We have a deep love of Houston and it’s intense food scene but when Alison Cook, speaking on Dallas and Austin’s food scene, says:
“And sorry, but Houston’s got it all over those other cities in terms of progressive dining, from our handful of talented young modernist chefs and foragers to our exciting culinary underground of pop-ups, collaborative dinners and a flourishing food truck scene that may soon rival Austin’s.” Here are a few recent national awards Austin’s chefs have won:
Tyson Cole of Uchi, winner of Best Chef in the Southwest at the recent James Beard awards: http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/10/eleven-madison-park-abc-kitchen-andgabrielle-hamilton-win-james-beard-awards/
He also won most innovative chef in the entire country on Chow: http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/5/31/Tyson-Cole-Wins-Most-Innovative-Chef-In-USA
Bryce Gilmore of Barley Swine brought home a Food and Wine, top twenty best new chefs in the country:
And then we have our ace in the hole.
One Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue. The media have been climbing all over his barbecue and with good reason. His brisket is the best in town and the wags have it as the best in the state of Texas. We haven’t gone that far just yet but have managed to cover him a bit: http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/search.cfm?search=franklin
For a city roughly a fourth the size of Houston we think we’re acquitting ourselves pretty admirably these days.
We can’t hang with Houston on the Vietnamese front, although we reckon Tam Deli could open up in Space City and make good money.
And our Indian/Pakistani scene could use some work but with a couple thousand food trucks springing up all over town these are some glorious times to be living and eating in Austin Texas.
All Alison Cook coverage here: