Austin >Food & Dining > The Boiling Pot
700 E Sixth St, Austin, TX | Directions 7870130.266250 -97.735878
Sun 12pm -10pm
AWFUL! WORST MEAL I'VE EVER HAD – DO NOT EAT HERE. Absolute worst meal I've ever had, hands down! First we ordered drinks -- simple enough right? The only drink at our table that was drinkable was a water with lemon. The rest of us ordered iced tea, some sweet and some unsweet. The sweet tea was disgusting. It tasted as though it had been sitting in its container for days -- it tasted metallic and stale. I informed the waitress of the funkyness and changed my drink order to a coke and? Flat. Plus she charged me for each drink separately. SERIOUSLY? The unsweet tea was drinkable, but had to ask twice for the waitress to bring sugar for it -- when have you ever been to a restaurant that doesn't keep this on the table??
We tried not to write it off so quickly and ordered our meals: red beans & rice, gumbo, and some crawfish. All standard cajun dishes but they were all crap. The red beans & rice had no sausage (I guess they took "red beans and rice" literally and only included the beans and rice -- have these people ever been to Louisiana??), not to mention it tasted burnt. I had 2 bites and was done. The gumbo was not gumbo -- it was watery with little flavor and zero seafood in it. No offensive flavor to note, just bland and disappointing. Also worthy of note is the teeny portions. I inferred from the menu that both the gumbo and the red beans & rice would be full meals (especially given the price), but they came out as small cups. Shouldn't she have warned of such a small portion when one member of our party ordered the red beans as his entire meal?? Next was the crawfish. Again, I have to ask have these people been to Louisiana?? They clearly have no idea how a crawfish boil works. The crawfish, once peeled, had no flavor or seasoning. All of the seasoning was on the outside of the shell -- almost like they boiled them and then rolled them in seasoning. Am I supposed to lick the shell and then eat the crawfish?? Plus, contrary to the picture uploaded here "from the owner" there was no corn or potatoes along with the crawfish. Simply crawfish. Overpriced crawfish, at that!
We finally gave up and asked for the check, with everyone at the table mutually agreeing that we'd consider this our "lunch appetizer" since no one was able to stomach more than a few bites. We were SHOCKED and HORRIFIED to see our bill of $80.00. $80.00 worth of pure crap. You'd think that when the waitress came to the table and saw that we had eaten practically nothing she'd at the very least ask if something was wrong with the meal (and real customer service would have been to comp most of it. It was seriously INEDIBLE!!).
What a waste.
forget it ! – I have eaten authentic cajun food and for the price and the quality,.it sucks,.the food is average at best and the last time I was there,.the owner was rude and the staff was lack lustre at best,..save your money and cook your own at home,.also the pungent smell of urine off the creek was not something that I would have requested in my dining experience,...please avoid this over-priced, over glorified Austin rip-off.
GOOD TRY AT CRAWFISH – Crawfish not authentic, they were boiled in plane water then spice just dumped on them, almost like a butter and spice, not good. Shrimp over cooked, sausage was terrible, And was all completely over priced. The oysters were a joke....Crabs where as they were over cooked and then just keep in a refrigerator, terrrible.
We had a GREAT time. – The waitress was fun and helpful. We've tried other seafood place's away from the coast, and were dissapointed. As soon as we walked in, we could smell the spices. This place ROCKS!!! Good fresh seafood at these prices this far from the coast? You can't get any better!
Worst Seafood in Austin – I enjoy seafood but this was worst I ever had. First off the service was horrendous. We sat around and waited for the waitress for 20 minutes before finally taking our order. The restaurant was empty, but we still received poor service. We received no drink refills. The sausage was not very good. It was pretty much flavorless. Possibly the worst sausage I have ever had. The shrimp was overcooked and mushy. It was horrible. When I cracked into the crab it smelled horrible. It was obviously bad. We both lost our appetites at that point. Oh and there were flies all over the restaurant. Stay away!
AVOID!!!! – A few friends and I were in austin tx for vacay and randomly chose to eat at the boiling pot....BAD DECISION. The shrimp tasted like nothing were not properly cooked and way under-seasoned. The sausage also tasted like absolutly nothing as did the oysters. The waitress was very rude and even gave us dirty looks through the glass window (we were eating outside). We honestly contemplated not paying. The only good part about the meal was the the blue moon we were drinking and the humor of how bad the food actually was. Seriously skip this place. It looks cute from the outside and smells good but i wish i had kept walking. DO NOT GO HERE!!!!!!
Stay Away – My wife and I ate at the BoilingPot this evening and were misguided by the fun looking decorations. We have a bay house on the coast and frequently have shrimp and crab boils with our family so we were excited about the BoilingPot. However, the crawfish was small, mushy and had no taste, the potatoes were uneatable, they were so bad, the crab was not cook all of the way and appeared they had been cooked after being dead, and the shrimp was so over cooked that they could not be peeled. Over all the food seemed that it was previously cooked and not fresh with absolutely no tast except for the awful tast of the potatoes. The service was terrible and was unable to explain or discuss the menu. The oysters were very small and were half frozen. There was very little portions and the prices were high. We could have had a better lunch at Mc Donalds and it would have been under $100 for the two of us. Stay clear of this restaurant, there are so many good places to eat in austin. This is not one of them.
More like a parody then a restaurant – Been here twice. The food poured on your table is suppose to the old cajun thing, seems silly. Ive had good cajun and who cares about how its presented - it has to taste like cajun. This doesnt have any flavor. Ive lived in Maryland and know fresh crab, these BoilingPot crabs have been dead a long time. The crawfish isnt any better, Ive had better crawfish out of the back of a truck - seriously. The shrimp, bland.
The corn is fine, if you want good corn go here!
South Coast feed--spicy and straight from the bayou. – In Short
Step into Cajun country--a hands-on, spicy, tangy, finger-lickin' kind of place. Here waiters cover the tables with butcher paper, place bibs around your neck and supply you with a quintessential wooden mallet. Their famous Cajun combo is dumped right smack on the table. Dig in and wash it down with one of 87 different beers. Substitute that shrimp for some crawfish and you've just ordered the crawfish combo.
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