i

ieathereforeiam's Profile

Title Last Reply

HaTe fOod TrAILerS tRaIlORs EtAh

ruby's chopped beef sandwiches and sausage are usually good enough to get the job done for me.

Mar 09, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Man bites dog

i thought they made a serviceable chicago dog. but you gotta move a whole lot of hot dogs (and booze) to make a store front profitable.

That strip mall seems ready to turn over into some more interesting stuff anyway. all that parking suggests something with a liquor license could be in the cards.

Mar 07, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Hard Hat XII

i dug the tempura veggies i had there.

Mar 07, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Hard Hat XII

i don't think it is open yet. that sign kinda makes me ill already.

it is a chain out of dallas. they have some sort of alcoholic shake.

I'm skeptical. but they probably have to cash to stick it out a while.

Mar 07, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Fork and Vine Hits and Misses

I'm not going to get into a blow by blow because it was a month ago. A few standouts were grits that could have passed as melted cottage cheese, a crudo that appeared to have been cut by a first year culinary student and Not only was the fish chewy, it was warm and sitting in deep pool of some weird sauce i can't recall. Not one of our dishes was good enough to finish. There was a curry thing that tasted good but the consistency was off. I also thought the layout and decor was well done.

The service was amateur at best. We had 6 people and ordered 7 small plates to share before we dug into entrees. I told her to bring them out in whatever order made sense. So, 35 minutes later, she brought them all out at once. It was evident by temperatures that the cold dishes had been sitting waiting for the hot.

They do have a huge wine selection. I'm not a huge wine guy so i can't speak to the quality. what we drank was fine and seemed reasonably priced.

We wound up calling over to peached tortilla and getting a late table so we got to try two new places in our hood in one night. I'm glad we did. Peached Tortilla isn't mind blowing cuisine but it is well executed and creative. F&V could be considered creative i guess, but it felt hacky.

Mar 04, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Fork and Vine Hits and Misses

I went with a group of 6 about a month ago. maybe the worst meal i've had in a year.

Mar 04, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Sala and Betty on Airport - soft opening report

I had a steak sandwich over there for lunch the other day. Kinda felt like everyone there had taken a handful of valium. Really really super nice but... they very well could have just been exhausted from a busy soft opening.

my sandwich wasn't in zones like that so maybe they got your message. Meat was a smoked wagyu. not bad. Good fresh bread and nice flavor to the meat but i could have used about 20% more.

I did have a side of fries and they were better than the ones stuffed into my sandwich- which i just don't see a need for.

It is worth noting that during this soft opening they were only serving from the drive thru menu. The breakfast menu looked really good to me and there was some stuff on the regular inside menu that i'll go back to try.

I have high hopes for this place and will go back a few times over the next couple of months to see if they hit a stride.

And on a final note, Eater- if you link to this as an "early reports are in" post I hope your readers take note that this is in fact a soft opening and therefore it isn't fair to make a final judgement on a restaurant. Your readers are a different audience than this board.

Maybe we could put some sort of regular disclaimer on posts like this to prevent the trolls from linking.

Think that will do it?

Feb 24, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Popping up all over - What are our favorite ethnic restaurants?

ok. i'll give a try very soon. thanks again.

Feb 21, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Popping up all over - What are our favorite ethnic restaurants?

really appreciative of y'all putting these lists together.

I frequent several of these places but adding a dish here and there to the usual order is a pleasure.

saw a mention of hanabi. it's near me but i haven't made it yet. i'm pretty picky about sushi these days. I'll go without if it ain't top notch, but would like to have more options.

Feb 20, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Mando Rayo's top 10 picks for classic ATX Tex-Mex

I've had 80% of the dishes on this list. While some definitely wouldn't be stuff I'd care to eat again, they are indeed good representations of the genre of Tex-Mex found in our fair city. Good list.

Feb 19, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Hard Hat XII

watch out Troy, don't get too sentimental lest you be labeled a NIMBY by the New New Urbanists! Lord knows I've been enemy #1 so i'm happy to hand over the trophy.

Feb 19, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Peached Tortilla

i agree on TF. except that the mixed drinks there are pretty lousy. good draught beer selection though. lots of weird things about that place that make me wonder how long it can last.

fork and vine was probably one of the worst dining experiences i've had in a while. i so wanted it to be good too. it is close to my house and they have a huge wine selection. But the service, management and ultimately the food were in total disarray. We tried 7 dishes and only couple were even edible.

maybe they will get their act together but i'll let someone else take one for the team before i step foot in there again.

