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Wednesday, 05 September 2007

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Crystal

I, too love Vivo's puffy tacos! Another place that does great fried tortillas is Zocalo Cafe, on West Lynn. It's not quite fabulous, but the crispy tacos and flautas are so crunchy-good. Why did I not realize you live in Austin, too? :)

Boots in the Oven

Crystal, I've been wanting to give Zocalo a try! They opened while we were in Italy, but I've been hearing great things about them.

We haven't been back in Austin very long - just a couple of months. It's certainly a great town!

Joolie

I look forward to the Austin pho rundown. I liked the pho at the north 888, but they changed ownership and we had to switch our Vietnamese loyalties to Tam Deli. Which I love, but pho just isn't their specialty.

Next time you go to Houston, consider taking 71 so you can stop at Hruska's Chevron in Ellinger for their excellent kolaches and their terrible kitschy merchandise.

Boots in the Oven

Joolie, I never did get to the north 888 while they were there, but I've been pretty unimpressed with their southern cousin. Tam is definitely yummy, though we've never been crazy for their sandwiches.

I think Husbear's favorite pho so far is the pho at Pho Saigon on N. Lamar, behind where Ba Le used to be. I'll start getting after him to work on his roundup! Thanks for commenting!

Vivian

The pictured spring roll is a traditional Vietnamese fare. It's made from rice flour I believe, and the "skin" is steamed.

Boots in the Oven

Vivian, we've had a number of traditional Vietnamese spring rolls, and we've never seen one like this on the menu. These weren't steamed - the rice flour pancake on the outside is run through water, quickly, until it softens.

The thing that was so strange about this one was the inclusion of the fried dough cigar... definitely different than the run-of-the-mill noodles and meats and herbs!

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