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Review: Old School Grill

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Review: Old School Grill

dinaofdoom | Aug 14, 2011 09:49 PM

Old School Grill
6301 W. Parmer Lane 
(Plaza w/Chipotle's and Little Woodrow's)
(512) 722-6353
osgaustin.com

2 out of 5 stars = "Meh"

Preface:
I was really looking forward to this place.
It's right down the street from my house and office.
There are very limited non-chain places here in Northwest Austin, a.k.a. Land of the Bland.
As an uptown girl going on 5 years now, I make it a point to try all the new non-chain places.
Reading several articles beforehand just made me even more excited.
They never responded to my email asking about the opening date.
But, I just chalked it up to being crazy busy before the grand opening.

Sadly, my experiences have not lived up to the excitement and expectations.

Price:
Considering the neighborhood, the casual space and comfort food, the prices are way too high:
$9 for a hamburger, with $1 a topping, including cheese.
One $5 appetizer (veggies with dressing), three in the $8 range and the last four for $9-13.
Two vegetarian pastas available for around $10; the rest skyrocket to just under $20.
$29 for a ribeye with mashed potatoes and black beans-- that's
Note, some of the prices on the website are less than those on the menu.
For instance, it lists the burger at $7, with $.75 for toppings, which is incorrect.

Food:
My burgers were burnt beyond recognition, resembling black hockey pucks.
Even the fried egg was coated in black, which usually means a dirty grill.
No moisture of any kind remained in the meat, and it crumbled apart.
Given the description of a daily ground sirloin blend, this is a sin!
They also lacked the usual lettuce/tomato/onion set-up.
However, that may be due to the Texas Two Thep.
They use mass-produced bread, as I could see the rack of it.
The fries were mealy, lukewarm, and oversalted with some kind of seasoning.
Usually, I'm a starch fiend and eat the fries first but I had to leave these behind.
They were also the dregs of the batch, most of them being broken off or crumbs.
The owner was sitting behind me at a table, so he definitely wasn't in the kitchen.
Sadly, the person in the kitchen today needs to learn how to cook properly.
I decided against sending my food back because I was hungry and pressed for time.

Service:
I did feel a bit rushed to order at the beginning.
My waitress ended up being enthusiastic and attentive.
She filled up my water glass a few times.
There were more staff members than patrons.
A large group of them gathered at the bar, talking.
It was an off time for a meal so it wasn't that big of a deal.

Decor:
They kept some previous elements, like the metal walls, but distressed them.
There are no booths, just 4 and either 6 or 8 top tables (can't remember).
The artwork was muddled; faux vintage prints for Lillet and sardines, then some paintings.
They were psychedelically colorful, and perhaps from a local artist, which would be a great if they were.

Etc.:
Since I didn't drink any adult beverages, I have no idea about their bar.
It was oo far away for me to read, but it looks like they have at least 8 beers on tap.
It's a big bar with three tvs, so it can definitely support hanging out with a drink.
The bathroom was relatively clean, and the kitchen is open so you can see the cooking.
There is a lot of parking, but if this place and Woodrow's is busy, you may have to walk.

Conclusion:
Overall, it's all about inconsistency. Inconsistent pricing. Inconsistent cooking. Even inconsistent decor.
I would like to come back in a few months, which will give them time to work on all of this.

Pros: 
Convenient location
Happy Hour food and drink specials
Full bar (with tvs, if you are into that)
Cons:
Kitchen hasn't found its groove
High price points

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