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Tall order - 18 for lunch around McGill

Whenever we are over by McGill, it's La Patisserie Belge for sandwiches and pastry. Best lunch I get all year.

No place to sit, but If it's nice, just place an order with them and take their terrific charcuterie and pastries and bread to a park.
http://www.lapatisseriebelge.com/

Need opinions on 4-day BBQ-plus plan

You'll love it. When they ask you if you want extra Jalapeños, nod vigorously--and buy the lanolin baby wipes on your way home.

Sep 02, 2011
Dave Westerberg in Austin

Need opinions on 4-day BBQ-plus plan

If you find yourself out by Lakeway (don't make a special trip, the lake is not much to see this year),I can recommend Buster's. Used to be at the legion hall but got their own digs last year. I posted this in another thread a few days ago:

If you are in Lakeway, it would be a shame to miss Buster's BBQ. I have not eaten in their new digs, but back when they were at the legion hall, I enjoyed a garlic H-Bomb regularly. That is one unique IMPOSSIBLY good sandwich. Not for the timid, tho. Your belly will feel like the Enewetak atoll circa 1952--but in an awesome, mind-melting, "What hath God wrought??" kinda way.

http://www.busterslakeway.com/

Sep 02, 2011
Dave Westerberg in Austin

Brigsten's or August?

I love Brigtsen's and used to eat there a lot when we lived in NO. Pre-Katrina, they had an early-bird special that was just a steal (It was something like $17 for a three course meal.) No more tho.

It's terrific food and very friendly. For my mom's birthday they sprinkled the table with "happy birthday glitter" before we got there. For a fine restaurant to do that, was sweet.

Ask nicely if you can see the kitchen, I've seen Frank there a few times. He's awesome. His kitchen is tiny! So cool that his space is like a cockpit, really.

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Brigtsen's Restaurant
723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Sep 02, 2011
Dave Westerberg in New Orleans

Need opinions on 4-day BBQ-plus plan

Awesome, I hope I miss the gas someday. The city calls it "the smell of money," and I'd likely learn to love the odor if I had the rights to the gas.

http://www.cityofluling.net/about.aspx
Excerpt:
"Many tourists that travel to or through Luling notice that the community greets you with the “smell of money” before you ever reach the City limits signs. A proud community with a history rich in oil, Luling’s first discovery of Oil was made on August 9, 1922 by Edgar B. Davis. The Raphael Rios well struck oil on that date and began the oil boom for Luling. The town became a “tent city” over night with rough necks and oil producers actively drilling for “Texas Tea” the Oil wells and pump jacks are so much apart of our everyday life that years ago the Luling Chamber of Commerce commissioned an artist to decorate characters that spend their days and nights entertaining tourists and the community with their perpetual motion."

Sep 02, 2011
Dave Westerberg in Austin

Need opinions on 4-day BBQ-plus plan

You'll have a great time. Visitors I've taken love all the BBQ places. (Truly: Any of the Lockhart Big 3 would be the best restaurant in 99.9% of the cities and towns in the US, and they are all with in a few blocks of each other in one fairly small town, and that is pretty amazing.) The ones that geek out have favorites and everyone else just eats like they are getting executed in the morning. I only regret I can't eat like that all the time without consequence-- as I could in my youth.

One comment: City Market in Luling has a huge following, and you and you pals will likely love it. Me? I can't get through Luling fast enough, and never stop, unfortunately. I can't handle the natural gas smell. I wish I could cuz I hear the food is awesome at CM.

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City Market
633 E Davis St, Luling, TX 78648

Sep 02, 2011
Dave Westerberg in Austin

Need opinions on 4-day BBQ-plus plan

I'm one of the folks who likes Blacks a lot. The other places are good too, for sure, but I get great food at Black's and find the folks there much friendlier. I appreciate that.

Honestly, too, if you're new to the area, you'll find bbq at all these places delicious. People who are lucky enough to have a big sample size at all the popular places can quibble about differences, but you'll get good food at all of them. I take people new to the area or visiting to all three (and the Chisholm Trail too....) and everyone loves the trip. Always a fun day (or two, sometimes we stop at two places before and two after on drives to and from the coast from Austin).

