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Breakfast Tacos between Austin and Houston

Thank you, Jaymes! I will certainly call and check both out. I appreciate the tips!

Jan 24, 2012
CindyS in Texas

Breakfast Tacos between Austin and Houston

Thanks for the tip. The selections look delicious. I was hoping they'd have some sort of kolache with eggs-potato-cheese or some such for my non-meat-eating husband, but it looks like it's pretty much the sweet stuff or nothing for him. However, it's great to know about this place!

Jan 22, 2012
CindyS in Texas

Great place to take nieces (10 & 11) for special lunch?

Thank you all! We ended up going to Chez Zee, and they had a marvelous time. We had a waiter who was very courtly with the girls, which they loved ... they also loved the kids' menu and ADORED the dessert case!

Jan 20, 2012
CindyS in Austin

Breakfast Tacos between Austin and Houston

Hubby and I are headed out to Sarasota, FL, and we like to 1) hit the road early and 2) start our road trips with breakfast tacos. Rudy's in Round Rock opens at 6 a.m. and isn't too far out of the way for us, but we'd like to be on the road before that. There's just got to be some good dive in Elgin, Giddings, Waller, or Hempstead! And if not good breakfast tacos (PS, got to have vegetarian options for the husband), where else can you get a good, quick breakfast? Thanks, fellow Hounds!

Jan 20, 2012
CindyS in Texas

Great place to take nieces (10 & 11) for special lunch?

Thanks, Singlemalt. Tanalee's Tea and Sympathy in Bastrop looks like just the right kind of place ... hope it's still open for business!

Dec 22, 2011
CindyS in Austin

Great place to take nieces (10 & 11) for special lunch?

My nieces, aged 10 & 11, have requested a girl's day out with Aunt Cindy for their Christmas present. I'd love to take them to a nice lunch someplace they'd like --someplace charming and girly, preferably not a chain. If we were in New York City, Alice's Teacup would be my hands-down choice. Is there anything along those lines in Austin or its environs?

Dec 22, 2011
CindyS in Austin

VEGGIE FRIENDLY IN MEMPHIS AND ANNIVERSARY IN LOUISVILLE --- NEED RECS!

We ended up going to Le Relais for our anniversary dinner. My husband, who is French and a vegetarian who eats fish, was attracted by both the menu and the location.

First, what was excellent: the service (not counting the guy at front-of-house, who was friendly but lacking in finesse), the cocktails (highly recommend the Touch and Go and the Pear Martini), and the bread (hubby went nuts over it; he's very picky about baguettes). The decor and location are charming. Sort of Art Deco, and it was a very convival place.

I should qualify my rating and review by saying that my husband really liked everything he had very much. It was basically French comfort food, and he was happy with it all. I guess I'm just picky; but I found the menu to be lacking in creativity and the food, while good, to be vastly overpriced. There is nothing wrong with comfort food and good basic cooking, but if you're going to charge that much for it, it should be elevated in some way, and this was not. Our tiny $11 onion tarte was served lukewarm, and the pastry was overdone. The salad special would have been lovely had the persimmons been ripe (they were not). Hubby had the stuffed sole, which was tasty but exactly what you'd get at Legal Seafood; the side dish of gratin dauphinois was indeed a standout and better than what we make at home.

I had the veal shank and it was good --- I especially liked the lemon gremolata --- but it wasn't a standout dish in any way. I've had better for half the price at my favorite neighborhood Greek restaurant. I didn't care for the accompanying white beans, which were mushy and didn't have much flavor. To give credit where credit is due, my husband did like them very much, so perhaps it's an issue of taste. I was so disappointed in the whole meal and in the boring dessert menu that I passed on dessert, but my husband did like his profiteroles.

Overall, this was just not the experience I was looking for for a celebratory meal, and for the price I expect much more creativity and better execution. This may just be a matter of taste, so make of it what you will, but I feel pretty bummed to have spent so much money and not enjoyed our anniversary meal.

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Le Relais Restaurant
2817 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville, KY 40205

Nov 20, 2011
CindyS in Kentucky & Tennessee

VEGGIE FRIENDLY IN MEMPHIS AND ANNIVERSARY IN LOUISVILLE --- NEED RECS!

I want to like Hillbilly Tea, I really do. I've been twice now and it seems a place with great potential; but unfortunately the execution doesn't quite live up to the potential, not yet.

It's a really cute place. Great decor. I love how open and uncrowded it is. The menu is interesting and creative. Service is friendly if not always prompt.

