The food here is probably the best aspect of the entire place which is a large percentage of what most people want from an eating establishment. I had lunch with three friends today and we all enjoyed our food...the salad could have had something other than iceberg lettuce in it though...ugh. Who still serves just iceberg anyway??
The ambiance is lacking and disconnected but at least it is very clean. I see a lot of potential here if someone could pull together a theme and go with it.
The server was probably the weakest point. Our teenage server was clearly at his first serving job ever. You could hardly hear him mumble things back to you and you got the feeling he was being put out by having to walk 15 feet to get you a drink or put an order in. He clearly wouldn't cut it a restaurant in Austin.
Some things we experienced today in addition to the pretty good food(it takes a long time to get the food but they do tell you this in the menu).
1. After we were seated to young men walked in. One was regularly dressed, the other was barefooted and didn't have a shirt on nicely displaying his two nipple rings. Seriously...no shirt and we will still give you service? Everyone else was dressed at least business casual. This was pretty gross.
2. The server seemed unaware of what was on the menu. I ordered the enchiladas that come with a side salad. When I asked him where my side salad was he was like, "What are you talking about?" I had to open the menu and show him where it was stated. He replied, "Those people got enchiladas and they didn't get a salad." And I said, you need to talk to someone and get me a salad. The cook came out with a salad and the situation was rectified. The waiter seemed to think that paying $8 was perfectly acceptable for two cheese enchiladas with no sides at all. Ugh.
3. When we got our bill, there was an extra charge on the chicken salad. We tried to figure out what it might be but it was clearly stated on the menu that the grilled chicken salad came with grilled chicken and there shouldn't be an upcharge for the protein. The server said that they had revamped the menu and had trouble matching the new prices to the food or something to that effect.
The main thing about this place is that you need to be ready to wait for your food which is okay bc it tastes pretty good. This place has so much potential but unless something is done, it will be run into the ground just like so many other Leander restaurants. By just fixing up a few issues, this could be a really nice cafe but until then...marginal. The back of the house needs to give the front of the house some advice if anything...or get a better manager.
Very good food; clean interior. We went there for dinner tonight 10/2/09 (my husband and I and my parents). At first look we weren't too sure ... it looked a little run down - it's a mobile home with a patio on the front. But, we have found some of the best food at places like this. And, Moody's was no exception. The inside was very clean and bright. My dad got the hamburger and fries; my mom had eggs & sausage with biscuits & gravy; my husband chili and Philly steak sandwhich; I had the potato soup and a wedge salad. The only 'complaint' was that my husband had hoped the chili was homemade, but he thinks it was actually Hormel. Not bad, just he was hoping for something else. My soup was awesome and the wedge salad perfect - haven't had one better. My folks enjoyed their choices as well. We live on the east side of Round Rock so don't usually go to Leander for dinner. But, we will be back and we look forward to trying other things on their menu. If you haven't tried Moody's - you need to. Bon appetit.
Best Steaks in Leander.
Note that they're closed for remodeling and will probably reopen the first week of Feb, 2009.
I've been to moody's for breakfast and dinner and it never ceases to amaze me. The breakfasts are amazing, nice thick bacon, properly cooked eggs (not swimming in grease like some breakfast places), and fairly quick service.
Dinner is unreal. I had the New York Strip steak. I was nervous because it was my first time there for dinner and I ordered it medium rare. Not only did the steak come out perfectly cooked, but I could also cut it with a fork and the grill flavor was out of this world. Give it a try. I've seen too many good, family owned restaurants in this area go under. As far as i know it's still BYOB, which can make it very affordable.
Wonderful Breakfast, Great Music, Lot's of Fun!.
Sherri has been raving about Moody's Cafe, so I decided to join her and a friend for breakfast this morning. Wow! What a treat! Such a beautiful, cozy restaurant (perfect on this windy, blustery day.)
The Migas were great, and they came with home made flour tortillas hot and warm right off the grill. The coffeehit the spot just right.
I can't wait to come back and try their desserts. The case was filled with delicious looking cakes and pies. We met the owners Wayne and Kay who were just nice as can be. They told us that they have live music on Friday and Saturday nights. There's also a great little meeting room in the back that I'm going to use to entertain clients.
If you live anywhere near Austin, take a drive to Leander for Moody's Cafe. It's well worth the trip!
Best steak we've had...anywhere.
The other day I had the most tender tenderloin (a special not on the regular menu) I've ever eaten. My husband had the best New York Strip he's tried. My father-in-law loved the spicy Creole sauce on his crab cakes. And my mother-in-law was in heaven with the delicious desserts.
Imagine how surprised we were to have one of our most enjoyable meals ever...in Leander! As Leander residents, we're thrilled. Sometimes we drive to downtown Austin to eat at quality restaurants...when we have time. And childcare. And a lot to spend. Now we can have steak that beats Ruth's Chris and Truluck's, pay less than we would at those restaurants, drive just a few miles, and bring our kids.
We love the atmosphere at Moody's. It is casual and very friendly. The owner talked with us for probably 20 minutes, during which time my husband told him, "You really should offer creme brulee." A few minutes later, the owner was returning to our table to let us know they'll have creme brulee for us next weekend. Maybe if enough folks like it, it'll end up on the permanent menu.
