Over the past four days Andrew Zimmern, host of The Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods, has been hunting, butchering, and eating his way through Austin. He must have a good tour guide, as some of his activities would be on a food lover's bucket list.
For the stalkers out there, Zimmern has been chronicling his visit on his twitter page, posting photos and showing how much someone can really do on a dedicated food vacation to our city.
He has cooked with the renowned Sebastien Bonneu of Countryside Farms, which supplies custom meat to Austin's top restaurants. He has gone hunting with La Condesa's Rene Ortiz at Broken Arrow Ranch. He butchered with Jesse Griffiths of Dai Due, calling his cured feral hog salume hidden gems.
As for restaurants, he got the full treatment at Bryce Gilmore's Barley Swine, posting photos of 11 courses he ate. He also ventured up the street to try Odd Duck (with Gilmore at the grill, calling it "phenomenal") and indulged a bit at Gourdoughs. Foreign and Domestic? Yeah, he's going there too. Zimmern is also stopping by Contigo for their Pig's Blood Bloody Mary.
On the east side he went all meals-on-wheels, stopping at Love Balls, Pig Vicious, Mati Greek Food, and Bits and Druthers. He even told respected pastry chef and writer David Lebovitz that he would love the Bacon Pumpkin Milkshake at Pig Vicious.
This afternoon Zimmern will be stopping by The Whip In, continuing his culinary journey. No word yet if he's stopping by any barbecue or taco trailers. Too bad Franklin is closed during his visit.
Have you heard of any other spots our lovable, bizarre food eating friend has been? What do you think of his picks so far? Leave 'em in the comments section below.