Billie Jean’s Burger Pub Podcast

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Openings, Podcasts

  Billie Jean’s Burger Pub is a hot, new joint at 6501 S. Congress helmed by Miranda and Christie, two veterans of the local Austin food wars. As you will hear, they are quite personable and really buzzed about their new place. I really like these ladies and what’s more, I truly enjoy their food […]

This Week’s Podcast: Cesar Navarri of il Forte

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Openings, Podcasts

  Il Forte is a charming little Italian restaurant on 8th between Brazos and Congress. It is run by an ingratiating Italian gentleman named Cesar Navarri. He and his wife Renata along with chef Giovanni have created quite a restaurant: enough for them to make our recent Top Ten List of best new Austin places. […]

Podcast: Steve Southern

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Podcasts

  Steve Southern is the subject of this week’s podcast. A Texas-born chef, he trained in Dallas, and cut his spurs at the Hyatt under the tutelage of some real pros. He later opened a restaurant in San Antonio, and then joined Iron Cactus where he refocused and improved the tequilla grille concept. He moved […]

Podcast: Joe Piefer

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Podcasts

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of a hospital food operation? Well, this week’s guest, chef Joe Piefer of Arise Medical Center on Bee Caves Road can shed some light on that. I’ve never been a fan of hospital food: everything always seems to have a green or dull gray hue to it. […]

Podcast: Hoover Alexander

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Podcasts

  This week’s Podcast takes us into the fascinating world of Hoover Alexander, southern soul food entrepreneur and owner of Hoover’s Cooking on Manor Road. I first met Hoover 33 years ago at Toulouse on 6th Street, a New Orleans-style restaurant that had a great run. Later he cooked at Chez Fred before turning Good […]

Hong & Young Quach: Behind Hao Q

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Podcasts

You don’t find many situations where two brothers marry two sisters, and both couples start restaurants. Well, that’s the case with Austin’s Hao Q and Hao Hao. In this week’s podcast we take a look at Hong and Young Quach, the owners of Hao Q on Far West Blvd. It’s quite a story, so enjoy […]

Podcast: Randy Ford of Homespun

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in Podcasts

  Randy Ford is a co-owner and head mixologist of Homespun Kitchen in Dripping Springs. He is not a career restaurateur, but a serendipitous series of events over the past few years, including meeting partner Jennifer, propelled him toward the opening of this neat little restaurant. In today’s Podcast, you can get the interesting back […]

Podcast: David Meltzer of Sumo

Posted by on Feb 28, 2015 in Podcasts

  ​Today’s Podcast features David Meltzer, the 31-year-old general manager of Sumo restaurant in San Antonio. David follows in his father Brad Meltzer’s footsteps as they’ve created a family dynasty of sorts with Teppanyaki restaurants. Sumo is more than worth the drive from Austin. It’s the best food of its kind in the area, and […]

David Joseph: the Story Behind El Patio

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Podcasts

  El Patio on Gualalupe is one of Austin’s oldest Tex Mex restaurants. Opened in 1954 by a Lebanese couple, the Josephs, the building formerly housed a restaurant named Schoonerville. Today’s Podcast is with their youngest son, David Joseph who began working for his dad at age 11 for $0.25 per hour. Thirty-nine years later, […]

Podcast: Michael Freid and Noah Polk of East Side Pies

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Podcasts

  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 one of my favorites, the Little Piggy. They pioneered the downtown/East […]

Podcast: Elmar Prambs

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in Podcasts

  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 in London and Montreal, and then had a stint in Vancouver […]

Podcast: John Cho of Cho Sushi

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in Podcasts

  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 settled in NYC working for a tech firm when […]

Podcast: Steve Adler

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Podcasts

  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 of workers in central Texas (far larger than IT). Unbeknownst to many, the city is actually protected by a […]

Podcast: Freda Cheng of Freda’s Seafood Grille

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Podcasts

  Freda Cheng is a proud member of one of Austin’s family restaurant dynasties. As proprietor of Freda’s Seafood Grille, she has teamed with brother Ronald Cheng (Chinatown) to bring the River city a diverse array of excellent food. It’s hard not to like Freda. Her bubbling and energetic personality have endeared her to many […]

Podcast: Mitch Ellengold of Rudy’s Bar-B-Q

Posted by on Nov 8, 2014 in Podcasts

  Hard to believe it’s been 20 years since the first Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q on Research opened its doors. Three friends from the insurance business, including Ken Schiller and our guest for today Mitch Ellengold, were behind the initial collaboration with Phil Romano and the acquisition of the greater Austin territory. The rest, […]

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