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Cheddar cheese with Texas BBQ: what's the deal? [moved from Austin board]

I believe the proper term for that is a "horse doover."

Sep 19, 2011
citizen Able in General Topics

Top 10 Signs of a Bad Cook

OK, maybe a bit pretentious and stuffy but all is forgiven for the choice photo illustrating the article.

Jul 05, 2011
citizen Able in Features

Your favorite vegan dishes in Austin?

Casa de Luz

Feb 17, 2011
citizen Able in Austin

Best food truck in Austin?

I may not be the most reliable reporter because I'm "meat-drunk." I just came from Franklin's and had some truly outstanding brisket and pork ribs. I got the lean brisket and it was moist and flavorful.

The guy sitting across from me shared a bite of sausage and it was merely good.

The guy next to me had the pulled pork and gave it a thumbs up.

Oct 13, 2010
citizen Able in Austin

I've got a bucketful of cooked what?

Thanks to all for your suggestions. I'm getting the picture. I'll try at least one of these.

Oct 12, 2010
citizen Able in Home Cooking

I've got a bucketful of cooked what?

My daughter was experimenting and made a lot of polenta for breakfast...just very plain, cooked polenta.

There's about a bucketful left in the refrigerator.

I've never messed around with polenta before.

Can anyone suggest a use of already cooked polenta in other dishes?

Oct 12, 2010
citizen Able in Home Cooking

does anyone still buy instant coffee?? canned vegetables?? condensed soup??

For restocking the bomb shelter.

Then when they drop the big one and we're eating Hormel Potted Meat Product mixed with Van Camp's succotash out of the can and washing it down with lukewarm Sanka, we won't feel so bad about the passing of the culture that came up with this stuff.

Oct 12, 2010
citizen Able in General Topics

Anybody check out Samba?

They're newly opened in Sampaio's old space.

Sampaio's Restaurant and Bar
4800 Burnet Rd # 200, Austin, TX 78756

Jul 09, 2010
citizen Able in Austin


Fresca is the classic middle-brow mix for this drink.

Aim a little higher by using the previously noted Izzie, or my favorite: Ting.

Jun 07, 2010
citizen Able in Recipes

Substitute for Trader Joe's in Austin?

Y'wanna know who's got really good Key Lime Pie?

Red River Cafe on Medical Arts down just north of Dean Keaton, oddly.

Jul 22, 2009
citizen Able in Austin

Spiraling Toward Valentines Night

I took my wife to try the Blue Dahlia on East 11th.

I had the open-faced turkey sandwich and coffee. My wife had the lasagna and mochaciatto.

Simple, good quality food with a nice presentation.

Not crowded at all (which is what I was shooting for); they only take reservations for tables of 6 or more.

I'd go again.

Feb 18, 2009
citizen Able in Austin

Where to eat with young kids? (sick of Chuy's!)

I haven't had tots to tow to dinner for a while but these suggestions used to work for me:

EZ's is quick and they have a deck so the kids can have fun watching birds try to steal fries. They used to have a balloon-art clown Tuesdays or Wednesdays for kids-eat-free night.

Central Market across the street has a kids menu and a huge deck (and a playscape and a couple of ponds, hills, trees, etc.).

For Mexican-style food, Zu-Zu's is clean and fresh and kid-friendly with a kid's eat free with adult purchase, again on a Tuesday or Wednesday night.

Dec 12, 2008
citizen Able in Austin

The more things change . . .

I just saw that Mars on South Congress will be closing with no plans to reopen in a new location.

I'd not gotten down to try them there but liked what I had at the old location on San Antonio St. Too bad.

Dec 11, 2008
citizen Able in Austin

Austin Cabrito

On the north side of E. Riverside there's a stripmall with a bodega called the Hacienda, between the Library and the HEB.

I've gotten very good cabrito tacos there. Not bbq but stewed, tender, good flavor and not greasy. It's been a couple of years, though, so they may have changed. You could also consider that an endorsement for how good the cabrito was, as well.

You pay at the checkout, then take your receipt to the counter and order. It helps if you speak Spanish, otherwise you may have some trouble specifying what type of tortilla you want.

Oct 20, 2008
citizen Able in Austin

Ceviche Freak

I've tried this at only a few places in town.

Between Curra's, La Playa #3, and Fonda San Miguel's, I've got to go with Fonda San Miguel.

At Curra's, the fish had gray streaks and the flavor was a fishy. La Playa (a little joint on E 7th) was good, but the suction cups on the tentacles freaked me out.

Fonda's had predictably great-tasting fresh ingredients in theirs. I'm inspired to check out your recommendations.

Aug 04, 2008
citizen Able in Austin