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Where to Eat Outdoors in Austin, TX, 2014 Edition

Austin has a vibrant patio culture. Thanks to year round warm weather and little rain, almost every restaurant seems to have al fresco dining space. So what makes a patio area particularly special? Well, plenty of shade helps since Austinites are still willing to sit outside long after the temperatures exceed 100 degrees. Of course a relaxed space serving great food, beer, and cocktails doesn't hurt either. More

What's the Difference Between Tex-Mex and Mexican Food?

Mexican food confused me when I first moved to Texas. Suddenly I encountered restaurants serving the Lone Star state's famous queso dip next to cochinita pibil from Yucatán wrapped in flour tortillas. I didn't know what to make of it. But Carlos Rivero, owner of El Chile Cafe y Cantina and several other Mexican restaurants in Austin, clarified that "'Mexican' is a very broad term because that profile encompasses so many different flavors and ingredients. When come to El Chile, you can have a modern take on Mexican or you can have the die-hard fajita platter. It's up to you." More

Snapshots From the Austin Food & Wine Festival

The third annual Austin Food and Wine Festival came to a close yesterday. Kicking off on Friday night with a "Taste of Texas" event showcasing restaurants from around the state, it was an educational but sometimes wild weekend of epic eating and drinking. Between chef demos, dishes from restaurants and comapnies around the country were available for tasting, and various chefs kept the fire pits smoking all weekend. More

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

Austin: 7 Places To Try Kolaches

@Steve I love almost everything at Easy Tiger, but their kolaches weren't great. I can see why they discontinued them (this post is about two years old I think). I really recommend trying Kolache Creations on Burnet.

Where to Eat Outdoors in Austin, TX, 2014 Edition

Where to Eat Outdoors in Austin, TX, 2014 Edition

@NinaP do you mean the Ruby's by UT? I probably pass it like twice a day, but I've never tried it.

Where to Eat Outdoors in Austin, TX, 2014 Edition

@rremde Yes! I've never been disappointed there. And it's just such a good value considering how many expensive restaurants there are in town.

Where to Eat Outdoors in Austin, TX, 2014 Edition

@jessjess I'm originally from New England too!

What's the Difference Between Tex-Mex and Mexican Food?

@FossePans I'm in Austin

What's the Difference Between Tex-Mex and Mexican Food?

@thesteveroller Yes! I had never ever heard the term "interior Mexican food" until I moved here.

What's the Difference Between Tex-Mex and Mexican Food?

@veganwithayoyo Seek out some of Robb Walsh's books! I referenced the Tex-Mex Cookbook above, which is fascinating. He has written plenty of other Texas food books, too.

What's the Difference Between Tex-Mex and Mexican Food?

@burger365 Ha! My grandmother from Massachusetts actually said "tayco" regularly.

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.