Our daughter (almost 3) likes the games and toys they have available. She played with Mr. Potato Head while we waited for our food. It was refreshing not to feel like we needed to get out of a restaurant quickly because of her getting antsy, and the toys helped keep her from distracting other customers.
Other dishes we enjoyed at dinner were bread; salads; mashed potatoes with bacon, cheddar, and jalapeno; asparagus; carrot cake; and chocolate explosion cake, all excellent!
I've been there for lunch a few times too. I have thoroughly enjoyed the BLT on sourdough and the turkey avocado sandwich on focaccia . I always get their awesome macaroni salad with my lunch, while my mother-in-law enjoyed the cranberry cole slaw. Lunches range from about $4 to $8 a person.
At both lunch and dinner there is an affordable kid's menu with prices of about $4 to $5 including a drink.
I've just found this restaurant, visiting it several times the last two weeks and can't wait to take my friends and family.. Here is a restaurant that is reasonably priced with excellent food. The various dishes on the menu include pleasant surprises to the normal steak dinner and is a big draw for me!!!! Of course the food was prepared to perfection......the tenderloin with crabmeat sauce just melted in my mouth. I wanted to eat slowly so that I could enjoy it as long as possible. Meeting the owner and their chef was fun and entertaining as well. Getting a little history on the Steve Ray Catfish from the chef was great. I haven't tried their breakfasts yet but I think this is a place where I could spend a lot of time !!!!
Slow and sub par....
I guess I will start off by saying that, from reading the reviews, I should have given Moody's a try for breakfast or brunch first. I went for dinner, on my birthday no less, and was really not impressed at all.
There were maybe 4 tables MAX when my girlfriend and I got there on a Wed. night. It took about 10 minutes to get WATER. While we were waiting for our drinks to come, I thought to myself "run... run far away now". I guess that was my 10 years of restaurant experience talking to me. I didn't listen and I should have.
I ordered the 8oz sirloin, cooked medium, with grilled asparagus and horseradish garlic mashed potatoes.
The steak came out RAW on the inside. Not rare. Raw. I know the difference. They took it back and cooked it a bit more and were very nice about it. The asparagus was not cooked enough. The masted potatoes had way too much horseradish in them. I didn't really like them all that much. I have made these myself and they tasted way better.
My girlfriend ordered the grilled portabello mushrooms, also with grilled asparagus and their steak fries Her mushrooms were ok... nothing special... very "eh". The asparagus was also not cooked enough. I am assuming hers and mine were cooked together. Her fries were hard as a rock on the outside and only slightly less hard on the inside. The salad looked pretty good, but the blue cheese dressing was horrible. I am assuming that it came out of one of those like 1 gallon "restaurant blue cheese" containers. Gross.
I wanted some dessert, some birthday cake, but I couldn't stomach sitting there any longer. I hate to pan a local place as I know it is trying to get on it's feet, but really, there was not one thing about this place that satisfied me. I will not be going back. Ever.
Then again, you have to think to yourself. "I am in Leander, TX... what the hell could I REALLY expect."
Family friendly country cafe in Leander for locally sourced fare and plenty of live music..
Despite its country-fried appearance, this charming café on the north side of town breaks away from the pack by serving fresh and local menu items. Count on down-home breakfasts, while fresh-made flour tortillas, scones and local coffees add a little something extra to omelettes, pancakes and migas. Lunchtime deli sandwiches are all served on breads from the New World Bakery located in Kyle, and the varied soups and quiche are made in-house. Wednesday through Saturday, enjoy hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and nightly specials. Free WiFi. Enjoy live music on the weekends out on the covered porch starting at around 7pm.
"The steak was flavorful and juicy, cooked just as ordered...it rivaled any of the big name steak joints in town." (austinfoodie897, Citysearch user)
"The food is chef-prepared and the presentation is unparallelled. Come on in and meet the family. You'll find a home away from home." (csbarnes, Citysearch user)
"Went with high expectations for Sunday Brunch about 12:45. Six tables was all they had occupied and it took 1 hour to get our food (3 people)." (teneyck, Citysearch user)
Delicious, contemporary fare in the heart of Leander. My husband and I recently had dinner here on a Saturday evening. The steak was flavorful and juicy, cooked just as ordered. We agreed it rivaled any of the big name steak joints in town. We both loved the horseradish mashed potatoes as well. Our food came out quickly, and our drinks were consistently refilled. I also noticed they had great sounding dinner salads, which I will try next time. It's nice to find somewhere to eat in this area with healthier options.
SLOW food. Went with high expectations.( reviews) Sunday Brunch about 12:45. Six tables was all they had occupied and it took 1 hour to get our food (3 people) One hour for eggs! Seriously? I have been a professsional cook for 20+ years and I can only dream about owning a place like this, but the owner implied that they were busy which is why it took so long. 6 tables is busy? I try to support local business, but do everyone a favor, if you have no experience running a restaurant, don't open one without hiring those who have. It is a difficult thing to do, know your limitations.
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