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"Tiger" or "Rock" Shrimp in Austin???

I fully agree. That's my point. Things that taste good to one person don't necessarily taste good to someone else. That's why I said "if you weren't raised on it it tastes really weird"

Apr 19, 2012
Snoochies in Austin

"Tiger" or "Rock" Shrimp in Austin???

Actually, there's no great BBQ in Ohio either. lol. Never said there was. But I thought coming to TX, mecca of BBQ there would be a pretty darn good place on almost every corner. Like I said, I guess I just don't care for TX BBQ. It's not nearly as good (to me) as all the other regional BBQ I've had. And screw it, I manage to live with it. We've both sworn off TX BBQ for a while (till we get up the nerve to head down to Lockhart one day) and if that fails, we'll go back to making it ourselves. no harm, no foul.

But I would still REALLY love to find some Tiger Shrimp. I'm sorry but to an outsider, Gulf shrimp is REALLY weird. And I'm not the only one who's said that.

Apr 17, 2012
Snoochies in Austin

"Tiger" or "Rock" Shrimp in Austin???

I get it's an inland city. And I'm not expecting seafood to taste like it just came off the boat. But does it have to taste like it sat in a landfill?

Anyhow, I'm from Ohio. Pretty darn landlocked. Still, EVERY grocery store but one chain up there carries Tiger Shrimp. It's a standard in any seafood department. But here it's impossible to find. I'd happily take frozen tiger shrimp if I could find it. I don't care if it's fresh off a boat. I just don't want it tasting like strange chemicals.

Apr 17, 2012
Snoochies in Austin

"Tiger" or "Rock" Shrimp in Austin???

so you admit the best shrimp you ever had wasn't even from the gulf yet you're defending the taste of it anyhow? I'm not saying I can tell the difference between EVERY KIND OF SHRIMP out there. What I'm saying is the bizarre flavor of gulf shrimp is disgusting to someone who hasn't been eating it their whole life.

And no, I'm not a fan of crawfish. It has its merits and I know plenty of people who love it. But it's not for me.

As for being a "super taster" kudos. I can only say I know my pallet and I do have trouble finding things that meet my standards since we moved. But shrimp and beef are EXTREMELY different down here in TX and it does take some getting used to. I was here for MONTHS trying to figure out why the texture and taste (and even the color) of beef was so different in TX. I even bought a "freezer pack" of 140lbs from a company based in Round Rock because it was finally beef that LOOKED like beef to me. Then someone told me I'm probably sensitive to the difference between corn and hay/wheat/grass fed cattle. Which makes total sense to me. The midwest is mostly corn fed cattle. So it got me thinking and I pulled out one of my round rock packs to see where it was from (I had just assumed it was TX since everyone here is such a fan of keeping it in TX). And come to find out it was from IL. So no wonder it tasted more like the beef I'm used to. It was from practically next door to where I came from. But I'm sure a Texan who moved up to the Midwest would think the beef there tastes strange... well at least someone who's sensitive to the differences.

Anyhow, my point is that I'm sure gulf shrimp tastes perfectly fine and "normal" to those who great up on it. But from those who come from other areas and aren't used to the strange taste, it's rather disgusting.

It's like an Aussie asking an American to try Vegimite or my european friends who get their hands on Oreos and think it's the most disgusting thing they've ever eaten. To me they taste fine cause I grew up on them. But to someone who's never had it, it really tastes like nasty sour chocolate and weird plasticy cream.

Apr 17, 2012
Snoochies in Austin

Thinking of moving from Brooklyn, NY to Austin--what would I be in for, foodwise?

I've tried Rudy's and a few local places up here in the Ft Hood area. I did see Black's and Smitty's on Food Network and we are planning a trip out there. We're just waiting to recover from our last terrible experience. I think we're both just waiting till we forget how bad the last place was before we're up to trying some again. I'm pretty sure it'll be our last attempt at tx BBQ so I hope it goes well. I figure if the "Best BBQ in TX" doesn't do it for us, we'll just call it a wash and stick to making it at home. lol

Apr 16, 2012
Snoochies in Austin

Thinking of moving from Brooklyn, NY to Austin--what would I be in for, foodwise?

well maybe you can recommend a place that makes a good BBQ... cause so far I've hated every place I've tried. And I LOVE BBQ. From KY to SC to Kansas City to Memphis. They were all GREAT in their own ways. But I just cannot get into TX BBQ at all :(

Apr 16, 2012
Snoochies in Austin

"Tiger" or "Rock" Shrimp in Austin???

not saying anything of the sort... but if you don't know what you're missing, how can you know how much BETTER it is? if I grew up on Gulf shrimp, I'd probably think it was fine as well. But if you've had shrimp from elsewhere (on a regular basis) you'd certainly notice the difference on the first bite.

