All over Austin we have great BBQ joints. From the kings of BBQ there’s Franklins, Valentina’s, Freedmans, and La Barbecue. There are so many places to claim to be the best, but thats not what we are talking about today. Louie’s, owned by Luis Vasquez, has opened their new spot at St. Elmo Market 4329 S. Congress. They were previously located in Sunset Valley, which … Continue reading Louie’s, the new Prince of BBQ
For years Austin has been known for our food truck scene. With movies like Chef and TV shows such as The Great American Food Truck Race being filmed here, Austin has been named a great place for food trucks. We have had our share of mouth changing food trucks: Chi’lantro, Peached Tortilla, and East Side Kind have all three been named best food truck in … Continue reading Top Five Food Trucks in Austin
Heart beating fast, sweat is dripping from your forehead. You wonder if people will like what you are creating. You look at your staff and think is this the right crew? Are these the people I want to go into battle with? Walk into the walk in. Do a final count on everything. Make sure prep is done properly. Ok, we got this. Lets do it. Open the doors! These are thoughts right before you open your doors when you are opening a restaurant. You think about every detail. What will be the first impression from the first customer. Its extremely hard to open a restaurant. Its not easy by any means. I have had the privilege and honor to open many restaurants. This week along with a really good friend. We tried P.Terry’s new concept Taco Ranch. It has taken me a couple of days to think about what I wanted to say. Talking it over Ainsley and having her remind me of why we decided to have the blog we have. I feel that I need to speak the truth of my experience. Not just my own. But those that I have heard from other ” foodies”. Here we go.
Franklin BBQ is a place where dreams come true. It is a place that is known all over the world. Aaron Franklin is a James Beard Award winner, and has gained acclaim from magazines and websites all over the world. Aaron Franklin is the best at what he does. But that is not what this article is about. I thought I would tell the true story behind what makes Franklin BBQ the best in the world. This article is about the staff of Franklin BBQ.
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Co-written by Jason Salas and Ainsley Daschofsky
The interview started by saying how humbled we were to be sitting down with Chef Steve Mchugh of Cured. Chef Mchugh is a man that you want to know. A man to meet before you die, or at least try his food. In the interview, Mchugh divulged that he hopes the food speaks so loudly for him that he doesn’t even have to be at the restaurant. You taste his mind even if he is nowhere near you. For Jason, he is someone you want to aspire to be like as a chef. We knew that this couldn’t be just any type of interview. It had to be from our hearts. It had to have passion and respect for the man we were sitting with. We were nervous. Ainsley and I were ready. This one was going to matter.
Monday we are closed. It’s a day that most restaurants are closed. Its a day of rest. A day to regroup. Many service industry workers spend Sunday nights drinking the night away and partying like its a Saturday night. But for some chefs, it’s another long day at the restaurant.
When you search for your favorite thing to eat in Austin and you don’t find what you are looking for. There are only a couple of things you can do about it. For most of us, we go home and try and make it ourselves. Or just give up and go about our day. But for Raya Naser, she did things a little differently. You see Raya tried really hard to find her favorite Mediterranean place in Austin.
It is not news to those of us who live in Texas. We were hit. We were hit hard. Hurricanes happen all the time. All over the world. But this weekend it’s us. It hit my favorite sptate. It hit Texas. We as Texans have a pride about us. We want things bigger, better, louder, deep fried and smoked. But what happens when we get hit by a hurricane? What happens when there is a point in our lives where we need to prove what type of person we are? Well I’ll tell you what happens. Like the days of old with the Mighty Ducks. We stay together.