Monthly Archives: November 2010

The State of Bean And Cheese Tacos In Austin Texas Part 5: Juan In A Million

While it’s true that you can’t get near the place on a weekend morning, a recent Monday visit to Juan In A Million finds the house to only be 75 or so percent full and mysteriously no line out the … Continue reading

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The State Of Bean And Cheese Tacos In Austin Texas Part 4: Pueblo Viejo

The benchmark for a good bean and cheese taco [or any taco] is the quality of the tortilla. To compete on the highest plane in Austin you have to make your tortillas from scratch. Pueblo Viejo uses store bought tortillas. … Continue reading

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The State of Bean And Cheese Tacos In Austin Texas Part 3: La Reyna

I’ve had a long love affair with La Reyna, the queen of South Austin’s Tex Mex restaurants just south of the Colorado River in the Bouldin Creek neighborhood. She’s been a good lover. One who has accorded me many delicious … Continue reading

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Chart Room: Not Just For Sailors And Merchant Marines

I’m in New Orleans spending a long weekend celebrating the old timers at the 9th edition of Ponderosa Stomp. I know the cost of drinking at House of Blues to be prohibitive so I come up with a plan where … Continue reading

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The State of Bean And Cheese Tacos In Austin Texas Part 2: La Fruta Feliz

Thought by many to mainly be an agua fresca source, La Fruta Feliz also puts out some very fine tacos. I’ve written about their barbacoa, their cabrito and their carnitas but until recently I’d never sampled their refried beans. With … Continue reading

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The State Of Bean And Cheese Tacos In Austin Texas Part 1: Tamale House #3

When I first came to Austin back in the early 90’s to cover SXSW for a magazine,  I’d never experienced Tex Mex cuisine. Yes, I’d grown up eating Mexican food: Crispy tacos,  chile con queso, guacamole etc. but it all … Continue reading

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The State of Barbacoa In Austin Texas Part 7: El Taco Rico

Business is slow today for the discount funeral wreath man who sets up shop on a grassy knob alongside Montopolis on the weekends. I wonder if he sits there fretting “go ahead and die already, I gotta eat”? Who knows? … Continue reading

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The State Of Barbacoa In Austin Texas Part 6: Taqueria Piedras Negras #2

It’s tempting to compare this modern Piedras Negras with the old version from 10 or so years ago but it wouldn’t be wise. The old taco cart stayed open til 4 am, made homemade tortillas and featured lumberjack portions of … Continue reading

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Central Grocery: Hard Times Come To The Legend

I was just a kid not even ten years old the first time I tackled a muffuletta from Central Grocery. My parents best friends had just moved to New Orleans and we were vacationing in the city which meant eating … Continue reading

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Checkpoint Charlie Music Club: Stickup Men And Restoration Ale

Local bar baron Igor Margan has been in the booze industry in New Orleans since the 1970’s. He has a handful of bars but the iconic one is Checkpoint Charlie, which, like the old dividing ground between the Germanys, splits … Continue reading

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