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Fork and Taco

I totally agree about the dona sauce. TD is ALL about the dona sauce for me. You could serve me that stuff on a shoe and I'd probably rave.

Sep 16, 2014
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Round Rock Report

Thanks, guys!

Sep 08, 2014
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Zagat's Top 10 Austin Burgers

Oh, man. The chocolate soda there is my fave. I'm overdue for a visit, as well.

Sep 08, 2014
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Zagat's Top 10 Austin Burgers

Also agreed. I've been to WC twice - it's expensive given the teeny patty size and not worth the premium price.

Sep 05, 2014
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NYC Chowhounder coming to Austin for the first time over Labor Day

I love it when people report back - thank you for doing so! Really glad you had a nice visit and some great eats. :)

Sep 04, 2014
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Searsucker is coming to Austin

I've been twice, both times this year, and thought it was fine. I wouldn't go out of my way to go back, but wouldn't object if somebody suggested it, either.

Sep 04, 2014
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Hard Hat XII

Goose fat tots? ZOMG.

Sep 04, 2014
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Round Rock Report

I'm confused about Greenhouse. Do they just have sandwiches & salads on their dinner menu, too? Their "specials" link on their website shoots you to their FB page, which has a running commentary of specials, but I can't tell whether they're one-day specials or last longer than that.

Sep 04, 2014
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Shakes from Fry's Electronics

Yum, those special shake flavors sound pretty intriguing!

Sep 01, 2014
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Best Fish and Chips in Austin

Totally forgot about Black Star! I love their fish 'n' chips, too.

Aug 31, 2014
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Zagat's Top 10 Austin Burgers

I rarely agree with crowd-sourced "best of" lists. Usually have a least-common-denominator feel to them.

However, I do love that Counter Burger. Really, really tasty.

sqwertz, when are you hosting a Chowhound party?!?!?

Aug 31, 2014
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Dai Due

Huh. We went on Saturday and had a not-so-good experience. The meal started out fine - the tomato salad wasn't amazing but was perfectly serviceable; the mushrooms were fantastic; the bread with honey whipped lard was tasty. But we got a 36-ounce ribeye to share ($92) and while the presentation was eye-popping (served on a beef shoulder blade) and the flavor was great, the beef was painfully chewy. We probably should have sent it back, but...well, you know how that is. We also got a shrimp and grits which was tasty, but not really my flavor profile. The side of home fries was excellent, but the $92 chewing gum really put a damper on the whole meal.

Aug 31, 2014
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Yummy/Exotic - Zero Degree Ice Cream shop on Lakeline Blvd

Intrigued. Thanks for the heads-up!

Aug 25, 2014
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Best Fish and Chips in Austin

I had a bite of my husband's fish & chips at Garbo's (the brick & mortar) yesterday. The one bite I had was good. They serve theirs with potato chips, though - not fries.

Aug 23, 2014
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We hit a Top Ten spot

Agree with lixlix for Cantonese choices.

Slowcooked, I can't remember whether we've discussed this, but have you been to Muangthai? My favorite Thai in town.

Aug 23, 2014
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We hit a Top Ten spot

I've been and loved it - though I'm also surprised that it would rate that highly nationally.

Aug 22, 2014
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We have Three

It was. Best new restaurants in 2014.

Aug 17, 2014
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Hot restaurants that are not too expensive

Not yet!

Aug 15, 2014
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Hot restaurants that are not too expensive

Had the soft boiled duck egg w/fried rice & mushroom at lunch on Wednesday and it was to die for. That dish is special.

Aug 15, 2014
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Hot restaurants that are not too expensive

Yes! Or over to Snow Monster for some amazing snow ice (that's what we did last time we went to K&C).

Aug 13, 2014
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My new favourite Fish Taco Truck

Ooo, never even heard of this place! Going on the list now. Thanks for the rec!

Aug 12, 2014
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Hot restaurants that are not too expensive

Kin & Comfort is way north (not east), but very reasonable (and in a food court, so about as un-fancy as it gets). I also love the Bufalina and Garbo's recommendations. Also, Salty Sow is east and is another casual spot with tasty food.

Aug 12, 2014
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NYC Chowhounder coming to Austin for the first time over Labor Day

Ooo, I might have to try that with pork belly next time. Though TNP's ham is pretty special...

Aug 09, 2014
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Hard Hat XII

Must keep an eye out for those...Chowhound party at sqwertz's house?

Aug 09, 2014
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Hopdoddy

Minneapolis native here! I love Hopdoddy. Their Greek burger (lamb-based) is worth standing in line for, and different enough than the other great burgers in town to merit the trip, IMO. As others say, the line moves fast. Here are some pretty pictures for you to consider:

http://www.foodieisthenewforty.blogsp...

Aug 09, 2014
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Hard Hat XII

How are you guys all seeing sqwertz's cooking? Does he write a blog?!?

Aug 08, 2014
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Birthday coming up, Best French in town?

Great suggestion, @girloftheworld. Olivia isn't overtly French, but they do a mean steak frites, the service is always great, and I love their space. Try to get one of the booths on the south end of the restaurant - they're much quieter.

Aug 08, 2014
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Birthday coming up, Best French in town?

I've been bashing Justine's on another thread - too lazy to rephrase, so please forgive me for cutting and pasting here:

I've been five times. Once was good, once was great. The other three were slow - two of these, the service was abominable and one was hands-down the worst service experience I've EVER had in a restaurant. And I eat out an average of probably 12 times a week. I'm pretty convinced our server was on drugs. In case you're bored and want to read my blow-by-blow (first time I've ever written a Yelp review that exceeded maximum length and had to be edited back!), here ya go. ;)

http://www.yelp.com/biz/justines-bras...

Aug 08, 2014
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Birthday coming up, Best French in town?

I've been to Arro twice. Once was fantastic. The other was terrible. Others I've talked to have had similar experiences. It just seems too inconsistent.

Aug 08, 2014
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Dang Bánh Mì

I have a long blog post written (in my head) about this place. I do think the ingredients used, the meat in particular, are of higher quality than most of the cheaper banh mi places in this town. That justifies a bit of a markup, though perhaps not the markup they've actually tried to implement. I appreciate that they make their own sambal and their own pate, pickle their own veggies, etc. And I like it better than Elizabeth Street's banh mi, which is comparably priced.

I basically think of it as akin to Pei Wei. It has its place. It may not be MY place, but it does fill a niche that wasn't really filled here before. If they were close to my office down south where you can't find a banh mi within shouting distance, they'd be getting my business.

Aug 08, 2014
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