El Gallo Closing

Posted by on Jan 28, 2017 in Closings

One by one the dominos seem to be falling with respect to classic, family-owned restaurants in Austin. The latest casualty is the iconic El Gallo on S Congress which has been dishing up Tex Mex for 60 years. The Kennedy family has had to shut its doors because they simply can’t keep pace with rising […]

Sap: A Profile

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in News

It’s been long journey for my friend Sap, the owner of Saps’s Fine Thai Cuisine with locations on Westgate and Burnet. I would attempt to give you his last name but I can’t even spell it let alone pronounce it. He came from Bangkok to Texas in his late teens and in 1972 enrolled at […]

Zed’s Once Again Shuttered

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Closings

The on-again off-again story of Zed’s in the Tech Ridge center is apparently off again. This north Austin comfort food spot had opened and closed several times. It was a decent place in an area off I 35 that is significantly in need of some good dining spots. Our readers have told us that it […]

Qui Segues into Kuneho

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in News, Openings

Paul Qui’s namesake restaurant Qui on E 6th is no longer. The Top Chef winner who had an admittedly tough year in 2016 shuttered Qui and is back in form and looks to make its replacement restaurant Kuneho into another one of his stellar Pan Asian restaurants. Kuneho is now open for business with a […]

The Root Cellar in San Marcos

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Reviews

215 N. LBJ
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 392-5158

Where Have all the Good Jewish Delis Gone?

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in News

I have a long time Jewish friend who, despite his infatuation with Rush Limbaugh, I have great admiration and respect for. We were talking about getting lunch the other day and I was a bit surprised about his interest in the pastrami at Pieous which is quite a piece from his house in Northwest Hills. […]

Kemuri Opens

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Openings

More from Tatsu Aikawa and the Ramen Tatsu-Ya gang: Kemuri Opens on East Side. My old pal Tatsu-san is at it again. The king of the big Ramen slurp has opened Kemuri Tatsu-Ya on 2713 E 2nd. It’s at the site of the old Live Oak BBQ and that’s appropriate because kemuri means “smoke” in […]

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 […]

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