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Franklin BBQ - how to keep warm for dinner?

I've kept home-cooked brisket warm by wrapping in foil and placing in a cooler. I've heard about using the towels as stated above, but have never needed them. Kept the brisket piping hot for 5 hours this way. Not to toot my own horn, but I was told that my brisket was better than Franklins - so at least we know this process won't degrade the flavor!

Agree with above - keep brisket whole.

Also - under NO circumstances should you apply additional heat (oven, microwave etc). If you do, you might as well buy a pre-cooked brisket at HEB...

Sep 21, 2012
Bababooey in Austin

Crawfish Price Check (and quality)

What, precisely, is crawfish season? Seems to start in MArch and run to ???????

Jun 12, 2009
Bababooey in Austin

Best Tacos Al Pastor in Austin

I believe pineapple is part of what makes "al pastor" what it is:

Al Pastor: Usually pork, it is marinated over one or two days with a blend of different chili peppers, spices and herbs (such as adobo), and then slowly cooked on a vertical rotisserie called a Trompo (lit: spinning top), often with a pineapple on top. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_pastor).

The sweet pineapple melts over the pork, giving it a swwet, crusty glaze, as opposed to simply roasted pork. The pineapple also helps tenderize the meat:

"The juice from the pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain, which breaks down protein and makes the meat very tender. When ready, the meat is then thinly sliced off the spit with a large knife. It can be served with small tortillas, onions, pineapple, cilantro and lime. It is also a common ingredient in tacos, burritos, and tortas."

"Al Pastor" without pineapple isn't really Al Pastor at all!!

Jun 12, 2009
Bababooey in Austin

Austin Burger Smackdown!

In 'N out puts 1000 island on their burgers too...so does McDonalds (Big Mac). Not terribly uncommon. I can understand not liking it, though and if you ask to "hold the sauce", they should be able to comply!

Jun 12, 2009
Bababooey in Austin

Anyone tried Fion Wine Pub and Bistro in Steiner?

Live right down the street from Fion. Love the wine bar. the beer selection is nearly unparalelled in Austin, especially for hard-to-fin belgian specialty beers. Wine selection isfine, not the best. they could do a better job "flighting" the wines, but all-in-all it is enjoyable. Food at the bistro is good, not great, and service is hit or miss. Never been bad enough to keep me from coming back. I know the owners and staff their from my time in the wine bar, and they are good folks trying to do right by their customers.

If you are nearby it is worth a visit!

Jun 12, 2009
Bababooey in Austin

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

Even though it's 2009, you get the 2008 ChowHound Spirit Award for personifying the purpose of ChowHound with your exploration.

Fine work...

Jan 12, 2009
Bababooey in Austin

Cover 2,3? whatever

Troy...at Chuck E. Cheese I would pay anything for a beer!

Dec 01, 2008
Bababooey in Austin

Cover 2,3? whatever

Call me nuts, but $5 per beer, including a tip, doesn't sound all that steep. Unless it was a Keystone Light in a juice cup, it sounds about average.

If that was the happy-hour price, then maybe you have a gripe. But I cant remember the last time I paid less than (approx) $5 for a pint of good beer.

Nov 24, 2008
Bababooey in Austin

European/French bakery near Fairmont?

Looking for a European/French style bakery walking distance from Fairmont. Want to have a spot for nice breakfast pastries and breads with good coffee and, optimally, a nice outdoor spot to enjoy both.

Steiner Ranch - Am I Missing Something?

The restaurant opening next to Fion is going to be a cafe owned by the Fion folks. Sounds like they will have contemporary american fare.

BTW - Quinlan Park Grill has closed and rumor has it that a Thai restaurant is moving in [someone said it was a restaurant with other location(s) in Austin??]

Aug 25, 2008
Bababooey in Austin

Ground Breaking Chef in Austin Texas

I'll enter the hornet's nest and propose a place that I have been enjoying lately: Delicato Cafe and Creamery in Steiner Ranch. The owners are from Venezuela and have brought an international flavor to the previously dull SR dining scene. The cafe does a brisk business serving coffee and espresso drinks. I am no connoisseur of coffee, but I enjoy their shot pulling abilities occasionally and I think they do a very nice job. Additionally they serve homemade Gelato and Sorbetto - all natural and delicious. Generally about 10 -12 flavors every day. They are continuously expanding their lunch menu to include amny grilled sandwiches and cold sandwiches. Using very high quality meats and cheeses to create made-to-order lunches. Their bakery case changes every day with cookies, breads, pies and cakes as well as a custom cake business with quite innovative designs.

