Will Harrison recently wrote about Austin's food scene: "THANKS QUESO! HOW AUSTIN'S RESTAURANT SCENE CHANGED THIS MIDWESTERNER'S LIFE." As a fellow Midwesterner, I can relate.? And we just had some new members of the team down from the the Midwest this week, and I think they would feel the same way Will did:
"I knew my life was forever changed the moment I tried Torchy?s queso. That warm tortilla chip with a touch of salt ferried a complex combination of cheese, habanero, and fresh guacamole into my mouth -- and heart.
There was no going back. My journey from the humble Midwest to the culinary melting pot of Austin, Texas had begun, and queso was the proverbial rabbit hole."
He goes on to rave about Chi'Lantro BBQ (Korean BBQ-TexMex Fusion), Torchys (Queso heaven + Tacos), and Hyde Park Bar & Grill (old school Austin - too bad he wasn't around back when Hyde Park had queso - it was among the best in the city back in the 90's, but was discontinued for mysterious reasons).
Wait til Will tries Peached Tortilla. More fusion goodness.
(For the record, I ate at Torchy's yesterday and tried out the new Hillbilly Queso, which is mighty fine).