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An Austin, TX chowhound needs suggestions in Gaslamp district

Thanks in advance, guys!

I will be in San Diego for a work function for most of next week, cloistered in a hotel in the Gaslamp district without a car. I will have two unscheduled evenings that I would like to sample some good food and some good local beers. I am being taken at one point to In-n-Out, since we don't have those in TX yet.

Any other suggestions? I'd like to keep from taking cabs, but from searching around, it seems like The Gaslamp is a little more touristy, and might not have the best that San Diego has to offer.

A brew pub with good food would be perfect, a good restaurant with local beer would be great, or... well, pretty much anything a proud local would like a visitor to enjoy.

Jul 08, 2010
A Ron in San Diego

Who makes the best pizza in New England?

I was stranded in Sturbridge on business about a week and a half ago, and I agree that the Pizza at Enrico's is outstanding. The waitstaff was fun, friendly and knew what they were doing- beer was good and cold. The wings were great as well.

I heartily recommend them.

Dec 23, 2008
A Ron in All New England Archive

Texas foods that travel

Go down to Buda and get some of the Salsa and hot sauce from Jardines:

www.jardinefoods.com

Dec 23, 2008
A Ron in Austin

Chicago style pizza?

After watching a bit on FN that featured Chicago style pizza, I started wondering if there was any really good Chicago Pizza place in Austin. I have done Mangia (several years ago), and it did not hit me as being "outstanding"- and did not trigger memories of the great places I have hit in Illinois.

Any other suggestions? Should I try Mangia again?

Dec 23, 2008
A Ron in Austin

Quick! Greek near LaGuardia for a client dinner

Thanks everyone for the help! I wandered into Astoria, found a place called "S'Apago" and had some awesome food. The Keftedakia meatballs with tadziki was awesome.

Pork chops were very good, but the lemon roasted potatoes left a little to be desired.

However it was great service, and the owner gave us free after dinner grappa.

Mar 12, 2008
A Ron in Outer Boroughs

Quick! Greek near LaGuardia for a client dinner

If you don't mind a short drive (30-45 minutes) into the hill country, I will ALWAYS suggest The Salt Lick: http://www.saltlickbbq.com/

Some of the best BBQ you will ever have. What part of town are you staying in?

Mar 12, 2008
A Ron in Outer Boroughs

Quick! Greek near LaGuardia for a client dinner

I need quick recomendations for a Greek place near the airport to take a client to. Cuban would be good also, but Greek is the #1 choice.

From an Austin chowhound confused in NYC

Mar 04, 2008
A Ron in Outer Boroughs

Alas! The Fit and Fresh Salad Shaker – good idea, bad design

Oddly enough, todays lunch is in one of these right now that the bride bought and used once.

Thanks for the warnings as to how my lunch hour is going to play out.

Jan 03, 2008
A Ron in Cookware

Favorites from Sunset Valley Farmer's Market?

I love Austin Pasta Co.: http://www.austinpasta.com/pages/Menu...

Oh, and Sargent Peppers- they make a chipotle pesto that is awesome

Jan 02, 2008
A Ron in Austin

Feed Me Feed Me Feed Me Feed Me Feed Me Feed Me

Madam Mam's on Westgate.

Jan 02, 2008
A Ron in Austin

beef jerky in austin

I have to second Johnny G's. That is where I take my venison to get sausage and Jerky made, and they do a darn good job.

The beef they sell is outstanding also. Try it, and also the sausage.

Dec 26, 2007
A Ron in Austin

cold smoker

These claim to do cold smoking:
http://www.bradleysmoker.com

And since I got one from my lovely bride for Christmas, I will be testing it out soon. One of the reasons I wanted a smoker was for cheese (I am a sucker for smoked cheddar and mozzerella)- she got one that will do cold smoke.

Dec 26, 2007
A Ron in Cookware

Recommend Wok?

