Texas Tuesdays: Is Bigger Really Better?

photo: Jean-Michel Dufaux

photo: Jean-Michel Dufaux

Editor’s Note: Ya’ll already know Matthew from previous posts such as coo-coo for coquito; now he’s decided to take the plunge and adopt an official ES moniker. As Roodeloo, he’s set to help ES explore a strange, distant country — Texas. Here’s a preview:

Yes. I’d rather have a foot-long than a some dinky wiener from a street cart. Or a dozen buffalo wings than a measly ten. Quarter pounder? I’ll take 8 ounces, please. When it comes to some things, bigger is always better.

So when I got wind of the Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival, I thought it high time to dust off my black suede cowboy boots and head west. Held in and around Austin, Texas, the festival is celebrating its 25th year—bringing together culinary artisans and wine producers to highlight the Texas impact on food and wine throughout the world.

Texas wine? That might take a little convincing, but I hope to be pleasantly surprised and have no hesitancy diving into the festival offerings, as well as checking out some of Austin’s culinary hot spots. I’m going to take the famous BBQ pork versus beef challenge at The County Line BBQ, crunch my way through tacos at a local favorite, Guero’s Taco Bar, and swig and swallow my way through the festival’s Stars Across Texas Grand Tasting.

But I’ve also caught wind of a Texas beyond large slabs of meat and overflowing cocktails. There is a growing farm-to-table movement among local chefs and restaurateurs. I’ll be checking in with Emmet and Lisa Fox (ASTI and FINO), chef James Holmes (who recently brought a bit of Texas to the James Beard House in New York City), as well as Boggy Creek Farm—an organic urban market farm.

While my dance card is pretty full, there’s always room for another two-step. Do you have a favorite Austin culinary hot spot? Barbecue joint that beats all the rest? Favorite foodie delicacy that originates from the Lone Star State? Shout back with your suggestions and  “must eats” and I’ll let you know how they’re holding up.

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  • Tracy April 13, 2010  

    Trudy’s Armadillo Egg. It’s fried. It’s cheesy. It’s an avocado. And the location on UT campus is kinda cool. Check it if you can!

  • Miz Bedina April 13, 2010  

    Jack Allen’s Kitchen

  • dad gansie April 14, 2010  

    omg is that one effin serving or family style for table is that why they say texas big ….like 300lbs big??

    like him or not food channel GF’s dinners drive-ins and dives do show many places with over sized portion too

  • Trisha T. April 14, 2010  

    Have you tried Georgetown? Just about 25 miles north of downtown Austin, the historic downtown boasts several wonderful eateries… the Momument Cafe is an instiution here and Rusty uses only local, organic ingredients – and the pies, oh, the pies are HEAVEN. More upscale is Wildfire, known for their incredible wild meats and really interesting twists on local favorites… and Silver & Stone, new to the scene, has captured awards for their wine cellar two years in a row… the bananas foster are to die for. Try this undiscovered jewel in the hill country, and we know you will not be disappointed. The Square itself is small town American at it’s BEST!! Head up Interstate 35 and we will leave the light on.

  • harleytexas April 17, 2010  

    Try http://www.schoepfsbbq.com/ for great bbq, Taqueria El Mexicano Grill?812 East Central Avenue, Belton, TX for great mexican food. Both places are in Belton, about an hour north of Austin on I35.

  • Amy April 18, 2010  

    Jack Allen’s Kitchen

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