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Guanciale in Austin

Yeah, what do they call it there?

Sep 14, 2008
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Rosie's Tamale House- Are you kidding me?

strange, yes, charm - it is eluding me, personally. Was appalled at Rosie's, Jaime's, El Gallo, and if digging that defines a real texan, color me coastal. Not gulf coastal, just, eh, you get it.

Aug 31, 2008
televiking in Austin

Is there good bread in Austin ?

Hmmmm.... could you offer some specific likes and dislikes, and dare I ask for recommendations? I agree, like many other things, Austin has no bread that is Bay Area caliber. I was born in SF and raised on Acme, and I'm saying try CM and WF before UC and SH. You disagree, taliesin15, but as someone who grew up on Bay Area bread (Metropolis, Grace Bakery, Tassjara, and the multitude of neighborhood bakeries from Russian to Guatelmalan), and someone who packs half a suitcase of bread home every trip back, I think the OP is asking for and should have should have a range of options to explore before having to book plane fare.

Aug 28, 2008
televiking in Austin

North San Antonio recs needed

Youz Guys was great. I mean, I had a Pat's steak in Philly a little over a month ago, and this compared very, very favorably. Amoroso rolls were perfect - yeasty, pliable yet up to the challenge of the fillings. I got a cheesesteak with provolone and cooked onions, and it was huge, greasy, delicious, and (although this may or may not be important) very authentic. Beef was thin, well griddled and chopped up for easier eating. Cheese was tasty, real, melty and wonderful - a few herbs and spices kicked everything into high gear. Friendly, cool little place, and reasonable...the enormous sandwich was $6.00. I got fries with Old Bay sprinkled on them, unremarkable, really, but I had no business eating fries with this gut-buster. It was good enough to have me thinking about my next visit, but I want to explore some more, and this kind of thing HAS to be a periodic indulgence! Yay for Universal City!

Aug 27, 2008
televiking in Texas

Is there good bread in Austin ?

True dat - I forgot. I like Mandola's better. Thanks for the reminder!

Aug 26, 2008
televiking in Austin

Is there good bread in Austin ?

I have recommendations - the first of which is to rapidly and radically decrease your expectations.

The second of which is to hit Whole Foods and Central Market, each of which have a decent selection baked on site, and offer samples. Cental Market multi grain loaf and pain de campagne are regulars around my place.

I have been returning to Mandola's for their epi and semolina sesame rolls - I've had other good items from there as well, including a pretty decent baguette. Can't do CM baguettes, haven't tried WF.

Although the mileage of others may vary, I have tried repeatedly and finally given up on Upper Crust and Sweetish Hill.

Hang in there Binnco!

Aug 25, 2008
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Olivia (S. Lamar near Oltorf)

Hey -- I will give them a chance...the menu looks intriguing, and I really do hope it is as wonderful as you say. But the price of that oyster gives me pause - I do think it is worth noting that we are comparing the prices of oysters at a new restaurant on South Lamar to the vaunted Zuni in San Francisco and Thomas Keller's Bouchon. Aiming high!

Aug 19, 2008
televiking in Austin

Olivia (S. Lamar near Oltorf)

$12-16, lots of options, with the aforementioned happy hour cutting that by 1/2...did I ruffle some feathers by proclaiming to be floored about what is, so far, the most expensive single raw oyster I have ever encountered, or contemplated encountering? In the original context (local sourcing) it was mind-boggling, but even allowing for being flown in from PEI, it is still comparatively expensive.

http://www.parkside-austin.com/menus/...

Aug 18, 2008
televiking in Austin

Olivia (S. Lamar near Oltorf)

Yeeeehhhhh....I don't know chub512...I will check them out, to be sure, but that is going to have to be one miracle of an oyster. I'm not familiar with Osprey point in particular, but I mean, Bouchon in Vegas charges $18 per half dozen of exemplary oysters, and I assume they are flown to the desert. Swan's Oyster Depot in SF charges $8.00 for 6 Blue Points. Places all over SF charge about that for East Cost oysters, even higher end places like Zuni never got up that high for PEI. Parkside is flying in good oysters, not charging that much, and doing a 1/2 price happy hour. I don't know if it is completely reasonable. And when craving good oysters on the half shell, Oysters Casino would make me less than happy, but thanks for looking out for my budget!

Aug 18, 2008
televiking in Austin

bahn mi

Were you looking for Cafe de Bella in the Chinatown Center? CDB is in the shopping center with Din Ho and Sunflower. I went, and liked my Gourmet sandwich OK - wasn't bowled over. Too much mayo, bread too dense for my personal banh mi preference, veggies in huge chunks instead of slices and/or julienne. Meats were good, whole thing tasted fresh, just not my favorite. Also took about TWENTY MINUTES to make, with only two other customers in the place. Gonna try Baguette House next.

Aug 17, 2008
televiking in Austin

Your Single Ingredient Sublime One Bite

Did this today with an egg from an organic farm just because of this post, and ...yeah, totally seconded. ummmmmm yolky....

Aug 16, 2008
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Olivia (S. Lamar near Oltorf)

Oysters three dollars EACH? My word...that makes a half dozen $18, and a full dozen $36? Wow. Are they Gulf oysters, brought by their fish provider? Man...I'm floored.

Aug 16, 2008
televiking in Austin

Ground Breaking Chef in Austin Texas

You GOT me....I'm so depressed now that I might just have to do some mail ordering....

Aug 16, 2008
televiking in Austin

Your Single Ingredient Sublime One Bite

Good prosciutto - thinly sliced and preferably with a wide swath of melty fat. This can easily extrapolate to excellent hot coppa, jamon serrano - oooohhhh jamon iberico - that one is as sublime in the sniff as it is in the chew...

followed by cheese. Good cheese - that should cover it!

