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small dinner rolls?

Just wanted to report back: I found the perfect dinner rolls at Wheatsville (S. Lamar)! I was there to buy produce and expected I'd have to go to another store for rolls, but their bakery had packs of 12 fresh, white dinner rolls that were small, soft, and perfect. The party was last night and the ham roll-ups were a big hit. Also, Wheatsville was mellow, pleasant, and without any line at all at checkout, even though it was a December Saturday and more crowded than usual.

Thanks again for the suggestions. When entertaining a smaller group, I will definitely try the Rhodes rolls. Glad to know about them. I never would have thought to look in the freezer section. Happy holidays!

Dec 15, 2014
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small dinner rolls?

Thank you, everybody, for these wonderful comments and suggestions. I shall go forth into the madness of December groceryland with [mild] confidence. I appreciate your help!

Dec 08, 2014
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small dinner rolls?

I need your grocery sleuthing help, please. Does anyone know where to buy small, soft dinner rolls? I am re-creating some cocktail snack-sized warm ham sandwiches that my grandmother used to make at Christmastime. I've used nice, soft dinner rolls from Whole Foods in years past, but they are too huge. Even cutting them in half, the amount of bread throws off the proportions of this steamy little snack.

Grandma would have used those trays of Pepperidge Farm dinner rolls. Are they still out there somewhere? Are there other options for small rolls?

Thank you!

Dec 06, 2014
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Two SF folks headed to Austin for 48 hours: Where should we eat?

Yes, clearly you need to come back soon. I find that the most delish breakfast tacos come from trailers, and Veracruz's are indeed delicious. I visit their truck on E. Cesar Chavez often, and always get at least one migas taco. They offer homemade molcajete salsa, mmm.

You can get breakfast tacos at Joe's and Cisco's, but I always go for their plated food. Esp. the migas at Cisco's. If you go, sit in one of the back rooms, which have more character than the diner-y vibe in front.

Other than in private homes, I haven't found in Austin the tamales that you describe. That said, I really like Tamale House East for breakfast or lunch. Lovely family, lovely family food, and a pretty courtyard to enjoy in good weather. Another contender for your meal on the way to the airport. (Beer on the patio could be a nice Austin-y sendoff.)

Dec 04, 2014
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Two SF folks headed to Austin for 48 hours: Where should we eat?

Cisco's is my go-to for delicious migas, served with biscuits and/or tortillas. (It's catty-corner from Qui.) Definitely a classic—LBJ used to have Cisco's tamales flown to the White House. The walls and tables are plastered with political and cartoon clippings from years ago. Once I asked where were the tamales on the menu and our server said, "Oh, that woman died." So you can't get the tamales anymore, but will still enjoy terrific Tex-Mex breakfast. (The coffee is lousy--go to Cuvee a few blocks east on E. 6th.)

Atmosphere at Joe's is kind of like Cisco's but cleaned up, and Joe's has fried bacon. It's another political hangout. They usually offer specials to people with "I Voted/Yo Voté" stickers on election days. Great spot.

El Azteca might be a contender for your on-the-way to the airport meal. I haven't been in a while but they serve solid Tex-Mex including cabrito. Or Fruta Feliz, for more Mex-Mex tacos. You can search these places on the Austin board for more info. Have a great trip!

Dec 03, 2014
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NY chowhound visiting Austin

Thanks for reporting back! It's helpful to see what people enjoyed. Come on back soon.

Dec 01, 2014
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NY chowhound visiting Austin

For hole in the wall lunch, northeast, I like Tam Deli. Good fresh Vietnamese, it might be a nice break after Thanksgiving feasting. Enjoy your stay!
http://www.fedmanwalking.com/content/...

Nov 25, 2014
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Is anyone NOT in Austin this weekend?!

ftf, did you know you can order Lou Malnati's frozen pies for delivery through the mail? Expensive (shipping, etc.) but they really bake up delicious. A couple of pies can get this former Chicagoan through a bout of homesickness.

Never saw rugby at Soldier Field, but always enjoyed international futbol there. Polish sausages, tacos, Italian combos, and every nation's style of beer. Hard to beat!

