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Slowly sprinting toward obesity.

I haven’t quite gotten my website up and running yet, but soon.

I prefer hole in the wall places and absolutely melt for authentic ethnic foods of the unusual variety.

I do freelance food writing and am an avid cook.


South Congress Cafe

 1600 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX

Nicely decorated, but always too noisy. Good drinks, so-s...

Nicely decorated, but always too noisy. Good drinks, so-so food. Wild Boar Chili is pretty good, everything else is boring and somewhat mediocre.


Mars Restaurant & Bar (CLOSED)

 1610 San Antonio St
Austin, TX

mars probe

I’ll give them kudos for atmosphere (i’m a sucker for red walls) but the low lighting can go too far.

vietnamese carpaccio

Aweful. i love carpaccio and this was almost inedible. The sauce over it was super sour and although the beef was high quality, it could not recover from the terrible vinegary dressing


Best appetizer/entree by far. The soy vinagrette with sesame oil really helped to season it.

Milk and Honey Chicken supreme

Edible, but just barely. The chicken was somehow dry even though it was smothered in cream and hoisin.

Jasmine tea smoked duck a l'orange

very smokey and gamey. The orange marmalade dressing was sweet, but not overly so.

Wagyu flank steak

Well accented with the apricot demiglaze

Tofu Thai Curry

flavorless and unsatisfying.


Avenue B Grocery & Market

 4403 Avenue B
Austin, TX

Inconsistent hours. Cute shack.

Inconsistent hours. Cute shack.


Nubian Queen Lola's

 1815 Rosewood Ave
Austin, TX

Eastside splendor

kitchy and weird, plus lola has a really interesting personality and is usually serving most of the food. She also closes on Sundays to feed the poor.

crawfish etouffe

Spicy and rich. The roux wasn’t too thick or thin and the color was spot on.

Shrimp po'boy

Huge butterfly shrimp on a soft french roll dressed with all the fixins.

breakfast taco

overcooked and a poor representation of the other quality dishes offered


Curry in Hurry

 2121 W Parmer Ln
Austin, TX

Chaat and Eat

quaint shop next to an indian grocery store serving up chaat on the weekends and very inexpensive curries, paratha, etc. daily.


very crisp, more spiced than most places

aloo paratha

Parathas are impeccable here. The dough is soft and the filling is perfectly dispursed.

shahi paneer

usually not a fan of paneer, but theirs is fresh and fairly neutral in flavor.


Clay Pit

 1601 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX

Americanized Indian done well

The dinner is much, much higher quality than the lunch buffet, but also much more expensive. $6.75 for a lunch buffet including lamb curry and decent chicken masala is well worth the trip.

Halal (goat curry)

A little chewy, but highly flavorful


warm and fresh


Eddie V's Prime Seafood

 301 E 5th St
Austin, TX

Happy hour

1/2 price apps ($7 or less for the calamari salad, crab cake, roasted beet and apple salad, seared ahi over soba, ahi tartare, broiled oysters with spinach artichoke) $1 off all drinks. Happy hour 4:30-7pm

long islands

very alcoholic (as long islands should be) and well priced

calamari salad

Most tender, thick calamari i’ve ever had. they must tenderize the squid overnight or something. tasty sauces similar to sriracha, hosin and some cream based sauce

crab cake

wouldn’t pay full price ($13?) for this single crab cake, but it is good. minimal filler.



 1206 W 38th St
Austin, TX

Gelato second to none

Adorable shop with exceptional gelato. get the medium as it is less than 50 cents more and a considerable upgrade in size


gelato with a shot of espresso over it… a perfect pick me up

oreo anything

good ratio of cookie to smooth gelato. Unlike other establishments, there are cookies throroughly dispursed throughout the gelato


Gene's New Orleans Style Poboys

 1209 E 11th St
Austin, TX

Soul cookin'

Amazing food in a relatively comfortable atmosphere (compared to most of the other soul food establishments i’ve visited on the east side). Parking in the rear. Helpful friendly staff.

smothered chicken

incredibly tender, absolutely drenched in gravy (the way it’s supposed to be)

fried catfish po'boy

I hear their fried oyster poboy is better… these were mighty fine as well, but I have to say the catfish could’ve been crispier imo

fried chicken

definitely done in a cast iron skillet on the stove… delicious with a hearty crunchy exterior and mouth searingly hot interior


a little disappointing, but the po’boys are the reason to go to gene’s


Casino El Camino

 517 E 6th St
Austin, TX

Best burgers around

There are an hour long waits and generally disgruntled workers to contend with, but all the fuss is well worth the 3/4 pound hunk of medium rare heaven served up at Casino El Camino. The sandwiches are pretty good, but why go to a grungy dive joint for a sammie?

Buffalo Burger

The best burger I’ve ever eaten. Blue cheese and buffalo wing sauce perfectly complimented the meaty patty.

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