Saturday, February 13, 2016

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 »

Podcast: John Cho of Cho Sushi

  John and David Cho have given the foodies of the Lakeway and Steiner Ranch communities some genuine options with regard to great sushi and sashimi. David is the back of the house while John handles the front. They make a great team. John was comfortably  Continue Reading »

Rob’s Christmas and New Year’s Dining Options 2014

He’s making a list…For your convenience, we’ll be compiling many recommended restaurants’ hours of operation for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Enjoy, and don’t forget to generously tip your  Continue Reading »

Podcast: Steve Adler

  Mayor-Elect Steve Adler joins us this week to discuss the permitting, licensing, and other infrastructure issues that confront and often cripple the hospitality industry (restaurants, bars, hotels, clubs, et al.) that comprise the LARGEST number  Continue Reading »