Thursday, October 20, 2016

Four Restaurants You Must Try Now

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  Continue Reading »

This Week’s Podcast: Cesar Navarri of il Forte

  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  Continue Reading »

The Best Comfort Food Places in Austin: An Update

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.  Continue Reading »

Dining Recommendations in the Lakeline Mall Area

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  Continue Reading »

Is Austin Really Restaurant Friendly?

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  Continue Reading »

Burnet Trifecta Packing Them In

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  Continue Reading »

Podcast: Steve Southern

  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  Continue Reading »

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 »