$18 French Toast at Ovenbird.
By - diduknowitsme
$72 whole chicken at Pecan Square Cafe.
Don't even get a price break with the whole. Half is $36.
That is legitimately insane. Even the 1/2 chicken "Fried Chicken" at Mattie's is $32, which is a lot, but also includes two very solid sides, and is a relatively upscale place on a lovely property. It's not "reasonable" priced at all, but at least you feel like you're getting your $32 worth, the meal is massive.
Pecan Square Cafe, in comparison, looks like an overpriced neighborhood bistro.
$76 at Yardbird in Vegas, but that includes a waffle and watermelon.
Edit: didn't see what sub I was in and assumed it was AskReddit. I don't know why Austin Food was suggested to me. I've never even been to Austin.
Wtfff. I ate there in Miami in like 2016 and it was very affordable
Im a refugee from a 3rd party app and the official one is always doing this to me. Just suggesting the most random subs.
I really don't understand it.
$22 *biscuits and gravy* at Ovenbird. Gtfoh
I came here to say the exact same thing. Ovenbird has always been slightly pricey, but now it seems like it’s over the top.
Ovenbird used to have a pretty decent reputation in the neighborhood. The French Toast @ $12 was great, it was absolutely a different chef. Now the French Toast is literally Texas Toast with syrup, used to have a wonderful fruit compote with it, whipped butter, and real maple syrup. It’s garbage currently. Was so disappointed last time we ate there.
I used to host regular meetings there with various team members who were traveling. Now we just stick to what we know is good, The Little Darlin or Spokesman.
I’m agreeing with the OP about Ovenbird, could list a few other spots, but toasted bread that isn’t even made in house at $18 is the worst!
Little Darlin forever!
So sad, so true
I still can’t get over what happened to Polvo’s. Used to be cheap but decent Tex-Mex, and now they’ve got $20 enchiladas.
The south 1st location back in 2013 was popular with college kids for pitchers of strong margs and cheapish tex-mex. It wasn't maurdie's or trudy's cheap (or La Feria south lamar RIP cheap) but it was still somewhere college kids would go. When they opened the downtown location at the 360 everything went insane, and they acted upscale even though they weren't.
I miss Trudy’s being cheap.
And a $26 grilled chicken breast. Unbelievable.
I love the fajitas al guajillo plate and went for the first time in a long time last week. It was like $32. Granted, I'll pay it because I love that dish but that's getting into Lupe Tortilla pricing for fajitas.
A place named "dust" has $20 enchiladas? Yikes. Yall need to go down to the place that used to be a 711 om the sektch part of town and enjoy.
Everything. Moody Center.
$37 double vodka after tip
Same at q2.
I was just there on Friday at the national concert and was marveling at the $22 tequila mixed drinks. $12 per slice of pizza.
Enjoyed my $6 Coke Zero and cried at paying $55 to park in the manor garage. Definitely getting a rideshare there next time.
Park by the cemetery near baseball. Free. Quick walk to moody
Had a few Friday night. After the 1st one the price really doesn’t matter.
Nothing matters when you have a good blood buzz
I still owe money to the money I owe
*the credit card industry has entered the chat*
I never thought about love when I thought about home
That line is so sad to me
I love how the self checkout kiosks ask you to tip
Happy Cake Day! I hope your next year is full of amazing food and drinks at better prices than on this thread...
RIP Mr Moody, he recently died.
We should name something after him
yup, like Moody Garden or Moody Money!
They'll do him right at the Moody Funeral Parlor. As long as there is no mix up with Moody Crematorium
$9 french fries
$5 just for the cup so you can get water
Im not above drinking faucet water
$8 La Croix
I went once to Ovenbird and loved it, but never went back because the prices are insane.
Would be a regular there if everything wasn’t so gd expensive
I’m thinking these responses just HAVE to be trolls until I start Googling the menus. Holy sh*t.
$16 guac at la condessa
I will never understand their prices. They were the first place I ever saw to charge $15 for a simple margarita, back in 2017. Sure, prices have increased in recent years, but back in 2017 most places were $5HH, $7 regular.
I think their cocktails are $18-21 now
Their margarita is the only thing I would pay that much for. The food is just okay.
OOF. and they're not even using decent tequila for it
La Condesa is the place where one of the owners maxed out his credit cards and broke into the private event space and stole cash from the safe and then blamed it on the bartenders who had closed even though there was security footage. New Waterloo is a giant piece of shit company.
