ATX Cocina Opens Monday July 17th on San Antonio

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in News, Openings

In what seems to be an extension of the endless efforts of investors to become the Mexican equivalent of what Olamaie is to Southern food, welcome to ATX Cocina. Lots of big local players behind this one. Larry and Guy who no longer need last names due to their local notoriety and new GM Matt […]

The French Boulangerie: an Endangered Species?

Posted by on Jul 16, 2017 in News, Rob's Blog

Nowhere in the world is the art of making and consuming various styles of bread more indigenous to local culture than in France. The epicenter of this are the thousands of boulangeries or local bakeries that spread across the country. They make everything from traditional baguettes to the indispensable croissant. They have a history that […]

The Wise Guy Kitchen has Closed

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Closings, News, Rob's Blog

The Wise Guy Kitchen, the 5th St. food truck with the usual dishes named after organized crime guys, has gone dark. I tried it once and found it to be OK. I grew up not far from NYC and had the opportunity to sample the grinders and hoagies from Brooklyn to Queens that Wise Guy […]

Man Vs. Food on the 4th of July

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in News, Rob's Blog

Somewhere a long time ago the first competitive eating contest was held. Maybe it was a bunch of kids eating cherry pies or watermelons. But however murky the origins of this “sport” may be, one of the more bizarre events is the Nathan’s Hot Dog Challenge held at Coney Island every forth of July. The […]

Juliet Italian Kitchen Reopens

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in News, Openings

After a brief hiatus, one our favorite Italian spots has reopened. Juliet Italian Kitchen on Barton Springs is back with Exec Jacob Weaver helming the kitchen. The emphasis has changed a bit according to owner Dan Wilkins as they are trying to be a bit more inclusive with regard to accommodating a wider range of […]

Batter Up for Virginia Wood at Lenoir on July 1st

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in News

Virginia Wood, one of the best loved and most respected food writers in Austin and Food Editor of the Austin Chronicle for 17 years, needs our help. She has battled through a series of dire illnesses over the past years and it now appears that she will need to be moved to a permanent critical […]

Amazon Gobbles Up Austin-Based Whole Foods for $13.5 Billion

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in News

I have to admit I didn’t see this one coming. But when the biggest online retailer in the world (with a voracious appetite) happens to notice that a high-end chain of stores like Austin-based Whole Foods has lost 50% of its value since 2013, somehow for Jeff Bezos that was just plain tempting. So what’s […]

10th Annual Taste of North Austin at the Domain

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in News

What does a restaurant critic do on an off day? He sits down with three other judges in front of the iPic at the Domain and tastes the offerings of 25 different north Austin restaurants. It’s called the Taste of North Austin and it happens Saturday at 12:15 at the Domain. For the public it’s […]

DK Maria’s Legendary Tex-Mex Opens on 1807 Slaughter

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in News, Openings

Replacing the former Tres Amigos, DK Maria’s Legendary Tex-Mex has opened at 1807 Slaughter. The fare is family-style Mexican food inspired by the creative influences of DK Maria herself. Former Kenichi investor Mike Reynolds is highly involved with this restaurant and he told me today that he’s been “delighted” with the initial response from the […]

Rob and Don Pryor’s Dining Out Austin Podcast Featuring Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden’s Ben Siegel

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in News

Click on the link below to listen to a fascinating interview with Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden founder Ben Siegel. He started from scratch with no restaurant experience and built an amazing business. How did he do it? The story awaits! Dining Out Austin Podcast – Ben Siegel of Banger’s

Hot Luck Fest, Aaron Franklin’s Homage to Austin Food, Drink and Music, Wraps Up

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in News

It has been an unusual but fun four days. The Hot Luck Festival is winding down to its final Sunday brunch at L’Oca d’Oro after a rousing beginning at Franklin Barbecue earlier this week. I’m not sure if this city really needs another festival, but after popping in to a few events I must say […]

The Back Story of the Opening of EurAsia Sushi Bar & Seafood in Oak Hill

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in News

Oftentimes the story behind the opening of a restaurant is as interesting as the restaurant itself. Such is the case with EurAsia Sushi Bar & Seafood in Oak Hill and its owners, Andre and Lili Dinata. Andre was born in Indonesia and made his way to the US where he gradually became involved in the […]

Mattie’s at Green Pastures Sparkles in SoCo

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in News, Openings, Reviews

I must admit it had been quite some time since we’d dined at Green Pastures, one of Austin’s oldest and most iconic restaurants. It was badly in need of a makeover and that musty smell had gone from endearing to annoying, so it had kind of dropped off our radar. But the old gal has […]

North Italia and Flower Child to Open in New Google Building Downtown

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in News, Openings

FOX Restaurant Concepts out of Arizona had early success at the Domain with North Italia, a very decent Italian restaurant. Recently the company also opened Flower Child at the Domain as well. But no one expected what was to come next. The two restaurants are scheduled to open new operations in the Google building downtown. […]

Biderman’s Deli on Far West Blvd. launches Regular Hours Thursday at 7 a.m.

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in News, Openings

Finally, the closest thing Austin has had in a long time to a genuine Jewish Deli is opening. It’s called Biderman’s Deli and is located in the strip center on Far West Blvd., just down from Hao-Q Asian Kitchen. Biderman’s will start serving at 7 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. The variety of fresh […]

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