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Just so the recipe link is here at the new home and I don't have to venture back to Scat Palace to find this, 

https://www.homesicktexan.com/2007/01/essence-of-tex-mex.html

Don't forget the crackers and fried egg.

Ingredients

Ingredients for the gravy:

  • 1/4 cup lard or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon powdered garlic
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons
  • chili powder
  • 2 cups beef broth, chicken broth, or water

Ingredients for the cheese enchiladas

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced

Instructions

  1. To make the gravy, heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the flour and continue stirring for 3 to 4 minutes, or until it makes a light brown roux.

     

  2. Add the black pepper, salt, powdered garlic, ground cumin, dried oregano, and chili powder and continue to cook for 1 minute, constantly stirring and blending ingredients. Add broth or water, mixing and stirring until the sauce thickens. Turn heat to low and let sauce simmer for 15 minutes. Add water to adjust the thickness.

     

  3. To make the enchiladas, preheat the oven to 450° F and grease a large baking dish.

     

  4. Pour the oil in a small skillet, and heat the tortillas one at a time. Keep them wrapped in a cloth until all 8 are heated. Pour 1/2 cup of chili gravy in a baking pan.

     

  5. Take a tortilla, put 1/4 cup of cheese and 1 tablespoon of onion in the center and roll it. Place rolled tortilla in baking dish, seam side down. Continue with remaining tortillas.

     

  6. Take remaining chili gravy, and pour it over the rolled tortillas. Sprinkle remaining cheese and onions on top. Bake for 10 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and cheese is melted.

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On 4/18/2018 at 8:42 PM, irishtexan said:

 

Dart bowl deserved it’s own thread on the main board

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Thought it did.

 

 

Edited by Deej

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17 minutes ago, BlueGreySky said:

Just so the recipe link is here at the new home and I don't have to venture back to Scat Palace to find this, 

https://www.homesicktexan.com/2007/01/essence-of-tex-mex.html

Don't forget the crackers and fried egg.

Ingredients

Ingredients for the gravy:

  • 1/4 cup lard or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon powdered garlic
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons
  • chili powder
  • 2 cups beef broth, chicken broth, or water

Ingredients for the cheese enchiladas

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced

Instructions

  1. To make the gravy, heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the flour and continue stirring for 3 to 4 minutes, or until it makes a light brown roux.

     

  2. Add the black pepper, salt, powdered garlic, ground cumin, dried oregano, and chili powder and continue to cook for 1 minute, constantly stirring and blending ingredients. Add broth or water, mixing and stirring until the sauce thickens. Turn heat to low and let sauce simmer for 15 minutes. Add water to adjust the thickness.

     

  3. To make the enchiladas, preheat the oven to 450° F and grease a large baking dish.

     

  4. Pour the oil in a small skillet, and heat the tortillas one at a time. Keep them wrapped in a cloth until all 8 are heated. Pour 1/2 cup of chili gravy in a baking pan.

     

  5. Take a tortilla, put 1/4 cup of cheese and 1 tablespoon of onion in the center and roll it. Place rolled tortilla in baking dish, seam side down. Continue with remaining tortillas.

     

  6. Take remaining chili gravy, and pour it over the rolled tortillas. Sprinkle remaining cheese and onions on top. Bake for 10 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and cheese is melted.

Need to find land o lakes yellow American and shreds. No Kraft at all

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I don't know, it's possible that Dart Bowl enchiladas are worthy of 2 threads.  

Maybe one could be the enchilada-specific thread, and one could be the after-hours talk-show type thread, about the original thread.  Like Walking Dead and Talking Dead.  

Maybe just rename this one to "Shart Bowl-- The Aftermath" or something?

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I went once and I must have been on a bad day.  It was barely edible. (ducks)

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Barely edible would certainly make it a truly off day.  Is there a place where you like the cheese enchiladas?

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On 8/3/2019 at 3:18 PM, Planet Houston said:

Thanks for posting the recipe @BlueGreySky

And sorry for posting this pic in more than one thread, but it was too epic not to share. I basically tripled the recipe.

 

 

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My God. It’s full of stars. 

Edited by Not that Bob

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welp, guess i know what im making for dinner tomorrow.  this is one of those dishes, once i get it in my brain, no other dinner will be satisfying till i've had this. 

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6 minutes ago, BlueGreySky said:

welp, guess i know what im making for dinner tomorrow.  this is one of those dishes, once i get it in my brain, no other dinner will be satisfying till i've had this. 

This.  Going to store. 

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On 4/21/2018 at 11:13 AM, RD3 said:

I went once and I must have been on a bad day.  It was barely edible. (ducks)

Did you order the enchilada plate? Did it come with rice and beans? That is not even close to the enchiladas that come in the little cast iron pan. 

