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Crawfish broil? (plus comments on food itinerary)

Deanies might have crawfish and should have crabs, though I must say the one time I went to Deanies Bucktown they were served cool, which I found strange. The same thing happened at Bozo's.

By the way it's boil not broil, and streetcar not trolley.

http://www.deanies.com/restaurants/di...

about 12 hours ago
James Cristinian in New Orleans

Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

What about Ketchup?

about 13 hours ago
James Cristinian in Features

Big Bend Area- Terlingua, Marfa... best food on the cheap.

I totally disagree on Luling. Thanks for the info on Black's as I'll be in Austin in September and I'll avoid them. I don't want any trucked in BBQ.

about 13 hours ago
James Cristinian in Austin

current restaurant pet peeve

You really need someone to at least check in on you for the first two or three weeks depending on the recovery the doctor orders. My doctor had me in support hose and a continuous passive motion machine eight hours a day both of which require assistance.

You should be able to do your own meals as you can walk with the assistance of a walker, but obviously it would be better to have someone prepare and serve.

Pet peeve on the hospital food was none, it was pretty good, grilled fish, sautéed mushrooms, risotto, plus cake and unlimited Blue Bell ice cream. I must say the wifeacita had to remind me of some things I ate the second stay due to they stuck me on dilaudid as the morphine wasn't cutting it.

Hang in there, do your exercises and it will be over before you know it.

about 13 hours ago
James Cristinian in General Topics

The best thing I ate on the 4th was.....

Grilled burgers, dogs, and chicken cooked by the boss plus chips and cake.

about 14 hours ago
James Cristinian in General Topics

A guy walks into the movie theater with his own sandwich...

I've never brought in any food but I've brought in a pint of Jack Daniels every now and then.

about 15 hours ago
James Cristinian in Not About Food
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Chic Fil A highest rated fast food

My boss is gay, loves the place and gives out gift cards for Christmas, or should I say the holidays.

Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

Wait five years and a new study will refute that, however I like my red meat no more than medium rare. Hot dogs I like charred and ripping on the grill.

Jul 03, 2015
James Cristinian in Features

Can I get Echire butter in Houston? If so where?

That sounds like the 1994 World Championship over the hated New York Knicks. You could have sent them moldy Goode Company BBQ and the New Yorkers wouldn't have known any better.

Jul 02, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

current restaurant pet peeve

I'd never heard of a shoulder replacement until now and you do appear to be screwed. I only looked at a couple of websites but even the short term doesn't look good.

Looking back, the knee and hip weren't so bad, I had physical therapy at home and the wifeacita was able to take FMLA for six weeks each time. I did throw in a ruptured Achille's tendon, non surgically repaired so all sports are off.

There's a thread about cooking after rotator cuff surgery with quite a few posts. Here it is and the best of luck with your replacement.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9782...

Can I get Echire butter in Houston? If so where?

Overnight this time of year can be a big risk. I wouldn't do it unless you want melted butter.

My mom passed away a few years ago in August and a deli tray was sent overnight from Chicago, those little ice packs sent with it didn't stand a chance in the back of a hot truck.

Jul 02, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

current restaurant pet peeve

Coming clean. I am just short of being half of 104. I had both surgeries last year due to too much handball, racquetball, baseball, softball, and football all played amateur at maniacal efforts in younger days. No more of any of them.

Topical, foods that should be iconic in legendary food cities like New Orleans. The examples are raw oysters and boiled crawfish, both in season the spring before Katrina.

We get into town and hit Deanie's Bucktown and order oysters on the half shell, a fried platter, and boiled crawfish.

The platter was great, the crawfish cool/cold, and the oysters funny taste and texture, turned out they were pasteurized from Florida which we weren't told about. The same cool crawfish were served at Bozo's in Metairie, not sure if this is a NOLA thing but I've never seen it in Houston.

I know it's an old complaint but I never thought to bring it up until now, not being on Chowhound back then.

current restaurant pet peeve

Tongue might have been in cheek, or not. Off to play handball although my surgeon has prohibited it following a hip and knee replacement last year. Some, all, or none of this might be true.

Can I get Echire butter in Houston? If so where?

Doobs, have you checked the import places on Harwin? They have everything, all of it authentic.

Jul 01, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

current restaurant pet peeve

There is nothing new about this. I recall Gaido's in Galveston doing this back in the 70's with no problem. They've been open since 1911 but I can't remember if they did it back then.

http://www.gaidos.com/menu/

DOTM June, 2015 - Crawfish Etouffe

I hate mentioning restaurants on Chowhound because of the hordes that will surely follow. I do it anyway.

Jun 29, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston
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DOTM June, 2015 - Crawfish Etouffe

Louisiana crawfish at Louisiana Foods today 17 bucks a pound in frozen packs, more expensive than shrimp or oysters. I got a lunch of a nicely spiced fried chicken wing, a couple of perfectly fried shrimp, and a pound of catfish. No I didn't eat a pound of catfish, the wifeacita will be pleasantly by the fish and a couple of shrimp after her Zoomba.

We'll get several meals out of the fish. Drive out with TT&L, fifteen bucks and change.

Jun 29, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

il Mascalzone

Are you a baked or fried meatball guy? I do fried in olive oil but would like to try baked, however I don't see either happening until the fall with cooler weather, unless we get another juicy tropical storm.

Fettuccine Alfredo, no trip to Carrabba's Kirby is complete without at minimum a side order. We sit at the food bar and once that dish lands in front of me it has no chance of even becoming warm, the fresh pasta is wolfed down that fast.

