Garbo’s Review

May 9, 2015 ·

in American

Restaurant: Garbo’s
Location: 14735 Bratton Lane, Austin, TX  78728
Phone: (512)350-9814
Price: $15-$25
Hours: Mon-Fri – 11:00am – 2:00 pm, Mon-Thurs 5:00 pm – 9:00pm, Fri & Sat. 5:00-10:00pm

Food (9/10)

(9/10) New England Clam Chowder with Oyster Crackers.
This ‘bowl of love’ was fantastic.  Heidi Garbo is the owner and she bragged that the chowder was her Grandmother’s recipe.  (I would have given it a 10 if I was on the beach in New England perhaps.  Best I have had in Austin though!)  The chowder is velvety smooth, rich but, not too rich.  You will taste the faint flavor of Sherry in the bowl of goodness with potatoes and ample clams.  Don’t short cut me on clams!  And they didn’t.  It is served with micro greens on the top.  Nice dish.

(5/10) Clam Fritters
There very light fritters are much more like a beignet batter.  They were warm and I am sure they were good.  I just have no palate for beignets.  Sorry.

Service (N/A):

I was there for lunch and they only offer counter service at lunch.  In the evenings they have wait staff.

Ambiance (8/10)

Very seaside and New England feel to the little place.  Tucked away in a strip center on the road less traveled sits Garbos. When you walk in you feel like you are on the streets in Cape Cod or the likes.  Cape Cod gray colored tables with white walls that are wainscoted with brick.  It had a nice seaside cafe feel.  A roll of paper towels and a candle can be found on each table druing luch hours. This is currently their only retail restaurant but, they have traveling food trailers.  You know never know where they will show up.  (Check their websites for the locations each week.)

They were are the Art Alliance exhibit downtown this weekend on Cesar Chavez.  I was glad to see them there and Sophie Garbo let me know that Heidi is expanding the main location to include an oyster bar.  Hot diggity!  I love oysters.  They also offer wine and food parings in the evenings.  I like the ambiance for lunch.  I will have to go back and check out dinner especially with the expansion.
Some of their entrees include: Cherrystone Clams, New Orlean Barbecue Shrimp, Fried fish Sandwich, “Connecticut” Lobster Roll,  “Maine Lobster Roll” (and there is a difference.  I remember that from my travels to New England) Grilled Tuna, and I want to try the Seared Taylor Bay Scallop Roll. They have local beer & wine selections for you pleasure.  Just check the chalkboard when you go in.

Reviewed by Linda  for Austinfoodratings.com

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