Thursday, October 15, 2015

Austin - Uchi

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 Tera & Uchi

Over 10 years ago (or so) I became aware of Uchi in Austin while 
perusing the Chefwear catalog.  I was interested in what
Chef Tyson Cole was doing in Central Texas.  The food looked
amazing and has been on my list of restaurants to visit on my
next visit to Austin.  

One of the things I looked forward to was visiting
the restaurant.  Since "Uchi" is part of my last name,
I knew it meant 'house' in Japanese.  The restaurant is 
a refurbished old house that has a contemporary feel to it,
and compliments it's contemporary Japanese menu.

My trip to Austin was for a meeting,
but also to eat BBQ, read my Texas adventure HERE

I was fortunate that my friend Diane is also a fan of Uchi
and it was almost too easy to get her to join me for dinner.

Based on knowing their fish is coming from Tsukiji Fish
Market in Tokyo, I knew it would be good.
But I wanted to try some of the dishes from the kitchen.

Diane selected a few favorites
and then I selected the rest.



See What Jay Eats...
(I do apologize for the quality of the pictures)
 Hama Chili
$6
(Happy Hour)

Baby yellowtail with Thai chili, orange supreme,
ponzu, and topped with daikon sprouts.

This was the perfect starter,
yellowtail with orange and chili.


 Machi Cure
$6
(Happy Hour)

Smoked yellowtail with Marcona almonds,
Asian pear, and garlic brittle on a Yucca crisp.

Nice textured dish, had a hard time
keeping the almond on the crisp.
I might have to knock off the smoked yellowtail...


 Avobake
$9

With imitation crab and shrimp baked inside
half an avocado and topped with bonito flakes
and scallions.

This was comfort food, the creamy avocado
with the crab and shrimp served out of the oven.


 Karaage Chicken
$6

Japanese fried chicken

Not my favorite dish of the evening,
it was a bit too sweet for me
and maybe I missed why the pickles
were on this dish.  BTW, I love pickles.


 Bacon Steakie
$18

Tender pork belly with watermelon radish,
citrus, and Thai basil.

When in Texas, needed to have a pork
protein and this was very good.


Crudo
$12

Sea bass with orange oil, garlic, black pepper,
and served with a citrus vinaigrette.

I loved this dish, but then again, I love
white fish and citrus. 


From the Tsukiji Selection
(Tsukiji is the fish market in Tokyo)
Aji Sushi
$7

One of my favorite sushi selections,
Aji is a horse mackerel.

I figured that I should order a piece of sushi
here to be able to round out


We skipped dessert to get to the bridge
before dusk to see the bats.


This experience at Uchi lived up to my expectations.
Chef Tyson Cole's innovative Japanese offerings are
unique without being Asian fusion (which I dislike). 

If you don't have a chance to visit Austin, Uchi
has locations in Dallas and Houston.

I'll definitely be back again and again.

801 South Lamar
Austin, TX 77006
(512) 916-4808

Open for Dinner Nightly



Thank You!
Jenn Morton
Diane




Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

There's Nothing Like Texas BBQ

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Just sharing my Central Texas BBQ trip...
October 2015

While at Dallas Love Field
waiting for my Austin connection,
had some brisket tacos at

Two BBQ Brisket Tacos with Red & Green Salsas
$10

I was a bit surprised how good the brisket was
at the airport.  The salsas needed a kick tho.
This was good airport food...



What's a trip to Austin without Franklin Barbecue?

Maybe this should've been my last BBQ stop...


This was one of the most incredible pieces
of beef I've had, with maybe the exception of 
Kobe Beef (Wagyu A5).

To my critics who tell me they would never
wait 3 hours, you'll never know...

Read my Franklin Barbecue adventure HERE



Didn't have a chance to drive out to The Salt Lick,
but my friend Diane made sure I took home some
 of their BBQ sauce.

It's on my list for the next Austin trip,
I want to see their open pit in person.


One of my Austin friends
was told of a BBQ taco place
is open for breakfast,
but their bbq tacos not served until 11 am.

