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Texas Itinerary Help

I will be traveling in April and will be happy to provide a trip report! thanks for all the tips!

Feb 14, 2015
Qball in Texas
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Signature Dallas Food

Maybe skipping bbq in dallas is a good idea. I'll be eating enough later. What about chicken fried steak? Read all good cafe might be good.

Jan 23, 2015
Qball in Dallas - Fort Worth

Signature Dallas Food

Hello,
I'll be in Dallas for 3-4 days and want to experience what makes Dallas unique (steakhouses? Tex-Mex? ??) from other places. I'll be getting BBQ from Austin/Lockhart and maybe hitting a steakhouse in Houston (Pappas or Killens). I already plan on hitting a few cliche places like Sonny Bryan's and El Fenix. I realize that there is mixed opinions on those places but I'll probably go anyways. What else does Dallas have? Or what is Dallas really known for?
Thanks!!

Jan 23, 2015
Qball in Dallas - Fort Worth

Texas Itinerary Help

Arashall, you like Killen's over Pappas in houston?

Jan 23, 2015
Qball in Texas

Texas Itinerary Help

Okay, That's all the convincing I needed to hear Jaymes! Maybe I'll even add City Market in too now James. Did a NC BBQ tour a few years back and almost killed my wife... wanted to take it easy on her some. But she doesn't have to go everywhere either.

Jan 21, 2015
Qball in Texas
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Texas Itinerary Help

Yeah... my plan was to go to Snow's first thing Saturday and skip Muellers. But now everyone is suggesting Muellers. The problem is just the massive amount of meat consumption I'll have undertaken at this point. I don't want to skip Franklins or the joints in Lockhart. Was just trying to trim down one more place so my wife doesn't kill me...lol :)

Jan 21, 2015
Qball in Texas

Texas Itinerary Help

Exactly my thoughts Jaymes! Thanks for the great recommendations everyone!

Jan 20, 2015
Qball in Texas

Texas Itinerary Help

I may only be able to get to one place between Muellers and Snows... any thoughts?

Jan 20, 2015
Qball in Texas

Texas Itinerary Help

My wife will enjoy that recommendation, especially after all the bbq she will have survived at that point. Anything you suggest at El Bolillo?

Jan 19, 2015
Qball in Texas

Texas Itinerary Help

good point Jaymes.

Anyone have any San Antonio suggestions? Was reading something about puffy tacos? Is that a local thing?

Also, looking to get some good pecan pie.

Jan 19, 2015
Qball in Texas

Texas Itinerary Help

Brisket, beef ribs, both? At Louie Muellers?

Jan 17, 2015
Qball in Texas

Texas Itinerary Help

definitely not skipping seafood. I could actually use some considering how much meat is being consumed... lol. Thanks!

Jan 16, 2015
Qball in Texas

Texas Itinerary Help

Hello All,
I'm doing a tour of Texas and looking for some help on my itinerary. Basically, I want to experience Texas (Brisket, TexMex, Mexican, Chili, Steaks, etc...). Don't care about the best French restaurant, etc. Don't care if it's a really nice place or some hole in the wall. I'm looking for those "Can't Miss Joints". I'll be spending most of my time in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Lockhart, Houston and San Antonio. So far I have the following places. What places am I missing?

Dallas/Ft. Worth/Grapevine
El Fenix
Mariano's Hacienda
Sonny Bryan's
Tolbert's
Cattleman's Steakhouse
Joe T. Garcia's
Perini Ranch (Buffalo Gap)

Austin/Lockhart
Salt Lick
Franklin BBQ
Fonda San Miguel
Snow's BBQ
Texas Chili Parlor
Black's BBQ
Smitty's Market

Houston
Pappas Brothers
Ninfa's

San Antonio??

Thanks!!!

Jan 16, 2015
Qball in Texas

Cuban Sandwich in Tampa

I'm heading to Tampa soon and see that this hasnt been updated since 2009. What's the best spot to get a cuban sandwich now?? thanks!!

May 22, 2014
Qball in Florida

Savannah in May. local food

Will be traveling to Savannah in May. What is Savannah known for and where are good places to go? Looking for some good fresh LOCAL seafood too. Will shrimp and crab be in season in May? Thanks!!

Apr 11, 2014
Qball in Southeast

Playa del Carmen local picks

Understand. I'm mostly interested in the tried and true places. Ones that have been around for a while. What's El Fogon's specialty?

Jan 23, 2014
Qball in Mexico

Playa del Carmen local picks

Yeah, I'm getting a jump on the planning. I may stay near some better restaurants. I like to plan early! I have been reading how Maya and Mexican differ and i really wanted to experience some of each. thanks for some tips.

Jan 23, 2014
Qball in Mexico

Playa del Carmen local picks

Hello,
I'll be visiting Playa del Carmen towards the end of the year and I'm looking for a few local places that really define the Mexican/Mayan culture. What food MUST I try and where must I get them? I like authentic places but will be with my family (2 small children) so easier access is preferred. Thanks for any help!!

