Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Alamo Drafthouse asks for menu help

The Alamo Drafthouse is asking for help with their menu.  They need it.  I love the Drafthouse, and don't watch movies anywhere else, but that's because they don't allow kids and the patrons are very well behaved.  After all Ann Richards will take your ass out. 

Food has always been an afterthought for me at the Drafthouse.  I'm pretty sure the first time I went was 12 years ago, and I had heard all the raves about the food, particularly the burgers.  It was awful.  The burger was dry and tasteless.  It was the first of many food disappointments to come from their kitchens.

I know they have a real chef and their food is supposed to be restaurant quality, but it just isn't.  Their food is nothing more than overpriced concession stand food.  In fact, the Pizza Patron at the American Airlines Center was better than anything I've had at the Drafthouse.  But you know what?  That's OK.  I've come to accept it.  They do a great job with the movie going experience and with providing an entertaining time for a really great price.  I really love the place and have had many great times there.  So I don't expect their food to be five star.  Anything they have is better than what you can get at Tinseltown, Gateway, or Santikos.

What does bug me is the praise heaped on the food by palate-dead Austinites. The comments are filled with gushing reviews of the food at the Alamo.  All I can think is that most of those people has never had a good meal.  I'm all for helping the Alamo to make better food, but let's ease off on the accolades for glorified concession stand food.

I still love you Alamo Drafthouse, and I'm looking forward to better food.

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