responding (in part only for now) to this:
"Hey Sambamaster.....what were your final and/or most memorable bites of your Austin tenure?"
What a question! I've lived here since 1971....how can i possibly answer the part of "most memorable" in a few lines?
Anyway, I am in austin for a few hours and my ONE meal was at Asia Cafe...Tues. night...
It was great as always....not sure why they closed down, maybe they replaced the woks, or someother gear...and the usual chef was not there...but it still rocked.... tried a new dish i'd not had before from one of the marker boards: Salted Chicken...it was very simple and not salty at all...small chuncks of boneless chicken dusted with cornstarch and fried...absolutely not greasy at all...almost seemed baked, but no way. maybe the salt is used to dry the meat to get the exterior almost crunchy, but not quite. good foil for the spicy stuff...sell it to the kids as chicken nuggets while you parents eat the good stuff....
my last meals were a bit confused because I didn't really have time to do it correctly...packing those CDs! But had huarche and taquitos at La Michoacana (still one of the best Mexican experiences in town) and bought some machacado which i'd not seen there before. whipped up some great machacado con huevos on sunday up there in Kansas...better than any rest. in austin! also ate at Sea Dragon a couple of times...that shrimp with black pepper is great...and i don't think it really is "salt and pepper shrimp" it's better than any version of that dish i've had here.
Tony's Pizza on W. 5th
Chopsticks on Airport
the original Little Thailand
the old school China Palace
Hector's Taco Flats
Tien Hong when it first opened
Victor's Italian Village
Gondola House (and their sandwich shop where the original Conan's is now)
La Costa Vasca
The Belgian Restaurant
Taco Village when it was on E. 6th where Dario's is now
anyone else remember that far back?