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Posted: Mar 8, 2006 5:54 pm
How 'bout it? I remember grabbing some really good NY-style slices at a couple different places last time I was there, but I never tried any of the BBQ or whatever because I didn't know what the fuck I was doing. Any suggestions?
Posted: Mar 8, 2006 6:02 pm
when I go there i'm all over the mexican food, but I guess living in chicago you've got that there too. my second thing I look for in austin is CHICKEN FRIED STEAK! there's a few legendary places for this; I can't remember their names. and I hear that Iron Works BBQ place is real good.
Posted: Mar 8, 2006 6:15 pm
I don't care what's around, if chicken fried steak is on the menu, that's what I order! Except maybe a monte cristo.
Posted: Mar 8, 2006 6:31 pm
The Salt Lick

....ask Sherry

Death Metal pizza
Posted: Mar 8, 2006 6:40 pm
Texas BBQ prefers beef, just be forewarned. its not bad, but its beef-centric.

the mexican food is great.
bratwursts galore

amy's ice cream (mexican vanilla)
Posted: Mar 8, 2006 6:51 pm
BBQ: As Theresa said, it's mostly beef. Sam's, Ruby's, Stubbs, Ben's, Green Mesquite.
Mexican: Best bargain in town. Tamale House, Taqueria Arandas, El Tapitia, Taqueria Vallarta.
Pizza: Cheap slices downtown at Roppolos and Hoeuks (Death Metal Pizza). Texas pizza is kinda so-so.
Bar Grub: Casino El Camino (Best burgers in town, but about an hour wait) Texas Chil Parlor (honest-to-god old fashioned bar with tex-mex and Roller Girls)
There's usually some sort of hot dog/sausage/taco truck parked next to Beerland during sxsw.
Posted: Mar 8, 2006 6:53 pm
what carney said.
Posted: Mar 8, 2006 6:56 pm
CHICKEN FRIED STEAK! there's a few legendary places for this

Avoid Threadgills, their shit is weak. Try Hills on South Congress. Iron Works BBQ is OK, there is better out there.
Posted: Mar 8, 2006 7:19 pm
Avoid Threadgills, their shit is weak.

yeah, but i know you'd eat the fuck out of it when its free during the 'all you can eat musicians appreciation dinner', right? i know i did.
Posted: Mar 8, 2006 7:20 pm
someone needs to convince claudio the "TAMALES" guy that hits the bars here in chicago to go down to sxsw. he'd make a killing.
Posted: Mar 8, 2006 7:56 pm

If ya'll get your cute asses up early enough [11am], I'll take the whole crew there!! Three minutes away fr my house, full bar, cool friends/people and check out the menu!

Something for everyone, including HO-MADE fried pickles and fried green tomatos!! Damn!

Ben's BBQ is a fucking DISGRACE to BBQ! I've worked one block from it going on two years now....it's disgusting. Really.
Posted: Mar 8, 2006 8:50 pm
Bens is better now. Ben is back cooking up the grub. Heard it had gone downhill in his absence. Second the vote for Woody's. They're still working out the bugs, but its a great place. Good place for Sunday brunch.
Posted: Mar 8, 2006 9:14 pm
Places I can't afford to miss while in Austin....actually, eric, for you: CHAINDRIVE. they'll looooooove you there.
Posted: Mar 8, 2006 9:17 pm
You sure? I'm not as much of a twink as I used to be.
Posted: Mar 8, 2006 9:18 pm
then hit OIL CAN HARRY'S
Posted: Mar 8, 2006 11:07 pm
La Reyna has $4.95 lunch specials m-f....
Bouldin Creek if your Veggietarrean.....their coffee is awesome too....

I reaaly can't afford to eat out some I'm pretty limited....
Posted: Mar 9, 2006 1:09 am
There's a place somewhere around W2 or 3rd off the main drag going dowtown that rules, and I can't for the life of me remember the name of it.

It's this Southwest/Irish fusion place that makes potato pancake quesadillas. It's kinda trendy and expensive, but fuck! Potato pancake quesadillas!!!!!!
Posted: Mar 9, 2006 1:16 am
you should really watch Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels in Austin. She is really in her element there because there's so much "funky" crap everywhere. She said the word "eclectic" about 4,000 times on that episode, it was great. Remarkably, she always manages to go to places that I would recommend to people.
Posted: Mar 9, 2006 7:34 pm
is star seeds still good-ish?
Posted: Mar 9, 2006 7:50 pm

More ish than good.
Posted: Mar 10, 2006 1:54 am
Star Seeds is getting all cleaned up. Fresh paint & menu changes. They got rid of kettle fries. So stupid!
Posted: Mar 10, 2006 1:57 am
Oh yeah - I happen to think the breakfast Tacos @ Curras are the best in town. The borracho sauce is killer. I recommend the eggs/cheese/machacado (dried seasoned beef) - yum-tastic. In general, I like their tacos coz they grill up all the ingredients together and they get all gooey & mixy, rather than the typical assembly line ingredient approach.
Posted: Mar 10, 2006 3:36 am
I went to Stars the other night and it sucked real bad. All around.

