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Is CH Austin on life support?

I guess it's a sign of how often I come back here when it takes me 2 weeks to find this thread. I got so many posts deleted that I really stopped posting much of substance. If I did, I cross-posted elsewhere so it wasn't gone forever. Most of the time my stuff was deleted with no trace and no email. And I've been around since 2006, although not nearly as prolifically as others.

It's sad. I wish we could discuss food like grownups and be treated accordingly.

Oct 19, 2013
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Austin Restaurant inspections - the highs and the lows

Sounds like the Jezebel score, at least, resulted from their food coming from non-Sysco sources. Eggs from the owner's farm and salmon not cooked enough. Parasite destruction in the salmon, probably because it was wild-caught and not farmed. Not sure about the rum thing, that's kind of weird.

http://www.kvue.com/video/featured-vi...

A lot of score hits are for very specific things, like the inspector didn't find a towel at the handwashing station, or there was no thermometer at a cooking station. People freak out because inspectors find meal moths in the flour, but jeez, we get meal moth infestations all the time from buying in bulk. Look at the article - whipping cream held past the sell-by date? Pshhh. The only place in that piece that sounded really gross was Madras Pavillion.

Sep 07, 2013
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RIP VI

Fuddruckers on S. Lamar is no longer with us. The only Fuddruckers (Fuddruckerss?) in the area now are Round Rock and Lakeline. Which is a shame, because their burgers, when ordered medium rare, were some of the only properly cooked-to-order burgers I've been able to get in town. (Cat Mountain Grill did it well, but they're RIP, too.)

There's a propensity elsewhere to cook to hockey puck stage and then a little more for good measure no matter how you ask for it. I'm not driving all the way up to hell and gone just for Fuddruckers, though.

I will say that I ordered a medium rare burger at Mighty Fine last time and got it medium well. It's a start!

http://www.diningoutwithrobbalon.com/...

Aug 07, 2013
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Royer's Pies of Round Top Coming to Austin in Fall

I have eaten at the original Royer's in Round Top, and despite the horrible cutesy menu, the food really is excellent. I'm sorry it's just a pie shop and not a whole restaurant.

Aug 07, 2013
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Kid Unfriendly Restaurants?

I should have said I don't need all three criteria! Just one would do.

Jul 03, 2013
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Kid Unfriendly Restaurants?

Well, we've eaten at Szechuan House (highly recommend) and Lenoir (stinker). We are not much for communal seating, being misanthropes, so I dunno abut Sway and Spin. Actually, I think we've tried Spin and I'm not sure I'd mind taking the kids there. We've tried ESK before and hub was underwhelmed, not sure why.

Amysuehere, next time you go to Madam Mam's, try the Nuer Ob... it's like Thai pot roast, only they give you a side of NUCLEAR GREEN DEATH with it. I mean seriously. I am a spice queen, and this stuff? I dip my utensil in, take it back out, and just eat the stuff that coats the spoon or chopstick or whatever I'm eating with. Be very careful with it. Let me know if I'm a secret spice wussy and I just don't know. Love the best dishes thread! Will troll it for ideas.

Hopfields looks interesting. We love mussels!

Quick reasoning why Lenoir was a pass - first of all, the seating is insanely uncomfortable. There is no back support. At all. Maybe to encourage you to eat quickly? Dishes came out with bizarre pacing, and one dish had an entirely different protein substituted as they were out of the original but neglected to tell the wait staff. We got a comped dessert. They offered a substitute entree but we had been there for nearly 1.5 hours already and my back could not take it anymore. I'm glad some love it, but gladder that we can cross it off our list of restaurants we want to visit again.

Jul 02, 2013
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Kid Unfriendly Restaurants?

My kids are out of town and I'm trying to decide where to eat while they're gone. Normally my kids are total foodies, but I want places that:

1) Are bars,
2) Are spicy,
3) Are moderately spendy.

So far on my list I have Szechuan House and Lenoir. I don't want anything as spendy as Jeffrey's.

Jun 29, 2013
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Habesha Restaurant and Bar-Ethiopian food

I'd say to go anyway and eat for one, then take leftovers home. Dump them all together in a bowl, microwave it to get it warm through, then put it in a toaster oven to crisp up the top. All those flavors together along with the injeera that soaks up the sauces? Amazing.

