Friday, July 18, 2014

Hao Q and Hao Hao: Brothers and Sisters

The QuachsThe story behind Austin restaurants Hao Hao and Hao Q has many interesting layers to it. It began with brothers Kevin and Young Quach who emigrated to the US from Vietnam. They started at the bottom, washing dishes and bussing at various Asian  Continue Reading »

The Dog and Duck’s Susan Forrester

Susan ForresterYou’ve got to admire many things about the Dog and Duck‘s female half, Susan Forrester. First, she is a genuinely nice person free of the hubris that has doomed many business owners over the years. She’s fun to know, and  Continue Reading »

From India to Austin: Vir Singh and Son Jae

Vir & Jae SinghAnyone who has dined at the Star of India on Anderson, the Bombay Grill in Westlake, or the recently opened Royal India on 290W has tasted the dishes of Vir Singh. A farmer in his native India, Singh journeyed to New York and joined  Continue Reading »

From Russia with Love: The Backstory of The Russian House’s Vladamir and Varda

Vladamir and VardaYou’d have to really let your imagination fly to come up with a more interesting and ironic story than this one. Austin’s only Russian restaurant’s leading couple have quite a story. Meet Vladamir and Varda of the Russian  Continue Reading »

Pieous is the Culmination of Long-Time Dream for Josh Kaner

Josh KanerI first ran into Josh Kaner several years ago at the HEB in Dripping Springs. He engaged me in a discussion of the quality of Austin pizza, and advised me that it was his goal to open a pizzeria somewhere in the area. Fast forward several years  Continue Reading »

Mansion at Judges’ Hill Names New Exec Chef

The Mansion at Judges’ Hill, long one of Austin’s distinguished dining and lodging destinations at MLK and Rio Grande, has named Scott Mechura as its new executive chef. Mechura has an impressive background with stops at The Timbers at Moonlight Lodge  Continue Reading »

Boomerang’s to Sell their Pies at Whole Foods

One of my favorite little places for empanadas has always been Boomerang’s, the little Aussie pie shop at 3110 Guadalupe. Great news for them. Their product is now going to be available in Whole Foods stores in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. I  Continue Reading »

Valentine’s Day Dining 2013

Valentine's Day Welcome 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 »

Hot Off the Presses: News from the Local Food Scene

We blogged last month about the “strange case of Eddie Nimibutr” who owned or worked at (depending on who you’re talking to) the Thai Noodle House on Guadalupe. He was the unfortunate Facebook poster who went nuclear about the Newtown shootings,  Continue Reading »

Fore in Lakeway Updates Menu Under New Chef

New Chef Robert Snow will roll out updated lunch and dinner menus at Fore in Lakeway beginning February 20th. Snow, whose credits include Fix at Bellagio in Las Vegas, Fleming’s and most recently Judge’s Hill in Austin, has his eye on some  Continue Reading »