Dishes I Absolutely and Constantly Crave

Posted by on Jan 30, 2018 in Best Of, Reviews

Oasis at Lake Travis Chicken Fireballs The Chicken Fireballs at The Oasis are irresistible – love these fiery little doodads! Coconut Shrimp at Café Blue Can’t get away from this crunchy and savory delight from the creative mind of Café Blue’s Chef Ben Nathan. Great as an appetizer or entree. EurAsia’s Gyoza An unexpected pleasure […]

Biderman’s Deli on Far West Satisfies Sandwich Cravings

Posted by on Jan 26, 2018 in News, Reviews, Rob's Blog

This tasty Salami Deli Sandwich is calling out to sandwich lovers. Recommendation? Try it soon!!! Biderman’s Deli 3742 Far West Blvd.,  Suite 101 Austin, TX 78731 (512) 340-1404 www.bidermansdeli.com

Fareground Food Hall to Open in mid January

Posted by on Dec 15, 2017 in Openings, Reviews

Well this is interesting. What do you get when you take the essentials of a good food trailer park and then ramp it up to a brick and mortar edifice? The answer is Fareground Food Hall which will house some familiar restaurant names with engaging concepts. It’ll be located on Congress between Caesar Chavez and […]

Rob Reviews Red Ash Italia

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Reviews

There’s been a lot of buzz about the Italian-styled Red Ash Italia over the past year. Of course, as is my style, I’m never the first to rush in the door. I like to wait for a new restaurant to settle in so the back and front of the house have time to get in […]

Austin BBQ Wars: Best Austin BBQ

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Barbecue, Best Of, Reviews

Like any other red blooded Austinite, I love eating the entire panoply of smoked meats and fowl that most of us fondly refer to as “cue.” Unlike most other Austinites, however, I am a restaurant critic. In that capacity, I have traveled to many so-called meccas of BBQ including the Carolinas, Memphis, Kansas City, and […]

Jobell Café & Bistro in Wimberley Unveils Fall/Winter Menu

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in News, Reviews

One of my favorite parts of my job is anticipating the roll out of a new menu and then getting to actually taste the culmination of the ideas that I heard discussed turned into new and flavorful dishes. So my last tasting at Jobell Café & Bistro was a memorable one, particularly with all the […]

Rob’s Thanksgiving 2017 Dining Options

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Best Of, Reviews

Each year the time-honored traditions of Thanksgiving dining centered around hearth and home fade further away in the rearview mirror of our overly busy lives. So, let’s assume that many of you will be enjoying your holiday dining away from your kitchens and dining rooms. Here are some great dining choices. Trio Best holiday brunch […]

Old Thousand – Inventive Chinese Cuisine on Austin’s East Side

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017 in Reviews

The space at 1000 East 11th St. has been home to several local restaurants that have had to close. But as current occupant Old Thousand approaches its first anniversary, that fate does not appear to be in their cards, at least not based on what we tasted and observed on a recent Friday night. The […]

Creek Road Café in Dripping Springs Keeps Their Spot in Top 25

Posted by on Oct 22, 2017 in Best Of, Reviews

The local food world was stunned last year when we placed Creek Road Café in our Top 25 Fine Dining Spots. First time ever for a restaurant south of William Cannon to be ranked that highly. Well guess what? Our new Top 25 list is about to come out and Creek Road is still on […]

Pizza Wars 2017 Part 2: Rankings 11-20

Posted by on Oct 14, 2017 in Best Of, Pizza, Reviews, Rob's Blog

11. Little Deli & Pizzeria You would think its rather out of the way location would would inhibit customer discovery, but any time we’ve been there the place has been packed. Why? Really good Jersey pizza. I love the aptly named The Italian. The sausage and red peppers work with onions to create a really […]

Pizza Wars 2017 Part 1: Rob’s Best Pizzas in Austin

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Best Of, Pizza, Reviews, Rob's Blog

It’s hard to believe that this is our 17th year of Pizza Wars. Austin has turned into a world class city in the interim and the local pizza scene has evolved from a chain-driven environment to literally dozens of owner operated places. Given my background of growing up in the pizza rich environment of New […]

Rob Reviews Café Blue Classic Seafood & Oyster Bar Downtown’s Brunch

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Reviews

You all know that I’m an unabashed lover of great sunday brunches. Trio, Fonda San Miguel … there are many great ones. But Café Blue has stepped up and joined the ranks of the must visit spots. So we went to their new downtown location on 2nd Street across from the convention center. Exec Ben […]

The Big Cat BBQ Review

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Reviews

James Jones of Big Cat BBQ Last month we wrote about James Jones and his amazing life’s journey that led to the beginning of Big Cat BBQ in Cedar Park. James’ dogged determination not to be overwhelmed by a series of physical misfortunes is evident in the care he takes in preparing his barbecue. And […]

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 […]

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