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  • jrodrigo 

    The boils start around 17 bucks and go on up to nearly $40 depending on what you order. Other than that, the individual plates can range around $6 to $14 a pop. Just curious, would you like to see a price range for the restaurants we review? I wonder if it's something other people might be interested in also.

    Let me know – Jessica

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    That's awesome, SugarMagnolia.

    I have been marking down where I find mustang grapes and loquat trees for the picking. Check out, neighborhoodfruit.com, if you have a minute. I want to get something like this started here in the Crossroads.

    I'd love to hear what you think.

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  • jrodrigo 

    My mistake, it is carrot bread – not banana bread. I corrected it in the online story. I also want to add that once the review published in Get Out, Napoleon's was so busy they ran out of food today during service.

    Happy eats!

    Jessica

    If readers have comments, or suggestions of places to try for Chomp! send me an email at jrodrigo@vicad.com.

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  • jrodrigo 

    Thanks, justamom.

    I do encourage people to send me recommendations of places or dishes to try in the Crossroads area. I always say I'll try anything twice. :)

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  • jrodrigo 

    jcodyhawke,

    I'm sorry you didn't like the piece I wrote. Maybe if you re-read it, you'll see that I didn't give the restaurant any negative comments. I have been to Athena's on several different occasions and have not had a bad experience. The food is good. The food is fresh. I never said it was otherwise.

    If you have tips on how I can become an ideal food critic, shoot me an email. I would love you hear from you, jrodrigo@vicad.com.

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  • jrodrigo 

    I'm sorry you all felt so strongly about my misrepresentation of Athena's. In my defense, I never said anything bad about the restaurant. I have eaten there on several occasions and have never once had a bad meal.

    Maybe you all misunderstand the way the Chomp! articles are written. We try one dish, critique that dish. We also write about the experience we had there. And in my case, I like to include personal anecdotes, because those memories about food are what make me want to write about it.

    That being said, writing about food is completely subjective, not objective. I don't write to please you. I write about my experience in hopes to get you to try it on your own.

    If you don't like my writing, send me an email and let me know how I can get better, jrodrigo@vicad.com.

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  • jrodrigo 

    Sorry, Dennis. I didn't realize I cruised over that topic so quickly in my post.

    A CSA is a program, usually put together by a group of farmers or growers in an area, that works together to create an avenue for people to buy produce or meats from local resources. For instance, the magazine Edible Austin provides a list of growers that participate in a CSA program.

    http://www.edibleaustin.com/content/c...

    Each program is different in that they decide how often they provide members of the group with produce boxes. Once CSA in Albuquerque had a program where once a month, members of the CSA could pick up a box of seasonal fruit and vegetables grown on the farm. The fun part about it was that the box might include a variety of vegetables that buyer may not know how to cook. So I was hoping that I could find one around here.

    Do you know of anything like that in the area, Dennis?

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  • jrodrigo 

    Tru Thai doesn't have any additional Filipino dishes, but I did hear of a Filipino restaurant in San Antonio or Austin. I have recipes for caldereta and adobo so it's the closest I have to it. I'll keep an eye you for some local eateries for sure.

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  • jrodrigo 

    Powellsanmiguel, I am sorry you had such an unsatisfactory experience with Burger Nation. I did respond to the comments on the story's original post in an attempt to clarify the rating for the restaurant. The ratings should have been: 4 stars for the food; 3 stars for the atmosphere; and 4 stars for the service.

    When I visit restaurants to spotlight in Get Out, I go a few different times. I do not mention I am doing the review, as I try to ensure that each visit will be the same as any of the readers' experiences, and I try different things each visit. I try my best to live by the idea of "trying anything twice," this way if there is a bad experience the first time, then maybe the second may prove better. I do hope that you will try them again.

    I will try to write with more description on my reviews henceforth and do appreciate the criticism. I don't know what to improve on it, I don't get the feedback. I hope you'll stay tuned and see what else the Crossroads has to offer.

    Jessica Rodrigo
    jrodrigo@vicad.com

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  • jrodrigo 

    I have to say, the burger I ordered was good in my book. But I have to say my ratings should have said: food, 4 stars; atmosphere, a 3-star rating; and service was a 4-star rating. The burger itself was pretty good. I didn't see a lot wrong with it, it came out cooked, the way I ordered it and it was flavorful, too. The price was a pinch on the steep side, but they had a special during the day that included a burger and fries, and if I remember correctly, a drink for $4.99. There wasn't a whole lot of atmosphere, and the service was helpful when I asked them what they suggested and were encouraging when I ordered a Twinkie and a milkshake on another occasion. It's not a full-service restaurant, so I think it's important to remember that, too.

    If you haven't tried it, give Burger Nation a try and post a comment on this page. There isn't a better way to learn about local eateries than to hear from the locals themselves.

    Let me know what you where you want me Chomp! I'm open to suggestions and from the looks of all the comments, y'all are the people to talk to about places to eat, drop me a line, jrodrigo@vicad.com.

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