It's official, I am now a Texan. I never thought I would ever
say that as I thought Californians and Texans were separate species....but I think I came to the right place here in Austin. According to this article, I arrived before it became too late. http://www.theonion.com/content/news/texas_constructs_u_s_border_wall?utm_source=c-section
I have yet to really get into a in depth trip report as this recent move was too stressful and it was hard to build a appetite. I have lost over 10lbs, but I look great in swim trunks now... I am very close to Threadgill's but not hungry enough to eat large large potions.
Another thing is that since coming here, for the first time in my many years dining out, I want a good steak dinner. I figure that this state will have steaks down cold....(or hot).
I have been eating out a bit, but I forget to bring the camera. Here is a quick over view of some places and meals. The first thing I tried was a taco truck. They are ubiquitous and cheap. here are tongue, carnitas and carne asada tacos
Kolaches. This one is jalapeno and cheese. The sausage is a course grind much like a Polish style sausage.
My first BBQ was Stubb's, who does have a very good sauce on the supermarket shelves. There is much about this place that has similarities to BB King's and HOB
Brisket and ribs. The meat tasted of fuel, not smoke. The sides were excellent and the jalapeno creamed spinach was the first time I tried this side dish, but it was so good that I will use it as a benchmark.
The onion rings were good too, but look very skimpy on such a large platter.
As a Californian, I still think that a tri-tip like the one John A recently cooked is better than what had and I think it will be one specialty that may take time to appreciate.
I live close to Lamar and this is one heck of a long drive that takes you past so many cool places (including Threadgill's). Here is one place that struck me like a magnet to metal. EZ'S has a long history, going back to the 50's. The have kept up with the times as they also offer brick oven pizzas for one and rosemary roasted chicken. http://www.ezsrestaurants.com/
A chocolate malt:
Pepper Jack cheeseburger and onion rings. These freshly made rings have flavor that made me think of ranch dressing and not as peppery as they look. They are very good.
I love this shot. Night creeps over EZ'S, the day is done...
Mann's BBQ claims to be among the top 50 BBQ places in Texas, according to someone... It was very good, but I found the sauce to be lacking. It certainly did not compete or overwhelm the flavor of the ribs. The jalapeno spinach was bland. The owner was a nice guy and in the corner you can see the free brownie that he was giving out with the meal. A nice gesture, lagniappe.
This is for Dale/Wanderingjew. Here is Hoover's Cooking. The place was jumping at 4 PM on a Sunday afternoon but quickly cleared out. Do people eat earlier on Sundays? I had chicken fried steak with creamed jalapeno spinach. It seems that the contrasting reviews for Hoover's are about this combination. My feeling is somewhere in the middle. The coating was was crisp and flavorful. The mashed potatoes could have been a little more on the firm side and the gravy was just close enough to be too thick, but adhered to the meat and spuds just fine. I will agree that the spinach was lacking, there was nothing creamy about it and no heat. Hoover was walking around the front and kind of holding court. He definitely seems like a genuine nice guy but maybe he should be tasting what is being served....
The quart pitcher of lemonade. This stuff is excellent and a 'go-to' item. It costs about $3.25 and you get free refills!!!
I even saved room for pie. The waiter recommended the buttermilk pie, something I have never had before. It was like a intensely sweet custard pie.
This is just a sample of what I have seen and eaten. I keep forgetting to bring my camera. What has surprised me is the large Asian community here. I am in heaven. This is Chinatown, it is about a 10 minute walk for me. I would compare it with the malls in Fort Lee, NJ and in Orange Co. in California.
This mall has a incredible grocery store and more restaurants from every Asian country than the U.N Food Court. This has been part of my problem, there is so much good stuff here that it somehow does not feel like a proper representation of Austin's food scene, although I have been eating here the most. That is a wrong assumption, but I will cover this mall seperately. I have had Vietnamese Bahn Mihn sandwiches, roast duck, noodles and more. It is a roadtrip in of itself. One place serves food that you really can find only in China or in the big cities here in the States.
Here is one of the main reasons for coming here. The parks are excellent and I have this wonderful preserve about a mile from me. You can hike and bike and it is all off leash dog fun. This is one dog friendly city and I think it will work for doggydaddy too.
Checking out and meeting the flora...
Happy tails to you, until I post again......
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