Saturday, November 15, 2014

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 laV Musashino Olive & June Olivia Perla’s Perry’s Steakhouse Sway III Forks Trio at the  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 »

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 »

Rob Balon’s Reviews Now Available on YouTube!

Rob Balon has filmed restaurant reviews on FOX 7 and KVUE-TV in Austin since 1999. Given the increasing popularity of social media, and the fact that Dining Out with Rob Balon has significantly increased its Facebook presence, we thought it was time to  Continue Reading »

Thanksgiving 2013 Dining Recommendations

Next to Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving is Austin’s other favorite dining out day. And as always, we’re posting a list of restaurants that will be open for Thanksgiving and contact information for those restaurants. We’ll also be updating our  Continue Reading »

Rob’s Favorite Dishes at Austin’s Newer Restaurants

I’ve tried a lot of great new dishes in the past six months. Some have made it into my reviews and some are still waiting for print. But I wanted to share some of them with you. Sway My only negative on Sway is that I drove by it three times before  Continue Reading »