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Tony Bourdain is coming to Austin: Where should his handlers send him?

He's got Ruby's, a fine choice, under his belt but where do the hounds send him now?

Obviously Tacos el Rico and Galloway spring to mind but where would you love to see Tony go, eat and report back?

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  1. I'd send him to Gourdoughs and Odd Duck to Farm Trailer in the same parking lot.
    Gourdoughs for just about anything on their menu, but probably the pork slider at Odd Duck.
    I think you can get a hot dog at Franks wrapped in bacon and deep fried... so I wouldn't mind seeing his reaction to that.

    1. El Regio for some chicken asado and green sauce!

      1. My place? j/k

        1. hes gotta go up north to hit up some places on n lamar like tams

          1. This dude has been all over the world. So you need to send him to what Austin does best. This is Tex-Mex and BBQ.

            He has to hit Snow's. It was top rated, and it would make good TV. Also, they are awesome.

            I'm sure we could argue all day about tex-mex, but my choice would be El Chilitos.

            A couple of the food trailers, since it is such a big trend right now. Odd Duck was a good suggestion. Flip Happy if they are open.

            Also, he loves "meat in tube form", so Frank is also a good suggestion.

            Soup Peddler would make good TV.

            The view out in Lakeway would be good, but i don't know that the food is really worthy at any of the places with the best view.

            Lastly, the farmer's markets, and CSAs are a big trend here. Fresh food, raised beds, etc. This is a really important aspect of the food culture here. *Maybe* Wink could be grouped in with this. Or East Side Cafe.

            1. Wait. Is he really coming, or is this just a fun fantasy game?

              Uchi, Al Pastor, Odd Duck, Gordough's, East Side King, Hudson's on the Bend...that's just off the top of my head.

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              1. re: foodiegal71

                He is at the Paramount April 1st.

                1. re: foodiegal71

                  Hudson's peaked about 15 years ago.

                  1. re: AustinR

                    Ah, I've never actually been so I didn't realize that. It just seems the menu is a little off the beaten path along the lines of what a TV show of his might cover. But since that was written a year ago, I'd now suggest Uchiko and Congress as well as Odd Duck and East Side King.

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                    Odd Duck
                    1219 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

                    Uchiko
                    4200 North Lamar, Austin, TX 78756

                2. I like the Gourdough's and Odd Duck suggestion, too. I was irritated that they took him to Ruby's last time.

                  1. I think he should hang out at Sebastien Bonneu's farm and chill out there. Maybe Sebastien will offer up some lovely rabbits or hogs, and they could cook outdoors texas style?

                    Not exactly a restaurant, but that's what I would want to do rather than go to a restaurant if I were visiting.

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                    1. re: Homero

                      2nd that

                    2. Nubian Queen Lola's, Fonda San Miguel's sunday brunch, Saltlick for Sunday specials,

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                      1. re: Paul Silver

                        Luling City Market

                      2. From the Chronicle this a.m.:

                        fter its great showing on Throwdown! With Bobby Flay, we hear the Food Network has been in touch with Austin's beloved crepe mavens about a segment on another show, but all the details aren't firmed up at this point. We'll keep you posted

                        One would put two and two together...

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                        1. re: amysuehere

                          Except Bourdain will have nothing to do with Food Network. He pretty much hates them. His show is on the Travel Channel.

                          1. re: GenieinTX

                            Ah. You're right. Silly me.

                            1. re: amysuehere

                              Actually, Scripps, who owns Food Network, HGTV and others just bought Travel Channel...so they are his boss once again...so you never know!

                        2. has anyone mentioned saltlick? because that is the first place that comes to mind for me!

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                          1. re: mushi387

                            I love Salt Lick for the atmosphere. But for BBQ? He would have to head south to Lockhart or North to Taylor for Louis Muellers for real Texas 'Q.

                          2. i would like to take Tony to Fuego's... especially when they have abondigas on the menu.

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                            1. re: bloody hammer

                              Totally agree! The Albondigas is remarkable. Unfortunately, they may not be around too much longer... word is the end of March. It's a terrible shame that the location could not work out for them.

                            2. He should go to Dario's for the Caldo, he likes a good broth.

                              1. I'm sorry, but I just would'nt have him eating tex-mex in this town. Take him a little further south (south san antonio and beyond) so he can get some authentic actually hand-made flour tortillas.

                                I say take him to Mulberry, then Uchi.