Jan 22, 2014
Qball in Mexico

Mustard Belt and Charleston, SC

Thanks, I'm planning on Jackie Hite's and Bessingers for mustard and McCabes and Scotts for V&P. Don't think I'll get around to the other two. Although, if the 4th style is Lexington (JayL), I've tried that in NC.

It seems to me that SC favors the buffet style BBQ. I didn't see that too much in NC. I'm looking forward to it.

Also, looking forward to some good lowcountry in Charleston.

Dec 03, 2013
Qball in Southeast

Mustard Belt and Charleston, SC

Okay mollybelle, this is something that does interest me. I ventured on a North Carolina BBQ tour last year and enojoyed the difference between the east and west. Both good in their own ways, but I don't think I realized SC had 4 different styles?

I knew about mustard (which I haven't tried yet) and the Ketchup style. Vinegar & Pepper I understand to be east. Wouldn't that be McCabes or Scott's?

What is the 4th style?

Dec 02, 2013
Qball in Southeast

Mustard Belt and Charleston, SC

Thanks for the tips everyone! Sounds like I should nix Pawley's Front Porch and possibly Jestine's. Also BBQ King.

possibly add Martha Lou's or Bertha's.

Anything else I'm missing?

Nov 30, 2013
Qball in Southeast

Mustard Belt and Charleston, SC

That's not good about Scott's! I was looking forward to that place the most! hope they are back and operational by middle of January...

Nov 30, 2013
Qball in Southeast

Mustard Belt and Charleston, SC

was actually going to BBQ King for chicken? I did a NC BBQ tour last year.

Hmm... what did they say about Jestine's? i was also thinking about maybe Bertha's kitchen instead?

Nov 27, 2013
Qball in Southeast

Mustard Belt and Charleston, SC

Hello all,

I’m visiting family in South Carolina in January but making a few detours along the way for some South Carolina BBQ (mustard belt) and some good southern food in Charlestown. Here’s my plan so far. Let me know if I need to add/delete any of these places. I’m looking for local, authentic. Can be a hole in the wall or a nice place, don’t really care. The holes in the wall usually offer the most unique experiences. Thanks!!

BBQ King – Charlotte, NC
Jackie Hite’s – Batesburg
Pawley’s Front Porch – Columbia
Bessinger’s BBQ – Charleston
Hominy Grill – Charleston
Jestine’s Kitchen – Charleston
Bowens Island – Charleston
McCabe’s BBQ – Manning
Sweatman’s – Holly Hill
Scott’s BBQ – Hemingway

Nov 26, 2013
Qball in Southeast

Oahu and Maui authentic local food advise

Good advice. I'll just order the catch of the day. How's Nico's at Pier 38? I've heard they have good fresh fish for reasonable prices.

Thanks for the suggestions Karen. I was going to do the pineapple tour but the website site my wife cannot go because she is pregnant. Bummer. I've had pineapples on Oahu but never a Maui Gold. Is there much of a difference?

Dec 18, 2012
Qball in Hawaii

North Carolina BBQ TOUR

The first day I got the white meat chicken. Wasn't impressed at all. Actually wondered what all the fuss was about. Second time, I got the dark meat and it was incredible. Just much more tender and juicy.

I'm fine with the occasional piece of gristle when eating BBQ but there was just too much of it at Allen and Son. Everyone has different tolerance levels I suppose. There's a reason hot dogs are so popular.

Dec 17, 2012
Qball in Southeast

Oahu and Maui authentic local food advise

Any clue where to get some good opakapaka (snapper)? I've heard it's good to eat but haven't seen it on any menus that I've been searching.

Preferably on Maui (my Oahu plate is pretty full already...)

Dec 10, 2012
Qball in Hawaii

North Carolina BBQ TOUR

I agree Guilty Gourmand. A sampling size of only one is not nearly enough to base any real verdict. It could have just been a bad day. Maybe they used a lazy pig ;)

I can say that I've been to B's twice and both times, they knocked it out of the park.

Dec 04, 2012
Qball in Southeast

Oahu and Maui authentic local food advise

Thanks for the recommendations everyone! Keep'em coming. I'm going to have to hit the gym more so I can fit these all in...

I'm going to try and add
Coconut's Fish Café
Ululani's
Palace Saimin
Yee's Orchard
Tamura's
Dave's Ice Cream
Star Noodle - sounds controversial...
Geste Shrimp Truck
Fish Market in Honokowai

We'll be traveling with my 20 month old son so we decided to do the Old Lahaina Luau instead of the feast. I know what to expect out of a Luau and won't be surprised if the food isn’t top notch.

Dec 04, 2012
Qball in Hawaii

North Carolina BBQ TOUR

I went to 6203 Millhouse Road in Chapel Hill. Which one is the "real" one?

Again, I thought the BBQ was good. I would go there again if I lived nearby. It was flavorful, tender and I enjoyed the bottle of sauce they gave me. I just don't enjoy lots of inedible clumps of things in my BBQ. When I compared A&S to other places I visited, it just didn't stack up. Like I said, maybe I expected too much based off of everyone's strong opinions on it. I thought B's BBQ (ENC) and Lexington (Monk's) were far superior.

Dec 04, 2012
Qball in Southeast