Monday, November 23, 2015

Foodie Survivor Tips for SXSW

The annual carnival known as South by Southwest comes to town this week, which means a significant disruption of the downtown dining we locals are used to. Tip #1 You can’t navigate anywhere downtown so don’t even try. Drive your car to the  Continue Reading »

Podcast: Randy Ford of Homespun

  Randy Ford is a co-owner and head mixologist of Homespun Kitchen in Dripping Springs. He is not a career restaurateur, but a serendipitous series of events over the past few years, including meeting partner Jennifer, propelled him toward the opening  Continue Reading »

Weekend Brunches Around the River City

District – Eggs BenedictWho doesn’t like a tasty weekend brunch? Unlike weekday dining, weekends have a sense of liberation to them, and brunches really seem to fit well with relaxed attitudes. Here are some of our favorites. District Kitchen  Continue Reading »

Podcast: David Meltzer of Sumo

  ​Today’s Podcast features David Meltzer, the 31-year-old general manager of Sumo restaurant in San Antonio. David follows in his father Brad Meltzer’s footsteps as they’ve created a family dynasty of sorts with Teppanyaki restaurants.  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 »

David Joseph: the Story Behind El Patio

  El Patio on Gualalupe is one of Austin’s oldest Tex Mex restaurants. Opened in 1954 by a Lebanese couple, the Josephs, the building formerly housed a restaurant named Schoonerville. Today’s Podcast is with their youngest son, David  Continue Reading »

Pizza Wars 2014: The Best Pizzas in Austin

Sally’s ApizzaAccording to our pizza pals, the week after Valentine’s Day is traditionally a good one for pizza restaurants in Austin. Guess everyone went broke on Valentine’s Day, or some such reason. Nonetheless, here’s one of  Continue Reading »

Valentine’s Day Dining 2015

Valentine’s DayWelcome to the Dining Out with Rob Balon’s special Valentine’s Day page. This is, without question, the most popular dining out day of the year for couples. We post all special menus sent to us, and continue to post updates as  Continue Reading »

Podcast: Michael Freid and Noah Polk of East Side Pies

  Michael Freid and Noah Polk had a fortuitous meeting some years ago at a local coffee shop, became friends, and in 2006 opened their first East Side Pies location on Rosewood. Today, they have three stores, and a bunch of specialty pies including  Continue Reading »

Another Austin Original: Margarito Maldonado

Chef Margarito MaldonadoThink about how many restaurants in Austin have opened within the past 10 years. Then, regrettably think about all of those that have closed in the same time span (way more than you might think). So when you reach the point when  Continue Reading »