Will North By Northwest Name New South Austin Brewery South By Southwest?

North By Northwest Brewery/Restaurant has been quietly vending hamburgers and pints of beer in Northwest Austin for seemingly forever. Now, they're preparing to open a new venture in southwest Austin at Parkside Village smack in the middle of Circle C Ranch.

They're going to need a geographically appropriate name.



This Day In Blogging History: Sports Illustrated Visits Snow's Barbecue

One year ago today Andy Staples filed a report from Snow's Barbecue, and got it right. http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2013/2/21


The Best Austin Texas Food Blogs: Garbo's Lobster,Titaya's,Cheer Up Charlies,Tamale House East,No Va

The death of the Austin food blog scene may have been prematurely reported. This weekly feature gives us a great excuse to spend an hour or two digging for the finest reportage and writing from Austin's best food bloggers. We put in the hard work so you don't have to. This week's cream of the crop right this way



How To Make Vietnamese Grilled Pork With Vermicelli And Charred Green Onions

We're on another Vietnamese kick. From time to time we take a break from the sausage making, chili simmering, and rib smoking to venture into another, non-Texas part of the culinary world. Lately we've been spending a lot of time in Vietnam. With a cupboard full of Red Boat fish sauce what in the Hell else were we supposed to do?



Craft Beer Party In East Austin: Wright Bros Brew And Brew Throw Founders Fete

The good men over at Wright Bros Brew And Brew are doing business the right way. By running a clean, cozy bar that celebrates both craft beer and 3rd wave coffee, and doing so in a non-xenophobic environment.



Get Rich Or Die Trying: Eater Set For Hiring Binge

Over on the Eater National website they're preparing for a frenzy of hiring. After Vox Media purchased Curbed (parent to Eater) back in November of last year, growth was inevitable.



This Week In Craft Beer News: CIA Beer, Cerveceria Mexicana,Houston Big Brew,Sierra Nevada,San Diego

Nearly 17 years. A lifetime has went by since we got turned on to craft beer via the good men of Live Oak Brewing. Since that fateful year we've seen the Texas craft beer industry achieve escape velocity with dozens of new breweries popping up around the Great State.



The Scandalous Price Of Texas Beef Barbecue

I earned a good living raising beef for money when I was a young buck growing up in the Cumberland Highlands of Eastern Kentucky. I'd go to the stock market in London, Kentucky buy a young calf for a pittance, and set to raising it on our family farm. Once it had a good hoof weight I'd round up a buyer, and we'd take it to a rural slaughterhouse where the young steer would be transformed into freezer packets and I'd have a wallet stuffed full of cash.



2014 Cowboy Breakfast Kicks Off Rodeo Austin

Rise and shine this Friday February 21st 2014 and head down to the Long Center to get a belly full of cowboy grub.

It's free.

Expect mammoth Dutch ovens straddling roaring fires and filled to the brim with fresh sausage, cream gravy, scrambled eggs and whatever else the ramrods running the affair feel like cooking up.

There's usually a pancake station or two, a breakfast taco booth and a few lonely ranch hands twirling cattle rope and entertaining the kiddos.

As is the custom in Austin there will also be some ear splittingly loud live music. Bring ear plugs. Seriously.

Google Map in comments below.


Field Report: East Side King Pop Up At Toki Underground In Washington DC

We were stuck on the ground in Austin, Texas but here's a field report on the East Side King Pop Up at Toki Underground in Washington, DC


via Lavanya Ramanathan


How To Make Potatoes Suzette

Three weeks ago we were knee deep in potato research and stumbled upon an historical dish called Potatoes Suzette. It was not practical for our purposes (we were feeding about 200 people) but filed the idea away for another day.

Today is the day.

Essentially, Potatoes Suzette are twice baked potatoes with a fancier name. If we can find out who Suzette is we'll let you know but a few treks across the internet were fruitless as to etymology.



Oblivians Live At Mohawk Austin Saturday February 15th 2014

Alongside Sputnik Monroe (born Rocco Monroe DiGrazio) and Jackie Fargo (born Henry Faggart) the Oblivans stand as the most significant export to ever venture out of Memphis, Tennessee.



Are Central Texas Best Pit Bosses Prepared To Kiss The Rings Of New York City's Brisket Kings

Last night in New York, the city crowned a king.

Truth be told, multiple kings were crowned; at the big Brisket King competition held at the Firehouse in Chinatown, there was a multitude of categories in which one could be titled "the best."



