BURO Restaurant Review: Noble Pig

by Karen Stitt, BURO Fan

Noble Pig on Burnet RoadI’ve eaten at Noble Sandwiches Central on Burnet Road twice this week – and had to tell you about some of the incredible food I’ve tasted.

This morning for breakfast, I had the ginger/apple waffle with some scrambled eggs cooked with green onions.  The ginger was a nice addition and the cooked apple on top added a more natural sugar – letting you decide how sweet, based on the syrup you added.  The eggs were light and a little bit buttery – I’m guessing the green onions were sauteed before the eggs were added…yum.  If that wasn’t enough, I ordered the Biscuits and Gravy on the side – it sounded too good to pass up – and really was out of this world.  The biscuit and gravy, the sausage and gravy, the gravy – these might be the best biscuits and gravy I’ve ever had.  Did I mention the gravy?

I love sandwiches and seek out a good unique sandwich now and then. I had the chance to try the Mushroom Reuben – a few days ago – which is one of the best Ruebens I’ve had in a long time.  The fact that it’s a vegetarian offering, just makes it a bigger plus – I never noticed the meat was missing.  The grilled bread loaded with mushrooms, melted cheese, and this wonderfully fresh sauerkraut was one of the best new sandwiches I’ve had in a really long time.

Can’t wait to try more.  Another BURO establishment I’ll be eating at again soon!

Noble Sandwich Co.
4805 Burnet Rd.
Austin, TX 78756

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BURO Restaurant Review: Tiny Pies

by Karen Stitt, BURO Fan

tiny-pieI stopped by Tiny Pies this morning and, oh, what a treat!  I had a tiny cherry pie (really the perfect size and not so tiny at all) with cherries that had just the right combination of sweet and tart.  I tried to eat only half – but that idea only lasted for about 14 seconds after I finished chewing my second bite.  It was truly more than everything you’d hope for in a classic cherry pie.

Later in the day, I had a blueberry pop tart with lemon icing…I think exquisite is the word I first used to describe it when I stopped moaning.   The crust was light and flaky and the incredibly fresh blueberries – the most perfect filling.  The lemon icing on top added a creamy tart sweetness that made the pop tart melt (literally) in your mouth – it was amazing.

How great is it that we can walk into a store on Burnet Road now and buy these little treasures in small quantities?  Oh, I forgot to mention, I still have a tiny key lime pie in the fridge I’m saving for after dinner.  I’ll report back later!

Tiny Pies
5035 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78757

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Rove on over to Redrover Alley on BURO!

By Lynne Perry, RedRover Alley

redrover-setteeRedRover Alley is bringing Europe over to Burnet Road! The 1500 square feet showcase at Antique Marketplace features authentic European antiques, reclaimed, and new European-inspired home decor, garden and gift items.

Rachel Miller, owner of RedRover Alley is featured in a vistaprint commercial that is airing nationally now.   You can watch it on their website at www.RedRoverAlley.com.

RedRover Alley – Wine & Cheese Open House Saturday May 3rd

BURO followers are invited to an Open House Wine & Cheese Party Saturday, May 3  at the RedRover Alley booth Antique Marketplace 5806 Burnet Road from 1pm –  6pm.  Come Meet Rachel and her RedRover Alley team.

You can also visit our warehouse for even more European goods.  RedRover Alley Warehouse is located just off Burnet Road and 183 at 9603 Saunders Lane.

logo-redroverRedRover Alley
5806 Burnet Road
(inside Antique Marketplace)
Austin, Texas 78756


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A Blast from the TACO past!!!

by Meghan McCarron

A new Allandale bar will bear an old name: Taco Flats. The original Taco Flats on North Lamar played a key role in the 70’s Austin music scene before shuttering. Now, the once-dive is getting second lease on life at 5520 Burnet Road, next to the future Peached Tortilla.


According to a press release Austinites will recognize inspirations drawn from the original Taco Flats, which closed in the early 80’s. This revamped hangout will feature 30+ craft beers, gourmet tacos and wine on tap, combining the hip and eclectic style the new Austin is known for, with the vintage feel of Taco Flats’ original location.

Austin design firm McCray & Co is involved, and Aaron Fresas of Midnight Cowboy and The Highball is developing the cocktail menu. According to a rep for the bar, owner Simon Madera received a blessing from former Taco Flats co-owner Linda Steele to revive the bar. This Statesman profile of the late “Cozzmic Carl” Steele offers a good primer on the bar’s former incarnation as a hippie Austin institution.

The full press release follows:

Taco Flats in the 1970’s on North Lamar

Austinites will recognize inspirations drawn from the original Taco Flats, which closed in the early 80’s. This revamped hangout will feature 30+ craft beers, gourmet tacos and wine on tap, combining the hip and eclectic style the new Austin is known for, with the vintage feel of Taco Flats’ original location.

Owner Simon Madera worked with a dedicated team of designers from McCray & Co., craftsman Bill Brasher, and students from the University of Texas’ Creative Advertising Sequence to create the new Taco Flats’ singular style and branding. The decor is more than just an environmental feature; it’s an invigorating design concept that permeates into the menu Madera has planned for this upcoming Austin gem and its new generation.