There’s like this $90 caviar at a food truck called Texas Sushiko
Served on — wait for it — Pringles
No lie potato chips and caviar go really well together.
I remember back in the 80s Randall's had a small jar of caviar for $30. I was shocked and horrified. It was unbelievable. Now that seems par for the course.
Some caviar goes for $100s per ounce, so that's not particularly crazy.
I love caviar, and I understand that, depending on the type, it can be really expensive. That $90 might actually be reasonable based on the food costs (though probably not cause most people buying that from a food truck, especially if it is on a Pringle, are clueless and you don't need to use expensive caviar).
But I hate how Austin places are just trying to jump on this caviar trend and putting together some of the dumbest "let's just slap some caviar on a dish where it doesn't make sense so we can charge $100 for a "luxury" app and get some viral moment" concepts.
Yea not saying it’s unreasonable. Just not expecting something that costs $90 from a food truck where the rest of the menu is $5-$15. Just kinda surprising
the whole fish at este is like 108
Those crusty shrimp where they say “eat the shells!” are like $38 absolutely fkng not. Our whole meal there was way too expensive. Literally every item is somewhere between $6 and $10 more than it should be easily.
Yeah idk why restaurants can’t pull off seafood towers in this town but the first that realizes that you don’t need to pack the margin into the tower will do very well. Like “oh you can actually get the full tower at a lower cost per unit than the half AND we’ll give you $10 off any bottle of wine” would be a v intriguing proposition. I’d rationalize the hell out of taking them up on the offer twice!
Love this! $160 for abt 30 bites total is not it.
We were just two and no alcohol and it was so expensive. It was great food but at those prices, they actually distract from the food because it is so over the top IMO
I’m with you. We were feeling spendy and it was a bday, we even came at HH so the seafood tower was more forgiving. Still some of the best bites, like the lobster in the tower, there was maybe* 2-3 Tablespoons cmon🥲 -fortunately the clams were excellent. Trout dip was cat food. Drinks were great, dessert was pretty good-but food wise the truly great bites were few and sparse. I’ll take Suerte or Clark’s tysm. Not super busy and forgotten by server a few times. The 5 of us eat out frequently on special occasions and we go HAM..but we’ve never had a tab like that.
It’s like eating a pile of fingernails.
I enjoyed the food we ordered (seafood platter and trout ceviche during happy hour so 15 off the platter) and it was delish but I don’t think I would return because of the prices. Was hoping to order more but just couldn’t justify when there’s so many other great places in town
$35 for a mediocre chicken quesadilla at El Naranjo. I’ve been twice, thought it was overpriced and mediocre both times. The “quesadilla” was the dealbreaker - you can get twice as good for half the price at any Mexican place in town.
(they have great mashed potatoes... but the thing I am praising them for is... mashed potatoes)
I was so disappointed in El Naranjo, the food was worse than what you get in any roadside Mexican restaurant tbh and it's so loud you can't even have a conversation unless you're at the bar.
The Duck mole is the reason to go
We got that, way better in actual Oaxaca with simple chicken tbh. I've had duck served a few ways and that was just disappointing, they were also out of bread and that's one of the things everyone always raves about too so maybe an off night but would not waste my time or money again. The service was great but the drinks were also highly Austin priced.
Bread was just... meh. Not even warm. Just nice to have bread service but not good.
If you go to Mexico at like a nicer restaurant you’ll get similar bread service with super spicy salsa. It’s pretty good but like this guy mentioned, it’s better in Mexico. Still I can’t get this food elsewhere in Austin so going once was a cool experience. Their queso fundido is pretty overpriced but with the salsa / bread it was pretty magical.
I only think their drinks are worth the James Beard Award, TBH.
$35 Tater Tots with black truffle. $100 with caviar. Garrison
Heartbreaking because those tots slap
The tots, are they tatered in-house?
You can get in serious trouble for slapping tots.
Anything at the Royal Blue.
The $6 burger (was $5 pre-COVID) at the Congress location (only on Tuesday) is the only legitimately good deal there. And I only say that because the veggie burger (in house made black bean and quinoa burger) is the same price and insanely good. Cheese included in that price, as are all veggie toppings including jalapenos (which a lot of places charge for). It's on a huge and delicious brioche bun.
