The restaurant is named for the village in Italy where the family resided before their ancestors migrated to the States. Family members settled across the Atlantic in Queens, one of the definitive hotbeds of Italian culture and food in New York City. Rumors of this direct connection to the American cornerstone of the red-and-white-checked tablecloth is what led us to eat at Baris to see what the fuss was all about.
Baris is in the strip center anchored by the Albertson's supermarket, and when you enter you find a comfortable and understated family-oriented establishment. The walls are covered with the requisite publicity photos of famous Italian-Americans, calling to mind the decorations of Danny Aiello's pizzeria in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing. An exuberant air-conditioner keeps Baris a tad on the chilly side for our tastes, so taking a sweater along isn't out of the question.
Favorite Dish: Definitely a split between the stromboli, and the chicken marsala.
Pflugerville is full of very different types of food. Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Hungarian... Hungarian?
Thats right, in downtown Pflugerville, you can get the taste of old world Hungary, at the European Bistro. Family owned and operated, this Bistro is there for full service meals.
Favorite Dish: I had some wonderful Spatzel!
5 years ago, when I moved to the Austin area, I ran into a small restaurant in neighboring Pflugerville by the name of Springhill. I was very surprised at how well they made their catfish dinners, and have been a loyal customer ever since.
Favorite Dish: Absolutely the Catfish plate, with a cold iced tea.
Proprietor Chris and his lovely wife really make you feel at home here in a wonderful little sushi restaurant. The fish is always fresh, the waitstaff is friendly, and the prices are reasonable.
Favorite Dish: I tend to prefer the spicy side of life, so I recommend the 911 roll. For the faint of heart, start off with a fresh California roll, and then move into the Unagi and Avocado rolls.
My first experience with East Texas Tex-Mex was visiting my fiance's home up there, and we went into lunch at a place called Posado's... it was delicious, and now they started one less than 3 miles from my house!
I would definitely recommend Posado's.. the portions are large, and the taste is great!
Favorite Dish: Chimichangas (fried burrito, topped with queso).
One of Round Rock's oldest traditions has opened its second bakery on the east side of Pflugerville.
The history of the donut:
When Jan and Dale Cohrs bought the Lone Star Bakery in 1978, the two gained more than a bakery. Along with the original recipes, oven and bakery scales, they inherited 55 years of history. The Cohrs, unaware of the bakery’s colorful past, quickly learned to appreciate the Lone Star’s illustrious, far reaching reputation. Three years later Jan and Dale, sixth owners of the bakery, take pride in keeping the heritage of their serendipitous discovery alive.
Round Rock Doughnuts, made from the original owner’s recipe, are created with as much care and finesse as they were years ago. The yeast-risen doughnut originates from a bread-like dough; its distinct yellow color (from fresh eggs) immediately sets it off from any other doughnut. Unlike baking powder doughnuts, this yeast doughnut cannot be machine-made; it must be hand-rolled, cut, fried and iced. On busy days, now as in the past, the bakery turns out 200 dozen of these popular originals.
Favorite Dish: I personally like the chocolate covered originals... they are awesome!
Alot of times, you walk into a restaurant that has been in a location for a long time, and the environment around the building has not changed much. This is not the case with Charlie's.
Charlie's has been around so long, that the pictures on the wall show that it was on the edge of a cow pasture when it first started. 50 years ago, Pflugerville was nothing more than a cow pasture, and now Charlie's is in the middle of town!
Favorite Dish: Chicken Fried Steak, without a doubt.
If you are spending time in Pflugerville, or you are looking for a stop between San Antonio and Dallas for dinner, I would definitely give Cheddar's off I-35 in Pflugerville a shot!
I had a 9.99 steak and shrimp combo, which was delicious... and a big portion!
Favorite Dish: Key West Chicken and Shrimp
If you have never been to Texas... one of the first things you will notice is that everyone has "breakfast tacos". This consists of a tortilla, eggs, cheese and the breakfast meat of your choice.
El Norteno is a great location to get this not so unique piece of Texas culture.
The owners are very friendly, and will serve with a smile.... if you go in as often as we do, they will even memorize your order!
Favorite Dish: Migas!
At Austin’s Pizza they believe the main ingredient to award winning pizza isn’t the homemade dough, the premium cheeses, or even the fresh toppings; it’s their constant strive for perfection.
Before opening their doors in 1999 they sat down and hand picked only the freshest and best tasting ingredients. Then they perfected their dough and decided to make it from scratch everyday, because it just tastes a heck of a lot better that way. The result was overwhelming. In just a few short years they became the # 1 choice for pizza in Austin, and each year we continue to win the most awards.
But being the best wasn’t good enough; there was still something missing. And that’s when it hit us like a ton of bricks – literally. The hot air ovens most places use just don’t produce a high quality pizza, and it shows in everything from the crust up to the toppings. So they studied the time-honored tradition of brick ovens and built an old-world style version that gives pizza a more authentic taste. This oven allows them to do something most places can’t – actually bake the pizza. The result is why we are continuously # 1.
Favorite Dish: The 6th Street Pizza (Beware... spicy warning).