Nov 03, 2014
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Sawyer and Company Diner

I tried it for an early dinner last night and will definitely return. I love that they're sticking with the Arkie's-style menu and prices. Expect diner food. I liked the shrimp & grits. My dining companion had a 2-seafood plate (fried oysters, fried catfish). Onion rings are the stringy variety, but tasty, cole slaw was crunchy good.

The big reason I'll return soon, though: Coconut cream pie. The best I can recall eating. Handmade dough, firm, custardy-y filling, and real whipped cream on top.

Oct 26, 2014
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Croatian / Serbian Fare - simple and fantastic

I bet they'll be watching! Marin Cilic is the first Croat to play in a Grand Slam final since his coach, Goran Ivanisevic, at Wimbledon in 2001.

OK, tennis sidebar has now concluded. Thanks for your patience. Can't do it today as I'm away from Austin, but I will make a point to get up north to try this spot.

Sep 08, 2014
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Croatian / Serbian Fare - simple and fantastic

Sounds like my kind of restaurant, too. Thanks for this report! (Might be a good place to watch the U.S. Open finals today.)

Sep 08, 2014
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NYC Chowhounder coming to Austin for the first time over Labor Day

Awesome report. Glad you had a great time and some good chow. Thanks for reporting back, and enjoy your further travels!

Sep 02, 2014
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We hit a Top Ten spot

Interesting to read this. I've only been to Sway once, so have kept my mouth shut among all those who enjoy it. But that night we tried several dishes and all seemed more or less the same to me. The menu read great, but it tasted like they were using the same couple of ingredients to flavor different dishes. lixlix's mention of lack of complexity hits the nail on the head. I will try it again, I'm sure. Meanwhile, nice to know I'm not alone on the island.

Aug 22, 2014
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Rome: 4 days in August, Itinerary Discussion/Recommendations

I saw this via Ms. Minchilli's blog. (She is vacationing.) It looks like it would be very helpful for you. Have a great trip!
http://tavoleromane.wordpress.com/201...

Aug 12, 2014
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Closed to open no more - El Taco Rico.

Noooooooooooo!

Aug 10, 2014
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NYC Chowhounder coming to Austin for the first time over Labor Day

Ha! That's never happened to me there, on many visits. I guess I'm lucky! As long as I'm in the mood for a buzzing atmosphere, I always enjoy Justine's.

Aug 06, 2014
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NYC Chowhounder coming to Austin for the first time over Labor Day

Second for La Barbecue—the brisket might make you a convert. They should be in a new location (food trailer park) by Labor Day at E. Cesar Chavez just east of I-35 frontage road.

Justine's is perfect for a late(ish) arrival at the airport. It's on your way from the airport to The Driskill, kitchen's open until well after midnight, and you can have a relaxed meal of simple French fare under twinkly lights in the garden, or at a table inside the restored house. The bartenders are always spinning great vinyl, too. Good introduction to Austin.

Girls' Weekend dinner & brunch recos, pls

Convenient to Barton Springs (but across the Mopac) is Fabi & Rosi, a nice neighborhoody place with good food in a renovated house. Alternatively, Elizabeth Street Cafe, which I especially like for lunches. Also on S. 1st is Lenoir, tiny and excellent, for dinner. I know my sisters would dig it!

Jul 16, 2014
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Mid Range restaurant recommendations

Haven't tried the Caesar, but the crispy brussels sprouts leaves with golden raisins and Pecorino are a must-order for me every time. Delicious.

Jul 06, 2014
storefronteats in Austin

Portland, OR to Elko, NV - suggestions along the way?

The not-to-miss experience that I can think of would be one of the Basque restaurants in northern Nevada. The Star Hotel in Elko, or the Martin Hotel in Winnemucca. I haven't been to either in years, but if unchanged, you will find nothing like them in other parts of the U.S. I just did the Elko-to-Ashland drive last week but unfortunately it's wasn't dinner time until we were well into Oregon or we'd have stopped at the Martin. Have a great trip!

