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Austin Deli

These may not be what you are used to (coming from NYC) but they can make a mean sandwich...

San Francisco Bakery off Anderson has the best sourdough bread. Any sandwich with this as a base is wonderful.

New World Deli- Good Ruebens and Curried Chicken Salad

Little Deli- Just a cool place with good food

Feb 03, 2009
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Cover 2,3? whatever

Chef's decision. A shattered spine and cage fighting probably aren't good accompaniments to an Ahi Tuna Burger.

Jan 31, 2009
jackietreehorn in Austin

Lambert's

I would generally stay away from the smoked meats at Lambert's. They use an electric smoker that, as many of you have discovered, produces results that are inferior to meats smoked in a traditional wood smoker. That being said, their sides are excellent, the caviar devilled eggs are inspired and yummy, their grilled meats are tasty, and their burger is truly exceptional--one of the best, most underrated in town--, as are the homemade waffle fries they serve on the side. Oh, and the live music performances are consistently solid.

Jan 29, 2009
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Chicken & Dumplings

The chicken and dumplings at Hoover's were interesting, but a bit too unconventional for my tastes. They used smoked chicken--excessively smoked, IMHO--chicken rather than boiled, which I found distracted from the salty goodness of the broth. Also, they used an overwhelming amount of cinnamon which I found unappealing. I'm a huge fan of Hoover's, too, and this is the only time I've been disappointed by anything I've ordered.

Jan 18, 2009
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(Fuego's) Best Burger In Austin - My Search Is Over

Uggh. As a newish Crestview resident, I've never completely understood the prohibition of left turns from Lamar onto Morrow--why Morrow, not Justin? Or Morrow from Burnet? Why is Morrow so vulnerable to increased traffic flow, and what about the perilous left turn from onto Anderson from Northbound Lamar traffic that this ban worsens?--and this seems to be creating headaches for businesses located in that strip center. Trust me, though, the food is well worth any inconveniences you encounter getting there. I also think the Fat Burger is the best burger in Austin, edging out Casino el Camino. And, as an added bonus, your burger is not served with punk angst and ennui.

Dec 23, 2008
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Lockhart BBQ Trek

Nice BBQ chronicle, nosh. We make the Lockhart every few months and each time I'm more enamored of the BBQ Black's prepares than I am of the other, more heralded establishments. A bit of a digression, but I was fortunate enough to visit on the 80th birthday of the proprietor, Edgar, as he sat down to a sprawling plate of BBQ. Any lingering fears of the damaging long-term effects of cholesterol were instantly banished...

Dec 23, 2008
jackietreehorn in Austin

Storing homemade pasta

We recently received a Kitchenaid pastamaker attachment for our mixmaster and we absolutely adore it. We'd like to make homemade pasta (spaghetti) for family members but are unsure about storage methods. Must the dried pasta be continually frozen? Or, after its dried, can it stored in the recipient's pantry. I'd rather not be the salmonella Santa this year...

Dec 22, 2008
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Best Chili In Austin

A bit of proximity bias, but I really dig the chili at Billy's on Burnett. Although I find it heretical, my vegetarian sister in law never misses their vegetarian chili when she visits from Houston.

Also, the chili at Frisco's is delicious, particularly when it is used to drown their enchiladas or the decorated at eggs. I'm not entirely sure, but I believe they use either chunks of sirloin or beef tips, rather than the traditional ground beef. It's a nice variant on the standard ground chuck.

Dec 14, 2008
jackietreehorn in Austin

Fuego's in dire straits!

Great, Rene. I'm afraid you might be right about the undesirable location. One other group commented about this to the owner. I'd never given it any thought since we live right down the road, in Crestview, so getting there is a breeze. Apologies for a bit of digression, but an unintended consequence of the successful campaign to shut down Morrow to traffic turning left from Lamar may be the inability of businesses to thrive at this location.

They are still BYOB. And, conveniently, their struggles coincide nicely with Eat Local Week. What better way to embody the spirit and intent of Eat Local Week than to show up, en masse, to support this outstanding restaurant.

Dec 07, 2008
jackietreehorn in Austin

Fuego's in dire straits!

After a characteristically delicious meal at Fuego's--one Fat Burger (which rivals Casino el Camino's, FWIW), two orders of fish tacos, and crab enchiladas (all phenomenal)--we gushed to the owner about the tastiness of the food. She mentioned that they are struggling mightily, and may not make it for another month. Although our initial enthusiasm for them waned after they raised their prices, they've since normalized and, for the quality and freshness of the ingredients, they are fantastic deal. My wife and I have pledged to try to come at least twice this week. I'd like to encourage--nay plead!--Fuego lovers and newbies alike to support this wonderful establishment.

