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North Austin food trucks - lunchtime

I really enjoy ChiLantro. Their kimchee fries are DELISH. Fries topped with all kinds of goodness, cheese, your choice of protein (spicy chicken is my fav) and kimchee. I like the kimchee topped spicy pork tacos, too. Haven't had a kimchee topped burger yet but a friends is addicted. I enjoy Short Bus subs...when I had them, about 10 months ago, they were quite large. I wonder if they are using smaller buns now? The Teacher's Pet sub is yum.

Jan 16, 2011
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

Barley Swine: Brick and Mortar Restaurant From The Man Behind Odd Duck

As a huge fan of Odd Duck, I'm completely thrilled to see that Bryce is opening a trad restaurant. He does things in that trailer that seem almost pathetically easy but that I couldn't pull off to save my life. Grilled romaine salad is one.

Aug 25, 2010
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

Today's groupon: Maria Maria

I'm not a fan. Mediocre food, in my opinion.

Aug 25, 2010
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

How sad is this dinner? (Bluebonnet Cafe in Marble Falls)

The pies are homemade. And they are the only thing I usually order from Bluebonnet, other than breakfast...so I can't comment on the food much. But the pies, oh the pies!! I absofreakinglutely love their pies. Lemon meringue, pecan....chocolate meringue.....mmmm.

Jul 22, 2010
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

Need a food trailer for a Saturday night party

Hat Creek Burgers caters, too. All of these are great suggestions. Mmmpanadas is awesome. And Sugarstar does sweets & savory offerings when they cater.

Jul 22, 2010
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

1063 Lıcensed Food Traılers ın Austın and I Ate at Each One

Kate's Southern Comfort on Barton Springs just east of Zilker has Natchitoches Meat Pies and variations of the traditional meat pie....holy smokes good! The meat pies are not large, think empanadas, so order two. I hope this trailer survives the economy because I haven't had an authentic Natchitoches Meat Pie since, well, since I was in Louisiana in the 70's & 80's. Check 'em out!

Jul 22, 2010
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

The Current State of Soul Food in Austin Texas: Summer 2010

I'm looking for good CFS too. I will say the CF Chicken at Red's Porch was shockingly well done. No cream gravy but they do have a bacon gravy (lighter and more delicately flavored than you'd think). Will be going back soon to try their CFS.

Jul 22, 2010
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

RIP part III: Austin Restaurant Closings

And Katz's is klos...relocating. Hmm. Getting evicted, filing bankruptcy, and no ready place to relocate. http://austin.bizjournals.com/austin/...

Jul 22, 2010
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

Perry's Steakhouse Austin

The pork chop....OMG. Friday the run a pork chop special (although its on the menu at regular price every day). It's seriously enough food for two (maybe three) people. The atmosphere is swanky, private gentleman's club---not stripper---old world money country club. I dub it masculine because with the dim lighting and dark woods it sure isn't a place where ladies who lunch would automatically choose. When I have a hankering for a huge portion of pork, I head to Perry's.

Jul 22, 2010
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

Today's Austin Food-Related Groupon

Not inspired? Try the hamachi crudo with hazelnuts and ponzu sauce. Delicious. Or the pork belly...I know, everybody's doing pork belly. This pork belly is perfection! Crisp, rich, melt-in-your-mouth goodness with a "diablo" sauce that has got to be spiked with crack, I dream of this dish so much. The short ribs are also damn fine.

Jul 22, 2010
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

Carillon on Groupon - Is it worth it?

Yes, yes, yes, YES! It is definitely worth it. Delicious food, wonderfully elegant atmosphere. I've had several delectable meals there since it opened.

Jul 22, 2010
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

RIP part III: Austin Restaurant Closings

Wow, no love for Victoria? She was battling rising rents along with the usual up & down of food biz in Austin. Her new place is great and her coffee company, Kohana Coffee markets a damn fine product. I have nothing but admiration for her, knowing when it was time to gracefully exit.

Jun 24, 2010
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

Best ny/nj pizza in austin

Try Wholy Bagel on S. William Cannon just off Mopac. The best around! My NY native friends who visited recently gave them 2 thumbs up & said yes, they are authentic NY style bagels.

