On a whim Steph and I decided to hit Stallion Grill over on Airport across the street from House Pizza. Initially we were going to get some breakfast as Steph heard through the grapevine that their breakfast was good. Unfortunately they don't serve it all day and it was after 11 am but the meatloaf was screaming at me to try it. How could I resist?
As you walk in you'll see a line of steam trays. Don't worry that's just a few of their dishes. They also have burgers, catfish and many other things I haven't discovered yet. All made from scratch as far as I can tell. They even make their own hamburger buns. How's that for an old fashioned, authentic diner experience.
As I mentioned I had the meatloaf. It was a big, juicy, delicious hunk of comfort. I can't really say what was in it but it had good flavor and tasted pretty traditional. There weren't big pieces of veg in it so the picky people of the world would probably like it too. I picked collard greens and cole slaw as my sides. The collards were delicious. And, get ready, they make their own hot vinegar to put on it. You know those jars of sport peppers that no one under the age of 30 knows why they're on the table, they make that. Now the cole slaw was nice and creamy like I would imagine Grandma would make but I would have liked it either to the sweet side or the tangy side. This one is right in the middle. I can't say it was bad, they obviously made it fresh from scratch, it just wasn't to my taste. I know, boo hoo. : ) The cornbread muffin was good and corny just like I like it and I also grabbed a slice of carrot cake. YUM! Their carrot cake is good and has just a little extra cinnamon in it which knocked it out of the park for me.
Steph had the catfish with fries, mac-n-cheese and a yeast roll. She was still disappointed by not getting breakfast so she wasn't as impressed overall. She did say the catfish tasted fresh and didn't have that dirty water taste you find at some places but she did mention it was a little salty. The fries were hand cut but probably needed a few more minutes in the frier. I liked the mac-n-cheese but I'll have to agree that the flavor of the cheese was a bit subtle. Steph said she tried salting it to bring out more flavor but that just made it salty.
Overall I thought we had a good experience. The people were nice, friendly and asked us a couple times if we needed anything even though it's counter service. I thought that was going above and beyond. You could tell they were happy to see us and truly wanted to give us a good meal. That's sometimes hard to find in Austin so I really appreciate it when it happens.
So if you're ever near I35 and 2222 head south on Airport a bit and look for Stallion Grill on the left. If you're in the mood for comfort food I think you'll find a bit of comfort there. And at a fair price.
Thanks for readin' and see ya next time...