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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!

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


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
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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:

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
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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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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.

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.

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.

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

Feb 13, 2014
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SFO->AUS: What am I missing

Hi. I think you might want to check out Easy Tiger. Easily the best baguettes in town, and other nice loaves, too. It's a bakery upstairs, with pub food downstairs. Not like Tartine, but it would be in the category of your competition, I think, if you were to open in Austin.

I would love to see a bakery in downtown Austin that has grown-up desserts, tarts, and savories. (No cupcakes and sugar cookies, thanks.) I don't think we have a place like that yet.

Pizza here was nothing to mention until Bufalina opened. It could be compared to your Una Pizza Napoli, but is smaller. Wonderful pies, salads, everything super fresh, lots locally sourced if not home made.

Your list looks great. Enjoy your visit!

Jan 26, 2014
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Best restaurant gift certificate for an Austin newcomer?

I was going to suggest Barley Swine or Odd Duck. (The latter just opened and I haven't tried it yet. Same chef, though.) Both have small plates, communal tables/long bar to eat at, and creative locally-sourced food. Seems ideal for her age and interests. Enjoy your visit!

Jan 10, 2014
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Kaffir Lime Leaves

+1 for putting them in the ground. Mine is on the south side of the house, under an eave, so it's kind of protected and gets extra water dumped right on it when it rains. I love being able to cook with lemongrass without a special trip to the store. Sometimes I cut some to include in a bouquet for the house. There's nothing like that smell!

Jan 06, 2014
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Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza in Austin?

Rudeboy, get thee to Bufalina. Beats Backspace by a mile, unless the latter has upped their game significantly (which they may have done; I haven't been in a while). Remarkably consistent pies made with the freshest ingredients (mozz made in house, meats from Salt & Time, etc.)

Oct 15, 2013
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locally milled flour?

Thank you, Rudeboy. I bought a little bag of stone ground flour from a man at Plaza Saltillo's farmers market years ago—the SFC market that failed way before HOPE market started up, so it's been a while. I don't remember where he came from.

Anyway, I can't report on successes or failures with the recipes yet, but the reading is fascinating so far. The American translator has a couple pages of notes in the back and recommends bread flour as a substitute in one of the doughs that calls for Type 0 flour. Apparently Type 00 has less protein and a lower extraction rate. I think you'll like the book. Will report back in a few weeks after making natural yeast and baking some pies!

Oct 09, 2013
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locally milled flour?

Does anyone have a source for locally milled flour (wheat or spelt)? I just got my hands on the new translation of PIZZA by Rome's Gabriele Bonci. My dough making is apparently in need of a makeover, starting with the flour.

Oct 09, 2013
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Top Texas City for 1st timer?

Yes, what are some of your other interests, after food & dining, and what kinds of food do you love? I live in Austin but my first thought was Houston, especially if you like art museums/galleries. If you like twangy music, definitely come to Austin. If you like history & architecture, it's San Antonio. And Dallas ain't bad, either. Each has such a different feel. I'll look forward to following this thread and hearing about your trip.

Sep 29, 2013
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I went with 2 friends right after it opened, and we really enjoyed it. We were mostly focused on catching up, but I do remember some standouts: grilled asparagus with a perfectly fried egg atop, really nice duck confit (haven't found this classic prep elsewhere in town) served with a handful of greens, fresh fruit, and nuts. A little bowl of simple French lentils was dynamite. I was really happy with the server's wine suggestion; in fact, the service was excellent throughout.

Huge bonus was that it was quiet enough to converse, without feeling stuffy. (Went to No Va last week and quite liked our food but can't imagine returning unless they address acoustics. The server couldn't even hear us, and forget about having a good conversation over dinner.) Actually, not sure why I haven't been back to Arro yet. Will look forward to your reports!

Sep 18, 2013
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Needed: Excellent San Antonio coffee bean store

We like Aaron Brown and Brown Coffee Co. It's fun to go to their hq's on Kings Hwy and see the space where he does the roasting. Cafe on Broadway is simple and nice.

Sep 17, 2013
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Labor Day Trip Report (long!)

Great feedback , Dagoose. Glad you enjoyed your time here.

Sep 09, 2013
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Austin Trip Report: Uchiko Takes the Cake

Great report. Thanks for following up!

Aug 13, 2013
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Advice for first time visitors from NY (researched!!)

Thanks for reporting back. You guys are champion eaters and adventurers!

Aug 04, 2013
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