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Lola's - A Louisiana Kitchen

Thanks for the reply, westie.

Has anyone tried Lola's gumbo (I assume it's on the menu)?

Apr 02, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Las Vegas

What's unique in Austin?

Thanks, amysuehere!

Mar 31, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Austin

What's unique in Austin?

Thanks, tvchick.

Mar 30, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Austin

What's unique in Austin?

Thanks, Rudeboy.

Mar 30, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Austin

What's unique in Austin?

hik, well, I'll focus on trying the espresso goodness, then! Thx.

Mar 29, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Austin

What's unique in Austin?

Troy, well, that's quite an endorsement!

Mar 29, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Austin

What's unique in Austin?

Troy, I'd be interested in hearing your opinion of the other two!

Mar 29, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Austin

What's unique in Austin?

Rudeboy, do you happen to know whether Franklin's espresso sauce is available mail-order? Or, whether it's possible to buy it at Franklin's without standing in line for hours?

Mar 29, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Austin

What's unique in Austin?

Thanks, James. I'll check out the links.

Mar 29, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Austin

Lola's - A Louisiana Kitchen

Thanks for the reply, westie!

I look forward to your update next week also.

Mar 28, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Las Vegas

Lola's - A Louisiana Kitchen

Any update regarding Lola's?

Is it as good as it was on 2010?

How is the gumbo?

Thanks for any feedback.

Mar 28, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Las Vegas

What's unique in Austin?

rudeboy, thanks for the reply.

Do you consider the two Lockhart joints to be better than any of the Austin BBQ restaurants?

Mar 28, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Austin

What's unique in Austin?

James, I have not clicked on any of the pit master links.

Do you have a recommendation as to which one I explore first? I see that at least has a video.....

Mar 27, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Austin

What's unique in Austin?

James, wow, that's some interesting reading. Thanks!

My mouth is watering for some central Texas BBQ!

Mar 27, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Austin

What's unique in Austin?

rudeboy, thanks very much for the reply.

I didn't know that central Tx bbq is german / czech - influenced. May I ask what that influence is, in terms of ingredients or method? You have me curious.

I have no experience with bbq outside of California, and I'm very much looking forward to trying TX BQQ several times while my buddy and I are driving through the state.

Re Polvo's, 'ritas' are margaritas, right? What dish(es) do you recommend at Polvo's?

Re Salt Lick, thanks for suggesting an ice chest. We won't have an ice chest, but we'll have a 12V refrigerator in our car, so we can get take-out.

We're on the fence about going to Franklin's, due to the wait.

Thank you again for taking the time to provide a detailed response.

Mar 27, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Austin

What's unique in Austin?

Ha, ha!

Mar 26, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Austin

What's unique in Austin?

Phaedrus, thanks for the recommendations.

I see that there are several Salt Licks in the area: Driftwood, Round Rock, and at the airport.

The link you provided seems to be for the Driftwood location. Is that the one you recommend?

Mar 26, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Austin

What's unique in Austin?

chispa_c, thanks. Interesting reading!

Mar 26, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Austin

What's unique in Austin?

Sure, I'll report back.

Mar 26, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Austin

What's unique in Austin?

Thanks, Veggo.

Mar 24, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Austin

What's unique in Austin?

Thanks, MeIMM.

Mar 24, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Austin

What's unique in Austin?

Thanks, Rptrane.

Mar 24, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Austin

What's unique in Austin?

Thanks for the interesting reading, Troy.

Mar 24, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Austin

What's unique in Austin?

Carmelapple79, is 'queso' always guacamole covered with queso and pico de gallo (and, potentially, other things), or do other restaurants have different recipes (e.g. lacking quac or pico de gallo)?

Mar 24, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Austin

Cheese stores in South Bay (and 680 corridor)

Thanks for the pointer, Robert.

Mar 21, 2014
SimSportPlyr in San Francisco Bay Area

Cheese stores in South Bay (and 680 corridor)

bbulkow, how can you tell if the cheese has been sitting for awhile?

Mar 21, 2014
SimSportPlyr in San Francisco Bay Area

Cheese stores in South Bay (and 680 corridor)

Thanks for the reply, eatzalot.

Mar 18, 2014
SimSportPlyr in San Francisco Bay Area

Cheese stores in South Bay (and 680 corridor)

Robert, I've been to Corti Bros in Sac once, about a year ago.

At the time, I was not particularly interested in 'niche' cheeses; rather, I was checking out their selection of Parmigiano-Reggiano and domestic cheddar.

My buddy and I had excellent deli sandwiches at Corti Bros, but to be honest I thought the cheese prices were very high.

Next time I'm in that area, I'll drop in again and check out their selection of artisan cheeses, now that my interests have changed a bit.

I didn't notice anyone in the cheese area that I could ask for samples, although there was an apparently under-employed fellow nearby in the wine section.

Have you had experience asking for cheese samples there?

Thanks for the reply. I learn a lot from your posts!

Mar 18, 2014
SimSportPlyr in San Francisco Bay Area

Cheese stores in South Bay (and 680 corridor)

eatzalot, my usual destination in the Bay is very near the Sunnyvale-Cupertino border, so the SF in Cupertino is close enough.

On the other hand, now that I know that WF is (or may be) willing to give samples, I'll try the WF in my home area (Roseville).

Thanks for the reply.

Mar 18, 2014
SimSportPlyr in San Francisco Bay Area

Are we supposed to be tipping much less than I thought in California?

BacoMan, regardless whether there is any consensus when this thread goes cold or whether any Chowhounders' opinions change, I have to say that it has been very educational and thought-provoking for me to read this discussion.

Thank you for raising the question.

But, to answer your question, I tip 15% at full-service restaurants, usually, although I have tipped more or less on occasion.

Mar 18, 2014
SimSportPlyr in Not About Food
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