Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Tears of Joy

Tears of Joy is an awesome shop that sells only hot sauce and salsa. This place is perfect for picking up a local gift for an out of town guest, or for indulging yourself if you're a hot sauce lover. Any flavor and level of hotness you want can be found here.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Get Ready to Eat Cheap in 2009

Are you tired of hearing everyone talking about how it's impossible to [insert anything fun, entertaining, or tasty here] in this economy? Well, have no fear, you don't have to give up on stuffing your face with delicious delights all over town. Here are some tips for eating as cheaply as possible:

FrugalFeaster.com This website is genius. It lists all the happy hours and various food deals at dozens of restaurants in the Austin area. They also feature a special restaurant coupon once a week, for you to print out and get a sweet deal.

Restaurant.com. No, this site is not a scam... we've already tested out several of these certificates and can't wait to use more. You can purchase certificates for $10, $25 or $50 at a bunch of area restaurants, just enter your zip code and check out the list. But wait! Stop right there! Don't pay the regular price of $10 for that $25 certificate. Sign up for "exclusive savings" and you'll start getting notified about when their certificates are 50, 60, 70 or even 80% off. Which means you can buy a $25 certificate for between $2 and $5. Pretty much every month they put the certificates on sale.

Entertainment.com. If you don't know any school aged kids selling the 2009 Entertainment Books for a fundraiser, simply go to the website and order yours online. There are tons of coupons to restaurants both in the book and to be printed online once you pay your $20 for the book. The only problem is that there are so many coupons, it can be easy to go out somewhere and not even realize you've got a coupon sitting at home. Still, it's not hard to get your money's worth!

Friday, December 19, 2008


Sago Modern Mexican is another restaurant in the Triangle on Guadalupe. It's not exactly Interior Mexican or Tex-Mex, but rather their own twist on Mexican dishes. The ambiance is nice, it's one of those places that has a pretty interior without being stuffy. To start out they brought us a big basket of chips along with two different types of salsas. Ryan tried their margarita special for the night, a lime margarita for $3.95. For appetizers we had the yucca fritters ($4.95) and the portabello quesadillas ($6.95). For our entree, we opted for two comforting bowls of soup since the weather was so chilly. There are only two soups on the menu, we each tried one and thoroughly enjoyed both. Bowl of pork posole a bowl of smoked corn-coconut-butternut squash soup, both $5.95.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Mmmpanadas is a food truck that serves a bunch of different kinds of empanadas. They've got both sweet and savory varieties, all for $3.25 We tried the peach cobbler empanada and the soy chorizo & brie empanada which were both very tasty. The truck is in a great central location downtown for grabbing a bite on your lunch break. They're also around in the evening on weekends for those drunken food cravings.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Yogurt Spot

The Yogurt Spot is a fairly new place on Guadalupe. It's a great concept, because it lets us do what we've wanted to do since age 2: pick exactly what we want. You get to pick from a long line of yogurt flavors... and you can mix as many or as few as you want in your cup. You then get a variety of topping options, of which you can also pick whatever you want and as much as you want. Bring it up to the counter, and pay 39 cents per ounce! Our cups were approximately $4.50 each, give or take 20 cents. It was quite a bit of yogurt and took us a while to finish.
The beginning of the row of flavors:

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Gypsy Italian Bistro

This place was a very pleasant surprise. We didn't know what to expect, and the food was absolutely amazing. Definitely try this place out if you're a fan of Italian food. The Tiramisu is pretty much the best we've ever had.

The appetizer of fried ravioli was very lightly fried, and filled with a delicious combination of cheese and spinach. $7.
Puttenesca: Fettuccine, Tomato, Kalamata Olives, Artichoke, Capers, $15.

Piccata al Limone: Capellini, Lemon-Butter Sauce, Seasonal Vegetables with Chicken Medallions, $15.

The fantastic Tiramisu, $7. You gotta try this!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Mellow Mushroom

Mellow Mushroom is a great spot for cheap and tasty pizza in the UT area. It's right on the drag, so walk off the calories by windowshopping afterwards. You can buy a regular slice of cheese pizza for $2.25, or add ingredients for 75 cents each. They've also got small, medium and large size pizzas with all kinds of toppings and bases. See their Austin menu for all the options.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

360 Primo

This coffee shop is up north near the Arboretum. They've got desserts, gelato, lunch items, and lots of coffee drinks, including coffee cocktails. We ordered an Americano ($1.95) and a Chocolate Dream, which is Cappuccino with Govida white & dark chocolate liqueur. ($6.75).

Like all coffee shops you can enjoy wifi, and in the evening they turn the lights down to give it a relaxing, lounge-y feel.

Saturday, December 6, 2008


Freeb!rds is like Chipotle, only much better. The chips and queso are perfect- fresh crispy chips with delicious queso that's just hot enough. You get to pick the size of your burrito, from 4 different size choices. We recommend the "Monster" size... it's between $6 and $7 (depending on whether you pick veggies, chicken or steak) and it's so huge that you can save half of it for lunch the next day.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Austin's Eat Local Week

Eat Local Week, sponsored by Edible Austin, will be from December 6-13th this year. Check the website to see the list of all participating restaurants that will be serving entrees made from local goods, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Urban Roots. There are also all kinds of cool events going on, such as the Urban Farm Bicycle Tour which will show you how to get to various farms and farmer's markets in the area by bike. The Fine Food Art Gallery night also looks pretty fun.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Mandarin House

This is the place we go for our cheap, greasy Chinese food needs. They deliver in the north-central Austin area, and you get free fried wontons if you spend at least $19.