The first time, I went on an uncrowded Sunday morning. Our food was very slow in arriving and wasn't always right; items were forgotten, items weren't properly heated; and in the end, we had to chase down the waiter in order to pay and get out. The waiter did apologize and say that they were understaffed that morning and getting used to their new space.

Food one trip one was hit or miss. I find it pricey for what it is; you're paying for concept. I don't mind paying for good food but then the execution better be close to perfect. I had a mug of the smokey mountain chai --- expensive at $4.75 but I've been fantasizing about it ever since. The succotash was delicious, and the corn pone was just okay. A bit too charred for my taste, and I make better at home. The barbecue pulled pork "sandwich" was tiny, not hot enough, and just average. For dessert, we shared the bourbon bread pudding --- a real treat, but next time I'd ask for them to skip the gooey and entirely unnecessary marshmallow topping and bring a little cream instead.

Trip number two also left me with that hit-or-miss feeling. Service was MUCH better in terms of speed, and just as friendly as last time.We split a biscuit to start. The local honey was quite good, but the biscuit itself was small, a little stale, not at all fluffy, and hadn't even been heated. $3 for a single biscuit? I expected it to be amazing, and I've had better at hotel breakfast buffets.

I ordered the skillet pancake. Now, for $9 I don't expect to be handed a single burned pancake. I sent it back and the second one was better. But honestly ... for $9, I think you could put a little more on the plate. It is not a hearty serving.Also, I abhor the practice of sprinkling powdered sugar on pancakes, especially when the batter is already sweet, but that's just a personal preference. Once a properly cooked pancake arrived, it was very good.

So what can I tell you ... I really like the concept, I like the menu overall, but it needs work. The kitchen needs to be a little more attentive to preparation and they need to rethink either prices or proportions. I'd give two and a half stars if it were possible.

Nov 20, 2011
CindyS in Kentucky & Tennessee

VEGGIE FRIENDLY IN MEMPHIS AND ANNIVERSARY IN LOUISVILLE --- NEED RECS!

More good eats in Louisville! After a visit to the Jim Beam distillery, a Korean friend and I stopped at Hiko A Mon. It's a sophisticated atmosphere, a really nice We sat at the bar, where my knowledgeable friend ordered by the piece. At her recommendation, we shared the buta-kakuni, pieces of meltingly tender pork belly served in a flavorful broth. I ordered a kakimaki roll, which features delicious fried oysters, and a sashimi/sushi combo plate. The plate was plentiful, with generous slices of fish, and came with a really delicious miso soup. I found it a little lacking in imagination; it was the usual tuna, salmon, and yellowtail. But all were good. The menu here is extensive and has plenty for those who don't care for sushi. My Korean friend adores the place for sushi and would eat there every day if she could.
www.hikoamon.com

Another day, I had the opportunity to try Mojitos. It's a tapas place in a strip mall, but don't let the location fool you --- this is artistic, amazing food with plentiful portions. If you're with friends, order a pitcher of the classic mojitos, which are the best I"ve ever had --- not too sweet, thank goodness!

The table shared an order of guacamole, which comes with thin, fried plantains. As a native Texan I know good guacamole --- this is good guacamole, and the plantain chips are amazing, so light and crunchy.

I can't pass up a good sandwich cubano, and this one was dripping with delicious tender pork, ham, and cheese on a panino- type thin, crusty bread. But what really elevated it is this smoky honey mustard that comes with it. Fantastic. It came with a choice of sides --- if you're a sweet potato fry fan, don't miss these, and ask for garlic aioli to dip them in. You'll be a happy camper.

One of my tablemates got the short ribs, which come topped with bleu cheese and looked amazing. Another got the scallops ramisco. Everyone was very happy.

We shared desserts --- you absolutely cannot miss the goat cheese flan or the trio of homemade helados (chocolate, dulce de leche which is also made with goat cheese, and coconut). They had us licking the plates. On top of everything else, the service was fantastic. www.mojitostapas.com. Highly recommended.

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Hiko A Mon
1115 Herr Ln, Louisville, KY 40222

Nov 05, 2011
CindyS in Kentucky & Tennessee

VEGGIE FRIENDLY IN MEMPHIS AND ANNIVERSARY IN LOUISVILLE --- NEED RECS!