Taylor Texas Declares February 22nd 2014 To Be Tex Avery Day

Once in a great while a cultural milestone comes along that has nothing to do with food yet still must be celebrated by the Scrumptious Chef site.

This is one of those times.

Tex Avery died all the way back in 1980 but his hometown, Taylor, is just now getting around to honoring the great man.

The town's leaders have declared next Saturday February 22nd 2014 to be Tex Avery Day!

The greatest animation director in the history of the form will be feted at an affair beginning at 2pm at the historic Howard Theatre in downtown Taylor.

Tex Avery built the foundation that modern cartoons stand upon (he graduated high school in 1926.) Just 10 short years later he was a director at Warner Brothers overseeing a unit that included another legend: Chuck Jones.

Tex was a giant in the field.

Hope to see y'all out at this once in a lifetime event.


Field Report: Scrumptious Chef Exotic Meats Pop Up At Tamale House East

Fine tuning the experience. We've had a variety of amuse bouche at our events but none more decadent than a slice of handmade sourdough bread schmeared with whipped goose fat and crowned with crispy duck bacon.

It's our way of saying welcome to the Scrumptious Chef Exotic Meats Pop Up. That along with a complimentary cup of chicha spiked with white rum.



The Best Austin Texas Food Blogs: Odd Duck, Chavez, Josephine House, La Traviata, Crave

We waded through a tumult of cat photos before we finally finished analyzing the current crop of Austin food blogs. Lots of cat lovers mixing in their housecat pics with their food content nowadays.

Jodi Bart swaggered into Odd Duck on South Lamar and ran the table http://tastytouring.com/2014/01/odd-duck-austin/



This Day In Blogging History: Winner Announced! Top 5 Barbecue Beef Chuck Rib Joints In Texas

One year ago today. One of the top articles of all of 2013: Top 5 Barbecue Beef Chuck Rib Joints In Texas



How To Make Vietnamese Soul Food Cabbage With Red Boat Anchovy Salt

I gathered all the cooks in the kitchen and told them to hold out their hands. We were preparing to season a case of cabbage (bap cai) and I wanted everyone to know what they were getting in to.

I had contacted Red Boat, makers of the best fish sauce on the planet, a couple weeks ago to order a pound of their insanely umami-rich anchovy salt, and my contact at the company had happily agreed to ship it to Texas.



This Week In Sausage News: Art Of Charcuterie, Texas Hot Guts, Sausage Guide,World's Biggest Sausage

This past weekend we sold out of both of our house-made sausages: the Texas hot guts and the alligator boudin. We consulted with our boudin expert over in Lafayette, Louisiana and he informed us that even after a life on the western prairies of the Bayou state he'd never sampled a gator version. With gator running $15 a pound in Austin it's unlikely you'll see these links on any menus around town anytime soon.



8th Annual Chili Cold Blood Chili Cook Off At White Horse In East Austin

It's chili cook off season in Central Texas.



Junior The Wendy's Guy Is Homeless And Needs Your Help

Ishmael Mohammed Jr, the world's fastest, fast food order taker- 246 sales at Wendy's in the Texas Union in 30 minutes-is homeless, and needs a hand.

A former icon in the Austin food industry-Junior, as he is known-was the subject of a documentary by UT alum Stephen Stephanian that screened at SXSW way back in 2005.

It's riveting.



Tyler Texas Chili Cook-Off: Salvation Army Auxiliary to host 11th annual Chili Bowl

The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary will hold its 11th Annual Chili Bowl Tuesday February 11th 2014 at Harvey Convention Center in Tyler, Texas.

This is a fundraiser for the Salvation Army homeless shelter in Tyler. It's filled to bursting and needs all the help it can get.



Restaurant Redemption's Ching-He Huang Takes A Crack At Satay In North Austin

Satay is still open?

It's been years since we've been.

Before we discovered Little Thailand, we used to love the occasional visit, but once you're under the spell of Chef Surin Simcoe there is no going to any other Thai restaurant.

Welcome to Austin Restaurant Redemption.



Win Two Tickets To Scrumptious Chef Exotic Meats Pop Up At Tamale House East

Name the location of this brand new East Austin barbecue food truck and win two complimentary tickets to the Scrumptious Chef Exotic Meats Pop Up Restaurant at Tamale House East Saturday February 8th.

