Friday, August 26, 2016

South of the River: New Restaurants Taking Off

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  Continue Reading »

Chez Zee Makes Jimmy Kimmel Go Bananas

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  Continue Reading »

Podcast: Hoover Alexander

  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  Continue Reading »

Easter Dining Recommendations 2015

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  Continue Reading »

Hong & Young Quach: Behind Hao Q

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  Continue Reading »

Foodie Survivor Tips for SXSW

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  Continue Reading »

Podcast: Randy Ford of Homespun

  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  Continue Reading »

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 »