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So, I'm a Boston 'hound, our board here created some "best/must try/authentic" threads...

yes on all of those round rock suggestions, and the patio at scarlet rabbit is very little kid friendly in good weather.

about 17 hours ago
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Special Diets: Restaurants, Shops & Local Products

there's a gluten-free food expo at the convention center on 2/28 & 3/1. both groupon and living social are having a deal right now for two tickets for one day at $15.

Jan 25, 2015
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Some places known for their chicken wings

ah, maybe i'm thinking of boneless tenders.

Jan 23, 2015
dinaofdoom in Austin

Local source for aji amarillo paste?

HEB came out with a line of several pepper condiments, including an aji amarillo. i've seen them at several locations, usually in the aisle that has salsa and hot sauce. no idea how authentic, though. perhaps someone else can chime in?

Jan 23, 2015
dinaofdoom in Austin

Some places known for their chicken wings

jackie82, how north are you looking? pretty sure pluckers have the breaded kind, if not tenders.

Jan 23, 2015
dinaofdoom in Austin

So, I'm a Boston 'hound, our board here created some "best/must try/authentic" threads...

the food truck scene here is really great because the weather and parking is not such an issue compared to boston. in fact, some of these trucks are completely stationary in a "trailer park" or more of a stand, kinda like chacarero in downtown crossing.

another thing you should take advantage of: al fresco dining. there is soooo much here. my best friend just visited for my 40th and it was 70+ almost the entire week.

you will also be pleasantly surprised with the dress code and prices, even at "fine dining establishments".

i forget-- did you choose a sunday brunch yet? fonda san miguel is good but green pastures is another very southern treat. there's peacocks and milk punch.

Jan 23, 2015
dinaofdoom in Austin

So, I'm a Boston 'hound, our board here created some "best/must try/authentic" threads...

tio dan's is a bit thicker and wetter masa that has a bit of heft (and greasiness) to it. not really crispy but super sloppy in a good way. they have a chicken or beef version. the beef is ground meat with a reddish sauce. also comes with shredded lettuce, tomatoes (which will be kinda off this time of year), shredded yellow cheese and avocado.

they are delicious and an unusual item for a masshole, but not sure it's worth a trip up to round rock unless you were also gonna try the local stuff like a tour at round rock honey, round rock donuts, jelly queens, etc. i'm probably forgetting something.

Jan 23, 2015
dinaofdoom in Austin

So, I'm a Boston 'hound, our board here created some "best/must try/authentic" threads...

welcome to austin, coolaugustmoon!

i'm a born & bred (bread?) masshole who transplanted here 10 years ago.

you've received some sage advice.

i will only echo that you should stick to game, mexican/tex-mex, and bbq. at home, you will find a lot more pizza, italian, asian, and more unique cuisines like portuguese/brazilian, ethiopian, middle eastern, and baltic.

also maybe try some hand pies or other southern desserts you just don't see (chess, buttermilk, shoo fly etc. pies). moving here also introduced me to the wonderful world of queso, which is not that common back east. texans also love their brisket, which is so different than the brisket i would have in jewish delis.

pick up a bunch of fresh pecans (both the savory and sweet kinds, or just plain), and preserves made with fredericksburg peaches. hit up antonelli's for some lovely texan cheeses you probably won't find at formaggio kitchen. if you do want some seafood, try an interior mexican dish or perhaps a cajun vietnamese place.

folks, is the sxsw-adjacent visit the same time as crawfish season? if so, a crawfish boil would be delicious and messy fun for you and your friends.

Jan 22, 2015
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El Faro - perhaps the best mexican buffet dive you will ever try

thanks for sharing! not too far from work so i should go with some friends soon.

Jan 22, 2015
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Deckhand Oyster Bar

ooo, i will have to try the wings!

Jan 18, 2015
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Round Rock Report

star co. coffee is back on main street in another location. they are slowly adding food options such as breakfast tacos & sandwiches.

Jan 14, 2015
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Noteworthy HEB/Central Market Products

not sure if the coupon is still happening, but i picked up a bottle of central market lemon infused evoo for something like $3 off. it ended up being ridiculously cheap, like $2 or $3 total. it is sooooo good. been using it to saute a lot of kale but it would be great with fish and/or other veggies. they also have a chile and basil versions but i figured i'd get more use out of the lemon, and my pantry is already stuffed. highly recommend.

Jan 14, 2015
dinaofdoom in Austin

Best King Cakei in Austin?

one of my coworkers used to bring back some from another part of louisiana. sometimes those smaller mom & pop places are even better than the giants.

Jan 09, 2015
dinaofdoom in Austin

What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #4

oh yes, ibreatheimhungry.com has a lot of "egg fast" recipes (keto kickstarter diet that keeps blood sugar low) and has fettucine alfredo as well as crepes & stuff made out of eggs instead of carbs. been meaning to try some of them. usually her stuff is very tasty.

http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/2014/...

