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 […]

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 […]

Places I Recommend Taking Dad for Father’s Day Lunch in Austin

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Best Of

The Oasis This flyer says it all. I’ll be there with my family and then off to the golf course. Cafe Blue Two locations at The Galleria and downtown across from the convention center under the direction of the highly talented Ben Nathan. The Lobster Eggs Benedict may be the best brunch item in our […]

Last Minute Mother’s Day Brunch Suggestions in Austin

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Best Of

If anyone deserves a day of nice dining and relaxation it’s your Mom! So here are some suggestions for brunch around Austin this Mother’s Day. The Oasis Best view in the city. Charming restaurant with the perfect menu for all those beleaguered moms. Here’s their menu. Mattie’s at Green Pastures Green Pastures was a brunch […]

Best spots for Easter Sunday Brunch in Austin – the Oasis and more!

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Best Of

The Oasis I couldn’t think of a better place to enjoy Easter brunch than this cozy spot nestled 450 feet above Lake Travis. Take a look at their menu. McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks This always reliable Seafood restaurant at The Domain has their Easter brunch scheduled from 10:30am to 1pm for a special […]

Valentine’s Day Recommendations

Posted by on Feb 4, 2017 in Best Of

Every Austin restaurateur is breathing a sigh of relief that the 14th falls on a Tuesday this month. That’s because Valentine’s Day is traditionally a couples night out. In restaurant jargon that means “two tops” and because so many tables are set up as four tops, it means a lot of empty seats. That being […]

The Best Steaks in the Austin Area: Our Picks

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Best Of, News

Steak is one of the Texas essentials, along, of course, with BBQ and Tex Mex. We are blessed with some outstanding steak joints in Austin and we often get emails requesting our take on them. Well as you might have expected, we do have opinions on where the best steaks can be found. So here […]

The Absolute Best Sunday Brunches in Austin

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Best Of

I recently read an article on another web site that is quite fond of labeling every list they do of the best of this and that with the word ESSENTIAL. The topic was Sunday brunch and I was amazed at the places that they deemed to apparently be nonessential. So here’s my list, compiled with […]

The Best Pizzas in Austin:
Pizza Wars 2016 Part 2

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in Best Of

Last week we posted my choices for the Top Ten pizzas in the Austin area. There are many more very good places around and we’ll begin Part 2 by going roughly from South to North and listing my favorites in each area. Wimberly The obvious choice here is Brewster’s Pizza a few miles south of […]

The Best Pizzas in Austin:
Pizza Wars 2016 Part 1.

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Best Of

Welcome to Pizza Wars 2016. We started this back in 2000 when Austin didn’t have enough locally owned pizza joints for us to select a Top 5 let alone a Top 10. But my how things have changed. I no longer have to begin these pieces by lamenting my lack of access to Pepe’s and […]

Top 25 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in the Austin area.

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Best Of

The Top 20 has long been one of our reader favorites on Dining Out with Rob Balon. We’ve made changes from time to time, but there are so many great restaurants out there that the Top 20 no longer seems adequate. So, welcome to the Top 25! Many, many changes. First, let’s review our criteria […]

Back by Popular Demand:, Best New Restaurants in Austin: Rob’s take

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in Best Of, News

For those who used to mourn the lack of quality restaurants in Austin, those days are long gone. Just in the last two years we’ve had dozens of quality openings. And as CK Chin keeps telling me, more are on the way! So here’s our take on the newbies: both fine dining, casual. and food […]

Rob’s Top Ten Comfort Food Restaurants in Austin

Posted by on Nov 23, 2012 in Best Of, News

Ever since 9/11, when the national craving for comfort foods made a dramatic comeback, foodies have been rediscovering all those simple yet memorable tastes from their childhoods. And restaurants have been alert to what might have been called a fad for a time but is now most certainly a trend. Restaurants serving simpler, people-pleasing chow […]