Jun 21, 2013
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Habesha Restaurant and Bar-Ethiopian food

We were really disappointed in Habesha the one time we went. Service was slow and indifferent, and the dishes were decidedly so-so. I'd much rather spend my money at Taste of Ethiopia in Pflugerville, where service is warm and the dishes have never once disappointed.

Jun 17, 2013
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Ultimate Restaurant in Austin

Jezebel. For interesting prep, I once had a lobster bisque served inside of a sea urchin, with little bits of the sea urchin still clinging to the shell. Their entire menu is designed around your preferences.

May 02, 2013
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Chitterlings & Hog Maws: East 12th Kafe

Thanks for the report. That's the one thing I wish Southern Hospitality would do differently. The vegetarian sides just don't do it for me, although their catfish is phenomenal.

Apr 12, 2013
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fine dining in the Arboretum area

FWIW, I have never had a bad meal at Carrabba's. They are not an Olive Garden type. In fact, some of their dishes (mussels appetizer, sirloin marsala) are worth driving across town for.

Apr 12, 2013
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John Mueller Meat Co.

Opening soon. Interesting.

http://www.johnmuellermeatco.com/home/

Feb 05, 2013
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R.I.P. VI

Ah yes, here 'tis, along with the demise of the Meat Shop. And a new opening in Westlake - Noodles and Company. Looks like it's where Hangtown used to be.

http://www.austin360.com/blogs/conten...

Feb 02, 2013
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R.I.P. VI

I had a feeling they were on their way out. Crowds have diminished greatly lately, and the last time we went they had taken several of the best things off the buffet and made them extra-charge items, but lowered the cost of the buffet overall. It seemed a little desperate.

Jan 28, 2013
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R.I.P. VI

It's not closed, or wasn't the last time I checked. There was a note in the window saying they're remodeling. Did that change? I've been on Mars for a couple of weeks.

Jan 28, 2013
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Traditional Mexican Tacos

Fruta Feliz has some bizarre spice in their barbacoa that I've never encountered. Cloves, maybe? It's disconcerting to me and I've sworn off it.

Jan 16, 2013
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RIP V

There's a sign that says they're closed for remodeling.

Jan 15, 2013
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RIP V

The Meat Shop in Westlake has a closed sign - apparently for not paying rent.

Jan 14, 2013
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50th Birthday dinner, Uchi, Barley Swine or ?

There's always Jezebel!

Dec 03, 2012
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Where to buy "real" lard?

It smelled, but it wasn't terrible. It was like an intense bacon smell, and it faded after a day or so. It probably depends on your house and how it's vented.

Dec 01, 2012
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Where to buy "real" lard?

You can also buy 50/50 pork mix for cheap at many places around town - I think we got ours here: http://johnnygbutcherblock.com/sc/sto... - and render your own lard. It's really easy, and your house will smell like a gently bubbling pig for days after. Plus, cracklings for cornbread.

Nov 30, 2012
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El Pollo Regio

I use the green sauce on everything. My husband had to physically take it away from me as I was pouring cereal.

For spicy, one of the hottest things I've had lately was completely surprising - the bonus red jalapeno with the beef fajitas at Lupe Tortilla. I am NOT a spice wuss, but one tiny strip (and no seeds) had my lips afire for 30 minutes. The hottest jalapeno I've encountered. Hotter than most habaneros I've had. I forgot to ask where they came from.

Nov 19, 2012
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Restaurant Jezebel

For us, it was each person, but since our responses were substantially identical (except my husband can stand the devil weed cilantro and I cannot), we received the same dishes.

Nov 17, 2012
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Restaurant Jezebel

I'm not sure where you're seeing that... the prices are slightly different:

$75/pp for the four course option
$125/pp for the seven course option

The website is stating $85/pp for four courses, so they might have tweaked prices a bit since opening, or it might be a typo. There's still some Lorem Ipsum in there, so it looks like a work in progress.

http://www.restaurantjezebel.com/menu...

Nov 10, 2012
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Festival!

Oh gosh, that's awful. I was truly blown away by my Scotch egg. I've never had one so good. Tasted like it was right out of the fryer. Normally they're tough and heatlampy.

I gave up on turkey legs years ago because in the battle of me vs. the tendons, the tendons always win.

Nov 02, 2012
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Restaurant Jezebel

Ohh, I think the jezebeldining.com link is for the private dinner parties they were doing while the restaurant was still under construction.

Nov 02, 2012
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Restaurant Jezebel

Huh, I can't even get to their website - all I see is an Under Construction hold screen. Here's from their Facebook page:

Description
Please call 512 436 9633 for reservations. (starting to take for Formula one-special menu).

Please note that Jackets are required for gentlemen. jeans & cowboy boots are OK, flip flops or sandals are not.

Couture Dining, never off the rack. We offer the best of the best. Cult wines, foie gras, caviar & truffles to aged cognac & cigars.

Nov 01, 2012
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Restaurant Jezebel

It's back, baby!

We went for opening night last night. The entrance to the restaurant is sort of hidden - you get there through Bar Mirebeau. There is also valet parking, but there are free spots around after business hours, so look around. We had no problems finding a spot on Halloween.

It's completely prix fixe and jackets for gentlemen are required. This is a source of much angst on Eater.com. Parind Vora has explained it fully - jacket + blue jeans + boots = okay. Jacket + blue jeans + flip flops = not okay. We saw guys there with jackets and t-shirts on. Other guys with jackets, button downs, and slacks. A pretty big cross section. I don't remember seeing a tie. I did see a rack of jackets near the restrooms which I'm guessing is for diners who forgot theirs.

The space itself is much smaller than the old restaurant. It can accommodate 32 diners. But this is due to the radical new menu structure they now employ.

When you are seated, your only menu options are how many courses you would like and whether you'd like something off the wine list. If you want a cocktail, they bring a cart to your table and make it tableside. We had some fine Old Fashioned cocktails to sustain us. Everything else is taken care of via questionnaire. You're asked if you'd like vegetarian, light, or standard fare; if you have food allergies; if there are flavors or textures you don't care for; how spicy you like your food; how adventurously you'd like to eat tonight; how you like your meat cooked; and if there's anything you particularly are in the mood for. There are probably some other things I forgot. Given your answers to these questions, Parind constructs your meal specifically for you.

We mentioned that we really missed Jezebel's foie gras - we had a hard time finding seared foie gras around town since they burned down. We were then treated with THREE foie gras courses!

We ordered the seven course menu, but ended up with something like 12 courses, all told (I might have butchered the order a bit - see: Old Fashioneds):

1: Seared foie gras with mumble mumble (I knew I should have taken notes)
2: Seared foie gras with Thai chili glaze
-warm olives, Jezebel style
3: Deep fried foie gras ball with mustard and sauerkraut
-palate cleanser -sorbet with jamun fruit and basil
4: Smoked tilefish and mustard greens
5: Lobster bisque served inside of a sea urchin
6: Wild boar chop with lentils
-intermezzo: pumpkin bisque
7: S'mores with tobacco ice cream and butternut crepes with caramel(?) ice cream
-assortment of truffles, macaroons, homemade fiddle faddle
-coffee cake muffins to take home for breakfast

I was left in a permanent state of eyes rolling back into my head in ecstasy. I think I need to go to church and the gym.

Oh, and by the way, I was a little sad that the ladies' room was not covered in astroturf like the old one was, but then I saw that they had a small bit of 'turf framed and placed behind the faucet. A bit of continuity. Love it.

Nov 01, 2012
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Festival!

We went to the Texas Renaissance Festival last weekend - it runs through the end of November, I think - and while some of the food was pretty meh (the hot chocolate, the turkey legs), some of it was decidedly delicious. They have really stepped up their game on Scotch eggs. They taste like something that just came out of my kitchen. I also had some potato/cheese pierogies that really knocked me out. Enjoyable as well was a beef empanada - it had picadillo filling with green olives and raisins in it.

Perhaps not Austin proper, but just a couple of hours' drive away.

Oct 31, 2012
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