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OK it's about gdam time that we get together again. I want everyone there the week after next. And I mean everyone. Sqrtstz, I can come get you and take you back if the bus is an issue. I am flexible on the night. Here are my two options:

*Voss Fish and Grill - I just got back from Bangladesh, and I haven't been to this restaurant. We will not use utensils, but we will eat with our right hand as the Bengalis do. We will have to be patient with the service and meals coming out one at a time.

*Saps (Burnet/Koenig) - I might be able to conjure up a special menu here if I can get ahold of Sap. Plenty of room, as I don't see many cars during dinnertime.

*Misung 888 - last Austin CH meetup was there, but there were only four and I didn't get to try everything. Here's a recap of that night from our dear lost Nab http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/556716

*Anywhere else that people want to go. I know, that's four options.

Let's target Thursday to have a target date week after next. I want to order a bunch of meals and share food with people who love food.

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  1. Can we make it on the early side? I have to get up well before dawn. Any of the three would be fine with me. Wednesday might be an easier sell to the husband (as he works later on Tue/Thr).

    I'd love to go someplace where y'all can show me what to order "off American menu," as I'm sure I'm missing wonderfulness.

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    1. re: amysuehere

      earlyish is fine with me, we could make it at 6:45 or 7 if that's early enough for you. Let's say Wednesday then.

        1. re: girloftheworld

          Hells Yes! I'd love to meet someone so very experienced! You put me to shame.

          6:45 is about the end of my time, but don't change everyone else for me. Maybe we can do a Wednesday lunch sometime in lieu of y'all having to deal with my specifics. Melvin's comes to mind as the weather gets more spring-like, or Noble Pig.

    2. I'd love to come, though it depends if I can get my kids' Mom to haul them to their activities, Any of the choices sound good to me

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      1. re: TroyTempest

        Bring the damn kids, AmySue will appreciate it. She loves kids.

        1. re: rudeboy

          Right. I remember that about her :-)

          They really aren't kids anymore, more like teenagers, but non-driving teenagers. The problem is in the evenings if it is my day to drive them to their after school activities then i'm pretty much out of pocket.
          TMI, I know.

          1. re: TroyTempest

            No worries on the kids, guys. I WAS a preschool teacher for 25 kids between 18 months and 3 years. I did that for almost 5 years, so it's not that I don't like kids. It's the parents of "free rangers" that get me (as I was also a waitress and know what a hazard they can be).

      2. I can make it if on a Thursday.

        I'll throw Szechuan House in to the mix and if we want to Splurge a bit, Soto.

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        1. re: lixlix

          I read on yelp that they changed owners at SH and now it sucks. Have you been in a while?

          1. re: slowcoooked

            I was at SH as recently as 8 Feb, and the owners and food were definitely the same. I was quite satisfied. The older gentleman did seem rather depressed; it's never near crowded, so they could be hurting...

            1. re: lodermulch

              good to know. perhaps an errant yelper.

        2. whats up with the ridiculous north side bias?! you gotta have some love for the south side!

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          1. re: chrisdds98

            Yes, there's a bias because I live in the new south Austin off of Burnet Rd. I have time and can travel anywhere for an epic dinner, so throw out a suggestion.

            Also, one important person wants Wednesday and another important person wants Thursday. I'm not sure how to work that out. Szechuan House is in the mix, though....even if it is in S Dallas.

            1. re: rudeboy

              May I also throw out a weekend lunch. That way, I'm completely open to the entire town. I've wanted to try Elizabeth Cafe and there's Mettle, Evangaline, and countless food trucks....

              1. re: amysuehere

                I am rarely too busy to meet up on a weekend lunch - so count me in for that idea too. We usually explore for saturday lunches places we've yet to try anyway. matter of fact, we're headed to brunch at Full English off Manchaca to try their breakfast banger plates, pasties, and london fog.

                1. re: slowcoooked

                  hubs would be waaaay easier to convince for Saturday lunch, and gives us more "roaming power" but that does make for fewer choices.

                2. re: amysuehere

                  A Saturday lunch would be awesome.

                  If we're thinking about central Austin, I would like to throw in The Hightower and Licha Cantina in to the mix.

                  Licha Cantina is run by the former GM at Mettle and I think its damn good for upscale mexican without the upscale price.

                  1. re: lixlix

                    Hightower is doing a trial lunch for SXSW but other than that it is dinner only. We hope to try it tomorrow for lunch.

                    I could possibly make a weekend lunch. Not that jazzed by Voss unless we get a special menu (I did see they had goat brains curry on the buffet line 2 weeks ago)

                    I'll throw out Biryani Pot as their menu still has much exploring despite having been there 8 times.

                    1. re: Carter B.