We opted to wait the 30 mins,
it was a nice landscaped area
with picnic tables.  The smoker was on
a trailer to the right of the order window.

BTW, this is located at a gas station,
some good BBQ places are at gas stations.


Cowboy and BBQ Brisket Tacos
$5 each


Cowboy Taco:  pulled pork, house slaw, and BBQ sauce
Brisket Taco:  sliced brisket, tangy slaw, and BBQ sauce  


The tortillas on both tacos were excellent
(it's a Tex Mex place).
I enjoyed the Cowboy one more than the brisket taco.

This place started to get crowded
at 11 am.


Headed over to Dallas...
My friend knows I love corn, she said I needed
and their creamed corn.  She said, "it's like candy."

It was late and didn't feel like eating a lot,
since tomorrow would be another full day
of food and eating.  So this was just a snack...


With 1/2 lb of baby back ribs ($8.49) and a small
creamed corn ($1.99).  OK, I had to get BBQ too...



It was good, I would've eaten more too.
But it was just enough, esp since it was late.

I was told I needed to try the Green Chili Stew
next time, duly noted.


Rudy's has locations all over the South,
search for locations HERE



Next day, I was meeting my friend Kelly.
She wanted to take me to Sammy's BBQ in Dallas.

But she had an afternoon engagement in Frisco, 
So, I looked up where the local pit masters go to eat.
Found 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House close by.
One menu item that caught my eye
was the Brisket Frito Pie
$8

With brisket, BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese
over Fritos and topped with red onions.

I figure that I was in Dallas (home to Frito-Lay),
this is a must order and it was really good!

I think pulled pork would've worked too.


For dinner, Kelly wanted to take me for Tex Mex
I knew this would be good, they make
fresh tortillas in the window as you walk in.

While we waited for a table, their claim to fame,
they served the World's First Frozen Margarita.
With a variety of original hand crafted margaritas 
and a selection of frozen ones too.



Kelly ordered the steak fajitas.

The beef was tender and flavorful.
I think next time, I'll just order a steak,
it was that good!

I told Kelly that we can hold off on Sammy's BBQ
for my next trip to Dallas, since it's a place she likes
and they're closed on Sundays.



Sunday morning, I headed over to

I knew I found the right place, when I saw a line
outside of the door.


 Once inside, the place was packed!
They also have seating at the bar and
outside patio.



Menu Board at Pecan Lodge 

I ordered the 2 Meat + 1 Side Combo
$15


 Pork Ribs and Brisket
(pickles and onions too)

Nice smokey flavor on both proteins,
it didn't need any bbq sauce.


When I saw "Mac N Cheese w/Bacon"
I knew I had to get this side.

I was a bit disappointed,
it was a bit too gooey for me.
The bacon did have a nice smokey flavor...



Before heading to the airport,
knew I had to bring some BBQ home.
Last Stop... Lockhart Smokehouse in Plano

Once I got out of the car, I could smell the smokey
goodness and knew I was in the right place.
BTW, I parked a block away.

One could never have enough BBQ, right?


Inside the doors, you can see the cutting table at the end
of the room and all of the proteins being sliced and packed. 
I ordered a lb of half fatty/half lean brisket ($8.99/half lb),
pork ribs ($7.29/half lb), and a sausage ($5) 
which was wrapped in paper.

They had prime rib that day, but I stuck with a lb of brisket.

Part of a famous BBQ family, Lockhart Smokehouse
gets the sausages from their cousin's restaurant, Kreuz Market.
The Kreuz Original Sausage is from a 110 year old recipe.

Here's what Daniel Vaughn (@BBQsnob) said about
Lockhart Smokehouse/Kreuz sausage.



Brisket and Sausage
(ribs not shown)

Of course I needed to get the Holy Trinity of Texas Barbecue,
brisket, ribs, and sausage.

Brought it home for some friends to enjoy
and enjoy they did!


On this trip, I had some BBQ favorites and there were some
misses too.  Regardless, I enjoyed spending time with 
my friends as we enjoyed some good Central Texas BBQ.
It's always about the company...

