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Breakfast-Lake Travis area??

Well you got me when you said you like to eat healthy. But the breakfast tacos at Rosies are great. One time in your life you have to try the Suicide taco. They have lots of choices and you can't go wrong. But healthy, well live on the wild side once in a while.

Jul 03, 2010
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Blue Bell Ice Cream

Well, it has HFCS in it too, but I have favored HEB 1905 Vanilla over Blue Bell Vanilla for the past couple of years.

May 27, 2010
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Visiting Austin for first time

you know, I think it would help to know how old you are. That might sound strange but younger people usually gravitate to more upscale places. It would also help to know if you have ever had Tex/Mex or not.

May 27, 2010
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"I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today ": Best Hamburger in Austin

I may be old timey Austin, but I still have to go get a burger from the only Shortstop still in South Austin at William Cannon and Manchaca. Cheap and tasty. Good fries too. Great for the budget and I promise you, you will go back. To go only..

May 04, 2010
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"I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today ": Best Hamburger in Austin

OMG, the jalapeno bun makes the burger even better. This is a Sheila Partin bun. The same bun at Hill's and the Roadhouse in Bastrop. Both named the best buns in their town. You have got to at least try them. The sourdough is good but I like the jalapeno bun better. Thousands of people cannot be wrong..

May 04, 2010
tuckspop in Austin

Best Chicken Fried Steak in Austin?

The Broken Spoke has a good Chicken Fried Steak. There is a youtube video showing just how they make it.

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Broken Spoke
3201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Apr 25, 2010
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Austin Burger Smackdown!

Ate a burger at Fran's on South Congress today. Ate the burger with the jalepeno cheese bun, best damn hamburger I ever ate in Austin and I am a native.
Shared a side of fries and onion rings with a friend. I swear, you don't have to look any further for the best burger in Austin. By the way, they come in medium or large, nice touch.

Jan 07, 2010
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I ate at Texas Monthly’s Top 5 BBQ Pits in One Weekend.

Everybody seems to forget or have not tried the fourth bbq joint in Lockhart. Chisholm Trail has great bbq. I went through there yesterday and bought a Slice Beef Sandwich on a bun for $2.10. It was great brisket. The only thing is that they try to put mayo on the sandwiches. I don't think any of the other joints in Lockhart are any better. Floyd the owner grew up learning the trade at Blacks. The locals really like the place. And I've got to tell you that The Gonzales Meat Market takes backseat to nobody. The sausage is really good and so is the sauce.

And I don't know why we forget to talk about the bbq in Elgin. I love Meyers.

We are really lucky here in Central Texas. I think our bbq is the best, but I don't think it is limited to Lockhart and Luling.

Jan 04, 2010
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Thinking of moving from Brooklyn, NY to Austin--what would I be in for, foodwise?

Being a native South Austinite, I think you should consider moving to central or south Austin. South Austin has become a mecca for all things crazy, including the food. You will love it here and adapt somewhat to the style of food here. Pizza, out in Oak Hill there is a Pizza shop in an old historic building that makes good pizza. Can't remember the name. Bella Donna Subs on Burleson was started by a Native New York City guy. We had a language barrier, I didn't understand his New York accent and he didn't understand my Texas accent. Wide variety of subs that he brought the reciepes from New York City. The have New York City Push Cart Hot Dogs. I like everything in the place. BBQ... I just ate at House Park BBQ today and it is great. Been in the same place since '43. Chicken Fried Steak at the Broken Spoke is original. South 1st Street is full of good restaurants with all types of menus. Austin and the surrounding area has a heavy German influence on their food. Many day trips to the hill country will great you great food experiences. I know you will probably miss New York, but in the last 40 years I find that once people get here, they tend to stay. Good luck.

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Broken Spoke
3201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Nov 17, 2009
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Texas Bar-BQ Joints Map Project

Have to put The Gonzales Food Market in Gonzales on the list. Great sausage.

