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River Hills Pizza

I've only briefly voted this as my favorite in another thread and based it on their personal pizza at $6 w/drink and 1 topping. It's a nice after work meal for the way home. Today after nixing my grilling plans I tried the large pepperoni and am amazed. I needed the other half for lunch tomorrow because of no other leftovers. It's a very unassuming shop on 2244 about 3 miles west of 360 next to the Shell station. They make thin crust, regular and deep dish. I had the regular which imo beats anything I've had on the east coast(or anywhere else)where I'm from. Just the right amount of tangy sauce, ample cheese(a little provolone mixed in)and the reg. crust is just the right thickness. Doesn't droop, soft enough with just the right amount of crustiness. It is mostly a takeout place w/a few tables and a TV. Nothing fancy so there has always been room to sit when I've been. I know it's out of the way for most but definitely worth a small road trip. I have the feeling the owner is having some challenges and would like to see this place thrive indefinitely. Any business can be tough no matter how good you are. It's also a good reason to head out to the lake. They also make a great margherita pie.

Sep 13, 2014
crippstom in Austin

Zagat's Top 10 Austin Burgers

I think based on this list and others like thrillist.com Nau's Enfield Drug has sadly been ignored. I haven't been in quite a while but am ready to belly up to the counter for one of their tasty burgers and a chocolate malted.

Sep 07, 2014
crippstom in Austin

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

The good news is that there is now a machine capable of cooking about 400 burgers an hour. Basically a robot that can mix different meats, grind them, cut veggies etc. I can't send the link but it's on Business Insider.

Sep 05, 2014
crippstom in Not About Food

Dove [moved from Austin board]

Boys Life?

Sep 05, 2014
crippstom in Home Cooking

8 Restaurant Brands That Rose From the Dead

My grandpa loved the Sizzler. Now I want to go find one and have a tough steak with Heinz 57 on top.

Sep 05, 2014
crippstom in Features
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You're leaving Austin for good, take one taco with you and tell us why.

Though I live far away from that part of town I still rate the tacos carnitas at Mi Ranchito as my last great taco. They used to make a great homemade corn tortillas but still use high quality ones. Double tortillas and the carnitas are a little crispy on the outside and still moist. Top it with grilled onions, cilantro and avocado and head to the salsa bar with fresh lime, a dark pure chile salsa, roasted tomato salsa, pico, avocado salsa and it will still hold together. Delish. I prefer the one on W.Cannon. I'm not a big breakfast taco eater(if it's after 7:30 I'm ready for lunch tacos or a plate)but their breakfast tacos are great. Nice fluffy eggs, fresh flour tortillas and of course the salsa bar.
Amysuehere I'm with you on the chile rellenos.

Sep 03, 2014
crippstom in Austin

Suggestions for what to do with a quart of bacon fat?

I keep bacon fat in the fridge and use it as an additive to other oils. You'd be surprised at how just a little bit mixed with olive oil or grapeseed oil will liven up a dish w/o having too much bacon flavor or being greasy. It's very good for popcorn or sauteed string beans. Experiment a little at a time.

Sep 03, 2014
crippstom in Home Cooking

Zagat's Top 10 Austin Burgers

I've been to Mighty Fine 2x. Burgers were dry and crinkle cut fries were all about 1 inch and 1x time cold.
Why didn't Dan's make the cut?
I haven't tried most of the list though I do love PTerry's dbl. cheese all the way w/ bacon, jalapenos, onions and pickles.
Though if I want the killer nice thick one I might as well have the HEB prime. Because I haven't found that style anywhere but Casino and am not usually in the mood for their attitude.

Aug 27, 2014
crippstom in Austin

Is anyone indulging in Hatch Chiles?

I stopped by HEB today and found some nice big chiles as I was going to roast my existing ones. I just heated up my stew. It has a nice kick. I'm making cheese enchiladas with green chile stew on top.

Aug 25, 2014
crippstom in Austin

Is anyone indulging in Hatch Chiles?

That's a good friend. I bet he has some good recipes. I've had to wing it on green chile stew as there are so many different versions. Mine were based on memories. It makes me want to take a road trip and brush up.

Aug 23, 2014
crippstom in Austin
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Is anyone indulging in Hatch Chiles?

You're good. I like to blister them and place in a bowl with saran wrap over and peel them about 20 min. later. Or just wrap them in plastic when cool and then store in a ziploc. They peel easy when thawed. Some people use paper grocery bags. Mine won't be in the freezer for long.

Aug 23, 2014
crippstom in Austin

Is anyone indulging in Hatch Chiles?

I knew I could count on you Amysuehere. They are tricky to roast at home. I love watching those big roasters and enjoy the aromas.

Aug 23, 2014
crippstom in Austin

Is anyone indulging in Hatch Chiles?

I've had a craving for a long time and found some hot ones at HEB in Westlake. Roasted them over mesquite, peeled them and made a delicious green chile stew with pork loin,tomatoes and onions. It went well over scrambled eggs with monterrey jack cheese on top. I'll be making cheese enchiladas this week. I've also been roasting more batches and freezing them. HEB had a roaster out front this week selling the roasted ones for $2.78lb. But I read that CM has them roasted for $2.48lb. Chileheads?

Aug 23, 2014
crippstom in Austin

Eats near Driskill Hotel

La BBQ just opened in the new food trailer park at the NE corner of Cesar Chavez and I35. 6th St. east of I35 is a fun area. A lot of people like Rainey St. where there are many bars.

