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Austin Food Trailers

East Side King at The Liberty (East)
Gourdough’s (South Lamar)
Michi Ramen (North Central)
Odd Duck Farm to Trailer (South Lamar)

Austin Restaurants

Aquarelle (Downtown)
Black Star Co-op (North Central)
Franklin Barbecue (East)
Guero’s (South Congress)
Noble Pig Sandwiches (Northwest)

Austin Specialty Markets

Con’ Olio Oils & Vinegars (Northwest)
HOPE Farmers Market (East)
Mom’s Taste Korean Specialty Market
(North Central)

DFW Restaurant Reviews
(by rating, then alphabetical by restaurant name)

Rating      Restaurant Name (Location)

5/5          Abacus (Knox-Henderson)
5/5          Babe’s Chicken Dinner House (Carrollton & Garland)
5/5          Jasmine Thai (Plano)
5/5          Kalbee House (Carrollton)
5/5          Little Sichuan (Plano)
5/5          Mansion on Turtle Creek (Oak Lawn)
5/5          Tasting Room at Lola (CLOSED, Uptown)
4/5          Agave Azul (Carrollton)
4/5          B. B. Bop Rice Bowls (Carrollton)
4/5          Billadelphia’s (Arlington)
4/5          Cafe Malaga (McKinney)
4/5          Cafe San Miguel (Knox-Henderson)
4/5          Chow Thai (Addison)
4/5          Don Panza Restaurant (Oak Cliff)
4/5          Exposition Park Cafe (CLOSED, Deep Ellum)
4/5          First Chinese BBQ (Arlington, Carrollton, Garland, Plano, & Richardson)
4/5          Grimaldi’s (Uptown)
4/5          Jasper’s (Plano)
4/5          Jin Mi (Plano)
4/5          Kelly’s Eastside (Plano)
4/5          Kirin Court (Richardson)
4/5          La Duni Latin Cafe (Knox-Henderson)
4/5          Mena’s Tex-Mex Grill (Carrollton)
4/5          Mi Piaci (Addison)
4/5          New San Dor (CLOSED, Plano)
4/5          Ozona Bar and Grill (Upper Greenville)
4/5          Queen of Sheba (Addison)
4/5          Seabose (Carrollton)
4/5          Simon’s Sushi (Plano)
4/5          Sushi Sake (Richardson)
4/5          Stephan Pyles (Downtown Dallas)
4/5          Tortillas del Rancho y Restaurante (Garland)
4/5          Yao Fuzi (Plano)
4/5          Zorba’s (Plano)
3/5          Angelina’s Mexican Restaurant (Lewisville)
3/5          Barbec’s (East Dallas)
3/5          Berryhill Baja Grill (Far North Dallas)
3/5          Bethany Boba Tea House (Arlington)
3/5          Cafe Toulouse (Knox-Henderson)
3/5          Casa Vieja (Carrollton)
3/5          Chaparrito’s Tex-Mex (Galleria)
3/5          Chapps Cafe (Arlington)
3/5          Coal Vines (Uptown)
3/5          Ernesto’s (Garland)
3/5          Ferrari’s Italian Villa (Addison)
3/5          Fox Sports Grill (Plano)
3/5          Genroku (Richardson)
3/5          Hardeman’s BBQ (CLOSED, South Dallas)
3/5          Italian Villa (Carrollton)
3/5          Jeng Chi (Richardson)
3/5          Kampai Sushi and Grill (Addison)
3/5          Korean Garden (Plano)
3/5          Kozy Kitchen (Knox-Henderson)
3/5          L&L Hawaiian Barbecue (Lewisville)
3/5          La Esperanza Rotisserie Chicken (Carrollton)
3/5          Love and War in Texas (Plano)
3/5          Masala Wok (Richardson)
3/5          Mooyah Burgers and Fries (Plano)
3/5          Nizza Pizza (Arlington)
3/5          Red, Hot, and Blue (Plano)
3/5          Rosita’s Tex Mex Restaurant (Maple Ave)
3/5          Secret Recipe Asian Bistro (Carrollton)
3/5          Sichuanese Cuisine (Plano)
3/5          Stan’s Lakeview Taphouse and Grill (The Colony)
3/5          Sushi Yama (Northeast Dallas)
3/5          Tasty Wok (CLOSED, Plano)
3/5          Thai Garden (Far North Dallas)
2/5          Al Biernat’s (Oak Lawn)
2/5          Angelo & Vito’s (Far North Dallas)
2/5          Champps Americana (Addison)
2/5          Fishmonger’s Seafood Market and Cafe (Plano)
2/5          Goodfella’s Brick Oven Pizza and Pasta (Carrollton)
2/5          Huong Ly (Richardson)
2/5          La Marqueza Salvadorena (Carrollton)
2/5          Lochrann’s Irish Pub & Eatery (Frisco)
2/5          Luqa (CLOSED, Downtown Dallas)
2/5          Raising Cane’s (Lewisville)
2/5          River Spice (Far North Dallas)
2/5          Skillman Wok (Far North Dallas)
2/5          Song Huong (Arlington)
2/5          Taqueria Arandas (Carrollton)
2/5          Tony’s Pizza Pasta & Subs (Arlington)