Aug 14, 2008
televiking in General Topics

Tree House???

Treehouse - NO! Just down South Congress is Enoteca Vespaio, and if you cross the river you will find La Traviata. I like 'em both.

Aug 11, 2008
televiking in Austin

Olivia (S. Lamar near Oltorf)

What was the second best meal in Austin? What was the worst? Where is the Bat Area?

Aug 10, 2008
televiking in Austin

Casino El Camino

Not a fan of P. Terry's either, nor of Dirty Martin's, nor of Sandy's - but those are a different breed. I like the Roaring Fork's B.A. burger and love CEC's - don't need to be drunk to crave it.

Aug 07, 2008
televiking in Austin

Tony's Southern Comfort - Closed

A-MEN, bookgrrl72...give me good chow, be it popeyes or parkside.

Aug 05, 2008
televiking in Austin

Most Authentic Chinese Food Restaurant in Austin

I think ridgeback's point is that if you can make it, (car, Cap Metro, bike or donkey), to Din Ho and 1st Chinese in your pursuit of good chow, that you can, and should, consider Asia Market to be on your very own planet. I note that the 383, 983, 984, 986, and 987 routes stop very close to the Spicewood Springs/183 intersection. HIGHLY suggest to sqwertz, and the op, that you don't miss this gem.

Aug 04, 2008
televiking in Austin

Most Authentic Chinese Food Restaurant in Austin

Yup. And Pao's Mandarin House. arp07, if you do a board search on any of these, you should find plenty of info.

Aug 03, 2008
televiking in Austin

What's good at Central Market?

This is great chowhounding. Fantastic, and a cool way to start thinking about lunch at a place abounding with possibilities...I started slow, with whitefish salad, a loaf of marble rye, a red onion and my own home. I will get more adventurous soon! Keep posting your interesting combinations!

Jul 28, 2008
televiking in Austin

North San Antonio recs needed

Thank you so much, HollyDolly - I replied before but for some reason it hasn't shown up. This is an excellent overview of non-chain places in North SA...can't wait to get busy!

Jul 25, 2008
televiking in Texas

North San Antonio recs needed

For some reason in my intial searching, I overlooked this thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/439845 - as I now search on individual restaurants I just saw, it came up.

BTW - Youz Guys Philly cheesesteaks had two boxes of Amoroso rolls sitting in front of its closed door this AM...a ver good sign...

Jul 25, 2008
televiking in Texas

North San Antonio recs needed

HollyDolly!!!!!

Wow, I just tok a little drive down Pat Booker and was getting ready to ask some specific questions, and found this amazing list of non-chain lunch places in North SA!!! Thank you so much!

I would love to hear a little more about your impressions of the ones you listed on Pat Booker. I will start trying them out and posting as soon as I start the new job. Also, any knowledge of Tabares Philippine Market, Deep Blue Sea, or May Jane's Cafe?

Thanks again!

Jul 25, 2008
televiking in Texas

North San Antonio recs needed

Hey all,

I just got a job in North SA...right off of I35 at Pat Booker. I'm reading the board, but thought I would throw this out there...I am looking for lunch. Workday lunch, nothing special, just good, and close. Any ideas? All ideas welcome, from taco trucks to organic veggie fare, sit down to stand up, extra points for good+adventurous. Thanks in advance.

Jul 22, 2008
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Food Festivals--Where do I get the info?

Not sure - it was in May this year.

Jul 22, 2008
televiking in Austin

Food Festivals--Where do I get the info?

I hope when you find one you will post about it here - it will be great to have a comprehensive list and not have one sneak up when I have other plans.

Jul 22, 2008
televiking in Austin

Food Festivals--Where do I get the info?

Great list! Wow - the last part of your post has me all wound up...Columbian Festival?!?!? Next time you stumble on one, let us know!

Also, the Native American Pow Wow has lots of food - buffalo burgers, navajo tacos...it is going to be held November 1 this year, at the Toney Burger Center.

Jul 22, 2008
televiking in Austin

Monument Cafe

Is this an Austin Board topic - it is in Georgetown, but I have seen discussion. I also saw a post about their broccoli somewhere that wound me up, and I can't find it now. Anyhow, pretty good BLT - excellent tomatoes, although they sort of skimped on them, great peppered bacon, which they did NOT skimp on, nice herbed mayo and on Health Nut bread - a nice touch. Fries - hand cut, fresh looking, but 75% of the pile was limp and greasy. Sides were not great - no broccoli today - steamed asparagus was anemic and slimy, fried okra was barely warm and the okra was shriveled, steamed spinach was just that - like someone scooped a handful of baby spinach out of the bag and stuck it in the microwave. Limeade rocked. Probably would try again if it were closer, especially for breakfast, ...but given their whole "fresh and organic" thing I was a little disappointed.

Jul 20, 2008
televiking in Austin

Food Festivals--Where do I get the info?

What a great idea for a thread - I hope lots of 'hounds will reply so we can get a comprehensive list here on the board. It is so cool the way you have jumped into this - with great questions and reports. Lots of your questions might be answered with use of the search function, or just combing through past posts...back to this topic, here's a few ideas:

The Louisiana Swamp Thing and Crawfish Festival - Cajun food, music, etc - usually in April - http://www.roadwayevents.com/RoadStar...

Hill Country Food and Wine Festival - http://www.texaswineandfood.org/ - sort of high-falutin' and expensive, but always looks great.

AsiaFest - doesn't have a web page, but past food vendors have included by Thanh Nhi Restaurant, Austin Chapter of Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce, Seoul Restaurant, A+ Buffet Restaurant, Charito Banawis, Cebuana Filipino Store

Jul 20, 2008
televiking in Austin