Posts Tagged ‘Tien Jin’

Hearing myself think

Sometimes it’s fun to be admidst the tumult; other times it’s nice to be able to talk to your visitors and hear what they have to say in return.

We’ve been sticking with what we stumble upon in the way of music and so it was that we came to follow the sound of New Orleans mysteriously embodied downtown Saturday by experts in brass and percussion dressed in yellow and black attracting a second line.

Beyond that, so far we’ve hit Recycled Reads, Maudie’s on South Lamar, Tien Jin, and Fran’s Hamburger’s and also The Richard Jones Pit for BBQ (lean brisket a favorite) on South Congress. These latter two make for great people-watching without any line-waiting. It was plain that there were SXSW people at Maudie’s, but they weren’t new to the establishment, being returnees in the company of Austinites.

Some food follow-ups

  • The Frisco has changed its seating method. It’s no longer “seat yourself.” There’s now someone leading the diners to a spot at the counter or to a table or booth. That didn’t mean we obtained one the second time we visited. There was a line out the door. We were just amazingly lucky the first time.
  • A second visit to Mesa Ranch Bar and Grill, southside version, introduced us to the wonders of cowboy beans. These were mysteriously but deliciously seasoned and contained generous quantities of smokey and tender brisket. The chile relleno accompanied by savory grilled shrimp was a lunch-menu winner. This was a second mid-day visit. Dinner remains in the future. Mesa Ranch is inviting all to an open house on Sunday afternoon, August 24, offering free appetizers from 3 to 8 pm at the new south location.
  • It was following a second lunch-time visit to Tien Jin that we stopped in at Buenos Aires Cafe. At T.J. this time, one of us tried the buffet and enjoyed it very much. Again, the price for the quality is amazing. We saw a table next to us enjoying some sort of delicious-looking preparation of scallops and noodles from the Chinese menu. A large family was seated at a large table equipped with a lazy susan and we saw course after course selected from the Chinese menu going to that table during the time that we were there. Maybe it’s getting to be time to order from that menu.
  • I forgot to mention that the fine coffee at Buenos Aires Cafe comes to the table with a proper coffee spoon and with a small, round paper doily under the cup. These are refined touches not often seen around town.
  • The pianist at Louie’s 106 appears to be none other than Kenny Luna; at least, that was the name at the piano with the tip jar just inside the door spotted at lunchtime earlier in the week. The ads in the local daily tout “our Resident Pianist,” playing Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.
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