Monday, April 25, 2016

Weekend Brunches Around the River City

District – Eggs BenedictWho 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  Continue Reading »

Podcast: David Meltzer of Sumo

  ​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.  Continue Reading »

David Joseph: the Story Behind El Patio

  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  Continue Reading »

Pizza Wars 2014: The Best Pizzas in Austin

Sally’s ApizzaAccording to our pizza pals, the week after Valentine’s Day is traditionally a good one for pizza restaurants in Austin. Guess everyone went broke on Valentine’s Day, or some such reason. Nonetheless, here’s one of  Continue Reading »

Valentine’s Day Dining 2015

Valentine’s DayWelcome 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 to post updates as  Continue Reading »

Podcast: Michael Freid and Noah Polk of East Side Pies

  Michael Freid and Noah Polk had a fortuitous meeting some years ago at a local coffee shop, became friends, and in 2006 opened their first East Side Pies location on Rosewood. Today, they have three stores, and a bunch of specialty pies including  Continue Reading »

Another Austin Original: Margarito Maldonado

Chef Margarito MaldonadoThink about how many restaurants in Austin have opened within the past 10 years. Then, regrettably think about all of those that have closed in the same time span (way more than you might think). So when you reach the point when  Continue Reading »

Podcast: Elmar Prambs

  Elmar Prambs, the only Exec Chef the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin has known since it opened in 1986 joins us for this week’s podcast. Prambs began his career with a three-year apprenticeship at a hotel in Germany. He moved on to resorts  Continue Reading »

An Austin Original: Freda Cheng

Freda ChengI was having lunch at Chinatown Bee Caves the other day when I ran into an elegantly dressed elderly Asian woman with a friendly yet dignified air about her. We shook hands and I asked for her daughter. “What else new?” she said.  Continue Reading »

An old Austin Food Year Passes, and a New One Awaits!

It is hard to put the enormous changes in the Austin food scene over the past year into perspective; and harder still to anticipate what impact the 2015 openings will bring. Bottom line, we are as on point food-wise as I’ve ever seen us. And it  Continue Reading »