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Unusual Carne Cuisada Find

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I had occasion to be at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin on Friday and I needed something to eat. Against my better judgement, I went to the cafeteria where the breakfast special was carne guisada. It was excellent! A cheap cut of meat simmered in a cumin and chile spiked gravy until the meat was a soft, mouth-filling gelatinous treat. The gravy had terrific balance, with just the right amount of cumin and a mixture of fresh and dried chiles. Truly, a delicious treat in a Chowhound's wasteland.

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  1. Greg, that is so cool to find deliciousness at the hospital (much less something that seems really tasty we'd never get our hands on in the same institution in Michigan.) Serendipity chow.

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    1. re: berkleybabe

      When I was a kid, we used to go to the coffeeshop in the local hospital to eat. We'd show up every couple of weeks. Finally, one of the waitresses asked us how our sick relative was doing. They couldn't imagine that someone would make a trip to the hospital as a dining destination.

      They had great burgers, club sandwiches, and the world's greatest grilled danish. (Lay'em flat, split with a long sharp knife, butter the cut edge, and grill 'til golden.) To die for!