Austin Food Porn

Eats Meats West recently travelled to Austin to do — what else — eat and then think of things that aren’t eating to supplement more eating. Eat! Since basically everything we tasted was amazing, it seems rather pointless to post formal write-ups of the restaurants. Instead, we present a few notes on each followed by a gallery of images. Oh god, now we want this stuff all over again!

Uncle Billy’s: Wow, what can we say except, “look at those water cups!” Seriously, there’s not much to say about this microbrewery and grill because all of the meats (ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and turkey) were supremely delicious. The turkey is perhaps the most memorably simply because we didn’t expect smoked turkey to be so succulent. The ribs and brisket were to die for. The pulled pork was definitely fine, though we’re completely biased in favor of North Carolina style pork, of course. If there’s one complaint about Uncle Billy’s, it’s that the sides (macaroni, fried ocra, green beans) were sort of mediocre. The in-house beer, on the other hand, was excellent enough to forgive the sides.

Curra’s Grill: A short walk through 100+ degree Austin ended at the very unassuming Curra’s, where we ate breakfast one morning. And by “breakfast” we of course mean a giant plate of pork carnitas! Again, there’s so little to say other than that everything exceeded expectations. There was very little sharing of dishes, in fact, apparently because no one wanted to. The carnitas, which were marinated in soda, were somehow very different when bundled in the tortillas vs. simply off the plate, which brings us to the only [and again, such a minor] complaint, which was that the ordering process was somewhat cumbersome. You have to stipulate what type of beans (plain black, refried black, red, etc.), tortilla, salsa, and so on. Of course, having choice is great, but the menu already seemingly lays out those ingredients.

Torchy’s Taco Stand: There were an abundance of food trucks (well, mostly food trailers) in Austin — many multiples more than we’re used to in NYC. There were even numerous food truck/trailer depots, for lack of a better term, where you could sample a variety. Perhaps this wouldn’t work in a colder climate, but here it was really relaxing and convenient. Anyway, Torchy’s has a huge menu of tacos, including for breakfast. Pictured here is an ahi tuna taco as well as a classic migas taco. Migas were a new concept to us. Apparently they’re primarily eggs with leftover tortillas (plus the usual suspects like cheese, peppers, and onions). It sounds a little odd, but it’s not. Torchy’s serves two tacos per order, and they were pretty cheap to begin with. Our only real complaint is that the cake ball establishment next door wasn’t open for breakfast. Stop taunting us! (Oh, and those aren’t cake balls; they’re fried cookie dough.)

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