3/04/2013 10:01:00 AM

The 10 Most Overrated Dishes in Austin

Hype. It's a less common four-letter word, but it's just as toxic as the others. The results are never fun for anyone involved: chef, server, or customer. We usually highlight the best of the best, but this time we asked you guys to tell us the 10 most overrated dishes that made us collectively say, meh.

(Oh, and did we miss any? Give us the dirt in the comments section below.)

19 comments :

  1. what about the food at Chilantro. the kimchi fries are super dissapointing tasting of only cheap fries and mayo, and the rest of the food has no flavour.

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  2. This list is awesome! Super accurate. These restaurants need to get their shit together. There is no excuse for the general lack of attention to detail at many Austin restaurants.

    The Mighty Cone is my favorite addition - Great, a stale, cold tortilla, a chicken strip, and some mayo!!! What a joke!

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  3. Yes i agree with this list completely. Honestly i can get great mexican food from the taqueria inside the mexican supermarket by my work, great dishes and very affordable, Guero's is for the tourists. Home Slice because of the location will always be busy, but there are so many other pizza places that are much better.

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  4. Actually, there are tons of reasons to knock Guero's – poor service, overly seasoned meats, tourists, excessive cheese on everyting – but their margaritas are actually pretty authentic: heavy on the tequila with key lime and just a splash of cointreau, GM or other orange liqueur. Yep, they're tart and you can actually taste the tequila. But they beat the hell out of most places around town where you can rot your teeth out on the sweet and sour.

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  5. Oh, but I agree with all of the others.

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  6. Since when did Guero's claim to be Tex-Mex? They have always prided themselves on authentic Mexican food. As for the ritas, they are the real recipe. If you want a big fluffy one with sweet and sour mix and served in a cactus shaped glass, go to Chili's.

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  7. Yeah, have to agree about Guero's margaritas - they're pretty authentic and less sweet. In fact, their corn tortillas are the best, chewiest in ATX. "Every Austinite we talked to.".... hmm... shouldn't one have a residency of at least 5 years to be an "Austinite"? I mean, some fresh off the plain Californian or New Yorker really has no place critiquing Tex-Mex.

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  8. So you are talking about going to a Saltlick that is not in Driftwood? Even better, any restaurant near the AU airport? I must agree with the previous post: Go back to California/New York. Plz.

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  9. Yep, bunch of Nuevo Tejanos - go back to California/NY please.

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  10. South Congress took a beating because it deserves it. There are a few places worth going (i.e. Continental Club), but since at least the early 2000's it's been mostly a fucking tourist trap (or just like one). Everything about Guero's has always sucked. Home Slice in particular was always mediocre, and if New Yorkers thought it was representative of NYC pizza, I'm convinced that NYC knows nothing about good pizza. Chicago-style thin crust is the best anywhere. East Side Pies is the best in Austin.

    This whole post highlights an unfortunate phenomenon that has always plagued Austin (or at least since I first lived there in 1997): groupthink overhype. Anytime something new or relatively novel opens, it gets overhyped, your friends all say it's awesome/fun, and it's slammed/crowded for quite a while. Once you finally get a chance to try it, you realize it's just okay, but you realize that few people were/are willing to cop to how dumb they felt for chasing the latest trend. The entity in question thus stays popular until enough more new places open and steal that hype. Example: Highball. Every bowling alley ever has sold drinks and shitty food. There is/was no reason to tolerate a long wait, crowds, and shitty service/people, yet so many Austinites buy into the hype. The answer, of course, is: "don't go," but every now and then one of your friends takes the lead that particular night and you get dragged into it. Sometimes it's unavoidable, but I am personally all in favor of Austin becoming a little more discriminating with regard to taste. Just being in Austin does not (or should not) imply quality.

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  11. Sooooo agree with Hey Cupcake review. They always taste slightly of coconut oil, no matter which flavor you get. I always say I can get better cupcakes at Sam's Club. Yuck. Go to Sugar Mamas.

    Still love Home Slice though. Garlic knots ftw.

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  12. Guero's margs will never be popular with folks that want a lot of sugar in their alcohol, but it's a solid drink for the rest of us. It should be replaced by something truly horrendous such as the abomination of a margarita at El Chile or the jalapeno ranch at Chuy's.

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  13. I agree with most of this list. I will say the Mighty Cone at ACL is great though. I do like Salt Lick as well but it's not the best.

    However, Home Slice IS the best pizza in Austin, hands down. Somebody suggested East Side Pies is better... False. Somebody had the audacity to say Chicago thin slice is better... HAHA (I can only muster a laugh when I see that, no words). The only pizza I've had that's remotely as good is at Quattro Gatti. No, Home Slice is not as good as pizza you can get in NYC, but it's the best Austin has to offer.

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  14. Homeslice is the best pizza in Austin hands down???? Haha get over yourself. They aren't even the best version of that style of pizza in Austin. That would be Little Deli. Homeslice garners attention because of good atmosphere, good (not great) pizza, and a killer location. The owners would tell you that themselves.

    I am 100% on board with the thoughts on Guero's marg's...they are legit drinks. El Chile is an abomination on all fronts, especially the drinks.

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  15. Quattro Gatti blows. Backspace & House are both better wood fired pizza places here in Austin.

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  16. Eastside pies is super over-rated and really greasy. Give me Home Slice any day. Little Deli does a great job on pizza as well. Overrated? Franklin BBQ, Uchico, and anything else from Paul Qui.

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  17. Eastside pies isn't really pizza anyways. Throwing a bunch of stuff on a razor thin bread isn't pizza. If you can't do a simple cheese and pep pizza you should try your hand at something else. The WORST crust in the Austin pizza scene.

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  18. been to little deli, its ok. the best was slices and ices when the onwer was there making it. home slice is the way to go.

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  19. You know what's overrated? Zagat. I can't count the number of awful restaurants I've been to on Zagat's recommendation over the years.

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