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Goode or Danton's for Dinner

Is there a better place in that area?

about 5 hours ago
amysuehere in Houston

Goode or Danton's for Dinner

Coming for one night (eating brunch at Brennan's the next morning) and are staying at the Wyndham Medical Center. We have a car, but parking can be a bear.

We were thinking of a nice seafood dinner at Danton's, but it looks from the reviews they're very hit and miss. We'd like to stay in the general area of the Museum/Hotel if possible. Is Goode Co. Seafood a good choice or is there some place off my radar?

Keep in mind, we have a Uchi, Pappadeaux, Trulucks, Eddie V's.

Many thanks!

1 day ago
amysuehere in Houston

Master Chef 7/21 (SPOILERS)

"And I'll be EATING it." Damn near choked on my wine...

1 day ago
amysuehere in Food Media & News

Noteworthy HEB/Central Market Products

I assume the pizzas are in the frozen section? I'll have to look the next time I'm there. I usually pass right by all the frozen stuff - always seems to sound great on the cover and I'm disappointed with the product.

Jul 21, 2014
amysuehere in Austin

Hard Hat XI

Didn't we all...Ack! Land of the Bland strikes again. Besides the pizza across the street at Brooklyn Pie is much better.

I wasn't thrilled with that place that opened where Maribelle was either.

Jul 21, 2014
amysuehere in Austin

Monday Blues - Shut Out Twice

I really should start checking out websites before I head off for lunch. Was craving Sonora HD's agua fresca and burrito, but got there only to remember they're closed Mondays (doh!).

Okay, been wanting to try Stonehouse Woodfire Grill (although burger/gyro seemed heavy for a day like today) only to discover the same thing about them.

Drat...

Ended up at Top Notch with all the other old farts because I couldn't bring myself to eat a Schlotzsky's calorie/fat bomb (where do they put it all?!).

Jul 21, 2014
amysuehere in Austin

Austin Hounds' NOLA recommendations for a 20th anny

I started to say Commander's Palace, too, but I've heard some VERY bad reviews lately.

Jul 17, 2014
amysuehere in Austin

Austin Hounds' NOLA recommendations for a 20th anny

Spent most of my summers there. Going back for Halloween this year.

August! 100%

I love Cafe du Monde. It may be a warm fuzzy for me, but I love the hot, fluffy pastry with a cup of chicory coffee and sitting and people watching. Best late at night. Yes, it's a tourist trap, but one of the "good ones". You can get them at Morning Call as well (more of a local joint).

Coquette is on my list for lunch. Galatoire's Friday lunch always a tradition. Willie Mae's is gramma's cookin', but you have to get there early - it's like Franklin's here.

No jacket required at Coop's Place. Seafood Gumbo (dark roux) lots of goodies - okra, shrimp, crab claws and oysters. The jambalaya is rabbit, smoked pork sausage, shrimp and tasso ham.

There's a new sandwich/po-boy place that's getting some love, but I can't remember the name right now.

This'll probably get moved over to the NOLA board, where you'll get closer to home advice.

Jul 16, 2014
amysuehere in Austin
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Can't Believe It's That Time Again, But...

I'm the only foodie of the group, so I'll be the only one who really notices. Food there is acceptable for me and perfectly fine for the rest of the group. I do like the Mista plate and their eggplant is better than most. The arugula and proc. pizza is tasty, too.

Jul 16, 2014
amysuehere in Austin

Can't Believe It's That Time Again, But...

We considered them (closer for most of us), but the room rental fee put them out of the running. That was the same problem with Cover 3.

Jul 16, 2014
amysuehere in Austin

Can't Believe It's That Time Again, But...

Yes. I'm going tomorrow to make sure it's okay for our party. Apparently, they don't advertise it.

I asked about a private party room and they initially said no. But when I described it (thanks, raisncains), they then allowed us to book. However, they're now charging $200 non-refundable and a refundable $500 "holding fee".

Jul 15, 2014
amysuehere in Austin

Can't Believe It's That Time Again, But...

We picked Mandola's - too great a deal to pass up.

Jul 15, 2014
amysuehere in Austin

Can't Believe It's That Time Again, But...

Last time I went by, it seemed they were hurting pretty badly. I think they even had a banner out with a name change - never a good sign.

Unfortunately, most of the group is "meat and taters" and I can barely get them out to Din Ho once a month, and only if we order broc. beef and sesame chicken. I can't even get them to go with the snow pea greens. Alas, you see my dilemma...

Jul 11, 2014
amysuehere in Austin

High End Mexican - El Paso

Glad you agree. Now, I'm craving...

Jul 10, 2014
amysuehere in Texas

Can't Believe It's That Time Again, But...

2222/360 up to 360/183. 2222/Mopac all the way to Lamar and 45th would be the square. We have a few waaay south, a few waaay north and the bulk of us in that square.