                      I had the andras style fish app there last night along with the eggplant dish and she got the navarathan korma. always so good. The eggplant has ground peanuts in the curry - a very nice touch. but the fish stole the show. Having been several times now as well, this may be the best indian going in town right now.

                    2. re: lixlix

                      That sounds like a good option, too. We will decide on Wednesday where to go.

                  2. re: rudeboy

                    i am not "important" but if yall decide lunch can it be a week-end?

                    1. re: girloftheworld

                      Girl, you are of the world, and, as such, very important. We could definitely do a Saturday.

                3. I'll show up if it ends up on Wednesday and like the Voss idea, but am game for whatever.

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                  1. re: slowcoooked

                    Voss is someplace I'd like as well, as I wouldn't know what to order and the price for failure is pretty high.

                  2. I'm not much of a socialite, but you can count me in as long as Mapi won't be there! (inside joke from a long ago austin.food meetup),

                    I live very South, but can make my way most anywhere (thanks RB). Would like to see some of the 12-pitch names in person!


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                    1. re: sqwertz

                      I must not be the only one that conjures up my own idea of what folks' faces look like in these scenarios. Always dead wrong, but sort of unavoidable nonetheless.

                      1. re: slowcoooked

                        Got to Charles Maund Toyota BBQ on Youtube and I'm "salad."

                        So, it sounds like we're in agreement for a Saturday lunch. Now, we need to pick a place.

                        I loved the Tiger Cry at Sway, but I don't think that's a "sharing" place and it is on the costly side.

                        Thai Fresh was interesting and had a real "Austin vibe".

                        I've never been to El Naranjo.

                        1. re: amysuehere

                          El Naranjo is very pricey. Not that we can't afford it, but I wasn't that impressed in Oaxaca city.

                          1. re: rudeboy

                            And you know how I feel about overpriced Mexican. Okay, that's right out.

                          2. re: amysuehere

                            Personally my favorite Tiger Cry is at Deckhand Oyster Bar near La Frontera.

                            1. re: lixlix

                              Never even heard about this place. I'll have to go try it out.

                              1. re: amysuehere

                                I found out about it from this interview with Paul Qui a few years ago


                                Its essentially an oyster shack with a few Thai dishes. Their Papaya salad is really good but nuclear. I can handle spicyness but I can only do a 4 on a 10 point scale for their Papaya Salad.

                      2. I'm game. Let's pick something great. I'd prefer something with a hotly contested, almost controversial scorecard, and it should be newish as well, or a hidden sleeper newly on the rise.

                        Also: please invite now-offsite legends like MPH and Scrumptiouschef.

                        1. We love meetups, but we do ask that people do the RSVPing and picking of specific times and whatnot via email rather than on the site, so can we ask that rudeboy post an email address or other way of reaching him (register a free web-based address just for this if you're concerned about spam on your real email) for the RSVPs. Thanks!

                          Our chowdown guidelines: http://www.chow.com/faq#chowdowns

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                          1. re: The Chowhound Team

                            ummm, okay I guess if that's the rule. It just seems too convenient to post on the Austin Board for an Austin meetup. I guess if I were to take one last parting shot then I would say this Saturday for lunch at Tom in Austin's pick or Tiger Cry Somewhere. But not that I'm planning anything. Does anyone know how to contact MPH? Seems like she disappeared.

                            The Austin Chowhound dinner group discussion is locked, FYI.


                                1. re: rudeboy

                                  chowmail *at* swertz.cluemail.com

                                  1. re: rudeboy

                                    Great plan. I'd only suggest one mild turn: SXSW doesn't wind down until Sunday. Should we kick the can to a later date to make sure things aren't obnoxious? I'm game to punt if y'all are...

                                    As for venue, I'm wide open.

                                    The best possible choice is clearly a Scrumptiouschef-organized popup, usually at Tamale House East. It keeps it "in the family" and guarantees his involvement.

                                    Probably the three most incendiary choices would be Franklin, Ramen Tatsu-Ya, and Hopdoddy; they all have absurd lines/waits that make them fundamentally questionable dining decisions, yet everyone seems to enjoy their product. Luckily we're saved from feuding on these points, as the wait times themselves make them impractical meetup options. More's the pity, especially regarding the ramen, where I'm on the fence. Franklin is hellish-yet-worth-it, and Hopdoddy is (to me!) clearly not, and somehow icky almost to the cusp of ghoulishness. Tatsu-Ya is the dweller on the threshold of a particular catastrophe theorem, and IMHO the jury is still out, maybe way out.

                                    If we're not doing a Scrumptious joint, I'd lean more towards any place with amazing Chinese or Korean, especially the authentic, North, Far North, and NW Austin choices. I'd also consider a trailer like Via 313 @ Violet Crown, or anything else similar (in demesne, not food trope).