Scrumptious Chef Restaurant Pop Up #14 https://www.facebook.com/events/598679046872885/

Tickets? http://www.eventbrite.com/e/scrumptious-chef-restaurant


Field Report: Trio At Four Seasons

We go to dozens of food media events in Austin each year, and most are colossal bores. The Austin food scene is on fire with countless new restaurants opening, but we're typically left cold and just sit staring out a big picture window counting the minutes til we can ride over to El Taco Rico and hunker down over a plate of barbacoa.

Then there's Four Seasons.



Micklethwait Craft Meats' Pastry Chef William Ankeney Joins Scrumptious Chef For Exotic Meats Pop Up

The Scrumptious Chef cooking crew has gained another guest chef. William Ankeney formerly of Michelin-starred Chez TJ out in Mountain View, California will be preparing a big pan of Bourbon Pecan Cobbler for our Exotic Meats Feast.

Ankeney runs the ovens at Micklethwait Craft Meats, the wunderkind of Central Texas barbecue. Anybody who eats at Tom Micklethwait's food truck knows to save room for bread and desserts as Ankeney is one of the top young guns in Austin.

Scrumptious Chef Restaurant Pop Up #14 https://www.facebook.com/events/598679046872885/

Tickets? https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scrumptious-chef-restauran


This Week In Craft Beer News: True Vine Brewing, Goose Island, Beer Judging, Father Isaac Keeley

Another big week at ground zero in the craft beer world. It's a good thing we don't spend nearly as much time drinking craft beer as researching it, interviewing people about it, and writing about it or we'd all be headed to rehab.



Fiesta Mart Joins Farm To Market Trend With Ambitious Go Texan Beef Program

We knew it would happen eventually. Our love for Fiesta Mart is well documented; a good 90% of our grocery dollars have been spent there weekly since the 90s.

But if we wanted top flight beef steaks, grown in Texas, for our backyard cookouts we had to look elsewhere.

Not anymore.



Louie Mueller Barbecue To Open In Houston?

Alison Cook at the Houston Chronicle is reporting that Wayne Mueller, pit boss at Louie Mueller's up in Taylor may be opening a Houston branch of the legendary barbecue operation.

Cook dined at the big Saint Arnold Barbecue party where Mueller cooked a ton or so of Texas beef for over 600 people.

The brisket, according to Cook, was "incandescent"

Not sure what that means.

Houston's barbecue scene, what there is of it, could certainly use a boost and having one of the Central Texas heavyweights set up shop in town would serve that community's eaters greatly.

Cook's piece http://blog.chron.com/foodchronicles/2014/02/texas-bbq-


Con Man Michael Angelo Carrion aka Nicholas Angelo Busted In California

Confidence man Michael Angelo Carrion aka Nicholas Angelo swept across Austin last spring hornswoggling restaurants by pretending to be a fire inspection officer and demanding cash money for his work.



Scrumptious Chef Restaurant Pop Up 14: Meet Our Purveyors: Texas Yaks

Up in Parker County Texas, near Weatherford, Bob Payne has a 300 acre spread off Peaster Hwy devoted to the care and nurturing of a herd of Tibetan yaks. Payne is also a board member of The International Yak Association, a concern devoted to the history, breeding, exhibition, publicity, sale and improvements of the breed.

Yaks are magnificent creatures.



This Day In Blogging History: Was Coy Terrell A Murderer?

I ignited a firestorm when I posted an Austin Daily Photo of Coy Terrell, a handsome elderly stranger, sitting at JR's Barbecue in East Austin one year ago today.

Mr. Terrell was a convicted murderer who served 25 years in the Texas state penitentiary for killing Johnnie Ogletree.

To me, Coy Terrell was just an interesting looking old man who agreed to allow me to take his photo.

Unfortunately I found out otherwise when I started digesting the comments section below the photo.

Prepare your mind to be blown http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2013/1/30


Winners Announced: Old Red Rock Schoolhouse Chili Cook-off In Rockne Texas

A pallor was cast over the chili community in Rockne Texas last weekend as the grand championship of the big Old Red Rock Schoolhouse Cook-off went unclaimed. You had to be present at the winners announcement and the grand champion was missing in action.

We're thinking narcotraficantes played a role but this is just an estimate. On the other hand, where was Paul Burka last weekend? That guys got a problem with chili.


Paul Burka.

Cecilia Stroessner ascended to the throne with her second place rendition.

