Texadelphia, Austin, TX

Texadelphia is an Austin-based cheesesteak shop. They pride themselves in putting a Texas twist on cheesesteak. I visited the Great Hills location for lunch with Victoria.

The place seemed small and cozy. In many ways, it reminded me of Moonie’s. You could tell they take pride in their Texas roots.

The menu had a lot of good options, and I was especially excited about the queso fries.

Now, this is where things got a little disappointing. We stood at the counter for over 5 minutes before someone took our order. As you can see by the pictures, there weren’t that many people in the restaurant. Additionally, there was only one couple ahead of us in line.

We finally gave our orders and got a number. We sat down at a little table.

Even though we had a number on the table, they came out with the wrong food, not once, but twice. Both times we ended up getting someone else’s food, and then they had to take it over to the other people. On a plus note, we did get our food fast. It took them about 5 minutes to bring it out.

As I said earlier, I was excited about the queso fries. Queso is a very Austiny thing to eat, and I’ve never really had it on fries. The fries themselves were cooked perfectly. They were nice and crisp and overall good.

The queso itself wasn’t that great. It was clumpy and didn’t have much taste to it.

I had the Texican. It wasn’t bad, but it seemed like for a cheesesteak, it was lacking cheese. The meat had a little flavor, but it wasn’t anything that really stood out. I did add some queso to my sandwich, and it did add a bit more flavor.

Victoria had the pizza steak. She said hers was good and she really liked it.

I checked out the wifi, and I see it was password protected. I know they advertised they had free wifi when you first walk in, but I did not find a password.

One thing this did provide is large portions. They also must know people will leave very full (I know I did) so they put the to-go bags out to easily grab them. I got one because we had a lot of fries left over and that’s the one thing that really stood out about this place.

Overall, Texadelphia was alright. In many ways, it was a “meh” experience, and I was a bit underwhelmed. In many ways, I’m a stickler when it comes to good service. The first disappointment to this was I stood there for over 5 minutes before even being acknowledged. The second was when I was given someone else’s order not once, but twice.

Sticking with my objective criteria on writing negative reviews the food itself wasn’t bad. The fries themselves were excellent. That’s one thing this place did very well. The queso was clumpy and bland, even when we got it. My sandwich wasn’t anything special. In Victoria’s case, hers was really good.

Would I go back to this place? Sure. The employees could have been having an off day. As far as food, it does look like there’s more things to try. I’m sure there’s something that is really great on the menu. This experience was just very underwhelming. If I’m back again, I’ll report back and see if this experience was a one-off, or if this is the norm. Stay tuned!

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