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Screaming Orgasm at Tomo Sushi, photo by silentmeow
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Screaming Orgasm at Tomo Sushi

4101 W Parmer Ln Ste E, Austin, TX, 78727
(512) 821-9472

I agree with all. This is one of the best sashimi dishes I've ever had. The sauce is flavorful and the fish is fresh. You'll be craving this one after you've tried it. Update: On a recent visit they more…   [7 reviews]

Tags: sushi  tuna  Japanese  sashimi  edit
Beef Brisket at Snow's BBQ, photo by tom
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Beef Brisket at Snow's BBQ

Main St, Lexington, TX, 78947

Whoa. I thought I would check out what all the fuss was over this little BBQ joint an hour outside of Austin. They were voted #1 bbq joint by Texas Monthly, and many others have since written about them more…   [2 reviews]

Tags: bbq  brisket  chicken  sausage  barbecue  barbecue chicken  edit
Ribs at Rendezvous, photo by elsigh
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Ribs at Rendezvous

355 North Main Street, Memphis, TN
(901) 522-8840

The Rendez-Vous makes my favorite dry ribs on the planet. Don't think the hype is overkill, these are perfect charcoal-style ribs. more…   [1 review]

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Fried Calamari at Apple Annies Cafe Bakery, photo by poco-cocoa
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Fried Calamari at Apple Annies Cafe Bakery

319 Congress Ave, Austin, TX
(512) 472-1884

Fried calamari is usually a safe bet for an appetizer, but this one shines a little brighter than the rest... tossed in with the squid are rings of pepperoncini peppers and very thinly sliced lemon. I've more…   [1 review]

Tags: squid  lemon  pepperoncini  edit
Hot and Sour Fish Soup (Canh Chua Tom) at Saigon Kitchen, photo by elsigh
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Hot and Sour Fish Soup (Canh Chua Tom) at Saigon Kitchen

4323 S I H 35, Austin, TX
(512) 326-3969

Mrs. Ly makes an awesome fish soup. In some ways, this seems like a simple soup, it's clear, and there's thick, meaty slabs of fish, sprouts, pineapple, and pepper floating in it. The flavors are complex, more…   [1 review]

Tags: Vietnamese  fish  soup  edit
Croque Monsieur (w/ a fried Egg) at Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, photo by elsigh
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Croque Monsieur (w/ a fried Egg) at Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

398 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA
(415) 551-1590

Best Croque Monsieur ever. No question. Hands down. Unbelievable. Why you ask? Let's start with the bread. Think of the bread at Tartine (maybe it is) - it's got a good crust, but it's not too crisp. more…   [1 review]

Tags: sandwich  ham  gruyere  edit
Brass at Holy Cacao, photo by jacque
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Brass at Holy Cacao

1207 S 1st St, Austin, TX, 78704
(512) 323-6671

nutter butters peanut butter chocolate 'nuf said more…   [1 review]

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Beef Chunk Steak w/ Lettuce and Tomato at Saigon Kitchen, photo by elsigh
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Beef Chunk Steak w/ Lettuce and Tomato at Saigon Kitchen

4323 S I H 35, Austin, TX
(512) 326-3969

This is one of those hidden treasures you get all giddy like a schoolgirl when you discover. As hard as Saigon Kitchen is to find, it is worth the trouble when you sink your teeth into this tender, flavorful more…   [2 reviews]

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Buttermilk Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas and Pecans at Trio, photo by ChefElmarPrambs
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Buttermilk Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas and Pecans at Trio

98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX
(512) 685-8300

TRIO has the best Banana Pancakes anywhere. Thick and fluffy, they're a delight especially when paired with Caramel Mascarpone and Maple Syrup -- heavenly. more…   [1 review]

Tags: banana pancake  caramelized pecans  mascarpone  maple syrup  edit
The Classic Chicago Style Dog at Chris' Little Chicago, photo by laura
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The Classic Chicago Style Dog at Chris' Little Chicago

3600 S. Lamar, Austin, TX
(512) 300-1791

who likes pickles anyway I mean come on more…   [3 reviews]

Tags: hot dog  dog  lunch  snack  dinner  trailer  relish  tomato  celery  salt  Vienna hot dog  chopped onions  mustard  sports peppers  edit
Smoked Ostrich at Taste Select Wines, photo by laura
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Smoked Ostrich at Taste Select Wines

