4005 W Parmer Ln Suite E
Austin TX 78727
Lodge-like setting in this national chain. First Texas location is the one in Austin. Self-described as a "mountain fresh restaurant franchise."
Original Review Date: 08/26/2005
Rating: 0/+3(Ho hum)
This is a chain out of North Carolina, and the Austin location is their first in Texas. They appear to be expanding rapidly (judging from the store openings listed at the website).
It's like dining in Cabela's, I guess (haven't been there). There's a stone fireplace, exposed wood beams, etc. And this lodge theme is strongly reinforced by their goofy menu items: "mountain-stuffed sandwiches" (huh?), "Rockslide Focaccia" (a roast beef sandwich), "Mountain Bird" (grilled chicken sandwich, on a "Bear Rock Roll" no less), "Cascade Tuna," etc. You get the picture.
I had the half-sandwich and soup combo ($6.81) with the "Baked Potato Mountain Chowder" and Roast Turkey & Bacon sandwich. The portions were fine, but the sandwich was pretty bland, and the soup was nothing special. They apparently bake their own bread there, but the sourdough on my sandwich didn't impress me (and it looked like Wonder Bread slices--see the pix).
I noticed a neighboring diner with an entree salad that looked quite substantial (in this case, the term "Mountain Salad" might actually apply) if you're into that. I didn't see any reason to go back.
Geek Bonus: WiFi.