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Dickey's Barbecue - Scottsdale, AZ

Kinda funny that you'll eat Famous Dave's or Texas Roadhouse, but despise Dickey's. I won't set foot in either of those place. They are an abomination to the BBQ world. Boiled ribs and liquid smoke. No way!

Sep 23, 2008
ValleyFever in Phoenix

Austin, Galveston, Houston for Labor Day week

It was the Wild Weekend Power Pop Festival

The Boys
The Beat (US)
Pointed Sticks
20/20
Nikki Corvette

and a bunch of others.

Sep 23, 2008
ValleyFever in Texas

Austin, Galveston, Houston for Labor Day week

Red Snapper Inn is of of the few who survived. They lost their awning and had some water damage but the structure is still sound.

Kitty's Purple Cow took a big hit though.

Sep 23, 2008
ValleyFever in Texas

Austin, Galveston, Houston for Labor Day week

Normally we wouldn't have even done Tex-Mex, but we were short on time and it was close to the venue.

Sep 15, 2008
ValleyFever in Texas

Austin, Galveston, Houston for Labor Day week

Thanks for all the tips. We had a great time in Texas and got some really good food. Here is quick rundown of what we did:

AUSTIN
Stubbs BBQ - could of used a little more smoke flavor. Very tender though.
Serrano's - I've learned that Tex-Mex is better if I stick to Mariscos. Chipotle Shrimp!
Boiling Pot - They should use a boil seasoning. Not bad. Could be better.
Bess Bistro - Food, excellent. Mixed drinks, sub-par. Service, TOP NOTCH!

GALVESTON
Shrimp 'N Stuff - Standard Shrimp Po-Boy. Not quite NOLA, but beats PHX.
Gaido's - Always the same story here, and it's never a bad one. Great everything!
Mosquito Cafe - Great little neighborhood cafe that shows the potential of Galveston.
Simps - Good down home cooking with lots of soul.
Red Snapper Inn (Surfside) - Great hidden gem. Locals know it and love it.

HOUSTON
America's - Good drinks, good food, good service. Doesn't get much better.

Sep 09, 2008
ValleyFever in Texas

The Winning Restaurants in the Hot Sauce Festival

borracho is awesome with chicharones

Aug 29, 2008
ValleyFever in Austin

Austin, Galveston, Houston for Labor Day week

I live in Phoenix, so Vietnamese is around but not the best I've had. I grew up going to Mai's in Houston, so we will probably try to hit it up.

We have a great Chicken & Waffles place, but they don't do Catfish & Grits, so I'm totally down for that.

Coming from a Sonoran region we have a hard time with Tex-Mex, but Mariscos is always a good thing. We get the whole fried grouper in Pacific Mexico. I'm sure with Snapper it is even better, and you add a michelada and I am in heaven!

Thanks for the tips. Those all sound right up our alley!

Aug 25, 2008
ValleyFever in Texas

Austin, Galveston, Houston for Labor Day week

Thanks for the tips.

Is there any must try ethnic places in the Downtown Houston or Galveston areas? Thai, Indian, Soul Food, South/Central American?

Aug 20, 2008
ValleyFever in Texas

PHX to tha ATX

Thanks guys, those are a good start. I will certainly search out the SXSW posts.

I know I shouldn't say this on a TX board, but we probably won't do any Tex Mex. After living in Arizona for the last 10 years, I feel a bit elitist about Sonoran Mexican food. BBQ is a must though. There are a couple decent BBQ places on AZ, but nothing like the smoke flavor of Texas brisket.

And anything that was on DD&D or fits that format is exactly what we are looking for, so thanks for that.

Aug 20, 2008
ValleyFever in Austin

PHX to tha ATX

(Excerpts from my TX post)

My gf and I am traveling to Texas for a music festival in Austin the last weekend of August, and we'll be there a few days. My girlfriend has never really had the chance to taste some of the better things Texas has to offer, so I would like to make this a memorable experience for her.

We are looking for dive/hole in the wall/mom and pop places that hit the spot, and dinners where the food outweighs everything else.

We will be in the Emo's, Beerland, Mohawk area. A car will be available, but we like to be able to walk and experience a city when possible. Thanks for any and all suggestions.

Aug 19, 2008
ValleyFever in Austin

Austin, Galveston, Houston for Labor Day week

I am traveling to Texas for a music festival in Austin the last weekend of August, and then to my hometown (Sweeny) before heading up to Galveston for a few days, and then to Houston before flying back to Phoenix. We'll be in Texas a total of 9 days.