Finally, their tapas menu is why I am writing about this place. Offering several international tapas dishes, each very well executed and the perfect size for accomanying a glass or two of their wines...Pan a la Catalana con Chorizo (bread with tomato pulp served with spanish chorizo), Eggplant Duet with italian caponata and Baba Ganoush is fantastic...Chorizo Lolipops (Chorizo with !caramel!)...the list goes on. They also serve Arepas (I was told these are the "hamburgers" of Venezuela and Colombia). with roasted pork, brisket, ham and cheese or Reina Pepiada (chicken salad w/avocado).

They offer artisan pizza (I have not tried yet), paella, and cheese or chocolate fondue.

The owners/chefs are there working hard night and day and turn out very high quality products...If you are in the area, I highly recommend Delicato.

Aug 19, 2008
Bababooey in Austin

Tony's Southern Comfort - Closed

Scrumptious, your own post belies your disagreement with me. You are in search of the best grub. The fact that the best grub is often found at local, independent shops is why you go there - not necessarily because they are independent. If, for some reason, Bennigan's had the best burger you've ever had, would you forego that "best chow" an go to a local independent with alousy burger? I hope not. Good food is good food, regardless of the owner.

Like beercoop said, if Ton'y's was as great as you thought, more pepole would have gone there and they'd still be in business.

Aug 05, 2008
Bababooey in Austin

Tony's Southern Comfort - Closed

MPH said "...when you do dine out, please try to patronize the independent shops that are barely getting by..."

If they're barely getting by, haven't we already voted? I' d change thius to:

"If you dine out, please try to patronize the shops with the best chow, to ensure they remain open through any tough times." Who cares if they're independent. We here at Chowhound only care if they're GOOD!

Aug 04, 2008
Bababooey in Austin

Delivery Pizza in Austin?

Ditto - good luck!

May 19, 2008
Bababooey in Austin

What's good near Steiner Ranch?

15 miles is hardly "Near Steiner Ranch". I can get to Downtown faster. That being said, I'd like to try Cafe Blue - any recommended dishes?

May 19, 2008
Bababooey in Austin

What's good near Steiner Ranch?

Hudson's on the Bend for upscale fare with a local flavor. Uchi is still better, but Hudson's is closer and (perhaps) more unique. While in Steiner, you can grab decent coffee and baked goods at Delicato Cafe. The other food options inside of Steiner are subpar for food. Fion is a wine and beer bar that is pretty good and has a nice atmosphere. Los Pinos is a great call for Tex Mex. Further down the road in Lakeway there is Ciola's italian, which is above average for the area. Rocco's has a nice patio, but the food is mediocre. In october a new steakhouse will be open inside Steiner, depending on when you're here it could be an option. It is called Steiner Steakhouse (!) and appears to be independent...

Good luck, have fun!

May 14, 2008
Bababooey in Austin

Thom's Market on Barton Springs

Do they have a prepared foods section? Is this someplace one could have a nice lunch (sandwich etc.)?

Apr 29, 2008
Bababooey in Austin

Horrible Experience at Austin Java

I agree. I'm sitting in Austin Java now, having jsut finished a tragically overcooked migas breakfast, complete with boring homefries and lackluster beans. At $7, not a rip-off, but I'd rather have a "Grand Slam" at Denny's for $4 (and I hate Denny's) than have this poorly executed dish again. The coffee here is average - I generally order "foo-foo" drinks like a Mocha, and I can't figure out why these places use syrup for a mocha! A scoop of dutch-process cocoa powder makes a much better drink, and I would be happy to pay extra for it. Anyone know of a local coffee house that uses powder for a mocha rather than syrup?

Apr 22, 2008
Bababooey in Austin

Torchy's Taco - Perceptor's Photo Report

See "Link to PLace" below. In case the beta of this feature doesn't work, it's on S. 1st St. south of Barton Springs Rd.

