Homespun Kitchen and Bar Introduces Sunday Brunch

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Cuisine, Openings, Rob On Cuisine

Man, am I glad to see this. Dripping Springs is not exactly awash in a sea of quality weekend brunches. So the recent addition of a Sunday Brunch from 10am-3pm at Homespun Kitchen and Bar is great news. I’ve grown to really appreciate this mother/daughter-operated place at 131 Mercer just off 12 and 290. The […]

7 Characteristics of Highly Effective Restaurateurs

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

Stephen Covey wrote a book over twenty years ago that revolutionized the business world and advanced the notion that success in business and in life were interdependent. I reread the book earlier this year, and began to think again of the applications of its principles for the hospitality industry. Here’s my take on it with […]

Do Presidential Perks Extend to BBQ Lines?

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

Big brouhaha yesterday when President Barack Obama, after finishing up a DNC fundraiser and speech at the Paramount, decided to jump the line at the intergalactically famous Franklin Barbecue on East 11th. The hue and cry on social media was immediate and in many cases, downright vitriolic. Of course, Obama made a gesture by paying […]

Fourth of July Weekend: Burgers and Q

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

As we approach the Fourth of July weekend, all red-blooded central Texans are hunkering down for fireworks, get togethers, and of course, whether at a restaurant or at home, burgers and barbecue. The two go together like apple pie and ice cream, Rick and Anita, even Obama and Boehner (well, on second thought…). So here’s […]

Get Ready for Our Annual Pizza Wars Feature

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in Cuisine, Openings, Rob On Cuisine

Coming very soon will be one of our most anticipated yearly features: Pizza Wars. This will be our 8th year of the piece and man how things have changed since then. Indeed there have been changes since last year’s piece: more openings and closings. And a major shakeup in the Top 5. How’s that list […]

What’s in a Name? The Story of Cedro

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

One of the more complicated and interesting aspects of the restaurant business is the actual naming of the establishment. Some names work well and last a long time. Others (Peso and Bucks, Rival’s Steakhouse, Sardine Rouge, Demi Epicurious for example, while well-intentioned, don’t seem to last long at all). Now I’m not saying the names […]

Downtown Density and Dining Out

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

When Will Wynn (great name for a politician) was serving as mayor, his most frequent mantra was downtown density. The idea was to create an enterprise zone where a significant amount of potential retail and restaurant customers actually lived and worked downtown. With all the residential and business construction in the past five years, we […]

David Bull and the Evolution of Austin as a Major Food City

I can remember the day almost as if it was yesterday. We had gone to dinner at the Driskill Grill in the famous downtown hotel. It was a slow night for a Saturday and we were surprised to see that the restaurant was staging a “mystery dinner” evening. You know: one of those dreadful events […]

Brad Meltzer: Mr. Teppayaki

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Cuisine, Fascinating People, News, Rob On Cuisine

Most Teppanyaki/Hibachi restaurants I’ve been in have been owned and operated by Asians. So how did a Jewish guy from Massachusetts become a pivotal force in the Texas teppanyaki scene? It’s an interesting story. Meltzer is a Renaissance man to be sure. He studied accounting in college, and it was in that capacity that he […]

Great Oysters in the Burbs: Café Blue

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

Growing up in New England where clams on the half shell ruled the day, I came down here with a complete lack of appreciation and understanding of oysters. Well that certainly has changed. Ever since Auggie Garrido coaxed me into my first platter of oysters at Eddie V’s about 14 years ago, I have been […]

A Culinary Reason to Head to San Antonio: Sumo

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

Things are a bit sparse in Austin on the Tepanyaki/Hibachi front. But this is an itch I have to scratch now and then, and so we drove to San Antonio last Saturday night to check out Sumo on I-10 next to a rather large Carmax. The owner is Austinite Brad Meltzer who, from a long […]

Saccone’s Pizza Scores Major Victory at Pizza Expo in Las Vegas

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

Saccone’s Pizza on Highway 620 in Austin returned victorious from the prestigious Pizza Expo in Las Vegas. Owner Dan Saccone, a New Jersey native who has delighted Austin pizza lovers for years with his East Coast style pies, won Best Southwest Pizza in the regional competitions and came within an eyelash of finishing in the […]

Cho Sushi Thrives in Lakeway and Steiner Ranch

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

John Cho did not aspire to run a sushi bar or Japanese restaurant. His brother David was the cook in the family (and a damned fine one at that all the way back to Midori Sushi). John headed to New York to make his mark in the tech/finance world while David remained in Austin. But […]

The PoK-e-Jo’s Back Story

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

Danny Haberman and Doug Bohne are two very unpretentious guys who have a fierce passion for the BBQ business. They have nurtured and guided the growth of PoK-e-Jo’s through a tough beginning to their current success with multiple Austin locations. Danny’s dad Porky and friend Joe Slayton actually began the first store off Mopac at […]

Easter Dining Recommendations 2014 – ARCHIVED

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 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 at info@diningoutwithrobbalon.com with any questions. Freda’s Seafood Grill […]

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