Austin >Food & Dining > Kerbey Lane Cafe
12602 Research Blvd, Austin, TX | Directions 7875930.430572 -97.762975
Great Sunday Breakfast – Breakfast was great today. Enjoyed the menu with tons of "whole food" options. Everything tasted great and the staff was friendly and smiling. A long wait, but worth it.
Biggest disappointment in the last 5 years – Tried it for the first time. My groupon was not accepted. I was explained that they issued some wrong groupons. Basically bait and switch tactics. Stay away, bad business.
We love Kerbey! – My husband and I frequent the north location and love it! It gets pretty crowded on weekends for breakfast and lunch but it never takes too long to get seated. We are just as big of fans of the changing seasonal menus as the old favorites. The lemon poppyseed pancakes, the quiche with kielbasa and gruyere are just as delicious as the Kerbey queso and ginger bread pancakes! Cheap mimosas made with their yummy fresh squeezed orange juice are an excellent way to kick off a Sunday.
Bizarre service – My wife and I have eaten here almost every time we've been to Austin. It's crowded which means you have to wait but the food is pretty good. However, on the most recent visit the waitress for some reason decided to ignore my wife. It was bizarre, almost like it was personal. We aren't going back.
I love the queso. This is where I come when it is late and Kerbey Lane is way better than Denny's or IHOP or other late night places. The food is good, but during the day, there are some better places out there, but Kerbey is Kerbey and I will always love it
For the price the palce could at least be clean! – I have been there just once and about had it. After waiting for 45 mins...yikes! I was hungry. If I am paying $13 n up per person at least they could,
1) sweep the floor once a while ..there were paper napkins, stains on the seating, crumbs on table all chairs were messed around.
2) have descent food...my pasta was floating in olive oil..n my husbands beef dish was dry.
3) Have patient staff...not rude.. dont bother me attitudes..waiter took forever just to get 2 glasses of water
4) Have the staff cover their tattoo n piercings! Gee what is with that? our server had her belly ring greeting us and the whole snake/dragon thing on her uncovered hand...It was a turn off! Is it just me who finds this a little over the top?
Just not good food, service or cleanliness - either location – I find the food to be ok at best, but the wait and the horrible wait staff (ok there is always one cool hippie chick working there) aren't worth it. Last time at the downtown location the garbage was overflowing, food trash strewn on the ground outside and a rash of flies and ants were everywhere - more than is remotely acceptible.
Older punk/goth folks always make great servers....wait no they don't. At all.
We're done with either location and never going back.
WHY? – You have to love and get Austin to understand this review... My wife and I loved eat at the 183 Kerby Lane. It was a Saturday thing we did every week. It was in an old house from stains on the carpet to the art local on the walls the tattoo perced freindly waitstaff and the great breakfests they served, it felt like Austin. One of the only places that still did along 183 north. We were driving by one day a few months ago and noticed that they had moved to Anderson Mill and 183 into one of the strip centers there. Decided to go there that day and check it out and find out why they moved. Well as we walked in I could tell the whole vibe was different, it felt cold and corporate ( a four letter word in Austin, or it use to be) like any out of town chain, think The Black Eyed Pea, Applebees, what Cedar Park is turning into. But the waitstaff was still the same so I figured it was just because it was a new location, we were seated and asked our waiter why they moved and he had no idea, we could tell he wasn't that happy with the move he thought the new location felt very corporate as well. We got our food, it was good but they I started looking around at the photos on the walls, they we of Austin ,all the landmarks, I noticed there was a photo right above our table, a shot taken from the ground looking up at the sky in downtown. the only thing in the frame were cranes. Just cranes, not the birds mind you. I felt sick. That told me that yes Kerby Lane had turned away from what they once were, now it's all about the money baby!!! I just hope the other locations doen't follow suit. And to anyone from out of town, Go to the Original one one Kerby Lane or Magnolia Cafe if you want a real Austin Experience.
Not worth the wait... – New to the area, and my husband wanted to go to the "famous" KLC. Okay. We went to the one off 183. Sunday at 12. We waited an hour for a table (but noticed many empty tables in back- maybe they were short a few servers). The waiter was ok, but not great. The food was just ok. I got the frisco egg sandwich thing. It was ok, the eggs were over cooked, and I only got a little sliver of avocado. He got biscuits and gravy. Again, only ok. The biscuits were a bit heavy. We also got pancakes, which I found very heavy, and with too much almond extract flavor. The food was lukewarm, and delivered by another server (perhaps ours was out back smoking?). It wasn't horrible food, but it certainly wasn't great, and nothing like other reviews would have had us believe. I did, however, like the coffee. If you want good breakfast food, head across the highway to La Tapateria- great food, way cheap.
New Location, Horrible as ever – First, I used to love Kerbey Lane, the old one, actually on Kerbey Lane. I hadn't had the best experiences at the one north on 183 and now that they've moved to their new location near Anderson Mill, they've gotten even worse. The waiter took forever to come over and get our drink order, so we put the entire order in all at once, of course he didn't write it down, and of course it was wrong. Later he came over and said they were out of one part of our order. When the food finally came, he brought my son the wrong meal and before we discovered the problem, he was gone, so I told the hostess, who was close, about the problem. She actually came over and told my 4 year old that if he "didn't eat it, he would have to sit there for another 20 minutes with a hungry belly." It was all I could do not to reach over and choke her. Luckily, my son told her that he wanted what he ordered. When it came, it was thrown together and pretty gross. My food was mediocre at best, tasted like it had been sitting out for a couple of hours. I know Kerbey lane is supposed to be kind of an Austin experience, but if outsiders came here, they would think Austin is a nightmare. Magnolia, please please open a restaurant up north.
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