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Nooooooooooooo.....

 

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Austin institution Dart Bowl will reset the pins for the final time Friday night and close its doors forever, ending a 62-year run for the business and a 24-year roll at its current Grover Lane address.

High fives, shared pitchers of beer, family gatherings, and communal shoes and balls represent the hallmarks of bowling, a social sport that thrives on camaraderie and closeness.

But the coronavirus pandemic has torn at the fabric of our social gatherings and devastated small businesses across the country. Its gravity has pulled the storied Dart Bowl into a financial hole that co-owner John Donovan said the business cannot escape, especially if the owners want to save their other bowling centers. Amid a spike in COVID-19 cases and looking ahead to more months of uncertainty, Donovan made the difficult decision to close the business that his grandparents started in 1958.

Donovan summed up his feelings about the closure: “Heartbreaking.”

“It’s rough,” he added. “I’ve got people that have worked for us since they were in high school who have kids now. It’s devastating. It’s personally the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do and hopefully the hardest thing I ever will have to do.”

Donovan’s grandfather Harry Peterson and Austin businessman Justin Dart both had designs on opening a bowling alley on Burnet Road in the mid-1950s, when that stretch of road was considered beyond the city’s figurative limits. Peterson knew that both men wouldn’t have successful operating lanes so close to one another that far from the center of town, so he agreed to finish construction of his alley and let Dart operate the business at 7801 Burnet Road, now home to a Bassett Furniture. A few years later, Peterson bought the business.

Jerry and Betty Ray arrived in Austin in 1967 and formed a partnership with the Peterson family that lasts till this day. The partners opened Highland Lanes at Burnet Road and U.S. 183 in 1976 and Westgate Lanes on William Cannon Drive in 1978 before moving Dart Bowl to its current Brentwood location in 1997. Both Highland and Westgate will remain open.

Donovan, 53, grew up at Dart Bowl and worked the lanes during his summer breaks. He’d bowl with his grandfather on Sunday mornings and eat lunch at the popular Dart Bowl Cafe, where he still goes each Sunday morning to get breakfast for his wife and two sons.

The Dart Bowl Cafe is one of the attractions that has always made Dart Bowl unique and special. Sure, you can get a burger and maybe even a chicken-fried steak at bowling alley diners across Texas, but how many offer enchiladas covered in chile con carne and served with homemade toast?

 

The cafe, which at times might have an even bigger crowd than the actual bowling alley, helped define Dart Bowl as a one-of-a-kind Austin cultural institution, one that was featured in Richard Linklater’s film “Boyhood” and the TV show “Friday Night Lights,” and its weathered wall features an array of graffiti and autographs from Ethan Hawke, Lance Armstrong and at least one Texas governor.

Butch Martinets opened the cafe as a separate entity at the original Dart Bowl location in the late 1960s, according to Donovan, and though he died within the last year, cafe veteran Peggy Zamarripa, who has worked at the cafe for almost 50 years, continues his legacy, still making some of the most popular enchiladas in town.

Zamarripa has been as steady a fixture at Dart Bowl as the longtime regulars Donovan got to know over the decades since he’s operated the lanes. Donovan returned to town in 1993 after college and worked for the family business in a host of capacities, learning the business “from the bottom up.” After the death of his grandfather six years later, Donovan took over as co-owner with the Ray family, with whom Donovan and his family still celebrate birthdays and holidays.

Donovan knew early on that he wanted to continue his grandfather’s legacy.

“I just like people. And it’s a people business. That’s really all you had to sell was a fun time,” Donovan said. “It’s all about relationships. It’s an old way of doing business, but I love it.”

The native Austinite said he’s lost track of the number of times he’s had to tell real estate folks and developers that he wasn’t interested in the big payday that would come from selling the 4-plus-acre plot appraised this year by Travis County at more than $6 million. He’s refused the temptation to sell the prime real estate for several reasons.

 

“One was the emotional attachment. Two was knowing what would happen to all of our people if we did. And, three, it was cash flowing,” Donovan said. “And you know that the property someday will be worth more for your kids than it is now and you can hold on to it because it makes money.”

 

But part of that equation changed dramatically this summer. Dart Bowl, along with all bowling alleys in Texas, was ordered closed by the state from March 17 to May 18. Donovan and his partners qualified for a federal Paycheck Protection Loan, money that was used in short order paying the Dart Bowl staff. The owners spent money on new safety devices and state-of-the-art cleaning equipment and left every other lane open to promote social distancing. But the changes met a harsh reality.

When Dart Bowl first reopened business trended upward, and Donovan thought it might be able to weather the new reality. But as COVID-19 cases spiked and city officials recommended that people curtail their activities away from home, business took a dive and Dart Bowl’s financial health, which had been strong in February, cratered.

