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RIP VIII

I can't really say that these two restaurants are/were in the same league.

I'll not burn any calories beating a dead horse (err, restaurant) but I think anyone who ate at Dojo regularly will be doing themselves a favor by frequenting Kome.

Sep 25, 2014
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Bat Charcuterie

i've begun working on knife skills w/ my 5yo using a plastic "salad knife" She loves having her own knife in my knife block and it's purple to boot.

Sep 23, 2014
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Fork and Taco

dos batos is a highly underrated joint.

Sep 17, 2014
ieathereforeiam in Austin
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Fork and Taco

with the exception of the seafood, i stick to the braised/slow cooked meats at tacodeli. i agree the sirloin is underwhelming.

my go-to tacos at TD is a pork mole, conchinita pibil in a poblano, deli belly and the akuishi pico dillo. and that dona sauce is something i wake up craving.

in terms of size, i think both places are about the same.

Sep 16, 2014
ieathereforeiam in Austin
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Fork and Taco

Opened today. I went by for an early lunch.

Beautiful space. Friendly and enthusiastic service.

The tortillas are homemade and delicious. corn tortilla was of the thick variety. flour was firm but had that lard chew you want out of a tortilla.

I had the braised brisket taco. No discernible taste. needed salt. the pickled cukes dominated. Tasty but not meaty tasting. I used some of their thai chimchurri spicy sauce on it and found it added some needed kick.

Second taco was a pork shoulder. could have been the brisket for all i knew. no salt, no taste. pickled onions and cilantro dominated.

tacos are around 5 bucks each. maybe a little more.

total for two tacos and an iced tea before tip was $13.

I generally wouldn't pass judgement on a place the first day, but it's tacos with braised meat. at that price they should be special. In 2007 this place would probably have been groundbreaking.

I can't wait for TacoDeli to friggin open down the street.

Sep 16, 2014
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Texas Monthly BBQ Festival 2014

it's easy to get bummed about disappearing austin. But I think the key is avoiding corporate events created for tourists and cedar parkians. especially on weekends.

Instead of going to a line festival to eat bbq, an austinite goes to the rodeo bbq cookoff and eats for free. or better yet, a friend has a party and you eat bbq in a backyard, as it was meant to be.

You have to realize that we have a home-field advantage and that people are now traveling from points beyond cedar park, like nyc, to wait in line somewhere so they can have the "austin experience".

I live by a few key rules and it keeps me sane* and away from the suckas:

Never go downtown on a weekend-especially in the evening
Go to the new bars/restaurants midweek-not Thurs-Sat
Never buy a wristband for SXSW
Use Do512.com and go see a band midweek at least once a month
Go to Barton Springs more often
Never miss an opportunity to tell a tourist the line is worth it
Don't go to festivals celebrating something you can do any tuesday (this is widely applicable)

I'm probably forgetting some, but my point is- Buck up Amy Sue! This place only sucks if you let the new people ruin it for you.

*depends on who you ask

Dove [moved from Austin board]

I don't think preparations of squab, pigeon, dove are all that different. quail maybe just because it has more meat on it.

most of the doves i saw and we killed the other day were no different in look than the ones that poop on my car in crestview. but if anyone knows better i'd love to learn.

I did some bacon wrapped with cream cheese and japs late last night. pre cooked the bacon about half way and then stuck'em under the broiler til it crisped up. was actually able to get a couple just above medium.

as for the taste, nothing special despite what i thought was adequate salt/pepper. I'll start some more complex preparations after my next outing.

Sep 06, 2014
ieathereforeiam in Home Cooking

You're leaving Austin for good, take one taco with you and tell us why.

combination breakfast taco at vasquez taco. The bacon is always perfect.

pork mole from tacodeli. braised pork and rich mole.

machacado and white cheese taco from amaya's. they use a pot roast and not just the bucket of dried beef. a little greasy but worth it.

Sep 05, 2014
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Udon...

i've had it. it wasn't especially memorable but would probably hit the spot if you had a craving.

Sep 05, 2014
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Dove [moved from Austin board]

i see that recipe a lot but i'm suspicious because the bacon has to take way longer to cook than the meat. i've done similar with bacon rapped proteins and i usually cook the bacon about halfway through before i wrap it. kind of a pain but usually a better product ( meaning crunchy bacon and protein not cooked to hell).

Thanks for the responses. keep them coming.

Sep 05, 2014
ieathereforeiam in Home Cooking

Udon...

thank you! I'm at that allandale HEB daily as well. it's getting better. still one of the worst in town but improved.

Sep 05, 2014
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Dove [moved from Austin board]

Dove season is upon us. I'm new to the sport but hooked. thus far have only breasted mine out but will soon try the whole bird method from AFIELD.

At this rate, I should have plenty this season to experiment with so how about a thread with your favorite dove preparations?

Hoping for recipes and/or restaurants with dove on the menu I can go get a baseline from.

I'll kick it off with the aforementioned method from Afield: http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/dove

Sep 04, 2014
ieathereforeiam in Home Cooking

Udon...

do you know the brand to look for at HEB? I've had bad luck with prepackaged curries in the past. would love to try again.

