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Best Raw Bar in Austin?

While they don't have a full raw bar, Foreign and Domestic is doing dollar oysters on the half shell Tuesday nights. No parking jams that can't be overcome on North Loop.

Sep 29, 2013
agoodbite in Austin

Best barbacoa

If you're ever near that intersection on the weekends, La Familia market sells really good barbacoa as well as carnitas from the meat counter. (It's a convenience-store-sized Mexican market and Shell station at the corner of 183 and Fairfield.) Both come with this wicked green salsa that appears to be nothing but jalapenos and onion whirred up together.

I do a lot of shopping for Mexican staples there. The place is small, well stocked and inexpensive. Sometimes the leafy produce looks a little sad, but they have epazote (can be difficult to find) and better avocados than the HEB ever has. Also, both the produce section and meat market always smell fine; you can tell the whole place gets a regular, thorough cleaning.

The only other place in the general area that had decent barbacoa is the Taqueria Arandas on Burnet, but for some reason, I always fajita or chicken tacos there.

Jan 11, 2013
agoodbite in Austin

Christmas take out.

If you want to stick with more traditional stuff like at your in-laws' spread, try Lee's Meat Market in Jefferson Square. I've ordered uncooked prime rib roast from them in the past and would again in a heartbeat. The only prepared food I've had from there is pecan pie and it was good.

http://www.leesmeatmarket.com/Lees_Me...

Dec 08, 2012
agoodbite in Austin

What the Hell is Happening at Hoover's?

My husband and I were also ignored by management last time we ate there. The service was basically absent and our food was awful. My cream gravy was so thick and gloppy I could've hung wallpaper with it. We filled out a comment card detailing our awful experience and never heard a word back. This was probably three years ago. We haven't been back. If you're desperate for CFS, even Bill Miller's better.

Oct 24, 2012
agoodbite in Austin

Offal? Where?

I'm sure but for doing the legwork myself that you could find something that'll work for you through the farmers market (downtown would be the ideal place to start). There are plenty of purveyors including Loncito's lamb and Thunderheart bison.

Failing that, you may want to try Longhorn Meats on east MLK. I can't guarantee you'll find what you want there, but you might. You might also check with local halal markets. There are plenty in the N. Lamar/Rundberg area.

Aug 31, 2012
agoodbite in Austin

Pickle juice source?

I thought the same thing. If you want to get fancy, you can throw in some pickling spice or even dill seed. If you do the latter, I'd heat it up a bit to give the spices a chance to infuse the brine.

If you want a good brine to emulate, all the ones used by Hill Country Homestyle (sold at the downtown farmers market) are a great goal to shoot for. My husband and I are both huge fans.

Aug 24, 2012
agoodbite in Austin

Hatch green chiles

They're in the Whole Foods flyer that starts today at 3 lbs/$1. I just checked the flyer online so I haven't laid eyes on the actual peppers, but that's a great price to start season.

Aug 08, 2012
agoodbite in Austin

NY/NJ Hounder coming Labor Day Wknd- BBQ questions and other food Recs.

They're absolutely worth getting. There's two basic kinds: chewy and non-chewy (Mexican). I don't know where to send you for the Mexican ones, but my favorite version of the chewy kind is from Lammes Candies. They're an Austin (and Texas) classic and people from afar adore them. There's a handful of locations around town.

https://lammes.com/

Jul 30, 2012
agoodbite in Austin

Hopdoddy's on Anderson Lane

Don't forget about Bartlett's right across the parking lot. They're a little pricier than Hopdoddy (which I happen to also love), but the burger and the fries are worth the extra money. They always cook my burger to order even when I order it medium rare. The fries are always fried perfectly - shoestring w/ skin that are perfectly golden and crispy. You also get the clubhouse atmosphere and great service. I had my birthday lunch there recently and everything was just as good as it always is.

Jul 28, 2012
agoodbite in Austin

Birthday Dinner Ideas.

That's a terrific suggestion. I had my birthday lunch there recently and really enjoyed it. Everything in the place is impeccably done.

