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Falafel

I really like the falafel at International Foods at Braker and Lamar. It's mostly a grocery store, but has a food counter in the back and a couple of tables.

http://www.internationalfoodaustin.co...

Also please note, Byblos has closed (I miss it a lot) and Marakesh has moved from downtown to 3301 Steck Ave.

Jun 07, 2013
debegone in Austin

Best place with (not just) barbeque?

It's not within walking distance, but Ruby's BBQ near UT campus (not Rudy's) has great vegetarian options.

Feb 20, 2013
debegone in Austin

Soup

I had a wonderful soup at Chen Z's. I had the spicy bbq pork ramen. It was medium spicy and the broth was light and fragrant with anise and came with pork, snow peas, and oyster mushrooms. Perfect for a cold winter day.

Jan 08, 2013
debegone in Austin

Best Udon in Austin?

I'm definitly no expert on Udon, but I did have a wonderful bowl of kayaku udon at Kome on Airport. It comes with one tempura shrimp on top with some other toppings as well. BTW, the udon is only available at lunch.

Nov 30, 2011
debegone in Austin

Take-out samosas

International Food at the corner of Braker and Lamar (old Albertsons) has samosas at the check out and they restaurant in the back also serves them.

Oct 25, 2011
debegone in Austin

New Peruvian Food restaurant in Austin? Anyone tried it?

Not yet. It is still full of open stores, just no anchor stores.

Apr 21, 2011
debegone in Austin

New Peruvian Food restaurant in Austin? Anyone tried it?

My husband and I ate there last night and it was delicious. We ordered way too much food, but I was excited to try a lot of things. I'm not an expert on Peruvian food, but everything tasted fresh and well seasoned.

We started with appitizers of ceviche and causa de pollo. The ceviche was made to order. The ceviche was fresh and marinating in a super yummy spicy lime sauce/marinade. It came with a large sliced of cooked sweet potato and corn of the cob. The causa is a sort of cassorole with chicken with mayo between layers of potato and topped with deviled egg. Yum!

My husband had the lomo saltado which was beef with onions and tomatoes over fires with white rice on the side. I had a bite and it was really good. I got a "sampler" plate, but I forget what they called it at the restaurant. It had a sample of 5 different menu items. It included aji de gallina, arroz con pollo, frijol con seco, papa a la huancaĆ­na, and one other dish that isn't on their menu. I think my favorite was the frijol con seco which was very intensely flavored and a bit salty, but really good flavors and the beef was tender. The arroz con poolo was a standout as well, but everything was good.

They have some very appetizing pictures of the food on their facebook page under the name La Chaparrita Restaurant (Peruvian) - http://www.facebook.com/#!/lachaparri... . It was those pictures that convinced me I could not delay trying it any longer.

I will say that it is a little odd eating at the Highland Mall Foodcourt on a Wednesday night, not a lot of people around, but the food was worth it and the prices are very reasonable, especially for the ceviche. I think it was only 5.99.

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La Chaparrita
6001 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752

Apr 21, 2011
debegone in Austin

Central Texas BBQ Tour - 10 Rankings, 3 Reviews

Tom, EarlyBird states that he went to 10 places and then ranked the places he went. Since the Saltlick airport was at the bottom of the list, it was his least favorite of the 10 places he visited.

10 is a lot of BBQ in 3 1/2 days. I'm impressed!

He didn't visit any other BBQ places, so the BBQ world should still make sense.

Apr 12, 2011
debegone in Austin

Risotto?

The Carillon has a wonderful pea risotto that is served with the rack of lamb. Didn't try the lamb, but the risotto was fabulous.

Mar 22, 2011
debegone in Austin

Fish tacos: who has the best???

Dang! I really miss the fish tacos at Fuegos, too. I have not found a replacement yet.

Feb 25, 2011
debegone in Austin

Falafel/Lebanese cuisine in Austin?

Flying Falafel is not closed. I was there on Saturday, but we were the only people there, pretty quiet.

Feb 14, 2011
debegone in Austin

Who has the best authentic Mexican torta in Austin?

Chuy's Panadaria (183 and Ohlen) recently opened a restaurant area along side the bakery and they have wonderful tortas and they bake the bread there. From what I've tried so far, I like the pierna the best. They also have wonderful quesadillas made on blue corn tortilas and el pastor on a spit. It's usually crowded and it's takes a while for the food, but it's worth it.

Jan 07, 2011
debegone in Austin

Austin Burger Smackdown!

I ate inside at Hat Creek on Burnet around 5:00pm on Saturday.

Feb 08, 2010
debegone in Austin

Best Austin CSA?

Update on Steele Farms CSA -- We are now getting tons of veggies. Initially, there was a mix up with our share. We had signed up for an extended share, but were receiving a standard share. Now that everything is straightened out, we are very happy with the amount, quality, and variety of vegetables and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.

Nov 29, 2009
debegone in Austin

Lookin' for a Special Kind of Falafel Sandwich...

My favorite falafel sandwich was at Byblos in North Austin, but they have closed. Since they closed, I discovered some GREAT falafel at Mediterranean House Buffet in Pflugerville. I had it on the buffet, not on a sanwich so I'm not sure what would be served on a sandwich. The falafel is crunchy on the outside and fluffy and moist on the inside, not dired out like so many other places in Austin.

Nov 13, 2009
debegone in Austin

Best Austin CSA?

I just started my CSA membership with Steele Farms so I can't give a full review, but they have been great so far. There is a good variety of vegetables, they deliver to my home, and I can customize the vegetable mix. I will say that I thought I would get a larger quantity of vegetables, but this may change from week to week. They do memberships in 10 week blocks.

www.freshtexasproduce.com

Nov 13, 2009
debegone in Austin

Soup for strep

I think the chicken soup at Fuegos, near Lamar and 183, is very soothing. It has lots of fresh veggies, cooked al dente, and it is light and fresh and not heavy and greasy. It comes in one size - large - for $6.99. I always crave it when I'm feeling under the weather.

Oct 22, 2009
debegone in Austin