Austin, Texas Restaurant Review - Waterloo Ice House

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Last week, I reviewed EZ's on  Lamar.  This week, I focus on Waterloo Ice House.  Well, actually my wife decided to write this review for me.  My wife and kids visited two of the six locations, 1106 W. 38th St. and 8600 Burnet Rd.  She helped me write this review, so that you could know whether it was worth a visit.

 

1106 W. 38th St.

Located at the Corner of 38th and Medical Parkway, this Austin tradition's slogan is, "Serving  great food since the hippies showed up."  My wife took two of our kids while she was out and about, my eight year old son and our toddler daughter.  Here's her review:

After parking in the lot behind the restaurant (the lot is accessible from both 38th and Medical), we walked around to the front to find a storefront with a rustic feel.  Neon signs, rusted hardware, and weathered wood add to the "ice  house" theme.  After opening the creaky door, we stepped into an enclosed porch eating area.  The patina of wear on the wooden floor boards, ceiling fans, ketchup bottles on the tables, and black-and-white photos on the walls set the "ice house" mood.  Vintage signs and beer signs decorated the walls.

When we walked into the restaurant, the lady at the counter told us to just grab a menu and order at the counter.  We ordered, and then served ourselves from the drink machines.  This is very casual dining:  you serve your own drink, get your own silverware, and find your own table.

We noticed a TV up on the wall,  above the 50's diner-style booths.  Slow rock music played in the background.  Most people were wearing jeans, khakis, and jackets.  Not a place for business lunches, but more for hanging out for a casual meal with friends..  Most of the clientele consisted of young hipsters, small family groups, and classic Austinites. 

Our order was ready in about 10-15 minutes.  I was glad, because our baby was starting to get a bit grumpy by that time, and it was  good to have something to feed her.  My son, had the grilled cheese sandwich and fries with a drink and dessert included for $4.75, and I had the Waterloo Salad for $7.95. 

My son was a little short on fries, but maybe the cook was trying to control the portions to what a smaller child would eat (our son is a big guy, for an eight year old).  He said the grilled cheese sandwich, made with American cheese, was good. 

The Waterloo salad had lettuce, chopped pecans, granny smith apples, bacon crumbles, blue cheese crumbles, and chicken chunks.  It had a "homemade apple cider vinaigrette" that was a little oily.  Overall, it was pretty good and fairly filling,  but I probably wouldn't order it again. 

As a side note, you can find many different permutations of this salad, frequently called "Pecan-Crusted Chicken Salad," all over town.  I usually prefer it without the bleu cheese crumbles, because they can be a bit too tart.  Many versions call for "craisins," which are dried cranberries.  The Waterloo version had regular grilled chicken, no cranberries or oranges, so I think it could have used some more tartness to make the unique flavor of this salad, which is sort of a "sweet and sour" experience.

I tried my son's fries, and they were pretty good.  They looked  hand-cut, and still had the peel on, for that "homemade" feel.

I saw a mom nearby who also had a baby, about the same age as ours.  I asked if she came here to eat frequently, and she said, "Yes."  She mentioned that when she was pregnant, she simply craved their fish tacos all the time, and so had to be a regular customer.  She fed her baby some baby food while our little one munched on a fry.

As we left, I noticed the  blackboard on the wall with info about the live music.  We'll have to come back some time without the kids and check out some of the artists.

 

 

 

8600 Burnet Rd.

My wife took all three of our children to this location after a visit to the dentist for my son, and she wrote the following:

This location had many more people who appeared to be having business lunches, and were  dressed in business attire.  It's located more on the north side of town, whereas the 38th street location is more central.

The rusty Coke sign outside says, "old ice house."  (Well, I guess it also said,  "Coke.")  When you walk in, there's a long bar on the left side of the restaurant where you place your order.  To your right are the tables and wooden chairs.  The floor is aged wood and concrete.  The walls were decorated with beer signs and other vintage signs.  The exposed ductwork and wide-screen TV add to the casual, hanging-out ambiance.  Classic rock played in the background while business people and their friends were chatting and eating. 

I decided to order the Chicken Ranch Tacos, which is two tacos of chicken cubes, bacon strips, lettuce, and pico de gallo, with sweet, spicy ranch dressing and  salsa on the side.  I didn't use the salsa, but the tacos were still pretty spicy, but not too spicy.  The creamy sauce was nice with the vegetables and chicken; it made them juicy and tasty.  I can see how they would be fairly light fare, if you left off the dressing and bacon. 

On the side, I had the black beans, which didn't have a lot of seasoning, and the Mexican rice, which was typical Mexican rice. 

My son and daughter (8 and 6) had the chicken strips with fries, and the grilled cheese sandwich with  fries, respectively.  At first, my son refused to eat, because his mouth was numb from the preceding dentist visit.  I finally convinced him that eating would move his mouth around more, which would help the medicine and numbness wear off faster.

