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 […]

Rob Reviews Café Blue Classic Seafood & Oyster Bar Downtown’s Brunch

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Reviews

You all know that I’m an unabashed lover of great sunday brunches. Trio, Fonda San Miguel … there are many great ones. But Café Blue has stepped up and joined the ranks of the must visit spots. So we went to their new downtown location on 2nd Street across from the convention center. Exec Ben […]

In Memorium: We Mourn for the Victims in Las Vegas

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in News, Rob's Blog

Many Austin foodies have celebrated many great dinners at restaurants in Las Vegas. But last night’s horrific shootings cast a terrible pall over this normally vibrant city. Speaking for myself and all our readers, we offer our condolences to the families of the victims of this senseless act of violence and wish them Godspeed in […]

The Big Cat BBQ Review

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Reviews

James Jones of Big Cat BBQ Last month we wrote about James Jones and his amazing life’s journey that led to the beginning of Big Cat BBQ in Cedar Park. James’ dogged determination not to be overwhelmed by a series of physical misfortunes is evident in the care he takes in preparing his barbecue. And […]

Behind the Scenes at L’Oca d’Oro

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in News, Rob's Blog

Chef Fiore Tedesco of L’Oca d’Oro You don’t often find an Exec chef and co-owner of an Italian restaurant who started college on a tennis scholarship at Hofstra. Nor does he list a three-year stint at Franklin BBQ on his resume. But Fiore Tedesco had always wanted to have an Italian restaurant, and after a […]

The Oasis Celebrates 35th Anniversary on October 6th

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in News, Rob's Blog

Hard to believe that 35 years (actually more) have gone by since Beau Theriot found a tract of land overlooking Lake Travis and fell in love with it. He opened the first Oasis there in 1982. The rest of the story is the stuff of local restaurant legend. And on October 6th the restaurant is […]

A First Look at Desano Pizzeria Napoletana

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in Italian, Pizza, Reviews, Rob's Blog

You wouldn’t expect a guy named Jimmy Fitzgerald to be running one of the hottest new pizza joints in town. But after a tasting at his new Desano Pizzeria Napoletana on Burnet, I must admit he’s on to something. In fact, the first moment I walked in I could tell by the smells wafting out […]

Ronald Cheng Restaurant Group to Donate 100% of Dining Sales to Rockport

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in News, Rob's Blog

Ronald Cheng of Chinatown and Street restaurants When most restaurants pitch in to help people after a tragedy or natural disaster they usually donate 10% of sales for a day. Very generous to be sure. But it pales in comparison to the three Chinatown restaurants and Street restaurant owned by the legendary Ronald Cheng. On […]

Jobell Cafe & Bistro in Wimberley Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in News, Rob's Blog

Jobell Cafe & Bistro is hosting their 3rd year anniversary celebration with a sneak preview of their upcoming Fall & Winter 2017 menu! Join them at the private event on September 18th for a tasting of their new fall/winter 2017 menu before its launch to the public. Executive Chef Mike Massaro and Sous Chef Tomas […]

Juliet Italian Kitchen Review

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Reviews

We wrote in an earlier post the process by which Juliet Ristorante became Juliet Italian Kitchen. Today we’re going to dive a little deeper into the new dishes that resulted from that transition. A big step in the makeover was to steer the cuisine toward more traditional Italian fare. For the most part Chef Jacob […]

The Story Behind Big Cat BBQ

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in Barbecue, Rob's Blog

Sometimes the story behind a restaurant is as interesting or more so than the food itself. Such may be the case with Big Cat BBQ in Cedar Park and its founder James Jones. I first met James about a month ago when we joined KEYE meteorologist Chikage Windler and her family at Big Cat for […]

Austin Restaurants Catch a Break from Hurricane Harvey

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in News, Rob's Blog

I am appalled by the pictures of Houston and the unprecedented chaos and destruction that is going on there, not to mention LaGrange, Smithville and Bastrop closer to home. My heart goes out to those who have been rendered temporarily, or worse, permanently displaced by the ravages of Hurricane Harvey. In times like these heroes […]

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