Friday, February 23, 2007

Is This Legal?


I met Bob for lunch at a restaurant called Trudy's today. Austin Tex-Mex. My first time there. This isn't a review of the restaurant because I've only had one thing there.

Looking over the menu, they had on it a Stuffed Avocado. A Stuffed Avocado is an avocado stuffed with slightly spicy shredded chicken, breaded, deep-fried and covered in cheese. It is, without a doubt, a dish with no finesse, no health benefits, like a deep fried Twinkie, a dish that appears to exist primarily so people can say, 'Can you believe that?' It is also, according to the menu, the most popular thing on the menu.

So I tried it. I can't really remember much except the sensation of my arteries clogging. Since everything about it was smooth, unctuous and slightly bland I guess it was smooth, unctuous and slightly bland. Would I order it again? In a heart beat. Assuming that my heart continues, in fact, to beat, and isn't stopped dead by a major, deep fried cheese avocado fat block.

14 Comments:

Blogger Gregory Feeley said...

Well, I hope you don't die, but I have to say that if you did, on some level you'd deserve it.

An avocado has to be the fattiest green food around. It's tempting to think you're being virtuous in slicing on into your salad, but we're grownups now and have to fact facts.

And pouring melted cheese on one is like pulling out of a parking lot, drunk. I mean, what do you expect is going to happen?

February 23, 2007 4:49 PM  
Blogger Maureen McHugh said...

Exactly.

February 23, 2007 10:27 PM  
Blogger Beth Adele said...

Yes, but I loooove avocado.

There's nothing quite like an avocado stuffed with a really good chicken salad, surrounded by Ruffles potato chips.

Although I would happily give the Stuffed Avocado in Austin a go. Perhaps accompanied by a really good margarita.

Mmmm, now I'm hungry.

February 24, 2007 8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting.

Does it come chicken-fried? I bet if you asked, you could get it chicken-fried.

That would be something.

With sausage gravy.

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm. Good eatin'.
-AZ

February 24, 2007 8:21 AM  
Anonymous Adrienne said...

Trudy's, imo, is the best Tex-Mex place in the world. This deep fried goodness only adds another point in the proof.

Yum, is what I'm saying.

I think the tequila and lime in one of their 'ritas might help dissolve some of that fat before it has a chance to clog anything. It's a hypothesis and one well worth testing.

February 24, 2007 9:03 AM  
Blogger Maureen McHugh said...

Adrienne, I like Chuys (another Tex-Mex) as well. But I've only had the one thing at Trudy's, so its hard to say. I think research and a margarita are in order.

In Mexico, one of the nicknames for avocado is 'poor man's butter'.

February 24, 2007 9:56 AM  
Blogger lucette said...

Avocado fat is good fat though--which is what I always tell myself when we occasionally have a dinner consisting entirely of guacamole and tortilla chips.

February 24, 2007 11:41 AM  
Blogger Gregory Feeley said...

And the sour cream in the guacamole adds healthy calcium!

Maureen isn't going to slip on the ice while living in Texas, but I don't think the state is doing her arteriovascular system any good at all.

February 24, 2007 12:38 PM  
Anonymous Adrienne said...

Chuy's is great. Trudy's, however, has a certain j'ne-se quo (or the Spanish equivalent) that I can't put my finger on.

If you go to Trudy's for actual food -- rather than deep fried (but delicious!) approximations -- please have the migas and a 'rita and think of me. Again, yum.

February 24, 2007 6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh wow! I just read your description out loud to Rob. Holy cow! That would kill me (the fat), but it sounds great!

Laura Kennelly way back in Ohio

February 25, 2007 12:10 AM  
Blogger Karen at Pen in Hand said...

I was so happy to learn, many years ago, how very fatty avocado was because it meant I had finally found something that was bad for me and I DIDN'T LIKE IT! The avocado thus represents a strange victory. Which makes me like it. But only in an ironic/intellectual way. It still reminds me of the inside of a lima bean.

February 25, 2007 8:31 PM  
Blogger Jayme Lynn Blaschke said...

Lucette's right--avocado is fatty, but it's a good-for-you fat. Dumping all the other stuff onto it and deep frying, well, you're on your own there. But you can take solace in the fact that the avocado itself is healthy.

March 01, 2007 12:12 PM  
Blogger Erin O'Brien said...

when i eat avocado my lips and tongue get weird bumpies but i don't care and i keep eating cause its avocado and i love it hope you don't get a cardiac hi

March 02, 2007 8:42 AM  
Blogger sguilmenot said...

Eat on! Avocado fat has been shown to reduce blood levels of the low-density lipoprotein cholesterol that contributes to therosclerotic heart disease... add 4-8 gloves of
smashed fresh garlic and you have a heart healthy, cholesterol lowering machine. Hard natural Cheddars are good for teeth, it is the processed cheese that is bad for you. Honestly, I don't see the problem with this dish. Remove the breading and eat on!

April 10, 2007 7:37 PM  

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