Nov 04, 2009
tuckspop in Texas

Texas Bar-BQ Joints Map Project

The owner of Chisholm Trail, Floyd, grew up learning how to bbq at Blacks. Lots of the locals eat at Chisholm Trail.. I like it too. The only thing is that they like to put mayo on your sliced beef sandwich, which I don't like

Nov 04, 2009
tuckspop in Texas

Help me impress my daughter's boyfriend (a foodie from Philly)

Take that boy to Smitty's in Lockhart and buy him some shoulder clod. He will ask for your daughter's hand the next day. Great bbq, and you showed him where to get it.
Sorry but County Line might make him think again. It was bad last time I was there.
You sound like you are from North Austin, but Saturday night take him to Nutty Brown, listen to music, drink and eat whatever. Fun place. This saturday might be a problem, because I think Randy Rogers Band is there. In that case take him to brunch Sunday and listen to the Java Jazz Band. You will have grandkids before you know it.

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Nutty Brown Cafe
12225 W Highway 290, Austin, TX 78737

Nov 03, 2009
tuckspop in Austin

Casual Brunch on Sunday (Not Mexican)

Nutty Brown Cafe and listen the the Java Jazz Band.

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Nutty Brown Cafe
12225 W Highway 290, Austin, TX 78737

Oct 29, 2009
tuckspop in Austin

Restaurants in South/Southwest Austin?

There is a Mexican Market that is fairly new in the strip center at S. 1st and Stassney. They have very good meats for sale and the restaurant inside is very good. There is another Mexican Restaurant in the same center down in the corner on the first floor. (This is the strip center that is blue and anchored by Time Warner). I can't think of there name but they have excellent beef caldo and if you ask for it, they serve a avacado based salsa that is very good. One of my favorite places.
Friday nights at the Manchaca Fire Hall is all you can eat Fried Catfish. Very good. Clarance has his own recipe for the corn meal.
I haven't been there in a while but the Westgate Bowling Alley had a really good burger and fries. I don't think that they open until 4.
Railroad BBQ in Manchaca is pretty good too.
Cherry Creek Catfish across from Crockett on Manchaca has good fried catfish.
I also like the Casa Garcia's at William Cannon and Manchaca.

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Casa Garcia's
1901 N Interstate 35, Round Rock, TX 78664

Oct 29, 2009
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Fried Chicken Recs

I know many people will not agree, but I love my fried chicken and I am pretty picky about it. One of my favorites if Bill Miller BBQ. I love the fried chicken (hate the bbq) and those pickled onions. With fries and sweet tea, a real treat for me. Getting old so I can't eat that stuff much anymore.

Oct 15, 2009
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Looking for nice, sit-down restaurant in Central/South Austin

Wow. this is hard.
With 80 year olds that are driving, one of the first considerations is parking, which pretty much leaves out downtown. It also leaves out a few other restaurants that have tough parking.
The other thing is that they may consider the seating and atmosphere as much as the food. I have a 78 year old mother. Thinking of her here.
My best considerations giving the aforementioned qualifications. Food comes in third.
Tex Mex.
El Rancho on South Lamar. Great parking, lots of room in the dining areas. A little noisy but with 80 year olds, it might be just perfect. I like the food. They have been there for a long time. I really like the Chile Rellano there.
Serrano's at 290 and Loop 1. Great place to eat with great parking. The food is ok and the atmosphere is great for that age.

Down home cooking
Broken Spoke, great lunch I don't care what anyone says and the old folks will love it. It's on South Lamar with good parking. Great Chicken Fried Steak. Not paved but lots of parking. Has a great country music museum there.

Late Breakfast,
Dan's at Manchaca and Ben White. Always crowded, the best breakfast in South Austin. Not far from Westlake. Parking is a little iffy though, because they are so busy all the time.

Chinese,
Susie's Chinese Kitchen on South Lamar. Good chinese and good parking and great atmosphere.

Home Cooking
Shady Grove, worried about parking there, but the menu is varied and good food. It's on Barton Springs Road.

BBQ
Try the Green Mesquite at Barton Springs and Lamar. Ok bbq and easy to get to. Diners and Dives have filmed there regarding their chicken fried steak. Cant' be all bad.

If you really want a low key place, there is a Honey Baked Ham Store in Westlake that has great sandwiches and the best bean soup I have ever eaten. It is in a strip center behind a bank. Parking is tough, but many well know Austinites eat there regularly. Not fancy at all. Just great food.

By the way, Zax is good too. When I was a kid the location was a window blind manufacturing shop and when my mom was a kid it was a skating rink.

Nothing wrong with Zax.

