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Onion Rings

This takes us back to the essential problem of restaurant reviews: how do you know your experience was the norm? Because the last time I ordered O-rings at Frisco, there was (I am not exaggerating) a quarter cup of grease in the bottom of the basket by the time I quit the field. Ironically, the cook even bragged in my hearing about how beautiful they were, which was true: they were magazine-worthy visually. Just nauseatingly greasy.

So what's, as you say, "bad luck" and what's par for the course? I'd give a lot to know, but the fundamental weakness of this board (and all restaurant reviewing, I think) is that you simply can't.

Feb 22, 2014
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Mu shu pork

Even closer than Chinatown. I'll give it a try next time I get the craving. Thanks!

Jan 25, 2014
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Mu shu pork

Thank you! I always forget about Chinatown, since it's off the beaten path. Tried it tonight with very satisfactory results.

Jan 25, 2014
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Mu shu pork

Can anybody recommend a good restaurant for mu shu pork? I live in the Anderson area, so the closer the better, but willing to drive. Surprisingly hard to find.

Jan 24, 2014
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A compiled list of Austin restaurants sorted by ratings...thoughts?

You hinted at the problem with Yelp reviews. When, for example, only one person reviews a place, that rating should carry far less weight than an equal rating given by a hundred people. Perhaps someone with a keener grasp of statistics than I have could come up with some more revealing way to weight ratings besides simply averaging them?

Nov 22, 2013
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Austin-How goes the great grocery bag ban experiment?

What's the source for your assertion that shoplifting is up?

Sep 12, 2013
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Another lost La Fogata thread

PS If you head there and for any reason they're closed, step across the street to the Tierra Linda taqueria in the La Familia market at the Shell station. Muy bueno!

Jun 15, 2013
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Another lost La Fogata thread

It has popped up next to the Valero station at 183 and Fairfield.

Jun 14, 2013
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Shu Shu's

Routine American-Cantonese but nicely flexible menu, excellent service, spiffy premises, fresh ingredients, welcome moderation in the grease and sugar departments (compare Panda Express). Not the place to find authentic Chinese cuisine, maybe, but dependable and tasty. Every neighborhood should have one of these.

Apr 27, 2013
Oliver Oyl in Austin