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Beef jerky in austin or mail order

There's Whittington's in Johnson City (they do mail order).

Aug 10, 2014
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Hopdoddy

You might have better luck finding a shorter line at the Anderson Lane location.

The burgers are good, with interesting toppings, and you can tell it's high-quality beef. But for me, a top-tier burger needs either flame-broiled flavor or a caramelized crust from a hot flattop, and Hopdoddy doesn't do either of those.

Aug 07, 2014
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Wimberly

If you do go to Pieous, do not miss the excellent pastrami.

Jun 26, 2014
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Hard Hat XI

Pretty sure Sprouts carried that one too, but I never got around to trying it.

Jun 10, 2014
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What happened to the Texas Rib King

This week's Chronicle says the Slab BBQ truck is going brick and mortar in that space.

May 24, 2014
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My list of Less Than Famous Central TX BBQ - Which ones?

The "Luling City Market" in Houston initially had some tenuous connection to City Market in Luling, a former employee or something. At this point, it's deceptive at best.

Apr 22, 2014
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Onion Rings

These are very good. They seem to cook to order, they've been super hot and crunchy when we've had them.

Feb 20, 2014
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Hard Hat XI

Looks like she's building a small center to include the restaurant along with office/retail space. I remember reading about this, but the original story from 2012 made it sound like an addition or remodel, so I was also surprised to see it leveled.

http://www.statesman.com/news/busines...

Feb 09, 2014
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Hard Hat XI

I think it's this:
http://theparkdomain.com

Dec 26, 2013
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Help for business dinner in Austin

Note that La Condesa is temporarily closed due to a kitchen fire. Not sure about their timeline for reopening.

Nov 13, 2013
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Private dining room for party of 13

Roaring Fork downtown has a room, I think we had a dozen or so people.

Aug 16, 2013
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A well researched (I hope) Trip Plan from Seattle

I don't know that the meat at JMMC is "much better," but it's certainly the real deal, right up there with Franklin. And if you've never had a Texas-style beef rib, that alone is worth the trip (and the money - the things are huge and sold by weight, so they can run ~$20). You'll still want to get to Mueller earlier rather than later, as popular items can sell out quickly. But not too early, cause John may run you off if you try to line up before 10:30.

Franklin does have beef ribs once a week; lucky for you, that day is Saturday if you decide to go. And you would then be able to say you've had the Franklin experience, so there's that. When I do food tourism, I want what I want, so I wouldn't try to talk you out of going if you've got your heart set on it.

Aug 14, 2013
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Trader Joe's Coming - Seaholm

The third store is slated for the former Saks location across from the Arboretum. No timeline yet that I'm aware of.

http://www.kvue.com/news/local/Third-...

Aug 12, 2013
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Steaks, not downtown: Austin Land and Cattle vs Bartlett's vs Eddie V's (arboretum) vs. ???

I don't usually order marinated steaks, but that Hawaiian ribeye sure chars up nicely on the wood grill.

May 06, 2013
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Puffy tacos smothered with queso

I've had their queso that's served over a thick, homemade tortilla. But it's still a flat tortilla, so it's sort of a cousin of the puffed kind (unless I'm totally missing something on the menu). It would definitely do in a pinch, though. Might be close enough to please the OP.

Back when they only served crackers with the hot sauce, I'd order extra "chips," which were those whole, fried tortillas. Now I'm craving them, I'll have to get by there soon.

Nov 08, 2012
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Puffy tacos smothered with queso

I remember it being called a queso puff. it's just a corn tortilla fried till it puffs into a big, crispy balloon shape, then covered in queso. No taco filling or anything. I haven't seen one in a really long time, but I'd order it if I ever saw it on a menu.

Nov 06, 2012
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Bar Mirabeau/Restaurant Jezebel

Jacket required for Jezebel, not Mirabeau. Here's some info:

http://austin.eater.com/archives/2012...

http://austin.eater.com/archives/2012...

Oct 03, 2012
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Octoberfest

Dale's has been around for quite a while. It's a fairly small menu, with nachos and fried apps, sandwiches, steaks and fish, and chicken-fried steak. We go for the burgers: thick patty, nicely caramelized on a flattop, with homemade potato chips. Schnitzel is the only German item on the menu; they have a variety of chalkboard specials, so there may be some occasional German items there. They have a biergarten and live music on weekends.

Sep 07, 2012
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Hill's Barbecue market - Early report

Just did a drive-by. From the signage, it looks like this is an offshoot of Hill's Cafe. Tuesday through Saturday, lunch only for now.

Aug 12, 2012
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RIP V

Looks like Antonio's Tex-Mex is open at I-35 and Howard.

I knew the location at I-35 and 183 had closed a couple years ago. But I only recently realized that both the Round Rock and 183 (formerly Jollyville) locations have also closed.

Aug 08, 2012
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Hopdoddy's on Anderson Lane

That house salad with a combination of their Hot Bacon and Honey Mustard dressings is crave-worthy. It's our favorite combo in town.

To stay on topic, Hopdoddy is very good, but my comment has been the same every time: High-quality ingredients, very good burger...if only they'd cook it with fire. I love griddle burgers too, but meat of that quality would benefit greatly from a grill.

And that's why Bartlett's is our favorite burger in town: Ingredient quality PLUS the wood grill flavor.

The fact that they actually seem to train their wait staff (imagine that!) is just a nice bonus.

Aug 06, 2012
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GOOD RESTAURANT TO GO TO WITH THE FAMILY

It looks like kids 5 and under eat free. They do have an extensive salad bar with interesting stuff, not just iceberg lettuce and ranch. Keep in mind that all the main entree items are large chunks of meat, so you may spend all night cutting up steaks into kid-size bites.

On the other hand, the kids might enjoy the fully-costumed gauchos serving meats from long swords.

It's a little less expensive than Fogo, and we liked It, but thought Fogo was a little better.

Jul 07, 2012
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Help with Austin itinerary

Unfortunately, Franklin is closed on Mondays.

Jun 13, 2012
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BBQ in Austin

Just to follow up on Carter B. for the OP...

In general, your old-school barbecue joints - Lockhart, Luling, Taylor - tend to cook for a lunchtime crowd. By early evening, they're either running out of things or closing, and the meats can lean toward the drier side as it gets later in the day. Even if they're open till 8, we tend to avoid going any later than 3 or so.

Salt Lick is an exception - Driftwood location only, please - due to the volume of business they do. It may not be in the absolute top tier, but it's good, plus it's a nice drive and an enjoyable setting.

JMueller and Franklin are the best in town, but they're done by mid afternoon. Stiles Switch has been getting good reviews, not sure about dinner time though.

May 22, 2012
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Hard Hat Vol IX

FWIW, I KNOW I recently read that next Monday is opening day, but now I can't find the article.

Apr 17, 2012
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two foodie girls eating their way through austin...

This, plus some good vanilla ice cream, is all you need. Tastes like bacon with maple syrup on it. Around here, World Market (Cost Plus) carries it.

http://www.torani.com/products/bacon-...

Mar 21, 2012
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RIP V

Rob Balon said they couldn't agree on lease terms for the south location.

Mar 19, 2012
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Suggestions for brfst lunch and dinner for a weekend in April

You're in luck: Franklin is right downtown, just east of I-35 on 11th. JMueller is maybe a 5 minute cab ride south of the river on South 1st.

There's nothing wrong with Lambert's, though some might say the barbecue items aren't as strong as some of the other things on the menu.

But the other two are at the top of their game, and I wouldn't miss the opportunity to try at least one of them. Franklin is a national phenom for good reason, and Mueller's beef rib alone marks him as a top-flight pitmaster (not to mention his lineage as part of the Louie Mueller dynasty in Taylor).

There's a website with "shaggy" in the name...if you googled that + Franklin, you might find some good local insights about both joints.

Mar 01, 2012
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Locally-sourced, farm-to-table, grass-fed beef, pastured pork?

(Smacks forehead) Oooh...yeah, Franklin is the way to go then, if you can handle the wait.

Mar 01, 2012
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Suggestions for brfst lunch and dinner for a weekend in April

Franklin and JMueller are the best in-town barbecue choices, and they're both a quick trip from downtown. They're very favorably compared with the best Texas has to offer (the legendary joints in Lockhart, Luling, Taylor, etc.).

Franklin has long lines and sells out early.

JMueller is a trailer with picnic table seating. Shorter lines, also routinely runs out by early to mid afternoon.

Feb 29, 2012
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