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Bryce Gilmore coming to B. Rd.

And I will be able to justify frequenting that land plot and eating it's fruits by riding my bike since it's so close. This is good. Let's put it there :)

about 23 hours ago
foodiegal71 in Austin

Visiting Austin for 3 1/2 days for my birthday - Dec 3rd -7th

No. The entire staff is so talented, and Tyson Cole is executive chef, so I wouldn't be worried.

Oct 21, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin
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Visiting Austin for 3 1/2 days for my birthday - Dec 3rd -7th

Add me to the Uchiko group. Also, do the entire tasting menu. I've never been disappointed.

Oct 21, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin
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Croatian / Serbian Fare - simple and fantastic

We finally made it to Balkan Cafe on Friday night. Since the whole lamb roast is only on Saturdays, we went with the mixed meat plate and the Balkan Salata, followed by the Euro Cream crepes.

This place is freakin' stellar. There was no wait, it's cute as can be, the service is top notch and the food...well what can I say? That bread is like a pillow of love on a plate. And all of the various sausages we had were right up my alley. I'm not a huge fan of sausage, but I am of these. We had enough leftovers to feed us both the next night and even have a little leftover from that.

Next time I want to hit it on a Saturday so we can do the lamb. Great addition to our rotation for sure.

Oct 19, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

What Happened to Sonora Hot Dog?!!!!

It's just on the other side of the lot now, where the snowball place was. I went last night for my burrito of the gods and it was as delicious as it always is.

New Middle Eastern food restaurant located near Braker & North Lamar

I have driven past Balkan Cafe a few times and keep saying I need to try it. I'm going to try to drag the husband there this weekend on your rec.

Oct 13, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

You're leaving Austin for good, take one taco with you and tell us why.

I've only had the migas taco from Veracruz, but I proclaim it to be the best in Austin. We've started getting our Friday office tacos at the one next to Radio Coffee on Manchaca. The savory aspect of the taco is like nothing else I've had in Austin. I want to try their other tacos now.

Oct 13, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

New Middle Eastern food restaurant located near Braker & North Lamar

I made it over there this weekend and OMG. Hands down the best Middle Eastern food in Austin. I had the beef schwarma plate with muhammara dip (roasted red pepper/walnut). Also, that pita is hands down the best I've had in years. I'll be back regularly and soon.

After we ate, I hit up the bakery and bought quite a bit of baklava. DAMN.

Oct 13, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

Pollo Regio Knockoff

Thank you for the heads up. I drive by there all the time and have wondered about it. Next time I'm up for easy chicken, I'm going to try it.

Oct 08, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

Pollo Regio Knockoff

I could have sworn the last time I got a whole at Rico it was $15. It used to be $13ish. Totally worth it for two meals and leftovers for salads and such though.

Oct 08, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

Best meal delivery service

Instacart might be an option if you wanted to do prep foods from Whole Foods or Central Market. I've been using it for grocery shopping and it's fantastic.

Oct 06, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

Hard Hat XIII

I go to the Papalote on south Lamar a lot. It's outstanding. The rajas y hongos taco is one of my favorites in Austin. They have solid breakfast tacos as well.

Oct 05, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

Fork and Taco

We tried it on Saturday. I had the grouper with the green curry crema, watermelon and cucumber on corn. That one was a winner for sure.

I also had the cauliflower on flour. Meh to that one. Definitely needed salt, and I'd have preferred the cauliflower to have more of a caramelized, roasted flavor/texture.

Himself had two pork variants. I had a bite of one and thought it was really good, but of course, I can't remember which one it was. It had a siracha mayo type sauce on it that I liked.

It's fine, but I'm never going to go gaga for non-authentic tacos, it's just not in my nature.

Sep 22, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

Sichuan River

Hahahaha! They do know me and know I like the real stuff. The last time I was there, they were laughing at us eating the chicken feet saying they'd never seen Americans eat them.

Also, went back today (I may have a problem) with a large group from work and the cold bar thing is gone. It's now a section on the menu and each dish is individually priced at about $7-8. We had the pickled mushrooms and the sliced beef in chili and both were outstanding.

We also had the green beans, the spicy fish filet and the Ma La Chicken. There were 4 first timers with us and all but one seemed to greatly enjoy everything. This is becoming a once a week visit for me at this point.

Sep 05, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

Sichuan River

I ordered the Pickled fish yesterday and I don't think they gave me what they're giving everyone else. It was a soup. It was outstanding, but it doesn't look like the same photo that's on Yelp of it. Here's a photo of mine. It was served in a large bowl and ladled into smaller ones. It was spicy, but more because it had a sort of sport-like pepper in it (whole). They know me there and know I'm into the good stuff, so I'd be surprised if they "gringoed" me or something. I specifically ordered it from the "Chef's Specials" section.

Sep 05, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

You're leaving Austin for good, take one taco with you and tell us why.

Sounds like we are also neighbors! I can't wait until I can ride my bike up to TacoDeli on a Sunday morning for an Otto with egg. I actually just had one for breakfast. We get TacoDeli every Friday morning and I've turned the whole office on to the Otto with egg. It's the favorite hands down.

Now I need to try the scallop taco!

Torchy's just isn't my place for some reason. I'll go if others want to, but the only taco I like is the baja shrimp. Actually, I love their queso, it's my favorite queso in town.