Apr 16, 2012
Snoochies in Austin

"Tiger" or "Rock" Shrimp in Austin???

I'm with you. I think all my summer vacations in SC (and a year in boarding school in NC) have left me kind of snooty about my seafood. But (as evident by those who LOVE their gulf shrimp) some people just don't know the difference.

Apr 15, 2012
Snoochies in Austin

"Tiger" or "Rock" Shrimp in Austin???

So far, Central Market and Whole Foods... both were disgusting. If you've got recommendations I may give it a try again when I'm feeling adventurous and I don't mind throwing away some hard earned money.

Honestly, though, I think Texans are just used to the taste whereas those of us from other areas have had better and can taste the strange flavors in gulf shrimp. It's like the water up here at Ft Hood. Locals don't notice that it either tastes of dirt or sweat socks. But people who have just moved here ALWAYS comment on it.

Apr 15, 2012
Snoochies in Austin

"Tiger" or "Rock" Shrimp in Austin???

I will happily eat Vietnamese shrimp if it means it won't taste like they left it sitting in the sun for 3 days before soaking it in bleach to hide the smell.

Apr 15, 2012
Snoochies in Austin

Thinking of moving from Brooklyn, NY to Austin--what would I be in for, foodwise?

Ok. Half my family is from NYC (Manhattan) and the other half is from South Carolina. So I have REALLY high standards when it comes to pizza, chinese food, and seafood. And I have yet to find a single place that "WOWs" me.

The pizza is dreadful. You will literally go insane trying to find a good NY slice in Texas. Honestly, don't bother. If you want a good slice of pizza, I recommend you make REAL nice with the manager at the nearest Ray's (not even the best pizza in NYC but would beat everything in TX hands down. lol) and set up some sort of way that they'll freeze raw pizzas and mail them to you with cooking instructions. lol! That or get a job there before you leave, steal the recipe and make your own when you move.

I know texans RAVE about their BBQ but every place I've tried has gone from bad to worse. From the big chains like Rudy's to local mom and pop I have been let down time and time again. So if you have a favorite BBQ sauce or local joint I would recommend grabbing some of their sauce before you come this way.

And whatever you do.. DO NOT buy gulf shrimp when you move down here! It tastes like someone left it sitting in the sun for 3 days then soaked it in bleach to hide that fact. It's just plain gross if you've ever had normal shrimp. lol

Other than that, best of luck to ya. I'll be digging through the other posts to see if there are any leads on good chinese. God knows I miss my Chinatown Haunt (Excellent Dumpling House, anyone??!! awwwwwww now I just wanna cry!)

Apr 15, 2012
Snoochies in Austin

"Tiger" or "Rock" Shrimp in Austin???

awww! I know just what you mean. There are so many things I expected to find down here that would be equal to, if not better than, the things back home but so far I've been greatly disappointed :(

There are a few gems mixed in the muck. But often I'm appalled at what gets good reviews or recommendations around here. It's like people just don't have anything better to compare it to, I guess...which just makes me sad.

Apr 15, 2012
Snoochies in Austin

"Tiger" or "Rock" Shrimp in Austin???

did try MT today with no luck. But I'll keep my eye out on other markets. It's going to be a slow process. I'm up in Ft Hood but we try to go down to Austin every two weeks or so and load up on good groceries (pickins are SLIM up here, lemme tell you! lol)

Apr 15, 2012
Snoochies in Austin

"Tiger" or "Rock" Shrimp in Austin???

I fully agree about the taste! The first time I had it I thought it had gone bad! So I tried it again from a more reputable source...neither I our hubby could stomach more than two pieces. Must have thrown out nearly a pound of it. I've never cared for white shrimp. But it may be the best I can get if gulf shrimp is what passes for seafood in texas :(

Thanks for the clarification. Part of my family is from SC so thats probably where I got confused. Been interchanging them since I was a kid. Lol

Apr 15, 2012
Snoochies in Austin

"Tiger" or "Rock" Shrimp in Austin???

I'm a Yank uprooted to TX by the Army and oh my god do I miss Tiger Shrimp! Every store I go to sells White or Gulf Shrimp. Does ANYONE know of a place that sells Tiger (Rock) Shrimp? Fresh or frozen, I don't care. I miss eating shrimp so much but Gulf shrimp tastes very weird if you didn't grow up on it.

Any help would be wonderful! Thank you!

Apr 14, 2012
Snoochies in Austin