Saturday, June 25, 2016

Hoover Alexander: a Chef and Man for All Seasons

Hoover AlexanderThis 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  Continue Reading »

The Most Influential Restaurants in Austin

We are blessed with many fine restaurants in Austin. But among that group there are a few that stand out as being the trend setters for other restaurants. You know: the places local chefs and aspiring restaurateurs really pay attention to. Congress Chef  Continue Reading »

Podcast: Joe Piefer

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of a hospital food operation? Well, this week’s guest, chef Joe Piefer of Arise Medical Center on Bee Caves Road can shed some light on that. I’ve never been a fan of hospital food: everything always  Continue Reading »

Did Restaurant Indifference Contribute to the Biker Shooting in Waco?

According to Waco police, the violent biker melee which erupted Sunday in and out of Twin Peaks restaurant and left nine killed could have been prevented had restaurant officials been more cooperative. The jist of this is that the Waco chain restaurant  Continue Reading »

Austin Originals: Beau Theriot and Shirley Shaw of the Oasis

Beau Theriot and Shirley ShawAside from being two of the nicest people I’ve ever met, Beau Theriot, founder and owner of the Oasis atop Lake Travis, and Shirley Shaw his long-time consultant for operations and marketing, have persevered against  Continue Reading »

Places You Should Try in the Spicewood Area

Many Austinites don’t give the Spicewood area on Highway 71 the chance it deserves. There are some little gems out there that are worthy of consideration. Here are just a few of our favs with more on the way. Angel’s Ice House Angel’s  Continue Reading »

South of the River: New Restaurants Taking Off

Until very recently, South Austin has been a bit sparse on the food scene. But that has changed quite a bit in the past 3-4 years. Jack Allen’s Kitchen in Oak Hill really got things started as Jack Gillmore’s upscale comfort food really struck  Continue Reading »

Chez Zee Makes Jimmy Kimmel Go Bananas

Stopped at Chez Zee today for lunch, and heard the story of Jimmy Kimmel and owner Sharon Watkins’s Banana Cream Pie. Seems that Sharon had just developed her new version of the pie. A couple of Kimmel staffers stopped in, tried the pie, and told  Continue Reading »

Podcast: Hoover Alexander

  This week’s Podcast takes us into the fascinating world of Hoover Alexander, southern soul food entrepreneur and owner of Hoover’s Cooking on Manor Road. I first met Hoover 33 years ago at Toulouse on 6th Street, a New Orleans-style  Continue Reading »

Easter Dining Recommendations 2015

Each year we usually provide you with a ponderous list for Easter brunch choices. This year will be a bit different. We’ll narrrow out list a bit, and provide some brief commentary on each choice. So enjoy and have a wonderful day. Don’t forget  Continue Reading »