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Sep 18, 2007
Rustcat in Austin

[AUS] Chicken-fried Steak in Austin

non -rolled ribeye is about the same price as cubed steak , just different in texture, quite good

Sep 18, 2007
Rustcat in Austin

bachelorette party of 20- help!

Speakeasy , if available ,,,, caters from next door restaurant , and very good
Sullivan's has private party rooms , but pricy
Green Pastures,. on short notice, is quite nice
tough on short notice.
Stephen Austin has set aside the upstairs bar before . It's cool , has balcony, is vintage-y , and food in bar is very good , and within budget.

Sep 18, 2007
Rustcat in Austin

Mexican Food in North Central Austin

I still like Enchiladas y Mas on Anderson for great junky tex-mexxy enchiladas and great b-fast tacos

Sep 18, 2007
Rustcat in Austin

Help with first Austin Trip!

BYOB ..(bring your own bottle) is common nomenclature for a bottle of liqour, as a liqour license is much harder and more expensive than a beer/wine license. Yes they have beer , and no you can't bring your own beer

Sep 14, 2007
Rustcat in Austin

[AUS] Chicken-fried Steak in Austin

1.Freddies cfc (chicken) is quite good. I like it better than the cfs.
1.RO Outpost has one of the best cfs ..plus fried corn and okra.....mmmmmm
2. Shady Grove with the tomatillo topping
3. ZTejas has a good chicken fried ribeye......that'd be my 4, tonys or hoovers would be 5th or 6th

Sep 14, 2007
Rustcat in Austin

Cabrito? La Michuacan...and more

Cabrito at El Azteca eastside

Sep 12, 2007
Rustcat in Austin

Starvin' for good Mexican near Lakeway?

thanks guys

Sep 12, 2007
Rustcat in Austin

Starvin' for good Mexican near Lakeway?

I know all about the differences in Mexican vs. Tex-mex. Both were listed as either will do.HELP ! I'll share Los Pinos ,thanks

Sep 10, 2007
Rustcat in Austin

Starvin' for good Mexican near Lakeway?

My Buddy at work is seeking quality Mexican or Tex -Mex near Lakeway.Rosies and El Arroyo aren't making the grade,so something else. Anybody got a suggestion out that way?

Sep 10, 2007
Rustcat in Austin

Best Single Malt

these were 2 differing thoughts....1st was fave Scotch , mine are 18 Mccallan and 2nd was Oban. 25 Mccallan was 3rd. Second was a suggestion that does not require a better Scotch to enjoy ( I usually use 12 Glenlivet). I rarely , if ever, partake in blends. Try the cookie thing and send me a thank-you note

Sep 07, 2007
Rustcat in Spirits

Best "Bang for Your Buck" Steak in Town

yep , Sugar's is by far the best bang for the buck.....not the best steak, but the best price, and not bad

Sep 07, 2007
Rustcat in Austin

Help with first Austin Trip!

BYOB at Carousel, and a lot of fun

Sep 06, 2007
Rustcat in Austin

Best Single Malt

I've had The McCallan 18 and I believe the other was a 25 yr. I lost a bet to my buddy,Slippy,and, had to buy him a bottle. I preferred the 18 yr old. My other is Oban. I love the smoky pleasure of it.In a poorly equipped bar (I'm in Texas)it's McCallan 12 or Glenlivet
A wee dram and some hot tollhouse cookies and I'm in heaven.
1. stick whole HOT cookie in mouth.
2. swig a portion of the nectar
3. hold, hold, hold ( Braveheart quote)
4. feel the chocolate and Scotch ether fill your sinues
5. swallow
6. rinse with water ( I prefer seltzer)
7. repeat
8. laugh if you want , but try it once, it's our not-so-secret family tradition

I was born in Edinburgh, and have tasted boocoos of fine Scotchs
The most recent one I tried was callled " Black Water " in Gaelic, but was like residue from a charcoal filter...yuck

Sep 06, 2007
Rustcat in Spirits

Reuben Sandwich anyone?

Butter good....A TURKETY RUEBEN IS NOT A RUEBEN

Sep 06, 2007
Rustcat in Austin

Help with first Austin Trip!

