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Old 09-22-2009, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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@ HorseLady: I originally expressed my opinion of the place in what I thought was a balanced manner of both the positive and the negative. Your denial of my opinion and experience, forces me to go into more detail regarding the negative side of my experience in order to defend my comments. Trust me there is more that I could say, but presently choose not to.

I have heard other people on this forum say that some might consider Flores to be a dive, when it in fact has a much nicer atmosphere then Azul Tequila. I enjoyed what I had of Azul Tequila's food enough to say I sincerely hope they succeed at their present location and I am looking forward to trying more of their dishes. And I hope their success allows them to improve the premises. It is indeed unfortunate that the nicer facility in Round Rock didn't receive enough support to keep it open. Maybe it was those $14 lunches for two.

To respond to your question about the service, the place was only about 20 percent occupied and there appeared to be only 1 person waiting on tables, one bus boy and someone from the kitchen who served the food. This was at 12:30 lunch time. Again, most of the experience we had was not uncommon in restaurants that are just starting out. I hope this one makes it, the food alone deserves it.
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Old 09-22-2009, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX!!!!
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@ HorseLady: I originally expressed my opinion of the place in what I thought was a balanced manner of both the positive and the negative. Your denial of my opinion and experience, forces me to go into more detail regarding the negative side of my experience in order to defend my comments. Trust me there is more that I could say, but presently choose not to.

I have heard other people on this forum say that some might consider Flores to be a dive, when it in fact has a much nicer atmosphere then Azul Tequila. I enjoyed what I had of Azul Tequila's food enough to say I sincerely hope they succeed at their present location and I am looking forward to trying more of their dishes. And I hope their success allows them to improve the premises. It is indeed unfortunate that the nicer facility in Round Rock didn't receive enough support to keep it open. Maybe it was those $14 lunches for two.

To respond to your question about the service, the place was only about 20 percent occupied and there appeared to be only 1 person waiting on tables, one bus boy and someone from the kitchen who served the food. This was at 12:30 lunch time. Again, most of the experience we had was not uncommon in restaurants that are just starting out. I hope this one makes it, the food alone deserves it.
Hasn't this place been open a while? I've been hearing about it since I've been frequenting this site.
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Old 09-22-2009, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Azul Tequila has been open for years (since 2001) and is quite popular. It's not a "new" restaurant by any stretch of the imagination and CptnRon's experience does not seem, from what I've experienced and heard from others, to be common.

I'm quite surprised to hear that it was only 20% full at 12:30 lunch time. I try very hard to get there by 11:30 (when it is somewhat empty) to make sure of getting a seat.
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Old 09-25-2009, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX!!!!
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Default Tarka

We went here for lunch today and it was really quite good. Tarka Indian Kitchen It is fast-casual meaning that you order at the counter and they bring it out to you much the way they do at the Fire Bowl Cafe. So this is a similar concept with Indian food, however I think the food at Tarka is quite a bit better than what they serve up at the Fire bowl. It was packed and many of my fellow diners were of Indian descent - always a good sign!
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Old 09-25-2009, 04:51 PM
 
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I have to second the recommendation for Tarka! I ate there both yesterday and today for lunch. I was told that it was owned by the same people as Clay Pit. Excellent food!
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Old 09-25-2009, 10:41 PM
 
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There's a little place called Jalisco's that opened not so recently on South 1st and William Cannon. Quite busy and gets rave reviews.

I also like Texican Cafe. I will warn you that their service can really suck though.

Best Chinese is at Wok n Roll which is unfortunately up north. I stop there everytime I am in that area. Mmmmm...

I also frequent the Flores on William Cannon. Killer margaritas.

I've heard that the little chinese place in the HEB shopping center at Slaughter and Manchaca is really good too. I've never personally been there but I've never heard anything but rave reviews. It's over by the Goodyear Automotive place, last shop in the strip.
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Old 09-27-2009, 06:55 PM
 
Location: NW Austin
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We went here for lunch today and it was really quite good. Tarka Indian Kitchen It is fast-casual meaning that you order at the counter and they bring it out to you much the way they do at the Fire Bowl Cafe. So this is a similar concept with Indian food, however I think the food at Tarka is quite a bit better than what they serve up at the Fire bowl. It was packed and many of my fellow diners were of Indian descent - always a good sign!
Ate there tonight and had better food than I've experience at the Clay Pit. I was very impressed. YUUUUUMMMM!
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Old 09-27-2009, 09:00 PM
 
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Best Chinese is at Wok n Roll which is unfortunately up north. I stop there everytime I am in that area. Mmmmm...
Another of the places with a secret Chinese menu. I was told this menu consists of Shanghai style street food.
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Old 09-28-2009, 09:07 PM
 
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We just ate at Santa Rita for the third time, and had another great experience. Very good food, very good prices, and excellent service. The place seemed pretty crowded too so I guess the word's getting out. Santa Rita is down in Escarpment Village near Waterloo and Natural Planet. (Natural Planet is pretty good too)
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Old 10-04-2009, 08:43 PM
 
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Whoever recommended the Milano Cafe on Southwest Parkway was spot on. My hubby & I had a great lunch there yesterday. I plan on going back there soon. We had an albanezza pizza (made with smoked Albanian sausages) and a polenta dish that was so good. Plus excellent tiramisu and cappacchinos. The owners are great, I plan on going back real soon. I wrote a review up on my cooking blog, PM me if you want the link.
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