Mar 242008
 
General Tso's chicken was a big hit at our table at Din Ho BBQ.

General Tso's chicken was a big hit at our table at Din Ho BBQ.

This is part 2 of our adventures in Austin and the SXSW festival. Been to Austin and have a recommendation for our next trip? Leave us a comment!

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Show Notes:
00:00 – 03:33 Din Ho’s BBQ – Chinese food for those in the know
03:34 – 06:55 Truluck’s – over-priced pretentious seafood
06:56 – 08:45 Stubb’s BBQ – mixed reactions and comparisons to KC
08:46 – 12:35 Driskill Hotel – fine dining in the heart of Austin
12:36 – 14:05 Amy’s Ice Cream – try the pistachio!
14:06 – 16:09 A last-minute stop at Salt Lick and our Austin Sign-off

The Driskill Hotel offers excellent fine dining options including this lobster salad.

The Driskill Hotel offers excellent fine dining options including this lobster salad.

Din Ho Chinese BBQ
8557 Research Blvd # 116
Austin, TX

We both say go! It’s cheap, good Chinese food. For $15 how can you go wrong?

Truluck’s
400 Colorado
Austin, TX 78701

We both say skip it! For $60, you can get a much better meal elsewhere.

Stubb’s BBQ Restaurant
801 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701

Even though the food’s cheap and the BBQ is decent, we think you should take your $15 elsewhere.

The Driskill Hotel
604 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701

At $85, it was our priciest meal in Austin, but we both think it was worth it!

The pistachio ice cream from Amy's ice cream is delicious!

The pistachio ice cream from Amy's ice cream is delicious!

Amy’s Ice Creams

Several Austin locations, including the airport! About $5 a serving. Amy’s is a Austin must.

Salt Lick BBQ

Speaking of airports, we squeezed in a quick breakfast here before leaving town. So good!

There aren't many vegetarian choices at Stubb's, but the fried green tomatoes are a suitable option.

There aren't many vegetarian choices at Stubb's, but the fried green tomatoes are a suitable option.

  4 Responses to “Austin Round-up Part 2 Chicago Bites Podcast #99”

  1. 1. A vegetarian at a Chinese bbq restaurant? Mwahahahahahaha. 😉
    2. Yes, those strip malls often harbor some good (and authentic) ethnic foods.
    3. “Hanging carcasses” is ALWAYS a good sign, when it comes to Chinese restaurants.
    4. B – for a true Texas bbq experience, next time, you MUST visit the REAL Salt Lick. The pit is just amazing.
    5. Don’t necessarily trust a Kansas Citian’s reaction to bbq. We are very proud of our bbq here (in KC) and usually turn our noses at most other regional “varieties.” I for one am a “bad KC’ian” – I prefer Low Country bbq and Texas dry rub (ribs) bbq to that of our city’s sweet-sticky-saucey ones.
    6. The “Chocolate Bag?” As in the gimmicky dessert that they serve at McCormick and Schmick’s!? $15-$20!!!!! That’s highway robbery (I’m jumping up and down on my desk as I type!)
    7. Amy’s – YAY!
    8. Next time you’re out Austin-way, try Jeffrey’s. His fried oysters are unforgettable.

  2. 1. Yuk, yuk, yuk. I do what I have to for our listeners!
    6. I argued against it, u.e. Swear.
    7. Amy’s is the best! Love the pistachio flavor!

  3. Ok, so I just got a listen to your Austin podcast AND you know what? I found out the chocolate bag is actually part of the desserts at McCormick and Schmick’s!!! o-m-g! I feel robbed.
    Miss you two! When are you coming in KC?

  4. You simply MUST go to Threadgill’s, preferably the original location on North Lamar.
    If the best you can do is the second location that is closer to downtown, well… OK. The menus are identical, but Janis never sang there, so. ‘Tisn’t the same. And shame on me for not telling you to go there before.
    Somebody in your comments mentioned Kerbey Lane. There’s a couple different locations, one on South Lamar right by where I used to live, and one up by UT on “the Drag,” which is the section of Guadalupe that forms the western border of the UT campus. They do right by the veggie/granola crowd there, but it’s nothing really to write home about… along the lines of a Melrose Cafe in Lakeview, or the Heartland Cafe in Rogers Park. But, I think they’re also open 24 hours, so if you need some pancakes at 3AM, you could certainly do worse. Nearby the Drag location, there is also a fairly decent noodle place tucked in behind some other stores and maybe a gas station… I’ll have to look into that one a little more, as they were the only decent Thai place I ever found — and you know I looked!
    Like Chez Zee that I’ve already mentioned, Fonda San Miguel can be a little tricky to find, but if you tire of Mexican meaning tacos and guacamole, it’s well worth the trip. A bit pricey, but you don’t seem to mind that… 🙂 They describe themselves as “interior Mexican” food, and what I remember of it was that even the mild stuff was a bit too much for me, but I admit, I’m a total wimp on that score. You would probably very much enjoy it.
    Worth mentioning that Whole Foods is, in fact, an Austin-based company, and the location on 6th and Lamar is A) huge, and 2) a bright, shiny new place that just opened in 2005, I think it was. Dint ever get there, but people rave about it.
    Lastly, if you can find your way out there, the Oasis is another Austin standard. The food is good from what I recall, but what you’re really going for is the scenery. It’s perched on a hillside of Lake Austin, and it’s three or four tiers of balconies, so everybody has a great view. Being there at sunset, of course, is mandatory. They had a big fire there a few years back, and the one time I was there was pre-fire, but my understanding is that they did in fact rebuild it to all its former glory.
    How’s that for a start on next year?

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