Food Travelogues
(by date of travel)

Date             Destination

May 2008     Washington, Texas: The Inn at Dos Brisas
Apr 2008     Houston: Shade
Mar 2008     San Francisco & Sonoma Valley
Mar 2008     Central Texas BBQ Pilgrimage Trip: Taylor, Lockhart, & Luling
Dec 2007     Houston: Dolce Vita, Niko Niko’s, Kim Son, San Dong Noodle House, and Los Cucos
Nov 2007    Kilgore, Texas: Country Tavern
Oct 2007     Atlanta
Sep 2007     Texas Hill Country (Austin, San Marcos, New Braunfels, and Lockhart)
Aug 2007     Baltimore/Washington DC
Jun 2007     Suburban Cleveland (Brecksville, Ohio)
Jun 2007     Woody’s Smokehouse (I-45 Exit 164, halfway between Dallas and Houston)
Jun 2007     Houston: The Egg and I
May 2007    Houston: Chinatown (Sinh Sinh and Juice Box)
Mar 2007    England and Scotland (Stonehenge, Bath, London, Windsor, Edinburgh, Roslin, and Glasgow)
Mar 2007    Houston: Cafe Red Onion
Feb 2007     Houston: Ostioneria Michoacan
Jan 2007     Amarillo: Big Texan Steak Ranch
Jan 2007     Santa Fe, New Mexico: Blue Corn Cafe
Dec 2006     Riviera Maya, Mexico (Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Chichen Itza, and Cancun)
Oct 2006     Aggieland Eats (Bryan/College Station, Texas)

Wine Trail
(alphabetical by winery name)

Texas Wineries
Circle S Vineyards (Sugar Land, Texas)
CrossRoads Winery (Frisco, Texas)
Grayson Hills Winery (Whitewright, Texas)
Haak Vineyards and Winery (Santa Fe, Texas)
Inwood Estates Vineyards & Winery (Dallas, Texas)
Red Road Vineyard & Winery (Naples, Texas)
Tara Winery (Athens, Texas)
Texoma Winery (Whiteright, Texas)
Three Dudes Winery (San Marcos, Texas)
Windy Hill Winery (Brenham, Texas)

Outside Texas
A brief tour of Sonoma Valley wineries (Cline Cellars, Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, Imagery Estate Winery, VJB Vineyards and Cellars, Kaz Vineyard and Winery, and Matanzas Creek Winery)

(by category/main ingredient, then alphabetical by name)

Mango Passionfruit Bellini
Mexican Sangria

Onion Jam

Spice Roasted Chickpeas

Dips/Hors D’oeuvres
Bacon Wrapped Artichoke Hearts
Black Bean and White Corn Salsa
Caramel Yogurt Dip
Chickpea and Mint Spread
Coconut Balls
Edamame Dip
Marinated Mozzarella
Poached Salmon Spring Rolls
Proscuitto Wrapped Pears with Arugula and Blue Cheese
Roasted Corn and Avocado Dip
Shortcut Pigs in a Blanket

Banana Nut Sticky Buns
Cake Mix Cookies
Cheddar Jalapeno Corn Muffins
Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing
Double Chocolate Cookies
Pumpkin Bread

Asian Turkey Chili
Beef and Mushroom Chili
Cannellini Beans with Pancetta and Sage
Carrot Chickpea Barley Soup
Creamy Artichoke Soup
Chickpea and Sausage Stew
Creamy Pea Soup
Grandma’s Cabbage Soup
Southwestern Tomato Soup
Miso Soup

Beef Main Dishes
Asian Burgers
Beef and Mushroom Chili
Confetti Burgers
Cottage Pie
Meatloaf Brasciole
Mongolian Beef Sticks
Snap Pea, Shiitake, and Beef Stir-Fry
Strip Steak Sandwiches with Balsamic Onions and Blue Cheese
Thai Basil Beef
Thai Steak Salad

Pork Main Dishes
Asian Glazed Ribs
Balsamic Pork Chops
Dad’s Breaded Pork Chops
Lemongrass Meatballs and Vietnamese Style Pickles in Lettuce Cups
Pasta with Arugula, Roasted Red Pepper, Bacon, and Parmesan
Pork Satay with Coconut Curry Sauce
Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Vinegar and Shallots
Roasted Pork Loin with Fennel
Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Acorn Squash and Carrots
Shanghai Style Savory New Year’s Cake

