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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

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