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Best Bars and Bartenders (Mixologists?) for Serious cocktails

I love the Good Knight (too often overlooked!) and Peché the most, with the Tigress and La Condesa a close second.

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La Condesa
400-A W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

Apr 03, 2011
pogo in Austin

Crawfish Boils This Weekend

Quality Seafood is boiling crawfish on Thursday nights for 6.99 a pound. They sell the corn and taters separately if you want them. Had some last week, and am planning to go back again soon!

Apr 03, 2011
pogo in Austin

New Peruvian Food restaurant in Austin? Anyone tried it?

Ate there last night with my boyfriend. This place is run by the nicest couple in the world, and I want them to succeed for that reason alone. Luckily, they won't have to, because the food is tasty.

After chatting with the husband for awhile, my boyfriend ordered the lomo saltado (not listed on the somewhat limited menu, which has something like eight Peruvian dishes and around the same number of Mexican ones, plus breakfast tacos). We decided to share the papa a la huancaina for an appetizer and I ordered the tiradito for my entree. The papa a la huancaina was delicious and just the same as every other time I've had it: cold, mildly chilied potatoes covered in creamy, cheesy goodness, served with iceberg lettuce and a black olive. The lomo saltado was nice and savory, suitable for starch lovers like me with sides of both fluffy, garlicky rice and french fries. The tilapia was good, but probably a dish better suited to summertime. It was a very limey ceviche-style fish served with corn kernels and a creamy, mild aji sauce, and came with a side of another spicier sauce and popped corn kernels. When the wife came around to check how we liked our food and I mentioned that I hadn't realized what a cold and refreshing dinner I had ordered on a wintery Austin day, she offered to fry the fish anytime I wanted a warm dish. She mentioned that ceviche is eaten all the time in Peru, but that they are happy to make anything a customer orders, on the menu or not. I didn't see chicha on the menu, and I wish I'd remembered to ask, because I love that stuff, and it would have complimented my meal nicely, although the Inca Kola did the trick.

All in all, super accommodating, very affordable, and the friendliest people I've come across in awhile.

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La Chaparrita
6001 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752

Feb 12, 2011
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Pure Luck Dairy Wins Award at 2008 American Cheese Society Competition

The best bleu cheese I've ever had. Super pungent and strong flavor, but so, so delicious, all the things you want in a bleu. It packs a wallop, to be sure. Made by nice folks with lots of love, too. You can visit their farm in Dripping Springs, I believe. Their Del Cielo is a nice cheese, as well, and their chevre..l. Actually, to be perfectly honest, I think they make some of the best cheeses around, and I like every single one of them that I've tasted. Getting Pure Luck cheeses regularly is one of the best perks of living in Austin, if you ask me.

Aug 01, 2008
pogo in Austin

Best Margaritas in Central Austin?

Seconding the Chilango at El Chile. I also like their prickly pear margarita, but only advise it if you have a sweet tooth.

Also, the margarita at Santa Rita on 38th (where the food is mediocre, at best) is outstanding! You have to order a special one on the drink menu -- I forget what it's called, maybe tradicional? -- but it's made with but Goodflow lime juice, and is just right! Not too sugar-y, chemical-y sweet, but full of lovely cold tequila and sour, sour lime.

Jul 30, 2008
pogo in Austin

Best Key Lime Pie in Austin?

I used to really like the one at Quack's, but I haven't had it in awhile, and I don't know if they have the same baker. It was super tart and rich and cool and delicious and... I think I know where I'm headed later this afternoon!

Jul 30, 2008
pogo in Austin

Bastille Day

Aquarelle is hosting an outdoor Rosé Soirée from 6-9 p.m. Wine is $5 a glass, and there will be a special "street food" menu, with items also at $5. Supposed to be some live French jazz band, too.

http://www.aquarellerestaurant.com/wi...

Jul 15, 2008
pogo in Austin

I've read about the meat, but what about the sides?

R.O.'s outpost on Hwy. 71 in Spicewood has really good sides -- fried okra, fried corn on the cob served in your own dish of butter, great black eyed peas, and plenty more. The best thing about R.O.'s though, is the pie.

Oct 13, 2007
pogo in Austin