You bet! My hubby, who's French and loves airplanes, really wants to go to Le Relais, but it wasn't open on Monday night, so instead we took the advice of our maestro and visited Proof on Main. We almost didn't stay. I'm no prude and no Philistine, but I am also not a big fan of modern art; and there was some art in the main dining room that was so distasteful as to be off-putting. I really don't want to eat dinner, especially an expensive and hopefully artistic dinner, looking at a giant tiger-scorpion thing being attacked by hundreds of huge bugs. It was revolting. The other wall had a long line of animal heads to which various things had been done. They weren't particularly appetizing either but they weren't as offensive as the bugs eating the tiger. Why on earth would you put something like that in a restaurant? Long story short, we stayed, and I spent most of the time trying to avoid looking at that thing. It definitely cast a pall over the meal.

However, I AM really glad we stayed, because the food (with one small fault) was very good and special, and the service was excellent. We shared the butternut squash soup and the octopus bagna cauda to start. The soup was buttery and smooth; the bagna cauda was tender and very flavorful. My hubby couldn't get enough of the excellent bread --- he said it was just like what you'd get in France, and he rarely finds that here, so he gets excited about a good baguette. Our waiter, Ray, told us it came from the Tribeca Bakery in New York on Mondays, but the rest of the week they bought from the local Blue Dog Bakery, and that bread was even better. (More about Blue Dog in a moment).

For main entrees, my husband had the sturgeon with kohlrabi kraut, pumpernickel, apple pear, and Riesling, and ordered a side of rosemary fingerlings. I ordered the Iowa Berkshire pork with sweet potato mustard, honey crisp apples, rye beignets, and pecan, with a side of bitter greens. The sturgeon was amazing, perfectly cooked with delicate flavors. My pork was warmish, but not hot, when it arrived. I asked whether it was supposed to be served lukewarm, and the waiter replied that it was not. He replaced the dish, and it still wasn't what I would call hot,. However, the flavors were very good, and to make up for it, Ray kept pouring the wine. (I think he privately thought "just get the !#$#!$ drunk and she'll be happy ... good call, Ray!). The fingerlings, for $7, weren't worth it --- they had no rosemary flavor to speak of, and were quite ordinary. My bitter greens were very good, though.

For dessert, we shared the cheese plate, which was FABULOUS, and the olive oil citrus sponge cake with mascarpone gelato which was also just divine. Overall, the food and wine were excellent, the service was superb, and we'd go back ... I'd just ask make sure I checked out the art in each of the dining areas before requesting seating. Maybe I'm being overly sensitive and other people wouldn't care --- there certainly were plenty of people there!

Today, we went for lunch to the Blue Dog Bakery and Cafe. It's a charming location and space. We shared the cheese plate --- very different from Proof's, with delicious warm homemade fruit bread and red pepper jelly --- and a beet, haricots verts, and arugula salad, both of which were wonderful. Hubby had the Artichoke Hearts, Boursin, Eggplant, Red Bell Pepper, Tapenade, Mozzarella, & Mayo tartine --- if I go back , this is what I'll order, as it was perfect. The bread was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, and the combination of veggies was super. I was enticed by the Bocadillo Trio – Assorted Housemade Salamis with Provolone, Aioli, Walnut Pesto & Greens, which was served on pieces of baguette, and very much like what you'd get in France, meaning you got ONE thin slice of salami and ONE thin slice of cheese on each. Flavors were great but it's just too much bread for me. I ended up taking the fillings out and giving the baguette to my hubby, who happily devoured it. We had to get Hubby to the airport, so we grabbed pastries and coffee to go. Excellent Illy coffee. Hubby had a blueberry muffin, which he said was good but not special; I got a cherry pecan scone to take to the conductor (he pronounced it "delectable"), and I got the maple morning muffin which was basically a cinnamon roll, and really good.

And now, I am off to run along the Ohio as partial payment for my many unregretted and delicious culinary sins. :)

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Proof on Main
702 W. Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202

Le Relais Restaurant
2817 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville, KY 40205

Oct 25, 2011
CindyS in Kentucky & Tennessee

VEGGIE FRIENDLY IN MEMPHIS AND ANNIVERSARY IN LOUISVILLE --- NEED RECS!

Thanks, Hootch! We're in Louisville now but I hope we can hit one of those places on the way back. :)

Oct 23, 2011
CindyS in Kentucky & Tennessee

VEGGIE FRIENDLY IN MEMPHIS AND ANNIVERSARY IN LOUISVILLE --- NEED RECS!

These are all fabulous --- my mouth is watering already. Thank you so much! :)

Oct 22, 2011
CindyS in Kentucky & Tennessee

VEGGIE FRIENDLY IN MEMPHIS AND ANNIVERSARY IN LOUISVILLE --- NEED RECS!

