A friend of mine Harold Warren, a Brooklyn Chowhound, just sent me this great report on his recent tour of Texas....
we're back from sxsw and had a great time in austin, san antonio and
fort worth. we ate at tons of great bbq and mexican places. in austin
we had breakfast at LAS MANITAS - you were right about that one - the
cantaloupe flavored water was great; all the egg dishes were great and
megan even tried the granola. we also had a breakfast at KERBY LANE
near ut on guadalupe. best pancakes i ever ate. we had bbq at IRON
WORKS - good not great. on the way down to austin from dfw airport we
ate at truck stop UP IN SMOKE - excellent brisket and sides. we took a
day trip to lockhart where we ate at both BLACK'S and KRUETZ'S. black's
was pretty authentic in feel and the brisket tasted great (but fattier
than UIS). KRUETZ'S had one of the best beef sausages you will ever
meet - very peppery. KREUTZ's refuses to serve bbq sauce to cover the
taste of the meat. we also ate at CHUY'S in austin. we had texmex and
it was good and cheap. we ate at HUT'S HAMBURGERS - cara had the
chicken fried steak (it was very good), megan and i had the hamburgers
with a side of onion rings both of which were excellent.
we went to san antonio and ate in MI TIERRA in the mercado. it's a
kind of mexican diner, and the food was good; the bakery was fantastic
and ambience was very nice.
at the end of the trip we ate in fort worth (megan's alma mater TCU is
there) and the restaurant was by far the top end of the one's we visited
this trip. it was called REATA and all of us had rib eye steak with
chipotle butter. the meal was pricey but the steak was top 10 material.
megan had a great tortilla soup.
all in all it was a great eating experience, however we will not be
looking at meat for another month or so.