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Hard Hat XII

I never get to that part of town any more. I haven't eaten anything west of Lamar for probably 5 years except for the Kolache Factory on Lamar/38th street last week. And even those I got to go and ate them east of Lamar! (Hancock HEB receipts have buy 3 get 3 free coupons on back that I've been meaning to use for the last 1.5 years).

-sw

about 20 hours ago
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Naranjo

I don't put much faith in claims like that. And certainly not enough to even mention it here unless I hear it from a bunch of people.

-sw

about 20 hours ago
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New Sauerkraut in Town

Wow. The curtido is about as hot as the sriracha version. I'm not too wild about the Mexican oregano flavor in this one, though.

Jun 26, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Hard Hat XII

Yeah, I mentioned that a while ago. Every time I've gone past it's been closed. Apparently they keep the same inconsistent hours as they did on S. Lamar.

I don't pay $7 for off-tasting banh mi or $9 for thit nuong. I make them at home for 1/6th the price. Last week's festivities:

Jun 26, 2015
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New Sauerkraut in Town

$2/bag today at the Bee Cave Galleria HEB. 2 for $6, plus there's a $1 off coupon above the products, so that's about half price. Be careful because the register is still trying to charge the $3.79 full price before coupon when it should be $3/ea. I suspect other HEB's will also have the $1/off store coupons (good through July 7th), but maybe not the extra markdown to 2/$6. I got the curdito and another sriracha. Not sure I'd like the sweet Bavarian style.

Oh, and free grocery bags! Screw you Austin bag Nazis and Thank You Bee Cave!

-sw

Jun 26, 2015
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What this town needs

Yeah, those pesky, incorrigible Californians! Oh, wait... *I'm* from California (along with a good portion of the rest of this group).

Texass whining at it's best.

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Jun 21, 2015
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What this town needs

Gus's is the first place I thought of when I saw "requires personal loan". Thigh and leg - $5. I just bought 10 legs and 10 thighs for $2.90 at La Michoacana Market. Granted, they're not fried ... yet. But still... :-)

-sw

Jun 18, 2015
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Chilantro is underrated

Chi-Lantro doesn't use real kimchi. They use marinated cabbage of less than 24 hours.

You can make better kimchi burgers and fries at home for lees than a quarter of the price without having to deal a with obnoxiously stuffy hipster servers.

RIP 9 (IX)

Papoulli's Greek Grill at Hancock Center.

I was psyched and visited there shortly after they opened. I ordered large fries, a drink, tzatziki, and hummus and paid over $13. I asked but they wouldn't tell me what brand of meat they used for their Gyrocones/Gyro meat (I'm very particular about that).

I suggested maybe they could chip me off a piece to taste since I had already paid more than the price of combo that would have included the meat anyway and they acted if I axed them to part the Red Sea.

I'm glad they went out of business - only three businesses ever deserved this wrath of mine.

Good f'kin riddance. Popoulli THIS #@!*^$

-sw

May 26, 2015
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Re:post from r/austin subreddit Wheatsville employee open letter about wages,etc.

They have sample bins? I went there during their grand opening and all they were sampling was little pieces of bread. Are you referring to the bulk bins?

May 22, 2015
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Prime Steaks

I shop a few HEB's and of the ones with Prime on display behind the counter, they all seem to have different prices at the same time - sometimes at really good prices, other times not so much. The Prime steaks they sell shrink-wrapped in the regular meat section are all usually the same price - uniformly expensive.

HEB didn't really have any good advertised deals on meat this week except for baby backs at $3/lb (not a fan of them). But if you're on their mailing list they sent out a coupon for $5 off a meat purchase of $15. Maybe some stores mwill run some "Managers Specials"...

-sw

May 21, 2015
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Taking 2 college guys to dinner help me please

For about $25/pop there's always the AYCE options at County Line and Salt Lick.

-sw

May 20, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Re:post from r/austin subreddit Wheatsville employee open letter about wages,etc.

Wheatsville can certainly afford to pay their employees more with the astronomical prices they charge for giving people the illusion of eating better. Plus on top of that they charge "owner fees" that provide yet another illusion of saving money.

Either it's a poorly run company, or they've got money coming out of their ears. I despise that place, and not because of anything posted here.

May 20, 2015
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Another icon lost

That oddly ugly strip mall, while easily accessible, is one of those dead spots/jinxed locations. But The Omeletry may have enough of a following to break the spell.

May 19, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Another icon lost

New pans would be a plus, too!

