Most Entertaining Restaurant Review Ever? EZ's on Lamar - Austin, Texas

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Last night, I took my family to EZ's Restaurant on North Lamar about a block north of 38th Street, just across the street from the H-E-B Central Market shopping area.  This is a fun restaurant for the whole family, and the kids actually liked it so much, they asked if we could return again today.  Not today, but probably soon. 

 

The menu at EZ's consists of distinctly "American" cuisine -  burgers,sandwiches, salads, pizzas, kid's meals, and a couple of plate dinners.  It evokes thoughts of an old-fashioned diner with a soda fountain.  Bright pastel colors and black and white checkered tiles set the mood as fun and family friendly.  It has also been named "Best Restaurant in Austin" a couple of times in the Austin Chronicle's annual "Best of Austin" reader poll.

  

 The crowd was actually quite a mixture demographically.  Since it's not too far from the University of Texas campus, there were a number of students, young families with kids, a table of police officers, and even a guy who is clearly among those trying to resurrect the "white guy afro".  Frankly, he had some of the largest, curliest hair that I have seen.  Sorry to digress there.

 

The atmosphere is open, a little noisy, with pop music playing and lots of conversation.  If weather permits, you can also enjoy their covered patio outside.  Weather did not permit in our case.  Overall, the place has a comfortable, easy vibe about it. 

As for the food itself, I had the pepperoni pizza, which honestly wasn't that attractive to behold, but it was REALLY tasty, and far superior to most chain pizza restaurants.  My son enjoyed his burger, and my daughter enjoyed her chicken tenders as well.  My wife had the Cobb salad, which she said was fresh and tasty.  In fairness, she also noted that it was relatively difficult to mess up a Cobb salad.  Nonetheless, everyone was  happy with the food. 

One of the neat "draws" with EZ's is the dessert menu.  They offer a nice selection of shakes, malts, floats, sundaes, etc.  My son opted for a vanilla shake, and my daughter had the IBC Root Beer float.  I liked the fact that they gave me an entire bottle of IBC along with the ice cream in a separate cup, so that we could control the root beer-to-vanilla-ice-cream ratio that is so critical to enjoying a good float. 

When prompted to describe their taste treats for the purpose of this blog, my kids were very specific.  My daughter said it was "delicious" and my son said the shake was "delectable".  Both desserts must have been pretty good to rate that highly on the yummy chart!

I would highly recommend EZ's for food, atmosphere, and family fun.  By the way, my daughter just asked me AGAIN when we will be returning.  Maybe this will become a new favorite hangout for us.

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PAUL - Coke floats are good, Dr. Pepper floats are probably even better!  I just ate "dinner" awhile ago - actually, it was a bowl of cereal.  Speaking of retarded, I will offer you a preview of my next "kid" blog.  My daughter was running around the house tonight yelling, "Tards!  Tards!" because she wanted to see some cards.  However, she also has started saying "Thank you" very clearly for even little things, like when you pick her up.  That melts my heart.  The other great phrase that she picked up this week is "I like you."
Oct 27, 2007 06:05 PM #7
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Jason, I hope that you will post another blog describing the exact secret behind the proper root beer-to-vanilla-ice-cream ratio in root beer float.  Sounds like you and the family enjoyed a delectable meal.
Oct 28, 2007 12:48 AM #8
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BRIAN - Thanks for reading this one.  I just thought it would make an interesting Localism post.  Have a great day!  I need to start thinking about the "root beer float" post. :)
Oct 28, 2007 02:45 AM #9
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Jason - Delicious and delectable... how could you possibly go wrong? Sounds divine!
Oct 28, 2007 11:45 AM #10
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Jennifer Monroe
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Oh the floats! You're right on the money with the liquid to ice cream ratio. My favorite place for dessert and to just hang out in Pdx is called Pix. Why? A thousand reasons, but it really comes down to the luscious floats! They make their own heavenly ice cream and make a terrific beer float from lavender ice cream and Pilsner Urquell. I'm not kidding - this rocks!

When you come visit me - we'll go! 

Oct 29, 2007 01:59 AM #11
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ANONYMOUS COMMENTER - Agreed.
Oct 29, 2007 02:09 AM #12
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JENNIFER - That beer float sounds strangely good, at least to hear you describe it.  Thanks for commenting on this one.  If I ever make it to Pdx, I will have one with you.
Oct 29, 2007 02:12 AM #13
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Jennifer, I was in Portland last year at this time.  My wife grew up in teeny tiny Philomath, outside of Corvallis.  I can't remember the name of the little brewery we went to (I know there are 1.2 million), but it was damn good.  I'll ask the wife if she can recall it.  In the meantime, why don't you throw a few names at the wall, and I'll let you know if any sticks.  When we hit the lotto, I want a second home up there.  Loved the vibe.
Oct 29, 2007 04:52 PM #14
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McMenamins perhaps Paul? They have a slew of Oregon breweries, pubs, hotels, etc. 

http://www.mcmenamins.com/index.php?loc=26&category=Location%20Homepage

Oct 30, 2007 11:39 AM #15
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JC -  You have a copyright for your posts now??? Cool!
Oct 30, 2007 01:37 PM #16
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SHANNON - I can't tell if you are joking or not, since it is text only.
Oct 30, 2007 02:24 PM #17
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Mr. Boyett, that sir, is impressive.  1 guess, 1 correct answer.  I looked up the locales and determined that we were in the one called The Ram's Head.  That place was the bomb.  Great beer and burgers.
Oct 30, 2007 02:54 PM #18
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Paul...I lived in Portland for several years and lived close to the McMenamins Cedar Hill pub where I ate lunch quite often. The Cornelius Pass location was not too far away either. They are great.

 BTW, back to the original thread. Does anyone remember what EZ's was called before it became EZ's?

Oct 30, 2007 03:59 PM #19
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Well, apparently no one remembers....it was 2-J's before it was EZ's.
Oct 31, 2007 01:27 PM #20
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MICHAEL - I somehow managed to miss the trivia question. I didn't know the previous name of EZ's.  Thanks for sharing that.
Oct 31, 2007 02:53 PM #21
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Jason, thanks for posting in the I recommend group. EZ's sounds like an awesome place to take the family to go eat. These are just the types of places that I really enjoy to take my family. Anything fun is always good.
Dec 22, 2007 12:59 PM #22
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STEPHEN - You are more than welcome.  I like the idea for the new group.  EZ's is a great family restaurant.  Have a great Christmas!
Dec 22, 2007 01:02 PM #23
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If the kids are asking when you're going back, then it must be a great place for the family =0)

Dec 28, 2007 01:00 PM #24
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LISA - You make an excellent point.  I think we will be returning again very soon.
Jan 01, 2008 04:16 PM #25
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Jason,

Whenever I visit Austin, I will definitely visit EZ.

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