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Ross' Old Austin Cafe

11800 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX - (512) 835-2414
Posted By Bob Dale on 8/24/2009 11:07:00 PM
Ross Sterzing has been a fixture in the Austin restaurant business for many years. The history of his family in the food business goes back to his granparents' Maerki bakery directly accross from the Texas State Capital building on Congress Avenue, now a historical landmark and museum, which eventually moved to what is now Katz Bakery on 6th Avenue. Pictures of both businesses as well as many other historical Austin landmarks and souvenirs of Ross' past are displayed throughout the restaurant.

You will probably never find Ross not personally manning the cash register but if he is not there you can bet that one of his sons will be. Simply put, this is just a great family owned and operated local eatery in every sense of the word. Both the food and the atmosphere are very casual and comfortable. Ross or Steve will probably check on you several times during your stay and are likely to remember you on your next visit.

After placing your order at the counter, make your own salad and enjoy it while your meal is prepared. I recommend the sirloin special on Thursdays, a nice-sized sirloin steak grilled to order and covered with sauteed onions and mushrooms. In addition to the salad, it is accompanied by your choice of potatoes and vegetable. Also good are the fried catfish, chopped steak, CFS, and burgers. It's all good!

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Sirloin Steak
Chicken-Fried Steak
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This is a side of biscuits and gravy.  Very light and satisfying; the fluffy biscuit does not weigh you down.
"This is a side of biscuits and gravy. Very light and satisfying; the fluffy biscuit does not weigh you down."
Mark Kaupe





Bacon-wrapped pork loin was well-flavored, and the fries were fresh.
"Bacon-wrapped pork loin was well-flavored, and the fries were fresh."
Mark Kaupe


Migas is as prevalent in Austin as hash is in New England.  This is a great deal as it includes a choice of meat along with tortillas or biscuit. I went for the biscuit.  Good choice.
"Migas is as prevalent in Austin as hash is in New England. This is a great deal as it includes a choice of meat along with tortillas or biscuit. I went for the biscuit. Good choice."
Mark Kaupe


Velvety cream gravy covers the delicious and flavorful breaded steak.  The Texas toast is essential for mopping up the plate.  The broccoli and beans are as different from each other as night and day.
"Velvety cream gravy covers the delicious and flavorful breaded steak. The Texas toast is essential for mopping up the plate. The broccoli and beans are as different from each other as night and day."
Mark Kaupe


The Ross family story makes for good reading.  I learned about how interconnected some of the more popular places are in this town.
"The Ross family story makes for good reading. I learned about how interconnected some of the more popular places are in this town."
Mark Kaupe


The usual suspects are listed at a very good price.  Click on the photo for a better view.
"The usual suspects are listed at a very good price. Click on the photo for a better view."
Mark Kaupe


Steven is part of the most recent generation of the family.  He is all over the place as he moves around from front to back while engaging the regulars as he goes.
"Steven is part of the most recent generation of the family. He is all over the place as he moves around from front to back while engaging the regulars as he goes."
Mark Kaupe


Music, meals, and merriment are at work here.
"Music, meals, and merriment are at work here."
Mark Kaupe


Ross's takes pride in its contribution to Austin.  The family's history in the food business goes back to the early part of the 1900s.
"Ross's takes pride in its contribution to Austin. The family's history in the food business goes back to the early part of the 1900s."
Mark Kaupe



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