This afternoon it's my not very famous garlic with linguini, a half head of garlic, or more per serving sautéed in olive oil and butter, with Italian spices, red pepper flakes and fresh parmasean reggiano.

Jun 29, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

East side of town

The wifeacita and I made an overdue trip to Burt's Meat Market on Lyons Avenue in the nickel last weekend. We opened with a swing by Merida for some super nachos con chorizo, delicious refried beans on the side, plus their great chips with two salsas.

These are my second favorite behind the lump crab ones, beans on the side tambiem, at El Tiempo Washington.

Next was a quest for rajas at Alamo Tamale Navigation. I always assumed it was across from what used to be the original Ninfas and El Tiempo, but not the case. Turns out it's a hole in the wall on the curve between Canal and Navigation with a small sign hidden behind burglar bars, must have driven by it a hundred times. We bought what rajas they had which the wifeacita didn't like at all but I found serviceable between two fresh HEB flour tortillas. These are not even close to the rajas at the Berry location.

There's not much food turnover here, the only other patrons were a hipster guy and gal that couldn't speak a lick of Spanish requiring translation. C'mon, step it up hipsters.

Final destination, Burt's. It's steam table with a meat market. Five star offerings were beef tips, "yams", and the Cajun pan sausage from the meat market. Very good, gumbo and bacon. Just ok for me and not at all for the wifeacita, boudain links. There were no chicken and dumplings which I would give a solid four star last time.

Jun 28, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

Houston DOTM - Nominating and voting thread - July - December, 2015

I don't know brucesw, I just don't know how much response this will get.

Jun 27, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

Corkscrew moving to permanent location

The only redeeming quality about Spring is the junction of two railroad lines. I love me some trains.

I guess the ladies like shopping there. I've never tried Corkscrew but I will, when the weather cools off, in November.

Jun 27, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

DOTM June, 2015 - Crawfish Etouffe

I wouldn't put to much into what I say, the Yelpers love it and say the lines are out the door. I just didn't like the steam table beans and rice and the other dish I had, which I forgot.

There are two more institutions I don't care for, Niko Niko's and Ninfa's on Navigation.

I had a post on Niko where we were graciously comped a meal for two, trying many dishes but only liking the fried shrimp and the retsina.

I go back to the mid-70's with Ninfa's Navigation plus the Monroe, Kirby, and Echo Lane locations. The quality was great at all but the atmosphere at Navigation was something special, and we spent many thousands of dollars there.

They changed the menu five or so years ago with the new chef, and we haven't been back.

We did go to Merida around the corner last weekend.

Jun 26, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston
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Closeby small town places where you like to eat for a mini roadie

I'm there, keep me(us) informed. I'll post anything I read.

Jun 26, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

Style of Fillet knife

Tom34, we think the same way on fileting a flat flounder. I have a 7 pound 25 inch replica fattie staring at me right now on my wall. She hit a silver 1/2 ounce Johnson sprite spoon and it was like pulling up a brick off the floor of Christmas Bay on light speckled trout tackle.

Christmas Bay is a satellite Bay of the Galveston Bay complex and a 7 pounder is a trophy in Texas, news flash everything is not bigger in Texas, especially saltwater fish.

Anyway, four filets, all different sizes, brought some friends over fried and fed.

However, flounder is my fourth most popular saltwater fish I regularly catch behind speckled trout, redfish, and red snapper.

Jun 25, 2015
James Cristinian in Cookware

DOTM June, 2015 - Crawfish Etouffe

Tough and stringy sounds like Chinese crawfish to me, or overcooked, who knows.

I went to Treebeard's once wile on jury duty and had red beans and rice but wasn't impressed, at all. It was served cafeteria style and nothing looked very appealing, however it was a few years ago and maybe things have changed.

I just checked out the menu, very limited but they do have chili with beans. Yikes! I wouldn't hold my breath on the etoufee.

http://treebeards.com/about_us

Jun 25, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

Beer and wine served in store at HEB Bunker Hill

No clue here about Sacco's downtown.

Jun 25, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

Just Go! The 10 Essential Rules of Drive-Thru Etiquette

What's the difference if you have to drive fifteen feet and park or have your food delivered at the window? Plus you are making everyone behind you wait.

"This was not well received" but you got your burger in record time. Congratulations, however I must say I try really hard not to piss off the people serving my food.

Beer and wine served in store at HEB Bunker Hill

They let you walk around with those little samples of wine but as you mention, some sort of drink holder would be necessary instead of a breakable wine glass.

This reminds me of when I was a kid back in the 60's. Neighbor Nan and hubby Buddy could really put away the Pearl Beer. It was not uncommon to see Nan drinking a Pearl and smoking a Pall Mall while pushing a shopping cart loaded with cases of Pearl at the Sacco's Grocery on Bissonnet just east of Hillcroft.

I loved that store. It had the freshest red snapper and speckled trout, plus a meat market with sawdust on the floor.

Way different times.

Jun 24, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

NY Pizzeria now open for business in Houston

I just looked it up, definitely a Pink's there. I've read in a few places they use a conveyer belt oven, which is a deal killer for me.

I don't need coal or wood, just no conveyer belt.

Jun 23, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

New Orleans May Trip Report (long)

We did a touristy thing while driving from Houston to New Orleans. Pictures of the wifeacita in front of Piggly Wiggly in Rayne, the frog capitol of the world.

Jun 22, 2015
James Cristinian in New Orleans