My girlfriend has never really had the chance to taste some of the better things Texas has to offer, so I would like to make this a memorable experience for her.

We are looking for dive/hole in the wall/mom and pop places that hit the spot, and dinners where the food outweighs everything else. Having grown up around the gulf coast, I know a few spots in Houston and Galveston but any advice is appreciated.

This is the area's we will be:

Austin: Emo's, Beerland, Mohawk area
Galveston: Northside of the Island staying at Hotel Galvez
Houston: We are going to the Improv so we want to have dinner in that area before the show.

Thanks for any and all suggestions.

Aug 19, 2008
ValleyFever in Texas

PHX: Birthday Suggestion

Ok, we will do NoCa for the next family get together.

We ended up at House of Tricks. Thanks hohokam, It was awesome!

I went for the filet mignon, but it was far from your run of the mill filet. Amazing flavor. I had a few of their Palomina's which were the highlight of the night for me (smoky mescal, mango puree, soda, chili powder).

Trish went with the Sea Bass which was paired with a coconut curry tasting sauce. If she hadn't ordered it, I would have. It was great. I will get it next time we go if it is still on the menu.

The only down note was her Sangria. It was a White Sangria, and lacked flavor she said. I didn't taste it, but her drink palette is better than mine (too many years of cheap beer).

Aug 18, 2008
ValleyFever in Phoenix

PHX: Birthday Suggestion

I've done tapino, vincent's and elements at different times.

I'd love to try T Cooks, but I was under the impression that it was more high end. If not I will look into that.

House of Tricks I don't know much about either so I will check into that as well.

Thanks guys!

Aug 13, 2008
ValleyFever in Phoenix

PHX: Birthday Suggestion

So my girlfriend's bday is coming up and I am trying to find a place to take her that she hasn't been before and she and her family will all enjoy.

We usually spend birthdays at Durant's, Salt Cellar, Tarbell's, etc. We like places in that same realm. A menu with something for everyone, pretty casual atmosphere, but still nice enough to make it feel like a special occasion.

I rarely get the chance to get on here lately, so I haven't seen all the new things that may have popped up.

I'll be digging back through the board, but anything you have to offer up for a party of 6-10 is appreciated. I think we've hit most of the regular places in central/east phoenix, so if there are new places or something outside of my normal boundaries I would be up that.

Thanks Hounds!

BTW, from what I've read about Fine's Cellar it looks good. How do you all think it would fare for a family gathering/birthday? (No Kids)

Aug 13, 2008
ValleyFever in Phoenix

Cupcakes in Phoenix Area

I'm not a big CC junkie, but this is close to home and I love em.

Let Them Eat Cake

4747 E Thomas Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(602) 952-5272

letthemeatcakeaz.com

Aug 05, 2008
ValleyFever in Southwest

Dickey's Barbecue - Scottsdale, AZ

As a native Texan, longtime Arizona resident, and consultant working in the Dallas area for the last 3 months, I can confidently concur with every negative opinion on here about Dickey's.

With that being said, it is the only place I will eat at DFW Terminal E. When TGI Friday, McDoanalds, and UNO are your only other choices Dickey's doesn't seem so bad.

Texas BBQ shouldn't need sauce. They fact that they coat their meat in BBQ sauce means that they are masking the flavor, or lack there of.

Bads
-The brisket is always dry and has no smoke flavor, not even the fake kind.
-Even bbq sauce can't make their pulled pork edible.
-The rolls taste more like dough than roll

Goods
-Sweet Tea
-Free Ice Cream
-You can't eff up a hot link.

Aug 05, 2008
ValleyFever in Phoenix

Cajun shack in Las Vegas mentioned on NPR

I just copied it from the NPR site. Use the first link.

The cajunshack link says coming soon.

Feb 18, 2008
ValleyFever in Southwest

Cajun shack in Las Vegas mentioned on NPR

http://www.knpr.org/foodforthought/de...

Cajun BBQ Shack
9620 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Suite #N8
Las Vegas, NV 89123
702.737.RIBS
www.cajunbbqshack.com

Feb 15, 2008
ValleyFever in Southwest

PHX - Where are you heading for Valentine's Day?

