A First Look at Desano Pizzeria Napoletana

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in Italian, Pizza, Reviews, Rob's Blog

You wouldn’t expect a guy named Jimmy Fitzgerald to be running one of the hottest new pizza joints in town. But after a tasting at his new Desano Pizzeria Napoletana on Burnet, I must admit he’s on to something. In fact, the first moment I walked in I could tell by the smells wafting out […]

Juliet Italian Kitchen Review

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Reviews

We wrote in an earlier post the process by which Juliet Ristorante became Juliet Italian Kitchen. Today we’re going to dive a little deeper into the new dishes that resulted from that transition. A big step in the makeover was to steer the cuisine toward more traditional Italian fare. For the most part Chef Jacob […]

Rob Reviews Lunch at Jobell Café and Bistro

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017 in Reviews

After having had several memorable dinners at Jobell Café & Bistro on Highway 12 in Wimberley over the past year, I recently had a chance to finally try their lunch. Big question: what the hell took me so long? Jobell takes on an inviting glow as shafts of light from the noonday sun illuminate the […]

Rob Reviews Café Blue at Galleria

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Reviews

From their beginning at a seasonal location near Volente Beach to their current digs at the Hill Country Galleria at Bee Cave, Café Blue has maintained two hallmarks that characterize successful restaurants: innovative and consistent cuisine and a sense of how to deliver a pleasing experience to customers. My recent dinner at their new Galleria […]

EurAsia Sushi Bar & Seafood’s Great Fish Dishes

Posted by on Jul 22, 2017 in Reviews

My admiration for EurAsia Sushi Bar & Seafood continues too grow. This neat new restaurant in Oak Hill at the Y blends Indonesian cuisine along with seafood dishes and Japanese sushi and sashimi. So far I’ve been focusing on the Indonesian part of the menu with delicious results. But the fish dishes deserved their turn […]

Looking for BBQ Shrimp? Check Out the Gnarly Gar at Point Venture

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in Reviews

I have been to New Orleans many times and always seem to work my way over to Pascal’s Manale for their amazing BBQ shrimp at least once on each visit. Eating this dish is a messy but glorious experience as you’re engulfed in flavors you might never have thought possible. Owner Luke DeFelice and his […]

Street Restaurant Makes a Tasty Oblique Turn Toward Japanese

Posted by on Jul 8, 2017 in Reviews

When Ronald Cheng’s Street Restaurant debuted last year on Greystone in the space that had formerly housed Musashino, there was a definite Chinese tilt toward the pan-Asian menu. I loved the restaurant then and I still do, even though it has taken on decidedly more of a Japanese inclination. We started the other night with […]

The Oasis Review: Dining Atop Lake Travis

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Reviews

The 4th of July is approaching and as always my thoughts turn to that irresistible combination: water and food. And then my thoughts turn to The Oasis on Lake Travis. Perched in a gorgeous setting 450 above Lake Travis, the Oasis began as the dream of interior designer and art collector Beau Theriot who grew […]

Jobell Cafe & Bistro in Wimberley: Gold in the Hill Country

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in Reviews

Austin has a number of really cool and interesting restaurants that are sometimes tucked away in more remote locations. Finding them is like striking culinary gold! Dining at them is a blissful experience that every foodie should enjoy. Jobell Cafe & Bistro on Highway 12 in Wimberley is one such place. Established by transplanted New […]

Rob Reviews Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Reviews

Austin has a lot of unique restaurants with great back stories and Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden is one of them. Founder Ben Siegel does not come from a food background but that didn’t deter him from following his vision to Rainey Street and putting together one of the most popular gathering spots in […]

Craig O’s Pizza & Pastaria in Lakeway Sneaky Good

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Reviews

Had a leisurely dinner at CraigO’s Pizza & Pastaria in Lakeway Friday night. Since they do a lot of takeout there, they’ve reduced the overall square footage. But no matter – the food still mostly rocks. I saw a tray of pizza rolls headed to the table next to ours. I’d always thought of these […]

Phoenicia Bakery and Deli Review

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in Reviews

I have been a fan of Phoenicia for quite some time. All it takes is a taste of their splendid shawarma or gyro and a brief chat with owner Malek Sr., who has that dry sense of humor reminiscent of Steven Wright. Malek came over from Lebanon years ago to get a degree in chemical […]

Rob Reviews Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop on East 7th Street

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Reviews

There are many restaurants and dishes in my food life that border on compulsory. And there are a few that are simply indispensable. Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop on East 7th is one such place. The history of this place is remarkable, dating back to the late 1930s when it was a bakery called La […]

Rob Visits Cane Rosso Neapolitan Style Pizza in Sunset Valley

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Reviews

As you’ll read in our forthcoming Austin Pizza Wars 2017, what was once a veritable wasteland for good pizza has become a mecca of sorts for pizza lovers. Cane Rosso, a popular Dallas chain, threw its hat into the Austin pizza scene last year at the site of the old Cannoli Joe’s (and later St. […]

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 […]

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