202 W. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX
(512) 478-2783

The Austin Restaurant, Taste, appears to subscribe to Thomas Keller's notion that the palate tires of the same flavor after 2-3 bites. The chef's smoked ostrich is a case in point. In this dish, ostrich more…   [1 review]

Tags: smoked  ostrich  gooseberry  micro-greens  buffalo  mozzarella  edit
Carpaccio at Ruth's Chris Steak House, photo by chezpreece
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Carpaccio at Ruth's Chris Steak House

107 W. 6th Street, Austin, TX
(512) 477-7884

One of our favorite dishes in the downtown Austin arena. This beef is from the pieces of tenderloin that Ruth's Chris serves. After they cut the steaks from the whole tenderloin, they shave this more…   [1 review]

Tags: beef  steakhouse  appetizers  edit
New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp at Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar, photo by laura
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New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp at Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX, 78704
(512) 291-7300

Wow - these fresh gulf shrimp at Perla's were amazing! So plump, sweet and succulent that I had to check with chef Larry McGuire to make sure he hadn't flown them in from Europe (I thought they might more…   [1 review]

Tags: Texas  Gulf  shrimp  Creole-style  tomatoes  garlic  chive  focaccia  edit
Chocolate Milkshake at Dirty Martin's Kum-Bak, photo by embyorg
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Chocolate Milkshake at Dirty Martin's Kum-Bak

2808 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX
(512) 478-0413

This milkshake is one of the best (if not the best) in Austin. I'm usually more of a vanilla milkshake kind of girl, but the chocolate in this shake will make me come back for it. The shake itself was more…   [2 reviews]

Tags: best milkshake  grainy  chocolate  shake  smooth  safarus  edit
Cheeseburger at Mighty Fine Burgers, photo by JL1101
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Cheeseburger at Mighty Fine Burgers

10515 Mopac Expy N, Austin, TX, 78739
512-418-0444

Mighty Fine is the only way to go when youre in the mood for a burger and fries. The all natural, high quality beef is always cooked to perfection. Make sure to order with the crispy crinkle cut fries more…   [4 reviews]

Tags: cheeseburger  hamburger  beef  shakes  fries  edit
Hongos Y Huitlacoche at La Condesa, photo by joeyg
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Hongos Y Huitlacoche at La Condesa

400-A W 2nd Street, Austin, TX
(512) 499-0300

Very earthy flavor with strong truffle oil aroma. Huitlacoche, epazote, and oaxaca cheese definitely add to the authenticity of the dish. I was drawn to this dish by another reviewer and my slight criticism more…   [2 reviews]

Tags: corn  tortilla  wild mushroom  Oaxacan  cheese  truffle oil  epazote  edit
Box of Cookies at Cookie Lounge - CLOSED :(, photo by laura
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Box of Cookies at Cookie Lounge - CLOSED :(

2222 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX, 78705
512.478.BAKE (2253)

Want to treat yourself (or someone else) to something really special? Head to Austin's Cookie Lounge, helmed by Mark Chapman (former executive pastry chef at the nearby Driskill Hotel) and order a homemade, more…   [1 review]

Tags: cookies  Belgian chocolate  vanilla  sweet cream  candied  ginger  oatmeal  Butterscotch  almonds  edit
Fresh Porcini & Tomato Pasta at 515 Kitchen and Cocktails, photo by elsigh
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Fresh Porcini & Tomato Pasta at 515 Kitchen and Cocktails

515 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
(831) 425-5051

Man, this dish surprised me. I mean, yes it sounded good on the menu, but it also sounded simple and light so getting this wowed by it is maybe all mean. The large elbow pasta was rich and tender and more…   [1 review]

Tags: pasta  tomato  mushroom  ragout  edit
Banana Cream Tart at Tartine Bakery, photo by elsigh
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Banana Cream Tart at Tartine Bakery

600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA
(415) 487-2600

Ok, I've now had something at Tartine that makes the annoying crowds and lines all fade away in a bliss of sweet ignorance - their Banana Cream Tart. The shell is pre-baked, coated in dark chocolate, more…   [1 review]

Tags: dessert  banana  chocolate  edit
Meatballs at Mulberry, photo by laura
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Meatballs at Mulberry