Sep 04, 2014
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Best Bi Bim Bap

i need to check out manna. i regular at chosun galbi lately. anyone been to the korean place that took over the wan fu spot on airport?

Sep 04, 2014
ieathereforeiam in Austin

African or Middle Eastern Food in Austin?

bumping this thread only served as a reminder of how much i miss the lamb mansaf at the ole ararat.

Sep 03, 2014
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Dai Due

keep on keepin' on...

Sep 03, 2014
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Dai Due

that was all we had. did ask for seconds on the bread with the meat.

If i had it to do over i would have gotten a couple of the veggie sides instead of the crudo. i think it would still work out to the same price. I was drinking the red wine pretty fast...

Sep 02, 2014
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Hard Hat XII

that's the place. ever had their chocolate?

Sep 02, 2014
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Dai Due

yeah, just seeing this. we didn't get charged for the tapwater that was refilled promptly.

I think the exciting thing about this place is going to be the ever changing menu. at that price point if something is a misfire you can go on to the next thing. Going only on my experience eating Dai Due food for many years now, i'd be surprised if something was so poorly prepared as to be a disaster.

That said, I would have pretty high expectations for a $95 steak.

Sep 02, 2014
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Hard Hat XII

some sort of small restaurant/catering company or something coming at the site of an old catering company at richcreek and burnet. mixed bev license notice in the window.

a "chocolate factory" in the same shopping center is hiring as well. maybe i'll apply.

Sep 01, 2014
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Zagat's Top 10 Austin Burgers

I'm a fan of el sapo generally. I've had some consistency issues there though. sometimes the burger seems under-seasoned. My experience has been that the dinner crew seems to be better than the lunch crew.

I agree, phil's may be the worst in town. And that zagat site is a joke.

Aug 27, 2014
ieathereforeiam in Austin

New Middle Eastern food restaurant located near Braker & North Lamar

I still hit up threadgills. mainly for the chicken fried chicken and the sides. Their red beans and rice ain't bad.

Aug 26, 2014
ieathereforeiam in Austin

We have Three

i agree. it is pretty good but the hype around some of these places is starting to detract from the experience

Aug 25, 2014
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Dai Due

Went Saturday night for a late dinner. If there is a negative about this place it is that it is going to be a tough ticket to get in the future. Every neighborhood should have a place like this!

Ambience: Loved it. Comfy, you could get dressed up and go or go as you are. The meat counter had some cool stuff I wish I could have taken home, but we were heading out afterwards for drinks. Lots of booths, and good use of what could easily have been an odd space. Open Kitchen that didn't seem nearly as hectic as many restaurants. probably because most of his food requires longer preparations done previous to "firing".

Service: quick, non-intrusive. Waiter was knowledgeable about menu items. A requirement in a place like this where not everything on the menu is immediately familiar.

Food: If you have ever been to a Dai Due supper club or a Farmer's Market you know what you are getting here. Portions were generous and shareable.. Everything was really good and of course super fresh and hyper local. We had the cold meat plate (mouse and rillette were highly memorable). A crudo (can't remember the fish, maybe amberjack) that was maybe the shakiest item of the night. it was good but this town has so many dishes like this thanks to uchi that it just didn't stand out. Chorizo queso flameado a treat served in a skillet with the cheese on the bottom worthy of scraping out and putting on a tortilla.

Also had two deserts- poached figs and prickly pear sorbet. Complimented each other very well.

They also had a meat heavy supper club menu that a neighboring table got that i was definitely envious of.

All told with a few glasses of wine and a beer our tab was around $100. I don't know if that is soft opening prices or typical, but definitely a steal.

Menu changes often I imagine, so I look forward to going back often.

Aug 25, 2014
ieathereforeiam in Austin

We hit a Top Ten spot

I think folks just get excited when they can something semi-exotic or just properly cooked in central austin for under $20 a head. I think that explains some of the irrational exuberance around the whole trailer thing.

Perhaps if city permitting weren't so onerous some of these operations would be able to be enjoyed in air-conditioning.

Aug 23, 2014
ieathereforeiam in Austin

We hit a Top Ten spot

it reminds me of the food at sway, but about half the price. really spicy. If only it weren't in the back of such a lousy bar i'd probably go more.

Aug 22, 2014
ieathereforeiam in Austin

The Worst Fish and Chips in Austin?

i had them at B&H. good fry job. they used an unconventional fish which i think was a redfish of some sort. it had a "fishier" taste than cod for sure. a little distracting but otherwise a contender for someone's list i'm sure.

i still think blackstar has a good one.

Aug 20, 2014
ieathereforeiam in Austin

We have Three

correct me if i'm wrong, but it was "best new restaurants" not just best restaurants.

Aug 17, 2014
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Fresh pasta in Austin

love this place. they do fine business but i'm always surprised there isn't a line out the door.

Aug 13, 2014
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Davod's

I'm still partial to Mediterranean Chef if i want a gyro north of downtown. They will saute your gyro meat in sriracha sauce if you ask for it spicy.

Phonecia is always reliable when i remember to go.

Halal Bros over by campus is pretty tasty too. a little different presentation wise but same flavor profile.

Aug 13, 2014
ieathereforeiam in Austin