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Where to Eat (Citywide) SXSW

Now I do not agree with Chuy's deserving a "YIKES" from anyone. No it's not snobbishly accurate tex-mex, but it's damn good food and deserves a better light. Their refried beans and the salsa are some of my favorite in town.

I also suggest Habanero on Oltorf... delicious for a more authentic tex-mex experience.

Mar 11, 2008
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Sunflower Closing

oh man, where do I go now?

Jan 15, 2008
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Southside Flying Pizza - AUS - review

I ordered Southside Flying Pizza once, and it was probably one of the worst pizzas I've had in Austin. The pizza was just barely warm when it arrived, the crust was BURNED, and the delivery guy was very rude. I even enjoy my crust crunchy and slightly charred on the bottom, but this was an obvious mistake. I had heard such good things about it I was SURE it was going to be good, but they definitely were not when they made and delivered my pizza.

Jan 07, 2008
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Indian in Austin?

I second Bombay Bistro... their buffet is amazing.

Dec 07, 2007
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Thom's Market on Barton Springs

I am so excited this is in my neighborhood!!!

It's a little grocer stop similar to Farm2Market and P&K... reasonably priced gourmet items in a local setting. A really well thought out beer selection, plenty of great wine, herbs, amy's frozen products, sprouted grain bread, pita chips, ready to throw in a pot gourmet soup mixes, selections of artisan chocolate, cento tomatoes, farm fresh eggs, ect. LOTS of local products with an emphasis towards pleasing the kind of people who... well.... post on chowhound! I have been looking forward to this opening and am very pleased. Just wanted to get the word out to the chowhounders... I don't want to see this place go down ANYTIME soon!

Nov 16, 2007
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Flying Saucer to Land in Austin!

I've heard good things about that place, I'll have to try it

Nov 15, 2007
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Flying Saucer to Land in Austin!

Being as that I have never enjoyed the taste of beer and drink wine primarily, I don't really like that flying saucer doesn't even offer ONE wine on their menu. I know that they're a beer bar and everything, but not everyone drinks beer. However, it happens to be that my friends love beer so we generally go places like the flying saucer that has a good selection, and I'm unable to drink ANYTHING there. Gingerman almost always has 6 selections of pretty decent wine on their menu on top of all their beers, and cater to those who just don't like beer. Wish FS would consider the same.

Nov 12, 2007
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German food in Austin?

Anyone know of any good German restaurants in Austin?

I'm surprised that with so many small towns around Austin known for their German food, Austin itself doesn't have a few well known ones.

Any suggestions?

Nov 12, 2007
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Bombay Grill on Bee Caves

I just tried Bombay Bistro on Research a couple weeks ago... what a jewel. Definitely better than Bombay Grill and a larger selection of food during their weekend lunch buffet. Amazing selection of items, including some kind of tapas-like appetizer that is great. Multiple curries to choose from, awesome waitstaff that is eager to give you suggestions. Recommended much more highly than Bombay Grill!

Nov 12, 2007
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Anyone have an opinion on Zen?

I don't think that Zen is setting out to be some culinary masterpiece at the price you pay for the amount of food that you get.

It's definitely mediocre food, but it's healthy, cheap, and fast.... more than I can say about alot of places at the same price.

I order the hibachi bowl.... it's pretty decent and healthy.

Nov 03, 2007
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Bombay Grill on Bee Caves

The only other indian I've had in Austin is home-cooked indian and Clay Pit, which I didn't think was as amazing as everyone else seems to think. My tastes for indian might be different than others considering I haven't eaten a ton of it, but I thought Bombay was pretty tasty.

Nov 02, 2007
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Sports bar that goes beyond bar food?

Fox and the Hound has a nice selection of salads from what I remember...

Nov 01, 2007
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Flipnotics Coffeespace

I've been living in the 78704 area code for almost three years now, and I absolutely love Flipnotics on Barton Springs. I usually get their New Orleans-style coffee which is a nice, spicy chicory-flavored coffee that isn't overpowering but satisfies. Their Frappes are delicious too... I usually get the vanilla-flavored one during the Summer, and it's pretty much a vanilla coffee-flavored milkshake with QUITE the caffeine boost. The service is hip and nonchalant, but is always very helpful and unpretentious. The outdoor deck offers free wireless and is great for studying. They opened up a new location in the Triangle late this summer, but I haven't been to it yet... I imagine it's much newer and lacks the severe eclectic feel that the Barton Springs location has.

It's a truly LOCAL Austin coffeehouse and the owners are wonderful people. I'm happy to see that they're still going strong (15 years) even after the Austin Java parasite set root across the street, and that the people who are truly local don't go to the dark side! (lol)!

The only downside is that their light fare (sandwiches, salads, ect.) can be a tad pricey, but their wide variety of samosas (which are outsourced) are a great cheap alternative for a quick bite.

Anyone else have thoughts on this place?

Nov 01, 2007
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Bombay Grill on Bee Caves

http://bombaygrilltexas.com/

Anyone else been here?

I've been thrice for their lunchtime buffet and haven't been disappointed yet. Fresh salad offerings, along with a nice display of Indian favorites. Butter Chicken, Mattar Paneer, Saag Paneer, Chicken Tandoori, Samosas, ect. My boyfriend and I always go at about 12:15 and the restaurant has been nearly empty each time. The waiter is always very friendly and prompt with our water refills. The Butter Chicken is fairly heavy on the coriander, which is just the way I like it. The sauce isn't too heavy on the butter, so the dish doesn't come out as greasy as some other BC dishes I've tried.

