When we were summarily removed from the Austin Chowhound board by the enforcement committee for CBS corporation we had no idea it would touch off such a firestorm. [read the dust-up here http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/11/18/Scrumptiouschef-Hits-The-Big-Time-Thrown-Off-Chowhound-For-Once-And-For-All?adminview=true]

We received countless emails from food writers all over the USA voicing their support for the firm, anti-censorship stance that we’ve long maintained.

It’s important. Today and every Sunday we’ll look back over Austin Chowhound’s previous 7 days of output and garner the top 5, best posts. We considered doing this for Yelp but considering that site gets as many articles in an hour as Chowhound gets all week we thought better of it.

Without further ado. Here’s the top 5 and as always, your comments are crucial to this feature.

1] Poster “slowcooked” flipped out on the Taquito Anaya taco cart at Airport and Guadalupe saying:

“….so good that to really distinguish the food these ladies serve up from El Rico and others, for example, would be pointless. it rivals the aforementioned for nicely seared pastor and carnitas tacos. This is the pastor that comes out as hot, seared crispy chunks of deeply “annato’d” red well seasoned meat and fat, not that stewed pork bull shit you get at lazy joints”

That’s some good writing but we ain’t buying it. We’ve eaten here a few times over the years and the food is ok but the tortillas are some mass market commercial bullshit that lazy taco cooks the world over favor. If you want the best Mexican in Austin please read the following http://chowpapi.com/wordpress/wordpress-2.8.6/wordpress/?s=el+taco+rico

Anybody been to Taquito Anaya? What are your thoughts?

2] Poster “scrumptiouschef” was looking for goat tacos in Austin Texas. 7 places to be exact. Sounds like he’s probably doing a series on some food site or other.

We like to head over to http://chowpapi.com/wordpress/wordpress-2.8.6/wordpress/?p=1459 where RL Reeves Jr speaks on goat. Tacos from a Steinbeck-esque food trailer on hwy 290? Sounds like our kind of joint.

3] Poster “Galcala” was curious about the line at Franklin Barbecue.

We all know the line to be momentous at Franklin Barbecue. This is some shrewd, restaurant-ing from the Franklin family. Most joints would have hired another meat cutter, installed a second cash register and endeavored to do what all restaurants and bars do; “kill the line”. But in a move that deserves a Freakonomics column in New York Times the Franklins ingeniously took the opposite approach. Let the line move at a snail’s pace cause there is a nice percentage of humans that really enjoy the simple pleasures of waiting/standing in line. We applaud this move. Our Franklin Barbecue archive is this way http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/search.cfm?search=franklin%20barbecue

4] Poster “verily” had this to say “As the Fall weather slowly rolls in, I begin to crave hearty stews. This year I’m into seafood stews and soups particularly”

Team scrump’s got your back “verily”. This is the time of year when we get the same hankering and we know just where to go. T&S Seafood on North Lamar. A washtub sized bucket of seafood soup is brought to table with smoke rolling off it. In and unto itself it’s only ok, but once you gather all the condiments and go to garnishing then you’re in command of something special. We forget how much it costs, perhaps 7-8 dollars but this is one special soup. We gave them a “best of”
in our year in review column here: http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2009/12/10/An-Essay-on-AustinTexas-Food-in-2009From-Sugars-to-Justines-and-Everything-in-Between

Alternately we love the one at El Zunzal on Calle Street in East Austin. Pic: http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2010/12/16/Austin-Daily-Photo-Blanca-of-El-Zunzal-Thursday-December-16th-2010

5] We loved poster “sweet100s” during out time on the Austin Chowhound board. She put up some of our favorite work.

This week she flipped out on Angel Valley Organic Farmstand, which is open on Wednesdays 10am-2pm in Northwest Austin at Asian American Cultural Center 11713 Jollyville Road.

She had this to say:

“WOW they have the most beautiful produce I’ve seen since the San Francisco Ferry Market last year at this time. The colors of the veggies look so saturated. Everything looks like it literally just came out of the ground that morning. I’ve never had broccoli this fresh”

Thanks for the tip “sweet100s” we’re always looking for good sources for fresh produce.

Here’s last week’s look at the best of Austin Chowhound http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/11/20/Chowhoundjunior-Is-LIVE-We-Look-At-This-Weeks-Top-5-Posts-From-The-Austin-Chowhound-Board?adminview=true

and as always, be sure to visit www.chowhound.com

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