• Location: Texas

Shake Shack is Expanding to Multiple Cities This Year (and Next)

I'm going to swap out Five Guy's for P Terry's in Austin and do my own taste test when Shake Shack opens later this year. I cannot abide Five Guy's.

The 'Influential' Burger (That Influences You to Order Chili Dogs Instead) at The Varsity in Atlanta

I grew up going to the Varsity with my dad, where he always had chili dogs. I hate chili dogs so I always got cheeseburgers. And this is why, while I love my dad dearly, I HATE the Varsity with a passion. That is one terrible burger.

Perfect Pan Seared Pork Chops

It's a long standing thing in my family that not one of us can cook a pork chop. It's so bad that I don't eat them at all anymore. So I sent this to my mom for her to try and she tried it that night with a heritage breed pork chop from her butcher. She has vowed to never cook a chop another way again, declaring this as the best.

And with that, I think I'm going to give it one more try soon.

Taste Test: Frozen Versus Fresh Pearl Onions

When my mom and grandmother make creamed onions, they use jarred. When my friend taught me to make fondue, his family always used jarred onions for that as well. I honestly don't know if I've had any other kind.

Open Thread: What Do You Want to Know this Thanksgiving?

Ideas for two. We're laying low this Thanksgiving. It's my favorite meal of the year and I love leftovers, but cooking all of that for two people is silly. Should we do something different at home, go out, say to hell with it and just order a fried turkey from Popeye's (if you've never had it, your seriously missing out)?

Taste Test: The Best Anchovy Fillets

I believe I need to try a different brand of anchovies at home because I buy the Bellino all the time and I love them, even eat them straight from the jar. I put them on my nicoise salad and my pan bagnat and even pizzas.

On second thought, maybe my mouth won't be able to handle the brilliance of the #1 brand.

Butterscotch "Salty Oat" Cookies

My absolute favorite cookie to make.

Paul Qui and the Hole In The Wall Team Talk Ramen Shop

The chicken tortilla ramen they make is insanely good. Hands down my favorite version of ramen, and just what you need when you're feeling crappy. Also what you need when you're feeling great. I want to go get a bowl right now, but I don't want to deal with the campus area. Luckily, they're opening a shop walking distance from my office this fall!

Cheese Curd, Asparagus, and Prosciutto Pasta Salad

This has become a weekly staple. We almost always have everything necessary to make it on hand and it's pretty easy. It's a little on the dry side, so I just add back a bit of the pasta water to help coat.

Staff Picks: What College Food Item Did You Depend on for Survival?

I tried eating in the cafeteria my freshman year, but that was NOT happening after the first time or two. So I ended up eating tons of ramen and mac and cheese cooked in a hot pot. Also, lots of dill pickles and Kraft singles. Most people gained the freshman 15, I lost it.

When I got an apartment sophomore year (and through the rest of college) with a friend, it became all about the bar diet: Carnation Breakfast Bar (and a Diet Coke) for breakfast, Nutra-Grain bar for lunch, and drink at a bar for dinner. Occasionally we'd throw some mac and cheese or an ET bagel toasted with cheese in there.

Meet Vendy Awards Rookie Finalist Toum

Grrrrr, this makes me angry. Angry that this isn't in Austin! That kafta looks so good that I'm about to lick my monitor. Austin has a lot of good food, but Lebanese isn't in that category unless it's at my house. And I'm unbelievably lazy, so that means I don't get it often.

Amazing Mexican Food at El Gran Mercado Flea Market in Austin, TX

I've never heard of this place, but now I know what I'm doing next weekend. Thanks for the great review.

The Best Happy Hours in Austin

So glad to see Uchiko on your list! That's my favorite happy hour in town.

This is a great list of some places I haven't thought of (Olive and June) and I'm giving it to my friends so that we can plan something fun next week.

Chain Reaction: P. Terry's Burger Stand

Personally, I love the chicken burger, add pickles. It helps with that bland. As for the burger, the only way I get any flavor from it is to get a double. It's OK, but I'm still partial to Whataburger. Of course, that induces guilt.

