Homespun Kitchen and Bar Tries Menu by Ballot

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in News, Rob's Blog

Many restaurants try to come up with interesting promotions to attract customers. But Homespun Kitchen and Bar in Dripping Springs has a new one that’s worth looking at. Owners Jennifer and Randy decided to let customers vote on the top five dinners they’d like to see at the restaurant. Ballots were given to all patrons […]

EurAsia Sushi Bar & Seafood’s Great Fish Dishes

Posted by on Jul 22, 2017 in Reviews

My admiration for EurAsia Sushi Bar & Seafood continues too grow. This neat new restaurant in Oak Hill at the Y blends Indonesian cuisine along with seafood dishes and Japanese sushi and sashimi. So far I’ve been focusing on the Indonesian part of the menu with delicious results. But the fish dishes deserved their turn […]

ATX Cocina Opens Monday July 17th on San Antonio

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in News, Openings

In what seems to be an extension of the endless efforts of investors to become the Mexican equivalent of what Olamaie is to Southern food, welcome to ATX Cocina. Lots of big local players behind this one. Larry and Guy who no longer need last names due to their local notoriety and new GM Matt […]

The French Boulangerie: an Endangered Species?

Posted by on Jul 16, 2017 in News, Rob's Blog

Nowhere in the world is the art of making and consuming various styles of bread more indigenous to local culture than in France. The epicenter of this are the thousands of boulangeries or local bakeries that spread across the country. They make everything from traditional baguettes to the indispensable croissant. They have a history that […]

Looking for BBQ Shrimp? Check Out the Gnarly Gar at Point Venture

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in Reviews

I have been to New Orleans many times and always seem to work my way over to Pascal’s Manale for their amazing BBQ shrimp at least once on each visit. Eating this dish is a messy but glorious experience as you’re engulfed in flavors you might never have thought possible. Owner Luke DeFelice and his […]

The Wise Guy Kitchen has Closed

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Closings, News, Rob's Blog

The Wise Guy Kitchen, the 5th St. food truck with the usual dishes named after organized crime guys, has gone dark. I tried it once and found it to be OK. I grew up not far from NYC and had the opportunity to sample the grinders and hoagies from Brooklyn to Queens that Wise Guy […]

Street Restaurant Makes a Tasty Oblique Turn Toward Japanese

Posted by on Jul 8, 2017 in Reviews

When Ronald Cheng’s Street Restaurant debuted last year on Greystone in the space that had formerly housed Musashino, there was a definite Chinese tilt toward the pan-Asian menu. I loved the restaurant then and I still do, even though it has taken on decidedly more of a Japanese inclination. We started the other night with […]

Man Vs. Food on the 4th of July

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in News, Rob's Blog

Somewhere a long time ago the first competitive eating contest was held. Maybe it was a bunch of kids eating cherry pies or watermelons. But however murky the origins of this “sport” may be, one of the more bizarre events is the Nathan’s Hot Dog Challenge held at Coney Island every forth of July. The […]

Juliet Italian Kitchen Reopens

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in News, Openings

After a brief hiatus, one our favorite Italian spots has reopened. Juliet Italian Kitchen on Barton Springs is back with Exec Jacob Weaver helming the kitchen. The emphasis has changed a bit according to owner Dan Wilkins as they are trying to be a bit more inclusive with regard to accommodating a wider range of […]

The Oasis Review: Dining Atop Lake Travis

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Reviews

The 4th of July is approaching and as always my thoughts turn to that irresistible combination: water and food. And then my thoughts turn to The Oasis on Lake Travis. Perched in a gorgeous setting 450 above Lake Travis, the Oasis began as the dream of interior designer and art collector Beau Theriot who grew […]

Jobell Cafe & Bistro in Wimberley: Gold in the Hill Country

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in Reviews

Austin has a number of really cool and interesting restaurants that are sometimes tucked away in more remote locations. Finding them is like striking culinary gold! Dining at them is a blissful experience that every foodie should enjoy. Jobell Cafe & Bistro on Highway 12 in Wimberley is one such place. Established by transplanted New […]

Batter Up for Virginia Wood at Lenoir on July 1st

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in News

Virginia Wood, one of the best loved and most respected food writers in Austin and Food Editor of the Austin Chronicle for 17 years, needs our help. She has battled through a series of dire illnesses over the past years and it now appears that she will need to be moved to a permanent critical […]

Rob Reviews Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Reviews

Austin has a lot of unique restaurants with great back stories and Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden is one of them. Founder Ben Siegel does not come from a food background but that didn’t deter him from following his vision to Rainey Street and putting together one of the most popular gathering spots in […]

Amazon Gobbles Up Austin-Based Whole Foods for $13.5 Billion

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in News

I have to admit I didn’t see this one coming. But when the biggest online retailer in the world (with a voracious appetite) happens to notice that a high-end chain of stores like Austin-based Whole Foods has lost 50% of its value since 2013, somehow for Jeff Bezos that was just plain tempting. So what’s […]

Places I Recommend Taking Dad for Father’s Day Lunch in Austin

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Best Of

The Oasis This flyer says it all. I’ll be there with my family and then off to the golf course. Cafe Blue Two locations at The Galleria and downtown across from the convention center under the direction of the highly talented Ben Nathan. The Lobster Eggs Benedict may be the best brunch item in our […]

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