If Mandola's is as economical as it seems, that's a go. It'll all depend on the cost of actual venue rental. The catering menu looks much better by far than anything else...plus, I'm the only one who cares about the food. Most of them really don't care.

Jul 10, 2014
amysuehere in Austin
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Can't Believe It's That Time Again, But...

Location, location, location. All good ideas, but too far from most of the employees.

Jul 10, 2014
amysuehere in Austin

Can't Believe It's That Time Again, But...

Does Mandola's have a private room? I left a message.

Read my thoughts, lixlix. I was hoping the one on 360 would be available by then, but alas... They are, however, adding lots of space to that location and will hopefully open early 2015.

Jul 10, 2014
amysuehere in Austin

Can't Believe It's That Time Again, But...

As "Cruise Director" of my husband's business, it's become my job to find a venue (again) for the holiday party and it's getting to be late for reservations (I know!). We're going to be a group of about 18 - 20 and 25 - 30 with kids.

We completely ran out of options last year and punted, which ended up being one of the nicer parties. I did the catering and the other partner offered his house. I made fajitas with all the fixings and everyone said they really enjoyed it (plus, it was soooo much easier on the pocketbook). However, it really stressed out our partner and his wife. Our house is way too small.

In the past, we've had it at:

County Line on the Lake - Plus: Casual, kids welcome, cost is reasonable and within walking distance of both partners' homes. Negative: It's been done several times

Sienna - Plus: Close to the partners' homes, no kids (so, less mayhem). Negative: VERY expensive, and no real divider between us and the diners.

Papasitos - No positives for me - blech, blech, blech and too expensive and loud.

Estancia Churrascaria - Plus: Great food, huge salad bar, not bad on cost (a little less than Sienna), still fairly close. Negative: Our casual gang had to dress up, the tricky up-sales they pulled (kept trying to add things like the after dinner Limoncello to guests as if it were included - we had our guests with after dinner coffee drinks and dessert already).

NxNW - Plus: Cost was right on, had a private room, kids ran around out in back behind the porch, food was acceptable (not great). Negative - Their room is just too small for us.

We made reservations at La Mancha last year about this time and they called us up less than a month before the party stating "they didn't feel like it anymore." We haven't been back to them since (besides, the food there is meh and way overpriced).

We'd love to do Cover 3, but the cost for the room alone is crazy.

We need a private room - we're loud.

My thoughts are fining a fun food truck to come to a venue in the area (maybe partner's house, but I REALLY don't want to stress him out this year). Same problem if I do the cooking and do my famous lasagne meal.

A fun, casual place with a private room. But, WHERE?! We even thought about Chuy's on 183, but they don't do private parties.

Jul 10, 2014
amysuehere in Austin

Taco Cabana

That's directly across the street from my work, so I alternate TC, Ramen T., El Pollo R., and leftovers.

Jul 10, 2014
amysuehere in Austin

Hot Weather

Done and done. I got the tie version, but what do you think about the loop? Especially thinking of using it as a headband.

You know, I really need to get a screw bottle and get some Son. Hot Dog's agua fresca to go sometime this week as well.

Jul 06, 2014
amysuehere in Austin

Hot Weather

Ah! Thank you, sweet100s! I walk a car lot all day during the week and that's just the ticket! Wish they weren't sold out.

Jul 06, 2014
amysuehere in Austin

Taco Cabana

Hubs, who has lived here all his life, says, "The front one with the whale. Absolutely." I hear there's a new food trailer park there as well, so maybe a dessert, too?

Jul 03, 2014
amysuehere in Austin

MasterChef US June 30 chatter

From her Twitter account:

Dear curious people, I'm not on 'hardcore' drugs and I'm going thru neurological testing to find out what's wrong with my voice! me.

Jul 02, 2014
amysuehere in Food Media & News

WTF, People! Wink - NOT Hungry by a Looooong Shot

Review Time:

Let me get the negative quickly out of the way - the children in the place. If you're sick of hearing me bitch about manners, skip to the next paragraph, and let me vent. This place isn't quiet, so the noise in general didn't was perfectly fine. Toward the end of the meal, the infant began to fuss and then work his way up to an on-again, off-again wail (never enough to actually warrant a complaint, but enough I would have taken him out). Next was the family to the left of us. Parents were not very effective and one of the boys (approximately 12 or so, with no obvious problems, except his table manners) flopped all over, LICKED his food on the plate, tried to eat the steak whole, made his dad cut food, burped, and finally pushed his food out of the way and went to sleep on the table. Parents made some attempts, and grandmother looked absolutely mortified. Whether he had medical "issues" I don't know. Just stating what I saw.