Jan 08, 2015
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Spiral veggies anyone?

i was running low on already-made veggies for my breakfast bowl with an egg, cheese, and sausage. so i threw in some leftover zucchini noodles and topped with puttanesca. mmmmm why didn't i think of this before?!

What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #4

hello fellow low carbers. hope your new year is off to a tasty start.

my besties, also LCers, got a nice deep fryer for the holidays. we are going to do some dinners together. we've got plans for fried cauliflower, brussels sprouts, zucchini, and chicken wings.

what are some of your favorite LC dishes for the deep fryer?

Jan 06, 2015
dinaofdoom in Special Diets

Spiral veggies anyone?

yes, that website has some great recipes for different uses. glad you are sharing :-)

Jan 06, 2015
dinaofdoom in Special Diets

Spiral veggies anyone?

i have a paderno so it's my only frame of reference. noticed that when i cooked in a non-stick skillet or enameled pot, the noodles would get awfully soggy by the time i was able to get enough liquid out.

although i don't like to microwave a lot of stuff, i've found it the best for these. they retain their shape a lot better, and drain pretty easily. a light squeeze also helps to get more out without damaging the texture.

Jan 06, 2015
dinaofdoom in Special Diets

Best Happy Hour Food Deals in North Austin

agree on the eddie v's: used to be a great deal, now it's just meh.

Jan 04, 2015
dinaofdoom in Austin

Best Happy Hour Food Deals in North Austin

soto in lakeline has great happy hour sushi stuff.
before they opened, i also really liked osaka mansun for contemporary sushi & midori for traditional, both nearby.

Jan 04, 2015
dinaofdoom in Austin

Dry pack scallops

dang, that's cheap. i paid the same price for a much smaller bottle.
haven't used it yet, though. can you taste the avocado?

Jan 03, 2015
dinaofdoom in Austin

Round Rock Report

redhatcharm, i really like the food at green mesquite too. the green beans have the bbq "crumbs" in them. mmmm.

Jan 01, 2015
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Instructions for how to avoid reading threads page by page & viewing already read comments

ugh thank you for posting this. i was wondering why it was so hard to read and assumed i had a weird cache issue.

Dec 18, 2014
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HEB Pork Butts bone in 1.47 Today's Ads - Nov. 23

compliments to the chef!

didn't see any at HEB when i was there earlier, but i'll try again before the christmas craziness.

Dec 18, 2014
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Gordough's Public House

bwahahahaha

Dec 16, 2014
dinaofdoom in Austin

Hard Hat XII

yum! sounds interesting. although, the acronym is the same as jack allen's kitchen...

Dec 15, 2014
dinaofdoom in Austin

Please help finalize Austin itinerary (researched!)

dinner on the 31st might be problematic. a lot of places-- especially the less fancy joints that are not doing a special dinner-- will probably close early. the ESKs may be your best bet, since they are paired with bars and i can't imagine a bar closing early on NYE.

recently i was downtown overnight for a work party at the hilton, and i was super hangry because there was no food i could eat. we tried going out for late night dining within walking distance for something gluten free around midnight and all the places the concierge recommended were closed. you may run into someone similar even without the food restrictions, given the holiday.

what part of town are you staying in? is it a hotel? might be a good idea to grab some local charcuterie, cheese etc. for late night bites after a day of exploring the city. depending on where you are, there are some interesting markets that have that stuff readily available.

i will let other people chime in on breakfast tacos on new year's day, as i'm never in the downtown area on that day.

did you check to see if franklin is open on the 2nd? i think they'd have to keep the pits running on new year's day and start smoking the meat that day so maybe not.

for snow's, i bet a lot of people who are home visiting for the holidays might make the trek for saturday bbq. they sell out on a regular saturday so i would caution to go early.

also, polvo's is very polarizing on this board, but i like it a lot. it's not fancy, though, so if you want something special uchiko would be best.

the brunch at fonda san miguel is a bit pricey for austin standards but i really enjoyed it when we went. there are a lot of dishes so i would say, don't go unless you have a block of time to really sit and savor. otherwise, i don't think it would be as enjoyable for your group. the hand painted pottery and decor is eye popping.

Dec 14, 2014
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Your mission: get to downtown Round Rock for Fire In The Hole

that looks really good...
interesting take on the PB&J.

Dec 14, 2014
dinaofdoom in Austin

Round Rock Report

thanks for the rec. korean food is problematic for me since going gf because so many of the marinades, sauces, or banchan have wheat in them from the soy sauce. i need to find a good app or something that will allow me to communicate with the cooks.

if anyone is interested, their menu & prices are here:
https://www.facebook.com/misocuisine

Dec 14, 2014
dinaofdoom in Austin

Special Diets: Restaurants, Shops & Local Products

i would love that too, because i'm also trying to cut back on my starch/carbs.

a friend that was doing whole 30 used to ask for noodle-less bowls of pho, with extra veggies. she would get some strange looks, but said it was very tasty.

Dec 09, 2014
dinaofdoom in Austin