Aug 22, 2014
crippstom in Austin

Hot restaurants that are not too expensive

Bufalina on Cesar Chavez.

Aug 12, 2014
crippstom in Austin

Hard Hat XII

He has posted photos.

Aug 09, 2014
crippstom in Austin

Hopdoddy

If you want a great burger, go to HEB meat dept., get the prime brisket steak burgers, bacon cheddar buns in the bakery, buy a cheap grill and enjoy one of the many great parks in Austin.
I'm only serious.

Aug 07, 2014
crippstom in Austin
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NYC Chowhounder coming to Austin for the first time over Labor Day

For breakfast tacos nearby I like Veracruz All Natural. It's a trailer on East Cesar Chavez next to the Shell gas station at Comal. A couple of blocks east of I35. Nice shaded seating area with 3 salsas, homemade tortillas and chips. They also have a couple of brick and mortar shops. You can pull up their migas taco on youtube.

Aug 03, 2014
crippstom in Austin

El Chile and La Barbeque - Must visit!!

El Chile is on South 1st St. between Barton Springs Rd. and Oltorf.

Jul 17, 2014
crippstom in Austin

Oyster Craze

I love oysters but am in no way a connoisseur. And I don't think I could tell the difference in the regional oysters on a plate at $3 a pop. There has to be a lot of room for chicanery.
On another note. What is the value of flying a politician, environmentalist, rock star, film star on a private jet to lecture the rest of us on carbon footprints.
Oops. Here come the moderators.

Jul 16, 2014
crippstom in General Topics

Chili Definition

I'm with you Rudeboy. There's not many chilis that I would turn down. Though I've read that Texas red contains no beans, tomatoes or (I think onions)with chunks of meat. Sure I'm all for it. I ordered chili or chile in New Mexico and was served a shredded beef cooked in a red chile sauce. And it was divine. I have been craving New Mexican food as of late.

Jul 16, 2014
crippstom in General Topics
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Austin Hounds' NOLA recommendations for a 20th anny

Scrumptious Chef has been residing there of late. He generally has his thumb on the pulse of wherever he is. He may be able to offer some more recent info.

Jul 16, 2014
crippstom in Austin
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Potential Move to PHI Area

Aren't you going to miss the central Texas summers?
My only experience with Philly is camping in a tent outside of JFK stadium before the Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead show summer of '87. And a great show.
Based on my experience with living in different locales I would rent for at least a year in order to determine which area felt right for me.

Jul 10, 2014
crippstom in Philadelphia

Memorable Quotes about booze

This may be a good one for drinking with colleagues from work.
"Drink the first sip the second and skip the third."
-Vince Lombardi-

Problems with San Marzano tomatoes in sauce

I've not read everyone's response however; I find that straining any canned tomatoes is the key. I have no proof but I suspect that the seeds and/or skin contribute to bitterness and/or acidity. I have numerous recipes for tomato, marinara, spaghetti sauces and one day realized that I was not satisfied with any of them. Upon researching a "goodfellas" type sauce I found that to be the case. I now buy "Pomi strained tomatoes" and mix with tomato paste.
Does anyone else share similar experience?

Jul 08, 2014
crippstom in Home Cooking
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Taco Cabana

My experience with TC is usually location. While the one on S. Lamar is a beautiful spot the management is consistently off which leads to the service and product.
I tried to like it as it was a convenient spot on my way home from work. My favorites are E. Riverside and W. Cannon I35. I think it has to do with a substantial Mexican population in the area. I find Ben White near Manchaca pretty reliable as well.

Jul 08, 2014
crippstom in Austin

Hot Weather

I have 2 words when experiencing the heat. Big Sur.
But I settle for Barton Springs. 1/2 hour in the water fixes my day. And it's only hot out. As opposed to the superhot that is on its way.
Everyday is a step closer to Fall.

Jul 06, 2014
crippstom in Austin
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Memorable Quotes about booze

"Mr. you're inebriated."
"No I'm not. I'm a capricorn."
-unknown-

Jul 06, 2014
crippstom in Food Media & News

What Are the Differences between Southern and Northern New Mexican Cuisine?

I just noticed this post and it caught my attention. I've been fascinated with New Mexican food and red/green chile since I've tasted it. One thing I noticed in Northern NM was that it was some of the hottest spiciest foods I had eaten.
I lived in SW Colorado for 2 years and found the green chile stew to be a combination of pork chunks, green chiles, tomatoes, onions and chicken or pork stock. I always liked it over western omelettes, biscuits and gravy, chicken fried steak gravy or about anything else.
There seems to be a lack of understanding about the origins, regions even among residents of the rockies in general.
There are some good little ma and pa places in the north that serve very tasty fare. I've always found a strange vibe in that area as an outsider.
Though I suspect that northern regions tend more toward native American where the south leans more Mexican. I don't recall any tomatillo sauces even around El Paso and Las Cruces. Nothing against tomatillos but I sure miss green chile or green chili.? Those sauces seem to blend into the air and landscape as you can almost taste it upon landing in that area. Green chile is an addiction for which there is no cure.

Jul 06, 2014
crippstom in General Topics

Memorable Quotes about booze

"I don't drink nuthin' stronger than pop. And he'll drink most anything."
-a bartender in Cortez Colorado-

Jul 04, 2014
crippstom in Food Media & News