The Blind Cafe Heading to Austin Feb 22-24.

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in News

Taste. It’s subject to influence by many variables. But perhaps none more so than lack of vision. That’s why I so much appreciate Rosh and his team and their traveling dinners in total darkness called The Austin Blind Cafe. All cell phones must be off. No light of any kind allowed. The dining is community […]

Why Restaurants Should Avoid Grand Openings

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Rob's Blog

We’ve had over 100 new restaurants open in the past year in the greater Austin area. And in keeping with what many restaurants see as an obligation most had some kind of grand opening. And most of those, in all likelihood, did not go well. Opening a new restaurant and making sure all cylinders are […]

Revamped Hudson’s on the Bend Closes After Just a Few Months

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Closings

Jeff Blank’s original Hudson’s on the Bend on Hwy 620 near Lakeway had a 32-year run. The wildly original restaurant that introduced Austinites to Rattlesnake Fritters and Grilled Wildebeast to name a few was an ongoing classic until it closed last year. Alas, the new Hudson’s which replaced the original closed after Valentine’s Day this […]

Trattoria Toscano Review

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Reviews

The astonishing change in the Lakeway landscape continues with the gigantic HEB and dozens of retail establishments, including a number of restaurants that spread out to the east off Highway 620. Trattoria Toscano is one of the newer restaurants on this landscape. Owned by Stan Adams, the man who finally gave Austin a decent pizza […]

Jew Boy Burger Truck Moving from Burnet to the E 6th Food Trailer Court.

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Rob's Blog

Mo Pittle announced today that he is about to move his iconic Jew Boy Burgers truck from Burnet to the trailer court at 1606 E 6th. Hours will be 11-2 and 5-8 Tuesday thru Saturday. The El Paso native turned Austinite is a gregarious sort and has already developed a following. We’ll keep you posted […]

L’Oca d’ Oro Declares Itself a Sanctuary Restaurant

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Rob's Blog

The national furor over sanctuary cities and counties in the U.S. has extended to a local restaurant, L’Oca d’ Oro in the East Side Mueller neighborhood. The owners have a sign out front declaring it to be a sanctuary restaurant, meaning that they would not comply with federal requests to detain undocumented workers without an […]

Chelsea and Cy Buchheister: Sister and Brother Chefs at Cafe Blue

Posted by on Jan 29, 2017 in News

Chelsea and Cy Buchheister: Sister and Brother Chefs at Cafe Blue [Galleria] and [Downtown]. With all the competition for the best culinary talent in Austin it’s rather fortuitous for Cafe Blue, one of our Top 25 restaurants, to have a sister and brother at the helm of both its Galleria and new downtown restaurants. Chelsea […]

El Gallo Closing

Posted by on Jan 28, 2017 in Closings

One by one the dominos seem to be falling with respect to classic, family-owned restaurants in Austin. The latest casualty is the iconic El Gallo on S Congress which has been dishing up Tex Mex for 60 years. The Kennedy family has had to shut its doors because they simply can’t keep pace with rising […]

Sap: A Profile

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in News

It’s been long journey for my friend Sap, the owner of Saps’s Fine Thai Cuisine with locations on Westgate and Burnet. I would attempt to give you his last name but I can’t even spell it let alone pronounce it. He came from Bangkok to Texas in his late teens and in 1972 enrolled at […]

Qui Segues into Kuneho

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in News, Openings

Paul Qui’s namesake restaurant Qui on E 6th is no longer. The Top Chef winner who had an admittedly tough year in 2016 shuttered Qui and is back in form and looks to make its replacement restaurant Kuneho into another one of his stellar Pan Asian restaurants. Kuneho is now open for business with a […]

The Root Cellar in San Marcos

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Reviews

215 N. LBJ
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 392-5158

Where Have all the Good Jewish Delis Gone?

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in News

I have a long time Jewish friend who, despite his infatuation with Rush Limbaugh, I have great admiration and respect for. We were talking about getting lunch the other day and I was a bit surprised about his interest in the pastrami at Pieous which is quite a piece from his house in Northwest Hills. […]

Kemuri Opens

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Openings

More from Tatsu Aikawa and the Ramen Tatsu-Ya gang: Kemuri Opens on East Side. My old pal Tatsu-san is at it again. The king of the big Ramen slurp has opened Kemuri Tatsu-Ya on 2713 E 2nd. It’s at the site of the old Live Oak BBQ and that’s appropriate because kemuri means “smoke” in […]

Emmer & Rye Snags National Attention from Bloomberg News

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in News

I don’t normally cover restaurant awards because there are so damn many of them. But this is special. Bloomberg News rarely strays away from New York or Europe to name best restaurant dishes. And true to form in 2016 they pretty much stayed with their usual coverage for their 19 best dishes. But there was […]

Cannon and Belle Opens at the Hilton

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Openings

Named after Austin heroine Angelina Belle Eberly who fired the legendary cannon shot in 1842 which ignited the Texas Archive War, Cannon and Belle is the new Fine Dining restaurant at the downtown Hilton. Helmed by Chef Peter Maffei the restaurant replaces Finn and Porter and stands at the forefront of other new entertainment and […]

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