                                1. This is like a fantasy baseball draft.

                                  Our first pick has to be the best; Uchi leads the charge. Tyson's revenge for the Iron Chef loss -- a chance to show Tony's eyes rolling back into his head while crushing some tuna cheek. Maybe have Tony dine at Uchi with several other local superstars. This will finally end the debate as to whether Austin can hang; Uchi isn't "classic Austin", it is a legitimate culinary threat to the international chow scene. Sadly, it should be our sole Asian contender. I love the duck tacos and char siu at Din Ho and the sammies at Tam Deli, but Tony crushes these sort of treats in innumerable episodes already. I hate to make Austin look so gringo when we've got solid Chinese, Viet, and Thai options, but we're looking for the big differentiators.

                                  Now we need to lob some fat pitches in that resonate the classic idea of Austin's wheelhouse. Probably some local wizards should set up some early-morning BBQ tent in Lockhart and bring Tony samplings from the Big Three, or if the show is up to it do a quick pirouette through all three spots. The film direction could be pretty gimmicky and fun for the crew -- three Tonies at three spots on a triple-split screen. If they have to pick one-and-only-one place, Snow's? Luling City Market? If they insist on within Austin city limits, what now? Sam's after 1 AM would make the best TV. I love Ruby's but Tony has already done it (on his last visit a few years back).

                                  For Tex-Mex awesome, Angie's carnitas tacos with a big slushyice lemonade is just the thing. Tony has a thing for pork, and I'd like to see his reaction to the heaped yellow cheese on the taco. One shot, one kill.

                                  I think Casino is fairly iconic for this city, but I think it has been covered by two other shows already. Tony likes to cover new ground. In that case, I'd skip burgers altogether. Hey man, I've been on a couple-year burger quest, and I don't think Austin has a burger to offer that merits bumping something else from the limited space on the show.

                                  Austin's soul food boom has sort of collapsed. The Gallow's pole is probably our best shot and would make great TV.

                                  Whatever the show does, it must avoid the safe and trendy choices. I love Parkside, Mulberry, Justine's, Perla, Wink, Jeffery's, Hudson's and the rest, but to someone who is personal friends with Thomas Keller, we're lambs to the slaughter. Stay away from our modern American contemporary options, our "upscale" cuisine choices, and our French offerings. Stay away from our trendier Tex-Mex spots -- definitely no El Chile, Vivo, Manuel's, Polvo's, or any of the trendy taco shack places (El Chilito, Tacodeli, Torchy's, Taco Shack, etc). The goal is to knock Tony's brains out with amazing food, not put on a fashion show. Each place gets one meal to do it, and don't overestimate Tony's ability to grapple with the nuance of the dish. We won't be judged based on four visits stretched out over six weeks -- one shot and one shot only at each place. Also avoid the pricey carts, and yes, avoid Best Wurst. Any cart visits should be next to gas stations or in empty lots between residences. Uchi will showcase Austin's hipness to keep the Chamber of Commerce happy; we also have to demonstrate that Austin has the stones, the mortal nuts, and we can't do that and make sure there are chic surroundings, pretty people, and white linen in every scene.

                                  Starters: Uchi, BBQ Triangle, Angie's, Galloway. (This is a winning lineup.)
                                  Subs: Snow's, Sam's, Casino, El Meson, Rosita's Al Pastor. (Coach should put these ones in based on need if the starters falter.)
                                  Regrettable Omissions: Parkside, Din Ho, Tam Deli, Mulberry, Chez Nous. (These places offer the best of Austin but won't sufficiently move Tony's needle.)

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                                  1. re: tom in austin

                                    Casino el Camino, Justines and Uchi!!

                                  2. Tacos El Rico is right....one thing though that strikes me as odd--you think he actually has handlers? I get the impression he's pretty hands on. He's probably already been to the places in Lockhart, Luling, etc. I wonder if he's been to that place in Lexington that's touched on in the current Texas Monthly...
                                    BTW--for those who don't know--he's doing a talk at the Paramount at the beginning of April (3rd?)

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                                    1. re: taliesin15

                                      FYI,
                                      that would be Snow's

                                      1. re: taliesin15

                                        One would assume that he's been to the country BBQ places, but last time he was in Austin, he was at Ruby's. Which doesn't make sense. I mean, I like Ruby's fine and all . . .

                                        1. re: taliesin15

                                          Yes, Bourdain does have handlers. Especially when they are unfamiliar with where to go, his production team is open to suggestions.

