New W 5th St bistro from the ELM group to open Memorial Day called Inside Irene’s. The theme is comfort food from Chef Andrew Curren and the menu will feature items like grilled cheese (of course), steak sandwiches, pigs in a blanket, a pulled chicken and avocado sandwich and much more. Cocktails abound and they […]
The families that make one of my favorites, Amarone del Valpolicella, are squabbling over the control of the name Amarone. Well more than squabbling apparently: there’s litigation involved at this point. As Colonel Niebaum once famously said, “can’t we all just get along?”
Josh Kaner wasn’t content with the runaway success of Pieous on 290 W. So the mercurial pizza maker and sourdough curator opened a tea and pastry shop adjacent to his restaurant a few months ago. And just like the bread he makes at Pieous for the pastrami sandwiches these pastries are amazing. The place opens […]
Oak Hill has its first Tex-Mex and Asian fusion restaurant. Partners Tom Hsieh and David Deicke bring backgrounds in Asian and Mexican cuisine to the table. Like many newer Austin restaurants, they began as a food truck in 2014 and evolved from there. They’ve got some diverse influences on the menu from Korean-styled Kimchee Fries […]
Stephan Pyles has been pleasing Dallas palates for years and his influence reaches down to Austin as well. So it’s a big story up north that Pyle’s namesake restaurant is closing. He’s at the end of another of his ten-year cycles and well, just like the chef of Star Canyon fame will be moving on. […]
Detroit-style pizza Via 313 has opened a second location at 31st and Guadalupe at the site of the closed Blackbird and Henry. I had high hopes for them after the move from 919 in Marble Falls. Ah well. Don’t expect any problems for the new Via 313 location. The first brick and mortar location on […]
After a killer first dinner at III Forks last month, our rejuvenated Gonzo Gourmet Club is planning a second dinner. We’re thinking about Prelog’s downtown and have also had some requests for the always excellent Freda’s Seafood Grille near Lakeline Mall. Please email us email@example.com if you have other requests or feedback. One way or […]
Our first instinct was to head down to my friend Brian O’Neills place Bangers on Rainey St. I mean how crowded could it be on a Sunday night? Slammed was the word. So we tried No Va and then El Naranjo with the same result. The street was teeming with masses of people: some bar […]
One of Austin’s most iconic restaurants, Hudson’s on the Bend, will have its last service Saturday night. Jeff Blank’s incredible 32-year run will come to an end and he will be sorely missed. The restaurant will close for a time and will reopen at an undetermined date under new ownership.. Nonetheless, as a tribute to […]
Darryl Wittle, the beloved former GM at Fleming’s has returned to Bob’s Steak and Chop House as GM. Wittle is an exemplary restaurateur who set a very high bar during his tenure at Fleming’s . Great to have him back on the downtown scene.
So the mammoth combination of intellect, music and enormous crowds known as SXSW has once again enveloped Austin in its heady brew. Some restaurants love this festival and others wish it would take a long walk off a short pier. The interactive part of the festival, which comes first, tends to attract those with expense […]
Jack Gillmore and Tom Hamm will be opening their fourth restaurant at the site of the former Mesa Rosa at 2850 N IH 35. This is a stone’s throw from Jack Allen’s Kitchen in RR. The highly successful duo who now have three Jack Allen’s Kitchens are going to focus on a menu a bit […]
Spoke to Ronald Cheng today and he’s buzzed about his coming venture: Street by Chinatown. It will be downstairs at the Greystone location. The name pretty much sums up the intended cuisine. Ronald wants to do a casual Izakaya-like concept featuring Asian street fare. Ronald has never introduced anything he has not meticulously planned out […]
One of my long-time favs, Cafe Blue at the Galleria, is moving to new digs within the vast Bee Cave complex. They’ll be at the old location just down from Hill Country Cinema for another couple of weeks. I’ve been craving Chef Ben’s fabulous clam chowder anyway so it’s high time for a visit.