by David S. on
Amy's is always delicious and is an Austin tradition besides. I have many, MANY fond childhood memories of going to Amy's, getting my ice cream, and then climbing all over the stone cows outside. (Down near the fountain.) The ice cream is really very good. People have suggested that it's not as good as Blue Bell or something - that's utter crap. Horsepuckey of great magnitude. I like Blue Bell but Amy's ice cream is really different, a much heavier cream base or something. This location, sadly, is not quite as crazy as a couple of the other locations get. In particular, if you want to see people throwing ice cream across a street, this is probably your least likely location. Part of it is that the Arboretum is always going to be a little more button-down than Guadalupe or 6th Street, and part of it is that this location is VERY busy, far more so than many of the other locations, oddly. I think it has to do with all the restaurants in the area. Don't get me wrong, they're still tossing ice cream around, but they generally aren't trying the tougher tricks where they might drop it and have to start over. So in general, if you find yourself eating a meal in the Arboretum area, check out Amy's. If there's a big long line (as in out the door), save yourself the trouble - when Amy's gets rushed it's no fun. But if there's no one outside the door, head on in for a fun experience. Unless it is raining or really cold outside, do NOT eat inside - go down to the fountain and eat there, it's much better for your soul. For families with kids, the fountain area is a great place for the kids to work off the sugar rush - lots of grass and statues they are allowed to climb on. Another rateclubser called this a Cold Stone ripoff with Corian instead of marble, which I feel I have to rebut. The original "mixing ice cream on a slab" restaurant was Steve's Ice Cream in Boston, Massachusetts. Both Marble Slab, started in Houston, and Amy's, started in Austin, are inspired by that restaurant. Cold Stone is a Marble Slab copy that came along four years after Amy's. The reason Amy's does not use a cold stone slab is because Steve's didn't. That was a Marble Slab invention. Steve's and Amy's both claimed that they did not WANT a cold surface, as the room temperature surface helps the ice cream's flavors to mix with the add-ins better. One star off for cash only. Be aware before you go.
by Sarah B. on
I came here for dollar sushi, thinking there was no possible way to be disappointed by dollar sushi. Wrong. Microscopic rolls with barely any meat inside. I've had better sushi from Publix. At least RuSan's gives you a full-size roll when you order from their dollar menu. After devouring 3 sets of rolls and 2 pieces of sashimi and STILL not feeling full, I ordered the self-proclaimed "famous" fried ice cream. I wonder what, exactly, it is "famous" for-- the thick, crusty batter which I could not break through with my spoon, or the ice cream inside being almost entirely melted? (And tasting oddly of bananas.) Also, I realized halfway through the meal that I had no napkin, and was never brought one. My friend ordered a glass of water and was never brought that, either. By the time we were done, I needed water too because my lips were chapped from a severe lack of humidity in the dining area. Sad face.