Mid Range restaurant recommendations

I like Salty Sow for small groups. It's a lively atmosphere without being too loud. The apps and vegetable sides are great for sharing and I like their mains, too. A little on the heavy side, but good food for celebrating. Get the bananas foster beignets to share for dessert but be warned—they come in a huge serving!

Jul 04, 2014
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East Riverside - Time Critical!

Do try El Meson if you're looking for lunch. Excellent & old school. I haven't tried El Zunzal in years. The first couple times didn't do it for me. Eagerly awaiting your report!

Jun 07, 2014
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Antimo Caputo 00 Pizza Flour

Nope, this is pizza al taglio, fluffier than what I think of as NY style. The crust is almost like an excellent focaccia. You find pizza al taglio in storefronts all over Rome, but it's very different than Roman style pizzas, which are very thin and wood-fired.

Here's some more Bonci if you're interested:
http://www.elizabethminchilliinrome.c...

Keep up the experiments. I have great memories of cooking with my dad as a kid. We had a killer Chicago style pizza. And we made darned good egg rolls in assembly line fashion with the whole family. Enjoy!

Jun 03, 2014
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Antimo Caputo 00 Pizza Flour

RB, is this your preferred flour for pizza dough now that you've experimented a bunch? What style of crust are you going for? I never did find locally milled flour, but I have been using Gabriele Bonci's white dough recipe with bread flour and must say: the crusts are outstanding. I think the magic is in his process of folding without kneading, and a long slow rise in the fridge. The crust is airy, chewy, thickish without being dense in any way. Anyway, get the book if you haven't picked it up already. Sorry I can't help with the Antimo Caputo search.

Jun 03, 2014
storefronteats in Austin

Barcelona/Girona/San Sebastian Dining Report

Just a note for future searchers: you may have meant "Santa Caterina" market (not Santa Cristina). It's nice and very near the cathedral. Great report!

May 29, 2014
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Hot Weather

The shrimp ceviche at Takoba is really good. On a hot evening, we make dinner for two out of ceviche, guacamole, and some icy cold beers. Ask for the molcajete salsa, which they don't seem to offer but which is always available upon request. If you happen to go during happy hour, it's a total steal of a dinner. Stay cool!

May 25, 2014
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Peas in AUSTIN TEXAS

Hmm. Mine are producing now, the sugar snaps more than the snow peas this year. I think I planted in late January/early Feb., an inch down, keeping the seedlings moist for a week or two. Do you have them in full sun, supported by a fence or trellis? I've done nothing else special. Are they flowering?

Apr 13, 2014
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Coming to Austin for the first time this weekend

We had pizzas from their original E. 6th location last night, so I guess that's an expansion. Good for them!

Mar 20, 2014
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Franklin's Update

I'm no bbq pro but I definitely approve. My family and I shared a hundred bucks worth of La BBQ last week (some for lunch; more for home). Stood in line for an hour (starting around 11:30) and they were out of a few things when we got to the front of the line. The brisket was divine and the pork ribs great, too. I've only eaten at Franklin once, but the brisket at La Barbecue last week was as good as the brisket I had at Franklin that day.

Enjoy your trip! (You're aware, yes, that everything is starting to be extra busy because of SXSW approaching? You may want to figure on some extra wait times.)

Feb 24, 2014
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Winery Recommendations Close to Austin

I was in Hye last spring, on a Saturday, and there were 3 or 4 winemakers doing tastings in the general store/liquor store there (next to the post office, across from the dance hall). Varying quality, but it sure was fun. There was also a guy serving bbq out back, and some picnic tables where we enjoyed lunch.
http://www.hyemarket.com/

I have two recs if the o.p. is willing to go out as far as Johnson City again (and hasn't been to these): Between Hye and Johnson City is Lewis Wines, currently only open by appointment. Tastings are personal and fun and I liked the wine there. These are young guns trying to improve on the Texas wine reputation. Worth checking out.
http://www.lewiswines.com/

Also near Hye is William Chris winery. They have a nice tasting room and in good weather you can sit on their large deck and order cheese plates and drink their wine.
http://williamchriswines.com/

Have a great time and let us know what you find!

Feb 13, 2014
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