Hi Austin Chowhounds,
In a few weeks, myself and CHOW video producer Blake Smith are heading down to Austin as part of the next CHOW Tour. We're looking to create some CHOW videos about the Austin food scene, and plan to focus on chefs and restaurants that specialize in handcrafted food. We'd love to find special, off-the-beaten-path stuff to cover, but that said, we don't want to miss out on key stuff like great BBQ! We'll have about a week in town.
Here's a few ideas we have from interviewing some Austin folks, and skimming the boards:
-Trailer scene: This looks amazing! Some places that we are thinking of hitting up: Odd Duck Farm to Trailer, G'Raj Mahal, La Boite, East Side Kings?
-Tex-Mex: Where should we go? It seems like a heavily debated topic. Old Azteca, Fonda San Miguel (for brunch??), and Maudie's have been suggested to us. Is there any place that does interesting homemade foods?
-BBQ: How do we narrow this down? We were thinking of going to a newer wave place (Franklin?) and something old school (maybe the Salt Lick)?
-Exploring a few newer places that are shaping a sort of neo-Austin cuisine, like Foreign and Domestic, Olivia?
-Are there specific regional dishes that we shouldn't miss? We're hearing a lot of rumors about breakfast tacos and chilaquiles. And queso.
-What are your thoughts on the wine country outside of the city? Anything worth a trip?
-What are we missing that really defines the food around Austin? Which chefs/restaurants would you really want to see covered?
Thanks so much,
Roxanne Webber of CHOW.com
Fonda San Miguel Restaurant
2330 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78756