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Austin

BurgerTex
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Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

26

BurgerTex

5420 Airport Blvd.
Austin, TX. 78751
(512) 453-8772

Head Public Restaurant Critic

4/10/2008

Great!

Possibly the best burger place I have been to (I wanted to say burger joint, but didn't feel cool enough). Lots of variety: choose between different burger patties (6 oz or 8 oz), cheeses (American, cheddar, jack, (I forget the others)...), add-ons (bacon, avocado, (hell, even pineapple)...), and sides (fries, onion rings, baked potato, fried mushrooms...), and they have a little bar where you can go up and get however much lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, and condiments you want.

Plus, every time my family comes into town they always want to eat here.

The only bad part about this place, aside from the fact that they're closed on Sundays (which I found out first hand a few months ago), is that it's a bit pricier than your normal fast food franchise. On this visit, I had an 8 oz burger with American cheese, bacon, avocado, and fried mushrooms, with drink, for just under $9. But hey, at places like these, you get what you pay for.


Review #

Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

26-a

BurgerTex

5420 Airport Blvd.
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 453-8772

Head Public Restaurant Critic

5/16/2008

Great!

When I last reviewed this restaurant, I wrote "Plus, every time my family comes into town they always want to eat here," and, as you can guess from the blatant foreshadowing, my family came into town and they wanted to go to BurgerTex, again, which was fine by me.

BurgerTex is great, but not without some small, very minor nitpicks.

One option which I really like that BurgerTex gives you is the option of avocado for your burger, which I always get. When you order the avocado, it comes in a little plastic bowl which you can then apply to your burger at your leisure. The last two visits to BurgerTex I have ordered the avocado, but found it absent both times I picked up my order and didn't know it was missing till I was at my table. So, I have to go up to the cashier, wait behind everybody thatís in line, show them my receipt and tell them that I'm missing the avocado, and then they give you the avocado. I could have done without that.

Also, they were out of Pepsi, so I had to drink Mountain Dew. But this place is still great. And cops and government officials apparently love it too.

Crown and Anchor Pub
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Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

28

Crown and Anchor Pub

2911 San Jacinto
Austin, Texas 78705
(512) 322-9168

Head Public Restaurant Critic

4/14/2008

Great!

This is my favorite bar. Good beer, decent selection, decent prices, great atmosphere, and also good food (bar food).

Admittedly, this last time I went my cheeseburger and fries could have been a lot better (my meal was a bit cold, as if it had been sitting awhile before it was brought to me), but overall, I love this place.


Flip Happy Crepes
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Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

16

Flip Happy Crepes

400 Jessie Street
Austin, TX 78704
Head Public Restaurant Critic

3/5/2008
3/6/2008

Great!

Thereís a little place here in Austin called Flip Happy Crepes thatís run out of a trailer south of downtown, and itís really really good. Flip Happy Crepes serves only crepes, but they serve a variety of them, both sweet and savory. Flip Happy Crepes operates out of a trailer, with an area in front for dining if you donít mind eating outside. Iíve visited a couple of times a year or two ago (once when they were at a different location, this other location being in a parking lot in the back of some store), and Iíve since gone twice in a row recently.

When I decided to go back, I checked their website to see their hours and days of operation (theyíre not open everyday, and theyíre usually only open during lunch time hours). Their website said they opened at 10:30 am, so thatís when I went as I was hungry for a sweet breakfast crepe. When I got there, they werenít open and the hours they had posted on their trailer said they didnít open till 11 am, which almost made this a bad review. Almost.

I waited in my car till they opened. I got a Nutella and Strawberry crepe to go, which was pretty awesome. I went back the next day for lunch, waited out side in near freezing temperature for a Moroccan Moroccan crepe (the special of the day, with chicken, vegetables, some feta cheese, and a spicy sauce), went home and ate it and it was awesome as well.

I would eat out from Flip Happy Crepes everyday if I could, but itís a couple of miles from my house and Iím not made of money, but I highly recommend the place to just about everyone.

Breakfast

Lunch

Shilla Restaurant
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Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

2

Shilla Restaurant

6406 N I H 35 # 2343
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 453-4111

Head Public Restaurant Critic

1/10/2008

Great!

A lot of people love sushi, and many of those people are sushi connoisseurs -- they can tell you about the various grades and subtleties of sushi, what constitutes good and bad sushi, etc.

I like sushi, a lot. I canít be articulate about what separates good sushi from bad sushi, but I know I donít like the sushi one finds at a supermarket and I love the sushi here at Shilla Restaurant. Itís cheap (relatively, for sushi) if you come during lunch hours, and the staff is friendly. Itís a Korean barbeque restaurant, but I only ever get the sushi.

I only had one bad experience here, where I had ordered a rainbow roll, consisting of a California roll with 5 kinds of fish on top, and the cucumber wasnít thinly sliced like I had come to expect from them.

But overall, I like this place, a lot.


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Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

2-a

Shilla Restaurant

6406 N I H 35 # 2343
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 453-4111

Head Public Restaurant Critic

3/12/2008

Great!

Another visit to Shilla Restaurant. Read the original review here.

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2-b

Shilla Restaurant

6406 N I H 35 # 2343
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 453-4111

Head Public Restaurant Critic

4/9/2008

Great!

I kinda eat here a lot. Read my original review here.

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Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

2-d

Shilla Restaurant

6406 N I H 35 # 2343
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 453-4111

Head Public Restaurant Critic

5/7/2008

Great!

Sushi! Read the original review here.

Which Wich (Mueller)
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Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

51

Which Wich

1201 Barbara Jordan Blvd. Suite 1210
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 482-9424

Head Public Restaurant Critic

6/25/2008
6/26/2008

Great!

In a nutshell, I really don't like sandwich shops because I feel like I'm overpaying for something I could have made at home for less. The mark of a great sandwich shop is one where I feel like I'm paying for something that I could not have made at home for the same amount of money. Which Wich is a great sandwich shop.

I had heard good things about Which Wich before, but I thought they were over-exaggerations. A friend of mine reviewed Which Wich (review #19) and said, "Sam ordered his favorite, a Thanksgiving sandwich or Thanksturkey, as it's named. If you can't guess what that means, there's turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce - a very nice combination." She said that that particular sandwich, and Which Wich in general, was good, but I just thought it sounded disgusting, so I never went. Then, an acquaintance of mine started eating there a lot and told me that the sandwiches were pretty cheap, and THAT'S when I decided to visit Which Wich.

On my initial visit, I was confused by the ordering system. Which Wich has ten different categories of sandwiches with corresponding bags. You pick the category of sandwich you want, pick up the corresponding bag, and, with the provided sharpies, you start marking your bag, which has listed on it all of the sandwiches in that particular category as well as all of the toppings. I thought marking your order on a bag was a pretty stupid idea, like some gimmick the restaurant was doing to 'stand out' or 'be different', then I saw all of the options. Which Wich has a lot of toppings you can put on your sandwich, which is very impressive. After looking at all of the toppings, I realized marking your order on the bag is really efficient (I couldn't imagine trying to tell the sandwich maker my order -- it would have just taken too long).

On my first visit, I got The Cuban (in the Ham & Pork category) consisting of pork, ham, and pickle slices. That was really good.

On my second visit, I got the Salmon Melt. That was really good.

One last thing that makes Which Wich stand out from all the other sandwich places is that all of their sandwiches are the same price, which is pretty damn cool -- it just makes life easier.

The one bad thing about Which Wich is that they take their time making your sandwiches, so I found myself waiting longer for my order than I would have at Subway or Thundercloud, but, for the quality of the sandwiches, it's definitely worth the wait.

Overall, great menu with lots of variety, flawless ordering system, and it's tasty too. Great place. I'm glad I finally checked it out despite myself.

P.S. My second visit to Which Wich was during a weekday lunch hour and they were packed. The order line was curled around the inside of the restaurant. As I went in, I was momentarily confused by the large amount of customers, and once I figured out where the end of the line was, I went to get my 'order bag' so I could fill it out while in line. Well, the place to pick up an order bad was right smack dab in the middle of the line. As I went to pick up an order bag, some lady rudely yelled out to me "That's not the end of the line." I figured she thought I was cutting in line, which I wasn't, and I could see how she could think that, but she was just so rude. It was the tone and volume of her voice that just pissed me off. She could have told me that in a polite way, but instead she choose to tell me in the rudest manner possible. And it didn't mean a thing since I wasn't cutting anyway; she was just wasting her breathe, but she did manage to piss me off. In retaliation, I took some pictures of her and marked her out, so if any of you all reading this see this bitch walking along the street or yelling at another innocent bystander, just throw something at her face to shut her the hell up.

Second Visit

Edinburg

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Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

76

Taqueria El Zarape

1207 E University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539
(956) 316-4949

Head Public Restaurant Critic

10/26/2008

Great!

So there is this chain of restaurants in south Texas called Taqueria El Zarape and they pretty much rock. They're taquerias, so they serve tacos. Tacos are normally pretty tasty, but Taqueria El Zarape serves them in combos with half a baked potato (their potatoes are huge, so even a half of one of their potatoes is a good amount) and pinto beans.

The pinto beans are pinto beans -- not really much a restaurant can do with those to make them stand out from all of the other pinto beans served by all of the other restaurants. Their potatoes are pretty good, because they drown them in cheese, butter, sour cream, and bacon bits. And the tacos are pretty tasty (I got bistek), especially with the cilantro, onions (raw and grilled), and lime that they serve them with.

I like these kind of taco shops -- I should go to them more. They're not pretensious and they don't try to be something they aren't (a folly a lot of restaurants make), which I really appreciate -- honesty, simplicity, and good food (even if its swimming in grease).

Overall, I really like Taqueria El Zarape.




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