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Arlington, Nagodoches, and Waco eating recommendations?

I'm happy to report that the meal I enjoyed the most on my trip to Texas was in Nagodoches, which apparently is pretty much a culinary wasteland. The locals suggested we go to Delacroix, a great Cajun restaurant on the main strip in town. It's BYOB and is housed in an old gas station, and lined inside and out with corrugated steel. Nothing fancy here, just great food, all the way around! We started with a crawfish boil, my first time eating it the Cajun way, including sucking the juices right out of those things after eating the tail meat. Very tasty! I ate some fried gator, but the blackened mahi-mahi was absolutely fantastic. The rice and beans were some of the best I've eaten, and the hush puppies passed muster too. Crab etouffee rounded out my meal, along with some deep fried corn on the cob, something completely new to me. It was small pieces of corn on the cob, presumably from the crawfish boil, that was then dredged in a corn flour batter. An interesting take on corn on the cob that most everyone at the table enjoyed immensely. Other people at our table ate fried oysters, crawfish stuffed tilapia and fried okra. All of it was excellent, and the price was right. If you're ever in Nagodoches, do yourself a favor and eat Cajun!

Apr 14, 2008
TboneDano in Texas

Arlington, Nagodoches, and Waco eating recommendations?

I can now give a hearty recommendation for a great place to eat in Nagodoches: Delacroix Cajun Seafood. It's crawfish season in east Texas and we started our meal with some excellent crawfish, my first. We all ordered something different, and everything was incredibly tasty. The rice and beans were home style, with just the right mix of heat and seasonings. The hush puppies had great flavor, though some were a little undercooked. I had some fried gator that of course tasted like chicken, but I'm glad I tried it, though I would have enjoyed the blackened mahi-mahi more, which some of my colleagues tried. I also had a cup of crawfish ettouffe, and enjoyed that immensely.

The atmosphere is a lot of fun as well--the restaurant is in an old gas station, and it's covered with corrugated steel sheathing inside and out, and all in all it has a very down home feel.

I highly recommend it though for some good, unique dining in Nagodoches.

Apr 09, 2008
TboneDano in Texas

Two Questions: Electrolux Double Oven and cleaning stainless steel stoves

I have considered the globalization of Electrolux. They closed a plant where I live, in west Michigan and moved the factory to Mexico. That weighed heavily on me as I thought about this, but apparently this stove that I'm purchasing is actually made in the USA, down in Georgia, whereas the GE Profile I was looking at is made in Mexico. That helped me make the choice. When the Frigidaire plant closed in Greenville, MI, I told myself I would never buy an Electrolux piece of equipment. However, knowing that it is made in the USA changed my mind and allowed me to consider this oven.

Apr 05, 2008
TboneDano in Cookware

Two Questions: Electrolux Double Oven and cleaning stainless steel stoves

Thanks for all the feedback--it's good to hear that stainless isn't any more difficult to keep clean as anything else. I've been talking to people I know who have stainless and they've said the same thing--more than anything else, it sounds like what should be done is what philverine said: clean it up before firing up the burners again.

I'm going to buy this oven. What clinched it for me was the fact that at Best Buy, I can get a five year extended warranty for only $100 which covers parts and labor. I have faith in their history in Europe, and obviously if they have the buying power to purchase Frigidaire, then they're doing something right. MLGB is right on: for the price range, this stove has features that GE can only dream about. I'm not generally sold on aesthetics alone, and that is secondary to this stove, but a bonus. Everything feels more substantial than on the GE Profile I was looking at, at every point. The burners, the grates, the oven door--basically top to bottom. It also has the lowest btu level for gas simmer burner that I've found on similarly priced ovens, all the way down to 450 btu's.

With the five year extended warranty, I'll have peace of mind to buy this...and of course give a full report when I have it installed. Though I'm purchasing it now, to lock in the price, I won't have it installed until probably July, when phase one of my kitchen remodel should be completed. I of course will give a full report once I put it through its paces.

Thanks for all the replies!

Apr 04, 2008
TboneDano in Cookware

One not necessarily Tex-Mex meal in Austin?

Like lbonn, I'm heading to Austin for work, and I'll be there next Thursday night. I'm in charge of finding a place to eat, and the Tex-Mex thread has been very helpful in giving some ideas for that type of food--but what about other authentic Austin options? I'd like to present some good options for my colleagues, and would appreciate any "inside tips!"

Thanks ahead of time!

PS Also, we're planning an evening pub crawl, to hear some great local music at a few different places--any good suggestions there too?

Apr 03, 2008
TboneDano in Austin

Arlington, Nagodoches, and Waco eating recommendations?

Hi all,

I'm on a business trip next week, and looking to experience some local flavor. We'll be eating all of our meals out, so a great breakfast place recommendation would be as greatly appreciated as a good place to get some honest to goodness Texas cooking. We're all definitely interested in catching some of the local flavor, and since I'm the resident foodie, they've put me in charge finding some great places to eat, so I knew this would be the place to go!

Thanks ahead of time!

Apr 03, 2008
TboneDano in Texas

Two Questions: Electrolux Double Oven and cleaning stainless steel stoves

Hi everyone,

I'm in the middle of the planning stages of my kitchen remodel. Because of space considerations, and the desire to have the occasional use of two ovens, I had settled on one of the GE Profile Double Ovens contained in a single oven platform.

You can see a link here: http://www.geappliances.com/products/...

When I was shopping recently, however, I discovered that Electrolux has begun a huge rollout of kitchen appliances. From what I've read, they've been one of the leading European appliance manufacturers for the past 70 years, best known in the States for their vacuum cleaners. The new Electrolux seems to blow the GE Profile out of the water (at least through it's appearances, which everyone knows can be deceiving). I'm wondering if anyone on Chowhound has any experience with these ovens. I'm leaning heavily towards this--it looks like it has all the functions I would ever want, plus some, and it's aesthetically very pleasing.

You can check it out here, if you're curious:

http://www.ajmadison.com/cgi-bin/ajma...

As well as at the Electrolux website here:

http://www.electroluxappliances.com/n...

The one downside for me is the fact that the top is stainless steel...I'm a messy cook! :-)

Those of you who have stainless steel, how difficult is it to clean? As I've been contemplating it, I've thought that perhaps a good idea would be to use one of those hand held steam powered cleaners with the varying nozzles to get the caked on gunk off without resorting to using a scotch pad that might mar the surface.

I'd appreciate any feedback, and thanks ahead of time!

Apr 03, 2008
TboneDano in Cookware

Recs for Aguadilla, Isabela and/or Rincon, Puerto Rico

I'll be in Rincon on February 15th...I'll be sure to report back here on what I find foodwise.

Jan 30, 2008
TboneDano in Latin America & Caribbean