BURO Restaurant Review: Noble Pig

by Karen Stitt, BURO Fan

Noble Pig on Burnet RoadI’ve eaten at Noble Sandwiches Central on Burnet Road twice this week – and had to tell you about some of the incredible food I’ve tasted.

This morning for breakfast, I had the ginger/apple waffle with some scrambled eggs cooked with green onions.  The ginger was a nice addition and the cooked apple on top added a more natural sugar – letting you decide how sweet, based on the syrup you added.  The eggs were light and a little bit buttery – I’m guessing the green onions were sauteed before the eggs were added…yum.  If that wasn’t enough, I ordered the Biscuits and Gravy on the side – it sounded too good to pass up – and really was out of this world.  The biscuit and gravy, the sausage and gravy, the gravy – these might be the best biscuits and gravy I’ve ever had.  Did I mention the gravy?

I love sandwiches and seek out a good unique sandwich now and then. I had the chance to try the Mushroom Reuben – a few days ago – which is one of the best Ruebens I’ve had in a long time.  The fact that it’s a vegetarian offering, just makes it a bigger plus – I never noticed the meat was missing.  The grilled bread loaded with mushrooms, melted cheese, and this wonderfully fresh sauerkraut was one of the best new sandwiches I’ve had in a really long time.

Can’t wait to try more.  Another BURO establishment I’ll be eating at again soon!

Noble Sandwich Co.
4805 Burnet Rd.
Austin, TX 78756
512-666-5124
noblesandwiches.com

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BURO Restaurant Review: Tiny Pies

by Karen Stitt, BURO Fan

tiny-pieI stopped by Tiny Pies this morning and, oh, what a treat!  I had a tiny cherry pie (really the perfect size and not so tiny at all) with cherries that had just the right combination of sweet and tart.  I tried to eat only half – but that idea only lasted for about 14 seconds after I finished chewing my second bite.  It was truly more than everything you’d hope for in a classic cherry pie.

Later in the day, I had a blueberry pop tart with lemon icing…I think exquisite is the word I first used to describe it when I stopped moaning.   The crust was light and flaky and the incredibly fresh blueberries – the most perfect filling.  The lemon icing on top added a creamy tart sweetness that made the pop tart melt (literally) in your mouth – it was amazing.

How great is it that we can walk into a store on Burnet Road now and buy these little treasures in small quantities?  Oh, I forgot to mention, I still have a tiny key lime pie in the fridge I’m saving for after dinner.  I’ll report back later!

Tiny Pies
5035 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78757
512-916-0184
www.tinypies.com

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Peached Tortilla coming to BURO!

By Steve Cook – BURO Editor

Heard on the grapevine: The famous food trailer, The Peached Tortilla, is planning on opening a brick-and-mortar location at 5520 Burnet Road.

When I heard about this the first thing I did was check to see if BURO fan and food blogger Michelle Cheng had written anything about the Peached Tortilla on her most excellent blog –  Foodie is the New Forty.  Sure enough, Michelle had a detailed and insightful post about the Peached Tortilla trailer location.  If their new location on BURO comes even close to Michelle’s review I’ll be the first in line!

I contacted Michelle and she graciously gave permission to reprint her entire original article from February 2011.  THANKS MICHELLE!  Note:  Michelle’s blog is a fantastic resource for Austin food lovers – I encourage all BURO fans to visit Foodie is the New Forty!   Original post follows:

Monday, February 7, 2011
Getting Peached at The Peached Tortilla
By Michelle Cheng

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The Peached Tortilla open for business.

It used to be that the American Dream was defined by the small business owner who became successful by virtue of hard work and clean living. For later generations who were fortunate enough to benefit from their parents’ and grandparents’ pursuit of that dream, another element was added to the mix: the desire to succeed at something they were passionate about.

It is obvious to anyone who’s spent a few minutes talking to Eric Silverstein that he is on track to achieving the new version of the American dream. He quit a lucrative job as a lawyer in Missouri to launch The Peached Tortilla, a mobile food truck business that has spent the last four months winning the hearts of food lovers in Austin. Not only is the food being turned out of this truck outstanding, but Eric’s passion is infectious, and his humble, friendly demeanor means that every visit to The Peached Tortilla is not just a food run, but a visit to a friend.