For al pastor, Rosita's is it for me. I've never had anything that even comes close. I love the idea of using Veracruz's tortillas for it. I may have to adopt that soon.

Sep 05, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

You're leaving Austin for good, take one taco with you and tell us why.

I'm going with a breakfast taco here because there is no where else in the world I've ever been that "gets" a breakfast taco. And here, on Chowhound, I'm betting I'm going to get a little flamed as I know there are other BTs out there that are more authentic and loved by you folks. But for me, the Otto with Egg at TacoDeli with Dona is my current love. And it's something that you just get there, you know? Black refried beans, bacon, avocado, scrambled egg, dona. It's perfect. Salty, creamy, eggy, spicy, crunchy...it meets my texture and flavor combos perfectly and no one else does it like this. I mean, I could probably ask someone at another place to make this for me, but I'm not sure it would be the same. So that...that comes with me.

Best Fish and Chips in Austin

For me it's Black Star. I loved Bits and Druthers, but it closed. That curry sauce for the fries there was amazeballs. But yeah, Black Star. The batter is good and the chips are my favorite in town.

Aug 27, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

Hot restaurants that are not too expensive

Joining in on the Kin & Comfort bandwagon. Don't miss the shrimp and grits or the corn fritters.

Aug 14, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

Sichuan River

I made it in today for lunch to check it out and proclaim what I had outstanding. My Sichuan yardsticks are Spicy Fish Filet, ZHONG dumplings, and dry-fried green beans. I didn't see the ZHONG on the menu so we go the other two and then some samplings from the cold bar (black fungus, the beef/tripe thing, and the pickled chicken feet). Not a miss in the bunch.

While the fish is a little different than those at Asia Market or A+A, I think I like this better. My dining companion was eating the fish sauce/oil with a spoon like soup. I don't feel like I get enough of that mala sensation often enough at other places, but this...this did it and did it well.

The staff was as nice as could be and were very impressed with two Americans eating chicken feet. The flavor on those feet was fantastic. I can't wait to go back and experiment a little more with the menu.

Aug 14, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

Beirut Lebanese

Thank you for posting this! As soon as it cools off enough for me to not yak while eating outside, my Lebanese self is going to go check this out!

Aug 14, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

Hard Hat XI

I didn't make it over there this weekend, but I'm itchin' to go check it out. Let me know if you make it in soon!

Jul 28, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

Hard Hat XI

I spotted a new Burmese Grocery Store at St. John's and Lamar (NE Corner in the gray building with Boost Mobile). I'm not sure what they have as far as prepared food/restaurant goes, but I'm hoping to stop in this weekend and see what it's all about. It'd be great to have some Burmese food in town.

Jul 25, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin
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Monday Blues - Shut Out Twice

Oh my. You had me a cucumber. Guess what I'm having for dinner? Burrito time!

Jul 24, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

Gyro Greek Cafe in the strip center at Lamar / Rundberg

Thanks so much for the review! I've driven past a few times and wondered but couldn't find any information on it. I'll give it a try very soon.

Jun 24, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

Boulder Lunch and Dinner (non-fancy) Places?

A friend just mentioned Jax too. I think that will go on the list for sure.

Jun 22, 2014
foodiegal71 in Mountain States

Micklethwait Craft Meats is the new Franklin?

I went for the first time two weeks ago. During SXSW I had a bite of brisket that a friend had ordered and it was one of the best bites I'd ever had.

Two weeks ago I had pork shoulder and brisket. I thought both were great. The pork was the best I've had anywhere period. Before I would have said Snow's for that shoulder, but this? This was a perfect meld of pork and fat and juicy and delicious.

My brisket was missing crust, but the way the fat and meat rendered together, for me, was the way I like it. I thought it was better than Franklin.

I enjoyed my potato salad, but the standout was the jalapeƱo cheese grits. And the bread. Oh dat bread. Husband had the moonpie and I had a bite. Even being the marshmallow hater I am, I enjoyed that bite.

It's my favorite in town right now. Less line, great meat, great sides and pie? That's my jam.

Jun 22, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

Boulder Lunch and Dinner (non-fancy) Places?

Hello from an Austin hound! I'll be in Boulder for a few days the first week of August. I'm looking for hound suggestions for non-fancy, mid-low range lunches and dinner. We'll likely do a fancier dinner at Fresca or something, but I'm looking for some good low-key options as well.

Places where we don't have to be too dressed (I imagine Boulder's like Austin in that you don't have to dress up too much anywhere), that aren't going to break the bank ($30ish for two for Breakfast or lunch, under $100 for dinner before drinks), and of course, great food. No cuisine is off the table.

We're also willing to drive a little for good food while we're there, so it's not like it needs to be on Pearl or something. Let me know what you love and why so we can check it out!
Thanks!

Jun 19, 2014
foodiegal71 in Mountain States

El Paso, ABQ recs for Mexican as it's known in those areas

I didn't even have to leave the Austin board if I didn't want to :) Thanks for the recs, I can't wait to try them!

Jun 17, 2014
foodiegal71 in Southwest

El Paso, ABQ recs for Mexican as it's known in those areas

We are specifically looking for New Mexican style food so these are great recs.

Jun 17, 2014
foodiegal71 in Southwest