by Silas Shidler on
Any proper review for such a long-time Austin institution would rightfully have to span multiple volumes. With so much on the menu, so many types of margaritas and beer, so many quirky locations, and countless experiences over the years, anything less would be like writing a one page book review of the Bible. But I'm lazy, so I'll just hit the highlights: 1. Legendary Mexican martinis. Often copied, but the original are still the best. At $7-10, they may seem pricey, until you realize that they're served in a shaker and equal at least 2 drinks by volume and alcohol content. For maximum enjoyment, I strongly recommend upgrading from house to top-shelf. Go with a value tequila like El Jimador, and for less than a buck extra, you get a much better mix. 2. Two salsas with the chips! The red-green duo aren't just for Xmas (or Lala's Little Nugget) anymore. The green salsa is my favorite ever (it's something about the onions, for sure), and the red is plenty good enough to tide you over while you're waiting for a refill of the green you just devoured. Their chips have had ups and downs over the years, but the current ones are pretty good. Thick and dry as opposed to thin and greasy. Most similar to the On the Border chips at the grocery store, just not quite as dense. 3. Excellent green chile enchilada sauce year-round. It's called "Caliente", and it is muy picante. You can also get it on the chicken tacos, but the enchiladas are better, especially since they come with an amazing smoked corn relish. 4. Spicy black beans. They're cooked with a spicy pico de gallo that will give you renewed excitement over this obligatory side dish. 5. Nice outdoor deck area for drinks and appetizers (or the full menu if they're not too busy). It gets packed at night, so it's best to come on a lazy summer afternoon. 6. If you're like me and have bland-eating Midwestern family members, you'll be glad that Trudy's serves a good burger and chicken-fried steak to keep them happy while you enjoy a little spice. Similarly, Trudy's is vegetarian-friendly. There are a few lowlights/cautions, of course: 1. Don't bring a big group. The staff has been known to get a little pissy if you show up with too many people. This location is smaller than the others, and stays pretty busy, so they aren't overly accommodating. 2. The Spanish rice is often a bit overcooked, almost crunchy. Can't have it all, I guess. Huh, that was easier than I thought... So the Bible: "starts slow, some troubling inconsistencies, kinda racist and sexist sometimes, a few good nuggets of wisdom, and a totally whack ending (B-)".
by Jared Kang on
My girlfriend and I are always looking for great places with good happy hours, and fortunately we found Red House Pizzeria. The atmosphere of the restaurant is something like an old-fashioned country road restaurant complete with wood-paneling, checkered oil-cloths, and pictures of horses on the wall, and I like the fact that their menu isn't too long. Only a handful of things so that they can concentrate on those things and do them well. We ordered fries to start out with. They were piping hot and delicious, some of the best I've had, but the aioli they came with wasn't very flavorful. We ordered a regular size roasted chicken pizza. I have to tell you that I have never had a more delicious pizza. The combination of hot, off-the-bone chicken, pesto, and goat cheese was a flavor punch to the mouth, but in a very good way. And their crust is good too. Thin but still with a little bit of chewiness to it. And everything was just under $12 and we even took a few slices home (because neither of us are very big eaters). Cheap (during happy hour), hot, and delicious, highly recommended!
by Janet K. on
Hands down...worst W hotel I've ever stayed at. I've always indulged in fancy schmancy hotels and loved my previous experiences at every other W, but the Perimeter Center W was by far the worst experience. From the filthy, disgusting "balcony" to the dirty utensils we got on 2 different occasions, I will never stay here again. I was here for nearly a week for a wedding and other than then standard W bed, the room was poorly and sparsely decorated, there was no extra toilet paper ever in the bathroom, shoddy wiring on the tv/cable/phones and like I said, the disgusting balcony that overlooked the a/c vents. There must have been at least a couple month's worth of cigarette ash/stubs out there...disgusting. It was also located in what can only be described as strip mall hell, literally surrounded on all sides by strip malls. There are a few different Ws in the Atlanta area, and I look forward to checking them out. I'll definitely be going back to visit my friends but I'll steer clear of the W-Perimeter Center.