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One Sunday night in Austin, Barley Swine isnt open, where to go??????

I would double check with the restaurant, I have heard through the grapevine that they are opening this Sunday, special for ACL. May be a rumor.

Sep 17, 2011
Philip Speer in Austin

Favorite Austin Desserts?

Favorite Austin dessert, Blondie Pie or, Jack's Banana Toffee Pie at Jack Allen's! In fact, had it for breakfast today! Close second, slightly outside of Austin, Banana Pudding at Opie's in Spicewood. Man, think I have a little leftover in the fridge... Later!

Sep 04, 2011
Philip Speer in Austin

Chronicle Restaurant Reader's Poll 2011

"best locavore, vegan, gluten-free, raw food, cheese made by an albino during the month of january"


May 20, 2011
Philip Speer in Austin

Wedding Catering Dilemma

Try East Side King (local) for southeast Asian street food inspired catering...

Apr 01, 2011
Philip Speer in Austin

His Majesty The Chef: Best Male Chef In Austin

foodiegal, thank you, I really appreciate the kind words! There are many talented pastry chefs in Austin, in TX, and beyond, I have a great group of peers and am grateful to be in such great company.

Scrumptious, I love that you noted Diana Sanchez at Jack Allen's! She is my Cousin and very talented... Kudos to her.

I have had the pleasure, during my tenure here in Austin, to work with so many talented cooks, whose names no one would ever recognize. Some of the best tasting meals I have had in Austin restaurants are made by team members without recognition.

Jan 23, 2011
Philip Speer in Austin

Starlite, gone for good?

yes, starlite is indeed gone forever... there is a new concept to take over very soon.

Apr 15, 2009
Philip Speer in Austin

Austin Burger Smackdown!

my vote is going to be for parkside. the beef is ground in house, the buns made fresh daily, and the aioli is great! also, have a fried egg option, can't beat that! also had a really good burger at the woodland recently, the brioche buns are also made in house daily and are quite tasty! i also tried the homemade veggie burger at the woodland and thought it was great as well. thank you for reminding me of ALC burgers, i have not had one of those in a while, and they are fantastic!

i am surprised that a couple of other old school austin burgers joints were not mentioned; hut's, dart bowl?

Apr 02, 2009
Philip Speer in Austin

Dart Bowl (Bowling Alley)

cant forget the fried egg cheeseburger, the perfect amount of greasy spoon goodness!

Feb 18, 2009
Philip Speer in Austin

Spiraling Toward Valentines Night

On the off chance I am not chained to the oven, I stay as far away from restaurants as possible on this evening and NYE as well!! In the past, the best V day experiences I've had have included another couple or two, great food, conversation, and wine! Usually followed by a game of Catch Phrase or Foodie Fight!

Feb 09, 2009
Philip Speer in Austin

Titaya Review 12/26/08

project is still full steam ahead. the new location is currently housing a dialysis clinic so, relocation has been difficult. we are looking at 12-18 months out. build out on interior and ex will be the main factor on how quickly this project goes. we are looking forward to expanding and hope that we will be received well in our new location! i will keep everyone posted with further details!

Dec 29, 2008
Philip Speer in Austin

Titaya Review 12/26/08

yes, i would have to agree... best thai in austin. check it...

Dec 28, 2008
Philip Speer in Austin

Local source for unusual cooking chemicals?

sorry my friend, no local sources for much of the products you are looking to find... check All In on Bakery for different gelatins and glucose, or isomalt. otherwise, you may (and i mean may) find some agar arar whole foods or central market. you can find the powdered 'telephone" agar agar at MT market. if you want to get some more of the gums and stabilizers, try or will powder for some other products. hope this is some help. if you are curious about any other specific products, let me know and i will send you i the right direction to find them.

Dec 28, 2008
Philip Speer in Austin

Where to eat with young kids? (sick of Chuy's!)

with my nine year old and a baby, i would have to agree with some of these choices, purely on price, convenience and entertainment. phil's, central market central(tuesdays kids eat free and a huge play scape), southpark meadows has a playscape that is shared by several restaurants including; waterloo, mam fu's, amy's, wings and things and a few others. they also have a free xmas laser light show going on throughout the evening right now.

Dec 15, 2008
Philip Speer in Austin

Fearless critic- Austin

Has anyone checked out this years edition? Thoughts? Anyone overrated, underrated, not included? I though it was a pretty comprehensive overview, 500+ restaurants this year! Some good and some very good writing, and some really spot on reviews from self proclaimed food nerds, not agenda or sponsor driven critics... Interested in what any others might think.

the cookie lounge?

I too am a self proclaimed cookiefreak!! I have not tried the cookie lounge yet, but I am very eager to. I plan on taking my daughter this Sunday. I am very interested to see the offerings. The master mind behind this neat concept is a very well known and accomplished hotel and restaurant pastry chef, you may have had some of his sweets most recently at the driskill hotel. From what I have heard of this venture, it is similar to that of amy's ice creams where you are able to mix and match doughs and "fillings" and watch and smell them bake while you wait! I will be sure to report my findings after this weekend, I am curious to hear of any other reports.

Nov 07, 2008
Philip Speer in Austin

Best White Pizza or Pepperoni Pizza (Austin)

Although I have always had great service there, I would like to agree with aurent about Salvation Pizza's white pies. The shrimp white pie is great, capers, plump tasty shrimp and lemon juice, I have never been disappointed by this east coast style pie!

Nov 04, 2008
Philip Speer in Austin

Liquid Nitrogen?

chefs and cooks have been experimenting with liquid nitrogen more frequently in the past several years. there are several applications for this product in the kitchen as well as new ones being discovered. i would say the most common use for liquid notrogen recently is applying the substance to normal oily products to achieve a ground powder that could not be achieved without making into a fatty paste, say, for example, peanuts or olives. (although maltodextrin works for this result as well.) you can also make dipping dots, or freeze shrimp shells to grind and make salt from. it can be used to shatter and grind pork for a pork sugar that can then be bruleed onto pineapple, etc, etc... to answer the original poster as far as legality, you need to actually use hospital grade liquid nitrogen in the professional kitchen. the nitrogen from airgas won't hurt you but, as far as tx health department is concerned, there could be some impurities, although liquid notro will kill anything that could possibly harm you. the problem most commonly associated with obtaining the nitro is, the fact that you need a special approved container to leave the store with it. liquid nitro is relatively cheap but the dewars start at about 500 dollars. used to be you could just walk in with a thermos. here are a few tips... check with welding schools, a lot of times they have access to rentals of dewars for students. also, if you have an uncle or cousin who welds he may be able to help you find a used dewar. check with companies that carry the nitro as well, some also do the rentals of dewars.

Oct 10, 2008
Philip Speer in Austin

Uchi Happy Hour?

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily... I think I am allowed to post this info.

Sep 12, 2008
Philip Speer in Austin

Best flan in Austin

My wife and I have been eating around Austin in search of the perfect flan. We, unfortunately, have found more misses than hits. I am hoping that some of you chowers maybe have a favorite in town that you would like to share with me? I know some of us may have a different criteria for the perfect mexican custard but, I was hoping to get some suggestions of some new places to try! Thanks!

Sep 01, 2008
Philip Speer in Austin