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Frito Pie at Billy's on Burnet

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Dave Westerberg Mar 23, 2007 07:11 AM

It's awesome.

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    verily Mar 27, 2007 11:22 AM

    I'm not familiar with their frito pie, but I do know that the wings and chili cheese fries are awesome. I'm guessing the chili & cheese is the same topping going onto the fritos, so I'll assume by association that the frito pie would be delish.

    Billy's carries Real Ale's Fireman's #4 on tap, which makes me happy.

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      amysuehere Mar 28, 2007 06:10 AM

      have you tried the Shaggy's jerk wings or just the regular? Those jerk wings are super-yummy and what a nice tingle...

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        ahaley Mar 28, 2007 01:23 PM

        I think that their wings are very good. Just the right heat and sauce consistency. Though sitting on the deck with a pitcher and the wings does go a long way into creating a relaxing mood. I'll have to try their jerk wings, though it'll just make me sad since I hadn't thought about Shaggy's in a while.

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          amysuehere Mar 28, 2007 01:51 PM

          Be sad no longer. The owner of Shaggy's got together with Billy and these are just as you remember them (without the band - okay that can make you sad). Also, he happened to be at Billy's the first time I tried them and he's actually bottling the sauce and you can get Shaggy's Wing Sauce at Whole Foods.

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      Willisinaustin Mar 26, 2007 01:05 PM

      Not to mention a pretty great place for happy hour. I work around the corner so their $1.50 Shiners from 4-5 make for a great end to the day.

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        gilintx Mar 24, 2007 09:58 AM

        Those looking for Frito Pie might also check out Dog Almighty on Burnet (in the Farmer's Market). They offer both regular and veggie versions. My preference is the former, but I'm told the latter is pretty good too. They also top it w/ jalapenos, which I had not seen before, but which is a nice touch.

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          chowmick Mar 28, 2007 12:07 PM

          I'll second the Dog Almighty praises for their Frito pie. The chili has a nice zip on the finish, isn't overburdened with comino, is thick with ground round...thick enough that the Fritoes stay nice and crispy until the end, w/additions of onions, jalapeños, grated cheese. I have also eaten their veggie chili...a 2nd prize winner in some sort of big annual (17th) vegetarian chili cookoff (who'd a thunk it), and for a veggie chili it was actually pretty tasty....made with adzuki beans, so you don't have to deal with those massive klidney beans you usually find. All in all, an excellent Frito pie (and nice dogs also). Recommended.

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            chowmick Mar 28, 2007 12:12 PM

            forgot to mention Dog Almighty's chili-cheese fries and chili-cheese TATER TOTS also. Golden, compressed nuggets of shredded potato, slathered with thick chili, onions, cheeese, and japaleenos....yummm.

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            jwynne2000 Mar 23, 2007 12:43 PM

            This is the second time I've heard about this Frito pie. I'm intrigued now, especially since I'm on the hunt for good chili in Austin.

            1. Knoblauch Mar 23, 2007 07:23 AM

              That's great to hear. Is there anything you can add to help us understand what makes it delicious to you? Exemplary constituent parts? Unusual recipe?

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                Dave Westerberg Mar 23, 2007 07:54 AM

                I love the chili (meat). I love the cheese melted on top. Lots of Fritos. The sides of fresh tomatoes and onions are great. It's a simple dish, very well executed there.
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                  lizi Mar 23, 2007 08:01 AM

                  where is it located?

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                    amysuehere Mar 23, 2007 08:02 AM

                    Corner of Hancock and Burnet. They now offer Shaggy's Jamacan Jerk Wings...way yum! We get them for takeout at least twice a week.

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                      TAF Mar 23, 2007 12:24 PM

                      Billy's Philly is pretty good, too. And the fried pickles, fried mushrooms, of course the wings ... not healthy, but gooooood!

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