Jul 24, 2012
agoodbite in Austin

Fredricksburg peach stands

Are you referring to the place in the Ross parking lot just north of Anderson?

If so, since you're out on a Saturday morning, why not drive a short ways further south and pick some up at the Burnet Rd farmers market. There have been some very good vendors there lately with lovely peaches, tomatoes, cucumbers and much, much more summer bounty and I've had nothing that was of questionable quality.

Jul 07, 2012
agoodbite in Austin

GOOD RESTAURANT TO GO TO WITH THE FAMILY

They shut down that location after moving the entire restaurant to one of those restaurant spaces in the Arboretum, most of which have been cursed with ghosts of failed restaurants past.

I haven't been yet, but will probably make it there at some point. It's a lot more convenient for me to get to than Fogo de Chao. I'll report back if/when I do.

Jul 07, 2012
agoodbite in Austin

RIP V

H and I tapered off our visits to Elsi's over time too and started going to Arandas across the street. Although their menus are pretty different (Elsi's has some Tex-Mex and specializes in central American dishes while Arandas is Jalisco style), they serve the same purpose for us. The food is better at Arandas and it's much cheaper.

Jul 03, 2012
agoodbite in Austin

Pig Ears

Husband swears that he saw them the last time he was at the HEB on E. 7th. You also might also try the one at Lamar and Rundberg, depending on your location.

May 30, 2012
agoodbite in Austin

Recipes from Smitten Kitchen blog.....what are your favorites??

I'm quite fond of the brine she came up with for pickled carrots. I use it as is for pickling green beans and as a starting point for pickling all sorts of vegetables. H is using a variation right now to pickle the first cucumbers of the summer. He cut way back on the sugar and added some coriander seed and a chile de arbol.

http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/01/pic...

May 27, 2012
agoodbite in Home Cooking

Why do you continue shopping at CostCo? I am underwhelmed. What do you appreciate about the warehouse store?

Same holds true in TX. There's a liquor store attached to Costcos in TX that have a separate entrance and are managed separately. They're also open to the public. You can still buy beer and wine in the actual Costco store.

May 19, 2012
agoodbite in Chains

Bachelor party in Austin

The only BBQ you'll find downtown besides Lambert's is Iron Works or Stubbs. If you're looking for "fancy BBQ", Lambert's is your best bet as Optimista suggested. The BBQ ain't great but it's passable and the sides (esp the green chile and cheese grits) and other menu items are pretty good. I've never heard anything good about the BBQ at Stubbs, but both it and Lambert's have full bars. Stubbs is less fancy than Franklin's. I haven't been to Iron Works since the 80's so I don't know how it is these days, but I'd bet that it's still better than Lambert's or Stubbs. Downside is that IW is counter service and only sells beer and wine.

I still urge you to consider leaving the downtown area if you want a better BBQ experience. Stiles Switch is not difficult to get to from downtown via Capital Metrorail (late afternoon and night only on Saturdays) if you want to get there cheaply. Taxis are your other option. The brisket at SS might not be as transcendent as it is at Snow's in Lexington is (haven't been to Franklin's so I can't compare there), but it's still a far piece better than what you'll find downtown. SS is counter service, but if you call ahead, they might be able to set some other arrangements for you. They also only serve beer and wine though that shouldn't be a problem if you wander across the street to The Yellow Rose, which is the best of the local second tier titty bars. Stiles Switch and The Yellow Rose make for a pretty fine bachelor party lineup if you ask me.

May 16, 2012
agoodbite in Austin

Best Thing YOU Ever Ate, Austin

Well, they're gigantic. They go for $6.50 per half pound so 1 one rib is a lot of food. See attached picture.

Apr 27, 2012
agoodbite in Austin

Best Thing YOU Ever Ate, Austin

Fortunately, they do sell them by the each. H and I got a link, a 1/2 lb. brisket and one beef rib. Together we couldn't finish all of the rib or the brisket. IIRC, that one rib cost $12 so come hungry!

Apr 26, 2012
agoodbite in Austin

Best Thing YOU Ever Ate, Austin

I declare the beef rib that I had (part of) for lunch today at Stiles Switch one of the best things I've eaten in awhile. I split one with my husband a few weeks back and it was so good, I couldn't get it off my mind so we went back today for another. This one was just as memorably delicious as the last.

