by Michelle A. on
Their food is fine, and it's a great place to go for lunch if you work or study on campus or work downtown, though it can get crowded. When I was a vegetarian, I truly appreciated being able to get a delicious veggie burger and giant Diet Dr Pepper with pellet ice in a styrofoam cup (I have a fixation, leave me alone...) whenever I wanted. When I did low-carb, they happily obliged with plates of meat, cheese, and salad with ranch dressing. While I was living out of state, I made family bring me here for the milkshake when I visited. But it's true, they're not going to win any culinary awards ever. OK, so Players is not about the food. It is an institution. It's a small, family-run business with a long history. When the b-school built the AT&T center, they wanted to eminent domain Players and build a parking lot there. For god's sake, in the 21st century are we still planning buildings without parking garages on UT campus?! Hello! UT IS OUT OF SPACE! Build vertically and leave the good, hard-working people at Players in peace. The guys that work here are so friendly and nice to me, my husband, and our friend who used to accompany us to lunch here all the time. They're like friends of the family and they really do bend over backwards to please us. Maybe it's because we're not snotty and pretentious or punk kids with an overweening sense of entitlement, and we tip appropriately and treat them with common courtesy. Bottom line, we feel comfortable and welcome here and they have all the amenities we look for in a burger joint. If you're in the area, it's worth stopping by to enjoy some simple eats. Say hi and tell 'em I sent ya.
by Leonard Gathje on
I miss the old tongue and groove, but the new location definitely has it's perks over the old spot. Great parking, more room, better restrooms, usable bar space, more room, nicer VIP booths, larger dance area and more room. Did I mention more room? We swung in last night for a friends birthday and were lucky enough to have a VIP table and a few bottles of champagne waiting. The bar is well thought out and the round design keeps traffic jams and long drink lines to a minimum. The new place also boasts 2 different rooms with 2 different DJ's spinning much like the old spot. The staff was super friendly and I saw a lot of the same faces I'd seen years back at the old location. It still sucks that smoking is allowed inside the new location. Nothing says I had a great night like some second hand cancer, and the smell of 10,000 Camel cigarettes in your hair.