My sister, mom, niece (5yr. old) and I tried Austin's the first week in June 2016. Our server was pleasant but inattentive, not well trained or well versed on the menu. To her credit, she got our order right and seemed very busy carrying glasses to and from the bar. The restaurant and bar were dead, it was a Tuesday night.
We started will the deviled eggs with Chipotle mayo, bacon and scallions. We were surprised at the lack of chipotle flavor and color, it should have had a slightly pink color from the pepper. They tasted like regular deviled eggs to us. We also ordered the calamari. The rings were cooked to perfection, light, crispy, tender but the sweet Thousand Island like sauce that was drizzled over the top, the too salty marinara served on the side and the bottom third of the basket being filled with the crumbled remains of the fried batter made this dish un-enjoyable. The calamari sans the sauce were delicious!
We ordered the "Butcher Block" for 4 people. The brisket was dry, not well smoked and flavorless. The Keilbasa was a single link of a small hot dog sized sausage that seemed to have been grilled with no smokey flavor at all. The pulled pork and St. Loius Ribs were tender, not smokey and sauced in a way too sweet, ketchupy BBQ sauce which made it hard to enjoy. There was no smoke ring on the ribs but they retained just enough pull from the bone for me. The pull BBQ chicken was dry without any smoke flavor.
Our sides were okay, except the greens- they were great! The mac and cheese was good. The cole slaw, like many other items there, was sticky sweet. The salad was good. It was topped with hardboiled eggs and bacon, we would have asked to hold those had we know but the neither the menu nor the waitress were helpful in that department. The onion rings were the best part of dinner.
The kids menu leaves a lot to be desired, mostly fried junk but the chef/owner/manager guy who was chatting us up said they could do anything on the menu as kids size. That would have been useful to know either from the menu or the waitress.
We would have brought some of these issues up to our waitress if she had been available and if the kitchen was not open to the dining room! I just hate that concept. Diners have no ability to discuss the food without the chef being within ear shot. Embarrassing for both parties.
We love to support local restaurants and, despite enjoying the food from local pizza and Chinese places, were very excited to have some variety hit out town. I hope Austin's gets its act together fixes these menu issues, trains its staff and lays off the sugar.
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