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Great Gizzards!

I saw that a couple of folks mentioned gizzards in the Austin Weird Food post. But don't you think that they deserve a post all of thier own!!

My gizzard eating guy is always on the look out for "the best" in Central Texas and has been known to drive all the way to a gas station in Bastrop to get them. We recently hit Bush's Chicken on the way home from Dallas. These little babies were pretty dang good. It seems they are becoming more popular.

Oh please fellow chowgizzites, those who are not afraid to admit the love, do share with me your secret gizzardy spots in Austin so I can pass it on!

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  1. I personally am not a fan...but I did work with a group of people who LOVE gizzards and would go every Friday to a little place on 183 (south of 290)..I believe they said it was in a gas station. I will see if I can get ahold of one of them and get the address or at least the name of this place for you.

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    1. I am so glad that you posted this. I am a gizzard and chicken liver fan and I have not found any good ones since moving to this area. I had a combo plate at Charlie's Steakhouse in Pflugerville and was not impressed. The livers were ok, but the gizzards were so tough we could not chew them. My Mom always parboiled them before she fried them. Uhm, makes me miss home! So, until we find a place locally I'll place my orders to my Mom.

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      1. re: Meshelle

        Unsure about gizzards, but Threadgill's makes very good fried chicken livers.

      2. Reggie's at 12th & Chicon have fried gizzards. Consult the search.

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        1. re: Mersenne twister

          Unfortunately, Reggies is not always there. Thanks anyway. Was looking for something more reliable.

          1. re: scoutaustin

            Well, he's there today, if that helps....

            1. re: Bat Guano

              Good lord, did that ever help! Thanks for the heads-up, Bat Guano. I was really craving Reggie's insanely delicious fried catfish.

              1. re: MPH

                MPH, your words "insanely delicious fried catfish" gave me goose bumps. If I still lived in Austin I'd just go see for myself, but I don't. Could I impose on you to describe this ambrosia? Many thanks.


                1. re: Jim Washburn

                  I think Reggie's would be right up your alley, Jim. There's nothing like fried food served out of a cheerful food trailer. I've linked to an older description of scrumptiouschef's, which is followed by reviews by me and Nab, as well as my later discussion of Reggie's catfish versus other good ones in town (like Nubian Queen Lola's).



                  Next time you're in town, you'll have to check out Reggie's work! I really think you'd appreciate El Rico, too, which is a fairly new taco trailer near the Vargas Food Store.


        2. Does any place actually pre-cook their gizzards before frying? I've only had them twice and these were apparently raw before being battered and fried for a just few minutes.

          That doesn't make for very good eating, IMO.

          HEB at Pleasant Valley/7th and Golden Chick at 1st and Stassney serve them, but I can't recommend them due to the above. People are buying them, though [shuddder]

          1. I'd personally drive down to Shiner, go the Friday's Fried Chicken and get their gizzards and chicken livers. Very tasty. Follow it up with a tour of Spoetzl Brewery and some free beer samples.

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            1. re: achtungpv

              wow! what a great idea! thanks......i think we'll do it!

              1. re: scoutaustin

                call and make sure they're still on the menu, I haven't eaten them there in years!

            2. There is a gas station on the east side of 35 just north or south of Oltorf (sorry I can't do better). Wait, it's just north of the Home Depot I think, on the east side of 35 . Anyway, I stopped in for gas, got a chicken thigh at the fried chicken counter inside and then realized they had gizards. I'm going back...

              1. Good gizzards at JR's Conoco at Loyola and Decker Lane right near the Exposition Center. Their chicken, the parts above the waist and below, is almost always cooked jjust right. Juicy with a crispy, golden breading when one of the ladies is on duty.

                They do a great job of keeping the oil fresh also. And ask for the hot sauce, (which is sort of like Frank's) which offsets some of the fried richness. Only complaints--the breading could use some added spices and avoid the chicken on the days you see a man cooking.

                1. The "Best Stop Food Market," 1130 Airport Boulevard at Goodwin Avenue, sells fried chicken gizzards, nuggets, and hot wings, along with egg rolls, burritos, and the like. Their menu also features lunch/dinner tacos of chicken or beef fajitas (plain and ranchera) and about five types of egg-based breakfast tacos. I'd guess that the gizzards are not pre-soaked, given their texture. They weren't bad, but the spicy chicken wings were more enjoyable. Both came with hot sauce (of the type sold under the Frank's brand name) on the side. A medium order of gizzards and four chicken wings cost just under $6. While I wouldn't drive out of my way to get my hands on the chow at this food market, I would stop in again if I had a craving and was near by.

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                  1. re: MPH

                    Couldn't agree more I've been eating there a couple months and have been left without an angle for a writeup.I like it but it's not great.They're really friendly and it's cheap.There is a better food mart a couple miles to the northeast and I will be issuing a report soon