“We’ve weathered recessions and high gas prices. This is so different because it’s keeping people away,” Donovan said. “It’s unique, and I hope we all get through it. But, boy, it’s going to put a lot of people out of business, I’m afraid.”

As for the future of the sizable plot of land between Lamar Boulevard and Burnet Road, Donovan says he has no immediate plans.

“I just got to get through this week,” he said.

https://www.austin360.com/entertainment/20200714/exclusive-dart-bowl-closing-permanently-after-62-years

Edited by UnivTex34

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Devastating. Have played in numerous leagues there and grew up on those delicious enchiladas.

Was just there last week. Of course it was a ghost town. This sucks.

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Sad to see. Used to bowl there as a young punk. These days, I'm just a punk.

Posrep to Austinites who can jet over there this week for one last plate of enchiladas and share pics in this thread.

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Well, I’m out of reasons to pull against destruction of the entire planet by a giant flaming meteor. Fuck it, it’s time. Just fucking end it already.

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2 minutes ago, tx 3 putt said:

Is the property really worth $6mil ?

Depends on if the enchiladas recipe is left onsite or not.

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9 minutes ago, tx 3 putt said:

Is the property really worth $6mil ?

It has to be.  4.14 acres, prime spot for condos?  Single family residential in that area probably pulls $1.5M - $2M per acre.  Of course the lots are all small, so there is a diminishing return for larger lots, but the counter is that they can put up a 4-story building with a hundred or more rentals, etc.  $1.4M per acre seems on point.

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16 minutes ago, Surly Bevo said:

Depends on if the enchiladas recipe is left onsite or not.

There will be a restaurant on the first floor of the multi-use building that sells fusion deconstructed Dart Bowl enchiladas.

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14 minutes ago, Deej said:

There will be a restaurant on the first floor of the multi-use building that sells fusion deconstructed Dart Bowl enchiladas.

Maybe it will be a Trump property? @Bozo_Casanova

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17 minutes ago, Deej said:

There will be a restaurant on the first floor of the multi-use building that sells fusion deconstructed Dart Bowl enchiladas.

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52 minutes ago, tx 3 putt said:

Let’s buy it and up the booze / live music features 

Austin could support a Rock n Bowl type place like they have in New Orleans and Lafayette. 
 

not at that real estate price though. 

Edited by TonyTexas

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1 hour ago, tx 3 putt said:

Let’s buy it and up the booze / live music features 

Put John Mueller in the kitchen!

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13 minutes ago, HenryJames said:

Put John Mueller in the kitchen!

Let’s buy it and up the live music features.

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I have been in their Wednesday night league for about 7 years. This fucking sucks. It’s the one thing I have been looking forward to doing once COVID calmed down. Fucking terrible. Fuck you 2020.

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47 minutes ago, irishtexan said:

I have been in their Wednesday night league for about 7 years. This fucking sucks. It’s the one thing I have been looking forward to doing once COVID calmed down. Fucking terrible. Fuck you 2020.

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1 hour ago, irishtexan said:

I have been in their Wednesday night league for about 7 years. This fucking sucks. It’s the one thing I have been looking forward to doing once COVID calmed down. Fucking terrible. Fuck you 2020.

We were in Night shift maniacs the last couple years. Decided to skip this spring for my two teammates having their first kid. Now I wish we hadn't.  

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We were in Night shift maniacs the last couple years. Decided to skip this spring for my two teammates having their first kid. Now I wish we hadn't.  

We were in first place until the last week when we got overtaken. Might get second-place trophies made because that would have been our highest finish ever. I think I’m going up there Thursday afternoon for enchiladas and one last game. I fucking hate everything right now. In the seven years ive been bowling there I’ve made some great friends, ate some fantastic food, increased my average 40 pins and had some incredible memories. Janet the bartender gave me this shirt she found cleaning out some boxes in storage. It’s got a sweet Snoopy bowling patch. I’ll cherish this shirt and always wear it every time I bowl from now on.

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Fucking hell I really hate this.

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41 minutes ago, irishtexan said:

We were in first place until the last week when we got overtaken. Might get second-place trophies made because that would have been our highest finish ever. I think I’m going up there Thursday afternoon for enchiladas and one last game. I fucking hate everything right now. In the seven years ive been bowling there I’ve made some great friends, ate some fantastic food, increased my average 40 pins and had some incredible memories. Janet the bartender gave me this shirt she found cleaning out some boxes in storage. It’s got a sweet Snoopy bowling patch. I’ll cherish this shirt and always wear it every time I bowl from now on.

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Fucking hell I really hate this.

You’ll have to add this patch to the shirt.

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