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.