360 Nueces Street, Retail E, Austin, TX
512-320-0297

This is my new favorite Austin wine & food nook. I say "nook", because Mulberry only has 2 or 3 tables. The rest of the space is dominated by a U-shaped bar with an inviting feel to it. Pull up a chair, more…   [1 review]

Tags: meatballs  lemon  garlic bread  edit
Soft Serve Ice Cream at Momofuku Noodle Bar, photo by laura
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Soft Serve Ice Cream at Momofuku Noodle Bar

163 1st Ave, New York, NY
(212) 475-7899

"You've got to get the recipe for this ice cream," my husband urged after his first bite of Momofuku's soft serve Concord Grape-Oatmeal twist. "We'll serve it at our next dinner party." I rolled my more…   [1 review]

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Chile con Queso at Spanish Village

4720 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX
(713) 523-2861

I really like queso! This sounds good... more…   [2 reviews]

Tags: Tex-Mex  appetizer  queso  edit
Crepas de Cajeta at Fonda San Miguel Restaurant, photo by laura
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Crepas de Cajeta at Fonda San Miguel Restaurant

2330 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX
(512) 459-4121

My Mom has a saying when something really great happens to her: "God blew me a kiss." That's how I felt when I took one bite of Fonda San Miguel's crepas de cajeta. (For the uninitiated, cajeta is the more…   [1 review]

Tags: cajetum  caramel  crepe  ice cream  edit
Roasted Candy Cane Beets at Lambert's Downtown Barbecue, photo by laura
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Roasted Candy Cane Beets at Lambert's Downtown Barbecue

401 W 2nd St, Austin, TX, 78701
(512) 494-1500

i'm sorry, but i have to disagree with the dishola rating here. i DID like the dish (and i DO like beets), but the entire dish didn't mesh well for me. The beets were good, but they were cut a bit too more…   [2 reviews]

Tags: beet  cambozola  cheese  chive  edit
Tostadas Compuestas Surtidas at Fonda San Miguel Restaurant, photo by laura
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Tostadas Compuestas Surtidas at Fonda San Miguel Restaurant

2330 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX
(512) 459-4121

I love these 3-4 bite tostadas. They are a wonderful appetizer to enjoy and share with your table mates, particularly when you pair them with a cold Michelada, or a tart margarita on the rocks. The crunchy more…   [1 review]

Tags: tostada  pork  chicken  avocado  edit
Ancho Relleno San Miguel at Fonda San Miguel Restaurant, photo by laura
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Ancho Relleno San Miguel at Fonda San Miguel Restaurant

2330 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX
(512) 459-4121

Imagine an ancho chile stuffed with tender shredded chicken, olives, capers, and almonds in a light cilantro cream sauce, and you begin to understand the magic of all that is "relleno" at Fonda San Miguel. more…   [1 review]

Tags: chile  chicken  cilantro  edit
Quatro Leches cake at Buenos Aires Cafe, photo by laura
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Quatro Leches cake at Buenos Aires Cafe

2414 S 1st St, Austin, TX
(512) 441-9000

Amazing! One of the best 4L in Austin (and everything else on the menu is pretty great too). Very rich and creamy while not too much liquid. Super moist with an appropriate level of carmel taste. The more…   [4 reviews]

Tags: tres lech  quatro lech  cake  dessert  edit
Cinnamon Bun at Sweetish Hill Bakery, photo by laura
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Cinnamon Bun at Sweetish Hill Bakery

1120 W 6th St, Austin, TX
(512) 472-1347

The only thing that competes with Austin's Sweetish Hill cinnamon bun is the cinnamon bun at Austin's Upper Crust Bakery (but I'll save that debate for later). The cinnamon bun at Sweetish Hill is comparable more…   [1 review]

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Raviolini di Vitello at Vespaio, photo by laura
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Raviolini di Vitello at Vespaio

1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX, 78704

As illustrated by the two forks, this dish is so delicious, it's hard to keep it away from your table mates. Ground veal and Pecorino Romano cheese are tucked into handmade ravioli, and served in a grappa more…   [1 review]

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Marinara Pizza at Otto Enoteca Pizzeria, photo by jacque
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Marinara Pizza at Otto Enoteca Pizzeria

1 5th Ave, New York, NY
(212) 995-9559

I'm probably asking for a fight here, as we're talking New York pizza. Don't get me wrong, I love Lombardi's and Grimaldi's, but I swear I crave this pizza from Mario Batali's OTTO and must have it at more…   [1 review]