Jun 24, 2010
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

Small After Wedding Dinner Party - Need Suggestions

Chapel Dulcinea is kind of in the middle of nowhere, when you're talking dining options. The closest restaurant to Chapel Dulcinea is the Salt Lick BBQ, which is not one of your food choices. The next closest would be the Nutty Brown Cafe...its very casual. If you aren't looking for white linen tablecloths, it's an option. I'd also check with Jack Allen's in Oak Hill (very nice, outstanding food, varied menu). Other than those spots, you may need to venture farther into Austin proper.

When you're in town for the Round-Up you have to do a tour of some of the new food trailers. East Side Kings in the back courtyard of Liberty Bar (E. 6th) is serving up some incredibly tasty offerings, as is Odd Duck Farm to Trailer on S. Lamar just south of Barton Springs. Vespaio on S. Congress (no one except the realtors & PR people call it "SoCo") is my favorite place to get dessert (or anything). In downtown, if you've never had a burger from Casino El Camino, take your opportunity & go.

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Casino El Camino
517 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

Vespaio
1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Nutty Brown Cafe
12225 W Highway 290, Austin, TX 78737

Mar 30, 2010
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

Paletas?

I love Goodpops! You can find them at Wheatsville or in their little trailer on Barton Springs between S. 1st & S. Lamar. Delicious paletas, all natural ingredients.

Mar 30, 2010
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

Steiner Ranch Steakhouse - A Cautionary Tale

Yikes. Thanks for the in-depth review. For steaks in Austin I go to Austin Land & Cattle (N. Lamar), Perry's (omg the pork chop!!) and III Forks. I've also been known to duck into the Hoffbrau. My utmost fav is the ribeye at ALC - aged in house, grilled to your specification. Serious deliciousness.

Mar 30, 2010
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

Odd Duck Farm To Trailer-Food Cart on South Lamar

Absolutely love Odd Duck. I've been 3 times now. I fell hard for the grilled romaine salad (see 1st pic). Now, I know you're thinking "eww, grilled lettuce!" but this is romaine that's been just kissed by the wood burning grill, topped with a poached farm fresh egg and goat ricotta, with a slice of grilled ciabatta and parmesan cheese shavings alongside. It was phenomenal. The grilling gave the romaine a hint of smokiness that was perfection. The pork belly sliders are great, too. I had their braised rabbit over grits one time and that was another dish that knocked my socks off---simply amazing. The grits were creamy and had just enough cheese in them to be interesting without overwhelming. The rabbits and a few veggies was spooned over the grits, allowing the pan juices to mix in to the top layer of grits. Oh heavenly deliciousness! (2nd pic).

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Odd Duck
1219 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Mar 11, 2010
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

run, don't walk

Loved the brussel sprout salad but thought the pork bun was overrated. Very much enjoy the atmosphere of the patio of Liberty Bar, though.

Mar 11, 2010
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

Austin Hits the Big Time: New York Times and John T. Edge Weigh in on our Breakfast Taco Scene

I eat bfast tacos all over but don't have too many favorites. That said, I always love the Don Juan at Juan in a Million and the bean & cheese at One Taco (they put broken up tortilla chips in it, reminds me of my abuela making me fritos, eggs & bean tacos). I love Porfirio's, too. La Reyna's homemade flour tortillas are a nice touch to their ultra basic bfast tacos. Their barbacoa is good but tastes exactly like Garcia brand (out of SA) that you can buy at HEB.

Mar 11, 2010
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

24 diner

I've been twice. They're still working out kinks, for sure. I've had tasty food & not so tasty food each time. I hope the kitchen will become consistent, quickly. The servers are very friendly, which is nice. Can't stand snooty waitstaff or worse, indifferent staff. On the first visit, the ham & cheese frittata was delicious but the salad served with it had super salty dressing. On my second visit the pork belly sandwich was meh. Its only flavor was the toppings. Not what I expect from lush pork belly. And by "lush" I mean fatty bacon deliciousness.
http://www.examiner.com/x-5878-Austin...

