Emmer & Rye Snags National Attention from Bloomberg News

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in News

I don’t normally cover restaurant awards because there are so damn many of them. But this is special. Bloomberg News rarely strays away from New York or Europe to name best restaurant dishes. And true to form in 2016 they pretty much stayed with their usual coverage for their 19 best dishes. But there was […]

Cannon and Belle Opens at the Hilton

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Openings

Named after Austin heroine Angelina Belle Eberly who fired the legendary cannon shot in 1842 which ignited the Texas Archive War, Cannon and Belle is the new Fine Dining restaurant at the downtown Hilton. Helmed by Chef Peter Maffei the restaurant replaces Finn and Porter and stands at the forefront of other new entertainment and […]

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, […]

Rob’s Christmas Day Dining Recommendations

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in News

You’d better not pout, you’d better not cry, and you’d better serve free range turkeys this Christmas. That’s right. It’s time to ponder whether you want to spend half the evening and most of the morning slaving over the ultimate Christmas feast or whether you just want to relax and let some of Austin’s most […]

Cafe Blue to open 2nd Location Downtown

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Openings

Heard from Jason Landtroop that Cafe Blue is taking the plunge and opening downtown in the vacant location next to Fleming’s (formerly Roy’s and then Crave) across from the convention center. Cafe Blue has been a consistent member of our Top 25 since they opened at the Galleria. Under the direction of Chef Ben Nathan […]

Cantine Review

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Reviews

1100 S Lamar Blvd #2115,
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 628-0348

Creek Road Cafe: Inside a Top 25 Restaurant

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in News

Our annual list of Top 25 restaurants is always a popular feature for visitors to our site. We get many emails detailing exactly how a restaurant makes the list. Let’s take one of our newest restaurants on the list, Creek Road Cafe in Dripping Springs, and break it down based on our criteria for inclusion. […]

Culinary Dropout Opens at Domain

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Openings

An eclectic new restaurant has opened at trendy Rock Rose at the Domain. The place is called Culinary Dropout. The menu looks good and the name, at least on the surface, seems explanatory. Love the irony. There are so many new restaurants to try up at The Domain that I’ve been thinking about booking a […]

Paul Martin’s American Grille Opens at Domain

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Openings

This restaurant is another from the fertile brain of Paul Flemming. The idea is New American cuisine with the most passionate commitment to sourcing and cooking over real flames. Their opening at the Domain continues to drive the uber cool restaurant vibe that is going on out there. Like most of Flemming’s properties this is […]

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. […]

Prelog’s Still Searching for Space

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Openings

One of our former Top 25 restaurants, Prelog’s European Kitchen, closed its 3rd St location several months ago. But Florian Prelog is still looking for more affordable space and hopes to reopen. In the meantime he is available for catering and private dinners. He is a talented young chef with a passion for fine cuisine. […]

Thanksgiving Recommendations

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in News

Back in the good old days almost everyone stayed home by the fire and cooked Thanksgiving dinner. My how times change. Used to be that just hotels were open on Thanksgiving day in Austin but that is no longer the case. Here are some favorites. Trio at the Four Seasons. This is the ultimate brunch […]

Forthright Eases Into Downtown

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Openings

Forthright, a new spot at Cesar Chavez and Brazos has opened for breakfast and lunch. The food leans to the healthier side and we could all use a little more of that. Breakfast ranges from Yogurt Parfaits and Quinoa Porridge to Buttermilk Waffles. Lunch scans the gamut from Chicken and Goat Cheese to Veggie Sandwiches. […]

Fore In Lakeway Closes

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Closings

Fore in Lakeway closed on Tuesday, one day shy of it’s 5th anniversary. The New-American styled restaurant and bar on RR 620 opened strongly under Chef James Ramsey five years ago. But co-owner James Dineoodie noted the huge number of new restaurant openings in the Lakeway area and felt that would only further dilute his […]

What Trump and Clinton Like to Eat

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Openings

Donald Trump orders his steaks well-done. (See Kitchen Confidential for more on that). He also like cheeseburgers and meatloaf, also well done. Could the fact that he likes to nuke food be a portent of what might happen were he to be elected? Hillary Clinton likes roast leg of lamb, scrambled eggs on the soft […]

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