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Chocolate empañada-style pastry filled with caramel and toasted nuts at Izote, photo by kblood
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Chocolate empañada-style pastry filled with caramel and toasted nuts at Izote

Av. Presidente Masaryk 513, Mexico City, MX
(504) 588-2123

Izote de Patricia Quintana is located in Mexico City's answer to Beverly Hills (Polanco). The swanky location is far from the historic city center, but the food is well worth the price of a thirty-minute more…   [1 review]

Tags: icecream  izote  quintana  mexicocity  dessert  caramel  nuts  toasted  lard  pastry  empanada  polanco  Mexican  regional  cuisine  edit
Melanzane pizza at Damian Mandola's Italian Market, photo by laura
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Melanzane pizza at Damian Mandola's Italian Market

4700 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX
(512) 419-9700

I absolutely agree with Beth, and since the magic did indeed happen the night I ordered Mandola's Melanzane pizza, I must give it a perfect 10 - the dishola! The ingredients coalesced perfectly...the more…   [2 reviews]

Tags: pizza  Italian  eggplant  edit
Hot and Crunchy Ruby Trout at Hudson's on the Bend, photo by ChefElmarPrambs
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Hot and Crunchy Ruby Trout at Hudson's on the Bend

3509 Fm-620 N, Austin, TX
(512) 266-1369

I'm with Chef Prambs! I love this Hudson's on the Bend signature dish. It's the kind of dish I'd never try to make at home (far too complicated, and time consuming). The attention to detail is marvelous. more…   [2 reviews]

Tags: trout  hot  crunchy  edit
Ahi Tuna Tartare at Bin 555, photo by laura
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Ahi Tuna Tartare at Bin 555

555 W Bitters Rd, San Antonio, TX
(210) 496-0555

A minor triumph as far as "tapas del mar" go, this ahi tuna is a must-order at Bin 555. It sits in an ocean of emerald spicy basil "olio santo," and is served with grilled roma tomatoes, shallots, chives more…   [1 review]

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Corvina at Fresca - 24th Street, photo by elsigh
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Corvina at Fresca - 24th Street

3945 24th St, San Francisco, CA
(415) 695-0549

My first thought, when I saw this beautiful coconut tamarind soup dish arrive in front of me, was Oh No; sitting right in the middle is this gorgeously browned and seasoned thick square of white corvina more…   [1 review]

Tags: Peruvian  soup  edit
Fresh Baked Scones at Austin Farmer's Market, photo by laura
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Fresh Baked Scones at Austin Farmer's Market

Guadalupe St & W 4th St, Austin, TX, 78701

Hands down my favorite scones in Austin - only to be had on Saturdays at the Austin Farmer's Market next to Republic Square. While not too sweet, they're moist, buttery, and soft on the inside (yet still more…   [1 review]

Tags: scone  raspberry  white chocolate  ginger  cream  edit
PB & Nutella Gelato at Teo, photo by laura
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PB & Nutella Gelato at Teo

1206 W 38th St, Austin, TX
(512) 451-9555

Peanut butter and nutella. I mean, is there a BETTER combination? I could eat this gelato by the gallon. It's so creamy...so smooth. Think pure cool, silky sweetness on your tongue. And the rich, buttery more…   [1 review]

Tags: peanut butter  nutella  gelato  edit
Cheese Board at Spago - Beverly Hills, photo by laura
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Cheese Board at Spago - Beverly Hills

176 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA
(310) 385-0880

Inspired by Kblood's wonderful description of her cheese board experience at Daniel's in Vegas, (http://www.dishola.com/dishes/view/1939) I had to share one of my more memorable cheese course experiences more…   [1 review]

Tags: cheese  board  edit
Chicken Piccata at 34th Street Cafe, photo by laura
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Chicken Piccata at 34th Street Cafe

1005 W 34th St, Austin, TX
(512) 371-3400

This quite possibly may be the best chicken Piccata you'll ever eat. A friend kept urging me to try it - it is a "lunch special" at 34th Street Cafe every Thursday (but get there before 2 pm, because more…   [1 review]

Tags: chicken piccata  mashed potato  veggies  Parmesan  capers  edit
Poblano Corn Chowder with Smoked Chicken at Trio, photo by laura
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Poblano Corn Chowder with Smoked Chicken at Trio

