Saturday, August 23, 2014

People, Places and Dishes in Austin: Our Favorite Photos

The Austin dining scene is a blend of diverse dishes, personalities, and that unmistakable vibe that characterizes the River City. This photo essay is a composite of some of our favorite views of the people and the dishes that make Austin unique. All  Continue Reading »

An American Success Story: Francisco Cortez and Santa Catarina

Francisco CortezThere is a wonderful Mexican restaurant in Lakeway featuring interior and coastal Mexican cuisine. It’s one of my favorites, and it’s called Santa Catarina. But the most fascinating aspect of Santa Catarina is the back story  Continue Reading »

Kit Kat Named Most Influential Candy Bar

Gimme a BreakI know that news has been suffering from the “Olympics vortex” lately, but what a reach for Time Magazine to publish a piece on the 13 most influential candy bars of all time. What blows my mind is the winner: I immediately thought  Continue Reading »

It’s Cold Out: Time for Rob’s Favorite Soups

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  Continue Reading »

The Most Influential Restaurants in Austin

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 Chef  Continue Reading »

Shandeez on Anderson Mill: Distinctive Persian Cuisine

If you have a occasional craving, as I do for Middle Eastern cuisine, then you should try Shandeez on Anderson Mill. For starters the Hummus is smooth and nicely textured, and the Tabouli has a very fresh flavor and is not too spicy (as can sometimes  Continue Reading »

Restaurants I’d like to Have Back for Christmas

I was thinking about some of my favorite former Austin restaurants the other day, and how much I’d like to see them back in operation as a foodie Christmas present. C’mon Santa, make some magic happen and bring these back! In no particular  Continue Reading »

Rob’s Favorite Dishes at Austin’s Newer Restaurants

I’ve tried a lot of great new dishes in the past six months. Some have made it into my reviews and some are still waiting for print. But I wanted to share some of them with you. Sway My only negative on Sway is that I drove by it three times before  Continue Reading »

The Ultimate Austin Movable Feast

I fantasize from time to time about staging the ultimate Austin movable dinner. You know, one course at each restaurant with a fleet of limos at our disposal as we move for each course. Of course each limo would be stocked with chilled bottles of Yellow  Continue Reading »

Austin Ale House Dishes Up Some Serious Food

Austin Ale House – Grilled Veggie SandwichThe current occupant of 301 West 6th is the newish Austin Ale House. After a quick sampling of their food, it’s my firm wish that this places sticks around a lot longer than the former places at this  Continue Reading »