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Franklin BBQ

Franklin BBQ

Ah, Franklin BBQ.  It’s been written up just about everywhere – Food & Wine, Budget Travel, Texas Monthly, Cowboys & Indians.  But is it worth the 6-hour wait??  Probably not, but I’ll hold that judgement until the end. Dave and Amy got to Franklin BBQ at 9:15am on a Saturday,..
Terry Black’s BBQ

Terry Black’s BBQ

Terry Black’s BBQ is relatively new in Austin but comes from a long line of BBQ family, originally in Lockhart, TX, about an hour away from Austin.  I worked for Dell for ten years, and it wasn’t until my seventh year traveling to Austin that my husband finally agreed to..
Sunday Casseroles

Sunday Casseroles

Lucky me.  My neighbor is a food editor at Chronicle Books and offered me a sample of their outstanding food publication line.  I saw ‘Sunday Casseroles’ in an Amazon solicitation, and decided to take Sara up on her offer.  MAN, am I happy I did.  ‘Sunday Casseroles’ is one of..
Plow
7.3

Plow

It’s an anomaly to have a huge line of customers waiting and have a bad meal as we did at Dottie’s True Blue Cafe.   At Plow , however, as in most instances, there is plenty of reasons to wait in line.  Plow has seats outside with about the same wait..
Urchin Bistrot
8.8

Urchin Bistrot

I completely disagree with Michael Bauer, Food Critic for the San Francisco Chronicle about Urchin Bistrot.  His Sunday review found the location to be ‘disjointed’ – NOT.  I found the bright orange seats a wonderful contrast to the starkness.  The space is very comfortable, both upstairs and down.  Mr. Bauer..
Main Street Bar and Grill
6.3

Main Street Bar and Grill

If you’re gonna be using my brand new, shiny Airstream Interstate Grand Tour, picking it up at the Fairfield Bay Area Airstream dealer, you may need to wait before or after, so a meal in Suisun Valley is in order.  Main Street Bar and Grill is your stop   Our..
Kitchen Story
6.9

Kitchen Story

Kitchen Story at 16th and Sanchez used to be Tangerine.  Tangerine was good enough but didn’t seem to draw enough people to sustain the place, despite happy hour and free drink offers.  It appears that Kitchen Story doesn’t need gimmicks and promos to get a crowd.  We went there for breakfast,..
La Cocina Street Food Fest

La Cocina Street Food Fest

This August was the 6th and final La Cocina Street Food Festival.  With Dave gone to China, I was on my own.  The Street Food Festival was from 11am to 7pm on Saturday.  I was there when they opened and still had a 15-minute wait in line to pick up..
Monsieur Benjamin
8

Monsieur Benjamin

It was my birthday yesterday, and Dave took me to Monsieur Benjamin, Corey Lee’s of Benu and formerly The French Laundry fame new French bistro near the theater area in Civic Center.  Corey, like Thomas Keller, is a Francophile, having studied in France and New York.  Corey wanted to have..
Silver Crest
5.9

Silver Crest

I like dive diners as much as I like dive bars. Although I’ve lived in Bernal Heights for ten years and frequent the Bayshore corridor, it wasn’t until last week that I saw Silver Crest, on Bayshore just south of Oakdale. Open 24 hours, it has the great outside look..