It’s Time for Rob’s Favorite Soups

Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in News, Rob On Cuisine

I must admit that given the unseasonably warm weather we experienced for most of this year, I was less inclined than normal to indulge in one of my true food passions: great locally-made soups. But now that it’s gotten a bit colder, my taste buds have begun to percolate and my thoughts run to some […]

Local Chefs Who Don’t Always Get the Big Headlines (But Should)

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

Without question there is a media pecking order with respect to our local superstar chefs. You can’t pick up any periodical, visit a blog or website without hearing names like Aaron Franklin, David Bull, Paul Qui, Rene Ortiz, Shawn Cirkiel, Tyson Cole, Bryce Gillmore with significant frequency. Do they deserve the spotlight? Most definitely. They […]

Our Favorite Austin Restaurants Owned and Operated by Women

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Cuisine, News

In the constant furor over whose doing what in the uber hot Austin dining scene, we often forget that there are a boatload of successfully and highly entrepreneurial women who have found their niche in what used to be a business dominated by men. That is, as you will see, is no longer the case. […]

The Best Comfort Food Places in Austin: An Update

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Best Of..., News

Three years ago we posted a story on our favorite comfort food spots in Austin; however, given the speed at which the Austin restaurant scene is moving, it’s time for an update. 1. Jack Allen’s Kitchen Well, some things just don’t change. Jack Gillmore’s ode to upscale comfort food now has locations in Round Rock […]

Dining Recommendations in the Lakeline Mall Area

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

We’re getting an increasing stream of inquiries from readers about dining in North Austin, specifically around the Lakeline Mall area. The good news is that there are many neat restaurants within a 3-4 mile radius. Here are some of our favorites. Soto Located near The Texican just off 183, Soto is a fine little Japanese […]

Burnet Trifecta Packing Them In

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

I’ve always loved the trifecta at the racetrack. But that’s a long shot at best. There is a restaurant trifecta on Burnet that is, as racing fans would say, a lock. I’m talking about the back-to-back-to-back configuration of Noble Sandwich Co., Fork and Taco and Pinthouse Pizza. These are three restaurants that have substantially elevated […]

Hoover Alexander: a Chef and Man for All Seasons

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Chef Profiles, Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

This is not a restaurant review. If anything, it’s an appreciation of a pillar in the Austin food community and the story of one hell of a nice guy. I first met Hoover Alexander almost 30 years ago when I was doing my short-lived and first restaurant review stint on the then KTVV-TV (now KXAN-TV) […]

The Most Influential Restaurants in Austin

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

We are blessed with many fine restaurants in Austin. But among that group there are a few that stand out as being the trend setters for other restaurants. You know: the places local chefs and aspiring restaurateurs really pay attention to. Congress Since the first day he arrived in Austin over a dozen years ago […]

Austin Originals: Beau Theriot and Shirley Shaw of the Oasis

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

Aside from being two of the nicest people I’ve ever met, Beau Theriot, founder and owner of the Oasis atop Lake Travis, and Shirley Shaw his long-time consultant for operations and marketing, have persevered against a variety of almost Biblical plagues that would have caused most restaurant owners to light out for the territories. They […]

Places You Should Try in the Spicewood Area

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

Many Austinites don’t give the Spicewood area on Highway 71 the chance it deserves. There are some little gems out there that are worthy of consideration. Here are just a few of our favs with more on the way. Angel’s Ice House This little comfort food emporium on 71 dishes up pretty much things that […]

South of the River: New Restaurants Taking Off

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

Until very recently, South Austin has been a bit sparse on the food scene. But that has changed quite a bit in the past 3-4 years. Jack Allen’s Kitchen in Oak Hill really got things started as Jack Gillmore’s upscale comfort food really struck a chord. Son Bryce got things rolling on South Lamar, first […]

Easter Dining Recommendations 2015

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

Each year we usually provide you with a ponderous list for Easter brunch choices. This year will be a bit different. We’ll narrrow out list a bit, and provide some brief commentary on each choice. So enjoy and have a wonderful day. Don’t forget to email us with any questions. Freda’s Seafood Grille This is […]

Foodie Survivor Tips for SXSW

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

The annual carnival known as South by Southwest comes to town this week, which means a significant disruption of the downtown dining we locals are used to. Tip #1 You can’t navigate anywhere downtown so don’t even try. Drive your car to the closest point and then arrange for Uber to pick you up. And […]

Weekend Brunches Around the River City

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

Who doesn’t like a tasty weekend brunch? Unlike weekday dining, weekends have a sense of liberation to them, and brunches really seem to fit well with relaxed attitudes. Here are some of our favorites. District Kitchen + Cocktails This newish bistro at Escarpment and Slaughter has a really interesting brunch. Eggs Benedict that stand out […]

Pizza Wars 2014: The Best Pizzas in Austin

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

According to our pizza pals, the week after Valentine’s Day is traditionally a good one for pizza restaurants in Austin. Guess everyone went broke on Valentine’s Day, or some such reason. Nonetheless, here’s one of our favorite pieces of the year for your enjoyment. As many of you may know by now, I grew up […]

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