98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX
(512) 685-8300

This creamy corn chowder feels soft and velvety on your tongue. It surprised me with its depth and breadth of flavor. First, there is the corn element - sweet, but tempered by the heat and spice of more…   [1 review]

Tags: corn  poblano  smoked chicken  cream  edit
Kong Bak Pao (Braised Pork Belly Buns) at Beng Thin Hoon Kee Restaurant, photo by Judiaann
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Kong Bak Pao (Braised Pork Belly Buns) at Beng Thin Hoon Kee Restaurant

05-02, OCBC Centre, Singapore, SG
65332818

Pork, and pork belly in particular, has become the darling of the food world in recent years. But before all the hype and hoopla, the Chinese have been enjoying this most luxurious cut for decades. I more…   [1 review]

Tags: braised  pork  belly  buns  Chinese  Hokkien  Fu  Jian  edit
Chile con Queso at Fonda San Miguel Restaurant, photo by laura
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Chile con Queso at Fonda San Miguel Restaurant

2330 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX
(512) 459-4121

This is some of the best queso in Austin, Texas - and that's saying a lot. We suspect the cheesy delight is made from a variety of real Mexican cheeses (as opposed to the Velveeta-type quesos served at more…   [1 review]

Tags: queso  cilantro  chile  edit
Espresso Soft Serve at Emerald City Press, photo by laura
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Espresso Soft Serve at Emerald City Press

915 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX, 78703
512-472-6660

Emily Fleming-Nash, proprietor of Emerald City Press, introduces Austinites to what many don't know they've been missing: the Espresso Soft Serve. This "dish/drink" is essentially a combination of a more…   [1 review]

Tags: soft-serve  espresso  ice cream  whipped cream   edit
Chicken Frontera Fundido Tacos at Tacodeli, photo by bighousepink
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Chicken Frontera Fundido Tacos at Tacodeli

1500 Spyglass Dr, Austin, TX
(512) 732-0303

The Chicken Frontera Fundido Taco is divine. It is one of the best tacos in Austin. I go nowhere else, but Tacodeli for my tacos! more…   [3 reviews]

Tags: chicken  taco  Mexican  Tex-Mex  edit
Calamari Forno Panini at Enoteca, photo by bighousepink
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Calamari Forno Panini at Enoteca

1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX
(512) 326-4411

Abundance indeed, Laura! When I received my calamari panini, I told the waitress, "Excuse me, I ordered the panini not the basket of calamari...?" and she told me that it is the panini! After some digging, more…   [2 reviews]

Tags: calamari  lettuce  tomato  lemon aioli  edit
Chile-Lime Grilled Chicken Salad on Mixed Field Greens at Castle Hill Cafe - CLOSED :(, photo by laura
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Chile-Lime Grilled Chicken Salad on Mixed Field Greens at Castle Hill Cafe - CLOSED :(

1101 W 5th St, Austin, TX, 78703
512-476-0728

Laura is right about this salad. It is definitely a Diego Rivera. What's sad is that Castle Hill is closing this month. My hope is that the interior Mexican restaurant they plan on opening (in a different more…   [2 reviews]

Tags: grilled chicken  corn relish  tostadas  queso blanco  pumpkin seeds  edit
"Earth" and "Moon" Cupcakes at Planet Bonnie, photo by laura
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"Earth" and "Moon" Cupcakes at Planet Bonnie

P.O. Box 999, Austin, TX
(512) 751-3955

Sink your teeth into one of Planet Bonnie's luscious white or dark chocolate cupcakes, and there will be no turning back. Planet Bonnie's "earth" and "moon" cakes are simultaneously light and rich. The more…   [1 review]

Tags: white chocolate  dark chocolate  cupcake  edit
House Smoked Salmon at Bartlettâs, photo by laura
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House Smoked Salmon at Bartlett’s

2408 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX
(512) 451-7333

It is consistent. It is refined without being pretentious. It pairs beautifully with a glass of dry white wine. This week's dishola award goes to Houston's House Smoked Salmon. Imagine a chunk of salmon more…   [1 review]

Tags: smoked salmon  Melba toast  mayo  chive  lemon  anchovy  edit
Hamachi Cure at Uchi, photo by tom
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Hamachi Cure at Uchi

