Kerbey Lane has been around for a very long time. Back when I lived in Austin (ten years before The Flood), we used to grab a cheap meal, and then go to Kerbey Lane for dessert. They had a Black Forest cake that could satisfy a chocolate craving for a year. They have healthy food (dessert excepted), nicely served, at a reasonable price. The clientele used to be Austin yuppies and hippies.
I stopped by the new Kerbey Lane, on 183 at Anderson Lane today. Vanessa and I have gone to the north location once every couple of months for a while now, so we saw the move as A Good Thing, as there would be a shorter wait. Today, I was by myself, and spent some time people watching.
The yuppies are still there, and former yuppies, escorted by their yuppie offspring. By now they need help negotiating with their walkers. The hippies are still there, too, though many, like myself, have become old, semi-retired hippies. The new hippies are, of course, the "emo" crowd, with tight pants and unusually cut and coloured hair, as well as tattoos and piercings. But there were several young hippies that seemed to be throwbacks to the olden days. Girls with bell bottoms, and black-and-grey tie-dyed shirts (the kind they don't sell at the mall) and long glossy hair.
The food is still very good. I had a Cobb sandwich, with a side, and coffee, for under $10. The waiter was very personable and earned his tip.
But I didn't have room for dessert.