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Meredith Bethune

Meredith Bethune

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Meredith Bethune lives in Austin by way of New York and New Orleans but grew up in Rhode Island. She has worked lots of odd jobs along the way including cheesemonger, farmers’ market coordinator, and youth gardening instructor. As a writer, her work has appeared in Gastronomica, BUST, The Local Palate, Modern Farmer, Edible Austin, Austin Monthly, and others. She has also been known to smoke a pastrami or stuff a sausage from time to time. For more updates, follow her on Twitter @meredithbethune or check out her website.

Sugar Rush: Peanut Butter Pie at The Rustic in Dallas, TX

Pies are the only sweets option at The Rustic. It was near impossible to choose from their offerings of key lime, banoffee, and chocolate silk, but in the end I trusted a local's recommendation of peanut butter. As the waitress placed the towering piece of quivering pie on our picnic table, I noticed it was loaded with halved peanuts and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. More

Cheap Eats in Austin: 10 Dishes We Love Under $10

With several new restaurants opening every month, there's no shortage of great places to eat in Austin. But because most of these new places typically charge $20 to $30 per entrée, it can be hard on both your stomach and your wallet to keep up. Don't feel too bad for us Austinites, though—there are plenty of budget-friendly options out there if you know where to look. Here are ten of our favorites! More

Market Scene: Market Hall in Gdansk, Poland

Most tourists are too busy admiring the ornate pastel buildings of seaside Gdansk, Poland to visit the massive Market Hall just a few blocks away. Reminiscent of a nineteenth century train station, crowned with a wrought iron and glass roof, it houses an overwhelming selection of food vendors. You can fulfill your Polish food fantasies for paczki, herring, kabanosy sausages, and every variety of E. Wedel chocolate, all in one place. More

Steel City Pops Brings Gourmet Popsicles to Birmingham, Alabama

Suddenly there are plenty of youthful, trendy food businesses popping up around Birmingham. The gourmet popsicles at Steel City Pops are for real. Their flavors are made from scratch using mostly local produce or ingredients, sugar, water, and/or local dairy. They carry between 20 and 25 flavors at any one time, and the creamy paletas are separated from the icey paletas in separate freezers, just like in traditional Mexican paleterias. Their Southern inspired flavors are truly noteworthy. More

Where to Find Classic Alabama-Style Barbecue Chicken in Birmingham

"Most folks raised in North Alabama have firmly believed since childhood that barbecue sauce is white," writes pit master Chris Lilly in Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book, of the legendary barbecue joint. Barbecue chicken with white sauce is the area's regional specialty. While visiting Birmingham, I drove about an hour north to Decatur to taste the classic dish at its source. Back in the city, I tried BBQ chicken at five different restaurants, in a search for the best. More

Market Scene: 77 Flea Market in Brownsville, TX

Don't believe anyone who says going to the 77 Flea Market in Brownsville is just like being in Mexico. Yes, it's located very close to the border, but the large selection of cowboy hats and boots and Rio Grande Valley delicacies like hot Cheetos smothered with queso should serve as a pretty good indicator that this particular market is distinctly Tex-Mex. More

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

On Saturdays and Sundays, a cluster of vendors appear behind El Gran Mercado on Pleasant Valley Road in Southeast Austin. They huddle under a network of tents and tarps that just barely shields the compact market from the intense sunlight. Here, you'll find things like cowboy boots, phone cases, toys, and even used cars—and some of the best Mexican food vendors in town. More

Traditional Barbacoa and Beyond at Vera's Backyard Bar-B-Que in Brownsville, TX

Vera's is the last commercial vendor in the country selling the traditional version of barbacoa, and something of a legend in the BBQ world. Located on the Texas-Mexico border, Vera's is the real thing—meat from the whole cattle heads are smoked over mesquite in an underground pit and served with fresh tortillas and salsa. We went behind the scenes with owner Mando Vera to find out more. More

10 Barbecue Trucks We Love In Austin, TX

A barbecue trailer power vacuum has existed in Austin ever since Franklin Barbecue transformed from food truck to brick-and-mortar operation two years ago. In a city packed with food trucks of all varieties, who will take its place? Besides the classic Texas barbecue meat plates and sausages, even more choices are popping up. There are smoked carnitas, brisket tacos, and Cuban-inspired pulled pork sandwiches. Many of these barbecue trucks offer a party-style with live music and free beer on weekends. The city of Austin is clearly benefiting from all this barbecue drama. More

What to Eat at Austin's Chinatown Center

After trying every restaurant in Chinatown Center, I'm convinced Austin has some legit contenders for good and authentic Asian food. There were even some unique finds like pâté en croûte, homemade durian ice cream, and barbecue beef tendon. I still wouldn't advise out-of-state visitors, or even Houstonians, to seek out Austin's Asian restaurants while visiting. But for those of us who live here, there are some excellent choices if you take the time to look. More

A Sandwich a Day: Waylon & Willie at Burro Cheese Kitchen in Austin, TX

Despite all the garish colors and signs on South Congress, the bright yellow Burro Cheese Kitchen container shines like a bright beacon obscuring it all. It all builds incredibly high expectations for Burro Cheese Kitchen's "artisan grilled cheese sandwich." I perused the small menu, and considered designing my own lunch from a wide variety of artisan cheeses, breads baked fresh at Easy Tiger, and custom blended sauces like chocolate syrup, dulce de leche, and almond pesto aioli. n the end, I left it up to the professionals and selected one of their six menu options. The Waylon & Willie($9.00) More

How the World's Best Pepper is Grown in Kampot, Cambodia

@Cinderelly Thanks! It was.

