Qui Segues into Kuneho

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in News, Openings

Paul Qui’s namesake restaurant Qui on E 6th is no longer. The Top Chef winner who had an admittedly tough year in 2016 shuttered Qui and is back in form and looks to make its replacement restaurant Kuneho into another one of his stellar Pan Asian restaurants. Kuneho is now open for business with a […]

Kemuri Opens

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Openings

More from Tatsu Aikawa and the Ramen Tatsu-Ya gang: Kemuri Opens on East Side. My old pal Tatsu-san is at it again. The king of the big Ramen slurp has opened Kemuri Tatsu-Ya on 2713 E 2nd. It’s at the site of the old Live Oak BBQ and that’s appropriate because kemuri means “smoke” in […]

Cannon and Belle Opens at the Hilton

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Openings

Named after Austin heroine Angelina Belle Eberly who fired the legendary cannon shot in 1842 which ignited the Texas Archive War, Cannon and Belle is the new Fine Dining restaurant at the downtown Hilton. Helmed by Chef Peter Maffei the restaurant replaces Finn and Porter and stands at the forefront of other new entertainment and […]

Cafe Blue to open 2nd Location Downtown

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Openings

Heard from Jason Landtroop that Cafe Blue is taking the plunge and opening downtown in the vacant location next to Fleming’s (formerly Roy’s and then Crave) across from the convention center. Cafe Blue has been a consistent member of our Top 25 since they opened at the Galleria. Under the direction of Chef Ben Nathan […]

Culinary Dropout Opens at Domain

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Openings

An eclectic new restaurant has opened at trendy Rock Rose at the Domain. The place is called Culinary Dropout. The menu looks good and the name, at least on the surface, seems explanatory. Love the irony. There are so many new restaurants to try up at The Domain that I’ve been thinking about booking a […]

Paul Martin’s American Grille Opens at Domain

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Openings

This restaurant is another from the fertile brain of Paul Flemming. The idea is New American cuisine with the most passionate commitment to sourcing and cooking over real flames. Their opening at the Domain continues to drive the uber cool restaurant vibe that is going on out there. Like most of Flemming’s properties this is […]

Prelog’s Still Searching for Space

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Openings

One of our former Top 25 restaurants, Prelog’s European Kitchen, closed its 3rd St location several months ago. But Florian Prelog is still looking for more affordable space and hopes to reopen. In the meantime he is available for catering and private dinners. He is a talented young chef with a passion for fine cuisine. […]

Forthright Eases Into Downtown

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Openings

Forthright, a new spot at Cesar Chavez and Brazos has opened for breakfast and lunch. The food leans to the healthier side and we could all use a little more of that. Breakfast ranges from Yogurt Parfaits and Quinoa Porridge to Buttermilk Waffles. Lunch scans the gamut from Chicken and Goat Cheese to Veggie Sandwiches. […]

What Trump and Clinton Like to Eat

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Openings

Donald Trump orders his steaks well-done. (See Kitchen Confidential for more on that). He also like cheeseburgers and meatloaf, also well done. Could the fact that he likes to nuke food be a portent of what might happen were he to be elected? Hillary Clinton likes roast leg of lamb, scrambled eggs on the soft […]

360 Pizza to Open 3rd Location in Rollingwood

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Openings

Seriously good pizza and more is coming to Westlake as 360 Pizza Opens in Rollingwood Plaza off Bee Caves Road. This is the 3rd location for the Austin grown pizza chain which actually features far more than pizza. There are subs, calzones, Stromboli, salads, antipasti and of course, house made cannolis. Try the Pennybacker (after […]

Eberly to Open on S Lamar

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Openings

One of our city’s best chefs, Jim Tripi, is back after a three-year stint in Montana, to open Eberly on S. Lamar for the former owners of Stubbs. This restaurant, thanks to the talents of design guru Micki Spencer, is going to be drop dead gorgeous. Tripi’s wife Maria is also along with his chef […]

June’s All Day on S. Congress

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in Openings

At what used to be Wahoo’s Fish Tacos another restaurant has opened at 1722 S.Congress. Welcome to the latest endeavor from Tom Moorman and Larry McGuire: June’s All Day. This is a nice dining spot with subtle touches befitting what one would expect from the group that brought you Lambert’s, Elizabeth Street Cafe and much […]

Deckhand Oyster Bar Opens on S. Lamar

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Openings

South Austin needed a deckhand. Now it has one. Deckhand Oyster Bar which has been packing them in up north now has a location on 4211 S. Lamar. The oysters are cold and briny and there are lots of Cajun accented dishes to enjoy. I particularly like the Crawfish Etouffee and the Broiled Catfish Filet. […]

Salt Traders Coastal Cooking Opens in Round Rock

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Openings

Jack Gillmore is at it again. One of Austin’s biggest success stories in recent years: Jack Allen’s Kitchens will now add a 4th restaurant. The name is Salt Traders and it will primarily specialize in Seafood. The address is 2850 IH 35. Care for a prediction (I know it’s redundant)? Hour lines at least and […]

Easy Tiger Worth a Visit

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Openings

One of the things that used to drive us crazy on our Food Friday program on 590 KLBJ was the seemingly endless array of phone calls we got from folks wanting German food. After the European Bistro closed in Pflugerville and Ilsa’s Kitchen shuttered in Spicewood all we had to talk about was Scholtz Garten […]

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