The Peached Tortilla open for business.

As anyone who knows me knows, I tend to be a little suspicious of Asian fusion. I’m not sure whether I’m a traditionalist or just protective of the flavors I grew up with, but I typically cast a wary eye upon perceived attempts to evolve Asian flavors into something different. But Eric and his chef, Louis (who has worked the kitchens at Maria Maria and Imperia), have done this right. They’ve captured influences from Asian, Mexican, and Southern cooking and have married them in a way that makes the finished product into something altogether new, and definitely delightful. Everything I’ve tasted here was busting at the seams with bright, crisp, fresh flavors. This is Asian fusion I can get behind. Their menu tops out at $3.50, so it’s very affordable for upscale-restaurant-quality food. And with gluten-free and vegetarian options available, there’s a little something here for everyone.

Burnet Road Tacos
Just look at this gorgeousness. How can you not want to eat this?

 

 

 

Top: crunchy catfish taco (Southern spiced, cornmeal-encrusted catfish with creamy slaw, spicy mayo, and purple cabbage);
Bottom: banh mi taco (Vietnamese-braised pork belly topped with pickled daikon and carrot salad, sriracha mayo, and cilantro).

 

BURO Tacos
L to R: Southern squash taco (sautéed citrus-scented summer squashes and red peppers, sweet onions, spiced pecans, basil aioli);
chicken pad thai taco (chicken sautéed in pad thai sauce with bean sprouts, peanuts, and lime wedge);
banh mi taco.
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Left: Banh mi slider (Vietnamese-braised pork belly, pickled daikon and carrot salad, sriracha mayo, cilantro)
Right: BBQ brisket slider (brisket, creamy slaw, smoky roasted peach BBQ sauce).

 

Burnet Road French Fries
Belgian fries – served with your choice of dipping sauces (peach mint, truffle mayo, bacon ranch, smoky roasted peach BBQ, or sriracha mayo). All of the ones I’ve tasted have been wonderful, but the peach mint is their special, and it is AMAZING.

Want to get peached?  These guys are on the move, so check the truck schedule on their website to find them. You’ll be glad you did.

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BURO Editor’s note:  We contacted The Peached Tortilla to see if they would like to give us some information about their new Burnet Road location.  We haven’t heard back yet but we’ll keep you posted!

BURO Retaurant Review: La Cocina de Consuelo

By Steve Cook – BURO Editor

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Karen and I had lunch today at a very small and quaint little restaurant called La Cocina de Consuelo.  It’s not very big – there are only seven tables inside and a few more on a small enclosed patio.  What is big is the quality of Consuelo’s food!

What caught my eye on the menu was a dish called ‘Torta de Milanese’, which this gringo had never heard of.  Consuelo’s version  is listed on the menu as  ‘A thin slice of breaded steak served on bolillo bread and topped with beans, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeño and sour cream’.  I ordered it sight (and taste) unseen.

What arrived at my table can only be described as the first ‘trick on my taste buds’ I’ve had in some time.  What a delightful combination of ingredients, spices and flavors.  The bolillo bread is kind of like a very old fashioned hamburger bun, but thinner, with a very light crust, and more ‘Mexicanish’.  The steak was tender and perfectly seasoned, and had a consistency that reminded me of my mother’s veal cutlets.  The breading was very light indeed and had a great texture.  The beans, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeño and sour cream were not over done – just the right amounts to complete the flavor roundup.

My meal also came with a cup of Sopa de Fideo.  I asked the waitress what fideo was and she said ‘it’s like a soup version of Mexican rice, with noodles instead of rice’.  She was spot-on and my Fideo was great!  Karen (an El Paso native) had the stuffed burrito – complete with home made flour tortilla.  Her review – ‘Perfect!’

There’s some standard Tex-Mex fare on the menu, but I have a feeling that when I come back and order some, it won’t have a standard taste.

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Sopa de Fideo – click photo for larger view
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Torta de Milanese – click photo for larger view

La Cocina de Consuelo
4516 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78756
512.524.4740
www.consueloskitchen.com

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