If you’re not yet tired of Austin restaurants touting their “organic” or “local” cuisine, then you might just enjoy The Local Yolk, an East Austin food cart that serves fried egg sandwiches. I have developed an affinity for food carts, partly because I’m a sucker for kitsch outdoor decor and partly because I think there is just a little more love in the food. Owner Shelley Speer started up The Local Yolk after she “fell in love” with the egg (her words, not mine) to promote wellness by serving up fresh healthy sandwiches.
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We here at Austin Eat Cetera have always had a profound inclination toward the art of the sandwich. There just seems to be no better – or cheaper – way to get all of your favorite foods into a compact space in a sociably acceptable manner. Austin has a great selection of sandwich places, but when an establishment has a name so blunt as The Sandwich Joint on Burnet Road and 51st Street, I just had to check it out.
I am by no means a Vietnamese cuisine expert but I know the joys of a good bowl of pho. For those of you who are not familiar with the Vietnamese noodle soup, it’s usually served with beef or chicken and rice noodles with a side of basil, lime, bean sprouts and peppers. I was first introduced to this dish in Los Angeles while visiting my parents, so I’ve been on the lookout for some good pho here in Austin. Lucky for me, I found Pho Danh after many personal recommendations and a long drive up N Lamar Blvd.
The photo above this post is not a piece of Photoshop creativity in honor of Eat Cetera’s bacon week. It’s an actual picture of two slices of Texas toast, 10 strips of crispy bacon, a slab of delicious queso and a few juicy tomatoes. After all, I do need some produce.
It’s called the Heart Attack and you can find it at Freddie’s Place on South First Street. The sandwich was by far one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten in my 22 years on this planet. The $2.50 16 oz Lone Star was just the right touch. The bacon seemed extra cured, with a nice salty taste with a strong, crispy texture I appreciate so much in my bacon. The queso on top of it all was some of Austin’s best; it had just the right fluidity for a good serving. In fact, a friend of mine who came with me to Freddie’s ate the chips and queso as an entrée and was thoroughly satisfied.
By Jasmin Sun
Call me a purist, but there are some things you must leave to the experts. Such is the case with barbecue. The less urbanized your restaurant, the more credibility you’ll have in my eyes. And my eyes, readers, are born-and-bred Texan eyes. A Lockhart restaurant’s version will outshine one in Houston, for instance. I simply can’t have a city boy handling my barbecue. It’s nothing personal, just good Texan foodie logic. You can imagine my skepticism, then, when my friend Jessie suggested we try “this barbecue cart off I-35.” In fact, I think I nearly fell over.
By Mason Scheer
I have always been a fan of puns. I’m a sucker for it. They tickle me in just the right way. I am fully aware I’m in the minority about this, but I don’t care.
So you know full well I had to go to a place called Your Mom’s.
Your Mom’s Burger Bar is on the east side, right off Cesar Chavez. It’s a bit hidden from view, so you’d have to be on the lookout. I went with my roommate, and even at 3:30 on a Saturday, the place was packed. We ended up taking one of the picnic tables outside, which ended up being a bit of a mistake.
By Joshua Avelar
People are eating out more, and it is not just an American trend. The lack of time, energy and overall will to cook at home is getting the best of most of us. But sometimes, we have an innate desire to want something familiar to the home kitchen environment. Homestyle Cooking fills this void, and I cannot imagine any place in Austin doing it better than Hoover’s Cooking on Manor just a few blocks east of Interstate 35.
By Rebecca Adams
After my thoroughly enjoyable yet highly caloric afternoon at the Gypsy Picnic, I felt the need for a detox. There truly is no better way to spend a Saturday than scarfing down Moroccan chicken followed by cake balls followed by a barbecue sandwich followed by a fried avocado cone but a girl’s got to know when enough is enough. I decided to spend my week eating as many organic, local products as possible to start my health kick. After looking into my options (and believe me, Austin has plenty), I came across Conscious Cravings, a vegetarian food cart in West Campus that I happened to miss at Gypsy Picnic in my quest for only the sinfully delicious.
Somehow unbeknownst to us, we here at Austin Eat Cetera have embarked on a search of sorts for the city’s best sandwich. After we realized the majority of our posts focused on the multi-layered things, we decided to dedicate a new tag for use in our hunt for Austin’s tastiest sandwich. In a city where healthy meets delicious more often than not, we figured it was a worthwhile undertaking.
The newest addition to our must-try roster? Lucky’s Puccias.
As you might have garnered from my comrades’ previous posts, the Gypsy Picnic food trailer festival took place this past Saturday (Nov. 6) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. It goes without saying that there were plenty of delicious eats to be had at the event–which was, for the record, like Austin City Limits for food–so I’ll be concentrating on what I found to be the most unexpectedly tasty dish as well as a cart that wasn’t all it was hyped up to be.