Rob’s Valentine’s Dining Suggestions

Posted by on Feb 9, 2018 in Holiday Dining, Rob's Blog

Looking for a special place for Valentine’s Day dinner in the Austin area? Here are a few of my all-time favorite choices. Valentine’s menu at The Oasis   Jobell Café & Bistro – another great Valentine’s Day choice   The Russian House’s prix fixe Valentine’s menu   Creek Road Café: A Valentine’s mandate!   Another […]

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

Eurasia Hard to Turn Down

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in News, Rob's Blog

This photo was taken opening day at Eurasia Sushi Bar & Seafood in Oak Hill and I haven’t stopped going since. The food is just too good! EurAsia Sushi Bar and Seafood 7101 West Hwy 71 Suite #C13 Austin, TX 78735 (512) 382-0968 www.EurasiaSushiAustin.com    

Rob’s Fearless Food Predictions for 2018!

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Rob's Blog

Ronald Cheng of Chinatown and Street restaurants Traditionally we use the first day of the new year for some admittedly tongue-in-cheek predictions about the local and national food scene. Happy New Year fellow foodies! 1. Distant relatives Ronald Cheng and C.K. Chin will partner in a new fusion concept called Cheng, Chin and Everythin’. 2. […]

Sullivan’s Steakhouse to Close After 20-Year Run

Posted by on Dec 27, 2017 in Closings, News, Rob's Blog

I must tell you that while this saddens me, it is not surprising. Downtown Austin literally has more steakhouses than it knows what to do with. It was inevitable that one of the dominoes would fall. But that’s capitalism for you. Thing is in the late 1990’s Sullivan’s lounge was THE place to be seen […]

New Year’s Eve Dining in the Austin Area

Posted by on Dec 23, 2017 in Holiday Dining, News, Rob's Blog

New Year’s Eve will soon be upon us. Posted below are special menus from Jobell Café & Bistro, Juliet Italian Kitchen, Café Blue Classic Seafood & Oyster Bar, and III Forks. We’ll list more as we receive them. Happy New Year from all us at DiningOutWithRobBalon.com! Jobell Café & Bistro Juliet Italian Kitchen Café Blue […]

Austin Restaurants Open on Christmas

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in Best Of, Rob's Blog

Well, if you’re reading this you’ve decided to forego the shopping, preparation, cooking and then the cleaning up associated with Christmas dinner. Not there’s anything wrong with choosing not to cook on the big day. It does come with a lot of hassle, not the least of which usually falls on the distaff side of […]

Clark Griswold has Nothing on The Oasis on Lake Travis!

Posted by on Dec 2, 2017 in Lake Travis, News, Rob's Blog

Every year when Christmas season rolls around, we inevitably watch Christmas Vacation at least a few times. The classic movie from National Lampoon has more than its share of illumination. But that’s a movie. If you want to see the real thing head out to The Oasis on Lake Travis. They know how to do […]

BBQ Wars Coming Soon: who has the best barbecue in Austin?

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Barbecue, News, Rob's Blog

We’re about to take on a project dealing with the most hotly contested and ongoing Central Texas food argument that’s raged from downtown to The Hill country: who, in the Austin area, in our opinion, really has the best BBQ? It’s bound to make some folks happy while pissing other people off, but that’s what […]

How to Plan a Successful Restaurant Event

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Rob's Blog

This is the season when a disproportionately large number of dining and social events are booked at restaurants. To give you some perspective we thought we’d provide our readers with a brief tutorial on how to make your event successful. We’ve focused on Juliet Italian Kitchen because they have a very efficient and appealing program. […]

Be More Pacific Filipino Kitchen and Bar Opens on 7858 Shoal Creek

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in News, Openings, Rob's Blog

For years now I have been bitching and moaning about the city’s lack of great Filipino cuisine. Nothing against Mang Dedoy but it’s a store with four tables. I used to love dining at Goldilocks in Las Vegas which is a terrific Filipino restaurant and bakery. I even asked the owner, Mandrei, if he would […]

EurAsia Gaining Momentum in Oak Hill

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in News, Rob's Blog

For a restaurant that has barely been open six months, EurAsia Sushi Bar & Seafood at the Y in Oak Hill is making serious progress. Indonesian imports Andre and Lili have taken a dumpy old Chinese buffet and turned it into a sparkling and beautifully decorated restaurant. Their sushi and sashimi is pristine and wonderfully […]

One Saving Grace for Napa Valley in the Midst of the Wildfires

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in News, Rob's Blog

As the unprecedented wildfire roared through Napa Valley destroying many wineries and generations of history, there is some good news. Roughly 90% of this season’s grapes had been harvested at the time of the fire. While this glimpse of hope must be taken into context with the horrible loss of life and carnage, still it’s […]

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 […]

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