Just wanted to see what others thoughts were on the place, and why more people don't seem to gravitate towards their very decently priced lunch buffet. My boyfriend and I each get the buffet and tea for $20 walk out.

Nov 01, 2007
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Chowhound Assignment:Late Night-Streetside.Downtown Austin Texas.

I agree with the Kerbalicious vote... insanely good gyros at a great price. Had a chance to speak with the owner and we exchanged some friendly banter about our love of Greek food and the overwhelming lack of it in the Austin area. I could tell that he was dedicated to what he was doing and had a true love for the cuisine which was surprising considering he looked like a just-graduated college student. Probably my favorite truely late-night food fix downtown.

I think most people who enjoy a real beefy hamburger will like Casino El Caminos... it's tied at first with Hut's as my favorite Austin hamburger. Juicy, All-American patty with a nice almost deli-style bun, cooked to perfection. The wait is ridiculously long but it's well worth it. The jukebox is a winner too.

Jackelope on 6th street also has some pretty decent food offerings. I had a fried catfish poboy and they put a damn-near entire catfish on a bun for me. The batter didn't have much taste but the tartar sauce was delicious, as was the bread it was served on.

I'm really saddened to hear about Hoek's on 6th... despite my slight favoritism because of their musical offerings I still stand by the statement that they were my favorite pizza joint on 6th street. Greasy, cheesy, and a nice crust--everything a post-vodka evening meal should be.

Nov 01, 2007
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Austin - Hoover's and Threadgill's - still good?

I've only been to Hoover's once and I thoroughly enjoyed my chicken fried chicken, but since I have not been back I don't feel as though I can offer much insight as to the usual quality of their food.

I have, however, been to Threadgill's a million times since I live a few minutes from the South location and I have a pretty good grasp as to the culinary undertakings that go on there.

Threadgill's has the capability of being one of the best home-cooking comfort food eateries that I've ever had, but the consistency of that statement is something that I can not hold to always be true. I usually order the meatloaf with an array of sides, but the scalloped potatoes are usually one of my choices. Sometimes the scalloped potatoes are cut pretty thick, and they're baked in a delicious combination of orange cheeses until they're tender and crumble at the sight of a fork. The meatloaf is cooked to perfection-- completely cooked through but still deliciously juicy and topped with a great chunky tomato sauce. The okra is always good (although it's never up to Green Mesquite standards) and the bites I steal of my boyfriend's CFC is delicious as well. Last time I went was a different story, as is a select few other times I've went and been disappointed... the potatoes were cut lengthwise instead of into rounds, the cheese sauce was a much less creamy mixture of white cheeses, and the potatoes were so undercooked that they were crunchy and I ultimately couldn't even eat much of them. The meatloaf during this particular order was also undercooked--being bright pink in the center--although it was still tasty and didn't upset my belly. Fortunately, I tried the fried green tomatoes for the first time and they were delicious... the spicy ranch-style sauce served with them was a noticeably excellent highlight for the taste of the tomatoes.

All in all, I'd have to say that it probably depends on the talent of the cook back in the kitchen that particular day as the ultimate quantifier of the level of satisfaction I get from the food. I've noticed that the days that are usually lackluster are much lighter in traffic flow... Mondays or Tuesdays. I don't think that I've ever been disappointed on the weekend.

It is a tourist trap, but deservedly so. The place is an institution in Austin and will probably continue to be for many years. Even though the food isn't always as spectacular as the last, I'll continue to spend my money there in hopes that it will be.

Nov 01, 2007
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P&K Grocery

I'm very saddened that it closed. I go to St. Edward's and stopped into P&K almost every day on my way to campus to pick up a vitamin water, and everyday on my way home to pick up some deviled eggs, cornichons, or a delicious hot dog. Those hot dogs were among the best hot dogs I have ever had. I agree with a majority of the replies that that they were inconsistent... I was surprised to see that they closed down because I figured that they were getting ready to make a major change considering all the rearranging they were doing. I didn't like that it wasn't consistent, but I liked the select gourmet offerings that they DID have. I also hate to see someone's dream come to an end, but alas not all dreams survive. I'm glad to have been a customer during the time they were open, and will always think fondly of the place and wish that I could have just one more hot dog.

Nov 01, 2007
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Hot Dogs

I think Dog Almighty is overrated... I got their classic dog and even though their chili tasted great, the bun couldn't stand up to the sloppy chili and was ripping apart. Rock Dog used to be the best hot dog in Austin, but it closed down recently and Dog Almighty moved in the same location.

Jul 15, 2007
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Soul Food in Austin?

I'm suprised no one has mentioned "Hoover's" yet... http://www.hooverscooking.com/

great meatloaf, chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, ect. HUGE servings too.

Jul 15, 2007
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Alamo Drafthouse

I'm definitely not a fan of Alamo's fried pickles... the batter was mushy.. I assume they weren't dried thoroughly before dipped in the batter and fried. Katz's has the best fried pickle spears in my opinion, and Plucker's has very decent fried dill pickle chips.

Jul 05, 2007
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Just Get a Lemon and Sugar Crêpe!

I went to Fliphappy for the first time after hearing that they were on an episode of Throwdown, and I was very impressed. I agree that the texture of the crepe was tough and chewy in places, but the ingredients and balance of flavors held inside the crepe was what made it an awesome meal. I had the tarragon mushroom spinach crepe and was surprised with how rich it was, and with how pungent the tarragon was to the nose and tongue. The simple nutella crepe I had to complete my meal was much nicer in texture, possibly because it was cooked fresher than the savory crepes. They will definitely be seeing my return.

Jun 26, 2007
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