by Winford Voelkel on
Sometimes, I wish I had a boilerplate review for all places on the East side of Austin. You know... Good Food, Crappy Decor Great Drink, Crappy Decor Amazing Ambiance, Good Drinks, Crappy Food Amazing Ambiance, Crappy Drinks etc. etc. I believe that East Side Show Rooms falls decidedly in the Great Decor, Amazing Ambiance, Interesting Drinks, Decent Food, Insanely Overpriced category. I wish I could live there, that's how much I love what they've done with the space. Unlike other East side bars *cough*Rio Rita*cough* they haven't purchased the majority of their decor from Ikea, Goodwill and people's Bulk Pick Up castoffs. So, they have that going for them. I adore the exposed brick, penny table top, writing on the strucutural steel, interesting (but not always comfortable) furniture. The cocktail, something resembling a Cosmopolitan, was like drinking gasoline. The last time I enjoyed that burning in my throat I was downing a gin-heavy martini. The flavors had the correct balance, however, I would probably asked for it with some seltzer next time. I asked for ice water and got a preserve jars worth of somewhat cold water. I get you are trying to make an experience here, but ice water should be ice water. Water with ice. I ordered the cheese plate, which was good. Not great, but good. My complaints are this: 1. For one cocktail and a cheese plate I paid $25.00. It was during Happy Hour and I didn't recieve happy hour prices. 2. The air conditioning probably needs to be tested and balanced again because it was h-o-t inside the place. The loves are this: 1. The decor. *swoon* 2. The music "double swoon* They were playing Roma music and Yugoslavian Wedding music and Clifford Brown and it was amazing to hear that music somewhere in Austin other than in my living room.
by Shane Marrero on
I had been wanting to go to TOP FLR for a long time but never got around to it. What a disappointment it turned out to be last night! My biggest complaint is that I heard several times "We had a busy weekend so we're out of that!" Really? Really? Kroger is open 24 hours a day. They sell food. The same ingredients you use in your food. Go get some. Service was slow. Beer selection was not great. Drinks were unremarkable. The food was good but nothing to write home about (or even to rateclubs about one way or the other). The final straw to our group of seven was when there were no dessert selections because "we had a busy weekend and we're out." Really? Kroger. Go. Thank God I had great company with me. That made it better. I can't imagine going back for any reason.