The kids seemed to like their food, which was followed by the dessert included with the kids' meal:  vanilla ice cream, which can be  served with or without chocolate syrup and whipped cream on top.  I opted for no chocolate syrup, since I do the laundry for the family. 

The seemingly street-wise staff seemed to love our baby, and many of them came over to make silly faces at her, to see if they could make her laugh.  Clearly, kids are welcome here.  They had plenty of high chairs, and a respectable children's menu. 

 The serve-yourself drink station, has sodas, coffee, and juice.  The blackboard said, "Monday Night Football, 25 cent hot wings.  Happy Hour M-F 4-7 PM, 75 cent chips & salsa, 25 cent hot wings, $2 select appetizers, cheap beer."

It was a casual, uneventful meal, which I think is what they aim to serve at the Waterloo Ice House.  Check it out.

 

The Lamar and Burnet Road Waterloo locations feature live music several nights a week, and it's FREE! 

Their menu features appetizers, salads, soups, potatoes, burgers, platters (which is traditional diner fare such as chicken fried steak, turkey meatloaf, and chopped steak), chicken sandwiches, tacos, and kids' meals.  The kids' menu selections are:  burger, grilled cheese sandwich with american cheese, chicken tenders, mini corn dogs, and PB&J.

For more details on their hours, musical performers, locations, menu, and employment opportunities, see their website:

Waterloo Ice House

Copyright 2007  Jason Crouch   Austin TX Real Estate

 

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MISSY - Yes, it probably is a Southern thing.  I LOVE that pecan-crusted chicken salad, and my wife also makes it here at home sometimes.  I hope you are having a great week!
Nov 13, 2007 05:03 AM #12
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GAIL - I didn't realize that there was one on Escarpment now.  I also like the one on 360 at 2222 (playground as well).  Have a terrific week!
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TOM - Glad you liked it so much.  My wife wrote this one.  Have a great day!
Nov 13, 2007 05:12 AM #14
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TRICIA - I agree.  That is a great place and I have eaten there with clients before.  Parking is truly a hassle, though.  I also like the one at 360 and 2222, with the playground for the kids.
Nov 13, 2007 05:13 AM #15
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ELAINE - Yes, I would highly recommend keeping yours upbeat and positive.  Glad you liked the concept for Localism.  Have a great day!
Nov 13, 2007 05:14 AM #16
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I love the restaurants and bars in Austin.  We had the very best steak EVER at Roux  on 6th street.   Also love theGinger Man with so many kinds of beer.
Nov 13, 2007 05:16 AM #17
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JEFF - There are lots of cool places to eat and drink here (as you apparently already know).  I haven't even been to Roux - I need to check that out sometime.  Thanks for commenting on this one!
Nov 13, 2007 05:18 AM #18
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Would you stop it already, Jason?!  How do you know to put these reviews out only when I'm starving!  Man, that place sounds good right about now.  Tell them to open a location in Scottsdale.  I'll get my lunch and a commission for selling them the building.  You'll get the satisfaction of doing a great service for the people of Arizona while earning a hefty referral fee in the process.  Sound good?
Nov 13, 2007 06:40 AM #19
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PAUL - Let me make a couple of phone calls.  It's funny - I just got my food ready for a late lunch at home, then returned to the computer to find your comment.  I was also starving!
Nov 13, 2007 06:45 AM #20
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Jason, since I love to eat out, I love reading reviews on restraunts in different towns in case I am ever through them. Looks like I might have to check this one out.
Nov 13, 2007 07:11 AM #21
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DANNY - If you are in Austin, Waterloo is worth trying.  They have at least five or six locations locally.  Thanks for your comments, buddy!
Nov 13, 2007 07:14 AM #22
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Sounds like the good ole' days there!  Chicken strips and fries and kids go hand in hand!!  Well done review, Jason.
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DAVID - Thanks for your comments, as always.  Actually, my wife wrote this review.  I will let her know that you liked it.  Have a great week!
Nov 13, 2007 12:17 PM #24
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great25.com is a great place to share your food findings like waterloo, and a great place to find new hidden gems that you never new existed. check it out. it has helped me find some pretty cool spots.
May 28, 2008 07:58 AM #25
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ok, this is the wrong thing to be reading just before I go to bed since it is making me hungry!!!!

May 31, 2008 04:18 PM #26
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Headed there tomorrow, may have to check it out, we usually stick to our usual favorites, but this looks interesting.  I'll let ya know!

May 31, 2008 04:36 PM #27
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I like pecans on my salads too!   Anyway - your wife did a great job with the post.   The points should go to her!

Oct 01, 2008 01:44 AM #28
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Jason: "Serving great food since the hippies showed up" like that one!  Food sounds delicious at the Waterloo Icehouse in Austin Texas.  It seems to be a great place to take a family.  FREE live music, can not beat that one. New residents moving into the Austin area, need to take Jason's review and consider trying this one out...I personally would have to pass on the FISH Taco! 

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Both these places Jason sounded good with slightly different atmospheres. Great details for anyone thinking of trying either....

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That sounds like a great spot for the whole family.

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