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Merguez sausage or acceptable substitute?

I've seen merguez at Central Market on North Lamar from time to time. You might ask one of the butchers next time you're in there.

Dec 30, 2009
AlanV in Austin

Hey Cupcake! on Burnet

My teenaged daughter wasn't impressed (and she has a major sweet-tooth!). She wasn't keen on the cake (too dry), but liked the buttercream frosting, and said the "whip-it" really made it messy without adding much. Though she was excited to see them open, she hasn't asked to go back.

Nov 21, 2008
AlanV in Austin

Sad day here in north Austin

That's good news. Not only am I glad I'll still be able to eat there, but I'm happier for all the people who work there. It's fast food, but they have the same people always there. I was afraid they'd all lose their jobs.

Nov 21, 2008
AlanV in Austin

Where / What is the name of this mexican breakfast dish?

Elsi's on Burnet Rd. serves motuleƱos, though they aren't on crunchy tortillas and the sauce is a chunky red sauce. It's my favorite breakfast there.

May 29, 2008
AlanV in Austin

El Patio on Guadalupe?

An institution, but they serve saltines instead of chips, so a quirky institution. It does maintain a loyal following.

May 29, 2008
AlanV in Austin

roast beef sandwiches?

I dunno; the last time I ate at Little Deli, couple weeks back, the roast beef was well done, not pink. Maybe I got the end piece, but even then, they shouldn't have served it. I never had brown roast beef when Lucretia owned the place.

May 16, 2008
AlanV in Austin

Uncle Billy's - BIG Turn Around!

I ate lunch there today, but a little later in the afternoon and at the bar, so it wasn't crowded and the service was quick. The sandwich was okay, the slaw fine and the fries were shoestring, not my fave. But I've had worse BBQ, too, so I'm not complaining, and the lunch special was $5.99 for the sandwich and two sides, a nice price. The Pale Ale was excellent; nice cascades hops flavored throughout the whole glass, proper color, no real off flavors. I was pleasantly surprised by that.

May 16, 2008
AlanV in Austin

Crave (at 21st and Guad)

Anyone know the story about Crave? The sign says "Thai and Sushi Bar". It's opening at 21st and Guadalupe, in the location where Baja Fresh was for a short while, and where Sound Exchange was for you real long timers.

May 14, 2008
AlanV in Austin

The state of coffee in Austin

Pacha (46th and Burnet) serves Fair Trade coffees, has a good Central American vibe to it, but limited parking. I like stopping by Genuine Joe (2001 W. Anderson Ln), also a nice place to relax, has that Austin funk to it and has a huge parking lot.

May 14, 2008
AlanV in Austin

Blue Star Cafeteria

up; ymmv

May 14, 2008
AlanV in Austin

Looking for the best tex mex in the city!!

TJ- everyone has their favorite, and as you can see, it'll cause quite a stir. I like real mom-n-pop places, where everyone in the kitchen is related and there is a dish on the menu made of something your mom would toss out. Going out on a limb, I like El Azteca (though many would argue otherwise) and Enchiladas y Mas.

May 14, 2008
AlanV in Austin

What happened to Din Ho?!!

She moved here, so it's more like letting her have something from back home. It may be a year or two before she gets a chance to go back home.

May 14, 2008
AlanV in Austin

Looking for the best tex mex in the city!!

If you have about 10 folks with you, then Matt's might be the way to go. There are a ton of excellent mom-n-pop Tex-Mex restaurants in town, and 10 people would overwhelm just about any of them. If it was a group of 4, I think this whole conversation would be entirely different.

May 09, 2008
AlanV in Austin

What happened to Din Ho?!!

Thanks, everyone. I'll let you know what she thinks, wherever we end up taking her.

May 09, 2008
AlanV in Austin

great outdoor dining with a baby?

Blue Star Cafeteria (Burnet and 49th) accomodates kids nicely, and they have an outdoor eating area and are a little upscale.

Up the road is Phil's Ice House (Burnet and Northland), with a playscape and everything, but gets real busy, especially on Fridays. They have decent burgers, and it's part of Amy's Ice Cream, so there's that as well.

Central Market Cafe at Lamar and 41st has the huge playscape, a park with a pond and the "family pit". It's a good bonus when there's live music; keep in mind the musicians really appreciate it when parents keep the kids away from the stage. One advantage of CM Cafe is the grocery store; much easier to cater to the small kid tastes if the menu doesn't work out. When my kids were little, we'd get fruit from the store to round out the kids' meals.

Good luck. If it's any consolation, Austin is much easier to take kids out than it used to be. Even 15 years ago we'd get nasty looks no matter where we took our kids; even Threadgill's didn't seem to appreciate it (at the time, they didn't even have a kids menu; "They can just eat off your plate" was the response.)

May 02, 2008
AlanV in Austin

What happened to Din Ho?!!

I have a new sister-in-law from Guangdong (Canton) who has been in America for all of two weeks. We'd like to take her to a Cantonese restaurant, and Din Ho was a possibility. If indeed it's moved to a more Americanized menu, what would be a good alternative?

(BTW, some well meaning folks took her to San Marcos for a Chinese dinner; she squinched up her nose when I asked her how it was. Poor thing.)

Apr 28, 2008
AlanV in Austin