The Most Influential Restaurants in Austin

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

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 Since the first day he arrived in Austin over a dozen years ago […]

Podcast: Joe Piefer

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Podcasts

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 seems to have a green or dull gray hue to it. […]

Did Restaurant Indifference Contribute to the Biker Shooting in Waco?

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Heard On The Street, News

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 has a regular Thursday “biker night” and openly caters to the area biker […]

Austin Originals: Beau Theriot and Shirley Shaw of the Oasis

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

Aside 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 a variety of almost Biblical plagues that would have caused most restaurant owners to light out for the territories. They […]

Places You Should Try in the Spicewood Area

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

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 This little comfort food emporium on 71 dishes up pretty much things that […]

South of the River: New Restaurants Taking Off

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

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 a chord. Son Bryce got things rolling on South Lamar, first […]

Chez Zee Makes Jimmy Kimmel Go Bananas

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Heard On The Street, News

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 Sharon that Banana Cream was Jimmy’s favorite pie. So Sharon […]

Podcast: Hoover Alexander

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Podcasts

  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 restaurant that had a great run. Later he cooked at Chez Fred before turning Good […]

Easter Dining Recommendations 2015

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

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 to email us with any questions. Freda’s Seafood Grille This is […]

Hong & Young Quach: Behind Hao Q

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Podcasts

You don’t find many situations where two brothers marry two sisters, and both couples start restaurants. Well, that’s the case with Austin’s Hao Q and Hao Hao. In this week’s podcast we take a look at Hong and Young Quach, the owners of Hao Q on Far West Blvd. It’s quite a story, so enjoy […]

Foodie Survivor Tips for SXSW

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

The annual carnival known as South by Southwest comes to town this week, which means a significant disruption of the downtown dining we locals are used to. Tip #1 You can’t navigate anywhere downtown so don’t even try. Drive your car to the closest point and then arrange for Uber to pick you up. And […]

Podcast: Randy Ford of Homespun

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in Podcasts

  Randy Ford is a co-owner and head mixologist of Homespun Kitchen in Dripping Springs. He is not a career restaurateur, but a serendipitous series of events over the past few years, including meeting partner Jennifer, propelled him toward the opening of this neat little restaurant. In today’s Podcast, you can get the interesting back […]

Weekend Brunches Around the River City

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Cuisine, News, Rob On Cuisine

Who doesn’t like a tasty weekend brunch? Unlike weekday dining, weekends have a sense of liberation to them, and brunches really seem to fit well with relaxed attitudes. Here are some of our favorites. District Kitchen + Cocktails This newish bistro at Escarpment and Slaughter has a really interesting brunch. Eggs Benedict that stand out […]

Podcast: David Meltzer of Sumo

Posted by on Feb 28, 2015 in Podcasts

  ​Today’s Podcast features David Meltzer, the 31-year-old general manager of Sumo restaurant in San Antonio. David follows in his father Brad Meltzer’s footsteps as they’ve created a family dynasty of sorts with Teppanyaki restaurants. Sumo is more than worth the drive from Austin. It’s the best food of its kind in the area, and […]

David Joseph: the Story Behind El Patio

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Podcasts

  El Patio on Gualalupe is one of Austin’s oldest Tex Mex restaurants. Opened in 1954 by a Lebanese couple, the Josephs, the building formerly housed a restaurant named Schoonerville. Today’s Podcast is with their youngest son, David Joseph who began working for his dad at age 11 for $0.25 per hour. Thirty-nine years later, […]

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