Dec 06, 2008
jackietreehorn in Austin

Casino El Camino

The burger at Casino el Camino is mind-blowingly good. Comparing it to such inferior burgers as P. Terry's is heretical. For me, burgers are rarely so good as to require interludes between bites for savoring and shaking your head in delightful disbelief before resuming. I typically reserve that type of appreciation and reflection for BBQ (recently did this at Snows) or haute cuisine.

Sep 24, 2008
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I've Driven By There A Thousand Times

To the chagrin of my wife, since at least one weekend a month we trek out to Lockhart for our BBQ fix, I've driven by, but never tried, Mann's BBQ off of 183. It's a short distance from our house, and presumably it has respectable 'que since it was in the Texas Monthly top 50, but I've still haven't eaten there. Thoughts or opinions about the place?

Sep 10, 2008
jackietreehorn in Austin

5 Days in Austin...HELP US PLAN!

Also, there is no better pairing, IMHO, than music and chow, and Austin is a awash in these opportunities. If you're here on a Friday, check out Lambert's at 401 W 2nd Street. around 6/7 ish. Grab a table in the bar area (might want to snag reservations ahead of time) and enjoy some decent 'que and some sublime jazz from the Kat Edmonson trio. Don't miss the green chile cheese grits or the mac and cheese. I also prefer their grilled offerings to their smoked ones.

http://www.lambertsaustin.com/

Sep 10, 2008
jackietreehorn in Austin

5 Days in Austin...HELP US PLAN!

I also, for the first time since moving here in 2006, had a burger at Casino el Camino. There should be a shrine mounted in front of this place to ensure passersby don't unknowingly bypass it. It's such a cool place, and the burger is superlative. Fries appear fresh-cut, as I saw a potato sack full of them in the kitchen. Be prepared for a side of surly and a shot of punk ennui with your meal. If you have allergies to either of these, keep on strolling, but you'll miss a mighty fine burger.

Sep 09, 2008
jackietreehorn in Austin

Recommendations at Hudson's on the Bend

I'd like to mine the collective wisdom of the Chowhound crowd. We have reservations for 5 at Hudson's on the Bend for tomorrow, and I'd like to get as many recommendations as possible from fellow 'Hounds for each course. I've come across only a few, scattered across other threads, so any suggestions you can muster would be groovy.

Aug 28, 2008
jackietreehorn in Austin

Whither Dale Rice?

Agreed with singlmalt. The graphic-laden, garishly colored site wreaks havoc on my rods and cones. And, it's quite a chore to find substantive content.

That being said, I'm not sure I fully get the utility of a local restaurant reviewer. It seems a bit anachronistic. So much of a diner's response to a particular dish is so visceral and subjective that I tend to not rely heavily on the musings of a single data point. Sites that aggregate user-generated reviews of local culinary offerings are far more valuable, in my opinion, than the opinions of an anointed gastronomy-king.

The Frisco

I finally made it out to the Frisco last night and really wanted to love the place since it's in my neighborhood. I must say have mixed feelings.

The place was hopping! The long bar (and the mile high teased bangs on one bleached blond waitress) got me excited about diner fare. The place definitely looked the part. Unfortunately they don't serve breakfast 24 hours a day and the friend from NY I was dining with said this officially knocks them out of the running as a diner. Eggs decorated will have to wait for another day.

Dejected I decided a piece of chocolate or coconut pie would hit the spot but alas they were out of ALL icebox pies and only had apple or pecan. I then asked for a milkshake but the ice cream machine was down. They did have grilled cheese so I settled on that along with my friend. Another dining with us went with the chicken fried steak.

My grilled cheese, while adequate, was the saddest looking thing I have seen in a while. For 4 bucks I got a slice of tomato and a piece of lettuce filling up the majority of the plate. No fries or chips and no pickle spear (grilled cheese has to have pickle accompaniment in my book). In the future I will continue to go up the block for the same adequate plain grilled cheese from Top Notch for 2 bucks!

I know this is not the best ordering I could have done so I will withhold judgment for the Frisco for now. The chicken fried steak our table ordered was lovely and the gravy fabulous. On our way out we passed a table with mounds of anglo-fied enchiladas reminiscent of those offered at DeWese's Tip Top Cafe in San Antonio. This is what I'm ordering next time!

The service was fine but prices were a bit high (diner breakfast for 10 bucks). We'll see how breakfast or the enchiladas hold up next time...

Aug 09, 2008
jackietreehorn in Austin

The Frisco

Indeed, it is open.

Aug 08, 2008
jackietreehorn in Austin

Tony's Southern Comfort - Closed

I wouldn't assume that the popularity of a restaurant hinges exclusively on the quality of the food, nor does this determine whether a restaurant can weather difficult economic times. People are remarkably similar in their poor tastes, but far more varied in their more refined, narrow ones. Also, chains restaurants do provide some, ostensibly, signal about consistent quality (whether it be low or high), so particularly in tough times, people may be less willing to experiment or explore new places because of shrinking eating-out budgets.

