table and water was not refilled promptly during the time we were there.
Link to Amaya's Taco Village website
Friday, October 12, 2012
ALR went upscale this time visiting Perry’s Steakhouse for a special occasion on the group. We took advantage of the Friday lunch pork chop special. This was a great opportunity to measure up a fine restaurant with the day to day places that ALR normally visits.
Link to Perry's Steakhouse and Grill website
Monday, October 1, 2012
ALR visited this small place at San Felipe Boulevard close to McNeill and 183. This is a small joint located on the San Felipe Market shopping plaza. The name is intriguing when you imagine a combination of Cajun flavors and Italian pizza.
In this occasion, I ordered half Muffuletta with Chips. The Muffuletta was served on sesame bread loaded with salami, ham, mozzarella cheese and generous amount of green olives. It was my first time trying this type of sandwich and it was great. The combination of warm salami and olives dominated the flavor making it a great option for a rainy lunch.
Link to Cajun Pizza Place website
Monday, September 24, 2012
ALR decided to go for some New Orleans style food. At the Wal-Mart plaza at I-35 and Parmer, French Quarter Grille has his Austin location. We arrived around 11:45am and we were immediately seated. The place is pleasantly decorated and the overall environment was great. Our server immediately gave us the menu, took our drink order and brought some bread with a very tasty butter.
Friday, September 21, 2012
This was not the first time that ALR visited Stiles. Unfortunately for them, this is the day we decided to go and review it. I had a previous bad experience when they ran out of brisket while we were on the line. Could you imagine a BBQ place without brisket before noon? Well, this time they had brisket but it was very dry.
Overall, the taste from a plain brisket to a great pork rib gives an overall score of good. The value seems quite expensive considering the quality of the food. I’m giving it an Oh, Well score. The place has some Groovy decoration and has worked to bring a definitive Austinite air. Finally, the service is just Fair since you order from the cashier and get your food there.
Link to Stiles Switch web site
Link to Stiles Switch web site
Friday, September 14, 2012
Quick Lunch Review for Pei Wei at TechRidge North Austin location. This location is on the same plaza with Chick-Fil-A, Sears, and Target.
- Good quality food with full flavor and taste
- Sometimes there are long lines at lunch peak hours, try to get earlier
Friday, September 7, 2012
The buffet bar included salad/fruit at the beginning, followed by several entrees and sides, and completed with three different desserts. All trays were well served and the food was at the right temperature.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
After our last low TAVS rating visit, it was a little difficult to get back. However, here we were ALR was once again sitting at La Palapa. This was a little different since now were sited on the main restaurant area rather than the cantina.
The food was of the same quality, flavor and quantity which mean a middle of the table rating good. We had a pleasant lunch and all the food came promptly. If you had an opportunity to read last review, the main problem was the service at the end when we were waiting for our check. Unfortunately, this time we ran into something similar. At the end, we had to go to the cashier to pay in order to make things happened. It took several minutes for the check to be re-created since it was somehow no on the system.
In summary, for the second time on a row, La Palapa has been deficient with the check process. Their food is an average Tex-Mex food selection and their value is Ok. For these reasons, their TAVS has not change holding at 2.8.
Link to La Palapa web site
Monday, September 3, 2012
It was not the plan to eat at Hat Creek last week. The idea was to have some chicken and waffles which were craved by one of us. It was a desperate drive to get to Lucky J’s that was inspired during the weekend after he saw one of those TV shows. We got there a little past noon to discover that even though the OPEN sign was lit. The place was closed. We twitted Lucky J’s during the week and apparently they were out for a short period of time that coincided with us getting there. After such a disappointment, we return back via Burner and we saw the big hat smiling at us. Our chicken waffle friend had never eaten on Hat Creek so it was the perfect opportunity to go back.
We ordered a combination of small and big hat combos. I added to mine their jalapeno and grilled onions which I believe is an incredible feature on their menu. As previously, the hamburger and fries were delicious. They were as we remembered and their value is fantastic.
However, this time there was a small but noticeable change on the service which at the end affected the final TAVS. Last time, we have our order delivered to our table. We thought it was a nice gesture that placed Hat Creek above the rest. Unfortunately, this time we just got called and we had to pick up our tray. Well, this time Hat Creek was just fair with the service.
I tried to see if they could recover from this and had an opportunity to go beyond. So, I went to ask for a scoop of strawberry ice cream. They carry Blue Bell ice cream for the shakes so they had it. I didn’t want a whole shake even on their small size. Therefore, a scoop was the perfect size. I know it was not on their menu so this was really a test. How much they would be able to accommodate a customer request? Well, they couldn’t for two reasons. The first was that they didn’t have a cup to put the scoop which I offered to them to give it to me on a small cup used for water. The second was that they had to charge the full price of a small shake for me to get the scoop. It was a little disappointed even though they were honest and kind with my request.
For these reasons, Hat Creek has drop on their TAVS score from an incredible 4.0 to a 3.8 knocking them out of the minimum score to qualify for the Top ALR Choice Award. We’ll probably go back since we love their combos and overall value.
Link to Hat Creek Co. web site