                                          Hasn't he already done Lockhart? If he hasn't, he definitely should do that. He did a whole show on BBQ awhile back that included KC bbq, Carolina style bbq, and... I think Texas bbq, but I'm not sure where. I think he did Lockhart but I could be wrong.

                                          I think some of our more eclectic fusions would be interesting, and the whole food trailer scene is interesting. Everything from low to high end there. I also like the idea of pairing him up with our culinary stars, East Side Kings, Tyson Cole, Justine's peeps. they'll point him in the right direction.

                                          Definitely Gourdough's, so he can see that it kicks Voodoo's ass down the street.

                                          His talk at the Paramount won't be cheap. His appearances are quite pricey these days.

                                          1. re: malarkey

                                            Speaking of Lockhart, "Food Wars" on the Travel Channel is doing Lockhart this week.

                                        2. Take him down to Lockhart to sample the legendary BBQ trifecta for lunch (Blacks, Smitty’s, Kreuz). Then Uchi for dinner, followed by Justine's for a midnight 2nd dinner.

                                          1. El Mesonm

                                            1. Tony really must go to Mrs. Johnson's on Airport, late night, (after some drinking of course) The fresh, still warm donuts are to die for! I have never had a donut there that was less than fantastic, and I think I have tried all their varieties over the years. One simply cannot end a night out on the town without stopping of in the wee hours at Mrs. Johnson's.

                                              1. So i actually talked to one of his producers yesterday, he has been hearing good things about trailers in Austin and has only one day to shoot. Sounds like they are definitely planning on doing roughly 3 trailers.

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                                                1. re: mkfoodie

                                                  Depending on what trailers, we could be screwed. Bah.

                                                  1. re: tom in austin

                                                    Odd Duck, Gourdough's, and Franklin's BBQ...."new" Austin food truck scene - let's focus this thread on what three trailers he should go to!

                                                    1. re: reinadetostones

                                                      If it's trailers then the tour has to start at Tacos El Rico

                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/560802

                                                      where he'll find the queen of Austin's tacos. I've been searching high and low to find a better cart for years. There's not one.

                                                      1. re: scrumptiouschef

                                                        he is looking for interesting food and/or interesting stories. None of the taco trailers are on his list. odd duck and Gordough's are a couple of the potential spots they are considering.

                                                        1. re: scrumptiouschef

                                                          Scrumptious - what do you know about the story behind Tacos El Rico? One slant might be that excellent tacos trucks paved the way for the current trailer boom....?

                                                          1. re: reinadetostones

                                                            We descended on Gourdough's with high hopes and the low quality of ingredients were disappointing to put it mildly. Mrs Johnson's has nothing to worry about from the newcomers. Great gimmick but til they're willing to invest in better quality primary source ingredients we won't be returning.

                                                            Reina,
                                                            I haven't quizzed Yolanda about her journey to culinary greatness. I'm too busy powering down on the best Mexican food I've had in Austin [ excepting the cuisine of Raymond Tatum ] to inquire.

                                                            A reasonable query to post would be:

                                                            If you could only send Bourdain to one restaurant in Austin what would it be?

                                                            I love Galloway and that would be an estimable choice right along with El Tacos Rico.

                                                            All that being said I predict the choice will be comfortably mainstream. After all he went to Istanbul and missed both Ciya and Zubeyir.

                                                            1. re: scrumptiouschef

                                                              If he ends up at Torchy's I am holding you personally accountable, scrumptious.

                                                              There is a very interesting (macro) trailer story to be told. Trailers aside even, I think Austin has a helluva good number of tales to be told, with great makings for a highly entertaining episode.

                                                              Instead, we'll watch him eat at Uchi. ;)

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                                                              Uchi Restaurant
                                                              801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

                                                              1. re: Nab

                                                                you will be happy to know then that as of last week, Torchy's was not on the list. scrumptious lives another day.

                                                                1. re: mkfoodie

                                                                  Why all the hate for Torchy's? I never tried them until they opened the north store at Spicewood and Mesa, but I have since tried most of their tacos and while most of them are not outstanding (esp. for the price) the Brush Fire has got to be the best taco I have ever had bar none! I don't normally eat food that hot, but I will put up with it for that outstanding flavor.

                                                                  1. re: danny_w

                                                                    Danny-we all hate Matt Kemp. Torchy is a rising star and popular, and thus decidedly un-Chowhound. Though personally I love Mr. Pink.

                                                                    Uchi is Pujols, and I do agree with that assesment. The problem is you can't always get Pujols, but there are other big ,slugging 1B out there, like Prince Fielder, and mine is Lambert's. Sure, there are a few strike-outs, but Lambert's isn't up there trying to get a walk, and when they connect, that ball is gone (the Mac and Cheese is worth a trip alone).

                                                                    I draft this Sunday!

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                                                                    Uchi Restaurant
                                                                    801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

                                                                    1. re: NWLarry

                                                                      If Lambert's is Prince Fielder, then upscale joints are 1Bs? (Can't be BBQ places, because Pujols == Uchi!) In that case, Ryan Howard is Parkside, Derrek Lee is Wink, and Berkman is Vespaio.

                                                                      Seriously, I don't dislike Torchy's. I've made a couple trips over the past six months to try to understand what the buzz is about. They're good. Solid. Sort of tricked out and overpriced. And at the end of the day, I'd rather eat tacos from a dozen places in town.

                                                                      NWLarry, what sort of league are you playing in? Let me know if you want me to slip you some secret stats. I've got a sabermetric assessment as well as one tuned to a Roto 5x5. Your Pujols, Fielder, and Kemp analogies are both hilarious and eerily apt.

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                                                                      Uchi Restaurant
                                                                      801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

                                                                      Vespaio
                                                                      1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

                                                                      1. re: tom in austin

                                                                        Has anyone ever seen Tominaustin and Bill James in the same room at the same time?

                                                                        1. re: tom in austin

                                                                          Well, we know Tom does't work for the Astros :)

                                                                          The upscale joints are definitely the big sluggers. There are a lot of them, and when you are right, they will carry you, and when you are wrong...it's gonna hurt. I say Fonda is Konerko for example. Parkside is most assuredly Ryan Howard. So Wink/DLee has a few surpises left in him, huh? I still haven't been. Vespaio is not on its last knee, so perhaps Adrian Gonzalez seems more appropriate. As in "Hi, I'm Adrian Gonzalez, I'm gonna hit 40 this year, but you go ahead and get Jeter".

                                                                          We could go on like this forever, but as has been pointed out, it's not quite English! Still I can't resist comparing the trailers to the rookies, with Odd Duck being Jason Heyward. Mighty Cone certainly seems to be the trailer of perpetual promise-Homer Bailey? The other natural comparison is the burger joints to catchers-you gotta have one, but most of them aren't that good for you.

                                                                          Tom, I usually do 3 or 4 leagues a year, but the one I put the most time and preparation into is a Roto 5x5 $$ league that I have been doing for the past 9 years I guess. I would love some secret stats! I used to rely on DIPS quite heavily till I realized that given the high correlation of K/9 to everything, I could save a bunch of time and just look at strikeout rates. I'm sure I have underutilized VORP however. Email me your stuff! I could use any edge I can find! L
                                                                          lost_town@yahoo.com

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                                                                          Vespaio
                                                                          1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

                                                                        2. re: NWLarry

                                                                          Is this English? ;)

                                                                        3. re: danny_w

                                                                          Danny
                                                                          I have nothing against the well funded chain restaurant Torchy's. I've eaten there a few times and received serviceable food. If we were in Des Moines and talking about tacos I'll bet Torchy's would compare favorably with the local offerings.

                                                                          But we're not.

                                                                          We're in Austin where there are scores of Mexican restaurants putting out home cooked tacos: homemade tortillas, no commissary foods, salsas that make you breathe fire, tacos that breathe the soul of the cook that made them-life affirmingly delicious tacos from the hand of the motherland: Mexico.

                                                                          Like the tacos at Tacos el Rico for instance.

                                                                          I've never had the brushfire but would love a description. Next time I'm at Torchy's I'll give it a shot and report back.

                                                                          1. re: scrumptiouschef

                                                                            Don't get me wrong, I'm not in love with Torchy's, but they are the best I have found in the NW area, and far better than most (although I agree on the overpriced bit). I would really like to try some of the places you and others mention, but most of them are a very long drive for me and I never seem to get around to it. My other favorite in the area is the grilled tacos at Jorge's; they remind me of what I grew up with in west Texas.

                                                              2. re: reinadetostones

                                                                Add East Side King to that list!

                                                          2. What about a wild game dinner with Dai Due. It doesent get more central Texas (and meaty) than that.

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                                                            1. re: Todd Duplechan

                                                              that would make for a GREAT show.
                                                              it would definitely showcase the local flavor and feel that he always seems to try to capture.
                                                              in particular, i am thinking of his asian travels, and how much he enjoys sitting down at the table with real people.

                                                              plus, dai due has been doing the weekly butcher shop offerings.
                                                              they have been rendering leaf lard, curing molasses bacon, stuffing sausages [big time texan thing here], making terrines and all sorts of other tasty bits.

                                                              you know much much tony loves all things pig!

                                                              given his schedule though, and dai due's dinner roster, i am not sure it would work.

                                                              but here's hoping.

                                                              some info:
                                                              http://daidueaustin.net/butcher-shop/...

                                                            2. Just saw on Twitter that they'll be at Liberty Bar this Tuesday at 10pm.

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                                                              1. re: bookgrrl72

                                                                Just saw on Twitter that Tony won't be at the filming. Boo.

                                                                Still, I think that seeing him hit places like East Side King (my current favorite place to eat in Austin), Odd Duck, Gourdough's and other truly very different locals would be awesome. Uchi and Justine's are other good options.

                                                                While I love Mexican food as much as the next person, Austin has really grown food-wise in the 11 years since I moved here. Back then, Mexican food was the only option. Now we've got a full-fledged burgeoning food scene and it'd be nice to see it explored outside of Mexican and BBQ.

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                                                                Uchi Restaurant
                                                                801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

                                                                1. re: foodiegal71

                                                                  I agree with you; Austin has changed so much over the last decade. (Not completely sure how I feel about that, actually.) I also think that Austin's best BBQ isn't in Austin proper, so I don't really want to see it getting mad pub. Austin is the nearest city s'all.

                                                                  Then again, couldn't we showcase that growth by having a whole segment at Uchi? Tyson feeding Tony and a handful of local superstars some of the world's best sushi in a town that is land-locked, and where the nearest saltwater body is the freaking Gulf of Mexico? If that doesn't reflect Austin's cosmopolitan ascension, I don't know what does. Tyson's story also would make good television, if Tony would deign to share it. Wouldn't that do enough?

                                                                  Lastly, I don't think the upscale cart movement is reflective of Austin's food movement. If Tony's job is to travel to a city and tell the tale of the heart of that city's cuisine, I think doing an episode on upscale food carts is a slap in the face to nearly every serious, excellent chef and cook in town. This isn't representative of us, or where we as a people are going. It doesn't tell about our history. It doesn't even tell about our now. It is a statistical blip, an artifact of zooming in too close on a fuzzy curve on a graph.

                                                                  I love Austin so much. I'm sad to see Tony miss out on what he could find, know, and love too.

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                                                                  Uchi Restaurant
                                                                  801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

                                                                  1. re: tom in austin

                                                                    You bring up a really good point about the upscale art movement not being reflective of the Austin food movement. When it comes to food, Austin has so much to offer in so many arenas. It's been awesome to watch that aspect of Austin change over the last decade.

                                                                    Something tells me that this Bourdain filming probably isn't for a piece on Austin in particular. Maybe another SW episode, or a Texas episode or something, but if he were doing Austin in particular, I doubt he'd just focus on the carts. There's no way he'd do Austin without Tyson Cole, it'd just be a travesty for that to happen and I have way too much faith in him and his handlers to overlook Cole!

                                                                    1. re: foodiegal71

                                                                      And what does it mean that he's not actually present at these tapings? I keep hearing that NR is filming (so far at ESK and Gourdough's, tonight at Odd Duck and perhaps tomorrow at Franklin's), but that Bourdain isn't present. Why is that?

                                                                      1. re: bookgrrl72

                                                                        makes me wonder if that is normal for NR filming, or not.
                                                                        interesting point bg72.

                                                                        1. re: bookgrrl72

                                                                          They are probably recording background footage or scouting for later. Also could be that it will just be cut with other footage while he does voice over. It's amazing what you can do with footage and After Effects these days :) I think he even mentioned that in the episode about how they make the show!

                                                                        2. re: foodiegal71

                                                                          sources say TB was just at Perlas

                                                                          1. re: ilbranzino

                                                                            Perla's was confirmed.

                                                                            1. re: ChristineR

                                                                              He said at the show they'd likely come back in June or so to film ... and he's mentioned some interest in the carts, but I doubt that's all he'd do.

                                                                              1. re: drdelicious

                                                                                Can you tell us poor little saps that didn't get to go to the show a little more about what he talked about? I've always wondered what a "show" of his would be like...

                                                                                1. re: foodiegal71

                                                                                  Here's a good summary of most of the content:
                                                                                  http://www.associatedcontent.com/arti...
                                                                                  Mostly some food network jokes, how to get the most out of international culinary travels, why Sandra Lee should be scared of his wife, etc. At the end he took questions from people in the audience... I was a little surprised that most people asked him about the show, his family, and international affairs. Very few Austin-directed questions for a 'keep it local' city. At the meet-and-greet he was incredibly kind and answered every question I had been waiting years to ask him. At that point, I'd had 3 cocktails and very little food.... he was EXTREMELY nice and cordial.

                                                                  2. It aired this week, and if you missed it, it's easy to find (for now) on Youtube. The episode was called Heartland and the Austin taping was only one segment of the show.

                                                                    He ate at Perla's, and chatted with the chef/owners.

                                                                    They rolled tape of the trailers, but no evidence he ate at any of them. He did voiceovers for Gourdough's (congrats to the gal-on-the-street, who in explaining how good Gourdough's is when you're drunk on Highball martinis managed to summarize my annoyance with the trailer "scene" and Gourdough's itself in 5 seconds), as well as odd duck and East Side King.

                                                                    I have to say, while he inadvertently summarized all I dislike about the trailers, his enthusiasm over college kids getting into good food was infectious. And for all the crappy trailers around, places like East Side King and odd duck are turning out excellent food no matter the crowd.

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                                                                    1. re: brentwood

                                                                      Oh, that "this is great drunk food" girl really klassed it up, didn't she? My husband and I keep joking about her calling up her mother, "Hey mom! I'm on TV, check me out!"

                                                                      1. re: brentwood

                                                                        It was a good short-shrift report on Austin [ 7 minutes ]. Nice to see Odd Duck get some attention and Bryce, like lots of folks around here, briefly proclaimed his allegiance to Satan with the classic hand pose of pinky and index finger extended with thumb tucked across the middle and ring finger.

                                                                        Not surprising to see Tony's mini episode devoted primarily to Perla's. It's a good restaurant and somewhat of a novelty I suppose. Austin's never been known for fresh fish and these guys are doing a good job at procuring.

                                                                        It's going to be interesting to see where we stand in a year or two regarding the trailers.

                                                                        Someone could make good money opening a used food trailer sale lot. I can see the attrition rate being fairly high once some owners realize the money ain't that great and you stand in a broiling hot metal box all day under the Texas sun.

                                                                      2. Where should they send him? Try sending him home. All he'll do is snuggle up to nice, hardworking people while making sarcastic remarks during the voiceover. And the net result is we have to wait in line.

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                                                                        1. re: David in Texas

                                                                          You got a point there.

                                                                        2. Bourdain visited Kansas City -- but the show (so far at least) has never aired. Yet in an article he listed Oklahoma Joe's barbecue as one of the "13 places you must eat before you die," alongside such luminaries as St. John (London), Le Bernadin (NYC), and the French Laundry (the fancy part of California).

                                                                          So play to your strengths. I'm sure that by this point Tony empathizes with Calvin Trillin (the first great foodie writer), who when told by the local Chamber of Commerce gladhander, "We have a wonderful French restaurant “La Maison de la Casa House, Continental Cuisine," would respond, “No, you don’t. Don't take me to the place you took your parents for their 35th wedding anniversary. The place you went after you got back from 13 months in Korea.”

                                                                          Slightly updated, the message would be, don't take him to your best simulacrum of a Japanese izakaya place, but a place that's really good. The place you'd go if you just got released from a week of hospital food and dreaming about where you'd go for one meal if God would grant you that wish.

                                                                          I don't know Austin food, but I've got to think City Market Barbecue in Luling has to be very high on that list.

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                                                                          City Market
                                                                          633 E Davis St, Luling, TX 78648

                                                                          1. Tio Dans Puffy Tacos

                                                                            Hutt's Hamburgers

                                                                            Fliphappy crepes

                                                                            and sixth srteet Pizza

                                                                            and that is Austin

                                                                            1. Haven't been to Austin in a couple of years, but if it is still there, I would send him to Dirty's for the best hamburger and El Patio for some good mexican cooking.

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                                                                              El Patio Restaurant
                                                                              2938 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705

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                                                                              1. re: jarona

                                                                                Since Dirty's expanded, they really just haven't been noteworthy. Sad but true.

                                                                                1. re: jarona

                                                                                  Well he's come and gone about a year ago, so why don't we just close this thread

                                                                                  1. re: TroyTempest

                                                                                    I second that. is there a way to lock it?