Sap: A Profile

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in News

It’s been long journey for my friend Sap, the owner of Saps’s Fine Thai Cuisine with locations on Westgate and Burnet. I would attempt to give you his last name but I can’t even spell it let alone pronounce it. He came from Bangkok to Texas in his late teens and in 1972 enrolled at […]

Qui Segues into Kuneho

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in News, Openings

Paul Qui’s namesake restaurant Qui on E 6th is no longer. The Top Chef winner who had an admittedly tough year in 2016 shuttered Qui and is back in form and looks to make its replacement restaurant Kuneho into another one of his stellar Pan Asian restaurants. Kuneho is now open for business with a […]

Where Have all the Good Jewish Delis Gone?

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in News

I have a long time Jewish friend who, despite his infatuation with Rush Limbaugh, I have great admiration and respect for. We were talking about getting lunch the other day and I was a bit surprised about his interest in the pastrami at Pieous which is quite a piece from his house in Northwest Hills. […]

Emmer & Rye Snags National Attention from Bloomberg News

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in News

I don’t normally cover restaurant awards because there are so damn many of them. But this is special. Bloomberg News rarely strays away from New York or Europe to name best restaurant dishes. And true to form in 2016 they pretty much stayed with their usual coverage for their 19 best dishes. But there was […]

Rob’s Christmas Day Dining Recommendations

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in News

You’d better not pout, you’d better not cry, and you’d better serve free range turkeys this Christmas. That’s right. It’s time to ponder whether you want to spend half the evening and most of the morning slaving over the ultimate Christmas feast or whether you just want to relax and let some of Austin’s most […]

Creek Road Cafe: Inside a Top 25 Restaurant

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in News

Our annual list of Top 25 restaurants is always a popular feature for visitors to our site. We get many emails detailing exactly how a restaurant makes the list. Let’s take one of our newest restaurants on the list, Creek Road Cafe in Dripping Springs, and break it down based on our criteria for inclusion. […]

Thanksgiving Recommendations

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in News

Back in the good old days almost everyone stayed home by the fire and cooked Thanksgiving dinner. My how times change. Used to be that just hotels were open on Thanksgiving day in Austin but that is no longer the case. Here are some favorites. Trio at the Four Seasons. This is the ultimate brunch […]

The Best Steaks in the Austin Area: Our Picks

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Best Of, News

Steak is one of the Texas essentials, along, of course, with BBQ and Tex Mex. We are blessed with some outstanding steak joints in Austin and we often get emails requesting our take on them. Well as you might have expected, we do have opinions on where the best steaks can be found. So here […]

Oasthouse Kitchen and Bar Lights up Four Points

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in News

Back in the days when Amir Hajimaleki was toiling in the trenches at Freda’s Seafood Grill, he dreamed some big dreams, And after more than a decade of hard work and devotion to his craft, both for he and brother Ali, those dreams have come to fruition.. First, with the District at Slaughter and Escarpment […]

Rob’s Favorite Food Photos

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 in News

Since the advent of the iPhone and other devices, we’ve been taking a lot more food pictures. Many are posted on our site while many more are on my Instagram page @robbalon. Here are some of my recent favorites: Marge and I with C.K. Chin at the soft opening of Wu Chow on W 5th […]

Dripping Springs Emerges as a Dining Destination

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in News

Back in March some eyebrows were raised when I issued my brand new Top 25 list of fine dining restaurants. There for the first time was a restaurant in Dripping Springs of all places. I had discovered Creek Road Cafe when we moved to a neighborhood north of Dripping Springs after leaving Westlake and doing […]

What Does it Take to be a Restaurant Critic?

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in News

One of the most over-served markets these days are people who dine out. Twenty years ago, the reviews on restaurants were almost exclusively the domain of newspapers and some food-specific magazines. These days however, with the advent of user-generated websites there has been an explosion of restaurant criticism. So that leads to the question: what […]

Summer’s Here: Let’s Eat Ice Cream

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in News

It’s already been hot as hell for over a month in Austin so the official arrival of Summer is not really that big of a deal. However, it provides your faithful scribe with an opportunity to focus on some lighter and cooler (as in temperature) eats to mark the true arrival of the dog days. […]

The Best Pizzas in Austin:
Pizza Wars 2016 Part 2

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in News

Last week we posted my choices for the Top Ten pizzas in the Austin area. There are many more very good places around and we’ll begin Part 2 by going roughly from South to North and listing my favorites in each area. Wimberly The obvious choice here is Brewster’s Pizza a few miles south of […]

The Best Pizzas in Austin:
Pizza Wars 2016 Part 1.

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in News

Welcome to Pizza Wars 2016. We started this back in 2000 when Austin didn’t have enough locally owned pizza joints for us to select a Top 5 let alone a Top 10. But my how things have changed. I no longer have to begin these pieces by lamenting my lack of access to Pepe’s and […]

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