It’s Time for Rob’s Favorite Soups

Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in News, Rob On Cuisine

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 have begun to percolate and my thoughts run to some […]

Austin Valentine’s Recommendations

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in News

Well, it’s that time of year again that all restaurants love: Valentine’s Day. Since the holiday falls on a Sunday this year, rest assured that many restaurants will have official celebrations on both days, Saturday and Sunday. Following is a list of restaurants that are not only delicious but will help you score serious points […]

Rob’s Fearless Food Predictions for 2016

Posted by on Dec 26, 2015 in News

I believe that major changes in Austin restaurants and cuisine are ahead for 2016. So here they are unapologetically presented by your faithful scribe. As is our style some of these must be taken with the proverbial grain of salt. But here’s to a great new year in the River City. 1. Sometime soon in […]

Christmas Dining Recommendations

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in News

Believe it or not there are folks who don’t cook Christmas dinner at home. Well, here’s a list of places your family or friends might enjoy for Christmas Day dining out if you are so inclined. Cafe at the Four Seasons The best brunch in town seems to ramp it up even more for holidays. […]

A Pictorial Essay on Rudy’s Moist Brisket

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in News

Brisket evokes a lot of passion among BBQ fans. Everyone has their own take and favorites but without question, Texans truly love brisket. Now I’m a long-time fan of the moist brisket at Rudy’s Country Store and BBQ and i got to thinking about the process that a brisket goes through from the time it […]

James Ramsey New Exec Chef at The Goodnight

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Heard On The Street, News, Openings

James Ramsey, who has helmed Fore in Lakeway and his own restaurant, Silver and Stone in Georgetown, has now taken over the reins at The Goodnight on W.Anderson. This is a bit of a coup for owner David Goodnight as Ramsey is very well-respected in the industry. I’ve always enjoyed his highly creative yet approachable […]

Back by Popular Demand:, Best New Restaurants in Austin: Rob’s take

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in Best Of, News

For those who used to mourn the lack of quality restaurants in Austin, those days are long gone. Just in the last two years we’ve had dozens of quality openings. And as CK Chin keeps telling me, more are on the way! So here’s our take on the newbies: both fine dining, casual. and food […]

Local Chefs Who Don’t Always Get the Big Headlines (But Should)

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

Without question there is a media pecking order with respect to our local superstar chefs. You can’t pick up any periodical, visit a blog or website without hearing names like Aaron Franklin, David Bull, Paul Qui, Rene Ortiz, Shawn Cirkiel, Tyson Cole, Bryce Gillmore with significant frequency. Do they deserve the spotlight? Most definitely. They […]

Il Forte Rolls Out Happy Hour

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in News, Openings

One of our favorite new restaurants in Austin, Il Forte, has begun a happy hour from 4:30 to 7:30. Drink specials and scrumptious Italian appetizers will be served. And i don’t use the word scrumptious lightly! The chef, Gianni, is from Sardinia and he can flat out bring it. Now, they are on 8th between […]

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. […]

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