Tom Rowe came in 3rd.

Our Texas chili future is secure as the junior category championship was captured by Elisabeth Stroessner. Molly Carriger was hot on her heels in 2nd.

J. D. Henley of Midland, Texas won the barbecue portion of the cook-off.

The Art And Science Of Chili http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/The-Art-A


Raymond Tatum Of 3 Little Pigs Set To Cook Menu Of Chef's Favorites At 3rd Year Anniversary Party

Raymond Tatum, one of Austin's top chefs since the 70s, is rolling out a menu he calls "chef's favorites" for the 3rd anniversary of his 3 Little Pigs food truck.

We were there, lo those many years ago, on opening day and braved a 15 degree Yankee clipper as the good cook ushered in food truck fine dining in Austin, Texas.

Since then we've broken bread at the humble cart countless times.



Feast On Yak, Antelope, Alligator And Goose At Tamale House East Pop Up Saturday February 8th 2014


Tickets? Almost gone http://www.eventbrite.com/e/scrumptious-chef-restaurant

Yak Brisket

Alligator Boudin

Antelope Carbonnade

Goose Porchetta

Our riff on Joel Robuchon Mashed Potatoes

Bourbon Pecan cobbler

Chile con Queso + the Austin debut of the Carolina Reaper chile pepper. Guinness certified hottest chile on earth.


Ten Austin Food Blogs You Should Be Reading Right Now Part Three

Has it really been a year and a half since our last installment in this ongoing series? This is not a best of; it's more of a "these are the blogs that we are currently enjoying" At any rate here's part three



100 Best Barbecue Restaurants In America

Johnny Fugitt is on the road. A native Missourian, Fugitt has went all in; sold his house, accepted a life of homelessness and vagrancy and sallied forth into the heart of America in the search of the best barbecue.

It's a trend.

Barbecue has never been hotter. In the past few years we've seen neophytes of all descriptions and walks of life hoist themselves onto the turnip truck and start blogging, pinning and tweeting about their new discoveries.

But Johnny Fugitt may be onto something. Americans love a list. A ranking. An order of importance that can lend structure to something they're attempting to grasp. Perhaps Fugitt can provide that.

In the meantime, Fugitt is currently in Austin and blogging about his visits to Franklin, County Line, Blue Ox et al.

Check him out on Tumblr



Food Trailers Austin Presents: Mobile Food Throwdown The Peached Tortilla vs Chi’Lantro BBQ

Food Trailers Austin is promoting a showdown between The Peached Tortilla and Chi'Lantro BBQ at The Draught House (or drought house as so many Austinites are determined to call it) in central Austin.

This battle is to determine "the king of Asian fusion street food in Austin."

Somebody forgot to invite East Side King and 3 Little Pigs apparently as you can't have an Asian street food coronation without those cats making it into a Four Way Dance.



A Deeper Understanding Of Joel Robuchon's Mashed Potatoes

Any time we consider putting a dish on the menu for one of our pop up food parties, we spend a good week doing the heavy lifting, the sweat-neck research, that allows us to figure out how to best execute the recipe.

Even a simple dish like mashed potatoes means at least 20 hours of research must be invested prior to showtime.

After a few hours, deep in the stacks at Austin Public Library, one thing became clear:

When it comes to pommes purée, Joel Robuchon is king.



This Week In Craft Beer News: Hill Farmstead, Heady Topper, Zundert Trappist, Porters/Stouts Defined

Since we spend a staggering amount of time drinking craft beer, writing about craft beer, and researching craft beer, we reckoned it would only be just and right of us to share some of our favorite beer stories we stumble upon during our daily jaunts across the internet.



Scrumptious Chef Restaurant Pop Up 14: Feast On Exotic Meats

Pop Up.

Sat February 8th 2014 At Tamale House East. The biggest night in the history of the business. Yak, Antelope, Alligator and Goose.

Scrumptious Chef Restaurant Pop Up #14 https://www.facebook.com/events/598679046872885/

Tickets? Almost gone http://www.eventbrite.com/e/scrumptious-chef-restaurant


Terry Grier's Chicken Confit Recipe

We don't publish recipes that our crew has not developed (other than perhaps Cary Grant or Dolly Parton's best work) but we're outsourcing this article to Terry Grier, the man behind the When In Austin podcast.

Folks over in Louisiana know how to eat, so we reckoned a man hailing from Baton Rouge would know his way around a chicken confit.

