Most people I talk to about Cajun cuisine, particularly those from Louisiana, have very strong feelings about all the various dishes and recipes that make up the bulk of what one sees on menus in Austin area restaurants. Some prefer a dark roux, others a lighter (blonde) roux. Boudin evokes all sorts of passionate preferences… Read the Rest »
Ronald Cheng has made perhaps the most significant impact on Chinese cuisine than anyone in central Texas. His amazing first restaurant, Chinatown on Bee Caves in Westlake which opened over 30 years ago, blew me away with its creative approach to regional Chinese food styles and its lovely, beautifully garnished presentations. He would open… Read the Rest »
Some Jersey/New York friends who eventually migrated to LA, one of whom (Jerry Ferrara) landed the role as Turtle in HBO’s Entourage, decided to go into the restaurant business. The result was Fat Sal’s, named after a famous Jersey sandwich food trailer. Three opened in the cradle of LA’s movie and tv culture, and the… Read the Rest »
Well, another innovation from the chef of the moment, Paul Qui. He has opened a a tasting room that offers prix fixe dinners that are available only by buying a ticket in advance. It also appears that the a la carte menu format is on the way out at the rest of his restaurant, as… Read the Rest »
Hot Plate: Recent Reviews
ShanghaiSeptember 19, 2014
6718 Middle Fiskville Rd.
Austin, TX 78752
Cafe MaltaSeptember 12, 2014
3421 W. William Cannon Dr.
Austin, TX 78745
Hao-Q Asian KitchenSeptember 5, 2014
3742 Far West Blvd. #113
Austin, TX 78731
Texican CaféAugust 29, 2014
11940 Manchaca Rd.
Austin, TX 78748
Rob Commits a Take Out Faux PasJuly 10, 2014
In my line of work, something like this is bound to happen. In fact, it’s happened more than once. Tried out a newish pizza joint the Continue Reading »
Ronald Cheng’s Impressive ComebackJune 2, 2014
I’ve known Ronald Cheng and admired his work for over thirty years, since he and former wife Linda began the original Chinatown on Bee Continue Reading »