Feb 17, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Peached Tortilla

no. it was fork and vine. pretty space though. can't wait to see what goes in there next.

Feb 17, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Daito on the drag

I also had a successful lunch here last week. I had the "Pork Berry" udon. i assume it was just a spelling error but I have no idea what parts of the pig were in that. It was pretty good though and the tempura lived up to expectations. can't wait to go back and hit up the sushi and karage.

My dining partner, who regularly travels across Asia declared the place "Asian as F*%#!"

Feb 17, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Hard Hat XII

thelacrawfish.com going in the strip mall on the east side of northcross mall.

Feb 10, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Peached Tortilla

we went on saturday night after a really horrible dinner at another restaurant. The service was spot on and the food was pretty good. Our table's favorite item was pork belly and kimchi on rice. We also liked the chicken wings a great deal. The kimchi balls were a little on the boring side and the fries w/egg weren't my cup of tea, but the table finished them so no complaining here.

I know they are a fusion joint but I'd like to see them do more asian fusion than try to americanize anything. When they go for it, it seems like the flavors are really vivid. I'm happy to have this place nearby. can't wait for lunch service one day. Or maybe they can eventually take over the silly taco place next door and really blow it out.

Feb 09, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Dai Due, Austin, TX

homegrown revival is doing a "future foods" dinner in march that will have crickets and other critters. https://squareup.com/market/homegrown...

not my bag but their dinners are usually pretty fun.

Feb 05, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Gumbo North of the River

I go regularly for oysters. and the broiled fish with crab/shrimp is a guilty pleasure once a yearish

Feb 05, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Gumbo North of the River

Captain Benny's ain't bad.

Feb 03, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

RIP VIII

ok. thanks. I agree, it and biryani pot are my regular indian spots.

Feb 01, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

RIP VIII

Teji's closed? on the drag?

Jan 31, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Some places known for their chicken wings

hooters is more a Tennessee orange i like to think. the other UT

Jan 22, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Some places known for their chicken wings

Hooters is a guilty pleasure of mine. about once a year i'll venture in there. Breasts aside, the color scheme and themes are pretty obnoxious.something about that orange color makes me uneasy. I used to have the same issue with the color scheme at Fudruckers.

I've been known to order them to go just so I don't have to deal with it.

Jan 22, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Dai Due, Austin, TX

I agree the traffic levels are lower but Eater regularly keeps tabs here for their site.

Odam does too, but at least he participates on the board And he doesn't have to churn out as much content for the statesman. He actually eats at a place a couple times before he features it.

Eater is far more likely to turn a previously hidden unknown delight into a sh**show overnight.

Jan 20, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Dai Due, Austin, TX

At this point i'm kind of relieved when i see a negative review about place I love. I'm loathe to mention new spots on here anymore. every day a place isn't written or tweeted is one more day I can enjoy it without gawking tourists and waiting in lines.

I agree, Dai Due isn't for everyone. Odd Duck has much wider appeal and is definitely where those looking for stuff to take pictures of and tweet about should go wait in line.

Jan 19, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

NG-BMT food stand - Hong Kong Market

i had them add pate to my chicken sandwich the other day. really good.

Jan 16, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Dai Due, Austin, TX

I think one has to take price into consideration. Dai Dui is downright affordable. I eat there a couple times a week and the quality and service always surpasses the price.

The tamale I had there last month was something I'll not soon forget either. just superb. This is one of the most exciting restaurants to hit town in a while. And not having to head south of the river to do it is a HUGE plus.

Jan 12, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin
1

Delaney's Icehouse

i tried the wings and queso the other day. They were pretty standard.

Jan 09, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

got a fun email today

85 bucks for a yakitori tasting...let us know how it is.

yakitori used to be a fun thing i'd go do in nyc and canada because it was cheap, fun, rowdy and late. I suppose it is possible this new place will elevate it to some heretofore unknown level, so I'm interested to hear. But if it is skewered and grilled chicken bits for the price of lobster i'm going to be bummed.

Jan 08, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin

Delaney's Icehouse

Just noticed this place opened up in the Texadelphia on Anderson. Stopped in today to check it out. I had already eaten so I didn't stick around. It's a sports bar with a full bar and menu is comprised wings, tacos, burgers etc. They did some work to the outside patio as well. The inside is largely unchanged. It is the same owner as the Texadelphia, he just ditched the franchise.

I'm a wing fan so here's hoping they are better than pluckers!

Jan 07, 2015
ieathereforeiam in Austin