by Black K. on
I've walked by Bimbo's for the last 20 years and have never been inside. Actually, that's not quite true, the last time I saw the inside was in the 1980's as a kid when the original Bimbo's caught fire... Well, I was impressed with this club/lounge/venue. It really is a throwback to the early 50's with its red velvet carpeting and plush decorations. However, take my advice, do not order the french fries. The portions were small, and they were COLD when they got to me... yikes. The only other downside for Bimbos is the parking and the potential for having to deal with the always obnoxious Marina/North Beach crowd.
by The D. on
I'm honestly floored by all the negative reviews here. Maybe we lucked out, I dunno... When we first rolled into Austin it was pretty early, by the time we made it down to the 6th St. area to scope out the locations for that night's shows it was still only 10:30-11 a.m. on a Thursday. After 2 days of straight driving we were all ready for a beer or two, and assumed that there would be at least one bar that opened early for the non-social drinkers, you know, the medicinal drinkers of Austin. We ran across NOTHING in the 6th St. area. Everything opened at 4-5 pm wtf?!? It was looking like a possible brown bag day. We stopped at a convenience store to get water and asked him if there was anyplace that served beer that early--he pointed out two Mexican restaurants, Mariscos, and El Sol y La Luna. Seeing as Mariscos was closer, and we were already starting to feel the effects of the humidity, Mariscos it was. How anticlimactic! (that's what she said) At any rate, two days later we were on the smokers' "patio" at a day show @ Beerland. I was talking to a couple crusty punks from Louisiana, and couldn't stop staring at the girl's burrito. No, that's not a euphemism. This was a truly magnificent looking burrito, full of colorful veggies and what looked like fried pieces of tofu, egg, or possibly chicken. My stomach was still reeling from last night's greasy Death Metal pizza slice, but I knew with a nighttime show still to go, I had to have a foundation. We still had at least 90 minutes of show left at Beerland, and I could feel my evening appetite warming up. She told me it was from El Sol y La Luna, right down on the corner. She also said they had really good margaritas. I have a really tough time picturing a crusty punk girl drinking a margarita...I thought they were born with a 40 oz. in their hand, but whatever. I pointed out the deliciousness to Moe and Curly, and they quickly agreed that we should check it out before going back to the hotel. We got everything to go. The girl who took our order was extremely pleasant, and was eager to answer questions about menu items we weren't familiar with. She seemed new though, took a long time to ring everything up, and had to ask twice about a lot of stuff. She was very polite and apologetic about it though. The interior of the restaurant was beautiful, nice looking bar and decor, etc. Items were a little more expensive than, say, a taqueria, but looking at the interior you know it's a mid-priced place. They did have some extremely cheap items mixed in (bean tacos for $1!). I paid about $13 for everything: a catfish taco, an al pastor (pork) taco, and a salmon enchilada combo that came with black beans and rice. Back at the hotel, Moe and Curly were stoked on their vegetarian items. In fact they couldn't stop talking about the damn things. I decided that I needed to finish my pre-dinner beers and go to town. The salmon enchiladas were perfect. I mean, unbelievably good. They were drizzled with a creamy avocado sauce that just kicked ass. I'm not a huge black bean fan, I always go for the refried option, but their black beans were tasty and the rice was good too. The salsa was delicious. I usually go for a hotter taste, but my stomach was thankful that I didn't, after the internal (infernal?) moshpit that was last night's pizza slice. The pork taco was the weakest item overall. It had a pretty good flavor but was a little on the dry side. Also, I like tacos with a little more on them than just the meat, and the squeeze of lime that I put on myself. Onions, cilantro, cabbage...I'm open to different options, just a little something to kick it up a notch. Now the catfish taco, that was a different story entirely. Maybe this place is best at seafood dishes, but this was on the level of the salmon enchies. OFF THE FREAKIN CHAIN. Juicy catfish with a light sauce on it, and I believe some shredded cabbage/slaw stuff too. Just outstanding. I know TX is known for cattle slaughter awesomeness, but after that taco, and the catfish from BBQ heaven...oh man. I better not ever go to Louisiana, because I might never come back...maybe that would be a good thing... I over-ordered but it was worth it. I had leftovers, so Moe and Curly violated their vegetarian mores in a "don't ask, don't tell" display of fishivorous gluttony, heh heh. I didn't even have to get them drunk first...
by Neal Habib on
I had fun here. The place was really cool and it was big and basically 3 different atmospheres which was really nice. The upstairs was the loungey area to hang out and talk and then there was a dance floor downstairs and also a little outside area if you wanted to cool off. The drinks were good....like any bar in the city you're gonna pay $8-$10 for a rum n coke but at least this was mixed well AND decent size. Music was good and the people seemed chill...it was pretty fancy so everyone was semi dressed up...I felt under dressed but oh well, next time I go ill wear something pretty.