May 19, 2015
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Thai Groceries

I buy them frozen at MT Supermarket, but they also carry fresh in little 1/4lb styrofoam trays. I haven't been to Central Market for eons but they often had a bulk box of them that you could pick through.

8oz of frozen red ripe Thai bird chiles for $2 at MT last me about 8 months and they keep great in the freezer. Even if you buy them fresh in bulk from CM or MT I still throw them into the freezer. They green ones do not keep as well in the freezer, but red and yellows seem to do fine.

-sw

May 18, 2015
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Smoke gets in your eyes, and nose,throat and lungs

That was some pretty heavy political posturing and a huge waste of time. Blow me, Renteria.

-sw

May 13, 2015
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RIP 9 (IX)

Melvins.

One less trailer for me to have tried visiting.

-sw

May 13, 2015
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Man bites dog

If you buy them back in the refrigerator case and cook them yourself they're decent hot dogs (they had them on sale on weekend for $5/~3lb package).

I think Costco snack bar starts simmering them at 5:00am and by the time you order them they're gray and completely tasteless.

Next time I go I'm going to ask how long they've been cooking in that water and ask to see the color of them - ask for a PINK one, not gray one if they have it.

They need some negative feedback about those damned things.

May 04, 2015
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Central Market's "Passport Greece"

I don't usually visit the Passport to XYZPDQ promotions at CM because they're always overly-expensive during the promotion periods.

But I did pick up 11oz of salt-packed capers tonight. I'm such the slut. It was\ the only purchase.

-sw

May 03, 2015
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Seeking Viet Namese

Yes, now gone. They had goods food but the older guy that worked there was such a a bummer. He should not be in a customer service position. That's why I never went back.

-sw

Apr 24, 2015
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RIP April 2015

Which means they're going to have to go with a drastically different style of smoker(s).

Apr 17, 2015
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Snooze is coming to Austin

And no prices. That bugs me a lot. Most restaurants even with multiple locations, are good about posting menus with prices for each location (if they're different).

The menu itself does look good, though (I looked at the Arizona menu).

-sw

Apr 17, 2015
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favorite sandwiches in austin that are not hot dogs or burgers?

I can't name a best eat-out sandwich. 99% of the best sandwiches are made at my house. My last awesome eat-out "sandwich" was a meat calzone from Brooklyn Pie Company (not a hamburger or a hot dog!).

Speaking of sandwiches, Since when did "Bomber" become an Austin word? Bombers are 22-24oz bottles of beer, not sandwiches!

http://www4.uwm.edu/FLL/linguistics/d...

Everybody knows these are called hoagies!
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"Subs" are those wimpy bread things you get at from a horrendous smelling shop called Subway.

Hrmpf!

-sw

Apr 16, 2015
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Sizzler - the essential TV ad must see.

Urban Dictionary

Sappy: Something or someone very lame, or so sweet that it makes you want to puke.

Apr 15, 2015
sqwertz in Food Media & News

HEB Pork Butts bone in 1.47 Today's Ads - Nov. 23

Not sure what the occasion is, but HEB Manchaca has whole short rib plates, the meaty ribs, 4 ribs by 4 plates cryovaced (about 14 lbs) on sale for $1.97/lb. They never have these on display like this. Single 4-rib plates are $2.27/lb. These are normally $5-$6/pound. These are the single best piece of cow you can put in the smoker. Also great for long, slow braising with beer or wine and onions and shrooms.

-sw

Apr 12, 2015
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Where can i find these canned sardine brands in Austin?

I looked at the Airport blvd store and they had a vast array of Roland canned fish products - but nothing out the ordinary. Their online inventory search doesn't show any of those brands either.

-sw

Apr 05, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Smoke gets in your eyes, and nose,throat and lungs

No. You misrepresented the statement.

-sw

Apr 05, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Smoke gets in your eyes, and nose,throat and lungs

Gas with wood chips is not the same as just natural gas. You can turn out some fine BBQ with gas and chips. It's STILL burning wood, though, which the ordinance would regulate (as read so far).

Apr 05, 2015
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Smoke gets in your eyes, and nose,throat and lungs

I don't think 100ft is unfair either. but limiting it to wood and charcoal IS unfair. Burger king can emit a lot of burning beef grease smoke, at least when it's busy. Heck, I used to live behind and Long John Silvers and even that stunk to high hell - covering the house in vaporized fish grease.

And why is Franklin whining? Are their pits within 100ft of any residences? My satellite reconnaissance says no.

-sw

Apr 03, 2015
sqwertz in Austin