Thursday, March 8, 2012

East Side King at The Grackle (Fork it over, Austin! - Part 8)

After more than ten courses of exquisite sushi at Uchi, my colleagues somehow decided that even though it was close to midnight and we were close to bursting, it was time for dinner #2. (Frighteningly enough, there was even talk of yet another dinner after this one, but it didn't end up happening. My stomach is glad.)

With Mike, one of our Uchi dinner guests and early contributors to Tasted Menu Austin, we drove over to  The Grackle location of the East Side King truck. Chef Paul Qui is one member of the East Side King team; he got his start at Uchi and is now the executive chef of sister restaurant Uchiko. Additionally, he just won this most recent season of Top Chef.

Mike claimed that the eggplant dish (Nasu Rice) was unlike any eggplant ever, so as an eggplant-hater, I was compelled to give it a try. The flavor was fantastic - even the rice alone was delicious - but the eggplant texture still turned me off. I just didn't have stomach space left to try our other dish, the pork ribs.

Other posts in the Fork it over, Austin! series:
Part 1: Whip In
Part 2: Foreign & Domestic
Part 3: Caffe Medici
Part 4: Walking Along SoCo and Lunching at Chi'Lantro
Part 5: The Capitol, UT Austin, and Lunching (Again) at Torchy's Tacos
Part 6: Museum of the Weird
Part 7: Uchi
Part 9: Franklin Barbecue
Part 10: Flagship Whole Foods and My First Green Smoothie
Part 11: Late Night Pizza at Via 313
Part 12: Kebabalicious
Part 13: My Robotic Kitchen Planned This Dinner Party
Part 14: Papi Tino's
Part 15: Annie's Cafe & Bar
Part 16: The Peached Tortilla
Part 17: Cupcake Quest: Hey Cupcake!
Part 18: Arancini
Part 19: The DeLorean, Boxing Robots, and Roller Derby Pillow Fights
Part 20: Second Bar + Kitchen
Part 21: Tia Kelly's Navajo Tacos
Part 22: Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Part 23: Gourdough's
Part 24: The Ice Cream Social
Part 25: Walking to Barton Springs
Part 26: Izzos Tacos

I'm also posting daily recaps on the Tasted Menu blog, FOOD=LOVE:
Day 1: A First Taste of Austin
Day 2: Tons of Tacos, Sushi at Uchi, and a Late Night Trip to East Side King
Day 3: Early Morning Barbecue and Late Night Pizza
Day 4: Globetrotting: Kebabs, Enchiladas, Pommes Frites
Day 5-6: Meeting and Eating

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