Legitimately nothing is reasonably priced at Royal Blue, except for that burger. It's a Tuesday lunch go-to.
I went to the one near my office because I had run out of half and half at work. It was a normal pint of half and half. $8. (Of course it wasn’t labeled and I didn’t know the price until the cashier rang it up.) I told them that was absurd and never mind. I don’t have many principles higher than my need for milk-colored coffee, but that’s one of them.
If you are going to Royal Blue for a bargain, you are gonna have a bad time.
A vanilla latte cost me $9 (after a $1 tip) at First Light in Hyde Park
My second entry: $40 “pescada a la plancha” at La Condesa. The price and description made it sound decently sized, so two friends who are light eaters ordered it to share. It was maybe 3 ounces of fish with a small vegetable garnish. I seem to have a knack for finding over priced and overrated Mexican food.
I had $17 queso and an $18 margarita.
I took friends from out of town here having not ate at la condesa since like 2012 and I was blown away by the pricing. Wild.
I often order food expecting quantity to more or less equate with price, assuming it's a "normal" thing (i.e. not caviar, a5 wagyu, etc). I have been burned at so many places with tiny portions, and also massively surprised at other places ordering what seemed like a reasonable entree and getting enough food for 3 people.
That’s too bad. This was awhile ago but one time I went there and ordered tortilla soup and papaya salad and it was amazingly good. Times change
The $45 dollar Chicken Parm at Sammies. MML is such a joke
Your comment made me think of an answer to this thread! Another MML restaurant (now): ski shores has an ice cream sandwich on the menu for $6 that is a Klondike bar.
Sammies in general is a ripoff
Clark's and Perla's are okay for a MMH place. Also can't fault on Jeffrey's or Josephine House. But I haven't ventured to their newer places, and I've only heard rip-off level things about Sammie's.
It’s not like their restaurants are bad they just aren’t worth the price point. They’re charging 5 star prices for 3 star meals.
My favorite place to go for work. That chicken parm is delicious, but it’s extra delicious if you aren’t paying for it!
$26 Jjajangmyeon at oseyo.. actually everything at oseyo.
We need a Kimbop Cheunguk.
$14 for two dinner rolls at Luties
Lutie’s is the only place here in town that’s handed me a 4 figure check for a chef’s tasting with wine paring. Granted we were super bloated and actually drunk by the end but I was impressed by the audacity.
I hope that was for 4 people...
NOPE! 2 people with caviar seemingly worked in to every dish
We had a 4-figure check from Pasta Bar. Two people. And we weren’t drunk at the end.
I feel like this says more about your alcohol tolerance than Pasta Bar
this is a drink but estelle’s does $18 drinks and adds a surprise $5 “bartenders fee”
I’ve been in the industry for 25 years and that is some straight up bs right there. Wtaf
just if the bartender picks for you. i didn’t know what i wanted and he said “i’ll surprise you!”.
It's also run by an obnoxious "frat bro" owner who thinks oil is the devil.
$18-21 for a burrito bowl smh
Ziki is so gross anyway. They somehow manage to take a bunch of ingredients that taste so good you can’t possibly fuck them up, then manage to somehow extract every good flavor out of every dish and serve you the most over sauced bland food.
Also, reminder that Ziki believes in / promotes a bunch of paranoid debunked unscientific garbage about the dangers of seed oils and vegetable oils. According to them, "[YOU ARE BEING POISONED](https://ziki.kitchen/values)".
Hilariously (if it weren't sad), they promote butter / ghee as a healthier alternative. And of course butter is high in saturated fat, which *has* been proven to be bad for your health because it raises your bad cholesterol, increasing your risk of heart disease.
I'm not saying butter is bad. I eat butter. I'm saying that if you're talking about what's healthy, which Ziki is, then their recommendation to prefer butter over vegetables oils is *exactly backward* from what science says.
TLDR: Ziki sucks because they use myth-based scare tactics to drum up business.
Because I believe in science?
There was a $15 grilled cheese at Zanzibar, but it looks like they took it off their menu. Thank god, I was so offended.
Garbo’s Lobster has a $35 grilled cheese
Yes, because it has lobster in it.
I know, it wasn’t a complaint
Garbo’s is worth the money
First time we went to Estancia we thought everything the waiters brought was part of the whole meat deal.
