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Bloody Mary's in Austin?

While not a huge fan of BM's, I've heard time and time again that Casino El Camino makes some of the best ones in town.

Jun 11, 2007
Willisinaustin in Austin

Fried Chicharrones

La Michoacana at 6908 Cameron Rd should have what you're looking for. It's a mexican meat market/grocery and I remember seeing piles of them in the meat market next to the carnitas the last time I was there.

May 17, 2007
Willisinaustin in Austin

Cajun Cracklins and Boudin?

Don't bother with the boudin at Gene's. I've had it there once and it left a lot to be desired. Have yet to really come across some good boudin in town. Maybe Sambet's...

May 16, 2007
Willisinaustin in Austin

The Sandwich Joint

My Yelp review of the place. http://www.yelp.com/user_details?user...

This place has been advertising "opening soon" for so long that it's become a running joke with my happy hour group that hangs out at Billy's across the street, but I'm pleased to report it was worth the wait. I swung by today to try it and ended up getting the Devil's Cove (chicken, jalapeños, avocado, salsa, sour cream, and jack cheese) and it rocked. This place is pretty tiny, so I'd recommend calling ahead and picking your order up, but all in all the sandwich was great. The fries remind me of McDonald's fries though, so if you like that style great, if you don't just get chips. It could be a bit cheaper, but the prices aren't horrible. All in all, a pretty good lunch spot.

Oh and since they don't seem to have a website, here's a poor scan of their menu. www.joshwillis.net/sandwichjoint.jpg

May 15, 2007
Willisinaustin in Austin

Uncle Billy's - anybody been?

The reviews on Yelp aren't good....

http://www.yelp.com/biz/iamuoz587n2gH...

May 11, 2007
Willisinaustin in Austin

Gas station BBQ & CATFISH between Tyler and Jacksonville?

You know I grew up in Jacksonville and up until a couple of years ago drove hwy 69 all the time back and forth between Tyler and Jacksonville and I don't have a clue what you're talking about. Do you remember which town it was closest to?

May 01, 2007
Willisinaustin in Texas

Absolute best burger in Texas?

Without a doubt, Casino El Camino in Austin.

May 01, 2007
Willisinaustin in Texas

Best Burger in Portland

I've got to say, when I visited Portland last year, the burger I had at the Kennedy School McMenamens didn't impress me at all. The "Kick your ass burger" I had at the Ash Street Saloon WAS pretty tasty though. Never came across anything that came close to the burgers that they have down here in Austin at a bar called Casino El Camino though...

Where is the best fried catfish within 25 miles of Austin?

Gene's does indeed make a GREAT catfish poboy.

Apr 25, 2007
Willisinaustin in Austin

Fish City Grill in The Triangle

Just noticed today where a placed called The Fish City Grill is going to open up in The Triangle. Anyone know anything about this place or any of the other upcoming places in The Triangle? It'd be nice to get a few good places over there since I work across the street, but so far I've not been impressed with the single offering (Mandola's).

Apr 24, 2007
Willisinaustin in Austin

Potbelly Sandwich Works

Yeah, it's kinda turned into the running joke with the crowd that I go to Billy's with. It's be great if they finally opened and they were good though since it's near my office.

Apr 24, 2007
Willisinaustin in Austin

Where is the best fried catfish within 25 miles of Austin?

While not the best in the area, the fried catfish at the Stallion Grill is always great on Fridays. HUGE portion, nice crispy crust, and great flavor.

Apr 24, 2007
Willisinaustin in Austin

Fried Chicken Recs

Gene's or Top Notch are your best bets.

Apr 23, 2007
Willisinaustin in Austin

Awful experience at Hula Hut

Yeah, the Hula Hut just doesn't impress me anymore. The food isn't nearly good enough to justify the service (or lack there of) and the usual wait for a table.

Mar 28, 2007
Willisinaustin in Austin

Frito Pie at Billy's on Burnet

Not to mention a pretty great place for happy hour. I work around the corner so their $1.50 Shiners from 4-5 make for a great end to the day.

Mar 26, 2007
Willisinaustin in Austin

Sunday Brunch Recommendation?

Fonda San Miguel if you can afford a nice brunch.

Mar 14, 2007
Willisinaustin in Austin

Fried Calamari

The Salt & Pepper Squid at T&S Seafood is hard to beat.

Mar 13, 2007
Willisinaustin in Austin

Who serves a good black & blue steak in Austin?

Austin Land and Cattle

Mar 11, 2007
Willisinaustin in Austin

Why does Tamale House not serve any tamales?

I <3 the Tamale House!

Mar 07, 2007
Willisinaustin in Austin

Your favorite bowl of red in Austin?

I'm a fan of a bowl of XXX at the Texas Chili Parlor but then I can't stand my chili to be "soupy".

Mar 05, 2007
Willisinaustin in Austin

Quibbles with Fearless Critic's Guide to Austin?

Example?

Open Letter to Alamo Drafthouse

Sorry, but the Drafthouse still rocks, and I love their expanded menu. Where else can you watch a movie with a pint of Arrogant Bastard Ale and eat fried pickles? Long live the Drafthouse!!

Feb 26, 2007
Willisinaustin in Austin

Quibbles with Fearless Critic's Guide to Austin?

Frankly I LOVE the book and think they're pretty spot on. I love how they don't pander to the places around town that everyone is supposed to like just because they're "Austin institutions". Sure there are a few ratings that are a bit off, but I have to agree with most of their reviews.

Fogo de Chão

Have buddies in DC and Houston that rave about their's.

Feb 23, 2007
Willisinaustin in Austin

Great Tex-Mex for a Texan

Nope, the critics that wrote "The Fearless Critic" gave them a 1.4 out of 10 on the food.

Feb 23, 2007
Willisinaustin in Austin

Visiting Austin..downtown suggestions..& beyond

Now you're talking. I might even have to go get one tonight...

Feb 23, 2007
Willisinaustin in Austin

Visting Austin, Need Recs

I 2nd the recommendation for CeC. Best burger in Texas and one of the best bars in town. Amarillo with fries please.

Feb 23, 2007
Willisinaustin in Austin

Fogo de Chão

Great news, I've always heard good things about that place.

Feb 23, 2007
Willisinaustin in Austin

Maru has great sushi!

Yup, I loved it when I went.

Feb 23, 2007
Willisinaustin in Austin

Five day visit--what's great?

Heh, glad you liked Casino. It's without a doubt one of the best bars in town and certainly the best burgers in the state.

Feb 22, 2007
Willisinaustin in Austin