I am so excited to be traveling through this gorgeous part of the country for the first time --- driving from Austin to Louisville, KY to sing with Kentucky Opera. We're planning on making it to Memphis or possibly Jackson on Day One, We're looking for a good, hot, relaxing dinner at a nice local restaurant., no chains, vegetarian friendly (seafood is fine); also a good breakfast rec along I40. And although it's not chow, if anyone can offer suggestions for decent hotels in Memphis or Jackson, I'd appreciate it. We're only going to be stopping over one night, so we're not looking to stay someplace fancy like the Peabody; just a good value, comfortable, quiet, and clean.

I'll be in Louisville for a month and we'll be celebrating our 11th anniversary there, so I would love recommendations for a vegetarian-friendly yet upscale place to have a celebratory dinner. In fact, any recs about local sights and eateries will be much appreciated. Thank you!

Oct 19, 2011
CindyS in Kentucky & Tennessee

San Antonio Weekend Report

I'm in town from Austin, singing with the opera, with limited time and energy to explore. We've stuck to the Riverwalk (I know, tourist hell) because this is where our hotel is and it's convenient; I don't have to walk too far on my broken toe, and we can get in and out fairly quickly without having to fight for parking anywhere.

I wrote a detailed post about the delights of Cool Cafe elsewhere; so I'll devote this one to two other places we've tried.

Today's late lunch/early dinner was at Boudro's, thanks largely to Chowhound recs. We took a stroll in the light rain and got there around 4; it was uncrowded and pleasant. Hubby ordered a Southwest Caesar salad and greatly enjoyed the smoky spiciness. I had the field greens salad, which was a step above the ordinary with the maple vinaigrette and tiny bursts of flavor provided by the sun-dried tomatoes.

Hubby then opted for the Gulf Yellowfin Tuna, marinated in achiote, roasted poblano butter, served with mashed potato cakes, edamame, and citrus tomato fennel chutney. It was divine. Each element was good on its own, but when you had a bite that encompassed each of the flavors, it was genius. And the tuna was perfectly cooked.

I opted for the grilled seafood platter, consisting of a lobster tail with herb butter, grilled fish fillet, crawfish fricassée, seared sea scallop, shrimp plancha, jicama slaw and corn pudding. The unidentifed fish fillet with its smoky crawfish was quite good; the lonely single scallop was perfection. (Here's a pet peeve of mine: don't say you're serving "scallopS" on a menu when in fact you are serving ONE scallop). I'm a big fan of well-prepared scallops --- and this one certainly was --- and it would have been nice to have a couple more. In fact, I would have happily traded the bland shrimp and jicama slaw for another scallop or two. The lobster tail was delicious and the herb butter tasted a little citrusy, which was a nice surprise.

For dessert, we split the Lousiana Bread Pudding. My husband really liked it, but I prefer the bread pudding at the County Line (the original location in Austin). I'm not sure what made this "Louisiana" bread pudding; it was your standard raisin bread base and the only thing that made it special was a lovely brown sugar crust. The whiskey sauce was too thin and sweet and didn't have much of a whiskey flavor (I contrast this with County Line's Jack Daniels sauce, which I would happily drink out of a glass), the whipped cream was decoratively piped over the top but would have been nicer as a dollop you could dip your fork in, and it wasn't hot enough for my tastes. B- on the dessert.

Earlier in the week, we had a late dinner at Pesca. We started with the calamari, served with remoulade, and the waiter seemed startled when I asked for aioli, but he did eventually bring up some tomato aioli which was very good. The calamari itself was a bit chewy for my taste, though I did like the cornmeal batter.

Hubby had the Thai scallops decoratively served in a half coconut shell, a really beautiful and striking presentation complete with a flower. The sauce was delicious but the portion was pretty small, and you couldn't actually enjoy any of the coconut meat. I had the halibut, wrapped in prosciutto and served over garlic mashed potatoes. This was delicious, and the fish was perfectly cooked, but the waiter made a mistake and brought my husband's meal out long before mine was ready. By the time my halibut arrived, my husband was almost done with his meal. The waiter apologized profusely, but at a restaurant this expensive (and not particularly crowded) they really shouldn't make this kind of mistake. And if they do, they should offer a free dessert or something.

Well, they did offer some champagne, and it was lovely (of course, as my huband pointed out, they sell it by the glass and probably had a bottle already opened that needed to be used up, especially as it was nearing the end of the evening). We also ordered dessert, following the waiter's recommendations of the roasted pineapple cheesecake --- really special --- and the chocolate cake, which was very rich and delicious.

