We’re still hard at work over on the Austin Chowhound board. When we were booted off a few weeks back a great hue and cry went up from some of the long term posters over that way.
Of course it was removed by the Quakers they’ve hired as the board moderators.
Yet still we soldier onward, harvesting the best work from a board, that while slowly dying, still has 5 or so gems per week.
Without further ado. Here’s the top 5 and as always, your comments are crucial to this feature. 1] We’ve always enjoyed the work of “Amykragan” on the board. She’s an old school hound who’s curious about Brad Meltzer’s eponymous joint in the old Antonio’s room on the southbound I-35 frontage road near hwy 290.
Best response comes from “rptrane” who has this to say “My porkchop was tough, a burger at my table was overcooked and I was served a bloody fried chicken wing. They were very busy but service was slow. I got my own water at one point. I won’t be back.”
Wow. That sounds disgusting.
We wrote about the song and dance Meltzer gave his workers at Benihana when he shuttered that joint awhile back [ http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/8/4/RIP-Benhihanas-Brad-Meltzer-Goes-Out-Of-Business-The-Wrong-Way ] and are not surprised at the woeful state of food up that way.
2] Poster “ieathereforeiam” is loving Kome, the new Japanese house up on Airport Blvd in the old Mary’s location. He had this to say “There were two other kinds of ramen broth (soy and miso based) that could be awesome. And I really want to try the katsu fried stuff. When the weather cools I’ll give the udon offerings a whirl as well.
The menu is exciting on its face and dinner even more so. I will reserve judgement until I’ve gotten to try more of the menu and they find a groove. Tons of potential here and even if they never improve a lick it is a great addition to the hood.”
We loved Sushi A Go Go [same owners] when they were open over here on Manor Road and can’t wait to get up to Kome. Related [ http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/12/9/RIP-Rest-In-Peace-Sushi-A-Go-Go ]
3] Poster “ipsedixit ” needs “Good place for lunch with vegan options, a full bar and something for a pescatarian? ”
“Mollyjade” is a known Austin, Texas vegan hound, she responds”Easy! Vivo has great vegan options and is just east of the University. Easy parking. Sagra has a vegan menu, though the prices are a bit high. Fairly creative drink specials. And Clay Pit. If you get the buffet, they can bring the vegan roti instead of naan. All three have full bars.”
That’s the kind of reply we like to see. Lots of information. We’re up on the Austin vegan and vegetarian scene too. Right this way herbivores: http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/Vegetarian
4] Poster “scrumptiouschef” started what he called “Hard Hat Report” to gather information about restaurants opening, about to open or in planning stages in Austin Texas.
poster “slowcoooked ” has an update with a little info on Stiles Switch Barbecue up on North Lamar blvd. Stiles Switch is the new barbecue house from former Louie Mueller pit boss Lance Kirkpatrick. Current pit boss Wayne Mueller went berserk in local media over Kirkpatrick garnering attention due to his tenure with the Taylor Texas barbecue legends calling Kirkpatrick a “neophyte” and claiming to have issued a “cease and desist order”. We covered the entire affair here in what turned out to be one of the hottest, page views wise, articles we wrote all year long [ http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/11/7/DustUpNew-BarbecueStiles-Switch-From-XLouie-Mueller-Pit-Boss-Lance-Kirkpatrick-Under-Storm-Cloud ]
5] Poster “addlepated ” wants information about the concept restaurant called “Bacon” over on Lamar Blvd.
Best response from noted Austin man of letters “tominaustin” [full disclosure: we’ve been recruiting this man to join the team at scrumptiouschef for awhile now. He’s a real talent.] He had this to say:
“Their breakfast tacos have been completely forgettable. The menu claims the tortillas are fresh. If this is true, the day I ordered they must have been out and resorting to blatantly store-bought and pre-made. Or possibly I’m going insane.”
and further states “The place sort of reminds me of Hank’s Garage — on paper this place should be really great. Every visit is OK at best, usually mediocre, and always peppered with little, obvious food missteps (store-bought tortillas, etc.) that sort of make it hard to give yourself over to the chow experience.”
We were more excited about “Bacon” than any restaurant opening in recent memory til they announced their vegetarian menu.
At a restaurant called….”Bacon”.
We wouldn’t go in this place if you paid us. Just like we wouldn’t go in a vegetarian restaurant called “Seitan” who also had a t bone on the menu to kiss the ass of the omnivores.
We have had plenty good laughs over this restaurant though. We make our own bacon and are friends with plenty folks around town who have little cured meat companies and what have you.
“Bacon” has provided plenty joke fodder for our drinking sessions with their half assing it on the concept. Nice work guys. Y’all could have been a mecca for the Austin meat set but you ended up being a punch line instead.
In a startling coup, top Chowhound poster “twill” penned the following http://chowpapi.com/wordpress/wordpress-2.8.6/wordpress/?p=1575
Here’s last weeks look at “Best of Chowhound” http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/12/4/Chowhoundjunior-Is-LIVE-We-Look-At-This-Weeks-Top-5-Posts-From-The-Austin-Chowhound-Board-3
and our obituary for the Austin Chowhound board http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/8/1/The-Death-Of-The-Austin-Chowhound-Board