Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Porter Ale House and Gastropub Drawing the Late Night Crowd

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.  Continue Reading »

A First Dinner at laV

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  Continue Reading »

Homespun Kitchen and Bar Introduces Sunday Brunch

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  Continue Reading »

7 Characteristics of Highly Effective Restaurateurs

Ken Schiller – CEO of Rudy’sStephen 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  Continue Reading »

Do Presidential Perks Extend to BBQ Lines?

Franklin BarbecueBig 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  Continue Reading »

Fourth of July Weekend: Burgers and Q

John MuellerAs 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  Continue Reading »

Get Ready for Our Annual Pizza Wars Feature

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.  Continue Reading »

What’s in a Name? The Story of Cedro

James SunOne 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  Continue Reading »

Downtown Density and Dining Out

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  Continue Reading »

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

Chef David BullI 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  Continue Reading »