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Last of This Year's Hatch Pepper Harvest

As of this morning, there was still a bin full of them at Central Market North.

Sep 14, 2009
bassque in Austin

I ate at Texas Monthly’s Top 5 BBQ Pits in One Weekend.

On my trip to Snow's a few months ago, I snapped photos of the bbq pits and the surrounding areas. One of the photos has a clear picture of a box that contained sausages. The label says that the sausage came from Texas Chaw Meat Products (Caldwell, Texas). Specifically, it is the beef and pork smoked sausage. I have no idea whether or not this is the same sausage served at City Market.

Jul 22, 2009
bassque in Austin

Texas Rib Kings

I think scrumptiouschef was referring to his post about two-thirds the way down that page.

Jul 10, 2009
bassque in Austin

Wine Store / Merchant

Why don't you try the Wine Merchant on 6th? Here are just a few reasons I like the place:

-The people there are wonderfully knowledgeable. I started out talking with John but after going there for a few years now, I feel comfortable with most.
-Their selection of French wines is quite good and they cater to all price levels.
-The store is kept at a brisk temperature to store wine properly.
-They keep your purchases in a database for future reference.
-From what I understand, they test their cases to see if they've been "cooked" by poor shipping techniques.

They might charge a dollar a bottle more than other places but I think that is well worth it for the care they take in selecting their wines.

That being said, I think you can establish a good relationship with folks at an of the Spec's in town. They have very good selections, too, and at very reasonable prices. Other places like Central Market and HEB (in my case, the Hancock center store) will make very good suggestions if you look for their staff "picks." Whole Foods also has a good wine department but, like CM and HEB, it can be a little less personal.

In my opinion, if you want good personal service, it's hard to do better than the Wine Merchant.

Jul 09, 2009
bassque in Austin

Best Tortillas in Austin

May 21, 2009
bassque in Austin

Best Corn Tortillas?

I'd head over to El Milagro Tortilleria and buy them there. It's been a while since I've bought corn tortillas there but I'm addicted to their flour tortillas.

910 E 6th St - just a block or two east of I35 at the corner of 6th and San Marcos.

Apr 20, 2009
bassque in Austin

Best Brisket: black's?

Having just been to Snow's this past weekend, I highly recommend getting the fatty end of the brisket (I believe it's the point cut). Ask for it specifically and wait a little longer, if necessary. You won't be disappointed. It's not a bad idea to order from both ends to do your own comparison but, for me, one end was pedestrian and the other was sublime.


Feb 18, 2009
bassque in Austin

Vegetarian options at BBQ pits?

It's true and it's reportedly for tax issues and health care costs.

Jan 26, 2009
bassque in Austin

Hard Hat Report

Also a first post...

I have it on good authority that it's going to be a pizza place. From what I understand, the alcohol permit is already in hand.

Jan 20, 2009
bassque in Austin