                                    Best way to reach me is email or via this site. 'Looking forward to it!

                                    1. re: tom in austin

                                      you make a great point-- i was driving downtown last night and it was already awful.

                                      1. re: tom in austin

                                        the only thing about outdoors is unstable weather lately

                                        1. re: tom in austin

                                          The only issue with Tatsu-Ya is that its not very conducive to large parties or conversation. The Franklin's schedule is probably a bit too prohibitive. I have no problems with Hopdoddy but its a bit boring for the luminaries of this board.

                                          I'm down for a Scrumptious joint but not sure when the next one will be. I missed the last wild game one.

                                          I'll throw another suggestion out there, 3 Little pigs trailer.

                                          1. re: lixlix

                                            I vote for after SxSW is over. Let's avoid the ya-hoos.

                                            1. re: lixlix

                                              I agree with rudeboy's OP that we should go somewhere that we can share different entrees.

                                              1. re: lixlix

                                                Via Scrumptious: "Howdy
                                                We're going live again on Sat April 5th at Tamale House East with Masters of Pork: East Austin Charcuterie Project. It's a cured meat joint with Benton's Ham, 36 hour porchetta, BLT and Smoked Shrimp Boudin. 7pm"

                                                Sounds awesome! What do y'all say?

                                                    1. re: tom in austin

                                                      oooo, that sounds pretty dina-safe, as long as there's no soy sauce or malt vinegar in a marinade.

                                                      i'm also game, and willing to take a risk.

                                              2. re: The Chowhound Team

                                                Y'all can email me.


                                              3. i would love to go! but i am one of those annoying people who can't have gluten, and i live in 78729 and don't get out of work until after 6.

                                                so that said, depending on what everyone decides, i'm game!

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                                                1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                  Dina you are essential. We can eat rice!

                                                  1. re: rudeboy

                                                    it is Austin sooooo many places have gluten free options.. or accomidate

                                                    1. re: rudeboy

                                                      awwwww. excited for my first austin meet-up!

                                                  2. I'm sending an email to those who provided theirs from my rudeboy yahoo account. This in includesslowcooked, sqwertz, lixlix, dinaofdoom, and amysue. Tom in Austin, I didn't see your email address below, and if there's anyone else that wants to attend then I'm at


                                                    I have my email in draft mode, and I will wait to see if there's more people wanting to go. We can decide whether to do the April 5th scrumptous this, do something else earlier, or do both.....

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                                                    1. Meetup!

                                                      "Join the Scrumptious Chef cooking team Saturday, April 5th at 7pm at Tamale House East as they bring their considerable powers to bear on the ancient art of charcuterie.

                                                      "Expect an extravaganza of slow cured heritage meats: Benton's Country Ham (served at Momofuku and The French Laundry) Smoked Slab Bacon, 36 Hour Porchetta, Boudin, Anson Mills Jalapeno Cheddar Grits and Poteet Strawberry Cobbler among other dishes."


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                                                      1. re: tom in austin

                                                        Price point? I should make it, but i still need to arrange our other meetup as well. Why not have both!

                                                          1. re: rudeboy

                                                            down for both.

                                                            Ive seen scrumptiouschef's popups run the gamut of prices but I would budget around $30pp

                                                            Also bring cash.

                                                          2. re: tom in austin

                                                            i just committed to the olive festival thingie in dripping springs on the same day, but could potentially make both!


                                                          3. First pop pop chef experience was a well worth treat. Didn't find a table with a big CH sign on it in the midst of the 100+ looking crowd, but nice to meet you "girl" coincidentally in line.

                                                            Can safely say those were the best grits I've ever eaten. And captain Reeves looks to be quite the character - and obviously quite the chef - awesome.

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                                                            1. re: slowcoooked

                                                              It was nice meeting you... then you sat outside in the cold..oh well.. we had another new person at our table who was eating alone... so my parents asked him to sit with us... ..
                                                              I think ya'all should just come to our Derby party ...

                                                              1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                sorry i missed it but look forward to the next one!

                                                                1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                  Yeah girloftheworld, next time we could all benefit from some sort of method (even if geeky still) of actually at least being able to meet one another and eat together, ala Rudeboy's recent query for example. But under the circumstances, and as newbies, we actually found that cool breeze and the overall experience very much, quite nice :-)

                                                                  But c'mon, What did you think of the grub?

                                                                  1. re: slowcoooked

                                                                    haven't been to one of his popups in a while but he knows how to make some damn good sausage. his popups have become super crowded and probably not the best place to meet and talk considering how small and noisy the venue can get