The French Boulangerie: an Endangered Species?

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

Nowhere in the world is the art of making and consuming various styles of bread more indigenous to local culture than in France. The epicenter of this are the thousands of boulangeries or local bakeries that spread across the country. They make everything from traditional baguettes to the indispensable croissant. They have a history that […]

The Wise Guy Kitchen has Closed

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Closings, News, Rob's Blog

The Wise Guy Kitchen, the 5th St. food truck with the usual dishes named after organized crime guys, has gone dark. I tried it once and found it to be OK. I grew up not far from NYC and had the opportunity to sample the grinders and hoagies from Brooklyn to Queens that Wise Guy […]

Man Vs. Food on the 4th of July

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in News, Rob's Blog

Somewhere a long time ago the first competitive eating contest was held. Maybe it was a bunch of kids eating cherry pies or watermelons. But however murky the origins of this “sport” may be, one of the more bizarre events is the Nathan’s Hot Dog Challenge held at Coney Island every forth of July. The […]

Is the Owner Operated Restaurant an Endangered Species?

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Rob's Blog

We went to Dallas over the Easter holiday weekend to have brunch with our daughter. She lives near Plano in a lovely area called The Colony. We ate at a smallish chain restaurant near her apartment called Hash House a Go Go. The wait was well over an hour. The food was decent but the […]

Jackets Required? On Dressing Up and Dining Out in Laid Back Austin

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Rob's Blog

Austin is the kind of town where the concept of “laid back” is ingrained into the daily fabric of life. The sartorial casualness that kind of flows from the campuses, tech firms and home offices resonates outward and has created a minimalist style of dining attire here – even at the fine dining establishments – […]

Why Restaurants Should Avoid Grand Openings

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Rob's Blog

We’ve had over 100 new restaurants open in the past year in the greater Austin area. And in keeping with what many restaurants see as an obligation most had some kind of grand opening. And most of those, in all likelihood, did not go well. Opening a new restaurant and making sure all cylinders are […]

Jew Boy Burger Truck Moving from Burnet to the E 6th Food Trailer Court.

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Rob's Blog

Mo Pittle announced today that he is about to move his iconic Jew Boy Burgers truck from Burnet to the trailer court at 1606 E 6th. Hours will be 11-2 and 5-8 Tuesday thru Saturday. The El Paso native turned Austinite is a gregarious sort and has already developed a following. We’ll keep you posted […]

L’Oca d’ Oro Declares Itself a Sanctuary Restaurant

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Rob's Blog

The national furor over sanctuary cities and counties in the U.S. has extended to a local restaurant, L’Oca d’ Oro in the East Side Mueller neighborhood. The owners have a sign out front declaring it to be a sanctuary restaurant, meaning that they would not comply with federal requests to detain undocumented workers without an […]

Merry Christmas Downtown

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Rob's Blog

Although folks might not quite realize it yet, downtown Austin got a nicely wrapped Christmas gift in the form of the new Cafe Blue restaurant at the site of the former Crave across from the convention center on 2nd. This was dead space in an areas of town that could ill afford to have it, […]

Curtis Clark of Evangeline Cafe Talks Cajun

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Rob's Blog

My Dining Out Austin Podcast that I cohost with Don Pryor features Curtis Clarke, who started Evangeline Cafe on Brodie over 13 years ago. We talk on a wide range of topics from how to make a great roux to the essence of crawfish etouffee and what it takes to be a certified coon ass. […]

Downtown Dining: Quo Vadis?

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Rob's Blog

When former Mayor Will Wynn launched his downtown density campaign a while back, the idea was to create a downtown population that could support downtown dining, shopping and general commerce. Well he achieved that. The last ten years has seen an sunami of building and development unparalleled in Austin’s history. Condos, apartment towers and lofts […]

Paul Qui: A Chef and a Life in Transition

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Rob's Blog

I first became acquainted with Paul Qui’s talents when he worked under Tyson Cole at Uchi. There was a passion about him and a drive to make each dish he created an ultimate flavor experience. So when he became executive chef at Uchiko I was one of the first in the door. I was not […]

The Cost of a Sub

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Rob's Blog

As a rule I prefer to make my own subs on the fairly rare occasions that I have them. Lot of bread for a guy who dines out 5-6 time a week. But I do occasionally get subs out and it seems that not that long ago, you could get a large turkey sub in […]

Celebrity Sightings

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Rob's Blog

I was really into writing about celebrity sightings at Austin restaurants for some time, Then I guess ennui set in [probably due to the same celebs being sighted over and over] around 2012 and that part of our site kinda went dark. But it’s back and here are some of the latest sightings with some […]

Last minute Mother’s Day choices.

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Rob's Blog

It’s still not too late to choose a dining option for Mother’s Day. Here’s a quick list, many of which include members of our new Top 25. Trio Always the best brunch in Austin. Fonda San Miguel Consistently the best Mexican brunch in Austin. Dine at the Radisson. David Garrido and exec chef Mario work […]

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