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    AUSTIN

      * Ay Chiwawa[Mexican]
        ?????

        Dumb name, good food.
        From: David Cook, zeb@austin.rr.com
        Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2000


      * Capital City
        right smackdab up town (on Congress, like a block - no more than 2 - south of the capital)

        Looks like a quickie food joint; split level; sorta run down - and it probably is really busy around lunch time; not sure if it's even open for dinner. Nonetheless, I got a "thai curry" there which was really, really good, but not very hot at all; I was in a hurry myself and had my stash with me though, so I spiced it up and didn't bother them to fix it. Mentioned the heatlessness to the (I assumed) owner as I left and he said to let them know next time. His cook was Vietnamese and he said he'd been on her case to tone things down. I thought she had learned a bit too well, but unfortunately never got back to the place to see if she'd fix me up right.
        From: rael64@earthlink.net
        Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997


      * Coyote Cafe
        Downtown

        At one point had some very hot food. They had to tone it down, because the Austinites couldn't handle it (Austin has a lot of refugees from up north :-).
        From: Bill Woodward ,wpwood@pswtech.com
        Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997


      * Chuy's[Tex-4Mex]
        On 38th and Lamar another one on Barton Springs (better)

        There are three of them, and I regularly hit the two north ones. If you go, get the Chile Rellenos with grilled chicken, and ask for the green chile rice instead of the normal spanish/mexican rice. Also, when they bring chips out, ask for some of the creamy jalapen~o salad dressing for a dip. Nothing here is terribly hot, but it's hot enough and has a very good flavor (and I prefer flavor to heat, although having them together is best). It's a meal fit for a chile-head.
        From: Bill Woodward ,wpwood@pswtech.com
        Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997


      * Fonda San Miguel
        ????

        you said expense account, well this is the place. Interior Mexican, some of the best you'll find in the country. Things like Chipotle and Pecan Cream soup. Definitely expensive and moderate dressy (nobody get's real dressed up in Austin).
        From: David Cook, zeb@austin.rr.com
        Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2000


      * Jovita's[Mexican]
        on South Congress

        From: David Cook, zeb@austin.rr.com
        Date: Th, 16 Mar 2000


      * Guero's[Mexican]
        on South Congress

        From: David Cook, zeb@austin.rr.com
        Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2000


      * HEB Central Market
        On 38th and Lamar

        Had bins and bins of freshly made salsas, guac, etc. Brother "Godzilla" Ashkenaz and I went by that place during a visit he made to Austin-town. I was in chile heaven. May not be such a variety for this time of year, but lawwdy, twas a chile orgy goin' on there then.
        From: rael64@earthlink.net
        Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997


      * Salt Lick[BBQ]
        Just outside of Austin

        Has anyone out there ever eaten at the "Salt Lick" just outside of Austin? If you have, I'm sure you would agree that they have some of the best BBQ sauce on the planet, particularly the habanero variant! Does anyone have a clue how I could make this stuff at home? I'm from Michigan and it's on hell of a commute to Austin from here for extra sauce!
        From: David Cook, DCook@RetroStudios.com
        Date:Mon, 21 Jun 1999


      * Thaisoon [Thai]
        5th (and Congress, I think)

        yeah, just up and over from Ruta Maya coffeehouse (4th and Lavaca - great coffee, really groovy place..) called Thaisoon which is really dee-lish food, but you have to do the usual of "yes, I mean HOT!".
        From: rael64@earthlink.net
        Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997


      * Trudy's [Mexican]
        just off Guadalupe

        Trudy's Now that's an authentic name, no? Crowded though. College kids everywhere. Yeck. Chicken caliente is pretty tasty though. May wanna bring your own heavy duty chiles if you're a real hot-head.
        From: rael64@earthlink.net
        Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997


    DALLAS

      * Firehouse Restaurant & Bar [Mexican]
        1928 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
        (214) 826-2468

        Every dish is garnished with a habanero. Every table has a pitcher of water. On busy nights there is one guy who walks around filling your water and pitcher. The place is fairly small, so reservations are a good idea. My favorite dish is Pollo en Fuego (chicken on fire.) If you ask for any dish hot, it will be hot!!!!!
        From: Riedel, Amy", amyriedel@txi.com
        Date: Wed, 9 Sep 1998


      * Mia's [Mexican]
        On Lemon Ave (I think B-)

        Try the Sunset Fajitas. They are incredible. And then there's Mercado's. I do not remember the street that it is on, but it is worth looking up. They had a grill that was fired with mesquite chunks and the chicken grilled over that baby was heavenly. I hope they still exist, since it has been 8 yrs since I lived in Garland, a suburb of Dallas.
        From: Goslowsky, George" gjgoslow@ingr.com
        Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998


      * Mercado's [Mexican]
        ????