We did Ranch House Grille for breakfast before work. We figured that we would avoid the hassle of tonight (hohokam has the right idea). I got a bottle of Seghesio Zin 2002 Home Ranch Reserve for tonight, and I am picking up a large pie from Phoenix House of Pizza and Subs with extra sauce. It will be nice to stay home after the Steamer's disaster we suffered through last year.

Feb 14, 2008
ValleyFever in Phoenix

Fresh and Easy North Phx Opening Soon

By no means did my gf's mom intend to rely on them, but she always buys new and different things. Your gonna have plenty of misses when you aren't afraid to try just about anything once.

They do have a Cuban Bean Dip which I really enjoyed.

Feb 12, 2008
ValleyFever in Southwest

Fresh and Easy North Phx Opening Soon

don't get the taco sauce or the flan!!!!!

WORSE THAN TEX MEX EVEN!!!!

I would never buy it, but my gf's mom did. The taco sauce tasted pretty much just like tomato sauce with a hint of garlic. The flan was NULL of any carmel flavor, and the texture was more like tapioca.

That being said, I would never buy either of those products in a store, but these were especially bad. Everything else I have had from there was ok though.

Feb 12, 2008
ValleyFever in Southwest

don jose mexican food

We haven't heard anything since either.

I'll include a pic to water the mouth though.

Feb 11, 2008
ValleyFever in Phoenix

Good Mexican in Phoenix area?

I think Asi Es La Vida hits the nail on the head, as does Barrio Cafe. They are both more upscale, and spotlight traditional southern Mexican food rather than the Sonoran that is prevalent in Arizona.

Los Sombreros tries to do the same thing, but I've never been very impressed with the food or the level of comfort there.

Feb 11, 2008
ValleyFever in Southwest

Vegas fast food - Jack in the Box and In-n

Or neither. Cabs are the way to go in Vegas. They are plentiful and cost effective.

Feb 11, 2008
ValleyFever in Chains

(PHX) Donuts?

If you are ever in Rocky Point, head over to the mall (on the way to Cholla Bay) and get churros there. It is a streetside vendor. They pour them fresh when you order them. They are awesome!

Feb 08, 2008
ValleyFever in Southwest

Fremont Street Restaurants?

Right off of the Fremont Experience onto Fremont Street is a little whole in the wall I stumbled across and have been back everytime i am in Las Vegas. It is a greek/burgers/subs type place like something you would find on the east coast with the really wide array of menu items, but I have found it to be some of the best Fried Chicken anywhere. It's called Kabob Korner. Totally worth checking out. Its a 'no star' diner type place with no Las Vegas flare, but the Chicken is all I need to lure me off of casino row.

Feb 07, 2008
ValleyFever in Southwest

PHX - White Chocolate Grill

I always get the Tomato Gin soup there. Easily one of my favorite soups in town. I also drink enough fresh squeezed lemonade there to tear up the inside of my mouth. Its some really good lemonade in a sugar rimmed glass.

Feb 07, 2008
ValleyFever in Phoenix

Ladies' Night Out in Scottsdale/PHX: recs?

NOTE: The official name of Kazimierz is Kazimierz World Wine Bar. So it would probably be up your alley of you are in the area. Its fun before and after dinner as well.

http://www.kazbar.net/

There is also links to Cowboy Ciao and Sea Saw from that website.

Feb 06, 2008
ValleyFever in Southwest

Tell me about West of the Western

I haven't been, but the price seems very comparable to other culinary festivals I have attended. I can't wait to check it out.

I really haven't looked for anyone else's reviews, but I usually only use someone else's opinion as a frame of reference on things not to miss.

I'd still like to hear from people who have gone in the past.

Feb 04, 2008
ValleyFever in Southwest

Vegas fast food - Jack in the Box and In-n

In N Out is by far the best fast food chain burger in the southwest. Phoenix has Lenny's which is better, but it is regional.

Fat Burger, at $8 to $10 for a drink/fry combo hardly fits into the fast food realm. That, and it doesn't have the qualifying drive-thru because they don't make them fast. Fat Burger is a good burger though. The one on the strip is on the east side of the strip just north of MGM if I remember correct.

The trick to In N Out is ordering your burger and fried animal style. And you have to get the neopolitan shake. The fries are almost always cut right before they make them, but at 10PM who knows.

JITB tacos are laced with something... YUMMY GOODNESS!!! I lived on those in college and still reminisce when i am drunk at 2AM.

Feb 04, 2008
ValleyFever in Chains