Oct 07, 2009
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Rehearsal dinner recs

Well, you mentioned the Salt Lick to start with. Sorry about that. Take a look at the Ghost Town in Manor. Looks like a fun place. google "ghost town in manor". Then just have the food catered. Would be something to remember.

Oct 04, 2009
tuckspop in Austin

Quintessential Austin.

Well, Rosie's has applied for a liquor license. They also take credit cards now.
The Dart Bowl is packed almost every day and the lady there said they sell hundreds of enchiladas a day. Somebody must like them. El Patio is good too.
These are Austin Institutions that have weathered the test of time. So is the one listed below. If they weren't good, they wouldn't have lasted this long.

I forgot to add to the list though

Nau's Enfield Drug. On West Lynn Street. Last soda fountain that I know of in Austin. They also have an old fashioned hamburger. Feel like you went back in time there.

Oct 02, 2009
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Riverside, Pleasant Valley and Oltorf area; new restaurants? Taco Trucks?

by the way, you have to ask for the shoulder clod at Smitty's, I don't see it on the menu.

Oct 01, 2009
tuckspop in Austin

How do I Wow the Crowd??? Need Ideas for a catered lunch for 300.

Here's two ideas that will wow your crowd.

How about at the dump. There is a great place out by the dump just east of Austin. Great facility. Call Clarence Vogel at the Manchaca Fire Hall Kitchen to get the phone number there. His 50th wedding aniversary was there. He caters great fried catfish.

I have heard about this other place. Google "ghost town in manor". Looks like a small western town. You can have caterers bring food there. Says the burgers there are the best.

Don't know the cost of either, but I think either would wow and be something different.

Oct 01, 2009
tuckspop in Austin

Quintessential Austin.

I am a native Austinite and have a totally different take than esi.

Local flavor with a great chicken fried steak. Eat lunch at the Broken Spoke. One of the last old time Texas dancehalls. Has a great museum there too. Don't miss this one.

Burgers.
Dans or Frans. Go the the Frans on South Congress to get the best burger in town. I know that they have the Sheila Partin Sourdough buns now. Stay and visit South Congress, a must see part of Austin. If you just want a to go burger, go to Sandy's on Barton Springs Road. Can't miss there either.

BBQ. got to take a day trip for this one. If you miss the shoulder clod at Smitty's in Lockhart, well you just missed the best BBQ in Texas. About 25 miles down 183 in Gonzales is the Gonzales Food Market. Just celebrated 50 years in business. Best beef sausage you have ever eaten. Like Lamb Ribs, it's the second best selling meat there.

Mexican Food.
Well I like the Willie's Plate at Rosie's on 71 just past 620. Willie Nelson eats there. Ask one of Rosie's family to tell you how the Willie's Plate came to be. Great story.
El Patio is also good over on Guadalupe, parking there is miserable, but worth the trip.

Home cooking, Arkie's Grill way out in east Austin. Closed on Mondays, but one of the last blue plate joints in town. Can't miss.

Ice Cream, If you miss Amy's Ice Cream you just missed Austin.

Enchiladas
Believe it or not the Dart Bowling Alley has great enchiladas. The Frisco also has great enchiladas. They are both different, but great.

Breakfast, Cisco's on East 6th. You will go back for more. Great migas.

Chinese, Susie's Chinese Kitchen on south Lamar. Great food.

Margarita's , Serranos's also has great salsa, just don't like the food that much.

Fried Catfish, The Manchaca Fire Hall Kitchen. All you can eat on Friday nights with music, mostly bluegrass. This is an Austin institution. Be sure and shake Clarance Vogels hand, he is 82 and works 16 hours a day there. Not open on weekends.
Great place for breakfast.

Cajun food, Evangalines on Brodie. Just 4 or 5 years old but the place for cajun food.

Late night, Magnolia Cafe on South Congress.

Homemade corn tortillas, Angies in East Austin, The food ain't bad either.

Best Sub, Bella Donna's on Burleson Road, Started by a New Yorker, he has died but the food continues. Great menu and great food. New York style subs.

Most romantic, Carmelos downtown. Italian with white table cloths and the works.

Best breakfast tacos, Curras on Oltorf and get some of that special coffee that they make.

The strongest drink in town, the purple margarita's at Baby Acapulcos. They will only serve you two.

This is a good list to start with. Have fun in Austin and try to visit some of the old time Austin establishments.