If you have time to drive out to the Salt Lick BBQ you should do it. Not the "new" yuppie one on the northside, but the original one down southwest of Austin in the beautiful Texas Hill-country. It's about a 35 minute drive and it's worth every minute.
BYOB. They give you a bucket with ice.
For $12.95 it's all you can eat of everything on the menu(except maybe for the chicken). They will just keep bringing you heaping platters of meats. The ribs are killer and so is the beef brisket and Elgin sausage.
Highly recommended.
This experience with induce a meat coma.
Prepare to knit a meat-sweater.
Posted: Mar 10, 2006 6:10 am
Is Mr. Natural Mexican ok to check out? My travel partner is vegan & I got a feelin it's gonna be a little tuff finding something she can eat.
Posted: Mar 10, 2006 6:19 am | Edited by: Whiskey Bent
You can eat vegan almost anywhere...well, excpet for BBQ joints.
El Mercado on S. 1st caters to vegan, Whole Foods, Freebirds, Kerby Lane, Magnolia, the Veggie Delight place one block fr Beerland should work too.

It's Austin dood, hippy fucking central....where whole foods was born....it'll be no big deal.
Posted: Mar 10, 2006 6:37 am
Thanks Sherry! It's my first time there so I don't know nuthin. Can't wait to get on the plane! WHOO-HOO!
Posted: Mar 10, 2006 6:50 am
I'm totally looking forward to it as well....
Posted: Mar 10, 2006 4:53 pm
Juan in a Million! Do some hand exercises before you go, to strengthen up for the handshake. Yes, masturbating counts.

Rubys! They have vegetarian options, I think Vegan options too!

Toy Joy!
Posted: Mar 10, 2006 5:55 pm
fuck it if you're going out of town for BBQ then go to kreuz market. i like seeing those dudes that make the sausage pull big tubs of it across the floor to the smokers. got to be 30 lbs of that stuff every trip.
Posted: Mar 10, 2006 9:03 pm
I really liked Hoover's last time I was there. Great sides and the chicken fried steak is way better than at Threadgill's.
Posted: Mar 11, 2006 9:03 am
I'm lookin forward to eatin good.
Posted: Mar 11, 2006 9:19 am
what about a deliciously fine bloody mary? where would that be?
Posted: Mar 11, 2006 5:50 pm
deliciously fine bloody mary

Casino El Camino, expertly mixed by Mr. Lifto.
Posted: Mar 11, 2006 7:14 pm
My BBQ on Sunday!!

COME [and make your own] before you leave town! Come say goodbye, find the lost drummer, have some grub, mimosas, lay on the grass, play the piano....whatever. It's 2 blocks east of I-35 & E. 11th street! Downtown! No excuses! Bands 2-7pm.

Oh yeah, could a sex-pert please give me staples for a bloody mary shopping list?? I ain't buying pre-made, that shit's like $5/7.

cheap vodka
tomato juice


what pepper sauce?
what else?
Posted: Mar 11, 2006 7:21 pm
Most def-

Celery Salt
Horseradish...the stuff in a jar.
Posted: Mar 11, 2006 7:44 pm | Edited by: Whiskey Bent
Thanks, Matt.
Maybe I can twist your arm to make us a couple batches.

The BBQ is 3 blocks from Mikes.
Human Eye is staying there w/ the hosts, Dean & Andrea, Weds-Mon.
Just In case you need to catch rides with them to & fro for any reason.
Posted: Mar 11, 2006 7:53 pm
wish i could come to the bbq. i have to fly out at 6:30 SUNDAY MORNING. fuck.
Posted: Mar 11, 2006 9:25 pm
ummmmyummmmy! i love me some bbq. bloody mary's are good with lotsa stuff in em super spicy. yes. that all sounds soooo fine.
Posted: Mar 15, 2006 8:34 pm
Went to Magnolia mexican last night. Fucking AWESOME.
Posted: Mar 16, 2006 6:45 pm
Magnolia mexican last night

Magnolia is hippy food. If you want REAL mexican, go over to any of the places on South First: Polvos, La Reyna, Arandas. Or anplace that has the word taqueria in the name.
Posted: Mar 20, 2006 10:23 pm
El Mercado, Magnolia, Bloody Marys, Hoover's, Chicken fried-anything....Good eats and drinks are another reason Austin rules!
Posted: Mar 22, 2006 6:55 pm
hey hey - caught a chicken fried steak at hoover's that was amazing - and great fish tacos at Curaas and some amazing chile fish thing at Polvos that was mind blowing... all awesome... thanks for the recommends...
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