So I see from some of the previous posts that service has been an issue in the past. My husband and I have been here twice, once in December and again in January. On our last visit we spoke to the new manager, Matt, who went into great detail about everything they are trying to do in order to bring this place back to it's old glory. You see, the restaurant was bought out early in 2013 and early on there were issues, lax service being one of them. Then there was the fire just before Thanksgiving to make things even more interesting. I can honestly say, on both of our visits, our servers were incredibly attentive and friendly and the food was excellent.
What kind of food, you say? On my our first visit I got the Diner Deluxe Burger -- grilled onions and serranos, bacon, swiss and cheddar cheese and sauteed mushrooms on a sweet kolache bun with sweet potato fries. That monster was a serious gut buster and one of the best hamburgers I've had in Austin. On our second visit, I went for the SOCO brisket tamales -- smoked brisket shredded with BBQ sauce 'made in house' with masa topped with green chile queso and spicy pinto beans, salsa and fresh avocado. The pinto beans were the only thing on both of the plates I wasn't that crazy about. My husband loved the Country Bob Burger so much he got it on both visits.
This place is huge (imagine one giant honky tonk saloon/restaurant) with a massive outdoor area and stage that could easily accommodate tons of people. In fact, I'm looking forward to being there at SXSW to hopefully hear some great live music.
The new owners are really making great strides to improve customer service, serve great food and offer plenty of live music. And so long as Matt continues to spearhead this process with the level of enthusiasm he showed when speaking to us, I imagine it will be pretty fabulous indeed.
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