“Taco Flats is a preservation project,” explains Madera. “My hope is to bring new life to an old local favorite so it can once again be enjoyed by the people of Austin. The story is really something special and we have a talented team working to do it justice.”


Behind the bar, Aaron Fresas of Midnight Cowboy and The Highball leads the development of the cocktail menu, featuring modified cocktail classics that compliment the entrees and satisfy a discriminating palate.  Madera intends to make his spot a staple in BuRo with good drinks and a menu that’s sure to please. By bringing the Taco Flats story back to the community that shared in its glory, it’s sure to have another successful run in the city that deserves it most.

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Drive in and Store your Stuff on BURO!

By Kevin G., Burnet Road Self Storage

brssA Rich History:  An iconic part of Austin’s rich history, The Burnet Road Drive-In Theater was built in 1952 on this site. It operated as one of the premier drive-in theaters of its time, offering quality & service to its customers.

We pride ourselves on customer service, old school hospitality with a quirky atmosphere, and a truly unique “Austin experience” for all of your storage needs. We’re not just your run-of-the-mill storage place, no sir.

Some Advantages of Storing with BRSS:

  • Professional & Friendly On-Site Management
  • Office Open 6 Days M-F 8:30am-6:00pm, Sat 9am-5pm
  • Gate Access Mon-Sat 7am-10pm, Sun 7am-8pm
  • On-Site Maintenance Staff
  • Resident Manager & Sidekick Blue Heeler Named Riley
  • Attractive, Well-Maintained Facility
  • Located Near All Major Highways
  • 32 Different Sized Units (*sizes are approx.)
  • All Ground Floor Units For Easy Access
  • Dollies Available For Customer Use
  • Clean Store Rooms
  • Complete Selection Of Moving & Packing Supplies
  • RV, Boat, Car, Trailer, Motorcycle, & Camper Storage
  • 4 Sizes Of Parking Spaces
  • 32 Brand New High-Def Surveillance Cameras With Dedicate License Plate Close Up Camera
  • Selected Units With Metered Electric & 24 Hour Access
  • One Of The Largest Facilities In The Country
The old Burnet Road Drive-In

Burnet Road Self Storage has many types of storage amenities. For many it is the smile and quality customer service that they constantly receive. For others it is the amount of help that Burnet Road Storage can offer. Just look at some of the amenities below.

  • 32 Different Size Storage Units-Rent Only What You Need
  • All Storage Units Are On Ground Floor For Easy Access
  • Storage For Your Household Belongings
  • Storage For Records And Equipment From Your Business
  • Surveillance Camera With License Plate Close Up
  • Selected Units With Metered Electric & 24 Hour Access

BRSS Staff
Kevin G., Resident Manager
Kevin is in his 12th year working at BRSS and his 6th year as resident manager. Along with his trusty Blue Heeler sidekick, Riley, they both look forward to meeting you and discussing your personal storage needs. Make sure to look for the gentleman with the hat & beard!

Burnet Road Self Storage
6400 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78757

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Spa & Wellness Center on Burnet Road

By Katherine Brady, Texas Healing Arts Institute

“I drive by it all the time and wonder: What is that place on the corner of Burnet Road and Cullen?”   To tell the truth, we hear this comment far too often, and we would love it if you stopped in for a chat and for a cup of tea.

The corner has some real down home Austin history. The story goes something like this:

blueroomWhile looking for a home for Texas Healing Arts Institute’s Massage School, founded in 1997, Dr. Kirsten Kern had a dream. Dr. Kern, better known as “Stan”, dreamed about a piece of property with a hurricane fence with red roses growing on it. Dr. Eri Weinstein, the other owner, brought her to look at 7001 Burnet Road, a property owned by Bubba Smith and his lovely and talented wife, Nancy. It turned out that Stan had been dreaming of the roses planted almost 50 years earlier by Bubba Smith’s mother, Elizabeth Smith.

The property was originally owned by Bubba’s parents, who built their family home in 1950 and operated a produce company in what were once the warehouses. This might be considered one of the first mixed used properties on Burnet Road. Mrs. Smith lived here well into her nineties and then passed the land on to Bubba, who grew up riding his bike on the dirt road known as Burnet Road and swimming at Northwest Park in the summers. When Stan and Eri toured the property, the roses and the grounds had such a good energy, that they made it the Massage School’s home in 2004 and took over the gardening.

receptionIn the original buildings built by the Smiths, we now house both a spa and a vocational school. The 1950’s cut limestone ranch home houses the The Spa & Wellness Center. The produce warehouse was remodeled into our classrooms for The School of Massage Therapy.

The Spa & Wellness Center at Texas Healing Arts Institute is an affordable, neighborhood oriented day spa in central urban Austin, Texas. Our Spa and Wellness Center offers an abundance of bodywork modalities including:

  • Swedish relaxation massage
  • deep tissue massage
  • sports massage
  • Thai body and foot massage
  • pregnancy massage
  • pain relief bodywork
  • posture correction bodywork
  • Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy™ for digestive and reproductive health, including fertility health and traditional spa treatments.

The spa also offers Esthetics Services:

  • Organic facials
  • Anti-aging skin services
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Microcurrent Non-Surgical Face Lift

Texas Healing Arts Institute
7001 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78757
(512) 323-6042

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