Sep 02, 2011
Dave Westerberg in Austin

austin itinerary - any edits/suggestions?

If you are in Lakeway, it would be a shame to miss Buster's BBQ. I have not eaten in their new digs, but back when they were at the legion hall, I enjoyed a garlic H-Bomb regularly. That is one unique IMPOSSIBLY good sandwich. Not for the timid, tho. Your belly will feel like the Enewetak atoll circa 1952--but in an awesome, mind-melting, "What hath God wrought??" kinda way.

http://www.busterslakeway.com/

[Edit: I just re-read the list and saw that you are great with child...better not risk the H-Bomb. A tamer option is likely appropriate here. If you have the Bomb, your baby will be disappointed with every other food for the rest of his or her life. The bar will just be too high, and that's not fair. --DW]

Aug 26, 2011
Dave Westerberg in Austin

RIP Screaming Goat?

I rode my bike over for a taco and it seems to be closed with a new place called "BACON" to open in its place. Wonder if they'll sell this shirt:
http://cdn2.auctions.overstock.com/ai...

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Screaming Goat
900 W 10th St, Austin, TX 78703

Aug 12, 2011
Dave Westerberg in Austin

Creative Nonfiction's food issue (Spring 2011)

Not sure which board to post this on. This one seems to be mostly about TV, but the journal Creative Nonfiction has a nice food issue out, for those who enjoy great food writing. Link:
http://www.creativenonfiction.org/cnf...

Is there a place to get larger corn tortillas?

Thank you!
Dave

May 18, 2011
Dave Westerberg in Austin

Is there a place to get larger corn tortillas?

Is it possible to by corn (no wheat flour) tortillas in sizes larger than the 6" ones? Anyone know of a place?
thanks in advance.

May 18, 2011
Dave Westerberg in Austin

Best Tortilla Soup in Austin?

I didn't read your note before I posted below. AFTER I left Elsie's looking for beef soup, I crossed the street because I like Anrandas's beef soup too. They were out, so I went up to Pho Van for Pho (number 8).

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Pho Van
8557 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

Apr 01, 2011
Dave Westerberg in Austin

Best Tortilla Soup in Austin?

I'm glad you asked this. I'm always so disappointed when that is the only soup on the menu. I just don't get the appeal, so far.

I went to Elsie's last week hoping for beef soup, and they only had Tortilla soup, and I left. I'd like to find places that make tortilla soup well, if only so I know what the good versions taste like.

Apr 01, 2011
Dave Westerberg in Austin

north Austin cheap eats or bar

If you're on this stretch of Burnet, stop off at Billy's on Burnet, and have the hotdog and fries ($4.25--and the 'dog is huge and the fries are awesome) and a beer. Great happy hour prices (4-5 is happiest hour) and Lone Star pints are $2.00-- always.

If you are driving down that stretch of Burnet on Fri-Sun, stop off at MGM food (an Indian Market in a strip mall) for a 99 cent Samosa. Or three. They are fantastic.

Mar 14, 2011
Dave Westerberg in Austin

Fish tacos: who has the best???

I really like the fish tacos at Marisco Grill in Burnet. They are made with lots of grilled fish in a sloppy mayonnaise dressing. I like the crispy crunchy ones elsewhere, too, but Marisco's are wonderful.

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Marisco Grill
6444 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757

Feb 21, 2011
Dave Westerberg in Austin

Gender and Food

"Beware of dudes who are weird about food."--SL (A woman I went to college with)

Gender and Food

three points that may or may not be y-chromosome dependent:

1) I don't understand the appeal of artichoke hearts at all. My wife loves them. I have no idea why. It's like a dog-whistle note I can't hear.

2) My wife is suspicious of food in the fridge that's more than 5 days old. If it passes a sniff test, it's still fair game to me.

3) Lasagna, enchiladas, beef lo mein--or any other dinner-ish food is fine for my breakfast--and it's probably terrific cold, too.

help me pick a "mad man" era dessert for christmas

Gottabea "Floating Island"...mmmm. Or just pick anything from the gallery of regrettable food.
http://www.lileks.com/institute/gallery/

Dec 19, 2010
Dave Westerberg in Home Cooking

Tom Yum soup in Austin (or other delicious cures for the common cold)?

