Had lunch at Freebirds (N. Burnet location) and was disappointed. I ordered a steak burrito bowl with the spanish rice and grilled veggies, with a SoBe drink it came to $10 with tax. This was not worth ten bucks. I think it was the rice that had left a weird coating all over the roof of my mouth, I don’t know what they added to make it “Spanish” but it wasn’t good. There were little bits of rice that had dried out and crunched (not in a good way) as I made my way through the bowl.
It was cold. The A/C was on full blast so the whole interior was cold. My food was cold by the time I sat down. Who knows how long the hot topings were sitting in the warming tables. Next time I’d like to have one of those heat guns like Robert Irvine has on Restaurant Impossible to check the temperature of buffets. I highly doubt everything was kept hot enough.
When I first moved to Austin, Freebirds was one of the cheaper cool places to go for lunch. Now it’s not that cheap, and not that good either.
Good luck if you have gluten issues here too. The nice people behind the counter can give you a chart of what is or isn’t gluten-free, but it’s hard to keep everything straight in your head as you venture down the line to build your impending doom of a meal. Some sauces contain gluten but this is not specified clearly enough for my gluten-free friends, so they either go without or risk tummy issues later.
Try something else on my list…