That being said, I wholly agree with your sentiments that there is no reason to patronize businesses just because they are "local", irrespective of price, quality, etc. If so, why would they have any reason to improve, adapt, or remain competitive, if they can coast on their "local" bona fides?

Aug 05, 2008
jackietreehorn in Austin

La Cocina de Consuelo: not very friendly but food good

You're right they're skimping on something, although I'm not sure its hygiene. As they proudly announce above on a sign above the (free!) salsa bar, in rhyme no less, they eschew A/C because, alas, they would have to pass along the costs to us, their skinflint-y clientele. That's called sacrifice.

Jul 13, 2008
jackietreehorn in Austin

Flying Saucer or Galaxy Cafe in Triangle

I personally don't find the Flying Saucer scene/crowd very appealing (Draught House loyalist), although the beer selection is impressive, and the pretzel's are passable. What about the new Sago in the Triangle? I've been itching to try it out, but haven't had the opportunity. If not, continue a bit on Lamar north, and try Fuego's. It's fantastic and other Hound's seem to agree. It's in our 'hood and we've been going several times a month.

May 21, 2008
jackietreehorn in Austin

Blue Star Cafeteria

No intention of igniting "class warfare", but I did find the juxtaposition of the menu options with the hipster and yuppie ethos, combined with the meager portion sizes, unappealing, for me. The place seems very sterile. Hoover's is far more inviting, I think, which is why I offered Hoover's as an alternative because it is a) better IMHO; b) larger, more tastey side options and c.) not nearly as snooty as when I've visited Blue Star. And meatloaf, done well, is far from boring. Get thee to Hoover's!

May 21, 2008
jackietreehorn in Austin

Blue Star Cafeteria

Down, way down. Mainly, up-scale, yuppy interpretations of many southern staples in an achingly trendy environment. Meatloaf should never be in double digits, unless there's a run on ground beef that I'm unaware of. The burger was fare, but again, the prices are usurious. Go to Hoover's.

May 18, 2008
jackietreehorn in Austin

Pecans

OK, here's the scoop. Pecan shell cracking starts November 5th at the Senior Activity Center. Hours will be from 9-330 and the price is still 25 cents a pound.

Thanks again for the recommendation johnm.

Oct 29, 2007
jackietreehorn in Austin

Pecans

Does anyone know of a business near Austin that will shell pecans by the pound?

Oct 26, 2007
jackietreehorn in Austin

Mexican Food in North Central Austin

We had a chance to sample El Caribe this weekend on North Lamar, just south of Koenig. Wonderful food, unappealing staff. The spinach and mushroom enchiladas were excellent, and the diverse offerings on the salsa bar were uniformly delicious. Unfortunately, both the waitstaff and the owners (I assume, since they were periodically barking orders to the kitchen and server)--who did not bother to either greet or seat us when we walked in or, for that matter, peer up from their newspapers--were extremely unfriendly and unwelcoming. I'll probably give it another shot, just because the food was so tasty, but I'll do it reluctantly and won't do it again if I'm met with more disinterest.

Oct 21, 2007
jackietreehorn in Austin

Little Deli fans ?

As a denizen of Crestview, and while I enjoy the sandwiches, I think it is a bit inconsiderate that the business hours are so limited. They are closed Saturday and Sunday, and I believe they close early in the afternoon--around 4PM. For such a prominent and essential member of the Crestview community, it seems as though their operating hours should be more reflective of the schedules of most community residents--New World Deli pulls this off nicely, I think. Thank goodness the IGA owners don't prize leisure as much as the New World Deli owners.

Oct 16, 2007
jackietreehorn in Austin

Dart Bowl Enchiladas

Great post(s) Alan Sudo. I'll have to give Arkie's a try. I'm a sucker for any place that serves turnip greens and homemade dumplings. And I've been searching furiously--unsuccessfully, I might add--for restaurant seating with personalized chandeliers dangling overhead.

Sep 27, 2007
jackietreehorn in Austin

Ranking/Recommending Austin-Area Farmer's Markets

Thanks so much for the list potluck!

Sep 20, 2007
jackietreehorn in Austin

Ranking/Recommending Austin-Area Farmer's Markets

Any thoughts on or recommendations for local farmer's markets? Being a relative newcomer to Austin, and an inhabitant of Crestview, I've visited both the Brentwood farmer's market--which, to my understanding, will be demolished for more condos--and the Austin Farmer's Market, when it was downtown and at it's new location in the Triangle. I found the Austin Farmer's Market much too yuppified and trendy--Ethiopian food and Japanese knives at a farmer's market? come on...--while I truly enjoy the Brentwood market, despite the limited selection and spartan surroundings.

Sep 20, 2007
jackietreehorn in Austin