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Texas Daily Photo: Taqueria La Playa On E.7th In Austin

In the former Taqueria Arandas #1  building sits a very fine entrant in the Austin, Texas Mexican food world. Taqueria La Playa is where I head when I need bacon wrapped shrimp stuffed with jalapenos and served with a fiery … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: El Primo. Once Over Coffee Bar’s Adjunct Kitchen

Truth be told El Primo was pretty lousy when it first opened. As is my custom when a new cart appears in Austin I hit it good and hard for awhile to get the lay of the land, figure out … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Walton’s Fancy And Staple

Famously owned by Sandra Bullock, Walton’s Fancy and Staple in downtown  Austin is actually a fine place to grab a morning pastry and cup of coffee for a sidewalk breakfast. We haven’t spotted Ms. Bullock there on any of our … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Mrs Johnson’s Bakery [est.1948]

The best donuts in Austin by a wide margin. Yes, Ken’s has their acolytes as do Krispy Kreme and Round Rock donuts but at the end of the day it’s Mrs Johnson who rules the Austin donut roost.   The … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: J&M Barbecue In Lubbock Texas

Impressive pit. Impressive look and feel to J&M Barbecue but the part where the rubber meets the road, the meat, not impressed at all. The brisket arrives and it’s sliced into several good looking hunks but there is little flavor. … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: The White Horse From Legendary Austin Bartender Denis O’Donnell Of Hole In The Wall

We had the time of our lives last night at The White Horse, the new bar from old school Austin bartender Denis O’Donnell, a former mainstay at Hole In The Wall. For once we didn’t feel out of place in … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Tom And Bingo’s Barbecue In Lubbock Texas [est.1952]

This is where the conversation begins on Lubbock barbecue. Tom and Bingo’s is the most well known of all the area smokehouses and with good reason. The hickory smoked meats show the hand of a skilled pit boss with decades … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Bigham’s Smokehouse In Lubbock Texas [est. 1978]

I had a lot of eating to do in a short period of time in Lubbock, Texas recently. Bigham’s Smokehouse is one of the local barbecue joints that gets a lot of mention when you’re in research mode so it … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Feast Of The Epiphany In Lubbock Texas

Rolled out to Lubbock Texas last week for a combination of barbecue research and to help cook a Feast Of The Epiphany supper for an old chef buddy’s family; the Walters. I’ll be writing more about this later but for … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Storm’s Drive In Lampasas Texas

Robbie IraDell Storm (born 1911)  passed away on New Years Day back in 2009. She was a remarkable woman. Born IraDell Upton, she was the 3rd of 10 children born to Ira Upton. I stumbled upon a hilarious anecdote she … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Josie’s Burritos #4 In Lubbock Texas

High dollar Mexican food in Lubbock, Texas? Yes. Josie’s Burritos is a legendary Mexican joint out on the western plains of the great state. It’s been around forever and has always been known as a good 24/7 source for big, … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: 24 Oz Ribeye Smoked With Hickory

Easy backyard ribyeye steak. Call Longhorn Meats, order 24 oz ribeye, build big fire in smoker, drive to Longhorn, pick up beef, bring home, crust with salt and pepper, char thoroughly on one side, flip, place on opposite side of … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Giant Pork Shoulder For Tamales

A glorious 10lb pork shoulder prior to being converted into an enormous batch of tamales. Pork from Longhorn Meat, masa from Fiesta, Hickory wood from Bell County, corn shucks from Fiesta, salt from a big blue Morton’s box, cumin from … Continue reading

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Texas Daily Photo: Time Stands Still For No One

This photo was taken at Charlies Steakhouse in Pflugerville Texas. I’m writing an article about the closure of this restaurant and have been sorting through some old files this weekend. I’d love to know the story behind this yellowing calendar … Continue reading

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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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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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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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