        I do not remember the street that it is on, but it is worth looking up. They had a grill that was fired with mesquite chunks and the chicken grilled over that baby was heavenly. I hope they still exist, since it has been 8 yrs since I lived in Garland, a suburb of Dallas.
        From: Goslowsky, George" gjgoslow@ingr.com
        Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998


      * Santanas [Mexican]
        Dallas

        I haven't the foggiest idea of how to get to it if it still exists. It was a little hole-in-the-wall-mom-and-pop outfit. When you ordered fajitas they would bring the meat and veggies out on a blistering hot comal and then, at your table, pour some of the marinade over it. This would produce a cloud of steam that smelled of the fajitas. It was great. Once, while we were eating there, at least 5 other people all order fajitas and they were served within minutes of each other. After all were served you couldn't see the far wall for the steam, but MAN that place smelled good!!
        From: Goslowsky, George" gjgoslow@ingr.com
        Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998


    EL PASO

      Forti's, Cattlemans, Leo's (Judy Howle)Thu, 14 May 1998 * H&H Coffee Shop [Mexican]
        701 E. Yandell
        (915) 533-1144

        ...all homemade Mexican fare prepared at the grill behind the counter. It's attached to a car wash! It's a great experience. This place has been written up in Gourmet magazine.
        From: Sunny Conley, sunny@zianet.com
        Date: Wed, 14 Jul 1999


      * Kiki's Restaurant & Bar [Mexican]
        2719 N. Piedras

        Named one of the top 100 Mexican restaurants in the country.
        From: Sunny Conley, sunny@zianet.com
        Date: Wed, 14 Jul 1999


      * Leo's [Mexican]
        El Paso
        (915) 533-1144

        all our relatives eat and took us there several times when we visited them over the years.
        From: Judy Howle, howle@ebicom.net
        Date: Thu, 14 May 1998


      * The Little Diner [Mexican]
        Canutillo, Texas, 7209 Seventh
        (915) 877-2176
        (Just outside El Paso)

        I haven't the foggiest idea of how to get to it if it still exists. It was a little hole-in-the-wall-mom-and-pop outfit. When you ordered fajitas they would bring the meat and veggies out on a blistering hot comal and then, at your table, pour some of the marinade over it. This would produce a cloud of steam that smelled of the fajitas. It was great. Once, while we were eating there, at least 5 other people all order fajitas and they were served within minutes of each other. After all were served you couldn't see the far wall for the steam, but MAN that place smelled good!!
        From: Sunny Conley, sunny@zianet.com
        Date: Wed, 14 Jul 1999


    FT Worth

      * Joe T. Garcia's []
        2201 N. Commerce, Ft Worth, TX
        (817-626-4356)

        founded Independence Day, 1935, in the patio, surrounded by four bars and overlooking a swimming pool, no menus, eating from the original recipes of García's grandmother.
        They have a dish called Pollo fundido. It will bulk you up. It’s an enormous fried burro (loaded with chicken and mild chiles, then wrapped in a giant flour tortilla) and topped with a green sauce, sour cream and an acre of melted cheese.
        From: Jim Tidwell , snd1jlt@snd10.med.navy.mil
        Date: Sat, 20 Dec 1997


    MASON

      * Zavala's []
        North end of town, east side of highway 87.

        They make a really good Chicken Fajita (a little greasy sometimes, but delicious). One order with an extra "set up" is plenty for 2 people. A couple of the waitpersons are CH trained. We tell one young lady "We don't mind paying for extra salsa--keep it coming." ...and she does. Sometimes they charge extra, usually they don't. They are open every day until 10:00 pm. From: Calvin Donaghey, gdonaghey@bitstreet.com
        Date: Sun, 07 Nov 1999


    San Antonio

      * Bob's Smokehouse [BBQ]
        3306 Roland Ave

        Best BBQ in Texas without a doubt. If you want REAL BBQ, come here. If you want a upper-class generic type food, go to County Line. 333-9611
        ChrisAC@webtv.net (Chris Conti)
        Wed, 5 Aug 1998


      * Blanco Cafe [Tex-Mex]
        5525 Blanco Rd @ Oblate

        344-0531

        The best Tex-Mex you will ever taste. Difference between Mexican and Tex Mex? Find out for yourself....the only way to do it.
        ChrisAC@webtv.net (Chris Conti)
        Wed, 5 Aug 1998


      * Jailhouse Cafe [Tex-Mex]
        1126 W Commerce

        224-5001

        The biggest Chicken Fried Steak you will ever see, and one of the Top 3 in Texas.
        ChrisAC@webtv.net (Chris Conti)
        Wed, 5 Aug 1998


      * La Fogata [Mexican]
        ?????

        ?????

