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For me and the bf its gotta be: 1) Korea House, 2) Tomo Sushi, 3) Curra's.

Jan 01, 2008
shanntastic in Austin

I've got Miller Lite. What do I do with it?

Surprisingly, a half a light beer in a pitcher of frozen margaritas gives it a little bubbly something without the gross light beer taste. It's the secret ingredient in my friend's killer margs and something you just couldn't do with Rogue Dead Guy or Stone IPA.

Nov 30, 2007
shanntastic in Beer

Portland craft brew trip

Hey party people, I'm going to Portland, OR for a long weekend in a few days and want to fit in as many stops to craft breweries, public houses, and brewpubs as possible. I'm equipped with the handy dandy beer map, but what I'd really like to know is if any people from that area have specific suggestions? We're going to be staying at McMenamin's Kennedy School and will have a rental car, but do not wish to drive more than maybe 45 minutes or so point to point, so those are our limited factors.

Thoughts?

Nov 13, 2007
shanntastic in Beer

Buffetts?

Green Pastures. Tasty critters. Delicious breads and sweets. Milk punch. Yum. Four Seasons brunch buffet is also really nice. I've been meaning to check out the Starlite brunch as well, but haven't as of yet.

Oct 22, 2007
shanntastic in Austin

New New Italian Options in Austin, Which Ones Stack Up?

Went to Aljohns last night. Besides the incredibly odd decor and the sign saying BBQ at the bottom and the BBQ options being crossed off the menu with pen and the blaring sports and the one man show that was the proprietor, I didn't hate it.

We took our food to go. :)

We had the lasagna and the manicotti. It was decent. Totally worth the 7! bucks. Good cheeses, a little bland in the flavors, generous amounts of good but nothing special sauce. The bread was not salted enough. The salad was like something you'd find in a hospital cafeteria.

I'd totally go back for the equivalent of cheap Italian fast food with a couple of beers, and for another look at how crazy the whole place is. About the best thing I can say about it is that it blows Fazoli's out of the water. I still need to try Ciola's.

Oct 17, 2007
shanntastic in Austin

Where to get growlers of beer in Austin?

Thanks for all the pointers! I appreciate it.

Oct 10, 2007
shanntastic in Austin

Where to get growlers of beer in Austin?

I'm interested in getting a growler of craft brew locally. What options are there other than North by Northwest (which I've tried and I like, but looking for someplace different).

Oct 08, 2007
shanntastic in Austin

New New Italian Options in Austin, Which Ones Stack Up?

Thanks scrumptiouschef, that sounds very promising indeed. :)

Oct 08, 2007
shanntastic in Austin

New New Italian Options in Austin, Which Ones Stack Up?

Thanks MPH, the first link definitely helps. The other two threads are not exactly helping me make my decision on whether or not to try and don't really seem to be about the food at those places.

What I'd really like is a Reale's-level good honest Italian food that doesn't try too hard in my hood (south lamar). Guess I'll check out Stortini's and Botticelli's. On the East Coast its easy to find a good Italian joint in almost every neighborhood, but the Italian places here leave a lot to be desired. You have to go very fine dining/upscale in order to get good Italian in Austin, IMHO.

Oct 07, 2007
shanntastic in Austin

New New Italian Options in Austin, Which Ones Stack Up?

With all the new Italian places going in here, which ones are worth frequenting? I'm always on the lookout for a good Italian place, but most of the new Italian restaurants leave me non-plussed.

Stortini, Gypsy, Botticelli's, Primizie, Cannoli Joe's, Mandola's Italian Market, Ristorante Bellissimo

Which one's are worth trying out?

I for one, would not be interested in Cannoli Joe's, won't be back to Mandola's or Gypsy, would go back to Primizie, and haven't tried Bellissimmo or Botticelli's or Stortini.

Oct 06, 2007
shanntastic in Austin

La Cocina de Consuelo - any opinions?

I crave their breakfast tacos. The tortillas are housemade, as MPH states, and the breakfast taco fillings are delicious. I like the Stacy's (avocado, machacado) and the Janey's (chorizo, rajas, machacado, jalapeno). The machacado is just so good, dry, very savory beef that just complements the eggs and the spicy fillings perfectly. The chorizo is a beef chorizo.

The breakfast tacos are huge, more like breakfast burritos. You only need one. They are 2.45. If I ever go through an incredibly tight period financially, I may seriously consider eating at Consuelo's twice a day.

The owners are also very nice. Several times they offered to let me take tacos and pay later so I don't have to charge less than 5 dollars to my debit card. I know they also put together dinners for some of my mom friends that the moms can then take home and heat in their kitchens, very convenient.

Oct 06, 2007
shanntastic in Austin

Gypsy Italian Bistro

Went to Gypsy Thursday night. It was dreadful. Will not be back.

The bread is tasteless and too dense, like the baker didn't realize how to use a good starter. The olive oil they offered to dip it in did not improve it.

