Saturday, July 26, 2014

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 »

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

Ken SchillerRudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q has long been one of my favorite BBQ spots in central Texas. They literally sell tons of smoked meats and along with their co-owned Mighty Fine Burgers, the locally-owned and operated businesses won the  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 »

Rating Zagat Since the Google Purchase

Zagat and Michelin used to to be among the stuffiest and most pretentious restaurant guides around. Michelin still pretty much is. But Zagat, after the recent purchase by Google has, in my opinion, become more approachable and more useful. The likelihood  Continue Reading »

Is Austin Where it Should be on the Ethnic Dining Front?

Could it be that the reason that Austin doesn’t show up on more Top Ten lists for food (as is does on just about every other list these days) is our lack of diversity of ethnic restaurants. And no, Tex Mex doesn’t count. Let’s look at  Continue Reading »