801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX
(512) 916-4808

I love yellowtail and this is the bomb. Plus we found a heart in our dish! The taste of pear, almond and yellowtail on the yucca chip is melt-in-your-mouth amazing! If you ever go to Uchi, I recommend more…   [2 reviews]

Tags: yellowtail  hamachi  marconi  almonds  salmon  roe  yucca  chips  asian  pear  edit
Crepas de Cajeta at Fonda San Miguel Restaurant, photo by laura
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Crepas de Cajeta at Fonda San Miguel Restaurant

2330 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX
(512) 459-4121

My Mom has a saying when something really great happens to her: "God blew me a kiss." That's how I felt when I took one bite of Fonda San Miguel's crepas de cajeta. (For the uninitiated, cajeta is the more…   [1 review]

Tags: cajetum  caramel  crepe  ice cream  edit
Pimiento Cheese Sandwich at Counter Cafe, photo by laura
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Pimiento Cheese Sandwich at Counter Cafe

626 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX, 78703
(512) 708-8800

This excellent sandwich is like a grilled cheese with pimentos (and lettuce and tomato and onion). It doesn't have the creamy cheese spread of some by the same name. It's a winner, though - and it's got more…   [4 reviews]

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Fried Green Tomatoes at Lambert's Downtown Barbecue, photo by laura
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Fried Green Tomatoes at Lambert's Downtown Barbecue

401 W 2nd St, Austin, TX, 78701
(512) 494-1500

When a chef owns up to a favorite dish on his or her menu, you know it's worth a try. Rumor has it that one of the current chef picks at Lambert's is the fried green tomato appetizer. After sampling a more…   [1 review]

Tags: tomato  crab  mizuna  edit
Chocolat Pot de Creme at Vespaio, photo by laura
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Chocolat Pot de Creme at Vespaio

1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX, 78704

When does moderation overflow into excess? Vespaio's chocolate Pot de Creme pushes the envelope, but let me assure you: every sumptuous bite is worth the indulgence. Nibble on a crunchy chocolate hazelnut more…   [1 review]

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Turkey Sloppy Joe at New World Delicatessen, photo by laura
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Turkey Sloppy Joe at New World Delicatessen

4101 Guadalupe St, Suite 100, Austin, TX, 78751
512-451-7170

I could wax poetic about this sandwich, but suffice it to say this is a true blue East Coast classic. New World Deli's owner is from Jersey, so maybe that's why this dish feels so authentic. Imagine two more…   [1 review]

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Chicken Flautas at Zocalo, photo by laura
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Chicken Flautas at Zocalo

1110 W Lynn St, Austin, TX, 78703

The best thing about Zocalo's chicken flautas is that they offer exactly the right ratio of chicken to tortilla. And this is no ordinary white meat chicken. The meat has been slow-cooked in green chiles, more…   [1 review]

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Cupcake at Cupcake Royal, photo by laura
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Cupcake at Cupcake Royal

2052 NW Market St, Seattle, WA, 98107
206-782-9557

By no means is this an excellent cupcake. The "critic" who reviewed it below must value dry, uninspired cake as a most sought after feature? And their ratio of cake to frosting isn't ideal either, unless more…   [3 reviews]

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Cioppino at Barbara's Fish Trap, photo by bighousepink
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Cioppino at Barbara's Fish Trap

281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA
(650) 728-7049

Straight from the boats to the stew pot, this is far and away the best cioppino I've ever tasted. And even if you imagine for a moment, hard as it may be, that this creation came without seafood, the more…   [1 review]

Tags: Italian  stew  soup  fish  mussel  crab  shrimp  clam  edit
Pulled Pork Sandwich at Jo's Coffee, photo by embyorg
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Pulled Pork Sandwich at Jo's Coffee

1300 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX
(512) 444-3800

I unfortunately did not have as great an experience as elsigh with this dish. I ordered it late at night, so maybe I got the 'ends, but mine was tough and stringy. It was way too salty and there was a more…   [2 reviews]

Tags: barbecue  pork  sandwich  edit
Gnocchi w/ Porcini and Italian Sausage in Arrabiata Sauce at Ristorante Rumari, photo by elsigh
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Gnocchi w/ Porcini and Italian Sausage in Arrabiata Sauce at Ristorante Rumari