I should add that I haven't been to JMueller's for their beef rib, but the one at Stiles Switch is so good, I see no need to cross the river to get to it.

Apr 26, 2012
agoodbite in Austin

Costco food finds - 1st quarter 2012 [old]

Found 4-packs of globe artichokes for $4.99 at the location in Austin, TX. I plan to steam then charcoal grill them tomorrow.

Mar 17, 2012
agoodbite in Chains

Barbecue Trip Report (Long)

The only thing I can think of that you're missing is there's another couple bbq joints in Taylor that aren't as famous as Louis Mueller's: Taylor Cafe and Davis Grocery. I haven't been to either, but sure would love to hear your report if you decide to hit up one or both of them.

I've been to both Southside Market and Meyers in Elgin. There's not much of note at either place beyond the sausage, which is a different style than you'll find down in Lockhart. If you're a sausage fiend, it's worth a stop, but not necessary. Louis Mueller's sausage is of a similar style (don't know if theirs is housemade or perhaps comes from Elgin) and I enjoyed it quite a bit last time I was there.

I've got no suggestions on what to do to kill time between feasts but I bet wandering around Taylor might be fun. It's a nice looking little town. If you get to Lexington late enough, you can walk up the street to cattle auction site just up the road from Snow's to check out the action. There's not much to Lexington beyond that as far as I can tell. Enjoy your trip and please do give a full report.

Feb 21, 2012
agoodbite in Austin

Barbecue Trip Report (Long)

If you'll be here for that long on your next trip, you'll surely have time for a trip to Snow's in Lexington. They've got the best brisket I've ever eaten and I've eaten plenty. The pork steak is really special also.

They're only open on Saturday mornings from 8am until they sell out so get there early.

Feb 20, 2012
agoodbite in Austin

My favorite things from Central Market

"Wonder why they remove the proteins from the butter?"
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My guess is so people with casein sensitivities can eat it since the proteins in butter's milk solids contain casein.

I wasn't aware there was such a product available. I'm glad to know about it since I have a sister with casein/dairy sensitivity.

Jan 23, 2012
agoodbite in Austin

Help, need gluten free dessert ideas

Careful on the oats. Many (most, really) are processed on equipment that also processes wheat. If the OP goes the crisp route, be sure to read labels or just look for a package that states on it clearly that the oats are gluten free. Bob's Red Mill is a widely available option.

Jan 14, 2012
agoodbite in Home Cooking

what is your "default" ethnic food?

I would say Mexican, but I wonder if having a Mexican-American husband disqualifies my household. We also do a lot of southern/ranch cooking at home, but I wonder if being a Texan with a family history of ranching disqualifies that genre for us.

Jan 14, 2012
agoodbite in Home Cooking

I want to love my slow cooker, can you help?

Thanks so much. I can't wait to play around with the concept. The Christmas eve tamales worked so well in the crockpot that I can imagine similar results with tortillas.

Jan 06, 2012
agoodbite in Home Cooking

Leftover honey ham

Ham's a great breakfast meat. Fry up as many slices as you need in an iron skillet. Remove ham, deglaze with coffee and reduce a little. WALA! You have ham steaks and redeye gravy. Serve up with some biscuits and eggs cooked your favorite way.

Such ham steaks are also great for dinner. Serve with stewed greens and baked sweet potatoes or whatever you fancy.

Jan 06, 2012
agoodbite in Home Cooking

Your all time favorite 'TV' cooking show chefs?

Keith Floyd is highly entertaining and quite a good cook.
I still miss The Two Fat Ladies.
Pierre Franey was one of my PBS favorites back in the 80's.
There was a Diana Kennedy series on TLC back in the 80's that I'd pay big money to own on dvd.

Jan 05, 2012
agoodbite in Food Media & News

Do you eat the...gulp...fat?

Indeed it is. What an eloquent way of putting it. Fortunately, my husband does not agree which means more fat for me.

Jan 05, 2012
agoodbite in General Topics