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Doughnuts in Austin?

KC is far and away my favorite in town. Now that we've moved up north, I'll have to give Donut Crown a chance. But KC...that's the stuff right there.

Jan 06, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

Kaffir Lime Leaves

I saw a lot at CM north yesterday too. They were near the boxed salads in produce.

Jan 06, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

Charcuterie and Cheese plates...

I love Henri's. Also Aviary has great stuff too.

Dec 26, 2013
foodiegal71 in Austin

Hard Hat XI

Does anyone know what's going in where the Fuddrucker's on South Lamar was? It looks like it will have a patio...

Dec 26, 2013
foodiegal71 in Austin

RIP VI

And the one time I've ordered there, I got home to soggy chicken. It's worth the drive to the one on Cameron for me.

Dec 18, 2013
foodiegal71 in Austin

Szechuan House

We tried this place based on lots of recommendations and ratings last week.

First, out of Three Cup Chicken, but no problem, we'll get the spicy fish.

Didn't see the cold dishes until we'd already ordered, but no matter, we'd try next time.

First out was the fish. It was out in less than 5 minutes. There was absolutely no heat and no flavor to it, literally just oil flavor. The actual fish was soggy and flat-out mushy.

Rice was brought out, I kept hitting crunchy, uncooked grains throughout.

Chung's dumplings were next. We ordered with an expectation of Zhong like dumplings. They were frozen, straight from a bag. Thin, slippery wrappers and a middle that tasted like nothing at all. The sauce that accompanied looked like the Zhong sauce, but again, not a lick of any flavor, just oil.

Eggplant in garlic sauce was the most edible thing and it was quite Americanized, gloppy brown sauce. We each had about three bites and went to the counter to pay the bill. No one was there. When someone finally showed up, she asked if we wanted a box. We said no, and then she asked how it was. I replied, "Meh." She said, "It was too spicy?" I said, "No, it wasn't spicy at all." She looked shocked. I don't have a high spice threshold or anything, but what we had tasted like nothing.

I won't be returning and am left wondering what everyone's talking about? Give me Asia Cafe any day.

Dec 03, 2013
foodiegal71 in Austin

Where to get good smoked turkey?

A couple of weeks ago I tried the turkey at Stiles Switch for the first time. It was excellent, and I'm considering some for Thanksgiving this year.

Nov 06, 2013
foodiegal71 in Austin

What's the word on Salt & Time in East Austin?

I've been multiple times both to shop for provisions and to eat and have never had anything but great service and food. The charcuterie plate, if you're dining in, is insanely large and delicious.

Oct 25, 2013
foodiegal71 in Austin

Pho Broth

Ah, now that you mention that, I feel like I remember hearing it. This is good to know since it's closer to the house!

Oct 15, 2013
foodiegal71 in Austin

Desperately in search of guilty pleasure Chinese takeout

I used to live in that area and China Hill was great. The beef chow fun was really tasty. I also liked their pork egg foo young a lot.

Oct 14, 2013
foodiegal71 in Austin

Desperately in search of guilty pleasure Chinese takeout

Agreed. This is my favorite so far. I still can't find any good, old school egg rolls though. The fat kind made with bubbly egg roll wrappers...they just don't exist in Austin.

Oct 14, 2013
foodiegal71 in Austin

Pho Broth

I love Pho Saigon and Pho Dan. Pho Saigon is in Chinatown Center, Pho Dan is across the street in the shopping center at the corner of Braker and Lamar with Rice Bowl in it.

I need to try Phonatic. It's close to my house and I keep hearing great things.

Oct 14, 2013
foodiegal71 in Austin

Dinner in Downtown Austin

Agreed, the only thing I enjoy at the Driskill are the stuffed dates. Other than that, mediocre at best for HH.

Sep 23, 2013
foodiegal71 in Austin

Best hamburger rolls in Austin?

