Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Torchy's delights and Gourdough's charms even the most Crass of men

A couple of months ago an old friend from Tulsa came down to see the last U.S. tour of Steve Ignorant and his band Crass.  He brought a couple of buddies and they hit several of the "we have everything imaginable on tap" bars we have in Austin.  At some point in the late evening we were all hungry and I was elected to take them to something uniquely Austin.  We walked up and down 6th Street but it was a Monday so some places were closed and others didn't quite appeal.  So we hit the road and ended up at the Trailer Park and Eatery on 1st Street.  Torchy's Tacos for all.  They couldn't stop talking about the flavors and textures and unique ambiance.  You have to understand these guys are big 300+, 6 foot plus mountains of laughter and mayhem.  I wasn't sure what would happen but I did know one thing.  Being outside would lessen the destruction.  We tried a wide variety of tacos at Torchy's.  The Democrat and Republican were sampled in order.  The Democrat has barbacoa while the Republican has jalapeno sausage as it's meat.  We also tried a Brush Fire made with Jamaican Jerk Chicken and a Mr. Pink with Ahi tuna.  Those are the ones I remember.  It's possible we had one of each from the menu.  They all come on two fresh tortillas of your choice, flour or corn, and served trailer style in a little paper boat as you would expect.  Everything is fresh and delicious and if you saw the look on those guy's faces you would know it puts a smile on the biggest of faces.

We finished our tacos at Torchy's and after contemplating the giant, gold painted, toy and found object relief art wall sculpture for quite a while it was time for some dessert.  We headed over to Gourdough's on Lamar.  I don't know what it is about Gourdough's but they have some of the richest, flavorful doughnut concoctions I've ever tried.  This isn't your normal dozen at Krispy Kreme, each doughnut is fried fresh to order and piled with the toppings of your choice.  More like an ice creme sundae in a way.  In fact I think they have an ice creme sundae doughnut.  I had the "Black Out", it's a doughnut covered with brownie batter, fudge icing and chocolate covered brownie bites.  Yes, it's rich and you should probably share it.  I was with a bunch of guys, we ordered separately.  Joe had the Funky Monkey with grilled bananas, cream cheese icing and brown sugar.  Chris had the Son of a Peach, I think, it's doughnut covered in peach filling, cinnamon, sugar and cake mix topping.  Rich had a cigarette, he's more of a beer guy.  We didn't give him too much grief.

By now it was getting late and they had already driven 8 hours that day so we called it a night.  They went to Juan in a Million the next morning but that story will have to be for another day.

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