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Best Desserts?

Starlite has wonderful desserts. I would suggest one, but the dessert menu changes on a pretty regular basis. About a year ago I had a "s'mores creme brule" that was to die for.

Wink has one specialty dessert, the chocolate soup with candied ginger, and I found it to be good, but not great--my friend found it to be amazing, so perhaps it would work for you. The nice thing about Wink is that you can go to the wine bar and have a few appetizers and drinks and dessert and not have to have a whole dinner.

The Four Seasons has an incredible selection of pastry items. Every time I have had dessert there I have been pleased.

Jun 05, 2007
porkmuffin in Austin

UT Eats

I second the A8 soup at Thai Noodle House. The broth is often fantastic, and even the "worst" it ever was tasted quite good. I usually ask for extra fried garlic on top. I can't remember the number, but the curry style noodle soup is also a good dish. The pork dumplings are a great appetizer with large amounts of the afore mentioned fried garlic and a decent tangy soy-based sauce.

Jun 05, 2007
porkmuffin in Austin

favorite cheeses?

For a harder sheep cheese good with fruit i always enjoy Spanish manchego, and Drunken Goat mentioned above is a fantastic choice.

I also enjoy Montagnolo triple cream soft blue cheese spread on very plain crackers or bread. The first time I had it was with crusty bread and a little bit of honey. Yum!

Jun 04, 2007
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How should I have eaten yellowtail collar?

Usually Hamachi Kama is eaten raw. It's a prized portion of the collar and/or "cheek" because of the rich flavor. Unfortunately I don't know enough about which sections are best suited to sashimi vs. a cooked dish. The two times I have indulged the hamachi collar it was served sashimi style.

Jun 04, 2007
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Starlite- Excellent meal

thanks for the awesome report! i've had the pleasure of brunch at Starlite once, and dinner once. both were lovely meals with top notch service. i also enjoy going there for cocktails and dessert in the upstairs lounge.

Jun 01, 2007
porkmuffin in Austin

Mandola’s Fa Schifo, Ma Quanto Mi Piace Hog Island! [AUS]

glad to know you agree on Mandola's--it's totally mediocre. HID is the best we've got for now, and it's a great option. i used to live in Boston and boy, those cheesesteaks of which you speak were good sandwiches. they also make a hot roast beef sandwich in that part of the country that cannot be found in Texas, from what i can tell.

May 31, 2007
porkmuffin in Austin

Best Philly Cheesesteak in Austin

agreed on Hogg Island. it's the closest you will find to the real deal. i myself used to LOVE Delaware for basic sandwiches, but have found that they have a new bread recipe that is far inferior to the former bread recipe. i still prefer Delaware to T-Cloud and other "chain" sandwich places, but not by much.

May 31, 2007
porkmuffin in Austin

Best restaurants in houses

El Gringo has a bar behind it in a house. I think it's called 'The Little Red House' or something. The drinks are a little pricey but the queso fries are delightful.

Green Pastures is in an amazing old mansion and Salvation Pizza is in what used to be a house. Also the original Kerbey Lane on Kerbey Lane.

May 25, 2007
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East Side Pies, other attempts at NY pizza [AUS]

I agree about the "New York-ness" of the good pizza in Austin--it's gonna be hard to find. That said, Salvation Pizza makes a fine pie, as does Rounders. I find the atmosphere annoying, but if you get the right toppings on the pie, I've had damn good pizza at Brick Oven. I think Eastside Pies has the best pizza in town but I rarely get the slices unless I see them take them out of the oven, I like to get a whole pie with goat cheese, basil, and roasted red peppers. If you ever find yourself in Marfa go to The Pizza Foundation. That's the best pizza I have ever had outside of the best NY pizza, but like some other reviewers here, I've also had my fair share of disturbingly mediocre NY slices.

May 24, 2007
porkmuffin in Austin

austin soul food

For real-deal truck stop style southern and diner favorites go to Arkies Grill in the 4700-4800 block of E. Ceasar Chavez. It's the kind of place that does magic with canned green beans and has a Friday lunch special of salmon croquettes. Every waitress has worked there for 15 years or more, it's that kinda place. I have had good luck with the fried chicken and the burgers and they often have soul or southern style sides--the fries are nothing to write home about. Go for breakfast or lunch during the week, they are closed at dinner time and I think they have weird hours on weekends. Always ask for biscuits on the side if you go for lunch.

May 24, 2007
porkmuffin in Austin

Lambert's Brunch

thanks for this! i've been wanting to check out the brunch scene there, and now i'll make a point of it soon.

May 24, 2007
porkmuffin in Austin

Local and Organic

for fancier food try Wink near Lamar and 12th. emphasis on seasonal ingredients and locally grown produce. www.winkrestaurant.com

May 24, 2007
porkmuffin in Austin

Tell me a shi-shi brunch place for my bday!