Freddies for chicken fried steak ( or chicken ) under the oak trees
Angies for great Tex _mex..Chuys is decent,too
Iron Works or County Line for beef ribs
Salt Lick for pork ribs....much more and very varied
age is a factor for nitelife recommends, 6th st for under 30 ,warehouse district for over. SO-CO is hoppin' sometimes too.Generally speaking , but so much music that you really follow where the bands are , not the bar itself. Go to Austinchronicle.com for a clearer picture....just an opinion , Austinite since 1977...Bars/venues to visit ...Continental Club,Antones,Saxon Pub, Jovitas....and all those spots on 6th or warehouse area

Sep 06, 2007
Rustcat in Austin

Getting more adventurous with sausage

can't go wrong with a well made bratty

Jul 13, 2007
Rustcat in General Topics

Hickory smoked steak

not quite, " top blade" , "not top round "....deeper set, and more flavorful. Not that I don't like a Top round steak. Flats have less opportunity for border gristle. If you go to HEB they'll have little blade steaks and top round steaks on the shelf. If the butcher is any good,have them cut you a "flat iron" and get them about 8-10 ounces 3/4" thick. fat layer off...the ones on the shelf are typically too thin. Most folks don't ask the butcher to cut something special. It takes about 10 minutes while you shop, costs nothing additional, and the butcher gets to show his stuff.Once you get it custom, you'll never buy off the shelf again

May 05, 2007
Rustcat in Austin

Small group dinner ideas for business dinner

bISTRO 88...COOL ...DIFFERENT..eclectic, and you can talk

May 01, 2007
Rustcat in Austin

Hickory smoked steak

cut out of the heart of the chuck.....every butcher you ask for it will grin... then cut it.....don't accept a skinny blade version, it should be 3/4 ' thick. med rare or med ONLY!

May 01, 2007
Rustcat in Austin

Favorite Dish(es) at Fonda San Miguel

The queso flameado is my fave appetizer...it's quite filling....so take care not to over order. For the main course I like the Chile Poblano.(they'd call it a Chile relleno , if it were less expensive!)....then , cajeta crepes , share 'em. I do feel FSM is quite overpriced and overratd but I eat there every few months anyway...With our plethora of Tex'mex and border mex places , it's uniqeness is solely for being interior

May 01, 2007
Rustcat in Austin

Favorite Fajitas in Austin?

Forgot bout El Azteca.....great variety of fajitas!..tried to attach a list from their menu,,,hope it's legible

May 01, 2007
Rustcat in Austin

Hickory smoked steak

don't know about "smoked" , but Eddie V's offers a nice variety of steaks. Smoked steaks are typically sirloins or flat irons(smoked to make them more tender). I know it's a chain, but Texas Land & Cattle has the smokiest flavored steak that I've had in town . It's pretty damn good. it's they're specialty. To reiterate, grilled steak gets you very little smoke flavor as opposed to smoking it prior then grilling to complete. To acquire max smoke flavor you must close the lid of a grill to max smoke absorption ( a no-no with most better steaks). I must say that a smoked flat iron is my favorite steak of all. if cooked right ,it is gushing with juice, tender as a high grade steak , and virtually fat free.Ask a butcher ( I used to be one) , they'll tell ya. It used to be our own lil guild secret

May 01, 2007
Rustcat in Austin

Forget hickory, just steak

Eddie V's does some nice steaks, if they lay off the salt a bit

May 01, 2007
Rustcat in Austin

Restaurant recommendations for wedding reception party of 70?

Green Pastures does a fine job( In town, and you can rent the whole place or partial).Belmont food is iffy often ( even on slow nights). I bet they'd crumble with 70

May 01, 2007
Rustcat in Austin

The New Mars

not cheating on anybody, just being descriptive

Apr 28, 2007
Rustcat in Austin

Best ( if any) brats in town?

yep, brats on a stick in the walburg beer garden.I hear there's a place in Noack (outside of Taylor) that might have brats. I'm not really lookin' for German food, but specifically brattys. Like in Milwaukee or Sheboygen (the bratwurst capital of North America ) where they are delish. Walburg beer garden is fun, before it gets too hot

Apr 28, 2007
Rustcat in Austin

Best ( if any) brats in town?

had'em ...Pretty good, huh? good hangover chow

Apr 28, 2007
Rustcat in Austin

Need a light/low carb beer for beer lover on a diet

I was comparing Guiness to Steel Reserve :)..... Then I guess there's not a Good tastin' low carb beer. Michelob Ultra is like water.I always avoided beer when I was dieting.Vodka and peach fresca would be my drink of choice when I was on the Atkins/South Beach thing. Even tho it's not reccommended . My name is Rustcat , and I am an alcolholic

Apr 28, 2007
Rustcat in Beer

Absolute best burger in Texas?

casino el camino -austin
hut's-austin

Apr 28, 2007
Rustcat in Texas