Rob Reviews Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Reviews

Austin has a lot of unique restaurants with great back stories and Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden is one of them. Founder Ben Siegel does not come from a food background but that didn’t deter him from following his vision to Rainey Street and putting together one of the most popular gathering spots in […]

Amazon Gobbles Up Austin-Based Whole Foods for $13.5 Billion

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in News

I have to admit I didn’t see this one coming. But when the biggest online retailer in the world (with a voracious appetite) happens to notice that a high-end chain of stores like Austin-based Whole Foods has lost 50% of its value since 2013, somehow for Jeff Bezos that was just plain tempting. So what’s […]

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 […]

Craig O’s Pizza & Pastaria in Lakeway Sneaky Good

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Reviews

Had a leisurely dinner at CraigO’s Pizza & Pastaria in Lakeway Friday night. Since they do a lot of takeout there, they’ve reduced the overall square footage. But no matter – the food still mostly rocks. I saw a tray of pizza rolls headed to the table next to ours. I’d always thought of these […]

10th Annual Taste of North Austin at the Domain

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in News

What does a restaurant critic do on an off day? He sits down with three other judges in front of the iPic at the Domain and tastes the offerings of 25 different north Austin restaurants. It’s called the Taste of North Austin and it happens Saturday at 12:15 at the Domain. For the public it’s […]

DK Maria’s Legendary Tex-Mex Opens on 1807 Slaughter

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in News, Openings

Replacing the former Tres Amigos, DK Maria’s Legendary Tex-Mex has opened at 1807 Slaughter. The fare is family-style Mexican food inspired by the creative influences of DK Maria herself. Former Kenichi investor Mike Reynolds is highly involved with this restaurant and he told me today that he’s been “delighted” with the initial response from the […]

Phoenicia Bakery and Deli Review

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in Reviews

I have been a fan of Phoenicia for quite some time. All it takes is a taste of their splendid shawarma or gyro and a brief chat with owner Malek Sr., who has that dry sense of humor reminiscent of Steven Wright. Malek came over from Lebanon years ago to get a degree in chemical […]

Rob Reviews Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop on East 7th Street

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Reviews

There are many restaurants and dishes in my food life that border on compulsory. And there are a few that are simply indispensable. Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop on East 7th is one such place. The history of this place is remarkable, dating back to the late 1930s when it was a bakery called La […]

Rob and Don Pryor’s Dining Out Austin Podcast Featuring Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden’s Ben Siegel

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in News

Click on the link below to listen to a fascinating interview with Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden founder Ben Siegel. He started from scratch with no restaurant experience and built an amazing business. How did he do it? The story awaits! Dining Out Austin Podcast – Ben Siegel of Banger’s

Rob Visits Cane Rosso Neapolitan Style Pizza in Sunset Valley

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Reviews

As you’ll read in our forthcoming Austin Pizza Wars 2017, what was once a veritable wasteland for good pizza has become a mecca of sorts for pizza lovers. Cane Rosso, a popular Dallas chain, threw its hat into the Austin pizza scene last year at the site of the old Cannoli Joe’s (and later St. […]

Cantine on South Lamar Closes

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in Closings

I’ve always been an Emmet Fox fan (the force behind Austin restaurants Asti and Fino) and I really enjoyed his latest venture, Cantine on South Lamar. But Cantine has now gone dark, and frankly I’m not surprised. South Lamar bears virtually no resemblance to what it looked like five years ago. There are simply too […]

Hot Luck Fest, