Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Austin >
Apr 26, 2012 10:11 AM

Best Thing YOU Ever Ate, Austin

Every city has their not to be missed, mind blasting dishes. Coming to Austin and would love to know your favorites and where to get them !

No holds barred...

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. All 13 dishes we had at Uchiko. Especially the Jar-jar Duck!

    1. I think I must be the only person in the world who doesn't like the Jar Jar Duck! Well... I didn't dislike it, just wasn't my fave; I found the smokiness a little too intense and almost bitter.

      BUT... most of my favorite dishes in town would probably come from Uchi or Uchiko. At the latter recently, i had an absolutely amazing dish that the waiter described as "basically just a big pile of uni," so you can't go too wrong with that, haha...

      At Uchi, some of the specials have been my favorite dishes in town (sashimi diver scallops, various foie gras specials), but some of the good ol' standbys are the Uchiviche and the Machi Cure. Several servings of both of those might just serve as a death row meal for me. The subtlety of tastes and the level of thought and craft in those dishes is some of the best I've ever experienced.

      Also, the Higado de Res (beef liver) at El Borrego de Oro is one of my favorite things in town. What else... Bun Bo Hue or No.1 Pho at Tan My, Five Spice Chicken at Sunflower, Duck/Pork combo at Din Ho. I could go on for a while, probably :)

      5 Replies
      1. re: popvulture

        Thanks popvulture, please do go on...

        Any good "one hit wonders" out there ? Maybe a street food vendor or truck that is not to be missed ?

        1. re: PoppiYYZ

          Thankfully, I think we're blessed with a lot of places with more than one hit wonders. Someone mentioned East Side King below... I'd definitely check that out while you're here. Each one has a slightly different menu though, but they're all very close together. You could do a little crawl.

          As far as the trailer scene goes, I'd say beet fries and curry buns at ESK Liberty Bar, pork belly at ESK Grackle. Pretty much everything I've had at all of the ESK trailers has been delicious, and I know that they just changed the menu at Shangri La. Other notables I've had lately have been Takoyaki at Love Balls (awful name, good food), and Neapolitan pizza at the trailer right across from it (I forget the name). Finally, the Goan fish dish at G'Raj Mahal is fantastic- order it spicy if you can take it.

        2. re: popvulture

          Popvulture, I didn't like the Jar Jar Duck that much, either. Definitely agreed that it's not Uchiko's best dish. Super cool presentation, though.

          1. re: popvulture

            I thought I was the only one! I am just not too big on smokiness. Also I am all in it for the seafood/fish and duck just wasn't what I was in the mood for. I second the machi cure and ad the hotate as being up there.

            1. re: chauvina

              I think it might just be a comparative thing for me... the Jar Jar Duck definitely has a cool presentation, and the flavor's good, but I just prefer the fish offerings at Uchi/Uchiko probably 95% of the time. The JJD had a really hefty, overpowering flavor, which makes sense seeing that many people describe Uchiko as being the masculine to Uchi's feminine.

              I have, of course, had plenty of non-seafood items at both places that were awesome. The foie options are usually great, and I had a great rabbit dish at Uchi one time as well, just to name a couple. At the end of the day though, I mainly go for their amazing seafood witchcraft.

          2. I declare the beef rib that I had (part of) for lunch today at Stiles Switch one of the best things I've eaten in awhile. I split one with my husband a few weeks back and it was so good, I couldn't get it off my mind so we went back today for another. This one was just as memorably delicious as the last.

            I should add that I haven't been to JMueller's for their beef rib, but the one at Stiles Switch is so good, I see no need to cross the river to get to it.

            5 Replies
            1. re: agoodbite

              Haha this is silly, but I have to ask- do they serve single ribs? I just imagine the Chris Rock scene from "I'm Gonna Get You, Sucka" and giggle.

              1. re: popvulture

                Fortunately, they do sell them by the each. H and I got a link, a 1/2 lb. brisket and one beef rib. Together we couldn't finish all of the rib or the brisket. IIRC, that one rib cost $12 so come hungry!

                1. re: agoodbite

                  Really? Jesus... somebody was saying something similar about J.Mueller the other day, that three short ribs cost like 30+ bucks. Can somebody explain the logic behind this? Must be some damn fine ribs.

                  1. re: popvulture

                    Well, they're gigantic. They go for $6.50 per half pound so 1 one rib is a lot of food. See attached picture.

                    1. re: popvulture

                      They are whole short ribs. Short ribs are 75-80% meat, ~20-25% bone. Each ribs weighs about a pound.

                      This the ARE cut into sections, so each one weight about 1/3rd pound.

                      As you can see, they are not the racks of soup bones you normally see in the grocery stores. Most people would probably be just as happy with the boneless brisket at BBQ joints for the same price (not paying for bone



              2. The salt and pepper shrimp at T&S seafood. White pizza at Home Slice. Green mole at brunch at Fonda San Miguel. Oxtail mac & cheese (I'm sure it had a better name than that), at Foreign and Domestic, but it's not on the current menu. Marrow bones at Parkside.

                1 Reply
                1. re: gilintx

                  I heartily second the salt and pepper shrimp at T&S! They are addicting...

                2. Brussels sprouts at East Side Kings. And Brussels sprouts at Second.

                  2 Replies
                  1. re: NirvRush

                    Believe it or not, but I LOVE Brussels Sprouts. Even make a Momofuku inspired dish with Brussels Sprouts and homemade Kimchi that is out of this world ! How does East Side Kings and Second prepare them ?

                    1. re: PoppiYYZ

                      East Side Kings: Fried Brussels sprouts, sweet & spicy sauce, fresh shredded cabbage, alfalfa sprouts, fresh basil, cilantro, mint, onion, and jalapeño
                      Second: brussels sprouts · smoked bacon · mint · feta

                      i too love Brussels sprouts