'Queso' on Serious Eats

A Sandwich a Day: The Last Supper at Gourmands in Austin

The unpretentious Gourmands Neighborhood Pub is representative of changes happening in East Austin. Operating out of an old Tejano nightclub, this restaurant bar specializes in excellent sandwiches and a good beer selection. The dark bluish light, jukebox, and black and white linoleum floors give the space a distinct dive bar feel. The recently opened patio area shaded by a beautiful old live oak tree is an option for those looking for a different atmosphere. More

Taste Test: Salsa Con Queso and Cheese Sauce

As I remember it, the world of dippable snacks was simpler when I was a kid. There were perhaps a half dozen brands of salsa on supermarket shelves. Your options were pretty much limited to mild, medium, or hot. Tostitos if you like it sweet and tomato-sauce-y, or Newman's Own if you prefer black pepper, charity, and mustaches. Want cheese sauce? Unless you were willing to drive out to Fuddruckers, that'd either be Velveeta or Cheez Whiz. Take your pick. More

Hangover Helper: Choriqueso

I didn't happen to have a hangover to deal with a couple weeks back during a quick visit to Cincinnati with Laura Arnold (A.K.A. the Cincinnati Nomerati), but if I did, it would have trembled with fear as we dug into the huge plate of choriqueso at Taqueria Mercado downtown. I can't attest to the authenticity of the dish, but conceptually, it's a nearly flawless and peerless plate of junk food: hot, oily, warm-spiced, slightly sour chorizo sausage combined with gooey, oozy, melted cheese. More

Chili Con Queso

In Texas, whipping up a bowl of the cheesy dip known as Chili Con Queso can be as simple as melting a block of Velveeta with a can of diced tomatoes with green chiles. This is a upgraded version of it using cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese. More

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