THANK YOU!!! I remembered hearing that there was a place you could buy these, but totally forgot. I can't wait to pick some of these up. Absolutely the greatest hot dog buns ever, IMHO :)

Sep 23, 2013
foodiegal71 in Austin

Sushi South

Nanami on Brodie is good. It's not Mushashino or anything, but it's more than serviceable for a quiet bite or some take out.
http://nanamisushi.com/

Aug 19, 2013
foodiegal71 in Austin

Uchiko - how long would an omakase meal take (pressed for time)?

You won't make it in time if you do the Omakase. I've done it many times and it usually takes about 2 hours, sometimes more. I swear, I think the first time we did it it was closer to 3 hours. Also, I'm so full after that that there's no way I'd want to be on a plane right after that.

If you tell them your time constraints upfront, they'll bend over backwards to accommodate you. It's an amazing service they have there.

Aug 14, 2013
foodiegal71 in Austin

Great quick lunch spots in central Austin

Koriente on 7th across from the jail is my favorite downtown lunch spot. Fresh, interesting and pretty healthy, I could eat the noodle garden every day.

Aug 13, 2013
foodiegal71 in Austin

Moving to the Westgate area... tips on what's down there?

So sad, noticed this weekend that the Viet Subs sign is gone, replaced by some wireless place.

Aug 05, 2013
foodiegal71 in Austin

RIP VI

Evidently, there were some cost issues, and that's the reason for the close:
http://austin.eater.com/archives/2013...

Jul 29, 2013
foodiegal71 in Austin

Moving to the Westgate area... tips on what's down there?

I tried the Regio this weekend, and I have to say, I was disappointed when compared directly to Rico. It just wasn't as flavorful. Maybe a little moister though. I ended up using the leftovers to make chicken salad and had to do more doctoring than I expected to get the flavor level up.

So glad you enjoyed China Hill. I'm probably leaving the area soon and will miss it for my lazy, order-in nights. They do a mean egg-foo young!

Looking forward to your report on Tuk Tuk. I've been curious but haven't made it over there yet.

Jul 16, 2013
foodiegal71 in Austin

Moving to the Westgate area... tips on what's down there?

It's coming. That place used to be a yogurt place if I'm not mistaken. The sign has been up for a while, but no action on it. This weekend when I drove by, I noticed that the windows had been covered in plastic, so maybe something's starting to happen?

Jul 16, 2013
foodiegal71 in Austin

Asiana versus Daawat - Indian Lunch Buffet Stars

Asiana's Goat biryani is one of my favorite foods in town. As for Royal Indian, I went once for lunch buffet and didn't find it to be terrible. But I've never been back because why would I when there's Asiana?

Jul 01, 2013
foodiegal71 in Austin

Moving to the Westgate area... tips on what's down there?

Tom's list is awesome and comprehensive, and sums up Evangaline perfectly.

For Tex-Mex, I'm going to add LaPosada. It's pure comfort food, that's all. The shredded chicken is what I call crack chicken, and the beans...good lord they must be made with 6 tons of lard for they are divine.

For Pizza, we've been trekking out to Pieous on 290 near the Nutty Brown Cafe. It's really good, great with kids, and the pastrami is fantastic too. Via 313 has a new place on way south Congress in the Red Shed parking lot. I like that place a lot, and I'm not a fan of thick pan pizza.

Personally, I find Dong Nai serviceable for pho/bun. Not the best, but not the worst. The worst would be Pho Thaison on Wm. Cannon.

Crema Bakery on Brodie and Davis is good for morning treats and coffee, or dessert if you need a fix. And the sushi place in the same shopping center is not bad at all.

Chinese in the area is laughable at best. For the Americanized stuff, I stick with China Hill. They deliver! I've tried Rice and do not like. Also used to think that Bejing Wok (next to Evangaline) wasn't half bad, but then I had it a few years later and it was more than half bad.

KC Donuts in the same strip as Evangaline has the best donuts in town, period.

Welcome to the land of Comfy Fatties. I'll soon be departing for the land of Overly Practical Gays and Lazy Computer. Wholy Bagel will be sorely missed.

