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 […]

Flour and Vine Settling in

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Openings

Once upon a time there was an effervescent and extremely talented restaurateur named Magna Sampaio who ran a lovely Brazilian restaurant on Burnet that bore her name. Alas Sampaio’s was forced to close. Marta wanted to reopen but lacked funds. A regular former customer came to her rescue and she opened Hugo’s near Zachary Scott […]

Ah Sing Den Opens on E 6th St

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Openings

Yet another very cool looking restaurant opens on the East side. Ah Sing Den is a rather unique little bistro that’s named after one of London’s most celebrated opium dens where the likes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle found inspiration. Sorry, just food at this spot but the small but innovative menu looks intriguing. The […]

827 Ray’s Opens on RR 620

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Openings

A new restaurant has opened on RR 620 at the long-time site the Hill Country Pasta House. Ray’s 827 is an owner operated establishment. The menu looks good! I will miss my favorite sausage and pasta dish at HCPH but I have a feeling that 827 Ray’s is going to be a good fit. 512-266-9445

Prelogs to Seek Central Location

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Openings

One of our Top 25 restaurants, Prelog’s on 3rd, is having the same downtown issues that caused the building’s previous resident David Garrido to seek greener pastures at Dine at the Radisson. Florian Prelog announced that he would close that location on August 29th, while he and his wife looked for a better spot in […]

Vivo Quietly Reemerges on N I-H 35

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Openings

Some years ago a restaurant called Vivo hit the ground running on Manor Road. Their puffy tacos and home made sauces were a huge hit. Founder Roger Diaz then opened a second location on 620 where he added legendary chef Paul Peterson to the mix. And then, seemingly overnight, both locations were gone. The Manor […]

CraigO’s Original 290 Store Celebrates 13th Anniversary

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Openings

One of my favorite little family-style Italian joints, CraigO’s Pizza and Pastaria on Highway 4970 290 W at South Town Square is celebrating a lucky13 years in business. Owner Craig Plackis is a real people guy and that has been reflected in the support he has received from the community. Oh and the food ain’t […]

Imperia Closes

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in Closings, Openings

A few years back Imperia on Colorado was introduced to Austin as the home of “vibe dining” and an extension of the famous TAO restaurants in Vegas and New York.[They opened with the Sous Chef from Tao Vegas on board]. It also introduced many of us to C.K.Chin who has now become, shall we say, […]

Popadom Opening at Former Site of Imperia

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in Openings

With the notable exception of the Clay Pit at 1601 Guadalupe and G’Raj Mahal on Rainey, downtown Austin, between Caesar Chavez and 12th has lacked an Indian restaurant. That’s about to change. The Singh family, Vir and Jae are opening Indian-styled Papadom at 320 Colorado in the space formerly occupied by Michael Girard’s Imperia. The […]

Proof and Cooper Marks 1st Anniversary

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in Openings

The area out by Highway 12 and Hamilton Pool Road is classic hill country gorgeous. But until recently it has not exactly been overrun with restaurant. Proof and Cooper changed that a year ago when they first opened. We stopped by Saturday afternoon to help them celebrate their 1st anniversary. We had the burger with […]

Street Opens

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Openings

Street by Ronald Cheng opened on June 18th. Was it worth the wait? You bet! The street food concept works for me and the food is delicious. The Pork Belly dish may be my favorite with the Scallion Cakes and Vietnamese shaved beef not far behind. Street is where Musashino used to be underneath Chinatown […]

More About The Pizza Cave

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Openings

We had such great response to our recent Pizza Wars Parts 1 and 2 we’re going to drill a bit deeper into some of the restaurants. Let’s begin with The Pizza Cave in Dripping Springs. Owner Joe Cave, unlike most Austinites who own Italian restaurants, is a native Texan. He went to San Angelo State, […]

Satay Closes

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016 in Closings, Openings

I’ve known Dr. Foo Swasdee for many years and it is with regret that we must report that her pioneering Thai restaurant, Satay, is closing. Seems like the Anderson Lane eaterie has been around forever and it almost has. It opened in 1987. Swasdee is the only restaurant owner I know with a PhD in […]

Street by Chinatown Almost Ready

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Openings

In my line of work I get to go to more than my fair share of soft openings. As most foodies are aware, a soft opening [to borrow a theatrical term] is kind of a dress rehearsal for a restaurant. Selected guests [usually friends and family] are invited and several dinner flights are scheduled. It’s […]

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