Now on the the wonderful evening:

As I said, went a little early (reservations were for 6:30) and sat at the bar and had a very nice Domaine Jean Collet Chardonnay Chablis for about $5 along with the mac and cheese and pate. Mac had shaved truffle instead of the nasty t. oil. Pate was really different,as it had star anise and cinnamon undercurrents. Tasty.

We then went across the way for dinner. Hubs ordered the tamarind & tomato soup app and I had the scallops. His soup was very "Thai" - he loved it. My first scallop was fantastic, second had a bit of grit, but the flavors were fantastic.

Mains: For him, grilled rabbit loin with red bell pepper gnocchi, green peas, maiitake mushrooms, and madeira cream - It was basically a REALLY fancy "chicken & dumplings". The gnocchi were very fluffy, and a neat version of "dumplings". Madeira cream was addictive, and you tasted every calorie and fat molecule (so, totally worth it).

I had the black buck antelope with caramelized fennel, sweet potato, mustard frill, and sherry gastrique. Asked for it as rare as I could and got it black and blue (my fav). I usually am not a fan on fennel, but I loved this - more earthy than like liquorice. The gastrique was sweet, rich and intense. I loved it so much, I asked for a bit with my leftover meat to take home, which they happily did (and put in an extra roll, because I said I was planning on making a sandwich of it). We had a bottle of Qaramy Finca Malbec to go with dinner, which was also lovely.

Ended the meal with them giving me a menu with everyone's good wishes and "rock star" signatures. Nice touch.

Seriously, one of the better meals we've had in a while.

I can see us going often for the bar happy hour and can't wait to try the salmon and mussels.

Jun 30, 2014
amysuehere in Austin
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WTF, People! Wink - NOT Hungry by a Looooong Shot

Just got back and will give full details later.

Let me just say, y'all had us worried, so we both had a normal lunch so we wouldn't leave hungry enough to "get a hamburger on the way home." Plus we went early and had pate and mac/cheese with a couple of glasses of wine with happy hour.

Each of us got a small ap (soup/scallops) and and entree (duck/elk) and... WE COULDN'T FINISH THE MAIN COURSE! I actually took some home (btw - is it considered bad manners to ask for a to go at a high end?).

We were stuffed beyond belief. (and the desserts looks sooo wonderful). Ah, well. Live and learn.

Let me just quickly say this was one of the better meals we've had in a very long time.

Also, I guess we're in a different society today - wailing kids and 12 year olds who "lick" their meals and have their meat cut up for them at a high-end restaurant are now the norm and I'd better get used to it.

Jun 27, 2014
amysuehere in Austin
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G's Dynamite Sandwiches

Skweee! That comment alone has me chompin' to go to Dahlia. Thanks for the heads up crippstorm.

Jun 26, 2014
amysuehere in Austin

Any Recent Visits to Wink?

I requested something "more intimate," so we'll see. I'll report back on how it went.

Jun 26, 2014
amysuehere in Austin

G's Dynamite Sandwiches

This will sound odd to everyone that doesn't know us, but we were all set to go out and get the Porche and ended up trading in our Mazda MX for a 2015 Subaru WRS, blue, ALWAYS three pedals and a stick! Hubs is going to a meeting in Corpus today, so he gets to open it up.

Dhalia Cafe. Sounds like we have a plan for Saturday. We were going to do a Lockhart run (haven't done it since Austin improved so much), but our friends (we have back seats the first time in forever) won't be able to go until after noon. This is a perfect suggestion, slowcooked! Again, thanks.

I haven't tried the confit yet. I've tried the Italian (humongous!!) and the roast beef. Great, but not as fantastic as the Ruben.

Jun 26, 2014
amysuehere in Austin

G's Dynamite Sandwiches

You know, thinking this over, I came to a different conclusion.

I think FMW was loving the simplicity of a perfect chicken salad sandwich, and then I remembered...

I would never recommend Upper Crust for their sandwiches, per se. However, there is nothing I crave more on a hot summer day than their 1/2 tuna fish salad on sourdough with red onions, tomato, sprouts and swiss. Their tuna salad is very light with little mayo and mixed with I don't know, but, darn - it sure is wonderful on that chewy tart sourdough; and 1/2 is under $4 and more than enough for lunch.

I've tried to make it at home and can't (do they blend the bits of pickle, etc. so you can't visually identify what goes into it? But, again, for under $4, let them keep the mystery and me coming back again and again.

P.S. - their turkey flaky turnover is pretty great, too.

Jun 26, 2014
amysuehere in Austin

G's Dynamite Sandwiches

I wish he'd do an updated road trip must. Have a new, fast car and am looking for a fun road trip.

Granted, we no longer need to look beyond city limits for crazy-good bbq (with sides, tyvm - crackers are NOT a side dish).

Jun 25, 2014
amysuehere in Austin