Monday, October 20, 2014

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 »

The Ultimate Austin Movable Feast

I fantasize from time to time about staging the ultimate Austin movable dinner. You know, one course at each restaurant with a fleet of limos at our disposal as we move for each course. Of course each limo would be stocked with chilled bottles of Yellow  Continue Reading »

Is Austin Where it Should be on the Ethnic Dining Front?

Could it be that the reason that Austin doesn’t show up on more Top Ten lists for food (as is does on just about every other list these days) is our lack of diversity of ethnic restaurants. And no, Tex Mex doesn’t count. Let’s look at  Continue Reading »

Perry’s Grows from Houston Butcher Shop to Texas Steakhouse Chain

Founder: Chris PerryWhen Chris Perry was growing up in Houston in the 1980’s, the plan for him was to follow in the path laid out by his father Bob, who had once been the regional manager at Kroeger’s Meat Markets. But a Butcher Shop intervened and  Continue Reading »

Austin’s Best Pizzas: Pizza Wars 2013

Welcome to the 7th installment of our annual review of owner-operated central Texas pizza restaurants. We fondly call it Pizza Wars. As many of you may know by now, I grew up in one of the best American pizza cities, New Haven, Ct. Classics like Frank  Continue Reading »

Wild Wood Bakehouse Serves Up Gluten-Free Cuisine Just North of Campus

Joan GriffithJoan Griffith is one indomitable lady. She’s taken an amazing work ethic, entrepreneurship, and an abundance of knowledge about various foods and turned it into a successful restaurant called Wild Wood Bakehouse just off Guadalupe near  Continue Reading »

Making Sense of the Lingering Sushi “Substitute” Problem in Austin

I’ve been getting quite a few emails from our readers lately after the recently released results of a two-year national study by non-profit Oceana. Turned out that according to the study, many restaurants and stores across the US were apparently  Continue Reading »

The Back Story at Soto: Chef Andy and His Family Rock at Lakeline Mall

Chef Andy OkamotoOne of the more dynamic openings in North Austin has to be the recent introduction of Chef Andy Okamoto’s Soto restaurant to Lakeline Mall. Andy’s passions for cooking date back to his 10th birthday where he worked at his  Continue Reading »