Juliet Italian Kitchen: The Dynamics of a Restaurant’s Mid Course Correction

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in News, Rob's Blog

  The restaurant business is enormously competitive. Typically, restaurants that are successful over the long haul face a variety of challenges, not the least of which is the challenge to realistically assess one’s own concept/operational plan and the decision to either change or augment that plan as necessary. Owner Dan Wilkins and Exec chef Jacob […]

Burgerville To Open in Dripping Springs

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in News, Openings

Miles Frost, a long time player on the Austin restaurant scene is opening Burgerville in the Pig Pen Trailer Court on 290 in Dripping Springs. Miles had a great restaurant in Westlake with his Redbud Grille and he almost singlehandedly saved Smoke’n Hops on 290 when he took over as GM and started serving his […]

Big Cat BBQ in Cedar Park Celebrates 2nd Anniversary on August 12

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in News, Rob's Blog

Lunch at Big Cat BBQ with KEYE-TV’s Chikage Windler and family. One thing that is critical to new restaurants is anniversaries. Each one, particularly the first three, is cause for celebration in the arduous restaurant biz. So Big Cat BBQ on 401 W Whitestone in Cedar Park is understandably pretty buzzed about their 2nd anniversary […]

Happy Lobster Truck Now Permanently Rolling Through Austin

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in News, Openings

A spin-off of a popular Chicago food truck that serves Maine lobster rolls, The Happy Lobster Truck is now out and about in Austin. They are not tied to one location but are cruising to different locations throughout the city. Can’t wait to try one as I grew up on lobster rolls, fried clams and […]

Rebel Pizza Closes

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in News

We have learned that after a fairly brief tenure just off Anderson Lane, Rebel Pizza has now closed. This restaurant was the inspiration of Frank and Nina Seely, who had previously operated Trento in Davenport, which now houses Jack Allen’s Kitchen. Rebel was a cool location with good pizza and lots of original art adorning […]

Hamachi Crudo at Homespun Kitchen and Bar

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in News, Rob's Blog

We had some excellent crudo last night as a course at a William Chris wine dinner at Homespun Kitchen and Bar. Unlike a preparation of fish for sashimi, crudo uses different spices and olive oil to actually create a layer that coats the fish. I’m not suggesting that crudo can approach the texture of a […]

Homespun Kitchen and Bar Tries Menu by Ballot

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in News, Rob's Blog

Many restaurants try to come up with interesting promotions to attract customers. But Homespun Kitchen and Bar in Dripping Springs has a new one that’s worth looking at. Owners Jennifer and Randy decided to let customers vote on the top five dinners they’d like to see at the restaurant. Ballots were given to all patrons […]

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 […]

Austin Restaurant Manager Darryl Wittle Leaves Austin for Galveston

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

Perhaps the best restaurant general manager in the Austin area, Darryl Wittle is taking his inestimable talents to Galveston and helming a new steakhouse for foodie kingpin Paco Vargas. Wittle began his career in Austin as a server at the famous Basil’s and reached his peak during his stunning tenure with Fleming’s Steakhouse, first downtown […]

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 […]

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 […]

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