Saturday, September 20, 2014

Judging Taste North Austin Unveils Some Delicious Dishes

Judges Prepare to Taste North AustinA couple of days ago I was baking in the midday heat at the Domain along with my fellow judges at the Taste North Austin competition. Over 20 restaurants participated and at least for me, there were some pleasant surprises.  Continue Reading »

Pizza Wars 2013 Part II: Pieous, the Cave, Winflo and More

It says a lot about the Austin pizza scene that our long running Pizza Wars series now requires two complete installments instead of the few paragraphs that we needed way back when. And that’s good for pizza lovers. Josh KanerLet’s start with  Continue Reading »

Main Street Grill: Chris Mercer Leads Pioneering RR Bistro into New Era

Main Street GrillThe wine room at Main Street Grill in Round Rock has a lot of memories for me. When we first tried the restaurant 13 years ago, we had the pleasure to taste our first Monica’s Salad (which is still the most asked for salad) along  Continue Reading »

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 »