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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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Taco Bronco ~ Austin TX

Austin, Barbecue, Cheap Eats, Tacos/ Mexican By March 4, 2020 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Austin isn’t exactly a two horse town when it comes to food. Sure, there are plenty of farm to table special occasion meals, some ridiculously good burgers, and some of the best soup dumplings I have ever had but if you came here and just stuck to barbecue and tacos, you would cover a lot of delicious ground.

So imagine then what happens if tacos and barbecue get into a tussle? When the dust settles, what emerges is a hand held, no napkins necessary(almost), smoked meat experience. Welcome to a taco new wave. Giddy-up my friends, you are about to jump on the Taco Bronco Chuck Wagon.

I think I’ve been in Texas too long . . .

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TFB Burger ~ Texas French Bread ~ Austin TX

Austin, Burgers By February 26, 2020 Tags: , , , No Comments

The Vitals:
the spot: Texas French Bread 2900 Rio Grande Austin TX 78705
the eats: TFB Burger: 90/10 Wagyu patty, cheddar, pickles, red onion and a tangy mustard slaw + fries
the bucks: $17  w/ fries
the full nelson:  Luxe burger that skips shock value toppings for classic complimentary flavors

There have been multiple renditions of the TFB Burger at Texas French Bread. I have had two in as many years and both times I have been more than happy to part with almost $20 for the burger experience. Both times I have risen from table with a degree of struggle and an even greater degree of full belly satisfaction.

No, spending $20 on a burger isn’t easy but filling your belly on Wagyu beef on a hamburger bun so coveted that it is shipped to restaurants all over town . . . well that’s certainly worth a worthy price tag. But what really gets me about this burger is the coleslaw . . .

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Dai Due ~ Austin TX

Austin, Burgers By February 9, 2020 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

The Vitals:
the spot: Dai Due 2406 Manor Rd. Austin TX 78722
the eats: Dry Aged Double Wagyu Burger
the bucks: $20 (comes with sweet potato fries)
the full nelson: the best bacon cheeseburger you never saw coming

Back when I started Bang for your Burger Buck, I was protesting the rise of $10+ burgers that didn’t satisfy without a side of fries, or really, just weren’t all that. I made it a point to find burgers with all the right earmarks like a brioche bun, burger patty cooked to order, caramelized onions etc, for under $10. FWIW even then I said I was open to the idea of burgers that broke the $10 bar if they offered something those contenders under $10 could not.

It’s been a long time coming but as late, I have found a few burgers tipping near the $20 scale, with fries that are worth your time and money. And with that let me present to you The Dai Due burger:

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