An Austin Original: Freda Cheng

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in Cuisine, Fascinating People, News, Rob On Cuisine

I was having lunch at Chinatown Bee Caves the other day when I ran into an elegantly dressed elderly Asian woman with a friendly yet dignified air about her. We shook hands and I asked for her daughter. “What else new?” she said. “She working.” The woman was Freda Cheng’s mother, matriarch of the Cheng […]

An old Austin Food Year Passes, and a New One Awaits!

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

It is hard to put the enormous changes in the Austin food scene over the past year into perspective; and harder still to anticipate what impact the 2015 openings will bring. Bottom line, we are as on point food-wise as I’ve ever seen us. And it makes my job all the more pleasurable. While we […]

Austin Bar/Restaurant Owner on Undercover Boss

Posted by on Dec 30, 2014 in Cuisine, Openings, Rob On Cuisine

I first met Doug Guller about ten years ago as he was readying his first Bikini Sports Bar and Grill for opening at IH-35N. The concept is simple: girls in bikinis serving drinks and comfort food, and lots of sports on TV. Doug even coined the term “breastaurant.” Since then the business has grown to […]

Rob’s Christmas and New Year’s Dining Options 2014

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Cuisine, News, Restaurant Events, Rob On Cuisine

For your convenience, we’ll be compiling many recommended restaurants’ hours of operation for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Enjoy, and don’t forget to generously tip your servers over the holiday season. We’ll be updating this list as we approach the holidays, so check back with us daily for more […]

Michael McNeilly new Chef Partner at Fleming’s Domain

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Chef Profiles, Cuisine, Openings, Rob On Cuisine

Just heard from head honcho Darryl Wittle at Fleming’s at the Domain. The official announcement of the new chef partner has been made, and it’s Michael McNeilly. Michael is quite talented as I discovered tasting his cuisine at Trattoria Lisina out in Driftwood. This should be a great match for Fleming’s and their patrons. He […]

Rob’s Favorite Tex Mex Places

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

When I first came to Austin over 30 years ago, I had never heard of Tex Mex. But I was a fast learner, and soon we had become addicted to the unique flavors of true Tex Mex. Your cardiologist may not approve, but I look at this as a guilty pleasure more than worthy of […]

Sunday Brunch at Cedro

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Cuisine, Openings, Rob On Cuisine

I was initially a bit skeptical about how a classic Italian restaurant would handle a mid-day Sunday brunch. That changed quickly after my first brunch at Cedro in Lakeline Mall (across from the Alamo Drafthouse). The Eggs Benedict were a study in flavor and texture. Very nice hollandaise, as well. The Breakfast Pizza was a […]

Thanksgiving 2014 Dining Recommendations

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Cuisine, News, Restaurant Events, Rob On Cuisine

Next to Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving is Austin’s other favorite dining out day. And as always, we’re posting a list of restaurants that will be open for Thanksgiving and contact information for those restaurants. We’ll also be updating our list with Thanksgiving menus as they come in. Book your reservations early: whether it’s for a higher […]

Eden East Continues To Blaze Trails

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Cuisine, Openings, Rob On Cuisine

When I first walked into this totally Austintatious food emporium on Springdale, I was taken aback by the trailer-like ambiance. It reminded me of a much larger version of Bryce Gilmore’s early days at the Odd Duck. But the food and the prices had nothing trailer-like about them. This was keeping Austin weird at its […]

Our Favorite Cajun Dining Spots Around Austin

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

Most people I talk to about Cajun cuisine, particularly those from Louisiana, have very strong feelings about all the various dishes and recipes that make up the bulk of what one sees on menus in Austin area restaurants. Some prefer a dark roux, others a lighter (blonde) roux. Boudin evokes all sorts of passionate preferences […]

Tough Sledding Around Austin for Many High End Restaurants

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

Restaurants come and go with some rapidity in Austin. Everyone acknowledges that it’s a tough business. But no place is it tougher than in the higher end of fine dining restaurants. The recent closing of Kenichi got me to thinking about how many great places we’ve lost around Austin in the past couple of years. […]

Daryl Wittle: Running a Chain Like it’s Not a Chain

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

I love to go to high-end restaurants and savor the byproduct of the usually seamless partnerships between the front and back of the house. And that’s why we so much enjoy Fleming’s at the Domain. Yes, it is a chain. But for my money, you could call it “Daryl’s” after owner/partner Daryl Wittle. Truth be […]

Rudy’s Bar-B-Q: The Guys Behind the “Sause”

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

We want to thank all of you who submitted their top ten pizza lists as part of our Pizza Wars 2014 feature from last week. It was easy to tell that a lot of thought went in to your lists. And thanks to the many foodies who took the time to read our lengthy story […]

Porter Ale House and Gastropub Drawing the Late Night Crowd

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Cuisine, Openings, Rob On Cuisine

Mention pork belly sliders to me, and I’m yours. Mention Cheese Pierogis, and I am even more committed. Thus my passion for the Porter Ale House and Gastropub 3715A South First. It seems like we have a plethora of gastropubs these days around Austin. You know what? It’s fine with me. I love neighborhood joints […]

A First Dinner at laV

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Cuisine, Openings, Rob On Cuisine

Since the demise of Aquarelle and Mirabelle, Austin foodies been pining for an elegant and beautifully appointed French restaurant. The recent debut of laV on East 7th should make a lot of those foodies happy. As many of you know, I don’t like to rush to a new restaurant. So our first meal at laV […]

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