Oct 01, 2009
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Rehearsal dinner recs

Railroad BBQ has a venue just across the street from the Salt Lick in Driftwood. I like their BBQ better anyway. Great venue, either inside or outside.

Oct 01, 2009
tuckspop in Austin

Rehearsal dinner recs

Serrano's downtown has a private room. I went to a college grad party there and it was great. The fajita's were very good. As usual their margarita's are great.

Oct 01, 2009
tuckspop in Austin

Gonzales Food Market

A couple of weeks ago, on the way to the coast, I stopped in and bought some raw sausage to grill while at the coast. Richard, who is a grandson of the owner, filled my order. He took me into the back and showed me the pit. They smoke the briskets and lamb ribs on the grills and hang the sausage above the briskets. The juices from the sausages drip onto the briskets. They smoke the sausage on average 4 hours. I grill mine quicker but am going to smoke some this weekend for the 4 hours. The sausage is mostly beef. Course ground. Richard said that the sausage is hand made, If you find sausage that is packed tightly, it is not hand made, but made by a machine. The sausage is unique and I love it with some of the bbq sauce on top. The second best seller there is the Smoked Lamb Ribs. Didn't try it, but it sells like crazy. The brisket is very good. On October 10, they will celebrate 50 years in business.

The sausage recipe is an old German recipe that was given to Richard's grandfather.

They also sell bacon in the meat market and it is different, hickory smoked, but very good.

Gonzales is only about 16 miles from Luling, If you are on a BBQ day trip and you miss this place you are only missing some of the best bbq around. The shoulder clod at Smittys is hard to pass by though.

This weekend is a festival in Gonzales, the Come and Take It Weekend, celebrating Texas History. Carnaval across the street from the Gonzales Food Market. Make it a day and enjoy great bbq. Buy some of the raw sausage and grill it at home. You will be a star.

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Gonzales Food Market
311 Saint Lawrence St, Gonzales, TX 78629

Oct 01, 2009
tuckspop in Austin

County Line Am I missing something?

I agree, the County Line is not that good any more. Brisket is very bland. Just don't go there anymore and I am a native Austinite.

Oct 01, 2009
tuckspop in Austin

Riverside, Pleasant Valley and Oltorf area; new restaurants? Taco Trucks?

If you make a day trip for BBQ, you must go to Gonzales Food Market in Gonzales. It's only 15 miles past Luling. Best sausage that you will ever have, hand made. They have great brisket and is the only place that I know of in Central Texas that serves BBQ Lamb ribs. It's there 2nd best seller. The place is 50 years young and is in downtown Gonzales. Except for the clod at Smitty's in Lockhart, this is now my favorite BBQ joint.

Oct 01, 2009
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Area grocery liquidation store?

I buy a lot of meat at Randall's. First they have good meat. Each store has a clearance bin. Before 4, the meats are 30% off and after 4, 50% off. You never know what is going to be there each day, but I usually find something. Have bought lots of steaks, hamburger meat, pork chops and chicken.

Sep 14, 2009
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Best CFS in Texas!

It's been a while since I was there, but there is a little restaurant on the main drag in Sommerville, Texas that had the best chicken fried steak that I have ever had. Does anyone know if it is still there.

Aug 26, 2009
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Headed For The Gulf

I vote for Castaways. The fried shrimp is great. And you can come straight from the beach. If you like Cajun, try the Crazy Cajun. If you are down there on a Tuesday, go to Aransas Pass and visit the Big Fisherman. All you can eat Fried Chicken Gizzards or Chicken Fried Steak for less than $3.00. The Chicken Fried Steak sucks but the Chicken Gizzards are great. Ok seafood, not the best but cheap as far as seafood goes.
Don't miss Crofutt's in Bayside. Great burgers on homemade buns. Best egg sandwich you have ever had, bar none. Worth a trip.

Aug 25, 2009
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Dragged Kickin and Hollerin Into Chuy's on North Lamar

Guys and gals, there is so much better Mexican food than Chuy's, that I don't know why we talk about it. Chuy's, Salt Lick, El Arroyo, Rudy's, etc are the tourist traps that all the magazines promote. I have eaten at all of them and they are just ok. I like to find the little out of the way places that try to bring something extra. Chuy's is for a young crowd and after that 2nd margarita who cares about the food. Sorry to be griping, forgive me. I be better tomorrow.

Aug 21, 2009
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