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Dishes invented in/native to Austin?

Austin invented America's most ridiculously overpriced grocery store and worst hot food bar.

Dinner Cinema?

The $5.41 cupcake.

Mexican Martini

And of course, SPAM <cough>

Really, this is a pretty hard question, IMO, with not any good answers that I can think of. Sure, there are plenty of restaurants that have a unique or original dish, but none that have been adopted by others in the immediate area, let alone the rest of the country (such as along the lines of chicken fried steak, cannibal sandwiches, or turkey devonshire). Most other large cities I've lived I can name a handful off the top of my head, but none for Austin.

There are a bunch of niche packaged/prepared somewhat-nationally recognized foods that were invented in & around Austin:

Beanitos, EPIC meat bars, Snap Kitchen, SkinnyPop, Primizie snack crackers, Stubbs condiments, Boomerangs pies, Rhythm kale chips, several bottled drinks and vodkas, Celis beer (first Belgian in US?), cricket crackers, etc... but I don't think that's exactly what you're looking for.

Good luck and let us know what you come up with. But if I were you I'd pick another city ;-)

-sw

about 5 hours ago
sqwertz in Austin

RIP 9 (IX)

There's 3 Dan's that I know of - Manchaca & Ben White, North Lamar/Koenig, and Airport/183. Looks like there's one in Buda, too.

Fran's? Beats me <shrug> They were all dumps.

-sw

Aug 17, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

RIP 9 (IX)

I was surprisingly impressed with the new Golden Corral on I35 and Corral Ln (had a free coupon for my birthday ;-). It's been open a couple months, and that's when buffets are usually at their best. Then they go downhill after 6-8 months. The one on South Lamar sucked the two times I was there in the last two years.

I actually look forward to going there again when I'm in pig-out mode.

Aug 16, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Scrapple

Glad you found it. Now I'll have to make some of my own. I've taken to making it out of lamb shoulder lately, so that's my plan for Sunday.

Aug 15, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Scrapple

I'm pretty sure I saw Jones brand at Central Market South recently. It's in the freezer case between the meat and fish counters with the "semi-exotic" meats and fishes.

I got so used to just not finding it that I just make my own now. Jones just doesn't cut it for me anymore (especially at $4.50/lb). Pork butts are getting cheap again...

-sw

Aug 13, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Best Store-Bought Salsa in Austin?

My normal HEB's stopped carrying Herdez Casera since they came out with their own HEB branded cans, but they are totally inferior. Now I have to go to Walmart to get them (in either the 7oz or 28oz cans)

Which is the same story for a few things I used to buy at HEB - they swapped out a name brand for their own inferior brand, making me to shop at Walmart.

Fortunately I found two small cans buried in the back of the pantry. Too bad I'm out of acceptable dipping chips.

Aug 07, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Dumplings near MT supermarket

I've only tried two of the 6 on the menu and they were fine. But I do wonder if they have too many that they can't all be fresh all the time. But they should freeze well and cook up fine that way <shrug>. At least they do for me at home.

Jul 31, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Dumplings near MT supermarket

TC Noodle House has the best selection of dumplings for many miles.

http://www.tcnhouse.com/ourMenuPage1.htm

Hopefully you found that out yesterday :-

)

-sw

Jul 30, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Hard Hat XII

I want to see their "rotating toppings". And how they work after you take a couple bites.

Jul 27, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Best Store-Bought Salsa in Austin?

Forgot about this one. The cans of Herdez Salsa Casera are a different formulation that the ones in the bottles. The cans rock, but the bottles aren't nearly as good. Walmart sells the big 28oz cans of Salsa casera if you don't want to buy a bunch of little 6oz cans. Best shelf-stable salsa anywhere! In a can, too!

Buy a little can for $.75 and if you don't like it I'll refund your money.

Jul 23, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

Best Store-Bought Salsa in Austin?

If you're on HEB's emailing list (highly recommended as they send out some fairly valuable coupons for real food(*), they just sent out a $2 off coupon for Mark's today.

(*) By "real food" I mean

$3 off of $30
$3 off of fresh meat purchase of $10
$2 off any bag of HEB brand chips
$2 off fresh vegetables of $5 or more.
etc...

They are very general in nature. Rarely are they coupons for some esoteric thing like Playtex baby bottle nipples (not that there's anything WRONG with nipples).

-sw

Jul 13, 2015
sqwertz in Austin
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Best Store-Bought Salsa in Austin?

Some HEB's have fresh semi-fresh salsa in the deli counters, but I think most have them have moved to pre-packaging them in bulk containers and labeling them with random weight stickers - usually found in the refrigerated upscale deli section. They are made by Haliburton Foods. Try the Roasted tomato (quemeda, I think?) and the chunky roasted green chile.

Previous thread:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8448...

The "HEB Specialty Series" have some good ones. The habanero and the chipotle citrus are good but they are all kinda thin. They are shelf stable next to the BBQ sauces. And I think they just sent me a $2 off coupon for them (making them $1). And they're having some sort of in-store special - buy 2 bags of chips get the free salsa.

-sw

Jul 13, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

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

Jul 03, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

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

Jul 02, 2015
sqwertz in Austin

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
sqwertz in Austin
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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
sqwertz in Austin

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.

-sw

Jun 21, 2015
sqwertz in Austin
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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
sqwertz in Austin

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
sqwertz in Austin
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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
sqwertz in Austin

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
sqwertz in Austin

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
sqwertz in Austin
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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
sqwertz in Austin

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
sqwertz in Austin

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
sqwertz in Austin

RIP 9 (IX)

Melvins.

One less trailer for me to have tried visiting.

-sw

May 13, 2015
sqwertz in Austin