Portland is a town where you can find an impressive sandwich lurking around nearly every corner at places like the two we visit: Kenny & Zuke's and Olympic Provisions.
CHOW Tour Oakland: West Oakland
Industrial West Oakland seems an unlikely spot to find a homey restaurant thriving, but on the Mandela Parkway Tanya Holland's Brown Sugar Kitchen is doing just that—and it's serving the most amazing waffles. Next we met up with Nikki Henderson. She runs the food-justice nonprofit People's Grocery, which is helping residents of the neighborhood build a better food system with equal access to fresh, healthy food.
CHOW Tour Oakland: Frozen Desserts
Oakland is home to some amazing frozen desserts. We visit the new Scream Sorbet shop, where Nathan Kurz shows us the secret of the company's insanely creamy dairy-free desserts, and Nieves Cinco de Mayo, a shop introduced to us by John Birdsall from SFoodie, where Luis Abundis makes traditional Mexican-style hand-cranked ice cream.
Nieves Cinco de Mayo 3340 E. 12th Street, Oakland 510-533-6296
CHOW Tour Austin: Best Barbecue
If you go to Texas to document food, you'd better get your hands on as much barbecued brisket as possible. That was our guiding principle at least. We scoped out two versions of barbecue in and around Austin: Franklin Barbecue, which is manned by barbecue whiz kids who currently smoke and serve naturally raised meats out of three trailers in a parking lot, and the deeply historical Louie Mueller, just outside of Austin in Taylor, Texas, where they've been doing stuff the same way at this location since 1959. Here's a look at Texas beef, dry rub, and lots of smoke.
3421 N. I-35, Austin
Louie Mueller Barbecue
206 W. Second Street, Taylor
CHOW Tour Oakland: Unpretentious Street Food
Way before people sold crème brûlée on the sidewalk, there was great street food thriving in Oakland that didn't involve tweeting or "liking" on Facebook. One of the Bay Area's biggest experts on the scene is John Birdsall, editor of SF Weekly's food blog, SFoodie, and a longtime Oakland resident. Here's a look at two of the highlights of the tour he took us on in the Fruitvale neighborhood: a spicy, French-dip-meets-torta stuffed with tender braised lamb, sold from a sweet ’70s van; and chicken grilled roadside out front of Taqueria Durango and served with an amazing cactus salad seasoned with toasted oregano.
Pipirin Taco Stand
34th Avenue and Farnam Street, Oakland
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