Cantine on South Lamar Closes

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in Closings

I’ve always been an Emmet Fox fan (the force behind Austin restaurants Asti and Fino) and I really enjoyed his latest venture, Cantine on South Lamar. But Cantine has now gone dark, and frankly I’m not surprised. South Lamar bears virtually no resemblance to what it looked like five years ago. There are simply too […]

Hot Luck Fest, Aaron Franklin’s Homage to Austin Food, Drink and Music, Wraps Up

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in News

It has been an unusual but fun four days. The Hot Luck Festival is winding down to its final Sunday brunch at L’Oca d’Oro after a rousing beginning at Franklin Barbecue earlier this week. I’m not sure if this city really needs another festival, but after popping in to a few events I must say […]

The Back Story of the Opening of EurAsia Sushi Bar & Seafood in Oak Hill

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in News

Oftentimes the story behind the opening of a restaurant is as interesting as the restaurant itself. Such is the case with EurAsia Sushi Bar & Seafood in Oak Hill and its owners, Andre and Lili Dinata. Andre was born in Indonesia and made his way to the US where he gradually became involved in the […]

Mattie’s at Green Pastures Sparkles in SoCo

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in News, Openings, Reviews

I must admit it had been quite some time since we’d dined at Green Pastures, one of Austin’s oldest and most iconic restaurants. It was badly in need of a makeover and that musty smell had gone from endearing to annoying, so it had kind of dropped off our radar. But the old gal has […]

North Italia and Flower Child to Open in New Google Building Downtown

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in News, Openings

FOX Restaurant Concepts out of Arizona had early success at the Domain with North Italia, a very decent Italian restaurant. Recently the company also opened Flower Child at the Domain as well. But no one expected what was to come next. The two restaurants are scheduled to open new operations in the Google building downtown. […]

Biderman’s Deli on Far West Blvd. launches Regular Hours Thursday at 7 a.m.

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in News, Openings

Finally, the closest thing Austin has had in a long time to a genuine Jewish Deli is opening. It’s called Biderman’s Deli and is located in the strip center on Far West Blvd., just down from Hao-Q Asian Kitchen. Biderman’s will start serving at 7 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. The variety of fresh […]

Toulouse Café and Bar Now Open at the Domain in Austin

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in News, Openings

Yet another high-end chain restaurant has opened at the Domain. Toulouse purports to be a French-style bistro and from my first tasting they did a decent – but not spectacular – job. The Crispy Duck Leg Confit was the best dish I tried (though I have always preferred Thomas Keller’s version at Bouchon) and the Foie […]

EurAsia Sushi Bar & Seafood Celebrates Grand Opening in Austin’s Oak Hill

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in News, Openings, Reviews

We told you last week that EurAsia Sushi Bar & Seafood had opened at the Y in Oak Hill. I had the chance to attend the grand opening on May 4th and it was so much more than the usual pomp and circumstance one sees at these things. There was genuine warmth among the guests […]

Tumble 22 Nashville Hot Chicken Trailer Opens on Austin’s West 5th Street

Posted by on May 7, 2017 in News, Openings

  Austin’s fried chicken scene just ramped up another notch with the opening of Tumble 22 Hot Chicken on W. 5th. St. The formal opening date is Monday, May 8th. Tumble 22 is the newest venture of chef Harold Marmulstein, who staked his claim with the Salty Sow on the East Side. It’s hard to […]

Last Minute Mother’s Day Brunch Suggestions in Austin

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Best Of

If anyone deserves a day of nice dining and relaxation it’s your Mom! So here are some suggestions for brunch around Austin this Mother’s Day. The Oasis Best view in the city. Charming restaurant with the perfect menu for all those beleaguered moms. Here’s their menu. Mattie’s at Green Pastures Green Pastures was a brunch […]

Bullfight – celebrating Spanish food, drink and Culture

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Reviews

I have long enjoyed dining at Shawn Cirkiel’s various restaurants: from his first, Jean Luc’s Bistro, to Bullfight, his most recent. Shawn is a creative chef and he’s adventurous. In my book that’s an excellent combination. And that brings us to the Spanish-styled Bullfight at 4807 Airport Blvd. I cannot say that I am wild […]

Slab BBQ & Beer Opens in Oak Hill

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in News, Openings

There’s something cool going on at the Oak Hill Plaza shopping center at the Y in Oak Hill. Two new and really decent restaurants have opened in the past month. We talked about EurAsia Sushi Bar & Seafood several days ago and just down the sidewalk we now have Slab BBQ & Beer. They’ve taken […]

First Bites at Citizen Eatery Locally Sourced Vegetarian Restaurant

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Healthy Dining, Reviews, Vegetarian

This is not a full review, but I was so impressed with Citizen Eatery on Burnet that I had to share this with you. This is a family owned business featuring vegetarian food. No, nothing as extreme at the former Beets on W. 5th but good, rib-sticking fare. I loved the Citizen Scramble, a rich, irresistible […]

EurAsia Sushi Bar and Seafood Opens in Oak Hill

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in News, Openings

EurAsia, a sleek and tastefully appointed new restaurant featuring sushi, sashimi, and other Asian dishes along with an extensive Indonesian menu has opened in Oak Hill. I have been very pleased with EurAsia’s cuisine thus far and am delighted to have a credible restaurant serving Indonesian foods. They are planning a grand opening celebration from […]

Cannon and Belle – Farm to Table Fare at the downtown Austin Hilton

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Reviews

If you haven’t been to the downtown Hilton lately, you might be surprised next time you go. The food scene has changed dramatically. Liberty Tavern is gone, as is Finn & Porter. The bar upstairs from these two has expanded exponentially to house the restaurant that has replaced Finn & Porter as well as the […]

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