How the World's Best Pepper is Grown in Kampot, Cambodia

@elangomatt Thanks! Glad you liked the story. The peppercorns that I brought back from Cambodia are truly outstanding, but I'd probably have to taste them side by side with Tellicherry to see if there is a big difference. Great idea about the taste test.

Cheap Eats in Austin: 10 Dishes We Love Under $10

@leeble1 The photo is of the smaller size, which is what I usually order for lunch.The total price is $8.00 when you add chicken.

Cheap Eats in Austin: 10 Dishes We Love Under $10

@Kittrell I love Weather Up! But for this post I was looking for dishes that work as a full meal. Their bar food is more "small plates" style.

Cheap Eats in Austin: 10 Dishes We Love Under $10

Market Scene: Market Hall in Gdansk, Poland

@PoorOldMama I didn't go to any markets quite like this one in Warsaw, but there are plenty of Polish gourmet shops on Nowy Świat between the Palm Tree and the University of Warsaw.

Where to Indulge in Holiday Sweets in Austin

@Lorenzohungry Thanks for the tip! I haven't heard of that place, but I will definitely check it out.

10 Food Trucks in Austin We Love

@jthobbs I don't think it was in its Central Austin location during last SXSW. I love that truck though!

Where to Find Classic Alabama-Style Barbecue Chicken in Birmingham

@ZenKimchi I'd really love to hear about barbecue South of Montgomery if you have any tips! Send me a tweet or email if you want.

Where to Find Classic Alabama-Style Barbecue Chicken in Birmingham

@Florida9 Thanks for all of the information! Yes, I was under the impression that white sauce was more popular, but I soon learned that is not the case after arriving in Birmingham. I have REALLY never seen salads or baked potatoes with BBQ on them. In Central Texas, where I live, I think that would be heresy.

Traditional Barbacoa and Beyond at Vera's Backyard Bar-B-Que in Brownsville, TX

@GardenStater It is truly one-of-a-kind. I highly recommend going if you're ever in Texas, and you can always go to the beach afterwards.

10 Barbecue Trucks We Love In Austin, TX

@FoodPorncess Yes, I feel bad for all the food trucks when it gets this hot! If you do go to Brown's though, don't pass up the chicken!

10 Barbecue Trucks We Love In Austin, TX

@SonnyC79 Thanks Jeff! I need to go back to LA BBQ as soon as I get over my BBQ coma.

Pizza Obsessives: Jeff "SonnyC79" Amador

Great to see you on Serious Eats Jeff! Via 313 is also my favorite pizza spot, followed by House. I also like Hoboken when I'm drunk/miss NYC.

What to Eat at Austin's Chinatown Center

@topodrinko Thank you for the tips! I'll try the banh tieu and silken tofu next time I'm in the area. I'm sorry you feel that I'm doing these restaurants a disservice. I think the overall quality of the restaurants at Chinatown Center is very good, but I did try some things that were disappointing.

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

@SonnyC79 I didn't find the service to be that slow when I went. I haven't tried the pastrami yet because I make my own! I should give a try sometime. You're right, Easy Tiger also makes great pastrami.

10 Places to Get Great Barbacoa in Austin

@robbit thanks! That's a really good point, and not something I've given much thought to before. I should have considered that-- especially when writing about Texas cuisine.

Austin: What to Eat at the SouthBites Food Truck Court at SXSW

@margargaret I went back to Jeni's today too. I got Whiskey and Pecan, and it was incredible!

SXSW Guide: Where to Eat in Downtown Austin

@RachelB3 I'm so excited for the Jenni's truck! I've tried their ice cream, but I've never visited her shops.

First Look: East Side King at Hole in the Wall in Austin

Thanks @SonnyC79! I think they produce some of the best as well!

Via 313: Great Detroit-Style Pizza in Austin, Texas

Via 313: Great Detroit-Style Pizza in Austin, Texas

@SonnyC79 I love the third photo with the stretchy cheese!

The Cadillac is on my list to try next- unfortunately, I was eating with some blue cheese and/or fruit haters.

We Try Every Taco at Tacodeli in Austin

@lemarcha After trying all of them, I know you can't go wrong with that decision.

We Try Every Taco at Tacodeli in Austin

@FoodPorncess Yes, I go for the Jess Special most of the time too. I love that avocado!

Bronx Eats: For A Pork Feast Before The Yankee Game, Visit Tremont's El Nuevo Bohio

El Nuevo Bohio was my old standby when I worked around the corner. I loved their lechon sandwich-- the awesome bread was soaked with that garlic sauce! I could never get into mofongo though. Maybe I've never found a good one?