Singapore Stories: Hainanese Chicken Rice

I've never been to Singapore, but ever since reading about Hainanese Chicken Rice for the first time, I've tried cooking it at home. I'm excited to try your recipe soon!

Spanish-Style Cod in Chorizo-Tomato Broth

Outstanding. Just finished eating this and I'll definitely be making this again. I bought the stuff to make it on Sunday and meant to that night, but I didn't get a chance to and oops, I ate the bread before making this. It NEEDS the bread for sopping up that amazing broth. I may have poured the sauce in my mouth from my bowl. I'm not proud.

10 Barbecue Trucks We Love In Austin, TX

I work close to Brown's and have been meaning to check it out. This time of year, it's so hard for me to eat BBQ. I tend to overeat and get the 'itis with BBQ on a normal day, but when it's 105º, there's no way I'll be able to go back to work without a nap.

Where to Buy Coffee on the Internet

I've been doing Tonx for over a year now and it's fantastic.

Bake the Book: Le Pain Quotidien Cookbook

Oh man, I don't live near a Le Pain Quotidien, but whenever I'm near one, I have to get the grilled chicken cobb salad with the Lapsang Vinaigrette. Hopefully the recipe is in the book for that dressing so I can have it any time I want!

Open Thread: What's Your Favorite Chinese Takeout Order?

Take out Chinese food must be pretty regional. I see so many people loving chow fun, but we don't have it around here (Central Texas). Also, our egg rolls are terrible. They aren't the fat blistered type with crunchy veg and shimp/pork. They're fried spring rolls with a mush of stuff in them.

Also, I think our Egg Foo Young is different around here. It's giant thick patties with tons of your protein choice and a bucket of your garden variety Chinese brown sauce.

So my standards:
Fried wings
Hot and sour soup
Pork egg foo young or Mu Shu pork

My husband's standards:
Fried pork dumplings
General Tso's or Sesame Chicken

Cook the Book: 'The Adobo Road Cookbook'

My devotion to all things food comes from my Lebanese father who cooked like a fiend and made the best tabouli I've ever eaten. I grew up eating some of the best food in the neighborhood and taught lots of my chicken fried steak eating friends how to tell hummus from baba ghanoush.

Snapshots from Austin Food and Wine Festival 2013

Qui's has apple on it. It feels more like a riff on the apple kimchi thing at Momofuku Ssam, using the cheese instead of the bacon/labneh. This is also because I would cry so hard if I thought he stole something without crediting.

Faux Cubano Grilled Cheese

Sooooo good. I made it last night. Our local grocery store is doing a Brazil week so they have an in-store roast pork loin. I added a slice of that with the ham and it was delicioso.

A Sandwich A Day: Pork Confit Sandwich from Melvin's Deli Comfort in Austin, TX

How great is Melvin's? Since they're now open on Saturdays, I can make it up there for the greatest sandwiches in town. The pastrami? Are you KIDDING me? It's insane. And now you've got me primed to try the pork confit next time.

My husband mentioned that one day when he was there they had a sign saying they were still trying to perfect their pickles and wouldn't be serving them until they had reached perfection.

How to Store and Care for Fine Cheese

Freezing cheese always reminds me of Albert Brooks and Debbie Reynolds in Mother.

Best Egg Roll in NYC

Visiting NYC this weekend and one thing I can't get where I live is a good egg roll. I'm talking bubbly egg roll wrapper, pork, maybe shrimp too. All we get where I live is stupid gross fried spring rolls that are flaky and mushy on the inside. I'm looking for the old fashioned egg roll of my youth from the 70s/80s. We'll be in Manhattan and won't have time to head to Queens or Brooklyn.

Thanks in advance for your recommendations!

History of the Theta Burger?

I live in Texas, but went to school in Oklahoma. Up there, I discovered a burger at a few places called a Theta Burger. It's bbq sauce (usually called Hickory Sauce though), shredded cheddar cheese, mayo and dill pickle slices. There's one place here in Austin that I know of that serves this burger, but outside of Oklahoma, I've never seen it.

I've tried looking it up on the web, but can't find any info about it. Does anyone know where this burger came from?

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