Fareground Food Hall to Open in mid January

Posted by on Dec 15, 2017 in Openings, Reviews

Well this is interesting. What do you get when you take the essentials of a good food trailer park and then ramp it up to a brick and mortar edifice? The answer is Fareground Food Hall which will house some familiar restaurant names with engaging concepts. It’ll be located on Congress between Caesar Chavez and […]

Rob Reviews Red Ash Italia

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Reviews

There’s been a lot of buzz about the Italian-styled Red Ash Italia over the past year. Of course, as is my style, I’m never the first to rush in the door. I like to wait for a new restaurant to settle in so the back and front of the house have time to get in […]

Austin BBQ Wars: Best Austin BBQ

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Barbecue, Best Of, Reviews

Like any other red blooded Austinite, I love eating the entire panoply of smoked meats and fowl that most of us fondly refer to as “cue.” Unlike most other Austinites, however, I am a restaurant critic. In that capacity, I have traveled to many so-called meccas of BBQ including the Carolinas, Memphis, Kansas City, and […]

Clark Griswold has Nothing on The Oasis on Lake Travis!

Posted by on Dec 2, 2017 in Lake Travis, News, Rob's Blog

Every year when Christmas season rolls around, we inevitably watch Christmas Vacation at least a few times. The classic movie from National Lampoon has more than its share of illumination. But that’s a movie. If you want to see the real thing head out to The Oasis on Lake Travis. They know how to do […]

BBQ Wars Coming Soon: who has the best barbecue in Austin?

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Barbecue, News, Rob's Blog

We’re about to take on a project dealing with the most hotly contested and ongoing Central Texas food argument that’s raged from downtown to The Hill country: who, in the Austin area, in our opinion, really has the best BBQ? It’s bound to make some folks happy while pissing other people off, but that’s what […]

Jobell Café & Bistro in Wimberley Unveils Fall/Winter Menu

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in News, Reviews

One of my favorite parts of my job is anticipating the roll out of a new menu and then getting to actually taste the culmination of the ideas that I heard discussed turned into new and flavorful dishes. So my last tasting at Jobell Café & Bistro was a memorable one, particularly with all the […]

Rob’s Thanksgiving 2017 Dining Options

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Best Of, Reviews

Each year the time-honored traditions of Thanksgiving dining centered around hearth and home fade further away in the rearview mirror of our overly busy lives. So, let’s assume that many of you will be enjoying your holiday dining away from your kitchens and dining rooms. Here are some great dining choices. Trio Best holiday brunch […]

How to Plan a Successful Restaurant Event

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Rob's Blog

This is the season when a disproportionately large number of dining and social events are booked at restaurants. To give you some perspective we thought we’d provide our readers with a brief tutorial on how to make your event successful. We’ve focused on Juliet Italian Kitchen because they have a very efficient and appealing program. […]

Be More Pacific Filipino Kitchen and Bar Opens on 7858 Shoal Creek

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in News, Openings, Rob's Blog

For years now I have been bitching and moaning about the city’s lack of great Filipino cuisine. Nothing against Mang Dedoy but it’s a store with four tables. I used to love dining at Goldilocks in Las Vegas which is a terrific Filipino restaurant and bakery. I even asked the owner, Mandrei, if he would […]

Old Thousand – Inventive Chinese Cuisine on Austin’s East Side

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017 in Reviews

The space at 1000 East 11th St. has been home to several local restaurants that have had to close. But as current occupant Old Thousand approaches its first anniversary, that fate does not appear to be in their cards, at least not based on what we tasted and observed on a recent Friday night. The […]

EurAsia Gaining Momentum in Oak Hill

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in News, Rob's Blog

For a restaurant that has barely been open six months, EurAsia Sushi Bar & Seafood at the Y in Oak Hill is making serious progress. Indonesian imports Andre and Lili have taken a dumpy old Chinese buffet and turned it into a sparkling and beautifully decorated restaurant. Their sushi and sashimi is pristine and wonderfully […]

Creek Road Café in Dripping Springs Keeps Their Spot in Top 25

Posted by on Oct 22, 2017 in Best Of, Reviews

The local food world was stunned last year when we placed Creek Road Café in our Top 25 Fine Dining Spots. First time ever for a restaurant south of William Cannon to be ranked that highly. Well guess what? Our new Top 25 list is about to come out and Creek Road is still on […]

One Saving Grace for Napa Valley in the Midst of the Wildfires

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

As the unprecedented wildfire roared through Napa Valley destroying many wineries and generations of history, there is some good news. Roughly 90% of this season’s grapes had been harvested at the time of the fire. While this glimpse of hope must be taken into context with the horrible loss of life and carnage, still it’s […]

Pizza Wars 2017 Part 2: Rankings 11-20

Posted by on Oct 14, 2017 in Best Of, Pizza, Reviews, Rob's Blog

11. Little Deli & Pizzeria You would think its rather out of the way location would would inhibit customer discovery, but any time we’ve been there the place has been packed. Why? Really good Jersey pizza. I love the aptly named The Italian. The sausage and red peppers work with onions to create a really […]

Pizza Wars 2017 Part 1: Rob’s Best Pizzas in Austin

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Best Of, Pizza, Reviews, Rob's Blog

It’s hard to believe that this is our 17th year of Pizza Wars. Austin has turned into a world class city in the interim and the local pizza scene has evolved from a chain-driven environment to literally dozens of owner operated places. Given my background of growing up in the pizza rich environment of New […]

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