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Old 01-06-2009, 05:20 PM
 
Location: 78245
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I was at the Downtown Library this weekend and decided to take my wife to dinner on the Riverwalk. We settled on Paesano's and boy the food was not on par from what we are used too. I have had Paesano's on 1604 near Stone Oak and that was very good. I told my sister and she agreed. Anyone else experience this?
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Old 01-06-2009, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Culebra/1604 area
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Yes, I have. The food is not the same to me, than the other restaurants they have in the city. Me and my fiance have frequented the one on basse road, in Lincoln heights, and trust me, the food on the riverwalk is no where near the taste as this one in Lincoln heights
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Old 01-06-2009, 05:29 PM
 
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I blame it on being on the Riverwalk. There are very few places on the river that are really all that good. I'd say Boudros, Pesca, Las Canarias and Schilo's are, to me, about it.

Though I will fess up to going to Republic of Texas, because they have margaritas the size of my head, and somedays, that's what I want out of life.
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:12 PM
 
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I ordered my favorite Shrimp Paesanos at the Riverwalk location, it was terrible. However, the same dish at the NW Military/1604 location was fabulous, just like I always remembered it to be. I wonder if the 'good cooks' moved to this location. The food at the Lincoln Heights location has always been good, too.
It is a shame that the downtown location had apparently gone down hill...
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:27 PM
 
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Why do you all think food at the Riverwalk sucks as compared to elsewhere? Serious question..
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:31 PM
 
Location: South Side
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Maybe they have to "water down" the food on the Riverwalk for the tourists??? Tex Mex (mexican whatever you consider it) certainly doesnt taste the same on the Riverwalk as it does at hmmm lets say Taco Martinez on Military.
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Old 01-06-2009, 07:08 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies, I wish I had my 65 dollars back.
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Old 01-06-2009, 07:23 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies, I wish I had my 65 dollars back.
yikes! i always hate paying good money for crappy food!

did you express any comments to the manager or server?
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Old 01-06-2009, 07:24 PM
 
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I think it's a combination of factors. They are preparing large volumes of food for an audience that is not going to lead to repeat business (ie, tourists). People aren't really dining on the Riverwalk for the food, but for the environment and the ambience, and people will keep coming and eating the mediocre food because it's the price of entry to the special locale. People will put up with mediocre food if the surroundings are special enough (call this the "restaraunts on top of tall buildings" rule).

Downtown, places that are a step or two removed from the river that cater to a more local clientele tend to be better, like Le Reve/Sandbar, Schilo's, Pico De Gallo, Azuca, Acenar, etc.
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Old 01-06-2009, 08:02 PM
 
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We didn't complain but won't go back. I think you are pretty spot on Eleanor but the quantity shouldn't have been a problem. It was an early dinner on Sunday. Hardly any one around and that is what enticed us to eat there. Too bad the River was drained. My wife was enough beauty regardless.
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