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    • CommentAuthorIsaacSher
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2010 edited
    @government spy -- If you're ever back in Chicago, I'd suggest "Texas De Brazil", which is the same sort of place as Fogo de Chao. My wife and I always go to TdB for our anniversary, and several times a year besides, when we can afford it. Delicious.

    Another place in Chicago I've been introduced to recently was "Russian Teatime", a small but cozy place right by the Art Institute in downtown. It's got Russian and Uzbek and other former-Soviet-nations food, and a large selection of eurasian wines and spirits if you're into that sort of thing. What I had there was a Sausage selection; two russian-style kielbasa, one venison sausage, and one buffalo sausage. These were served over lightly buttered noodles mixed with cooked spinach, with a carrot salad on the side. For an appetizer, I had these small beef dumplings that were very much like chinese pot-stickers, although smaller and with a thinner doughy skin. Those sausages were unreal, with some of the strongest, tastiest, and most intense flavors I've ever had anywhere.
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2010
    @NeilFord -- That sounds almost word for word the book I just finished reading, FARM CITY.
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2010
    @LokiZero - Well I should say we live in the country, so it's a bit easier for us I imagine - and we have a LONG way to go before we reach our goals, but it's a fun journy. I read an interesting article on urban farming in Cuba, they seem to have the right idea IMHO.

    You might like to give John Seymour's books a try, I find him really inspirational.
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2010 edited
    My Mom apparently is raising a small herd of goats on her land, organic and whatnot. I've not been able to get back to visit, but am really hoping that I'll get to have some. I've quite grown to like goat from Indian and Caribbean dishes.

    I've greatly reduced my meat intake as well, mostly by getting snobby about it. I do toast or a fruit smoothie thing at breakfast, then chicken, sardines, hummus or the like for lunch, with lots of nuts and dried fruit. On the weekends I'll roast a chicken or have a flank steak or pot roast in the crockpot, and try to make that reasonably organic. I've varied on how good I actually am about it, but so far I'm liking it, and have had moderate weight benefits from it.
  1.  (8631.45)
    Texas, eh? Same here, and I LOVE meat. Especially barbecue. I second @Kelind for Salt Lick, but if you can go to Elgin Meyer's Smokehouse is amazing. If you are in Austin, I can give you a list of amazing burgers joints. My go-to comfort meat is the chicken fried steak at the Stallion Grill on Airport.
  2.  (8631.46)
    I'm one of the few people I know who think liver is utterly delicious. It's amazing. I don't know if it's that feeling of having something that used to be alive tear apart and weep hot delicious juices in your mouth, but there's something about meat that I will never stop loving.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2010
    There's a place in Ocean Beach here in San Diego called Hodad's, and their bacon cheese burger has, instead of a couple measly strips of bacon, a PATTY of bacon, in addition to the beef. Soooooo delicious <3
  3.  (8631.48)
    Just had some of the best Tex-Mex I've had in a long time, and I don't usually rave about Tex-Mex; usually I find it quite bland.


    I had the "Fajitas Azteca" which was basically grilled chicken & shrimp in a chipotle sauce, a little spice, but not too much for this yankee, although it did clear up my sinuses a bit. The traditional chips & salsa before the meal was great, a thicker salsa roja, and the salsa verde was more avacado based, and less jalepeno, which I prefer. On the side with the fajitas was some very tasty spanish rice, and the pinto beans & sauce included bacon in the sauce as well. Add in some excellent pico de gallo, and it was awesome. Tip, drink and all, I spent $14. Money well spent. It's a neighborhood joint, and my only regret is that I checked this place out for the first time, my last week in this neighborhood.

    EDIT: btw, I am especially happy to see that everyone's enjoying this thread. I like getting a chance to compare all of our meat. I like sharing our tasty bits. You all have great taste, and I'm glad we can share/enjoy different tastes here.
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2010
    While I dearly love bacon, the best thing a piggie can become is still speck.

    As a Sicilian pal said: "Take a slice of bread, mascarpone cheese and some speck - it is the MAXIMUM of life."
  4.  (8631.50)

    Sir, you may have just changed my life. I thank you.
    • CommentAuthorIsaacSher
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2010
    If you're ever in Cincinnati, make a point of finding a local chain called "IZZY'S". It's a jewish deli that serves Corned Beef that is, in my opinion, better than the stuff served at the Carnegie Deli in NYC. They also have giant jars of free pickle slices at each table that are utterly fantastic, and giant deep-fried latke potato pancakes that are a sinful delight.

    Back in Chicago, the best Corned Beef I've had here has been at Kaufman's in Skokie, a deli counter and bakery that doesn't have sitdown tables, but the carryout sandwiches are divine.
  5.  (8631.52)
    ive had speck with brie and an UNBELIEVABLE sweet pepper relish. it *is* extremely good
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2010
    It sounds like we're going to, at some point, have to have a Texas Whitechapel meetup (meatup?) in Austin. There seem to be a lot of WCers and it's centrally located for those of us coming in from the other areas of Texas.
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2010
    i can jump on the fogo de chao bus, super win meats

    also Roaring Fork in Austin does the best steak i've ever eaten. and i eat a lot of steak....

  6.  (8631.55)
    What's the brisket place off Guadalupe that's so damn good? Can't remember the name...

    I remember now... Ruby's BBQ Has always been good brisket & BBQ, for yankee & Texan alike, plus always been a good meetup spot. I'm in Houston, and it might be a while before I can road trip it into Austin, but that'd be my vote for MEAT.
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2010
    sadly i wont be back in houston till next year...
  7.  (8631.57)
    Yesssss Texas meetup and MEATFEST2010. So there. Might even be able to host an out of towner.
  8.  (8631.58)
    Thank you. I just found this thread, and it might be the best thread ever. I'm in Houston, and I'm beyond myself that comics & meat have finally found each other on the wub.

    @taphead - that's the first time I've heard of a spec. Sounds gorgeous.
    • CommentAuthorJiveKitty
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2010
    Apparently the Meat-based diet made us smarter. If true, how cool is that?!