I didn't only have BBQ on this trip, I also went to Uchi Austin.
Read my Uchi dinner HERE


Let me know what other Texas BBQ places I should
try on my next visit to Central Texas.





Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Austin - Franklin Barbecue

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From pork in the Carolinas to ribs in St. Louis,
I'm fortunate to have experienced great bbq.

So, when my current travels takes
me to Austin.  As Daniel Vaughn (@BBQsnob
states, it's the best of the best.


A friend got me this issue awhile back.
After reading it, I knew I needed to visit
two locations in Austin, Franklin BBQ
and John Mueller Meat Company. 


First stop in Austin:  Franklin Barbecue...

 With my longtime friend, and Austin resident, Diane.
She and her husband took the morning off to join me
in line.  We arrived around 9:15 am,
Diane had it all planned out with
folding chairs, mimosas, and breakfast items
from Easy Tiger.  

To my critics, YES, I do wait in lines.

One thing that I really liked about this line,
Franklin staffers came around to let everyone
know what was going on.  At about 11 am, they
asked everyone to fold up their chairs, recycle
any bottles or cans, and use trash cans for garbage.


A mantra we should all live by


 We're almost there...
(an hour and a half at this point)

Above us, we noticed that people
had written their names with dates
dating back to July 2015, realized that
the awning was fairly new. 

We've now made it to the door, samples have
been given out to those in line.


 Now inside, the line follows the wall around
to the counter.  We pass the merchandise shelf,
no L in the grey logo T-shirt that I want,
but maybe I'll get a cap...

As we get closer to the counter, now we have
to finalize our order, how much brisket,
sausage and pulled pork to order, THAT is the question?

We get another brisket sample.
Once I tasted it, didn't really matter
how long we've been in line, it was that good.

It's almost 1 pm at this point, 
Franklin Barbecue has been open for 2 hours now.


This guy was so fast getting our order together,
but on the other hand, we didn't feel rushed and
he had time to cut samples.
AND he let us know they still had turkey and ribs.

SCORE!!! 

We ordered 1 lb of brisket (both lean and fatty)
3 pork ribs
1/4 lb turkey
3 sausages
and a pint of slaw.


 Add in some pickles and onions
and it's time to eat!

I'm glad that we were able to get
the Holy Trinity of Texas Que:  Brisket, ribs, and sausage.


See What Jay Eats...

 Most incredible smoked turkey
I've ever had.

If Thanksgiving was like this,
I'd eat turkey every day.
It was hard to believe it was bird.


 The Pork Rib,
the meat literally fell off the bone,
it was that tender.

Notice the smoke ring,
you see a lot of smoke rings around here.

I'm so glad we were able to try it.


 Some beef hearts are included into the sausage,
it also has a snap to it. 


And now the reason why I'm here,
The Brisket!

From the picture, a beautiful smoke ring,
the almost perfect bark, it's like it was made in heaven.

What can I say, it was the most amazing 
brisket I've had.  I've been trying to think of
anything that even compared, as of now,
can't think of anything that comes close.
I do agree with others who have said this
is the best BBQ around.

This was one of the best meals I've had in a long time!
Considering no silverware on the table,
the plate is a piece of paper, a roll of paper towels on
the table, and you bus your own tray.
YUP, this was one good meal
AND this isn't a Michelin starred restaurant.
But, I did see some Michelin tires in the parking lot.


Just as we were leaving,
the official "Sold Out" sign went up
just a few minutes after 1:30 pm.

I overheard her tell someone, who showed up too late,
that people will start lining up between 6 - 7 am tomorrow.

It's worth the wait...


Franklin Barbecue
900 East 11th Street
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 653-1187

11 am - Sold Out
Closed on Mondays



BTW, I did stop by John Mueller Meat Company.
Unfortunately, I didn't have time before my meeting
to eat.  I will have to make a stop the next time
I'm in Austin.  I did hear on the radio that day,
one of his pits was stolen.  He was on his way to
Houston for a benefit and stated he'll have
to get another one upon his return to Austin.





Thank You!
Diane
Step





Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi