Chili To The Left of Me, Chili To The Right of Me.

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in News, Openings

Judging a Chili cook off can be challenging to the palate. Thus my experience Saturday evening outside DKR Stadium at the Engel & Volkers hospitality tent was a pleasant exception. I had not expected Realtors could be so passionate and enthusiastic about Chili. And talented too. Every entry was unique and thoughtful in its own […]

Wu Chow FINALLY opens downtown!

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in News, Openings

C.K. Chin’s long-awaited Wu Chow has finally opened downtown. Nov 5th today is the big day. Mr. Chin has a wicked sense of humor and he’s teased the local foodie crowd about an opening that was originally scheduled for the first quarter of this year. But now, finally, here it comes. I suggest Wu will […]

Homespun Kitchen Broadens Menu

Posted by on Nov 1, 2015 in Heard On The Street, News, Openings

We sat down to a pleasant surprise the other night at Homespun Kitchen in Dripping Springs. Not only was a cool blue grass band holding forth on the outside deck but inside we saw the menu had broadened to include some very tasty sandwiches. I love a good Cubano and they had introduced one. Think […]

Homespun Kitchen Broadens Menu

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in News

We sat down to a pleasant surprise the other night at Homespun Kitchen in Dripping Springs. Not only was a cool blue grass band holding forth on the outside deck but inside we saw the menu had broadened to include some very tasty sandwiches. I love a good Cubano and they had introduced one. Think […]

Sbragia Home Ranch Chardonnay 2012

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in News

I have long been a fan of legendary California winemaker Ed Sbragia since he stunned the wine world back in 1994 with his award winning Chardonnay. His new 2012 chard has received a 94 from Wine Spectator and Robert Parker has characterized Sbragia as having the “Midas touch.” Couldn’t agree more. Retail is around $30 […]

Our Favorite Austin Restaurants Owned and Operated by Women

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Cuisine, News

In the constant furor over whose doing what in the uber hot Austin dining scene, we often forget that there are a boatload of successfully and highly entrepreneurial women who have found their niche in what used to be a business dominated by men. That is, as you will see, is no longer the case. […]

Billie Jean’s Burger Pub Podcast

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Openings, Podcasts

  Billie Jean’s Burger Pub is a hot, new joint at 6501 S. Congress helmed by Miranda and Christie, two veterans of the local Austin food wars. As you will hear, they are quite personable and really buzzed about their new place. I really like these ladies and what’s more, I truly enjoy their food […]

Four Restaurants You Must Try Now

Posted by on Sep 12, 2015 in News

There are some terrific restaurants around Austin that are kind of flying under the serious foodie radar scopes thus far. The purpose of this article is to let you know about these little gems before the rest of the vast majority Austin cognoscenti catch on. So don’t wait till next week or next month: go […]

This Week’s Podcast: Cesar Navarri of il Forte

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Openings, Podcasts

  Il Forte is a charming little Italian restaurant on 8th between Brazos and Congress. It is run by an ingratiating Italian gentleman named Cesar Navarri. He and his wife Renata along with chef Giovanni have created quite a restaurant: enough for them to make our recent Top Ten List of best new Austin places. […]

The Best Comfort Food Places in Austin: An Update

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Best Of..., News

Three years ago we posted a story on our favorite comfort food spots in Austin; however, given the speed at which the Austin restaurant scene is moving, it’s time for an update. 1. Jack Allen’s Kitchen Well, some things just don’t change. Jack Gillmore’s ode to upscale comfort food now has locations in Round Rock […]

Dining Recommendations in the Lakeline Mall Area

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

We’re getting an increasing stream of inquiries from readers about dining in North Austin, specifically around the Lakeline Mall area. The good news is that there are many neat restaurants within a 3-4 mile radius. Here are some of our favorites. Soto Located near The Texican just off 183, Soto is a fine little Japanese […]

Is Austin Really Restaurant Friendly?

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in News

Austin has a national reputation as a business-friendly city. On the whole, that statement seems reasonable. But take a closer look into the restaurant segment of Austin’s business map. And remember, the restaurant/bar industry in the Austin area employs more workers than our much ballyhooed and tax-abated tech industries. Business-friendly means that the city makes […]

Burnet Trifecta Packing Them In

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

I’ve always loved the trifecta at the racetrack. But that’s a long shot at best. There is a restaurant trifecta on Burnet that is, as racing fans would say, a lock. I’m talking about the back-to-back-to-back configuration of Noble Sandwich Co., Fork and Taco and Pinthouse Pizza. These are three restaurants that have substantially elevated […]

Podcast: Steve Southern

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Podcasts

  Steve Southern is the subject of this week’s podcast. A Texas-born chef, he trained in Dallas, and cut his spurs at the Hyatt under the tutelage of some real pros. He later opened a restaurant in San Antonio, and then joined Iron Cactus where he refocused and improved the tequilla grille concept. He moved […]

Hoover Alexander: a Chef and Man for All Seasons

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Chef Profiles, Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

This is not a restaurant review. If anything, it’s an appreciation of a pillar in the Austin food community and the story of one hell of a nice guy. I first met Hoover Alexander almost 30 years ago when I was doing my short-lived and first restaurant review stint on the then KTVV-TV (now KXAN-TV) […]

Load More