Austin >Longhorn Poboys And Falafel
This place has the worst service in the city. No question about it. The owner has been hiring tall, thin, attractive males who are TERRIBLE at their jobs ever since the place opened. It makes me wonder if there's a sexual component to the owner's hiring practices.
In any case, these guys are aggressively uninterested in serving the customers. They act like they're doing you the ultimate kindness to even pretend to take your order. Odds are, they'll get that wrong, too.
Either way, you're gonna wait. And wait. And wait.
Life is precious, people. Too precious to waste at a no-talent, hack dive like Longhorn Poboys.
Mediterranean Eats on a Wendy's Wallet.... The first time I tried Longhorn Poboys, I was working on a Saturday. Service, while "leisurely" paced, was not inordinately slow. The atmosphere is very ecletic, but the real gem of this place is the food. They cut the meat for the gyros and toss it on the flat-top for that extra golden-brown crunch. The falafel is very tasty, possibly the best I've had in the Austin area to date. The tabouli is fresh, and the dolmas particularly tasty - I've only had them this good at a pricey "sit-down" restaurant. Granted, the limited seating can be a negative, especially during the lunch R-U-S-H, but it is well worth the wait, or take it "to go" and head for Waterloo Park for a sunny picnic. Make sure you skip the rolls and get your sammiches on a pita - they are unbelieveably great!
Avoid at all costs.
Positively terrible, in every single way an eatery CAN be terrible. I went here expecting actual "po boy" sandwiches, with fried/cajun seafood or chicken. They don't even serve anything CLOSE to a traditional "po boy" sandwich. The name is very misleading!!
There were only two other people there, a couple, who were in front of me. They were waited on, so I expected to be waited on shortly after. Nope, took the 5 people behind the counter 15 (not a typo, actually took them fifteen!) minutes to take my order. They didnt even have what I wanted originally, a philly cheesesteak, although they had just opened, so I had to order a chicken cheesesteak. How do you run out of ingredients 30 minutes into the day!?
I ordered an order of fries with my cheesesteak, which were absolutely horrid. They had NO seasoning whatsoever, not even salt and pepper. They werent fried long enough, they were lightly cooked slices of potatoes. The chicken was flavorless, it was bland on bland, essentially. I've had water with more sass. My second bite in, I had a big gob of fat. Seriously, that much fat on a chicken breast? How do you not trim a chicken breast?!?!
They also had what so many locally owned eateries have, that drives me nuts. Tip jars. They don't wait on you, the service is lousy, yet they still expect you to tip them for the subpar food and service, service you would get at a McDonalds or a Wendys.
So, pretty much, lousy food, lousy service, lousy parking lot (one of those absurd one way lots, pain in the butt if you turn in the wrong way) and tip jars. I wouldnt recommend this place to my worst enemy.
A sub shop with Middle Eastern specialties..
An eclectic atmosphere makes the sub shop attractive to a variety of people, from St. David's hospital workers or downtown professionals on lunch breaks, to the alternative crowd and UT students that emerge after dark. Local artwork and constant foot traffic energizes the little shop into a bustling hub of people and personality. Some of their made-to-order items include falafel sandwiches, chicken shawermas, kofta subs, tabouli and the classic Philly cheese steak.
Yummy.... Best Gyro's I've ever had. Everthing else I've tried is pretty good as well. My vegitarian step-brother loves going here.
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