Monthly Archives: December 2011

Texas Daily Photo: Arkie’s Grill On Cesar Chavez [est.1948]

One of the last of the old school meat and 3’s in Austin. Established way back in 1948 when Austin was a very,very different place indeed. The old warehouse district of Austin’s East Side would’ve been a prime place for … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: La Bandera Molino In San Antonio Texas

I’m  always on the lookout for premium, homemade tortillas. San Antonio Texas is home to thousands of taquerias each with a mujere in the back quietly rolling or pressing out scratch tortillas by the hundreds. Just another good reason to … Continue reading

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Craft Beer, Pork Belly And Sweetbreads: Our Meal At Barley Swine

I always get a cold chill when the waitress says “we ask that you order everything at once and the kitchen will course the meal for you”. It never works out. As is evidenced by our meal recently at Barley … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: The Original Dreamland Barbecue In Tuscaloosa Alabama

Sad sight to see. The original Dreamland Barbecue in Tuscaloosa hawking non-meat in a last ditch effort to maintain solvency. The once proud house of pork ribs, and pork ribs only is now in the potato and cabbage business. I … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Beef Chuck Ribs On The Smoker. An Attempt To Duplicate The Barbecue Of John Mueller

They used to be common. I remember when beef chuck ribs were on barbecue menus all over central Texas but nowadays they’re getting hard to find. Yes, Louie Mueller Barbecue up in Taylor still has them, as does Black’s Barbecue … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Happy Holidays Y’all

Happy Holidays. This is the time of year when we all hit the kitchen and flex a little bit harder on our menu planning and execution. Blackened salmon, Etowah County green beans and stone ground grits, for example. Hope everybody … Continue reading

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Taking The Measure Of Former Louie Mueller Pit Boss Lance Kirkpatrick At Stiles Switch Barbecue In Austin, Texas

When you spend nigh on to  a decade under the tutelage of Bobby Mueller [RIP] of Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, Texas, your bona fides are not only in order, you’re immediately held to standards higher than any smoked meat … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Peter’s Barbecue In Ellinger Texas

Peter’s Barbecue in Ellinger, Texas is a good, sleeper pick down in Fayette County. It’s a stone’s throw from Hruska’s,  the legendary Kolache shop and is just down the road a spell from Gil Vrazel’s Barbecue Shack where Mary Vrazel … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Sabor A Honduras

I’m always seeking fried chicken in Austin Texas. Yes, I have my main source, my honey hole if you will; Galloway Soul Food down on 12th street, but they only do it one day a week and you never know … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Prause Meat Market In LaGrange

Down in LaGrange Texas sits one of the finest barbecue houses in the great state of Texas. Established in the 1890s this is where we go to get bone in beef brisket, pluperfect Texas hot guts sausages and custom cut … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Austin Eastciders At Royal Blue Grocery On Congress Avenue In Austin Texas

Is there a better way to take a break from a hectic last day of Fall in Austin Texas? A bottle of Austin Eastciders and a sidewalk session at Royal Blue Grocery on Congress Avenue in Austin is a perfect … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Flat Top Burger Shop On Manor Road In East Austin

Wow. Flat Top Burger Shop just opened up over here in East Austin and other east Austin burger shops are staring down the barrel of a very grim New Year. To wit: Hand Cut Fries make a very fine side … Continue reading

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Once Over Coffee Bar: Where The Drinking Water Is As Sweet As A Maiden’s Kiss

Business was slow coming out of the gate but nowadays Once Over Coffee Bar is like a runaway truck with lines snaking out the door, packed tables and a busy crew hustling out, by my estimation, the best coffee in … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Baldera’s Barbecue In Waelder Texas

One of my favorite pit rooms in the state of Texas is at Baldera’s down in Waelder, Texas. I’ve waxed philosophic about this room for years dating all the way back to  the ownership of Dan Eureste [RIP] which began … Continue reading

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The State Of Chips And Salsa In Austin Texas Part Four: Los Comales

In 1986 Los Comales Taqueria Carnes Al Carbon Mexican  Restaurant opened on Austin’s east side.                                                                                   Even back then East Austin was chock a block with Mexican restaurants but there is always room for one more, especially when you’re … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: El Agasajo Nightclub In Austin Destroyed By Fire

Devastating news out of East Austin yesterday morning. The forty year old Tejano nightclub, El Agasajo, “the warm welcome”, was destroyed by an early morning fire. This was where I like to take my pre-prandials before supping at Justine’s Brasserie. … Continue reading

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Istanbul Confidential Part 3. Drinking Under The Radar: Sahil Cafe

Walking north from Istanbul’s Karakoy neighborhood along the  eastern shore of The Golden Horn, an estuary that is also the world’s largest harbor, you eventually leave the maritime warehouse district and come upon the Ataturk bridge. As you walk westward … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Black Sheep Lodge In South Austin

Black Sheep Lodge down in South Austin puts out a respectable bacon cheese burger. They can’t be troubled with cutting their own fries, instead opting for a frozen potato product issued from some far off convenience food factory. Too bad … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: El Asadero, Food Trailer Greatness In Rural Travis County

Decidedly under the radar, El Asadero is where I retreat to when I need a pluperfect take on the treasured form of Bistec Ranchero. 15 miles south of Austin on fm 812 near Elroy, Texas sits this humble food trailer … Continue reading

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Consider The Pork Chop: A 3 Star Michelin Chef Dines At John Mueller Barbecue

In the high dollar, haute cuisine world of the Napa Valley out in California, black pepper is referred to as the “forbidden spice”. It’s considered too aggressive by most estimates to be reckoned into an evening’s meal for two diners … Continue reading

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