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).
Excellent Service and Great Food – I love the atmosphere of this place! The food is great and cheap they give you generous portions. I've never had a bad experience here. The staff is very nice and helpful. They all know the menu very well and are good at helping indecisive customers. The comments about waiting time below are bogus and are probably from over-demanding snobs who should not frequent service industry establishments because no one cares to put up with their bs. I've never had to wait longer than necessary for my food because you cannot wave a magic wand and make a hot plate of the deliciousness that is Star Seeds. I'm sure that the customes that have recieved hostillity from the servers deserved it. It's amazing the things people think they can away with saying to people who are trying to serve them. The servers have always been very nice to me when I came in.
Funky, good value – This funky place in a "seedy" location right next to a budget motel and I-35 is a true bargain. Come hunry! The portions are generous, and the food good. Hummus appetizer was good. Now, can we talk about the service? There was one heroic waitress doing her best, with no help. If you want fast, "smiley" service like at Olive Garden, don't come here!
Saw something crawling on the wall in the kitchen – Big cocroach. Crawling on the wall. In the kitchen. Plain sight.
Really nasty. Really Really nasty.
best diner, great 24-7 – The service here is horrible and the food usually takes a while, but a great place for late-nighters, food is always suprisingly excellent for a diner and if you dont mind waiting it's a good spot!
Migas Review by The Melbourne Method – The Migas occupied a substantial amount more than half the plate and were piled high, crispy hash browns, and golden home fries filled the remainder of the plate, and three little containers of salsa were balanced on the edge. The impressive mountain (as opposed to a small plateau) of Migas at first glance could be construed as worrisome, conjuring up the thought that Star Seeds substitutes quantity for quality, but such a thought is banished as an egregious falsehood the second a forkful of Migas hits the taste buds. The Star Seeds? Migas are, simply put, divine. The eggs were fluffy, and mixed in with them was the perfect proportion of tortilla chips which remained just crispy enough to crunch slightly between the teeth. As for vegetables it seems that Star Seeds struck upon the brilliant idea of actually putting a good quantity of them in: great big jalapeno rings, and juicy tomatoes, delicious! At first glance the Star Seeds? Migas do not seem to have all that much cheese on them but that is only because Star Seeds does not simply melt the cheese on top, it actually (eegads) mixes the cheese in (what an inspired concept) so that every bite, not just the ones close to the top, contain cheesy goodness. Indeed you cannot lift a fork of Star Seeds Migas without having egg, cheese, tortilla, and veggie together. Furthermore something fantastic occurs when you finish a plate of Star Seeds Migas: you find yourself full, and not of beans or tortillas?but filled with Migas. Simply perfect.
Migas Score: 6.5 out of 7
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Best 24 hour restaurant in the Austin city limits – I was hungry last night like I usually am and decided to try some place different. I went to this little restaurant on the side of I-35 called Star Seeds. When I first walked in I was greeted by a beautiful waitress named Molly.
The menu had lots of selection and I ordered the spanish burger. The food came out fast and seemed very fresh. Goat cheese was oozing from the burger like I don't even know. Molly our waitress was on the ball, like I said before she's a looker. When the bill came out I was amazed on how cheap the total came out to, considering the quality and freshness of my oozing goat cheese burger. I would recommend this 24 hour piece of heaven to anyone. I give Star Seeds two thumbs up!!!!
Not as good since they cleaned up – Starseeds used to be an exciting place when it was a dive. It was a sort of adventure to see how bad the service was and how cheap the food would be. Lately, though, the prices have climbed and the service is only marginally better. It's no longer a dive, which means it's not really anything special.
decent after-hours dining, if you're willing to wait a looooong time – A group of us ate here at 2a.m. on a Saturday. We were seated immediately, but it took us over an hour to receive our food. The breakfast taco was GIGANTIC, but it wasn't particularly great. The best part of the night was the Rockstar Queso - an absolute must!!
Trying to find a middle ground – OK. For anyone wondering what Star Seeds is about, you have to take it's reputation with a grain of salt (as the extremely polarized views here would suggest). The staff is well-meaning, but generally short-handed. The place is so crowded that they probably don't have the space to afford a few extra sets of hands.
In a rush, you'll get drinks, food, and a generally all right meal from their best servers. When it's slow, you may even get a long conversation and entertaining insight.
From my experience, the people who work there are far less intimidating or rude than they might accidentally seem on a bad day. It's a personal experience, and if you frequent the place, you'll find that the staff will really open up to you. Treat them well and they will more than reward the favor. And if Jen or Lenee is there, treat yourself to a great dining experience with either. Not only are they fast, they're both pretty much as cool as it gets.
However, don't expect to walk in there and get six star, gourmet restaurant service when there's a wait list and one waiter running their butt off. Appreciate it for what it is and enjoy it or else you might as well just go somewhere bland and uninteresting instead.
seedy cafe – We had just come back from a night out on 6th street and were in search of a place to eat. A friend suggested Star Seeds. That was a bad idea. I am not a complete a hole when it comes to dining out. I just like certain particulars to be in order. First off, I like cleanliness. I prefer to be at peace and know that my food won't contain hair, an insect found in Men in Black the movie (im not allowed to say it in this review..i am being censored for some reason), or any other thing/bacteria/creepy crawly that it is not supposed to. At Star seeds you get the direct impression that the sanitation levels are low. The bathroom is dirty. The waiters look kind of grungy and dirty.
I know that they were trying to go for cool hip urbanite...that is a....kind of I dont care Im so trendy I dont have to follow society's rules....blah blah.
However, they missed the mark. I would rather get a smiling professional waiter and correctly prepared food in a clean kitchen/restaurant than eat again at this fake hippy cafe.
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