Having spent his entire career in the food industry, Jack Raia has developed an interest in how certain foods reflect the regions and the people that create them. That intrigue fueled the founding of The Blind Squirrel Sandwiches, where Jack and his staff turn the traditional sandwich on its head. “It’s taking something familiar and making it go crazy,” he told the Austin-American Statesman. “We’re making Round Rock weird, one sandwich at a time.”
Strange as its fusion sandwiches may be, there’s no arguing The Blind Squirrel’s commitment to freshness. All meats get roasted, smoked, grilled, and seasoned in house. All sauces, stocks, soups, and sides are made from scratch, too, as are the breads and potato chips. From that hard work emerges uniquely named creations such as The Big Bad Wolf, loaded with ham, bacon, and roasted pork loin. There's also The Godfather with its new york strip steak, and The Quacker, featuring tea-smoked duck that, much like parents before having "the talk" with their kids, takes three full days to prepare.
At Nopalitos Cantina & Grill, chefs prepare authentic Mexican eats, specializing in seafood. They whip up dishes such as fish tacos, crab chimichangas, and crab chile relleno—a Poblano pepper stuffed with crabmeat and cheese and topped with verde sauce. To augment the authenticity, the interior of the restaurant is designed to look like an outdoor Mexican plaza, with old-fashioned street lamps and brick-lined windows.
9 out of 10 scientists agree that coffee rules. It provides bodies with a robust infusion of antioxidants and energy-boosting caffeine, as well as makes afternoons spent toiling over test tubes and microscopes much more tolerable. Fortunately, Coffee Wholesale USA has heeded the perspicacious word of science, filling their warehouses with everything from instant k-cups to whole roasted beans.
To appease as many taste buds as possible, they stock their online shelves with more than 50 brands from across the coffee spectrum, including Folgers, Lavazza, Nestea, and Starbucks. They also provide in depth instructions on how best to store, prepare, and enjoy coffee's many different variations, from pillow packs to ground.
Coffee Wholesale USA also sells name brand coffee brewers for commercial and private use, as well as a range of teas and snacks, such as beef jerky, dried fruits, and dipping sauces.