We enjoyed the meal, little slip-ups notwithstanding. However, it was an expensive meal for what you got, and the small details count in a situation like this. I'd probably give it another try, though.

Here's hoping to find a nice place for Sunday brunch!

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County Line
111 W Crockett St Ste 104, San Antonio, TX 78205

Sep 18, 2010
CindyS in Texas

Headed to San Antonio for Women's Final Four in April - Need 5 days of great food. Suggestions?

I'm in San Antonio to sing with the opera, and we're staying on the Riverwalk. Having broken my toe, a lot of walking isn't possible, and though we do have a car, since I'm here primarily to work and have to adhere to rehearsal/performance schedules, it just turns out to be best to stay downtown. This becomes a problem for getting fed --- especially inexpensive, relatively healthy food with vegetarian options for my husband. I travel a lot, and while I love food and certainly enjoy some indulgences, I have to be very careful not to overdo it.

I'd seen Cool Cafe over next to the Municipal Auditorium and was eager to try it --- we've now eaten there three times and probably will at least twice more, since it's not only convenient but has plenty of delicious and healthy options. Great atmosphere, friendly service. And belly-dancing!

On our first visit, we started the mierza-ghasmi (roasted eggplant with tomato and garlic, served with pita). The pita is amazing --- hot, fresh, soft, perfect. The eggplant was creamy and flavorful, a nice start to the meal. I opted for a traditional lamb gyro with house salad (my one complaint is that they could use real kalamata olives instead of those nasty canned black olives) and my husband, on recommendation of our enthusiastic waitress, had the California sandwich, which he loved. Everything was very fresh and flavorful. We went all out and had dessert, too: he had the tres leches cheescake ---fabulous, creamy, lovely caramel flavors --- and I was adventurous with the Citrus Height Crepe. The combination of Lemon, Kiwi, Coconut, Caramel, and Espresso sounds odd, but it was fantastic, though I would have preferred for the lemon flavor to reside in the zest grated on top rather than slices of the fruit itself inside the crepe --- that was a bit overwhelming.

On our second visit, my husband got the Zabzi Polo Mahi, (Smoked Salmon, Fresh Basil, Parsley, Spinach, Garlic and Green Onions over basmati rice). The salmon was cut in very thin slices, almost like prosciutto, and it made for a light but terrifically savory dish. I had the Rolo pasta (Chicken Breast Sautéed in Balsamic Vinegar Capers and Fresh Basil in Tomato Sauce), also on the light side with a delicious sauce. Our garlic bread was cold when we got it, and the waiter quickly replaced it with a fresh dish, piping hot and broiled to perfection.

On our most recent visit, we shared the falafel appetizer while enjoying Meghan's belly-dancing on the covered patio --- a lovely place to sit in the rain --- and it was delicious and perfectly portioned for two. Hubby went back to the California sandwich and I got the Alaska Crepe (Smoked Salmon, Red Onions, Capers, Spinach, Dijon, and Dill Havarti Cheese) --- so good, and I would love to have it for breakfast, too!

We haven't been disappointed once with food, service, or atmosphere here. I highly recommend the Cool Cafe!
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Cool Cafe
123 Auditorium Cir, San Antonio, TX 78205

Sep 18, 2010
CindyS in Texas

SEARCHING FOR THE TRIFECTA: BURGER, RINGS, SHAKES

Thanks, y'all. This sounds worth checking out!

Jun 02, 2009
CindyS in Austin

SEARCHING FOR THE TRIFECTA: BURGER, RINGS, SHAKES

Thanks for the suggestion and the link. I'm a native Austinite, born and raised in South Austin, and can you believe I've never been to Hut's? This might be the one, even though the rings don't look like they have a beer batter. They still look awfully good!

Jun 02, 2009
CindyS in Austin

~Cedar Park - Good Greasy Burger?

It's a chain, but I've been wanting to try Freddy's Frozen Custard on 1431, and today I did. I just had the custard (yum!) but the steakburger and rings look good, and plenty greasy!

Jun 02, 2009
CindyS in Austin

Visiting Austin - Need Recommendations

Threadgill's for Austin atmosphere and downhome Southern cooking. I recommend the five-veggie platter (a personal fave), chicken-fried steak, fried chicken livers, pecan-crusted chicken breast, and buttermilk pie. Maybe not all at once. ;)

Kerbey Lane Cafe is another Austin institution, a little bit hippie, great health-conscious food. We eat there often. It's a favorite place for breakfast anytime, and they also run seasonal specials that are very much worth checking out. Try their new dessert menu --- I love the coconut cake. There are several locations, all good.

