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Favorite meats at classic BBQ places?

I've never had bad BBQ City Market and the ribs are the best I've ever had. I'm sure I'll get some back up on this.

2 days ago
James Cristinian in Austin
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This board is awfully quiet

Houston is a bit quieter. Austin is robust. Atlanta is comatose and recently went three weeks without a post. I miss the days when Houston and Dallas were on the Texas board. So many people have lived in both cities and travel back and forth on business made for a nice interchange of information.

Help with kid-friendly dining for the weekend!

Please reply back cityg on your requests on Galveston, San Antonio, Dallas, and New Orleans but I'm not holding my breath. After reading ten or so queries for info from coast to coast to coast I've never seen any feedback other than "thanks, what else." Correct me if I'm wrong but a little feedback is appreciated and polite. Dozens have provided suggestions, take a little time to lets us know where you went and what you ate, please.

Aug 30, 2014
James Cristinian in Texas
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closed down restaurant

That's what I think as well, and the hill too, whatever a hill is. I live in Houston and the closest thing we have to a hill is Mount Houston Road. Still looking for that mountain.

Aug 30, 2014
James Cristinian in Texas

I have an okra question too -

I'm lucky I can get fresh okra most of the year although in cooler months it comes from Mexico, still delicious.

Aug 30, 2014
James Cristinian in Home Cooking

I really like <fill in chain> and I look forward to returning

Lot's of hate for Chik-fil-a but they're number one at my local mall, McDonald's number two.

Aug 28, 2014
James Cristinian in Chains

San Antonio Culinaria Restaurant Week

Doc, if you weren't around it could be months.

Aug 28, 2014
James Cristinian in Texas

Gulf area Oysters compared to Northern varieties (General Comp)

I'm splitting hairs but you referenced Gulf Coast Louisiana to Florida.

Aug 27, 2014
James Cristinian in New Orleans

Gulf area Oysters compared to Northern varieties (General Comp)

You left out all the bays on the Texas coast.

Aug 27, 2014
James Cristinian in New Orleans

San Antonio Culinaria Restaurant Week

I wish Houston and Dallas had never got their own boards. There used to be a good feedback between the two cities due to business travel and people who used to live in both cities. Now I rarely here from anyone in Dallas and I only occasionally post there.

Aug 27, 2014
James Cristinian in Texas

I have an okra question too -

I do an okra, corn, and tomato dish. Sautee onions, garlic, bell peppers, jalapenos, fresh tomatoes and green onions. Add some tomato sauce, corn cut off the cob, and fresh okra. Season and simmer an hour or so until okra is tender. Add or subtract anything you choose, no set measurements. Serve with rice and jalapeno cornbread or not. Very healthy, freezes well. I might whip up a batch this weekend.

I have an okra question too -

It is the worst choice, the other being fresh. I won't use frozen.

Aug 27, 2014
James Cristinian in Home Cooking

Galveston for two nights with kiddos

If you're in Galveston during the week you can hit Gaido's for finer dining as school is in session and it shouldn't be crowded. Also The Spot for a good burger on the water.

http://www.gaidos.com/

Aug 26, 2014
James Cristinian in Houston
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Houston Restaurant Week (month) is coming Aug 1st.

I don't eat at many of the finer dining places other than Carrabba's Kirby. There is this, Atlanta just went 25 days without a post, while Boston won't go 25 minutes.

Aug 26, 2014
James Cristinian in Houston

Galveston for two nights with kiddos

An hour east of San Antonio is City Market in Luling, not to be confused with Luling BBQ. About 8 miles off I-10 on US90 easy on off follow west to get back to I-10. Closed Sunday, the earlier the better for the best BBQ, brisket, pork ribs, and sausage, real deal Texas BBQ, some of the best in the state. In San Antonio I like Los Barrios on Blanco for old school Tex-Mex nothing like the NE has.

http://losbarrios1.com/

http://www.tourism-tools.com/texasbbq...

Aug 26, 2014
James Cristinian in Houston
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Galveston for two nights with kiddos

Benno's on the Seawall is kid friendly, order at the counter and grab a table. I like the crabs and blackened oysters. Shrimp n Stuff is a local favorite. Murdoch's is a souvenir stand over the Gulf with a great breezeway over the water with adult beverages and rocking chairs with plenty of kid nicknacks, very relaxing.

http://www.bennosofgalveston.com/menu...

http://www.galveston.com/murdochsbath...

If you have a couple of hours to kill you can ride the ferry to Bolivar and back. The kids can feed the seagulls off the back of the boat if you bring bread. It's free and you can park up front if not driving on and you'll see dolphins, shrimp boats, and large ships from all over the world, plus pleasure craft.

http://www.crystalbeachhome.com/ferry...

If you want to eat on Bolivar go to Stingaree for crabs, very kid friendly but check the ferry website as lines can get long

http://stingareerestaurant.com/

Aug 26, 2014
James Cristinian in Houston
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Top Chef: where are they now (ongoing)

That's great news, I've driven up to 140 miles for fried chicken, but the 1600 miles Houston-New York is stretching it, but good info in case I'm in the area.

Muscles!!

Not a problem.

I really like <fill in chain> and I look forward to returning

Love Waffle House, we import real butter for our dining pleasure. We have the original non-chain Carrabba's where I live so no need for the others. Don't like Popeye's and no White Castle here but would like to try them.

Aug 25, 2014
James Cristinian in Chains

Muscles!!

The op is Canadian. This might help explain what is at the centre of this behaviour.

I really like <fill in chain> and I look forward to returning

I like a DQ burger better than anything the little three chains offer.

Aug 24, 2014
James Cristinian in Chains

I really like <fill in chain> and I look forward to returning

Whataburger. A double meat with jalapenos and that spicy mustard, no cheese, ketchup, or mayo. Plus a side of fries.

Two places I won't go to anytime soon, Popeye's and McDonald's.

Aug 24, 2014
James Cristinian in Chains

Tell-Tale Terms

Really? That was also my impression.

What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

I left off line caught red snapper from The Gulf of Mexico and Gulf and bay shrimp.

What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

Both coasts? The Gulf and the Atlantic. A lot of the blue crabs consumed in the east comes from the Gulf. Of Mexico. Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Mexico, to be specific.

Large Format Aged Prime Rib at the Breslin

A slice and a little more of prime rib.

Aug 23, 2014
James Cristinian in Manhattan

Atlanta activity?

Yeah but we never had any problems selling out playoff games, back when we had them. The Astros have had the worst team in baseball the last 3 years, we should be 30th in attendance. I remember when the Braves were the worst when Turner bought them, attendance at games was routinely under a thousand.

Aug 21, 2014
James Cristinian in Site Talk

Atlanta activity?

Kinda reminds me of their sports fans.

Aug 21, 2014
James Cristinian in Site Talk

Who would you like to dine with?

He looked like he was dead 20 years ago. My two favorite roles Fish on Barney Miller and Tessio in a small gangster film.

Who would you like to dine with?

Rachel Ray
Guy Fieri
Sandra Lee
Trisha Yearwood
Ree Drummond

Pretty much anybody that almost everybody hates on Food Network from these boards. Oops forgot:

Emeril
Natalie G-Cooking Channel

They can't all be bad people despite the negativity spewed toward them.