Friday, April 10, 2009

It's all about the food

(If your cursor has never been stuck in Austin, you may want to skip this piece and wait for tomorrow.)

Now it begins: The Farewell Food Tour.

We don’t need the Sun to dictate the seasons of migration. That’s why we have stomachs. As our time in Texas grows short, we begin to gather our memories, mostly of food. One trip cooler will be filled with BBQ sauces, chow-chow, short ribs and brisket.

Thankfully, we can now get Shiner Bock in Minneapolis. The national beer of Texas gives lift to walleye or lutefisk.

Texans are serious about food. Damned serious. This is not about the chi-chi stuff artfully displayed on a plate and drizzled with pheromones . No sir. We’re talking the three basic food groups: Tex-Mex, barbeque and chicken fried steak. Sadly, really good chicken fried is getting scarce, although there are many pretenders.

We still mourn the passing of Danny Young and Texicalli Grill.

In the next 30 days, we have 20 events planned. I’ll omit the meetings, writers groups and huggings. This, dear friends, is about the food.

Luby’s Cafeteria (don’t laugh)
Nau’s Enfield Drug
Central Market
County Line
Art’s Rib House (if it's open)
Dart Bowl (enchiladas)
Hoovers
Whataburger
El Rancho (a bowl of Bob and chile rellenos)
The Frisco Shop
Maudie’s
Mi Madre
Nuevo Leon
Cisco’s Bakery
Dirty's
Sea Dragon
Dan’s Hamburgers (have you had their biscuits and gravy?)
Salt Lick BBQ (we’ll try the new one in Round Rock)
Thai Passion
Threadgills
Ironworks


That’s only 20 joints and leaves us with a few open dates.

Suggestions welcomed.

7 comments:

Ross said...

Our three staples when we're hosting out-of-towners: Huts, Salt Lick, and Fonda San Miguel.

Call me on the way to Artz. I'll meet you there.

Anonymous said...

What about Cooper's BBQ in Llano, or is that just too far out of town?

Ken Martin said...

You won't want to miss the fries at Hyde Park Bar & Grill, would you?

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Kim Phung for noodles.

Larry said...

How about Amaya's,Curras on Oltorf for breakfast and Huts for CFS. I miss the Stallion.

Anonymous said...

I'm too broke to go anywhere but Mickie D's. Where is my stimulus check???
And to show what a good sport I am; I've arranged a bird hunt for George with Bob Knight and Dick Cheney.---Goose

Anonymous said...

You left out Katz's, for breakfast.

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