Eldorado Cafe Opens at the former site of Alborz

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in News, Openings

We have a new Latin restaurant that just opened off Anderson Lane at the site of long-time Middle Eastern spot Alborz. Eldorado Cafe is the brainchild of Joel Fried and his wife Joanna. Fried has deep roots in the Austin food community that go back to Jean Pierre’s Upstairs (Jean now runs a pizza joint […]

Cisco’s is Back Under New Ownership

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in News, Openings, Rob's Blog

Rudy Cisneros, my old pal, would be happy to see that his beloved Tex-Mex joint on E 6th is now in good hands. Grandson Matt Cisneros is now the new owner with a team of partners and they have big plans: for the first time in the history of this iconic spot they’re going to […]

Burgerville To Open in Dripping Springs

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in News, Openings

Miles Frost, a long time player on the Austin restaurant scene is opening Burgerville in the Pig Pen Trailer Court on 290 in Dripping Springs. Miles had a great restaurant in Westlake with his Redbud Grille and he almost singlehandedly saved Smoke’n Hops on 290 when he took over as GM and started serving his […]

Happy Lobster Truck Now Permanently Rolling Through Austin

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in News, Openings

A spin-off of a popular Chicago food truck that serves Maine lobster rolls, The Happy Lobster Truck is now out and about in Austin. They are not tied to one location but are cruising to different locations throughout the city. Can’t wait to try one as I grew up on lobster rolls, fried clams and […]

ATX Cocina Opens Monday July 17th on San Antonio

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in News, Openings

In what seems to be an extension of the endless efforts of investors to become the Mexican equivalent of what Olamaie is to Southern food, welcome to ATX Cocina. Lots of big local players behind this one. Larry and Guy who no longer need last names due to their local notoriety and new GM Matt […]

Juliet Italian Kitchen Reopens

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in News, Openings

  After a brief hiatus, one our favorite Italian spots has reopened. Juliet Italian Kitchen on Barton Springs is back with Exec Jacob Weaver helming the kitchen. The emphasis has changed a bit according to owner Dan Wilkins as they are trying to be a bit more inclusive with regard to accommodating a wider range […]

DK Maria’s Legendary Tex-Mex Opens on 1807 Slaughter

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in News, Openings

Replacing the former Tres Amigos, DK Maria’s Legendary Tex-Mex has opened at 1807 Slaughter. The fare is family-style Mexican food inspired by the creative influences of DK Maria herself. Former Kenichi investor Mike Reynolds is highly involved with this restaurant and he told me today that he’s been “delighted” with the initial response from the […]

Mattie’s at Green Pastures Sparkles in SoCo

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in News, Openings, Reviews

I must admit it had been quite some time since we’d dined at Green Pastures, one of Austin’s oldest and most iconic restaurants. It was badly in need of a makeover and that musty smell had gone from endearing to annoying, so it had kind of dropped off our radar. But the old gal has […]

North Italia and Flower Child to Open in New Google Building Downtown

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in News, Openings

FOX Restaurant Concepts out of Arizona had early success at the Domain with North Italia, a very decent Italian restaurant. Recently the company also opened Flower Child at the Domain as well. But no one expected what was to come next. The two restaurants are scheduled to open new operations in the Google building downtown. […]

Biderman’s Deli on Far West Blvd. launches Regular Hours Thursday at 7 a.m.

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in News, Openings

Finally, the closest thing Austin has had in a long time to a genuine Jewish Deli is opening. It’s called Biderman’s Deli and is located in the strip center on Far West Blvd., just down from Hao-Q Asian Kitchen. Biderman’s will start serving at 7 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. The variety of fresh […]

Toulouse Café and Bar Now Open at the Domain in Austin

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in News, Openings

Yet another high-end chain restaurant has opened at the Domain. Toulouse purports to be a French-style bistro and from my first tasting they did a decent – but not spectacular – job. The Crispy Duck Leg Confit was the best dish I tried (though I have always preferred Thomas Keller’s version at Bouchon) and the Foie […]

EurAsia Sushi Bar & Seafood Celebrates Grand Opening in Austin’s Oak Hill

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in News, Openings, Reviews

We told you last week that EurAsia Sushi Bar & Seafood had opened at the Y in Oak Hill. I had the chance to attend the grand opening on May 4th and it was so much more than the usual pomp and circumstance one sees at these things. There was genuine warmth among the guests […]

Tumble 22 Nashville Hot Chicken Trailer Opens on Austin’s West 5th Street

Posted by on May 7, 2017 in News, Openings

  Austin’s fried chicken scene just ramped up another notch with the opening of Tumble 22 Hot Chicken on W. 5th. St. The formal opening date is Monday, May 8th. Tumble 22 is the newest venture of chef Harold Marmulstein, who staked his claim with the Salty Sow on the East Side. It’s hard to […]

Slab BBQ & Beer Opens in Oak Hill

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in News, Openings

There’s something cool going on at the Oak Hill Plaza shopping center at the Y in Oak Hill. Two new and really decent restaurants have opened in the past month. We talked about EurAsia Sushi Bar & Seafood several days ago and just down the sidewalk we now have Slab BBQ & Beer. They’ve taken […]

EurAsia Sushi Bar and Seafood Opens in Oak Hill

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in News, Openings

EurAsia, a sleek and tastefully appointed new restaurant featuring sushi, sashimi, and other Asian dishes along with an extensive Indonesian menu has opened in Oak Hill. I have been very pleased with EurAsia’s cuisine thus far and am delighted to have a credible restaurant serving Indonesian foods. They are planning a grand opening celebration from […]

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