I'd second Starlite and Fonda San Miguel and add Eastside Cafe. It's not super shi-shi, but the food is excellent and it's a nice atmosphere. Make reservations for the main house and skip sitting in the "garden room". If it's a small group I would say Enoteca for Sunday brunch. The tables are small, so it's not great for more than 6 or so people, but the food is delightful. They have great homemade sausages and the polenta is out of sight. (I always order the polenta without the extra oil though--they serve it Italy style in some good olive oil, but I find it's too much.) Eastside and Enoteca are probably not nice enough for what you want though, so go for Green Pastures, Starlite, or Fonda.

May 23, 2007
porkmuffin in Austin

Where are the best baby back ribs (pork) in Austin?

Ditto to Artz. They also make an awesome grilled veggie plate. I like to order a large order of the baby backs and the veggie plate and split the whole thing with a friend. They used to have a fun bluegrass pickin' party on the back porch on Sunday at lunch time. They also make a kick ass burger.

May 23, 2007
porkmuffin in Austin

[AUS] Just moved down South and feeling food despair.

El Reggio chicken at Stassney and S. 1st (?) Get 2 half chickens. Avoid the red sauce. The green sauce rocks the world.
For good Pho and Vietnamese I like the place in the parking lot of the small Target behind Strait Music on S. Lamar and Ben White. I don't know the name and it has no windows.
It's not super close, but Galaxy Cafe over off of Brodie is decent for sandwiches and wraps and the like. Decent burger and get the sweet potato fries, they are delightful.

Arandas has a location by the Dairy Queen at Stassney and Manchaca. Get the tacos al pastor, the tostadas, and the sandwiches. The burritos are good too. Avoid the enchiladas, they are boring. They also sometimes have beef soup (Caldo de reys?) that is good with tons of lime squeezed in, rice, and corn tortillas.

Ditto on Madam Mam's. It is fantastic. I love the Panang Curry.

Good luck!

May 23, 2007
porkmuffin in Austin

Breakfast Burritos vs. Tacos?

Avoid Carlos and Charlies! As for breakfast burritos, I don't know of a good place. Try El Chilito for breakfast tacos, (I think they might have a breakfast burrito on the menu as well) and the food at Chapala on E. Ceasar Chavez is cheap and solid. The tacos Al Pastor from there are fantastic, and try getting a taco with papas, napoles, y queso. (potato, cactus, and cheese) and the tostadas are quite nice. I don't enjoy the enchiladas from Chapala, but many other menu items are great. One of my favorite cheap mexican dinners is El Reggio Chicken on Riverside Dr. It's a simple formula: roasted spicy chicken served with corn tortillas, grilled carmelized onions, rice, limes, and spicy poblano sauce. the half chicken is actually a better deal because you get the same amout of rice and onion with a half chicken or a whole. Take it home unless you enjoy sitting in a parking lot on Riverside Drive and having no utensils other than spoons. They have a couple of other locations on the East side. It's like 12 bucks for a ton of food. (Enough for 3 people to stuff themselves) Also for Mexican I enjoy Curra's on Oltorf, though it's often very crowded. The best mexican food in town is Fonda San Miguel, but it's expensive and you have to be well dressed. For a romantic dressy date it's one of the best places in town.

BBQ: I love Ruby's. It's conveniently located and the food is solid. The brisket is excellent and the home fries are cooked with rosemary, onions, mushrooms and cheese. They also have fantastic creamy coleslaw that is homemade and far from crappy industrial style coleslaw.

Musashino is my favorite sushi spot by far. It's not as annoyingly trendy as Uchi. The sushi is excellent and so is the service. It's cheaper than Uchi as well. (Though not exactly cheap.)

Go to Enotecca for Sunday brunch and for dinner as well. It's the same kitchen as the award winning Vespaio next door, but it's less expensive.

Can you tell I love good food for not too much money?

Good luck.

May 23, 2007
porkmuffin in Austin

Good Indian Food in Austin

I love Madras Pavilion at Research and Burnet. It's all vegitarian and it's inexpensive. I suggest ordering off the menu rather than having the buffet.

May 23, 2007
porkmuffin in Austin

Best Enchiladas In Austin?

so upset at the loss of Tamaleo Oaxchaca! it was so cheap and so good. sadly the best mole i have found is at Fonda San Miguel. i say sadly because it's not cheap. but it's good.

May 23, 2007
porkmuffin in Austin

Ba Le

i mourn the loss of Ba Le. it is closed now. anyone know of other places with Vietnamese sandwiches?

May 23, 2007
porkmuffin in Austin