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Torchy's Taco's
1207 S 1st St, Austin, TX

Apr 04, 2008
Bababooey in Austin

What to try at Uchi

While a HUGE Uchi fan, I've never been a fan of their rolls. Just not very inventive. The ones I have had were good, but rather pedestrian in composition.

Other dishes I reccomend are the Maguro w/Goat's Cheese; the Crudo is usually very good; Hama Chili is really good. I love the Bacon Steakie too - pork fat rules! Last time I went they had a "Rack of Rabbit" which was phenomenal! Their hot daily specials are well executed with great ingredients, so I'd definitely try something from the daily menu...

Enjoy and report back on what you get!

Mar 24, 2008
Bababooey in Austin

Source for fresh red currants in Austin?

HEB had some fresh red currants at Christmas time, as did Whole Foods...

Mar 06, 2008
Bababooey in Austin

In Austin One Night Only..

I think you have to do BBQ...You can find mex or Tex/mex that is equal (or better) than Austin in a number of cities around the country. But the BBQ here is lightyears better than anywhere else. Even the worst BBQ in Austin is better than the best option in many cities.

Ironworks for beef ribs is a solid choice. I don't like beef ribs generally, but these I'd go out of my way for. If you prefer brisket, my favorite is Rudy's (get the moist - you only live once). Artz Rib House serves some decent pork BBQ.

Another option< if you are downtown and walkimg, would be Casino el Camino for their famous burger. Sizeable, juicy and cooked perfectly - add jalapenos to remind yourself that you;re in Texas - add music and beer and you'll have anice evening.

My opinion is that Guerro's is a tourist trap and Lambert's BBQ is subpar for the city (still damn good by national standards). I second the rec. for grabbing some breakfast tacos in the AM. Maria's is famous, but I haven't sampled. Juan in a Million gets some raves here as well. Truth be told, you'll do well to find a taco truck or cart between downtown and the airport along Riverside Dr. This is the heart of taco country in Austin!

Hope this helps...let us know what you try and what you think!

Feb 28, 2008
Bababooey in Austin

DEN - Sushi Sasa

One word: WOW!

Wow, as in, "Wow, I can't believe this considered one of the best sushi restaurants in Denver". I've dined at sushi restaurants around the country, with some of the better ones being furthest from the coasts, so I was optimistic after reading reviews here about Sushi Sasa. While not the worst sushi I've ever had, it certainly doesn't deserve the raves I've read about. Sushi Den was much better, albeit way too large and noisy.

I started with sashimi of Razorback Scallops. The scallops were ice-cold (a no-no) and had clearly been in the low-boy for a couple of days. The delicate sweetness of a scallop was lost amongst the slightly fishy/stale taste of the accumulated absorption that had taken place during storage.

Next were several pieces of nigiri: Salmon, Uni, and whitefish, and line-caught Aji. The salmon, I was told, was farm-raised (though Sasa claims all their fish is flown in from Japan - seems odd that you'd buy farm-raised fish from 12,000 miles away), and it tasted like it; bland and firm. At least it wasn't half frozen. The whitefish was passable and the Aji was good. The uni was quite bad, borderline nauseating.

I let my chef (Jesus......yes, Jesus) talk me into a roll of some variety which was mostly krab topped with tuna tataki. It was a good enough roll, if I was at happy hour at a sports bar.

The menu showed no innovation or creativity (seriously, do we need another miso black cod?). The staff was friendly and service was very good. the atmosphere was a bit contrived for me, given the location.

Maybe Denver has no good sushi? There's nothing wrong with that. New York city has lousy barbecue. If anyone can point me in a different direction in Denver, I'll give it a whirl.

Feb 26, 2008
Bababooey in Southwest

Steiner Ranch - Am I Missing Something?

As you may know, Tutto Gusto has reorganized and is now Quinlan Park Grill. While not Hudson's on the Bend, it is a marked improvement over TG. The menu is classic American - burgers, salads, steak, even BBQ - and fairly extensive for a small restaurant. The food is much better than TG with solid burgers and salads and decent kids meals. They're still working things out (the queso was thick as clay on my first visit), but I am more likely to dine here now than as TG.

