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RIP VII

Flip Happy was what I consider the first successful non-Mexican food truck/trailer in Austin. If I had to define The Beginning, that era would be it.

about 8 hours ago
sqwertz in Austin

Trouble on the Mandola-Lisina Trattoria Front

He already admitted to burglarizing the winery (with witnesses). And I think a picture of him with a hammer in his hand and eyewitness accounts of his smashing up a vehicle are good enough for me. This is hardly a case journalistic sensationalism.

If we were to wait for convictions, then there'd be very little timely news. And none of us would know what happened at SXSW, for example.

And I kinda doubt he was in the right(!?!?).

-sw

Apr 07, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Trouble on the Mandola-Lisina Trattoria Front

Another episode of 'When Restaurant Owners go Berserk'

http://kxan.com/2014/04/07/winery-res...

"Damian Mandola was arrested on Thursday when deputies say he admitted to breaking into the Duchman Winery in Driftwood to steal a bottle of wine. Court documents say two females at the winery locked themselves in an office while the burglary was taking place.

Just two days later, Mandola again was arrested at the Duchman Winery, this time for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Criminal Mischief."

Apr 07, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

antelope in austin

Broken Arrow Ranch/Texas Wild Game Co-op is probably the closest supplier you'll find near Austin (~100 miles). Whole Foods carries or carried their venison, possibly they also take requests for their antelope as well. But at a hefty price, I'm sure.

Frank - Hot Dogs Cold Beer, and Wild Bubba's both serve antelope products. Frank's is in the form of sausage mixed with other meats. WIld Bubba's is pure ground served as burgers.

Perhaps they might tell if if there are closer suppliers.

-sw

Mar 28, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Hard Hat XII

Lamar location.

Mar 26, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Hard Hat XII

I just heard that Kim Phung had a fire a couple weeks ago. Not much of a pho person but I'm pretty adept at Vietnamese food (eating and cooking it) But I had my most awesome lemongrass beef there. Didn't know they had another location at Lakeline.

Mar 26, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Hard Hat XII

Is Luby's AYCE or was that Furr's? I've only eaten at them once each and keep getting them confused.

As for Fuckrudders, I've found them to be incredibly tasteless burgers the few times I've eaten there (in several states). But I will be guilted into going to this one shortly against my will.

-sw

Mar 25, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Hard Hat XII

The dual Fuddruckers + Luby's opened a few days ago on Slaughter near First Street. Apparently they think this one will work better then the stores they closed across the street from each other on South Lamar at Brodie Oaks (or was that a Furr's?).

NXNW Southpark Meadows planned for September.

-sw

Mar 25, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Beef Cheeks

Guanciale are the cured fatty hog jowls (easy to find fresh/raw) which are different than actual pork cheeks. Pork cheeks are little 3 ounce scallops of luscious fine-grained collagen and meat. Here's a good photo-essay of them (not mine, unfortunately).

http://reluctanthousedad.com/2012/05/...

-sw

Mar 20, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

RIP VII

This goes in the Hard Hat and RIP threads: Mi Rancho Mexican market that took over the City Market at Ben White and S. First Street apparently opened, then closed already. I go down S. First here at least once a week and never even noticed it was open. It closed over a month ago.

-sw

Mar 16, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Beef Cheeks

Practically every HEB I've been in sells beef cheek meat. What I want to find is pork cheeks (and not from an obnoxiously overpriced specialty source).

-sw

Mar 16, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Free Shake Shack during sxsw?

http://austinist.com/2014/03/08/free_...

Tit has cheese according to the picture. I can imagine the line, though.

-sw

Mar 13, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Austin Meetup

chowmail *at* swertz.cluemail.com

Mar 10, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Austin Meetup

I'm not much of a socialite, but you can count me in as long as Mapi won't be there! (inside joke from a long ago austin.food meetup),

I live very South, but can make my way most anywhere (thanks RB). Would like to see some of the 12-pitch names in person!

-sw

Mar 08, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Dan's Reopening (Manchaca Rd.)

Somebody has reported that it opened today, And according to this article, it has indeed:

http://impactnews.com/austin-metro/so...

-sw

Mar 04, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Dan's Reopening (Manchaca Rd.)

Still no date set as far as I can tell, but here's an explanation of why the "remodel" is taking so long. Originally it was only supposed to take 8 weeks, now it's been 5 months.

http://i.imgur.com/KRWNNiR.jpg

-sw

Mar 04, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Ben and Jerry's Core flavor sightings?