Take it away Mr. Grier:



This Day In Blogging History: Austin's Most Notorious Heroin Kingpin/Restaurateur Dies

One year ago today we reported on the death of Austin's most notorious heroin kingpin http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2013/1/23?

Scrumptious Chef Restaurant Pop Up #14 https://www.facebook.com/events/598679046872885/


Hank Shaw Of Hunter Angler Gardener Cook Set To Pop Up At Foreign And Domestic

Hank Shaw, woodsman, hunter, cook, writer-bon vivant, is set to pop up this Monday January 27th at Foreign and Domestic in North Austin.

Shaw's cookbooks: Hunt, Gather, Cook, and Duck, Duck Goose are indispensable for anyone interested in wild game cookery.

His blog: Hunter, Angler, Gardener, Cook is a wild ride through the mind of a former newspaperman who threw off the yoke of the industry and struck out on his own, and with great success.

Here's a gem off Shaw's website: Speaking on the value of hunting and fishing guides "if you are an inexperienced shot, let the guide know. I have no problem with a 250- to 300-yard shot with my Remington 700, provided I can get a decent rest. But that's a quite the poke for some people, a chip shot for others."

Quite the poke.

Hope to see y'all out this Monday.

Foreign And Domestic 306 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751

(512) 459-1010

Scrumptious Chef Restaurant Pop Up #14 https://www.facebook.com/events/598679046872885/


Seasons In The Abyss: How To Cook A Slayer Chop From Salt And Time

As branding goes, you could certainly do a lot worse than incorporating metal gods Slayer into your butcher shop's offerings. Salt and Time meat purveyors in East Austin sagely understand this.

Legend Meats is one of the finest pork farms in the Great State.

They're raising Red Wattle, an heritage breed famous for hardiness (useful in Texas' brutal climate) ability to forage (mimicking the foodways of hogs of yesteryear) and rapid growth rate (something farmers look for to enhance their margins when it comes time to slaughter.)

They also happen to be delicious.



2014 Austin Texas Bacon and Beer Festival

Got an extra $40 bucks burning a hole in your pocket? Saturday February 22nd an outfit called Eat Boston along with Edible Austin will be throwing a bacon and beer festival at the Marchesa in North Austin.

The forty gets you bacon samples from places like Trace, Hoover's and Zed's but if you want beer it'll cost you extra.

details http://www.wheretoeat.in/2014-austin-bacon-and-beer-fes

list of brewers: Circle Brewing, Independence Brewing, Infamous Brewing, Pedernales Brewing, Real Ale Brewing Co, Shiner Brewing, South Austin Brewing Co., Saint Arnold Brewing

Scrumptious Chef Restaurant Pop Up #14 https://www.facebook.com/events/598679046872885/


This Week In Sausage News: European Union Curtails Smoked Sausages, Azman Meats, Bacon Sausage

Lowcountry boil recipe with sausage from Chef Mark Steuer of The Carriage House in Chicago http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304

The end of Polish smoked sausage. The EU did it. http://www.wbj.pl/article-64701-polish-smoked-sausage-t



The Kentucky Kitchen Part 8: Volunteer Fire Department Chili

Out here in Texas, we have a tendency to forget that other states have their own chilis with robust promotion of beans, tomatoes, onions and other ingredients that would be a sacrilege in Sonora or Amarillo.

States like Kentucky.



Paul Qui And Moto Utsunomiya Set To Pop Up At Toki Underground In DC

East Side King owners Paul Qui And Moto Utsunomiya will be loading up a Megabus with chafing dishes along with gunny sacks filled with soy sauce and chili peppers this week.

They're heading up to Toki Underground in DC for a one day pop up restaurant affair.

Chef Jorge Luis Hernandez will be accompanying the gentlemen.

Reservations are not available. First come first serve.

January 24, 2014


photo credit http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2011/11/1


Save the date: Sat Feb 8th 2014: Feast On Exotic Meats Pop Up Restaurant at Tamale House East. Scrumptious Chef Restaurant Pop Up #14 https://www.facebook.com/events/598679046872885/



Where To Buy Heirloom Seeds In Texas

It's planting time in the Brooksdale neighborhood that Scrumptious Chef calls home. While it's easy enough to run by Family Dollar, and get shopping carts filled with dirt cheap seeds, we're taking a path less traveled for our home gardening.



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