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Advice for a So Cal Chowhounder?

Yeah. Eating outside is a nonstarter right now.

about 15 hours ago
Optimista in Austin

Hard Hat XII

So much better than the other location. Tables!

about 19 hours ago
Optimista in Austin

Advice for a So Cal Chowhounder?

FYI, Veracruz's migas taco was just named one of the five best in the country per the Food Network...

http://dining.blog.austin360.com/2015...

about 19 hours ago
Optimista in Austin

Advice for a So Cal Chowhounder?

Let's go, ridgeback (the rest of you are welcome, too)! I tried to go once for lunch but didn't have time to wait in the long line.

about 19 hours ago
Optimista in Austin
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Hard Hat XII

Okay, I want to see them turn brussels sprouts into waffle fries!

1 day ago
Optimista in Austin

Hard Hat XII

Yawner.

1 day ago
Optimista in Austin
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Advice for a So Cal Chowhounder?

Thanks for the tips. I actually liked their paella (though...not enough to go back, I guess). Will check out their brunch.

Jul 26, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Advice for a So Cal Chowhounder?

Whoa. I was not that excited about Barlata after our one visit, but you're making me want to go back.

Jul 26, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Advice for a So Cal Chowhounder?

So, my favorite fried chicken in town is at Top Notch. It's a divey little carhop kind of place. If you want something a little fancier, Fixe's fried chicken is also awesome. (I have not been to Gus' yet, so can't comment on them).

Jul 26, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Hard Hat XII

Totally agreed. Horrid name.

Jul 25, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Store Bought Mole Sauce / Paste?

I have no problem at all with buying my mole online. Thanks - I'll check it out!

Jul 25, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Best Store-Bought Salsa in Austin?

Thanks, sqwertz!! Man, I have a lot of salsa tasting to do.

Jul 25, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Advice for a So Cal Chowhounder?

Picking up Franklin pre-order at 10a (must be > 5 lbs, right?) and still eating lunch? I like your style.

Some other ideas based on your comments about what you like:
Salt & Time
Foreign & Domestic
La Traviata for the best carbonara in all the land
Uchi
Sway (if you're a party of two, try to get a spot at the counter)
Noble Sandwich on Burnet Road for breakfast one day

Jul 25, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Best Store-Bought Salsa in Austin?

Trust your judgment, ridgeback...will give it a whirl!

Jul 22, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Best Store-Bought Salsa in Austin?

Where can you find it locally, Jaymes?

Jul 22, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Store Bought Mole Sauce / Paste?

Thanks, DoobieWah! I posted on another board and got another recommendation for Dona Maria, but I'm game for trying both. Mole-off! Where do you get your Rogelio locally?

Jul 22, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Great food, Austin vibe for Saturday lunch

I have yet to make it there. Thanks for the tips on what to get and what to avoid.

Jul 20, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Best Dim Sum in Austin?!

We went to the Wu Chow pop-up a few months ago and agree that it is going to be fantastic. A little nervous that it is going to be even more pricey than the other options, but it would be wonderful if not.

Jul 20, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Great food, Austin vibe for Saturday lunch

So? Where did you go?

Jul 19, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Best Dim Sum in Austin?!

Got a blog post up about our Chinatown experience. They still have some Americanized stuff, but they had a ton of variety and the more traditional offerings seemed more plentiful and have improved significantly thanks to their new chef.

http://foodieisthenewforty.blogspot.c...

Jul 19, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Store Bought Mole Sauce / Paste?

Okay, I'm going to get a reputation for being a shortcut girl, but I've been dreaming of mole lately and making my own is too much for a weeknight meal. I like my moles chocolatey and dark with a bit of heat (but I can't have too much heat or my husband won't be able to eat it). Any suggestions for store bought sauces or pastes that could be used as-is or doctored without toooo much trouble?

Jul 19, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Best Store-Bought Salsa in Austin?

Ahhh, I assumed it was in the non-refrigerated salsa section. Probably just overlooked it.

Jul 16, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Best Store-Bought Salsa in Austin?

Do they have salsa in every section of the store? The fresh one I found was in the refrigerated section of the produce department, but I don't think they had all these flavors.

Jul 16, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Best Store-Bought Salsa in Austin?

Didn't see this at the Far West HEB. Will look at others.

Jul 16, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Best Store-Bought Salsa in Austin?

Couldn't find this at the Far West HEB. Where do you get it?

Jul 16, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Best Store-Bought Salsa in Austin?

Ooo, investigating this immediately! Thanks, sqwertz!

Jul 16, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Great food, Austin vibe for Saturday lunch

Some ideas:
epicerie - not downtown, but fabulous, casual & Austin-y
Lucky's Puccias - lacking on atmosphere, but more affordable
Zax - yay patio!
Jo's Coffee
Blue Dahlia
Swift's Attic
East Side Kings brick & mortar on S. Lamar - again, not downtown, but casual and Austin-y
Clay Pit - maybe a little lacking on the "fun" side but their lunch buffet is yummy and super affordable
Hopdoddy
Leaf
Shady Grove

Jul 16, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Best Store-Bought Salsa in Austin?

Got some of this, too. It was devoured in about 3 seconds. Great stuff; thanks again for the reminder!

Jul 13, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Best Store-Bought Salsa in Austin?

I got some of this, and it was very fresh tasting and good. A smidge on the salty side for my taste, but I'd definitely get it again. Thanks for the suggestion!

Jul 13, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Big Bend Area- Terlingua, Marfa... best food on the cheap.

I actually went to a similar weekend there - Lou Lambert did a cooking class at El Cosmico. It was really fun.

Jul 11, 2015
Optimista in Austin