Our call for our readers to join the Austin Chowhound board was met for naught. Maybe they searched for Austin Chowhound on the google and found this screen https://www.google.com/search?q=%22austin+chowhound%22&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a Yep, that’s the scrumptious site right at the top of google rankings with our “The Death Of The Austin Chowhound Board” article It’s always gratifying to see google giving this humble site such high marks for clarity and content. We spent a little while on Austin Chowhound this morning garnering the best posts from the last week for our readers. Here is the cream of the crop.

1] Poster “slowcooked” started a thread on the new Stiles Switch barbecue project from x-Louie Mueller pit boss Lance Kirkpatrick. Reviews are mixed on the Chowhound board. Poster “Rice Checks” had this to say “Got the brisket, some sausages and a Diablo sammich, which is brisket and sausage. Sides: mac and cheese and potato salad. Had just a bit of the brisket, and it seems quite nice. The sausage in the sandwich was the jalapeno, and seemed really good. Haven’t had the other links yet. The potato salad was pretty good and the mac and cheese was terrific.

Ahh yes, the dreaded “sammich” makes an appearance on the board. We’re unsure as to the provenance of this odd, toddler-style noun but we have eaten at Stiles Switch and found some damn fine barbecue. Our thoughts in longform http://chowpapi.com/wordpress/wordpress-2.8.6/wordpress/?p=1824

2] From the Austin Chowhound board’s heyday of 2007, a post has been resurrected on eating in Pflugerville. Poster “gringo” had this to say “Someone please recommend some *good*
restaurants around here. I’m especially interested in cheap eats and diner
type places.”

Poster “scrumptiouschef” went long with his thoughts on European Bistro.

European Bistro Pflugerville Texas

Motoring up Dessau Road on the backroad to Pflugerville from Austin it takes strong self control to resist the numerous Taco Carts dotting the streetsides.

I’m on my way to Cafe Mangu to see if all the fuss over their roasted pork can be independently verified or if it’s just so much chaff blowing in the Texas wind.

It’s a pleasant ride once you get past Hwy 183,sparse development and light traffic are increasingly rare this close to Austin proper so I soak it all in knowing it’ll be gone by perhaps this time next year.

Turning West onto 1825 I’m quickly in the old downtown proper part of Pflugerville and suddenly my bike has wheeled itself into the street parking in front of European Bistro…sometimes this is how it works I reason.

I walk into the empty restaurant which has the appearance of being decorated by a team of elderly Bavarian women hopped up on Vienna Roast.It’s really nice in a grandmotherly way;dim lighting,framed artwork,a pretty piano for banging out some showtunes when the crowd gets all saucy on Pilsener Urquell.

I’m eventually noticed by the lone waiter seated and presented with a menu.I order the Pilsener and set back to study the menu.In years past I’ve always ordered the Hen Soup,a rich chicken soup with a deep broth and tiny delicious dumplings throughout.It’s not on the menu and I begin to get a little panicky;I don’t like the idea of missing out on what my bike had in mind when she parked herself at the front door.The waiter confirms my fear…there is no hen soup to be had.I keep from getting wild eyed by focusing on the menu which is a trek through Hungary,Germany and Austria.There’s Bratwurst to be had along with Duck Liver,Stuffed Cabbage,Wiener Schnitzel and of course Goulash the version of which European Bistro offers trumpets Prime Beef Tips so at that point I’m had.I love Beef Tips and I figure Goulash to be a specialty given the slant of the menu.

The waiter brings a couple wafers of bread with a small ramekin filled with a spread of White Cheese blended with Red Pepper.The bread is lightly warmed but stale.I’m glad the portion is tiny because it is not delicious.The Prime Beef Goulash arrives lightning quick sharing a plate with a goodly sized portion of Spatzle Dumplings.I’m starving so I tack in and begin rampaging my plate.The Spatzle of the past at European Bistro was very good.Fluffy and nubby to the tongue.The current version is tired.Plumb tuckered would be a better word.It’s barely warmed,slightly gummy and unappealing.I beg for a cup of the Paprika based sauce the Beef is sitting in and begin resuscitation on the patient.The addition of the good sauce saves the Dumplings from being inedible.

The Prime Beef Tips are a mixed affair.The speed at which they arrived and the somewhat mealy texture of half or so of them suggests they have been par-cooked and temped per order.Unconscionable given that I’m the sole diner in the house.I’m completely famished but it takes steely reserve to finish mowing through my plate.The menu mentions a salad coming with each entree’.I’m not offered one but had I been I would’ve been tempted by the Russian Beets with Fresh Mayonnaise.

So after a couple years absence the food that I formerly found to be delicious has seriously careened downhill.I ask my server if the restaurant has changed hands and he reports that no,the two little old ladies that started the Bistro lo those many years ago are still in power.I’ve seen the same thing happen to many of my former favorites;The Chef and owner get fat and sassy.The ardor of local media and a loyal clientele base pull off the hat trick of creating a restaurant that rests on it’s laurels and shifts its’ focus off the food to creating nice pleasing ambience with little to back it up.

As I motor back down Dessau Road into Austin I content myself by reflecting back on past delicious meals I’ve enjoyed at European Bistro.It’s a small comfort but one I savor as I make future plans to hit a couple of the Taco Carts I see lining the roadsides…..perhaps there’s a lean and hungry chef or two inside these little metal contraptions on the long southbound blacktop.”
Thanks scrump, nice work. These days we hit Pflugerville pretty regularly but primarily to drink at the honkytonks. Nuernberg Brauhas is reported to have re-opened under new owners and we always get great catfish from Springhill.

Charlies Steakhouse shuttered http://chowpapi.com/wordpress/wordpress-2.8.6/wordpress/?p=1467

Nuernberg Brauhaus http://chowpapi.com/wordpress/wordpress-2.8.6/wordpress/?p=1656

3] Poster “ieathereforeiam” went to the brand new Flat Top Burger Shop on the southern edge of French Place. He had this to say “Damn fine burger. I had the grass fed cheeseburger. It is a huge double cheeseburger. Think P-Terry’s on steroids. melty american cheese and greasy thinnish but wide handmade patties. they have a single patty they sell as a jr.”

We love Flat Top. They are doing business the right way with house patted meat and house cut fries. More http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/12/17/Birth-Notice-Flat-Top-Burger-Shop-On-Manor-Road-In-East-Austin?adminview=true

4] Poster “popvulture” reports on the opening of Elizabeth Street Cafe, the new Vietnamese joint from McGuire Moorman Hospitality. We’ve been all over this story and the following soared to near the top of our page views this year. http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/mobile/postDetail.cfm/BE3B0BDF-087D-F88C-422B6F8CF618E032

5] Poster “TripelDouble” is getting married! A taco truck wedding to boot. She wants a taco truck or other food trailer to show up at the affair and vend deliciousness to her guests.

We have two recommendations for this nice lady. First up, we’d get in touch with Yolanda Sanchez Cornejo right off the bat if we were in wedding planning mode http://chowpapi.com/wordpress/wordpress-2.8.6/wordpress/?p=673 and if she was unavailable we’d get on the horn to master chef Raymond Tatum at Three Little Pigs http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/1/25/Austin-Daily-Photo-Three-Little-Pigs-Tuesday-January-25th-2011

That’s the best of the best y’all. Thanks for making Chowhoundjunior such a huge success. We really appreciate it.

Last weeks synopsis http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/12/25/Chowhoundjunior-Is-LIVE-We-Look-At-This-Weeks-Top-5-Posts-From-The-Austin-Chowhound-Board-6?adminview=true

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