Heartburn. You know how P.F. Chang's waiters offer to mix your spicy mustard and other seeded sauces together to make a juggernaut hot sauce? Well, after a day of eating in Austin at SXSW, your esophagus feels as though it's slathered in that mix. Your belly churns kind of like a cement truck turning jalapenos and ghost peppers over in one of those enormous barrels.
The point is: I ate some serious shit yesterday. To start, I wolfed down Czech Stop Bakery kolaches to the tune of:
1) A spicy sausage engulfed in cheddar engulfed again in bread
2) Another one
3) A ham and cheese "puff" (more of a pillow of cheddar and salty ham)
4) Smoked sausage with sauerkraut
Then, I tackled the Roppolo's Pizza on Sixth. I was skeptical because the sign read "A Taste of Italy, in the Heart of Texas," but then the pizza promptly slid to me on a glorious, greasy paper plate. It was delicious and thick. The crust was kind of boring, but it was crispy. I ordered the plain cheese, but, joyfully, it had a few half moons of pepperoni run-overs from the pizza next to it in the oven.
Next, after walking around and sweating at multiple concerts, I was forced by the ungodly puma tearing a new hunger hole in my stomach to get a gyro (around 1 a.m.). A quick note: I am an absolute sucker for good, honest gyros.This nameless stand was grilling pita, shaving gyro, and painting with tzatziki sauce. The meat was oily, but the grilled pita balanced it out.
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Street meat is important, especially on late-nights, and it's usually served the way food should be served: grilled, fresh and right away.