Monday, October 20, 2014

Crepe Crazy Set to Launch in Dripping Springs

Crepe CrazyCrepe Crazy, the popular trailer and winner of the 2013 Dripping with Taste Festival, is going brick and mortar. I stopped by yesterday to the location next to Oak Creek Cafe on Highway 290W in Dripping, and asked to speak to the owner. The  Continue Reading »

People, Places and Dishes in Austin: Our Favorite Photos

The Austin dining scene is a blend of diverse dishes, personalities, and that unmistakable vibe that characterizes the River City. This photo essay is a composite of some of our favorite views of the people and the dishes that make Austin unique. All  Continue Reading »

Changes in Our Top 20 Reflect Evolving Excellence of Austin Dining

Barlata Barley Swine Café Blue (Galleria) Chinatown (Greystone) Congress Contigo Hudson’s on the Bend Justine’s Brasserie La Condessa Musashino Olive & June Olivia Paggi House Perla’s Perry’s Steakhouse Sway III Forks Trio  Continue Reading »

An American Success Story: Francisco Cortez and Santa Catarina

Francisco CortezThere is a wonderful Mexican restaurant in Lakeway featuring interior and coastal Mexican cuisine. It’s one of my favorites, and it’s called Santa Catarina. But the most fascinating aspect of Santa Catarina is the back story  Continue Reading »

Kit Kat Named Most Influential Candy Bar

Gimme a BreakI know that news has been suffering from the “Olympics vortex” lately, but what a reach for Time Magazine to publish a piece on the 13 most influential candy bars of all time. What blows my mind is the winner: I immediately thought  Continue Reading »

Valentine’s Day Dining 2014

The Ultimate Heart-shaped Pizza at Pizza BistroWelcome to the Dining Out with Rob Balon’s special Valentine’s Day page. This is, without question, the most popular dining out day of the year for couples. We post all special menus sent to us, and continue  Continue Reading »

It’s Cold Out: Time for Rob’s Favorite Soups

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  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 »

Austin and Ellis Winstanley: Building the Abel’s Franchise

Ellis WinstanleyIt all began with a couple of UT college kids, fraternal twins Austin and Ellis Winstanley. They didn’t start out to be restaurateurs (Ellis wanted to go to the Naval Academy) but before either had turned 21, they owned Star Seeds Cafe  Continue Reading »

Restaurants I’d like to Have Back for Christmas

I was thinking about some of my favorite former Austin restaurants the other day, and how much I’d like to see them back in operation as a foodie Christmas present. C’mon Santa, make some magic happen and bring these back! In no particular  Continue Reading »