We wrote hundreds and hundreds of articles on the Austin Texas food scene this year. But as we peered through countless reams of statistics these were the posts y’all found the most interesting. Via our site analytics we present “the most popular.” 1] Biggest disappointment: Bacon, the concept restaurant. No, we never ate here nor shall we. Once these guys decided to put a bunch of vegetarian food on their menu we saw through their facade. They’re merely cashing in on the bacon craze. Had tempeh or seitan been the big buzz food that would’ve been the name of their restaurant and they would’ve served sirloin and chicken fried steak too. Wonder if their “bacon” comes from a hog or if it’s protein 2000? We’ll never know. http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/8/3/New-Concept-Restaurant-Bacon-Announces-Executive-Chef
2] Biggest Dust Up: Wayne Mueller of the Louie Mueller barbecue dynasty lashed out at former Louie Mueller pit boss Lance Kirkpatrick calling him a neophyte. We covered the fracas. http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/11/7/DustUpNew-BarbecueStiles-Switch-From-XLouie-Mueller-Pit-Boss-Lance-Kirkpatrick-Under-Storm-Cloud
3] Gordon Ramsay came to Austin to rehab El Greco, a Greek restaurant that had fallen on hard times.
4] The Austin Chowhound board is in its death throes. The once vital resource is breathing via an iron lung and is on a gurney hurtling towards a mortuary. We addressed this sad situation and it must have really struck a nerve as the piece skyrocketed.
5] This site began its life as a recipe blog. This is the recipe y’all went wild for in 2011. http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/3/22/A-Guide-To-Making-The-Best-Chicken-Salad-You-Will-Ever-Put-In-Your-Mouth
6] Way back in the early part of the 20th century the University of Texas slaughtered and barbecued their signature mascot steer; Bevo. We covered the event http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/6/12/Forgotten-Barbecue-Joints-of-Central-Texas-Part-Three-When-The-University-of-Texas-Barbecued–Bevo
7] In a stunner the Austin Police Department conducted a sting on local barbecue icons Sam’s Barbecue. We provided the most thorough coverage of the affair leaving mainstream media churning in our wake http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/7/28/Say-It-Aint-So-Sams-Barbecue-Hard-Day-On-The-East-Side-Of-Austin
8] We held off joining Twitter as long as humanly possible but once we got on board we were damn glad we did. Our Twitter followers are a group of the best damn looking and brightest people on the internet. We wrote an article about other Twitter accounts for y’all to follow. http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/8/12/The-Leading-Lights-Of-Texas-Twitter-A-List-Of-Who-We-Follow
9] A Louisiana barbecue chain announced plans, doomed though they may be, to come to Texas…to serve barbecue. We’re still waiting for a red beans and rice outfit out of Lubbock to set up shop in Baton Rouge. http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/8/16/New-Orleans-Comes-To-Austin-Voodoo-BBQ-And-Grill-Plans-Texas-Expansion-Austin-Yawns
10] One group of rich businessmen got in a pissing contest with another group of rich businessmen over how to best broadcast University of Texas Longhorns sporting events. The Longhorn Network needed our help. We were there http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/10/28/Public-Service-Time-Austin-Bars-And-Restaurants-Carrying-The-Longhorn-Network-Hook-Em
That’s the top 10 folks. We may have written better pieces but y’all voted and these are the articles that skyrocketed to the top of our analytics.
Once again. Thanks to everybody for putting up with us. We put an awful lot of time and energy into this project and we really appreciate you. We hope to do a better job in 2012