Jan 28, 2008
Bababooey in Austin

It's Time To Lard Up

Whole Foods for me when I'm feeling "healthy". Whatever you crave, they have a version of it there, healthy or not. Passable sushi, pretty good noodle bowls and always interesting international buffets. Eat as much or, in your case, as little as you'd like!

At the end of the day, I prefer portion control to eating low-fat, low-carb, veg-diets. I'd rather have one good taco then 3 lbs of lettuce.

Jan 08, 2008
Bababooey in Austin

Steiner Ranch - Am I Missing Something?

You haven't missed much...Delicato is a gem, if a bit small. Tutto Gusto is terrible (although I like their pizza). Fion is a Godsend. Lakeside is a disaster.

Another hound mentioned Los Pinos, which is a great reco....I also frequent the family-friendly Flores (by the 4-Points Home Depot). The food is Tier 2, but it is reliable and they have decent top-shelf margaritas. Siena at 2222 and 360 is the best/closest upscale-dining option (aside from Hudson's), and I think it is quite good. Others have panned it here, but I have always found the food very very good. Have not been to Bellagio (Jester), but hear decent reviews...Ciola's in Lakeway is solid, but not spectacular, Italian. There's another wine bar in lakeway that is nice (knowlegeable staff), but I can't remember the name...

I really hope someone sees the untapped opportunity out this way and opens a good restaurant (or two, or three, or......)!!!!

Jan 02, 2008
Bababooey in Austin

Truffle Dishes?

Several weeks ago I had a butternut squash risotto with black truffles at Siena (360 @ 2222) as my primi piatti...It was outstanding. Well executed risotto with the astounding flavor of truffles shining through. Risotto is an excellent venue for sampling truffles, as it presents a relatively clean palette for the truffle flavor.

Nov 30, 2007
Bababooey in Austin

Torchy's Tacos - Food&Wine

Sure. The barbacoa at Tacos Piedras Negras was relatively flat, save for the onion and cilantro. Once salsa was added, this filling was passable. The Al Pastor was even worse. I guess you are right that it isn't bland, but it sure wasn't al pastor. I liked the tortillas, but not much else here.

Seis Mesas fits all the pseudo-requisites for a good taco experience (hole in the wall, east side, broken english), er, except for the tacos part...Really? lettuce, tomato and yellow cheese? On a taco? What is this, Taco Bell? Everything on my plate was poorly executed. Authentic, I'm sure...but tasted like frozen dinners.

I've not been to Regiomontana or La Monita, so I can't comment. I've reviewed La Hacienda Meat Market here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/445383. The most bland of all. Borderline gross.

Again - these are clearly only opinions...my opinions. There is room here for you to love Piedras Negras and for me to hate it. But the location, clientele, staff, and authenticity of Piedras Negras or Torchy's has absolutely NOTHING to do with the deliciousness of their food.

Nov 15, 2007
Bababooey in Austin

Torchy's Tacos - Food&Wine

I agree that the tacos are not of the "authentic" variety - but they are much more well thought out than those at Tacodeli (another frequent lunch spot for me). I think these are UPDATED versions of classic tacos...Hey, they used to bury and steam the cow's head and eat it because they HAD to, not because they WANTED to - we've evolved since then and so can our food!!

I find many of the places that Twill raves about above to be bland and boring, albeit "un-anglicized".

At then end of the day, there's enough tacos in town to satisfy each of our individual tastes. But criticizing a place based on its clientele is not only un-hound like, it is a bit racially insensitive.

Nov 15, 2007
Bababooey in Austin

Torchy's Tacos - Food&Wine

I'm with you boshtx...Torchy's is one of my favorite spots for lunch - those green chile pork tacos are great (flour or corn tortillas)...It is certainly not an "authentic" taco truck experience (like the ones MPH and scrumptioschef often seek and find), but their deliciousness quotient is incredibly high.

I wrote a lengthy review here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/439450

Torchy's is one of these places that irks the chow snob because it is delicious without being authentic. Creative new tex-mex style tacos thought up by a gringo and served in a quasi-hipster setting fliens in the face of the conventional wisdom that tacos must be made in a creaky trailer and eaten curbside amongst the day laborers in order to be considered "chow-worthy". FOr them, Torchy's is too easy, convenient and clean to be considered - even before the food has been sampled.

just my observation...

Nov 15, 2007
Bababooey in Austin