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Gordon's Bringing Kitchen Nightmares To Austin: Here's Who Needs His Help

This is an old thread and I don't think he's even shooting new episodes of his show. That said I think the majority of the restaurants featured on that show fail. The ones that made it just kinda flipped their space after the renovation.
I would recommend you look into getting set up at some of the local farmer's market. That's a good way to get your name out there and taste new products.

about 22 hours ago
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Chapli N IH-35 and W Howard

That location is cursed. Nothing lasts.

about 22 hours ago
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Dumplings near MT supermarket

I've had their dumplings and don't have a cross word.

Jul 31, 2015
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Advice for a So Cal Chowhounder?

Gus isn't bad. I think they must brine the chicken in tabasco sauce or something. It has bitter notes.

Jul 28, 2015
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Advice for a So Cal Chowhounder?

You need to do your order as soon as possible. Don't wait around.
https://franklinbarbecue.com/preorders/

Jul 26, 2015
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Advice for a So Cal Chowhounder?

So you already pre-ordered? You can't pre order a week or two out. They are booked through August

Jul 25, 2015
Rptrane in Austin

Great food, Austin vibe for Saturday lunch

I second Epicere, very good food there. Best chocolate chip cookies I've had in the United States. I really like Chilantro too, I think it's an underrated local chain.

Jul 16, 2015
Rptrane in Austin

Best eats near Downtown

I can no longer recommend the Driskill hotel for food. I went the other day and the service was mediocre. Their happy hour menu has been gutted and only has snacks. So you can't eat like a stonecutter for cheap anymore. The service was also inattentive.

Jul 16, 2015
Rptrane in Austin

Houston Friend coming to town this weekend to visit

Glad you had fun. The question is was the food 1 hour 15 minutes better the Stiles Switch. If it was that's great. I really hope La BBQ can scale their operation to feed more people.

Jul 11, 2015
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RIP 9 (IX)

Green Pastures is bought. Sounds like its going to become an expensive hotel that might also have a restaurant. Not quiet RIP but close.

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

Jul 10, 2015
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Big Bend Area- Terlingua, Marfa... best food on the cheap.

It's literally the same food and it's much easier to get to. To each their own though. I'm very pro BBQ that is easy to obtain.

Jul 08, 2015
Rptrane in Austin

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

I don't think it' s a proper restaurant. I actually googled it. It was a camp. This would have been cool to go to.
http://www.fodors.com/news/foodie-wee...

Jul 08, 2015
Rptrane in Austin

Franklin Barbecue

http://franklinbarbecue.com/preorders/ July and August already sold out.

Jul 07, 2015
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Franklin Barbecue

It appears you are from out of town. The locals know its not worth it. There are places in town as good with shorter lines and no 3 month ahead pre order.

Jul 06, 2015
Rptrane in Austin

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

I saw a travel show where they camped out in Marfa. Apparently the guy who owns Lambert's in Austin has a sister who runs some kind of camp ground. He came up with the menu and it actually looked pretty good. I've never been and can't vouch for it but I think some googling could figure that out.
Also Franklin's isn't a place you can casually stop by at for food. It's a four hour wait with no guarantee of food. For a one day stop you'd be better off planning to go to La BBQ. The wait time is only two hours right now, less if you show up before they open. If you email ahead 3 days in advance you can skip the line and get food. No real difference between take out and sit down other than you having to unwrap your food in butcher paper.
I think the BBQ is okay if you live out in that direction but I wouldn't bother making a special trip out to Elgin. To me the BBQ in Luliing is horrible so it can be skipped all together. We couldn't even finish what we got it was that bad. It's purely a Shellbyville/Springfield thing that gives that down it's rep.

Lockhart IMO isn't really worth the trip now. Austin has a local outpost of Black's that literally trucks the food from Lockhart to Austin for you. Smitty's is good but if on a time crunch I think Lockhart can be skipped.

Jul 04, 2015
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Help Please: need berkshire or other locally sourced baby back ribs?

Nothing is frozen solid at the Farmer's market for long. The meat I buy there is very cold but not frozen solid.

Jul 02, 2015
Rptrane in Austin

Help Please: need berkshire or other locally sourced baby back ribs?

Head to the Farmer's market. Lakeline or Mueller's. Meat options abound. You may want to call the vendors ahead to see what they have so you can bring them.

Jul 02, 2015
Rptrane in Austin

RIP 9 (IX)

Never heard of this BBQ trailer but it's no more. Nutter Buster?

http://austin.eater.com/2015/7/1/8877...

Jul 01, 2015
Rptrane in Austin

I love bean and cheese tacos

That's a dangerous corner. Kimchi brussel sprouts at Republic, chocolate chip cookies from Epicere and now tacos.

Jul 01, 2015
Rptrane in Austin

RIP 9 (IX)

I can't imagine how they ever close. The place is always packed to the gills. The one off Parmer has people parking on the grass.

Jul 01, 2015
Rptrane in Austin

Dinner Sunday in Austin??

I can only speak for Lambert's Happy Hour but I really enjoyed it. The place gets no love here though. Fixe was pretty good, see my recent write up, but I wasn't IN LOVE with the place.

Jul 01, 2015
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Houston Friend coming to town this weekend to visit

If you do Stiles go early as opposed to later. Chances are the BBQ will be less dry.

Jun 30, 2015
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Dinner Sunday in Austin??

Also East Side Kings in Hole in the Wall. Love the tortilla ramen is awesome.

Jun 30, 2015
Rptrane in Austin

Houston Friend coming to town this weekend to visit

As a former LA Bbq booster that wait is pretty serious now. Two hours if you get there when they open. I'd email ahead three days and make an order for pick up. They'll still cut it fresh.

Jun 30, 2015
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New Micklethwait "Deli"

Good luck finding a parking space.

Jun 29, 2015
Rptrane in Austin

Dinner Sunday in Austin??

Odd duck is mostly small plates. Not sure how that would go over with kids. Plus cost mag be an issue. Luke's inside out at the Gibson is tasty though

Jun 29, 2015
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Dinner Sunday in Austin??

I think Gordough's public House might be fun. Also black' s bbq
near campus is pretty good.

Jun 29, 2015
Rptrane in Austin

Gino's East Soft Opening 1/2 price all food Sat and Sunday (today) ONLY

Thanks for the heads up. I went for lunch to take advantage of the sale. The pizza was good. I was expecting a greasy hunk of cheese but the pizza we had was tomato centric, which I thought was a good thing.
Overall I enjoyed it but I don't know if it's worth going to the heart of 6th street for, (it literally connected to Bikinis). Going by memory I think Uno's is better but to be fair it's been a while.

I should also add that BJ's has a deep dish pizza and I"m not sure if this pizza is better than theirs either, I haven't been to BJ's in a while.

Jun 28, 2015
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Gino's East Soft Opening 1/2 price all food Sat and Sunday (today) ONLY

Where's this place located?

Jun 27, 2015
Rptrane in Austin

Man Bites Dog

Brick and mortar or a truck? I can't imagine the rent is cheaper there then it was in their old location.

Jun 27, 2015
Rptrane in Austin