This is the one that I have:

http://www.eastmanoutdoors.com/images...

from http://www.eastmanoutdoors.com/ . Works great, but it is an 'outdoors only' proposition. But you can also use it for turkey frying, deep fat frying, fire roasting veggies, etc... and since I am in TX, there really never is a time that you CAN'T cook outdoors. Definately worth it if you have a back porch

Dec 26, 2007
A Ron in Cookware

Need Wedding Cake: Austin, Texas, HELp!

The bride and I had ours done at Lucy's. It was exceptional.

Dec 06, 2007
A Ron in Austin

Teppan-yaki?

Yeah, that's it. It was also BYOB, and had a liquor store next door.

Dec 05, 2007
A Ron in Austin

Teppan-yaki?

I have not been there in over a year, but Tokyo Steakhouse at the Y in Oak hill was a pretty good choice back then.

Dec 04, 2007
A Ron in Austin

Rachael Ray Knife Sharpener?

I don't understand all the fear of knife sharpening. As a hunter, and growing up in rural TX, knife sharpening is something that was learned at a very early age. It is not that hard (with the right tools) to put a shaving sharp edge on a blade and keep the correct edge geometry.

If you can properly wield a knife without losing a digit, you should be able to sharpen your own blades.

Dec 03, 2007
A Ron in Cookware

Dualit Mini Oven - Any Thoughts/Anyone Have One?

Anodized aluminum works EXTERMELY well for thawing frozen food. Those 'miracle thaw' as-seen-on-TV plates are just a sheet of anodized aluminum with raised feet to increase air to metal contact.

Dec 03, 2007
A Ron in Cookware

New New Italian Options in Austin, Which Ones Stack Up?

I was about the ask the same thing. My boss (originally from NYC) went there about a year ago, and loved it. He said it was the only place he has been in Austin that made good NY style Italian. The wife and I keep planning to go, and never make it.

http://www.bellagioitalianbistro.com/

Dec 03, 2007
A Ron in Austin

New New Italian Options in Austin, Which Ones Stack Up?

I had the gnocchi at Mandola's a while ago, and loved it also.

Dec 03, 2007
A Ron in Austin

BYOB restaurants

Last time I was at Tokyo Steakhouse in Oak Hill, it was BYOB

Dec 03, 2007
A Ron in Austin

New owner of Stand Mixer

The meat grinder is the one I use the most. If they would make a "drop through" meat tenderizer for making chicken fried steak, I would be in heaven.

Nov 30, 2007
A Ron in Cookware

toaster oven cuisine...any fave recipes?

Quesadillas. Whatever leftover meat (thin sliced sausage works very well), shredded cheddar cheese, cilantro, and either home-made or gourmet salsa. Bake 'til golden brown and bubbly.

Sounds like bachelor chow, but still good.

Nov 29, 2007
A Ron in Home Cooking

Knife bag

I use ones like this that I bought at a local store:
http://www.kidsmartliving.com/knifkit...
and wrap them in tea towels- because you can always use tea towels

I also use them on the knives that I have built when giving them as gifts. You don't want someone shaking the box under the tree and a 10" chef's blade slides out the end of the box.

Nov 28, 2007
A Ron in Cookware

help! my le creuset is ruined!

Nov 28, 2007
A Ron in Cookware

MUST EATS?

Hit Azul Tequilla in south Austin if you get a chance. Interior Mexican and Tex-Mex, and it is really good. One of my favorites, and if you hit there on a weekend evening there may be a really loud mariachi band.

http://www.azultequila.com/

Nov 28, 2007
A Ron in Austin

Yummy delivery options in South Austin

Milano Pizza will deliver some various Italian dishes. Hao Hao delivers also.

Nov 27, 2007
A Ron in Austin

Live Oak Market?

I was pretty upset that they opened shortly after I moved out of that neighborhood. Stopped in once since then, and got some good beer recommendations. I hope they do well.

Nov 27, 2007
A Ron in Austin