Austin >Food & Dining > Star Seeds Restaurant
3101 N Ih 35, Austin, TX | Directions 7872230.225112 -97.743934
Mon. - Sun. 24 Hours
Neighborhoods: East Riverside - Oltorf, Upper Boggy Creek, Parker Lane
Star Seeds was forever known as "that place" you went to after the bars closed, but recently their menu has stepped up (and luckily their prices haven't). Yes, you can get your typical greasy spoon fare, but if you're looking for a delicious salad with apples, pecans and apple cider vinaigrette or a vegetarian meatball sub before or after hours, this is the spot. She may not be as organic as her late-night equivalents (Magnolia Cafe and Kerbey Lane) and she may be a little sticky, but she does the trick (no sexual double entendre implied).
why even bother – The food is bland and poor quality, the service is terrible. This place is not hip and cool, its filthy and falling apart. The roof leaks and smells, I ate there once and worried I might get sick. Dennys is open, and even though I dont recommend Denny's. at least its a tolerable environment.
Never going again – I think they need to understand the difference between "hip" and just plain dirty. The atmosphere was ok and the music was good, but it seemed like they did go out of their way to be extra rude. They messed up my order and when i told the waitress, she was very in-my-face about it and it took her forever to bring my *cold* and puny portioned order. The servings were defintiely not generous, now i don't know if this is because i asked her to fix my order and incurred her wrath or if its because thats how much it should have actually been. I have to say my experience was complete when the waitress sprayed her flying snot at us when she sneezed and proceeded to wiped her nose with her arm. That's just nasty regardless of the attitude. Overall, they treated us like we were doing them a favor by being there, and needless to say i will NEVER return. I was so appalled at my experience that i signed up for this stupid citysearch site just so i could give them a bad review. Hey Star seeds cafe, maybe you should try to follow Kerby Lane's lead - you know, people that actually wash and want their customers to be there.
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Cheap, good food, Cheap, 24hrs!, Cheap!! – Great Place! I love it. The portions are pretty large and the price is unbeatable! Although I'm sad to say theat they no longer have the black bean slasa. The Chicken fried Chicken is great. The staff is very accomidating to subsitutions w/ sides. Great place overall
Nice New Face – My boyfriend asked tonight if I'd like to go to Star Seeds, and I scoffed, because I have had so many underwhelming experiences there in the past. At his suggestion, I started reading online reviews, and I decided to give the restaurant another try. I was very pleasantly surprised. At 8:30 on a Saturday night, it was calm inside. The place looked cleaner than I remembered and it now has a more spacious feel inside. Our menus and drinks were prompt. The hummus appetizer showed up quickly - the pitas were warm and delicious, and the hummus was actually better than what I've had at several other places. Our sandwiches came exactly as we finished the hummus. Though I still don't know how to pronounce it (the waitress wasn't sure either), the Croque Madame was delicious. Ham, cheese, and gravy on toast, topped with an egg, are simple ingredients, but they were well-prepared. The french fries were more yummy than most that I've eaten. Only the philly cheese steak left me wanting. Most places usually have a more personalized, distinct flavor to their steak, and although this sandwich wasn't bad, it won't be especially memorable. The check came in a decent amount of time, and our waitress was extremely polite and friendly, even refilling our drinks after we had paid. Maybe I would have had a completely different experience if we had waited until 2 A.M. to go, and the place might have seemed smaller if the bar hadn't been empty. Overall, though, this was a really nice experience, and my once yearly visits will now likely be monthly.
terrible restaurant – this place will never go out of buisness because austin if full of phonys who are to cool and "reaxed" to care about about how awful the service. first off it took old boy up front like 10 min to clean off a booth for us. i guess at this place cleaning doesnt include wiping the water and pieces of food off of the table so we did that ourselves. during the 30 min wait for the food (( scrambled eggs, burger) yeah ,and i asked for blue cheese, of course no blue cheese, " uh,, unfortunately,,,, we,, uh,,, ran out of blue cheese... do you want me to take it back?" ,yaeh right and wait another 30 min, and im sure he made up that excuse on the spot)) while waiting we spotted the kid that we named "queso boy" because if you ordered chips and queso he was right on it. so we see queso boy wandering aimlessly, literally to cool to pick his feet up off the floor when he walks, occasionnaly handing out the queso. meanwhile i have been waiting a long time for a DP refill and queso boy hands out some queso next to us, looks at the table across from us that hasnt been cleaned since the people left 15 min ago, doesnt even see my empty glass on the edge of the table, and shuffles to the back to flip his hair and PLAY WITH A LIGHTER!!! so i go to the back and reach around him and fill my own soda. blah blah blah the eggs are cold,, the food is barely average,, we never get the check,,but here is the kicker, when i go to pay i tell green shirt dude up front what we had(bacon cheeseburger/migas/coke).....he is so incompetent that he only charges me $5. 5 dollars 41 cents tax...sweet..." i didnt charge you for the dr pepper man"
A truck stop-style diner for late-night revelers and the VW van crowd. – In Short
Painted walls are plastered with posters and stickers in a dark, swirling galaxy theme. Alternative music is turned up loud. A wall of booths and a line of red leatherette stools at the counter make up the entire dining area. Generously portioned veggie tacos come with black beans or hummus. The spinach and onion omelette comes on a platter with a huge pile of hash browns and a light griddle-fried gingerbread pancake on the side.
Extra Strength Star Seeds – First off - the place is like a new and improved Star Seeds. I hadn't been in years and just revisited. It still is a place with all the "charm" and hipness of yesteryear, but it has been cleaned up considerably in all ways.....cool new art on the walls...friendly and attentive waitstaff (you gotta see it to believe it)....a bunch of great microbrews and cheap but tasty house wines by the glass.....still awesome music and great prices...the menu has new items like shrimp cocktail with romesco sauce and basil oil!!!! WOW! and it's still 24 hours...I've been back everyday since.
Great alternative to other late night eateries – I really like this dive. It's much better than IHOP/Dennys anytime... less pretentious or overpriced than Magnolia/Kerbey. The portions are huge... everything is just down to earth home cooking. I go late at night on week nights and some weekends... the service is adequet. The food comes out quickly and the waitresses have been really sweet. One time though one of our party guests spilled water and they just didnt pick it up... eventhough it was on the floor and a hazard considering how small that walk way is. We tried our best but we didn't have the supplies necessary.
Not what it used to be – The first time I went to Star Seeds it was chock-full of personal photos and grit. It had the feel of a dive. It had the smell. The food was cheap and the service was decent. They've cleaned the place up since then and the service seems to have taken a wash along with the character. The place still ranks higher than having to succumb to an IHOP or Denny's, but if you go there, it's a crapshoot if you get any decent service at all. And I'm not talkin about whiny boy 'my eggs aren't cooked right' or 'they took 18 minutes instead of 14' nonsense. On many occasions recently they have forgotton whole orders, taken over an hour to bring out food when there were very few people in there, and generally seemed like they could care less about what happens in the place. I'll spot em the 'not caring' attitude as that no doubt raises the cool points in this image driven town of ours, but at some point, it's nice to have your coffee refilled at least once in the hour and a half you're there without having to hunt someone down. So if you're gonna go... go stoned. That way you won't care either way.
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