Jun 19, 2013
foodiegal71 in Austin

Pork Cheeks?

I buy them from Richardson Farms at the Farmer's Market downtown. They've had them every time I've been.

Jan 15, 2013
foodiegal71 in Austin

Soup

Right now, I'm obsessed with the Chicken Tortilla Ramen at East Side King at Hole in the Wall. It's like taking the best chicken tortilla and mashing it together with the best Tom Kha and then adding ramen noodles. It's a flavor explosion, it will cure what ails ya' and it's currently my favorite soup in town.

Runner up is whatever is being made and sold at Giovanni's pizza stand in the Valero at Lamar and Barton Skyway. That guy is doing amazing things with soup. I've yet to have one that wasn't fantastic.

Jan 07, 2013
foodiegal71 in Austin

Nobody's been to Sway yet, eh?

I went again on a Friday night at prime-time with mt husband and another couple. This experience was less pleasing than the last.

The hostess staff seemed permanently perplexed.

Our wait was about an hour which was to be expected, however, it was a rainy night and there was no good place to wait it out. We ended up walking over to Elizabeth St. Cafe and sitting on their front porch. We'd have gotten drinks there but couldn't figure out how to order them so we gave up.

Went back to Sway, couldn't get to the bar to order or get a menu. So we stood around awkwardly.

When we finally did get our table, we had a really hard time hearing each other. My husband pretty much ended up left out of the conversation. The woman on the bench next to him kept bumping into him and taking up way more than her fair share so that was an annoyance.

Two of us wanted to split a bottle of wine, two were going for separate drinks. The server took the wine order and then just started to walk off. We grabbed her to get in the other orders, but sheesh.

We ordered a lot of food: prawn miange, spring roll, peanut curry, son-in-law, tom kha and yams. For dessert, the panna cotta and the tea avogado.

I really liked the prawn miange, but it was really intense. Every flavor and texture under the sun at once, so it would be easy to get confused.

The spring roll was really good which surprised me. I would never have picked that on my own, but it was very fresh and herby and the tomato jam that came with it? That may have been the best thing we ate all night. They should bottle that and sell it.

The peanut curry was disappointing. Just kind of meh. The Tom Kha was delicious. I would have eaten the whole bowl by myself if it weren't rude to do so. Son in law was still delicious, and the yams. Holy hell, those blew me away.

So all-in-all, I think there are still a lot of kinks to work out, but I liked the food.

Jan 07, 2013
foodiegal71 in Austin

Nobody's been to Sway yet, eh?

Had lunch there the week it opened and was blown away. The son-in-law, the wings, chicken fried rice and the green beans. All fantastic and even better when we brought them home and ate the leftovers. For two of us, the portions were plenty for two servings each.

I also tried the drinking vinegar and have a new favorite soft-drink.

Dec 23, 2012
foodiegal71 in Austin

Favorite dish with corn?

Nope, next to Uchiko's Sweet Corn dessert, it's my favorite corn in the world. I am both high-brow and low :)

Oct 25, 2012
foodiegal71 in Austin

Best Thing YOU Ever Ate, Austin

Back in January at Uchiko, my husband and I did the Omakase for the first time. There was a cauliflower dish on there that I am still thinking about today. Hands down the best thing I've ever eaten in our fair city, or anywhere for that matter. And I'm not even remotely a vegetarian, but holy moly, this dish. I wish I could remember all of the details of the dish, but all I can remember is the overall taste...salty, unctuous, crunchy, a little sweet, and a lot of OMG.

Oct 25, 2012
foodiegal71 in Austin

spiciest dishes?

If you want the heat, try the shrimp and fish filet in special pepper sauce. I think that's what it's called. It's written on the white board behind the counter. It's by far the hottest thing I've eaten in Austin. To gauge my heat index, I do not find the spicy fish filet hot at all.

The ma po has a nice kick to it but after a bite or two, I'm hard pressed to call it too hot.

Sep 17, 2012
foodiegal71 in Austin