A waiter came by with a shrimp cocktail thing. Asked if we wanted and said yeah.
It ended up not being part of the deal. A $25 shrimp cocktail eith like 6 shrimp.
We talked to a manger and got it removed, but damn was that too much.
Everything at la piscina in the proper but especially the $60 fajitas and $23 margaritas
One of the cheaper items on their menu was what shocked me the most. A cucumber appetizer - cucumber, radish, lime juice, and tajin - $10. Probably about $0.40 of ingredients served raw.
I paid about $36 (after tax, before tip) for a bibimbap from Picnik. It's listed at ~$20 on the menu, without a protein. You add beef for like $12, and you get like 3 tablespoons of asada. Totally shameless and awful
That costs 5-6$ in Korea, no exotic ingredients, GTFO Picnic and their cutlural misappropriation.
As a Korean, I disagree with your take.
How so 친구?
A) Picnik charges high prices because they charge high prices, not because it is Korean. Isn't it a lifestyle restaurant, most special diet restaurants charge a premium.
B) Any Korean place in the South (outside of a food court) is charging $20-30 per entree, higher side with meat of course. So $20 bimbimbap isn't unheard of.
C) I understand you can argue "exotic" ingredients cost more to source. But it is a terrible argument to say if a "dish is more exotic" it is worth more. That is just charging higher prices for being "different" which happens but is gross.
D) If a restaurant can/wants to advertise a nation's dish (hopefully well), that is great to get awareness out. Admittedly a lot of Korean dishes on American menus tend to suck (overly sweet, overly ginger) but raising awareness if great. Korea has a whole ministry of culture/tourism designed to spread awareness.
I know the arguments for appropriation. But I think it is usually a dumb argument that doesn't help, just used to attack people.
$17 before tax and tip for lamb schwarma over rice from Halal Bros. That’s a container of rice with some shredded meat and a little bit of salad on top.
I don't know man. Their containers feed me for 3 days.
I get two meals out of it but I’m salty that they raised their prices so much and that you’re paying that much for mostly rice.
$15 for beef shawarma and as much white sauce as they’ll give me and i’m set for what would be 3 meals if i didn’t try to hurt myself every time i eat it. but still, 2 meals minimum! totally worth it.
Same man. And by day 3 things get kinda funky.
Go to Halal Taza at the Sunoco by Q2 stadium. They do a better meat & rice plate for $10 - $13.
Oooo thank you so much! I know what I’m doing for lunch today 😊
Those sunoco food trucks are amazing
Was planning to go to Daygos taco truck until I saw a burrito is $19
Very good. I wouldn't write them off. It's expensive to live here and do business here.
They moved into Nomadic Outpost but those prices are a bit high for me.
$14 for 3 pieces of “family style” Korean fried chicken at Oseyo.
Justine’s had a $42 bison burger at one point
Justine’s went insane. I ordered the steak frites recently. Bar food. It has doubled in price from when I used to order it.
Hopdoddy’s entire menu
Happy Hour $5 schooner rocks margs are a huge deal though. Forget the burgers, just get margs and fries. Save the cows, get drunk and eat potatoes with cheese.
Ngl this sounds pretty nice all around
Their happy hour margs are a great deal tho
There’s at least a dozen places with tremendous burgers in town, why does anyone fuck with hopdoddys?
Drop some names tho
Buddys, silver medal, Billy’s on burnet, workhorse, casino el Camino, cuantos hamburguesas, little darlin’… that’s 7 I can think of off the top of my head. Shall I continue?
ETA: granted maybe not everything on this list is “tremendous”, but they’re all better and significantly cheaper (or similar prices) than hopdoddy, imo.
$29 for fried rice at Elizabeth St. Cafe
Please tell me that's not real.
I wish, the whole menu is about $20 more than it should be. The food is good but impossible for me to enjoy because of the price.
$7 Cold Brew at The Meteor
$20 bucks for a single Uni piece at Toshokan.
Does $3.95 for a soda (aka Coke) at Z-Tejas count? $4?! for a damn drink?! I have a family of 6, that's $24 just in syrup and carbonated water.
Need to bookmark this discussion. Haven't been by the entree prices I saw online at Yamas looked ridiculous.
$17 pancake* at paperboy ? Tastes heavenly though
steak at bulevar. It's like $5 an oz and they include the bone in the pricing.
