Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Frankie Hoch Podcast, Grillmaster at It’s All Good Bar-B-Q

  This week’s podcast features Frankie Hoch, the Grillmaster at It’s All Good Bar-B-Q in Spicewood. He came to the business the old-fashioned way: driven by a lifelong love of Q he competed in cook-offs around the state and across the South.  Continue Reading »

What’s in a Name? The Story of Cedro

James SunOne of the more complicated and interesting aspects of the restaurant business is the actual naming of the establishment. Some names work well and last a long time. Others (Peso and Bucks, Rival’s Steakhouse, Sardine Rouge, Demi Epicurious  Continue Reading »

Downtown Density and Dining Out

When Will Wynn (great name for a politician) was serving as mayor, his most frequent mantra was downtown density. The idea was to create an enterprise zone where a significant amount of potential retail and restaurant customers actually lived and worked  Continue Reading »

The Iconic Bakehouse in South Austin To Close June 15th

The Really Big BurgerIt’s hard to imagine too many restaurants (Hill’s perhaps) that have been more integrally involved with south Austin than the always interesting and iconic Bakehouse on Manchaca near Stassney. Indeed, I can still remember  Continue Reading »

Welcome to our First Podcast on Dining Out with Rob Balon

Our first guest is Chef Louie Ciola, former exec chef of the popular Ciola’s in Lakeway, then chef at some uber-hot Minneapolis restaurants. He recently returned to Austin as executive consultant to the TC4 group which includes the Tony C’s  Continue Reading »

David Bull and the Evolution of Austin as a Major Food City

Chef David BullI can remember the day almost as if it was yesterday. We had gone to dinner at the Driskill Grill in the famous downtown hotel. It was a slow night for a Saturday and we were surprised to see that the restaurant was staging a “mystery  Continue Reading »

Brad Meltzer: Mr. Teppayaki

Brad MetlzerMost Teppanyaki/Hibachi restaurants I’ve been in have been owned and operated by Asians. So how did a Jewish guy from Massachusetts become a pivotal force in the Texas teppanyaki scene? It’s an interesting story. Meltzer is a Renaissance  Continue Reading »

Great Oysters in the Burbs: Café Blue

.Growing up in New England where clams on the half shell ruled the day, I came down here with a complete lack of appreciation and understanding of oysters. Well that certainly has changed. Ever since Auggie Garrido coaxed me into my first platter of  Continue Reading »

A Culinary Reason to Head to San Antonio: Sumo

Sumo – Brad MeltzerThings are a bit sparse in Austin on the Tepanyaki/Hibachi front. But this is an itch I have to scratch now and then, and so we drove to San Antonio last Saturday night to check out Sumo on I-10 next to a rather large Carmax. The  Continue Reading »

Cho Sushi Thrives in Lakeway and Steiner Ranch

John ChoJohn Cho did not aspire to run a sushi bar or Japanese restaurant. His brother David was the cook in the family (and a damned fine one at that all the way back to Midori Sushi). John headed to New York to make his mark in the tech/finance world  Continue Reading »