Dec 10, 2009
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

Cheese-obsessed

There is a cheese shop opening in Austin called Antonelli's Cheese. Unsure of what part of town or when they'll open. http://www.antonellischeese.com/

Nov 18, 2009
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

People Smack Me When I Say I Don't Like Tacodeli & P. Terry's

Buddylove you get points for making me smile. I think I should probably try the mojo fish tacos before I completely write off Tacodeli...but it's the last chance for them.

Nov 18, 2009
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

People Smack Me When I Say I Don't Like Tacodeli & P. Terry's

LOL And I really like the Don Juan taco at JIAM and their diner coffee. Tee hee. I haven't tried Five Guys burgers yet.

Nov 18, 2009
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

People Smack Me When I Say I Don't Like Tacodeli & P. Terry's

I love, love, love the greasy burgers at Mike's Pub. Now I do enjoy Taco Shack's breakfast taco of fajita & eggs...I have them add slices of avocado & put it on a corn tortilla. Mmm.

Nov 18, 2009
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

Austin...need an unusual-romantic meal.

I second the suggestion for Four Seasons. The picnic meals from Trio are fabulous.

Nov 18, 2009
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

People Smack Me When I Say I Don't Like Tacodeli & P. Terry's

But I just don't care for their food. I think others in town do it better. I just don't get the appeal of either spot. But they both have rabid followers! On the other hand, I'm just as rabid in my adoration of thin crust pizza from Frank & Angie's. It's wonderful that Austin has such a large number of pizza/taco/hamburger restaurants & trailers so that we can all find our favorites. Favorites like Juan in a Million's Don Juan breakfast taco or Hat Creek Burger's french fries or Mike's Pub's greasy cheeseburgers or lengua tortas from Taqueria Arandas on S. 1st. Variety, you are the spice of life, even within a genre.

Nov 13, 2009
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

Austin Burger Smackdown!

Burger House is closed here in Austin now. Owner said they aren't even doing their catering side.

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Burger House
4211 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78759

Nov 13, 2009
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

Hat Creek - A genuine burger

I love Hat Creek, much more so than P. Terry's or some of the other new-ish burger places in town. The burger patties are juicy and well seasoned. It's more expensive than a combo meal at Mickey D's but tastes a lot better, too. The owner, Drew, is a longtime Austinite. I seem to recall reading somewhere that he played sports for UT. Food is yummy, service is friendly. And their fries are hand cut daily, fried to order. They taste the most like homemade fries of any I've eaten in Austin (and I've eaten plenty). One order of fries is large enough to split unless you are super hungry. Solid choice for a fast food meal. Pics are somewhat blurry, except for the close up of the fries. Sorry, I'm a foodie not a photog.

Nov 13, 2009
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

Austin Burger Smackdown!

I have to throw in a post for Hat Creek Burger Co. I've been often enough now to state that this is a solid burger, well peppered/seasoned and tasty. The food is all made to order, no pre-cooking burger patties & warming them up again, so expect a wait. It'll be just long enough for you to get extra hungry from the delicious cooking odors. The fries are hand cut to order, never frozen. You can taste the difference--they're a lot like the ones my mother made when I was growing up. You know, when you've done all your chores, brought home a terrific report card, washed the car and offered to wash the dog? Because she sure didn't make homemade fries often. But I digress. I've eaten only one subpar burger at Hat Creek in the last year. It's only sin was the cook forgot to season it. Otherwise it was still a decently sized patty, juicy made of all natural angus beef and just enough fresh toppings. In addition to lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle you can get grilled onions & jalapenos for free. Bacon and mushrooms are a small extra charge. Your choice of white or wheat bun. I've attached photos of the burger & fries for your food porn pleasure.

Oct 11, 2009
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin

Moo Moo's on S. Lamar

Anybody have info on this place? It's tiny and not in a great spot to quickly whip in and out but I'm a sucker for holstein print. LOL No really, I'm intrigued.

Aug 21, 2009
Kaya_n_Austin in Austin