Rob’s Christmas Day Dining Recommendations

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in News

You’d better not pout, you’d better not cry, and you’d better serve free range turkeys this Christmas. That’s right. It’s time to ponder whether you want to spend half the evening and most of the morning slaving over the ultimate Christmas feast or whether you just want to relax and let some of Austin’s most […]

Creek Road Cafe: Inside a Top 25 Restaurant

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in News

Our annual list of Top 25 restaurants is always a popular feature for visitors to our site. We get many emails detailing exactly how a restaurant makes the list. Let’s take one of our newest restaurants on the list, Creek Road Cafe in Dripping Springs, and break it down based on our criteria for inclusion. […]

Thanksgiving Recommendations

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in News

Back in the good old days almost everyone stayed home by the fire and cooked Thanksgiving dinner. My how times change. Used to be that just hotels were open on Thanksgiving day in Austin but that is no longer the case. Here are some favorites. Trio at the Four Seasons. This is the ultimate brunch […]

The Best Steaks in the Austin Area: Our Picks

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Best Of, News

Steak is one of the Texas essentials, along, of course, with BBQ and Tex Mex. We are blessed with some outstanding steak joints in Austin and we often get emails requesting our take on them. Well as you might have expected, we do have opinions on where the best steaks can be found. So here […]

Oasthouse Kitchen and Bar Lights up Four Points

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in News

Back in the days when Amir Hajimaleki was toiling in the trenches at Freda’s Seafood Grill, he dreamed some big dreams, And after more than a decade of hard work and devotion to his craft, both for he and brother Ali, those dreams have come to fruition.. First, with the District at Slaughter and Escarpment […]

Rob’s Favorite Food Photos

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 in News

Since the advent of the iPhone and other devices, we’ve been taking a lot more food pictures. Many are posted on our site while many more are on my Instagram page @robbalon. Here are some of my recent favorites: Marge and I with C.K. Chin at the soft opening of Wu Chow on W 5th […]

Dripping Springs Emerges as a Dining Destination

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in News

Back in March some eyebrows were raised when I issued my brand new Top 25 list of fine dining restaurants. There for the first time was a restaurant in Dripping Springs of all places. I had discovered Creek Road Cafe when we moved to a neighborhood north of Dripping Springs after leaving Westlake and doing […]

What Does it Take to be a Restaurant Critic?

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in News

One of the most over-served markets these days are people who dine out. Twenty years ago, the reviews on restaurants were almost exclusively the domain of newspapers and some food-specific magazines. These days however, with the advent of user-generated websites there has been an explosion of restaurant criticism. So that leads to the question: what […]

Summer’s Here: Let’s Eat Ice Cream

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in News

It’s already been hot as hell for over a month in Austin so the official arrival of Summer is not really that big of a deal. However, it provides your faithful scribe with an opportunity to focus on some lighter and cooler (as in temperature) eats to mark the true arrival of the dog days. […]

The Best Pizzas in Austin:
Pizza Wars 2016 Part 2

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in News

Last week we posted my choices for the Top Ten pizzas in the Austin area. There are many more very good places around and we’ll begin Part 2 by going roughly from South to North and listing my favorites in each area. Wimberly The obvious choice here is Brewster’s Pizza a few miles south of […]

The Best Pizzas in Austin:
Pizza Wars 2016 Part 1.

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in News

Welcome to Pizza Wars 2016. We started this back in 2000 when Austin didn’t have enough locally owned pizza joints for us to select a Top 5 let alone a Top 10. But my how things have changed. I no longer have to begin these pieces by lamenting my lack of access to Pepe’s and […]

Rob’s Ultimate Movable Feast

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in News

Movable feasts have gone in and out of popularity over the years. But they work like this: a group starts at one restaurant for a first course, moves on to a second restaurant for the next course, and so on. Of course a large spacious limo is a requisite (Marriton would be good). Here is […]

Easter Brunch Suggestions

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in News

Easter has an early arrival this year. March 27th is just around the corner but seats for Easter Brunch are filling fast. So here are 15 of my favs for your consideration. Enjoy the day! The Russian House This authentic Russian restaurant offers a colorful and historic ambience. The food is good as well but […]

Must Visit Breakfast Spots

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in News

I’m a longtime breakfast lover. There’s something about a great breakfast, from an elegant Quiche to a simple Breakfast Taco that literally jump starts my business day or sets the stage for a leisurely weekend. These are some of my favorite breakfasts around the River City. Hoe Cakes at Hoover’s Cooking This is both a […]

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 […]

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