        For "authentic" Mexican, I'm told La Fogata is the place to go.
        Donald R Jordan, drjordan@rocketmail.com
        Tue, 22 Dec 1998


      * Liberty Bar [Mexican & Tex/Mex]
        328 E Josephine St , San Antonio, at: Highway 281
        (210) 227-1187

        It is an upscale place that strives mightily to be funky. Judging by the crowds, they have achieved commercial success buy judging by my crab cakes, they have achieved culinary success too. There were two themes to them that worked to achieve it. The first was lots of crab meat and the second was a great mix of seasonings dominated by minced jalapeños. I would imagine that the seasoning was Old Bay but you can't hide jalapeños. They were the best I have ever eaten.
        Blake Olson , blakeo@flash.net
        Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2000


      * Little Hipps [Burgers]
        1423 McCullough

        222-8114

        The biggest and best burgers in town.
        ChrisAC@webtv.net (Chris Conti)
        Wed, 5 Aug 1998


      * Little Red Barn [Steaks]
        1423 McCullough

        222-8114

        The biggest and best burgers in town. (a bit more)Grady's in Leon Valley for catfish. If you want a nice drive into the country, try El Chapparal in Helotes, primarily Tex-Mex but a little of everything.
        Donald R Jordan, drjordan@rocketmail.com
        Tue, 22 Dec 1998


      * Los Barrios [Mexican]
        4223 Blanco Rd

        732-6017

        The best Mexican restaurant in town.
        ChrisAC@webtv.net (Chris Conti)
        Wed, 5 Aug 1998

        You GOTTA hit Los Barrios!!! TO DIE FOR! And get the nachos with the chimichurri sauce... They even sell it there, in jars... You'll want to take some home. green, green56@PioneerPlanet.infi.net
        Tue, 22 Dec 1998


      * Ma Tierra, Pico de Gallo [Mexican]
        ????

        ????

        (think the Family who runs these also Owns another place as well (La Margarita)?, but one of the waiters told me the food is basically the same in all three places. Had Cabarito al Horno at Ma Tierra (Goat) **** Had some Menudo (tripe)***** at Pico de Gallo. I have Hated Tripe all of my life, as a teenager when my mother cooked it at home I would rush into Kitchen with my hand over my nose grab a handful of small change from her and run down the shops for a hamburger. After tasting Menudo for the first time I,m going to make it for new years day. I'll probably be the only one eating it at home so I can make it as Hot as I want.
        luke, lukasz@midcoast.com.au
        Date: Thu, 24 Dec 1998


      * MR & MRS G's [Soul Food]
        2222 S WW White Rd

        359-0002

        You want some Soul Food? Home cooking that will blow you away? Come here.
        ChrisAC@webtv.net (Chris Conti)
        Wed, 5 Aug 1998


      * Rhine Steakhouse [Mexican & Tex/Mex]
        On the Riverwalk

        A bit pricey, may have a dress code but very good
        Stober, Karen E, SITS" , kstober@att.com
        Date: Tue, 24 Mar 1998


      * Rosarios [Mexican]
        1014 South Alamo - Tel 210/225/1806
        in the King William district

        We went there on a thursday night about 8 pm, the place was nearly full, clean, the staff friendly. Salsa was the best I tasted in San Antonio, I had Pipian-(a mole type sauce of ground nuts and seeds over a grilled chicken breast with rice and beans.*****. $7.95
        Other Items of interest on the menu were Calabacito de Puerco - A stew of squash, lean pork, Fresh Corn, Tomatoes, and Bell pepper. $7.25 Lengua Guisada - Tips of beef Tongue in a light tomato sauce $6.95 Pozole,- Seasoned Broth, with lean shredded pork hominy and shredded cabbage, garnished with fresh onions cilantro oregano crispy corn chips lemon wedge and a fresh chile de arbol paste . Camarrones al mojo de Ajo - Marinated shrimp in Garlic lime butter sauce grilled with onions and Peppers served with Frijoles a la charra, Pico de Gallo and Guacamole. I thought prices were generally quite reasonable.
        Only criticism I had was they only served Cinnamon flavoured Coffee, but 2 doors down the road there was a small Coffee place open till late at night where I got the best Short Black Expresso Coffee that I had during my month long Visit to Tx and Fla.
        luke, lukasz@midcoast.com.au
        Date: Thu, 24 Dec 1998


      * San Antonio River Mill
        (Pioneer Mills) at the far end of the Riverwalk
        Open for breakfast and lunch daily, may have a line at peak times From: The Old Bear
        Date: Sat, 8 Nov 1997

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    TAYLOR

      * Louis Mueller's [BBQ]
        ???

        9 AM until they run out. I think it's Saturday's only. From: David Cook, zeb@austin.rr.com
        Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2000


    WINTERS

      * Casa Cabana []
        North end of town, east side of highway 83

        They make a " #2 Fajita Taco w/ guacamole" that is out of this world. When I go there, I order 3 bowls of salsa and 2 #2 's, open the tacos and cover with salsa. Simple but very, very good. The beef is usually very tender and not fatty. The cook won't tell me what he flavors it with. :-( When working in the area, I often get several extra for leftovers. They're even good cold. From: Calvin Donaghey, gdonaghey@bitstreet.com
        Date: Sun, 07 Nov 1999



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