Austin >Red's Porch
Great food, great drinks and great atmosphere....... Oh and a great place to play darts and shuffleboard!!
Great at all they do!.
I am a frequent guest at Red's Porch and there are many reasons for this.
First of all, I LOVE bringing my dog! It is extremely dog friendly and since there are two patios there are never too many dogs in one area, plus a million places to sit inside and outside (upstairs) for people who would rather not be around the pups.
The beer and drink selection is outstanding! You can get all sorts of beers here, local and exotic (plus the typical light beers depending on what kind of night you want it to be). Plus they have a large mixed drink menu with, again, the typical and more adventurous options. I often just come to drink a beer or two with a friend because the environment is and wait staff are very laid back and comfortable.
Now, I will stop soon but I have to mention the food! With a menu with such variety you half expect the food to only be so-so because how can you be good at everything? Well this locally owned restaurant nails it! They have many organic options and delicious combinations of it all. PLUS their brunch is awesome!
Loved It !!. We went to Red's for happy hour recently. The drinks were inexpensive and I'd love to go there again. The Food was great and the service was nothing to complain about . Yes, we really liked it! The food was better than average in my opinion, and I hear they have amazing live music on some nights.
GOOD!!. REALLY GOOD CHICKEN FRIED STEAK
Most people would consider it a good thing that I live within walking distance of a place like Red's Porch. I disagree. The fact that I'm borderline obsessed with their chicken sandwich, "THE BIRD PULLER", makes my proximity to the restaurant hazardous to my wallet.
I've been going to Red's for over a year now, since it opened, and I can NOT get enough of the food. I dream about the french fries... I do.
During the spring and fall, there's nothing like getting a beer or marg, chips and queso... and watching the sun set from the GORGEOUS western view Red's has. Shocking that such a breathtaking place is hidden behind a few buildings off of S. Lamar.
My only con is that it's sometimes drafty upstairs in the porch area during the winter. If it's crowded and there's no place else to sit, you better have your winter jacket with you if you're not hugging a heat lamp.
OVERALL - I <3 Red's.
Terrific Service. We checked Red's Porch after a recommendation from our daughter's boyfriend. Menu was a little slim on selections, but pretty tasty, The server was terrific. She brought our drinks quickly, knew availability of a substitute right away, checked on us regularly and promptly brought out an unusual condiment that my husband requested. I had had such a horrible dining experience at another restaurant recently that I was thrilled with the service. Thanks Kendra for a pleasant Friday evening. .
Fabulous view!. My friends and I went to Red's for happy hour recently. The drinks were pretty cheap, atmosphere was good, and the view was fabulous from the rooftop- although I recommend sunglasses before sundown. The food was average in my opinion, but they have games and a live band some nights... definitely worth a shot!
Awesome Chicken Fried Food!. The chicken fried ribeye is absolutely awesome! Ive never even seen a chicken fried ribeye before! Its tender and delicious, topped with bacon gravy and smashed potatoes and your choice of one other side, (try the creamed spinach, its fresh spinach leaves) . The waitress described their food as a gourmet twist on southern cooking and I would agree.. She explained that all there food was fresh and never frozen. I really enjoyed it. Also they have a large selection of beers on tap, and 3 bars.. I havent made it to the upstairs bar yet, but it sounds like people are habing fun up there!
I went for lunch yesterday because of all the hype about it and was extremely disappoined with the food.
The pulled pork tacos were tasteless and the tortillas were dry from being left out in the open. My friend had the fish tacos and had the same opinion, tasteless. He said the fish tasted frozen. Then there is the high prices they are charging for this so called food. 2 tacos, beans, rice for around $ 8.95. Really high for such awful tasting food.
The one good thing this place has going for it is the view, nothing else.
Stay away from this place it's a ripoff!!!!
Great view, great food and lots of beer.
Update 2/14/10 12:30
My friends and I went back after seeing the menu last week. We arrived at 12:30 and had room to park. We got a great table looking out at the Greenbelt. It was a beautiful day and a good call.
The food is just as good as it is described. We shared some chips and salsa and an order of Goat Cheese Jalapeno Poppers. It's nice to see care given to such a common appetizer: freshly made and good ingredients. Someone cares about the food and it shows. The jalapenos are stuffed with goat cheese, bacon, garlic and thyme; fried and then battered and fried again. Crispy and flaky. i couldn't taste any garlic or bacon but they were still very good.
We all got burgers. Two Old Reliables and a Smokey Goat. I had the Goat and it was good but there was too much of the goat cheese over powering it. I think the beef could have been seasoned a little more for taste. It also comes dressed with smoky bacon and fried onion strings on the burger. It's a good burger by itself with the jalapeno bun I chose but maybe with less of the grilled onions and goat cheese it could be balanced better for flavor. I heard no complaints about the other burgers. The fries were tasty too! Fresh oil in the fryer is evident and good ingredients are recognizable on the plates.
We again had great service and I am glad to have such a cool hang so close to my house in S. Austin.
We got here on a Saturday afternoon (2.6.10) and it was packed at 4:00pm. We finally found a spot to park and I think that will deter people from going or people with try but end up leaving.
We came to check it out and we had already eaten so I can't review the food. This place seems well thought out so I am surprised by the lack of seating/leaning at the front facing the Greenbelt. That seemed obvious to me but as full as the parking lot and bar was I don't know where these people would come from or park.
We sat upstairs at the bar hoping to score a different seat facing the Greenbelt but people were camped out. We never had an opportunity and after two beers at the bar with my back to the beauty of the Greenbelt we left. I don't mind sitting at a bar but with it being such a great day outside I didn't like wasting sunlight and we went somewhere else.
Our bartenders were nice and were quick to give us a sample of something you haven't had before. I have friends that love this place and I would like to go back and try out the food. Most of the people there were eating.
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