Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Really, there isn't much food here. But there are FREE chili dogs. Like Grandma used to make-boiled Oscar Meyer weiners, canned Hormel chili, some shredded mystery cheese and a hot dog bun straight from the bag. Again, it's FREE. And All-You-Can-Eat.
Plan to BYOB (booze only) and buy set ups. Or drink a cold beer from their cooler. Cheap. Cheap. Cheap. But do not plan to drink wine. You'll upset Ginny-and really, with an Oscar Meyer Chili Cheese Dog-do you really want a nice Pinot?
Ginny's also hosts the world famous (and it is famous-check it out on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xghebqshq1o) Chicken S!@# Bingo. Yes, there is a pool table with a wooden board of numbers, a chicken and some wagerin' goin' on. The first "drop" is at 4--but get there early. If you win your $2 ticket is worth about $150.
It seems a lot of "first timers" win CS Bingo--I'm just sayin'. And even if you don't win-the bands are great, the beer is cold and the chili dogs are-well, nostalgic.(Thanks to Walter Riggs for the Chili Dog Feast photo.)
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Horrible. Friday night-8 ish. I guess some parents thought this was the Chuckie Cheese of Sushi Bars. Screaming (really, screaming) children "old enough to know better" running around the restaurant. Service? Non-existent. We (well--McJazz) got up and retrieved our own plates, soy sauce bowls, napkins and chopsticks. And the sushi? Meh. Lukewarm spicy tuna, soggy spider roll. Go to HEB at Four Points and grab a couple of To-Go Sushi Snacks. It's fresher and won't cost you $50 for the pleasure.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
I hesitate to post this review because I really want to keep TRIO my very own little secret. But based on the crowd, I think it's too late: TRIO is the best Happy Hour in town. Bar none. The best food, wine and overall value. So say the "Tres Amigos" who hit up the bar Wednesday night. But before I get into the fabulous details, you've got to know what the three of us ordered:
Tuna Tartare,Avocado,Soy Lime Vinaigrette
Blistered Padron Peppers with Sea Salt
Truffle Fries, Rosemary, Meyer Lemon Aioli
Baked Gulf Oysters, Shrimp, Bacon, Shoestring Potato
Smoked Shrimp Croquettes
Three glasses of Red Wine
One Glass of White Wine
For $61--before tip. Incredible. And incredibly decadent and yummy. So the Tuna Tartare was a little bit of a standard, but lovely, fresh and served on a bed of ice. The Blistered Padron Peppers were addictive. And deceptive. 'Cause you never knew whether you were biting into a "mild" Padron-or a "hot" Padron. (Hint: if the pepper has any yellow coloring-it's super hot). The Truffle Fries have a reputation in Austin already-hot, perfectly crunchy on the outside and soft inside, not greasy and served in a silver cone. They are so good you just HAVE to eat them. It's almost a crime to leave one in the cone. The Baked Gulf Oysters were hot, fresh and a mouthful with the shoestring potatoes on top--but my amigos had no problem finishing off the plate. And the Smoked Shrimp Croquettes? Yikes, they were good. Upscale fried shrimp balls that I'm sure cost me 500 calories. Worth every one too.
I paired my food with a nice Albarino-and one of the amigos went for a California Cab. Our waiter was typical Four Seasons--very attentive and gracious.
Get there early and stay late: TRIO's happy hour lasts until 8 p.m. Just in time to head back upstairs to the Lobby Lounge for a nightcap and a little live piano. Which we did. Thanks Alan!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Breakfast for two- Diver Down style: $5.20.
Two kolaches, two donuts and an orange juice. Kolaches were fresh, bread was light and fluffy, sausage was tasty. If I ate cheese, I'd have the sausage/cheese/jalapeno variety, but the plain sausage hit the spot. Then for a tasty little dessert at breakfast, we split two chocolate donuts: devil's food cake and a cruller with dark chocolate frosting. They were both good--and washed down with orange juice a super sugar treat.
But TJ's (and other donut shops) please, please go get some soy milk! No soy, no coffee for this girl. And coffee might have sold me another donut--especially on a day like today!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
- Double rainbow cascading over Austin as I walked into the Long Center. Amazing!
- Fantastic Bubbles: Schramsberg, Taittinger, Domain Carneros, Gloria Ferrer and Gruet.
- Max's Wine Dive: Fried Chicken. It's so good it's bad.
- The Carillon-AT&T Conference Center: Josh Watkins' Pork Belly was amazing. Can I get the recipe? I'm sure it's easier to book a party at the Carillon. Sublime Tuna Tartare.
- Driskill Grill: Lovely peach cheesecake dessert with white chocolate. White Gazpacho. A treat from one of the best restaurants in town.
- Fino: Pear Dulce de Leche cakebite on a stick. Loved it. Love Fino. Need to go there more often.
- The rain. Even though we needed it. Why did I think there was a covered walkway from the Long Center parking garage to the building?
- My Camera. My iphone pics did not do the food justice. So I'm not even going to post them--but I did get some very nice pics of the chefs. So cute!
- The Food. Although it was all fantastic, there could've (and probably should've) been another restaurant or two in the mix. Too many bubbles and too little food makes for some tipsy texans!