Cafe Josey and Kirby Lane
Posted 26 September 2002 - 07:43 PM
Posted 27 September 2002 - 05:59 AM
Haven't been there for a while, but just read a very favorable review. According to the review, they've enclosed the porch and expanded the restaurant, and kind of found their niche.
somebody tell me how Cafe Josie is doing. We use to live in Austin. Kirby Lane was a favorite. I worked at Josie. Great chef, Great food.
The reviewer said, and I'd agree, that they had been kind of wandering around, not sure who they were, but that now they've settled down into one of the most reliable, consistant eateries in town.
You should come back for a visit.
Posted 27 September 2002 - 06:12 AM
Kirby Lane - I really like it there but it's so blessed noisy that I don't go as often as I would. First of all, the place is busy and crowded and the customers and servers are all making noise.
We used to live in Austin. Kirby Lane was a favorite.
BUT THEN - they actually pipe in this loud rock music. It's soft rock, but still. It's horrible. I like that kind of music as much as anyone in the appropriate setting, which a crowded restaurant is not.
And, I usually think of Kirby Lane when I'm hung over - sometimes late at night when returning home from a party or something - I'll get a craving for migas or tortilla soup.
But when I'm already feeling bad, and have a headache, I simply cannot stand the noise of that damn music.
Posted 27 September 2002 - 06:31 AM
Does anyone know the story of Kirby Lane and Magnolia Café? I heard that one is the spin off of the other, but I have never heard the full story. There are so many similarities between the two that it makes sense there is some shared history.
Posted 27 September 2002 - 08:54 AM
You may be thinking of the Omelettry. Magnolia Cafe is a spinoff of the Omelettry, as I think the restaurants were divided in a divorce of the owners.
Posted 28 September 2002 - 08:11 AM
When I want true value and an honest meal, that's where we go. I've never felt ripped off there. I love their pancakes. I haven't been to Kirby Lane in years, because I feel claustrophobic there. Like NYTexan, I feel like it's kinda dirty, too. They have way too much volume for the space, and I hate waiting for a table.
Posted 28 September 2002 - 09:16 AM
Yeah, that's me, too. The location on N183 is halfway to my house, and of course, always open.
I find myself going [to Kirby Lane] only because they are one of the few options for a good omelette at 3 in the morning, especially if you live in the North West part of town ( IHOP does not count).
So if it's midnight or so and I'm hungry, I think all right, I'll stop in there for migas.
But because of the noise level, I am ALWAYS sorry.
Actually, NYT, the IHOP had never occurred to me. Haven't been into one in years. (In fact, not since the time DECADES ago that I went to the one in Omaha with Peter & Paul after a concert and Mary was sick and stayed in her hotel room and I had long blonde hair with bangs and since I was with Peter and Paul everone thought I must be Mary and kept asking for my autograph and I kept saying, "no, I'm just the waitress from the coffee house" and finally Peter said to me, "Just sign her name; they'll never know the difference and they'll probably throw it away in a few days anyway," so I did).
Thanks for the reminder.....
Posted 28 September 2002 - 10:46 AM
It's by no means bad, straightforward pancakes, fried eggs, fried potatoes, etc., and the prices are low. Plus, being in there makes you feel really young!
Posted 28 September 2002 - 06:20 PM
Yup, I feel the same... Love Magnolia, especially if you're there on off hours and there's no wait (though the last time, our waiter seemed to have lots better stuff to do than check on his tables...).
When I want true value and an honest meal, that's where we go. I've never felt ripped off there. I love their pancakes. I haven't been to Kerbey Lane in years, because I feel claustrophobic there. Like NYTexan, I feel like it's kinda dirty, too. They have way too much volume for the space, and I hate waiting for a table.
Kerbey Lane is miserable when it's crowded; in fact, when W and I stopped in for dinner a couple weeks ago on what seemed to be a very quiet night, they still had a ridiculous wait for tables. (And while whole rooms were unoccupied... I hate that! ) When we finally got our table, we actually went back and asked a couple of folks I'd been chatting with in the lobby to join us, just so they wouldn't have to wait. It was a pretty entertaining evening...