A mere 8 minute stroll from the LBJ Library and Thompson Conference Center, tourists and students (including continuing education adults or state employees attending training) can park on the no cost, usually open lots and walk over to eat. For the latter, the distance and speed of service ensure that an hour long break is sufficient to eat and timely return to the classes.
I have eaten there twice for lunch. The first time I chose to partake in their all-day breakfast. The vegan multi-grain pancakes were delicious and had a light texture nearly identical to my usual non-vegan pancakes. The bacon and eggs were also standard in taste and form to any other breakfast place. The eggs may have been some sort of farm-fresh variety because the size and flavor reminded me more of those eggs brought from a friend who operates a farm than the grocery store’s offerings. The sausage tasted distinct, but I could not place the flavor. Maybe it was some sort of natural or turkey sausage? Not sure, but it wasn’t bad or especially good.
My second trip, a blt with avocado and tomato soup was my order. The bread was nicely toasted and the thick avocado slices nicely complimented the bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes. The soup was creamy and looked similar to many other restaurants’ creamy tomato soup. The taste was very different than expected though. A bit spicier and reminiscent of a Southwestern style dish. The cook said it was some sort of Louisiana or Cajun seasoning he added. The thickness and almost chili-like flavor complimented the lightness of the sandwich. I probably wouldn’t order the soup again, but it was good though unexpected.
The staff is friendly and the two waitresses I met are students at the University. Aside from the cook, another gentleman was there both days. He assisted the girls as needed and despite a quiet demeanor he did speak occasionally with the customers about current events.
This was is an Austin take on the traditional diner. The costs are very low and food mirrors a diner anywhere in the states, but for the addition of the standard Austin healthy and special touches. The omelets on the menu, for example, emphasized spinach and basil in reverse to the mention of ham. At your usual diner the ham is the omelet and you just might be able to add spinach. This isn’t the best explanation, but hopefully you get the point. Also, the staff blend the common diner friendliness with a bit of that Austin hippie flavor. Rather than aprons, the attire is quite trendy and relaxed.
The price, quality of ingredients, ease of access, and attentive staff make this a great spot to visit if you’re in the area for more than a few days.
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