Monday, November 24, 2008


Chowing in Austin is taking a one week break for the holidays. If you and your friends or family are going to be in Austin, here are some places around town with special Thanksgiving menus. Call in advance to make a reservation and check on their hours, because many are serving their Thanksgiving feast during lunchtime on Thanksgiving or the night before or after Thanksgiving.

III Forks - Thanksgiving menu

Shoreline Grill - Thanksgiving menu

Driskill Grill - Thanksgiving brunch, Thanksgiving dinner

Katz Deli- Thanksgiving & Christmas day menu

Mansion at Judge's Hill - Thanksgiving brunch

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Bombay Bistro

We had a hankering for Indian food today, and found ourselves trying Bombay Bistro for the first time. It's a little pricier and fancier (read: dimly lit) than some of the other Indian places in town, but the quality of the food is superb.

I'm not sure what the thin, crispy flat bread is called, but they bring it to your table for free at the beginning of the meal along with two dipping sauces. The appetizer is Aloo cashew rolls, $3.95.
Bombay chicken curry, $11.95. Roganjosh, $13.95. The entrees were served with Basmati rice. In the background: Riata, $1.95

Friday, November 21, 2008

Cookie Lounge

The Cookie Lounge is a brand new place near campus. It was started by Mark Chapman, who is one of the best pastry chefs in the US. These cookies are on the pricey side, but delicious and the concept is so unique it is worth the visit. You get to pick a cookie dough flavor, then pick from an extensive list of "mix-ins," and then pick a cookie size. Cookies can be ordered by themselves or with milk or ice cream. Your personal cookie is baked just for you and delivered hot out of the oven in about 10 minutes.

Medium dark chocolate cookie dough with butterscotch pieces & English toffee, $2.75. Large oatmeal cookie with St. Domingue 70% French Chocolate, $3.40. Both partially eaten by the time this picture was taken, because they just smelled so good.

Thursday, November 20, 2008


The salads at Leaf were delicious. Even if you aren't a salad fan, you might appreciate the huge variety and interesting salads they have. The salads are large and filling, and they also have bread, soup, and a variety of drinks including wine available. We were there near closing, and the owner was nice enough to come out and ask the few remaining diners if we would like a cup of soup for free, since it would just be thrown away otherwise. So Ryan had a yummy cup of lobster bisque on the house.

Cobb Salad, $8.99, Strawberry Fields Salad, $8.59

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Mooyah is basically fast food burgers and fries. Except, it's a lot better, both in quality and service. For one thing, they make your burger and fries while you sit and wait, and then bring it to your table for you.
The fries are fresh and delicious hand-cut potatoes, the burgers are great, and the milkshakes are quite tasty. The only thing we don't recommend is the grilled cheese sandwich, because for some reason they forgot the "grilled" part of grilled cheese. Looking at this photo now, it looks pretty gross. But that's just how fast food looks. Trust us, this is better than the standard places.

Monday, November 17, 2008


Jorge's is pretty standard Tex-Mex, and they've got locations in Austin as well as Dallas & Amarillo. It's good, but definitely not some of the best in Austin.

The soups were the best part of the meal. This size was called a "cup" of soup, but it was really a small bowl. Posole, $5.29. Tortilla Soup, $5.29.
Jorge's Deluxe: cheese enchilada, beef taco, pork tamale, beans and rice. $11.79. Flautas de Pollo: Two chicken grilled flautas topped with Salsa Espanola, beans and rice. $10.79.

Fried ice cream, $4.29.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Mozart's Coffee

Mozart's is the awesomest place. It's right on Lake Austin, and has several huge decks overlooking the water. What better way to spend a beautiful fall afternoon than relaxing at Mozart's with a good book, coffee, and something chocolate?

Bottomless iced coffee, $3.91. Small cup of hazelnut gelato, $3.50. Individual dessert cups, $5.95.

Shanghai Restaurant

Shanghai Restaurant is the 4th Dim Sum restaurant we've blogged, and I'm sure all 2 of you who are reading this blog have had about enough of this. Sorry! We really love Dim Sum. Shanghai is our favorite in Austin, partly because it's so close to our house we could walk (if we weren't so lazy) and partly because it's just amazing. So much selection, and the quality is fantastic. The prices are great too, you can expect to spend about $15 or so per person and feel like you've just had a feast. The Austin Chronicle seems to agree with our love of this place.

Fonda San Miguel

Fonda San Miguel is considered one of the best if not the best Interior Mexican restaurants in Austin. (Unfortunately, it's also pretty much the most expensive Mexican food in town.) And of course, the best Mexican restaurants in Texas cities are the best in the entire country. For those of you who are new to this terminology like I am, "Interior Mexican" means authentic Mexican. Non-border, non-Americanized Mexican.

The atrium at Fonda:
Inside the main dining room:
Enchiladas Verdes, $17.95
Pollo Pibil- Yucatan specialty of achiote-seasoned chicken baked in a banana leaf, $19.50