Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden Initiates Massive Expansion

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in News

One of the anchors of Rainey Street, Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, has announced plans for a massive expansion. Beginning today, March 20th, work will start on converting an adjacent lot into an additional 15,000 square feet of dining, drinking and performance space. This is a multi-million dollar project that reaffirms how big a […]

Cuba512 Cuban Cuisine: A Taste of Havana in South Austin

Posted by on Mar 18, 2017 in Reviews

I have always enjoyed authentic Cuban cuisine but unfortunately Austin is not a hotbed of our southern neighbor’s island cuisine. And then I got an email post talking about the name change of a restaurant called Guantanamera to Cuba512 on Westgate. I’d somehow overlooked the first iteration of this spot. I wasn’t about to miss […]

The Gnarly Gar at Point Venture to Reopen

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in News

Good news for those who like their cuisine on the water! The Gnarly Gar, one of our favorite Lake Travis restaurants, is about to reopen at their Point Venture location. Owner Todd Hynes closed for some refurbishing, but that is finished and they are getting everything ready for an opening blast. The Lake is full […]

Dining Advice for Austinites During SXSW 2017

Posted by on Mar 11, 2017 in News

The madhouse of mind-boggling creative energy and networking that characterizes SXSW Interactive is upon us. Here are some rules for us local folk to keep in mind when dining out during SXSW. During the Interactive event forget dining within three miles of downtown. Focus on fun perimeter restaurants like Chinatown Westlake, Dai Due, Sap’s Fine Thai […]

Heard on the Street: What’s happening with Austin restaurants

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in News

I have never seen such volatility in the Austin area restaurant scene as in the last year. And there’s more to come. aRoma Italian Kitchen on S. Lamar looks like it’s about to be sold to a new owner from Italy. We’ll keep you posted on that but it’s probably safe to say the cuisine […]

Café Blue Classic Seafood & Oyster Bar, Downtown Austin location

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Reviews

I have long been a fan of Café Blue Classic Seafood & Oyster Bar, the fine seafood restaurant that had its beginnings above a cove near Volente Beach, then moved to more elegant digs at the Galleria at Bee Cave, and has now opened a second location downtown on 2nd St. next to Fleming’s. This […]

Evangeline Café

Posted by on Feb 25, 2017 in Reviews

Don’t ever tell a die-hard Cajun that Evangeline Bellefontaine was a fictional character in a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow epic poem. Fictional or otherwise, she is much cherished in Cajun culture. So it’s not surprising that more than a few Cajun restaurants are named for her. We have one here in Austin called Evangeline Cafe on […]

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 […]

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