We had the calamari app, which took twenty minutes to get to our table. The waitress told us that the reason it took so long is because they were thawing it out. That's appetizing!

I had the veal saltimbocca. There was so much salt that it was almost inedible. The veal itself tasted OK. The penne and pesto that accompanied was the only part of the meal I enjoyed at all. The entree was served with a roasted roma tomato which was barely cooked and stuffed with bland store-bought bread crumbs.

My boyfriend had chilean salmon. It was cooked en papillote. The fish was OK and the artichokes were good, but the rice was barely cooked. It was very crunchy.

To make matters worse, the restroom had water everywhere on the floor and the dining room was very warm.

I had heard that the people behind it were from the culinary academy here in Austin, and I'm always looking for local Italian places, but it just completely disappointed.

Oct 06, 2007
shanntastic in Austin

GOOD Homemade Tortillas

I really like Margarita's Tortilla Factory flour tortillas. They are thin, but not too thin like the CM tortillas. They have a good bite to them and they are pliable and not too dense. I use them for quesadillas. They just get better when you cook them in a spritz of oil on a cast iron skillet or griddle.

http://margaritastortillafactory.com/

Sep 24, 2007
shanntastic in Austin

Incredible Sushi at Tomo

I agree, my boyfriend and I are regulars. It's comparable to Uchi in quality, but has less of the kitchen dishes Uchi does. Uchi also does more of the fusion thing with western ingredients like cranberry where Tomo is more straight-ahead Japanese (American) sushi.

We were there Saturday and everything was amazing.

Steve even does the Black Cod and Rock Shrimp Tempura off the Nobu menu. Soooo good.

Sep 10, 2007
shanntastic in Austin

Jaspers is now open in the Domain

I went to the domain this week and it's like disney world mated with rodeo drive. Ick!

Sep 07, 2007
shanntastic in Austin

Options for a tasty lunch in the 51st/Manor/Springfield area

I like Eastside, but Vivo's is gross. The menu is tiny and the puffy tacos everyone raves about are tasteless and bland. I think people like the gimmicky-ness of Vivos and the colored margaritas (ick!). I've been meaning to try El Chile and Red House.

Sep 01, 2007
shanntastic in Austin

Food options in NW Austin/Cedar Park

I moved from this area about eight months ago to south austin. At the time, the pickings were pretty slim. I really like Reale's. Hoover's is good. Pacific Star Oyster Bar. Tea House is passable. Other than that, ummm, no. I like the rec for Tino's Greek Cafe. That is goodness.

Sep 01, 2007
shanntastic in Austin

Fideos

Does anyone have anywhere in Austin they like to frequent for fideos? I've just recently been on a Spanish food kick and have made fideos at home a few times. I'd like to go to a place where they have a definitive version so I can contrast and compare. Suggestions?

Sep 01, 2007
shanntastic in Austin

Fantasizing About Mexican Food....

The mole at Los Comales. I was just kinda meditating on it just now.... Yum....

Sep 01, 2007
shanntastic in Austin

Recs Near Hyde Park Area?

NeWorlDeli has wonderful soup and sandwiches over towards campus a bit from Hyde Park. I agree with the Quack's and the Asti suggestions. Hyde Park Bar and Grill is just kind of middling to average to me, but fills a gap if you're in the mood for comfort mom's house types of food. They do usually have a couple good beers on draft, which earns them extra bonus points with me. Dolce Vita has great after dinner desserts and cordials. I love a good Pimm's Cup.

Sep 01, 2007
shanntastic in Austin

Pizza in Austin

For delivery in south austin, Southside Flying Pizza is really good. The crust (appropriately salted, nice bite, not too dense but still a bit of breadiness to it), sauce (not too sweet, a little heat, fresh tasting), and cheese are what I like in pizza. If I'm dining in I usually hit Homeslice (close to home) or Conan's (close to work for lunch). Yaghi's, Saccones, I'm just meh on. It's like all the grease of the pizza I used to eat in Boston without the tasty crust and sauce. I like Austin Pizza just OK. It's good for a big family thing or office thing. That Mangieri's in south south Austin is terrible and to be avoided.

Sep 01, 2007
shanntastic in Austin

Seafood in South Austin

Any recs for seafood places in South Austin? My bf is a fishatarian and I for one am tired out on Fish City. In 78704 or vicinity is good.

Jun 14, 2007
shanntastic in Austin

cedar park?

I moved from Cedar Park in January to south Austin, but while I was there we did a lot of Hoover's, Reale's, and Dragonfly take out. I like Yaghi's pizza over Saccones. I was never a fan of any of the restaurants in the Railyard.

There's Pacific Star down the road a piece on 183. Also the Tea House isn't terrible.

Jun 14, 2007
shanntastic in Austin

TexMex in Central Austin that does not "Keep It Weird"

I really like Los Comales on E 7th. You might too.

Jun 14, 2007
shanntastic in Austin