Fancy Schmancy Restaurant in Georgetown, Texas

You’ve got to check out Chantal’s on the Georgetown Square! I went to this restaurant about a month ago and had this delicious roast beef sandwich au jus. I think that’s a fancy way to say you have permission to dip it in the French Onion Soup without looking like a caveman. Sorry Geico Cavemen, that wasn’t a slam.

All of the meat was so tender and mouth-watering good, especially since you get to dip it in the soup. Did I mention that you can dip it in soup like dipping Oreo cookies in milk? I had lots of fun dipping that sandwich of mine. My goal was to drink the soup by dipping it and not have to use my spoon. My friend didn’t know I was having so much fun…all he got was a salad. Not your typical looking salad, it looked like they forgot to cut off the romaine lettuce and just stuck the whole thing on his plate! He dipped his salad in dressing, but not nearly as cool as “au jus.”
I think the bill was $35 for two. If you want a low-risk way to check out their food without spending a ton on dinner, make it a lunch date.
chantals

The atmosphere is great too, set in an old historic home off the square. I’m taking my wife, Autumn, there for lunch tomorrow. I think it’s the best food in Georgetown…great for a date! Tomorrow will be the confirmation. Yum Yum, here I come!

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Mexican food in Georgetown, Texas

There are a ton of Tex-Mex choices in Georgetown, Texas…ask some professional eaters, and most would agree that Dos Salsas is the Georgetown favorite. However, Mexican food rates a little low for me…just slightly above Indian food. So after about 5 years of living in Georgetown, I decided to try the “local favorite” and took out some clients to eat there this past Sunday.

I couldn’t figure out what was so great about it…I tried the chimichangas and they tasted pretty much the same as any other Mexican Restaurant I’ve been to. The meal was hot, it was real cheesy and everything (lettuce, guacamole) seemed very fresh. Was it good for Mexican food…yes. Did it seem very different than other Mexican restaurants…no.

They also have an outdoor sitting area which was nice and it is very conveniently located in downtown Georgetown…but parking is difficult as that place seems to be always packed. Give this place a try and tell me what you think! Am I missing something here?

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Italian food worth driving to

Mandolas

Today I took the family into Austin to buy some Japanese food and do some other errands. We were wondering where we should go for lunch, when suddenly, out of the blue, I saw the sign MANDOLA’S ITALIAN MARKET.”

I immediately recognized that as one of the favorite restaurants from a recent restaurant poll I conducted, and pulled in to the parking lot. This place is incredible! The food was served hot and everything tasted so fresh! You can purchase authentic Italian food right in the store and prepare your own homemade Italian meal at home, or just order it in the restaurant and have them do all the work! There is plenty of seating indoors and outdoors and it is located in a real snazzy place called The Triangle.

I was so stuffed when I left the place, I couldn’t squeeze in any of the delicious homemade cakes and gelato that they had there. I already know what I want to try next time (the gnocci) and will be be sure to leave just enough room in my stomach for a big slice of chocolate espresso cake.

After I got home, I looked up the website and found out that it’s owned by the same guy that is on a PBS cooking show and helped start the Carabba’s Grill restaurants. ‘Nuff said. If somebody knows Damian Mandola, please tell him to open up a restaurant in Georgetown, Texas. I’ll be his number one patron.

Sorry Romeo’s, Olive Garden, or any other Italian restaurant out there….you ain’t got nothin’ on Mandola’s.

FREE FOOD!

I just got this list from my neighborhood website…it’s priceless! If you have kids, you might try to hit a couple of these restaurants on a single day. You know, just do the “I’ll just have a water” deal and just eat the free bread (or order a salad so you don’t look too cheap), but when they’re not looking just steal your kid’s burger. After 3 or 4 restaurants, you’ll be set! Your budget will never be broken again! Hallelujah! Or you can do the honest thing and just fatten up the kid.
These restaurants in Georgetown, Texas and surrounding areas are grouped by weekday:

MONDAY
Margaritas – kids eat free all day
Hangtown Grill – kids eat free all day
Gattiland – moms eat free
TGI Friday’s – kids eat free and get free animal balloons
Texadelphia South – kids eat free
Zuzu – kids free after 6:00 p.m.
La Salsa – kids eat free after 4:00 p.m.
Double Daves Pizza – kids under 5 eat free
Serranos – kids eat free
Joes Crab Shack – Kids meal $0.99 up to two meals per paying adult

TUESDAY
Spaghetti Warehouse – kids eat free at night
Pizza Hut – kids eat free at night
Fazoli’s – kids eat for $0.99 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Kerbey Lane – kids eat free all day
Denny’s – kids eat free from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Chick-fil-A – kids eat free after 5:00 p.m. with purchase of adult meal
Bennigan’s – kids eat free after 5:00 p.m.
Zuzu – kids eat free after 6:00 p.m.
La Salsa – kids eat free after 4:00 pm
McAllisters – kids eat free with purchase of adult meal
Double Daves Pizza – kids under 5 eat free
Central Market – N. Lamar kids eat free
Joes Crab Shack – $0.99 kids meals up to two per paying adult
Sombreros – kids eat free for each paying adult

WEDNESDAY
Luby’s – kids eat free after 4:30 p.m.
EZ’s – kids eat free all day
Moe’s Southwest Grill – kids eat free after 5:00 p.m.
Central Market – kids eat free after 5:00 p.m.
Zen – kids eat free after 5:00 p.m.
La Salsa – kids eat free
Double Daves Pizza – kids under 5 eat free
Stone Canyon Cafe – $0.99 kids meals at night
Joes Crab Shack – $0.99 kids meals up to two per paying adult

THURSDAY
La Salsa – kids eat free
Double Daves Pizza- kids under 5 eat
Joe’s Crab Shack – $0.99 kids meals up to two per paying adult

SATURDAY
Luby’s – kids eat free all day
Texas Land & Cattle – kids eat free from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

SUNDAY
Souper Salad – kids aged 3-5 eat for $0.50; kids aged 6-12 eat for $0.99
Zen – kids eat free all day
Texadelphia – kids eat free at certain locations

ALL WEEK
Cici’s Pizza – kids under 3 eat free
Fresh Choice – kids aged 2 and under eat free; kids aged 3-5 eat for $.99;
kids aged 6-8 eat for $2.99
Denny’s – kids eat free on their birthday
Pizza Hut’s lunch buffet – kids eat free

If you have any more, please add a comment!

Best Burger in Georgetown, TX

That's one huge burger! (This 6lb burger is definitely NOT the one I ate at BB’s)

My friend Mark and I went to lunch today and we were craving a burger, so naturally we went to BB’s Home Cooking.

The burgers are great, because the bread is just so yummy.  It’s buttery, sweet and kind of crunchy on the edges.  I wish they just sold some of that bread by itself and I would be perfectly happy with a meatless burger. 

My wife and I try to replicate our favorite eat-out dishes.  One day we took some good quality, freshly ground chuck, tenderly formed it into a patty and grilled it.  Then came the tricky part…the buns.  I tried to fry it up in some butter…added a bit of sugar and hoped for the best.  I was sure I had it right!  The meat was delicious…the bread, well it just wasn’t the same.  I’m thinking one day I’ll ask the owner how he makes the buns, until then, it’s BB’s for me.

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