Poultry Main Dishes
Asian Turkey Chili
Basic Fried Rice
Chicken in Mustard Sauce
Chicken Kiev
Chicken Piccata with Linguine
Chicken Sandwich with Brie and Nectarines
Chicken with Black Bean and Mango Salsa
Curry Chicken Salad
Grilled Herb Stuffed Chicken
John Stamos’ Grilled Chicken
Italian Chicken
Lemon Chicken Sandwich with Arugula and Pears
Oyster Sauce Noodles
Panko Chicken Tenders
Red Chile Chicken with Peanuts
Rosemary Rotisserie Chicken Pasta
Sundried Tomato and Basil Stuffed Chicken
Tortellini with Pesto Cream Sauce

Sausage/Ham Main Dishes
Bangers and Mash: Breakfast Sausages with Red Onion Gravy
Basic Fried Rice
Cauliflower and Ham Gratin
Chickpea and Sausage Stew
Fried Noodles with Lap Cheong and Shrimp
Ham and Swiss Rolls
Orzo with Asparagus and Proscuitto
Pasta with Proscuitto, Sage, and Mushrooms in a Red Wine Sauce
Pear, Pancetta, and Quadrello di Bufala Pizza
Potato, Egg, and Bacon Scramble
Rice with Sweet Chinese Sausage
Sausage and Kraut
Sausage Jambalaya
Spanish Frittata with Potatoes and Chorizo
Tortellini with Pesto Cream Sauce

Seafood Main Dishes
Basic Fried Rice
Broiled Salmon
Cajun Shrimp Sandwiches
Citrus Grilled Shrimp and Vegetables with Couscous
Fancy Tuna Melt
Fish Tacos
Fried Noodles with Lap Cheong and Shrimp
Greek Style Baked Tilapia
Grilled Shrimp Salad with Raspberries
Herb Crusted Salmon
Minted Marinated Shrimp with Glass Noodles
Orzo with Shrimp, Kalamata Olives, Tomatoes, Feta & Mint
Pacific Rockfish Over Cannellini Beans, Kale, Parsnip, Turnip, Carrot, Celery, and Onion
Poached Copper River Salmon with Avocado Sauce and Cucumber Salsa
Simple Baked Shrimp and Couscous with Asparagus and Roasted Red Peppers
Shrimp Cakes
Shrimp Scampi with Tomatoes and Spinach
Shrimp with Tomatoes and Olives
Spicy Black Bean Soup with Lime Shrimp Over Rice

Vegetarian Main Dishes
Angel Hair Pasta with Jalapeno Lime Pesto
Artichoke Manicotti
Basic Fried Rice
Bulgur and Garbanzo Salad with Cucumber and Cherry Tomatoes
Butternut Squash and Kale Bread Pudding
Cheese Tortellini with Pine Nuts
Creamy Pasta with Vegetables
Green Chile Macaroni
Green Tomato and Cheddar Pie
Middleeastern Ratatouille
Pasta with Cajun Chevre Sauce
Penne Ricotta
Penne with Vegetables in Parmesan Broth
Pesto Spinach Pizza
Roasted Balsamic Vegetables Over Pasta
Spicy Vegetarian Stir Fried Noodles
Spinach and New Potato Frittata
Thai Style Stir-Fried Brussels Sprouts
Tortellini Primavera with Pesto Sauce
Tortellini with Pesto Cream Sauce
Tuscan Bean and Pasta Stew
Vegetable Stir Fry
Wild Rice Salad with Lime Dressing
Zucchini au Gratin

Side Dishes/Salads
Arugula and Grapefruit Salad
Balsamic Glazed Vegetables
Broccoli Slaw with Golden Raisins
Bulgur and Garbanzo Salad with Cucumber and Cherry Tomatoes
Carrot Raisin Salad
Creamed Swiss Chard
Crockpot Black Beans
Endive and Avocado Salad
Garlic Green Beans with Pine Nuts
German Potato Salad
Glazed Carrots
Greek Peasant Salad
Green Beans in Garlic Black Bean Sauce
Green Chile Macaroni
Herb Stuffing
Jamie Oliver’s French Bean Salad
Lazy Potatoes
Ramen Salad
Risotto with Navy Beans and Swiss Chard
Roasted Broccoli with Pecans
Sesame Snow Peas
Skillet Turnips and Potatoes with Bacon
Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes
Strawberries with Mint
Sweet Potato Casserole
Toasted Barley
Tuscan Kale with Shallots and Goat Cheese
Watermelon Radish Salad with Mint
Wild Rice Salad with Lime Dressing
Zucchini au Gratin

Buttermilk Pie
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
Key Lime Pie
Meringue Clouds with Berries
Orange Custard with Strawberry Sauce
Peachy Berry Parfait
Pumpkin Rice Pudding with Rum Raisin Mascarpone
Raspberry Vanilla Trifle
Spiced Pears and Apples a la Mode
Tiramisu Cake

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