Well Cold Season is here, and when my wife or I is ill, the other goes out to get Tom Yum soup take out. Who has a TY soup you like? Any other great cold-cure soups in town?

Thanks!
Dave

Dec 19, 2010
Dave Westerberg in Austin

Food Gifts For Holiday Giving

you can get a POUND of porcini mushrooms from Fungusamongus for 25 bucks. Giving a bag of these is a cheap way to make anyone feel rich.
http://www.fungusamongus.com/product_...

Food Network show looking for your favorite outrageous food

The spiciest and most delicious sandwich on planet Earth is the "Garlic H-Bomb at Buster's BBQ in Lakeway (outside Austin). It's pork shoulder stuffed with garlic and Jalapenos. Then, when they fix the sandwich, they ask if you want more jalapenos and you nod vigorously. You devour it--it's impossibly good. Then, in about , oh, 30 minutes or so, your belly feels like a Enewetak Atoll circa 1952...but in a good way. Great sandwich.
http://www.busterslakeway.com/pdf/Bus...

Dec 01, 2010
Dave Westerberg in Austin

Best BBQ?

The problem with Luling is the city smells like gas. It's not City Market's fault, but I can't imagine stopping to eat in that town.

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City Market
633 E Davis St, Luling, TX 78648

Nov 05, 2010
Dave Westerberg in Austin

BBQ- Blacks v Smitty's V Salt Lick

Cool. I guess they took this sign down then?
http://www.texastripper.com/readers/u...
They sure make good food.

Oct 30, 2010
Dave Westerberg in Austin

BBQ- Blacks v Smitty's V Salt Lick

They are all good. When I'm in the area, I find myself choosing Black's more often than not, mostly because Smitty's and Kreuz's make you play along with their fetishes: no sauce, no forks, no credit cards, no desert, etc. The older I get, the less patience I seem to have with other peoples' random conceits. A character flaw of mine, for sure.

I think the BBQ is comparable at all of them, on any given day, and I find Black's to be friendlier, with less posturing.

Oct 27, 2010
Dave Westerberg in Austin

Smoked pulled lamb? what a treat

I like to coat the lamb with mustard, pat in some brown sugar and put it in a roasting pan with two cups of strong coffee. Roast until it hits 120 degrees. The gravy is amazing.

Oct 27, 2010
Dave Westerberg in Austin

Non-traditional "Austiny" venue for wedding ceremony and reception

Yep, that's the first place I thought of too. I went to a reception there and it was really really nice.
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Oct 02, 2010
Dave Westerberg in Austin

Best Hot Dog in the state of Massachusetts

Oh my. I realize this is an old thread, but Harry Weigert was my great-grandfather. Just about everyone who worked at Weigert's was a relative. Before it closed in the late 60s we used to go there on Saturdays. My great grandfather and gear grand mother (Lily) and his sister (Emily) and other relatives I barely remember lived in the big yellow three-decker that shared the parking lot with the store on Greenwood street.

They did everything themselves: slaughtered animals, made sausage, smoked meat. The hotdog recipe is now at my mom's house. It's scrawled in pencil on white lined paper. I want to frame it.

If they could have hung on for a few more decades (!) they would have been considered "artisanal." Was a great store. Thanks for mentioning it in this thread.
Dave

Real Bread

I just got back from Tahiti. The French influence is profound in French Polynesia. On Bora Bora, many houses have a Breadbox. It looks like this:
http://www.pengelly.net/images/Bread_...
It's like a mailbox where the baker can deliver your perfect (and I mean perfect) baguettes twice daily.

Jun 04, 2010
Dave Westerberg in Austin

Trying to remember the name of a place

Thanks so much! I think Adolfos sounds terrific. I'll definitely go if I can get a table. When we lived there--just for a year--, we tried lots of restaurants. I LOVED Irene's. I asked the waiter if the duck (Duck Philip I think) was good and he said "I've had it at least once every week for 17 years." It was great.

Thanks again.
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Apr 18, 2010
Dave Westerberg in New Orleans