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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 jalapeño 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

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

Hi from an Austin Hound! I'm going to be passing through El Paso and ABQ in August and was looking for lunch and early dinner recs.

For El Paso, I'm looking for real, El Paso style Mexican food. I hear about it all the time here in Austin but I don't think I've ever had it. The place that keeps popping up in my searches is L&J cafe. Is it the real deal or is this more of a "Food Network" type of stop? I don't do that kind of place as not one has ever lived up to the hype of their PR machines.

For ABQ, I'm looking for "green chile" New Mexico style food. I feel like I read about New Mexican style food a lot but I'm not sure I'm clear on what it is. I do love hatch season here in Austin when we get the tons of chiles from Hatch. Recs for places that serve the best of this style are greatly welcomed.

I'm not picky about hole in the wall, fancy, fast-casual, whatever, just looking for the absolute best food. Thanks!

Jun 13, 2014
foodiegal71 in Southwest

Mastman's Deli Downtown Austin

I adore them. They're going to know me by name soon. That Carne Asada burrito is my new favorite thing.

Jun 09, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

Sonoran hot dogs?

I'm so in love with not only T-Loc's but the couple that own it. Thanks to Optimista for the recommendation! While the hot dogs are a bit much for me (I really only like mustard and relish on my dog), the bite I tried of my husband's was really good.

I'm 100% addicted to their carne asada burrito though. That is the portable food dreams are made of. It's so simple but totally delicious. I'd like to try the bean and cheese, but I just can't tear myself away from the carne asada.

The aqua frescas are perfection as well. The hisbiscus one the other day was like grown up Kool-Aide.

Jun 09, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

Mastman's Deli Downtown Austin

Oh no! You HAVE to go. It's insane. Dat pastrami oh my.

(Tried T Loc's Sonoran Hot Dogs on your rec, Cory and I LOVED. I had the carnitas burrito, he had the hot dog.)

May 27, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

Where are the great salads in Austin?

Thanks for putting this back up there. With the warmer weather and my mostly paleo diet, salad suggestions are always appreciated.

My new standby is the Southwestern Chicken Salad with no tortilla strips at Kerbey Lane. It's decent, but I need more options, especially in the south Lamar area.

May 27, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

Kin and Comfort

I went again Sunday evening. The hushpuppy sauce is a sweet chili sauce. I got mostly the same stuff but instead of the catfish, this time I got the tom kha shrimp and grits. I'm going to eat that again. And again. And again. It was insanely good. The chicken was overcooked this time, but still packed full of flavor and crunch.

May 20, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

Kin and Comfort

I went Saturday evening. I tried the hushpuppies, catfish fingers, pork buns and fried chicken.

The fried chicken was other worldly to me. The things that came with it weren't really that interesting. I like a good papaya salad, but this was lacking something. Maybe if I'd eaten the chicken and it together it would have worked better?

The catfish fingers were fine, but the star on that was the herb salad and the dressing. They made it really pop.

The pork buns are my favorite version in Austin. The pear on them was the perfect contrast to the fatty richness of the pork.

And the hushpuppies...wow. I could eat 80 of those things. Fluffy, sweet, tangy...everything I could want in a little bite.

May 06, 2014
foodiegal71 in Austin

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