Those prices aren’t bad. You’re paying for the bone and a wet weight (the steak loses weight as it cooks) at all steakhouse because..well they can’t remove the bone and weigh the meat on its own.
Dry aged meat loses even more weight because it gets weighed before they slice off the outside that is too funky to eat. Sounds like a ripoff, but the restaurant is paying for the raw weight with the bone and the inedible meat…so you’re going to pay for it too. You also can’t source those cuts from Linz raw in town, you’d have to buy them directly from them so you’re paying for exclusivity to a certain degree. So the argument “I’ll just go buy that steak and cook it myself” isn’t valid.
But there are plenty of local ranches in town that have some great steak that you can buy raw. K & C is a good one. You’re still paying for the bone weight though.
Source: married to a steakhouse chef
8 tots at flyrite for 2.99 is pretty ridiculous
Have you been to Chick-fil-A?
I’m pretty sure I spent like $40 on crapy queso and 2 margs at Matt’s el rancho the first and only time I went there
I paid $150 for a lb(or maybe it was a half lb?) of king crab legs at j prime last year. Was worth it btw
You caught them during the worst crabbing season in history. Billions of dollars of crab just weren’t there last year.
Yeah, at least it seems like scientists have a bit of an idea of what’s going on!
Dim Sum, these are small dishes/tapas but in Austin they are priced in some "fancy" Chinese restaurants with almost entree prices. They aren't even that good. I'm not for paying $14 for 5 ok tasting soup dumplings.
This is more restaurant issues than Dim sum. When New Fortune restaurant was still open, each dim sum basket was about $4, and the cart service was so fun! You don’t need to go to Lin’s or other fancy modern Chinese restaurants to get dimsum. This is one thing Austin’s lacking.
Is there a cheaper/tastier option you recommend?? I’m always looking
Stagecoach margarita at lonesome dove is $48. I haven’t seen it, but I can’t imagine they’d serve a fishbowl margarita there, so I assume it’s extremely overpriced.
Did a spreadsheet a year ago, the average price/lb of all BBQ brisket in town was $30. Top tier (franklins, la bbq, mickle(how the hell is that spelled) was $36. Cheapest was HEB True Texas BBQ at $24
It’s $20.90/lb for brisket at Smitty’s, per their website. I honestly don’t understand why people even bother with bbq in town when Lockhart is *right there*.
Liberty BBQ in RR is delicious and cheaper~ish. Need to go back to confirm.
Isn’t this about expensive places?
Himbit Burger benieth the wells Fargo building down town was like $20.
Salt & Time once quoted me something like $50 a pound for hanger steak. I didn't even say no thank you, I just hung up on em.
$150 Whole Stuffed flounder with Carolina Gold Rice, crawfish ettufee, and a fried soft shell crab at Dai Due (and it was worth every damned penny. It fed three people as well.) It was a very limited special.
If it fed three people, this doesn't seem ridiculously priced at all.
Yeah that just makes me want Dai Due...
We go here for brunch all the time. The menu changes a lot seasonally which is great, but the Cemita Ahogada, Nilgai Lettuce Wraps, and Boar Klobasník are always winners. And the beef fat fries...
Thank you for the tips! Brunch actually works a lot better for us than dinner usually, so your comment makes me feel like I can see the future... :P
And not for nothing, but the thread title says "single item", lol. Not a whole combo platter
That wasn’t a combo platter. That was the whole dish.
* whole flounder stuffed with rice
* crawfish etoufee
* soft shell crab
That's 3 items is it not? Or is the flounder stuffed with everything? 🤔
It’s just a giant composed plate. The soft shell crab was literally the garnish.
But it was a single $150 menu item. It didn’t say how many people it fed. Because, you know it was a wild caught fish. But goddamn was it amazing.
Actually sounds extremely baller 🤔
We got there thinking it would be $90 or so. It was not. But it was so worth it. Over the top amazing. Would do it again.
And $12 for a beer at KPub during a kpop event on a Sunday evening.
Tapas pricing at Kalimotxo feels kind of ridiculous
I don’t remember how much the falafel was at Aba, but it cost more than the frozen Trade Joes falafel and wasn’t even as good.
So good though.
Has anyone had the $15 guac from Nomadé yet?
The entire food and drink menu at Alamo Drafthouse, e.g. $10 for popcorn, $16 inedible pizzas, $8-10 pints of beer.