Chez Zee is a fabulous place for Sunday brunch. Creme brulee French toast is to die for. They're also a great place to go for dessert, but be prepared to have a hard time choosing. Hubby and I usually end up getting three (!!!) and taking some home. Our faves are the coco leches cake, lemon rosemary cake, and chocolate decadence cake.

Another great place for breakfast (or lunch, or dinner) is the downtown Whole Foods, which is the flagship store and will make that cramped little space in Columbus Circle look like a convenience store. ;) There's a huge variety of freshly prepared goodies. You'll have a hard time choosing and you'll definitely want to go face down in the dessert bar. The gelato is also amazing. Last time I was there I had the orange-fig and I could have happily rubbed it over my whole body. You can take it all to go and sit outside, or head over to nearby Town Lake for a lovely picnic.

Our favorite Thai/sushi place is a little chef-run joint called Chon Sum, on Wells Branch Parkway. Don't let the fact that it's in a strip mall run you off --- the sushi and the Thai are excellent, and if you're a fan of hot food, they'll do right by you. Hubby and I love the sashimi moriwase and the dragon rolls, and they always have good specials.

Another not-to-be-missed local delicacy is a little further north, but worth the trip to get it at the source: Round Rock doughnuts from Lone Star Bakery in Round Rock. Be prepared to wait if you go in the morning, when they're hot and fresh (which is the only way to get doughnuts). I don't know why anybody would eat Krispy Kreme or Dunkin when you can get these.

For drinks (but not the food, with the exception of things like nachos or guacamole, which are fine), head out to the Oasis on Lake Travis for the best sunset views and a relaxing afternoon on their beautiful outdoor decks overlooking the lake.

Have fun in Austin! It's a great town.

May 27, 2009
CindyS in Austin

SEARCHING FOR THE TRIFECTA: BURGER, RINGS, SHAKES

I've read the burger threads, I've read the ring threads. But I'm looking for the Trifecta of a great burger, onion rings, and chocolate shake to celebrate my birthday, and the first time I've had any of these items in over 2 years. (I've been on a quest to lose over 130 pounds, and it's been successful, but darn it ... it's burger time)!

So you see my dilemma. It may be another 2 years before I indulge in these delicacies again, so I need an AMAZING burger, AMAZING rings, and AMAZING shake (and just to make it interesting ... it wouldn't hurt if the joint offered something my vegetarian husband can eat).

I like a thick burger with REAL cheese, big fat beer-batter onion rings with a real yeasty flavor, and the kind of chocolate shake that you have to eat with a spoon (and have a hard time pulling it out, at that). Can these wonders be found in one establishment? I throw myself on the mercy of Austin area Chowhounds!

May 27, 2009
CindyS in Austin

Best Tres Leches cake in Austin

You *can* buy a whole cake at Chez Zee. I love their coco leches cake --- the tradtional tres leches with coconut added. Can't help you with the east side bakery --- sorry.

Aug 01, 2006
CindyS in Austin

Cupcakes! Or great Bakeries in Austin...

After reading the blurb in the Austin American Statesman about The Blue Cupcake, it seemed a tempting spot to take my best friend, here on a rare visit from Virginia. We were SO disappointed! At seven dollars a pop, and the quote in the paper that it was "big enough to share", we expected a hefty sandwich on homemade bread. Although the veggie sandwich filling was delicious, the bread was of the ordinary grocery store variety, and hardly big enough for half to satisfy. A seven dollar sandwich should come on a sturdy homemade bread, especially when it's served in a bakery! We had to order a second sandwich (a very unsophisticated ham and cheese) to be satisfied. My husband enjoyed his tuna sandwich, but was also disappointed in the bread.

The cupcakes were equally unsatisfying. Although we liked the flavors of the Keep Austin Weird and coconut snowball cupcakes, at $1.75 each they are overpriced for their small size. I found the cake part to be a bit dense and dry for my tastes, although my friend and husband liked it. They also enjoyed their cafe americanos and lattes, but my mocha tasted like it was made with hot chocolate mix.

Overall, I found the prices to be too high for the offerings, especially in a standard strip-mall store with little ambiance; and the menu is entirely mundane except for the veggie sandwich and the Keep Austin Weird cupcake. We won't be going back --- at least until they do some work on the menu.

Aug 01, 2006
CindyS in Austin