Their store locator for the two Core flavors I checked said Randall's and Walmart (no wonder I've never seen them!).

Mar 03, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Vegetarian friendly in the Austin airport?

Nothing vegetarian specific but I'm sure a few of these places have vegetarian items (Schlotsky's, Mangia, Wok & Roll). Nothing upscale. They are all local restaurants who have menus online, but I doubt they serve their full menus at these airport venues.

http://austin.eater.com/archives/2013...

-sw

Mar 03, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

octopus

I remember that the price was reasonable compared to the prices on most of their other seafood. That is about 1.75lbs pictured there. I don't think I paid more than $8.

-sw

Feb 28, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

octopus

Central Market south usually has one or two on display.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/72758916...

You sure you're ready for that? ;-) They look much better you blanch them.

Some HEB's sell frozen chunks really cheap which I use to make a ceviche-like dish.

Feb 27, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Minor's Stock Bases

Which is why I don't get any food products from Amazon (that's a ridiculous price). I'm looking for a local source.

I guess I'll just settle for the Empire's Royal chicken base or Knorr's Liquid Concentrate (Chicken) from Restaurant Depot. That's the next best thing, I've found.

I do use the clam and lobster in the Better than Bouillon versions - easy enough to find. But their chicken is inferior.

-sw

Feb 27, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Minor's Stock Bases

Does anybody in town sell Minors Soup/Stock bases retail? Last I was at Restaurant Depot they had a couple Empire brand (beef, chicken) that were pretty decent - much better than that "Better Than Boullion" crap that Costco now carries at HEB prices instead of Tones (previous to that was McCormick).

Minor's is the standard by which all other bases are judged, IMO. SO WTF do you get them?

Feb 26, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Onion Rings

...Or the batter is too thin and flakes right off the onion

...Or the onion is too tough inside so it all pulls right out with the first bite, leaving you with fried shell.

...Or they're made out of "chopped and formed" onions (I forget which restaurant I encountered this, but usually reserved for the crap you buy at supermarkets)

-sw

Feb 24, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Onion Rings

I made a special stop there last night (South Lamar) just to get some onion rings and they were "out of onion rings". How does a hamburger place run out of "fresh cut hand breaded" onion rings"?

If you're running low on onions and not expecting a delivery in the near future, you send somebody to the grocery store to get some. Could have even walked across the street to Phonecia and bought some.

I left empty-handed and hungry. Not impressed with my first (and probably last) visit to Phil's.

-sw

Feb 23, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Onion Rings

I have actually seen them advertised on restaurant menus as "Anchor Onion Rings". Both companies are owned by McCain's - it's an onion ring monopoly!

-sw

Feb 21, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Hard Hat XI

Kinda like Dan's Hamburgers on Manchaca - said they'd be reopen before the holidays (when they tore it down in October). Looks almost ready to open, but not quite.

Feb 21, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Where to buy big honkin' beef ribs

Skewtz Sqwatz Shop <cough> Yeah - that'll work - uh-huh <rolling eyes> :-)

My resale license is spelled "Sqwertz!", but they just cancelled it this month due to lack of sales, But I still get to shop at Restaurant Depot, Whoo hoo!

-sw

Feb 19, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Where to buy big honkin' beef ribs

(This is supposed to be a response to Rudeboy but it doesn't show up threaded correctly)

I just posted that dish in another response ;-) With home-cured and smoked lamb bacon with grilled shallots and peppers.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sqwertz/...

-sw

Feb 18, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Where to buy big honkin' beef ribs

Surfboard? Nah. Not me!

You should have held out for the large hash brown topped with lamb bacon, grilled shallots, assorted peppers and eggs - only $3 more at Casa Sqwertz!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sqwertz/...

-sw

Feb 18, 2014
sqwertz in Austin

Where to buy big honkin' beef ribs

Here they are rubbed and ready for the smoker so you can see these are not the typical meatless "soup bones", I call them. Sorry Chowhound doesn't allow you to view them full-screen in their full glory.

Lets try a flickr link instead:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sqwertz/7049807313/in/photostream/lightbox/

And the last two pictures:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sqwertz/7050687091/lightbox/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sqwertz/...

You can page forward and backward to see other pictures of that particular smoking session. My pictures are best viewed full-screen for maximum flavor.

-sw

Feb 17, 2014
sqwertz in Austin
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