1826 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA
(949) 494-0400

Oh mein gott. These gnocchi were totally perfect. Handmade, round and so smooth - unlike the usual fork-tinged half-moons. Rumari filled these with a little ball of chopped, sauteed porcini mushrooms. more…   [1 review]

Tags: Italian  gnocchi  sausage  edit
BBQ Pork Bun at Yank Sing, photo by kblood
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BBQ Pork Bun at Yank Sing

101 Spear St, San Francisco, CA
(415) 957-9300

Yank Sing's "warm fluffy bread buns stuffed with nuggets of honey-glazed BBQ pork" were not bad -- they just weren't any better (or even as good as) many of the buns to be found throughout Chinatown, more…   [2 reviews]

Tags: Chinese  dim sum  pork  edit
Korean Croque Monsieur at Noryangin Fish Market, photo by elsigh
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Korean Croque Monsieur at Noryangin Fish Market

Noryangin, Seoul, Korea

This is a concoction particular to Korean street vendors from what I'm told and is something like the French croque monsieur, though a bit more "street". It's two grilled toasts, with a slice of ham, more…   [1 review]

Tags: Korean  toast  street vendor  sandwich  edit
Shrimp and Black Bean Tostada at Hugo's, photo by Paula
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Shrimp and Black Bean Tostada at Hugo's

1600 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX
(713) 524-7744

Blame it on the perfect margarita and spicy peanuts that I sipped and nibbled when I arrived: I was in the mood for the unexpected I rarely order tostadas, or shrimp, particularly in a spectacular restaurant more…   [1 review]

Tags: shrimp  black  bean  tostada  Mexican  edit
Migas Tacos at Maria's Taco Xpress, photo by Paula
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Migas Tacos at Maria's Taco Xpress

2529 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX
(512) 444-0261

If La Quinta is Spanish for "free internet" then migas is Spanish for "breakfast nirvana, hangover panacea, or Texas birthright..." As most any Austinite knows, migas actually means "little crumbs" and more…   [1 review]

Tags: breakfast  taco  Tex-Mex  tortilla  edit
Fresh Fruit Minestrone at Te Pahu Restaurant, St. Regis Bora Bora, photo by Paula
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Fresh Fruit Minestrone at Te Pahu Restaurant, St. Regis Bora Bora

Motu Ome'e 506 Bora Bora, Bora Bora, PF

I ordered this dessert because it sounded light and refreshing, and it was, but I had no idea how beautiful it would be. A neat mirepoix (as only the French can do) of local pineapple, mango, and apple, more…   [1 review]

Tags: dessert  pineapple  coconut  sorbet  tropical  edit
Green Vegetable Salad with Vanilla-Orange Dressing and Crunchy Almonds at Sands Intercontinental Bora Bora, photo by Paula
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Green Vegetable Salad with Vanilla-Orange Dressing and Crunchy Almonds at Sands Intercontinental Bora Bora

BP 156, 98730, Bora Bora, PF

You gotta love a dish that delivers just what the menu promises. This beautiful salad was poetically described, in French, as salade legumes vertes "of the moment," meaning it changes any day depending more…   [1 review]

Tags: green  vegetable  salad  almond  orange  vanilla  edit
Boucherie Plate at Cochon, photo by Paula
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Boucherie Plate at Cochon

930 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA
(504) 588-2123

As the name suggests, the menu at Cochon (French for pig) is about all things pork. Enter the Boucherie Plate ($12), paper thin slices of house made salami, spicy tasso, and pork belly, served with homemade more…   [1 review]

Tags: salami  sausage  tasso  appetizer  edit
Amazing Green Beans at Madam Mam's Noodles & More, photo by elsigh
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Amazing Green Beans at Madam Mam's Noodles & More

2514 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX
(512) 472-8306

Yep. Pretty tasty and traditional. They use good ol' American green beans which sort of blow it for me. more…   [3 reviews]

Tags: Thai  green bean  edit
Enchiladas de Mole Rojo at El Chile Cafe Y Cantina, photo by embyorg
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Enchiladas de Mole Rojo at El Chile Cafe Y Cantina

2209 Manor Rd, Austin, TX
(512) 457-9900

Even if the Enchiladas de Mole Rojo weren't on the menu at El Chile, we'd go for the flawless margarita, the thick salty chips, and the roasted tomato salsa. But because the enchiladas--tender, succulent more…   [1 review]

Tags: enchilada  mole  pork  edit

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