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Terry Black’s Barbecue ~ Austin TX

Austin, Barbecue By September 20, 2020 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

The Vitals:
the spot: Terry Black’s Barbecue tested in Austin TX + location in Dallas TX
the eats: Beef rib, brisket, spare ribs, sausage, turkey and whatever sides you feel
the bucks: plan on $15 person
the full nelson: easy access, top tier Austin BBQ with an Old school Texas vibe

Terry Black’s Barbecue most definitely makes the 10 best list of Austin BBQ round ups. In casual conversation, Terry Black’s may get drowned out by names like Franklin BBQ or La Barbecue, which can add cookbooks, TV shows and a cult like following to their names. But that’s not to say Terry Black’s doesn’t deserve a cookbook or a feature on a show like Best Thing I Ever Ate.

You ask me, they got the best darn classic Texas sausage link in town.

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DeSano Pizza ~ Austin TX

Austin, Italian/Pizza By September 10, 2020 Tags: , , , No Comments
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The Vitals:
the spot: DeSano Pizza tested in Austin TX + locations in Nashville, Los Angeles and Charelston SC
the eats: Neapolitan Pizza
the bucks: small pies for $12, large pies for $21, plan on $15 person
the full nelson: Real Deal Neapolitan pizza that can satisfy the non pizza elites

There are two kinds of pizzas in this world. One is the kind you crave at 2am, ideally by the slice at a place like Joe’s Pizza in NYC. The other kind of pizza is the one you might have had to make reservations for, perhaps a week or six in advance. DeSano Pizza tastes like the latter though far more accessible and kinda satisfies that 2am vibe as well.

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Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbecue ~ Pflugerville TX

Austin, Barbecue By July 21, 2020 Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

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The Vitals:
the spot: Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbecue 15608 Spring Hill Lane #105 Pflugerville TX 78660
the eats: Brisket by the pound, Brisket Bahn Mi, Boudin
the bucks: $13-$20 a person depending on whether you go sandwich or plate
the full nelson: Central Texas Craft BBQ in the northern environs of greater Austin 

Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbecue in someways is part of the Central Texas barbecue new wave that started with Franklin’s BBQ in 2009. Unlike Franklin’s, the line isn’t excessive and it’s not part of the East Austin BBQ lineup. In fact Brotherton’s technically isn’t even in Austin. It’s in Pflugerville, a town about 15 miles north of downtown Austin. But they got a brisket worth waiting in line for and they got the vision to put that brisket into a Bahn Mi. Yeah, Brotherton’s is a real find.

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Birria de Res Tacos: La Tunita 512 ~ Austin TX

Austin, Tacos/ Mexican By June 23, 2020 Tags: , , , No Comments

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The Vitals:
the spot: La Tunita 512 2400 Burleson road Austin TX 78741
the eats: Birria de Res tacos
the bucks: $2 a taco, $3 for the consommé with meat, $3 for the queso taco. plan on $10 a person
the full nelson: a signature taco trend lands in Austin

With a belly full of braised short rib tacos I present to you perhaps the most important taco trend hitting the US: Birria de Res Tacos. If you caught my post last year about Birrieria Gonzalez in Los Angeles, you caught wind that the Tijuana method of cooking beef in an earthen oven, cooked till falling part, and served with an intense earthy chilé studded broth had been sweeping the city. Well now it’s here in Austin TX. And it’s done with . . . brisket.

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One Taco Taqueria ~ Austin TX

Austin, Tacos/ Mexican By June 10, 2020 Tags: , , , , No Comments

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The Vitals:
the spot: One Taco Taqueria multiple locations in Austin TX
the eats: Al Pastor Gringa, Taquiza de Asada, you will want to work your way through the menu
the bucks: $3- $3.50 a taco. (plan on 3)
the full nelson: late night street tacos served in the middle of the day and “Karen” friendly ambiance

We live in a world of Karens. And even if we call them out, they aren’t going to go anywhere. We can help become better people and a good start is getting them to enjoy street tacos. And I have the perfect gateway taqueria for the Karen in your life: One Taco Taqueria in Austin TX.

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Peace Bakery ~ Austin TX

Austin, Middle Eastern/Mediterranean By June 1, 2020 Tags: , , , , No Comments

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The Vitals:
the spot: Peace Bakery 11220 N. Lamar Blvd Austin TX 78753
the eats: Shawarma plate, falafel plate, hummus, tabouli 
the bucks: $7-$14
the full nelson: Middle Eastern eats on par with the best I have had in the Dearborn/Detroit area. Basically as good as it gets w/o needing a passport

It has been way too long since I’ve posted about a restaurant mostly because of Covid-19 and the fact that Bang for your Burger Buck has evolved into a catch all for recipes and all sorts of food adventures. My last post was for Eid and the hummus recipe I shared there got me thinking about the best Middle Eastern food I have had in Austin. Time to take a bite into Peace Bakery.

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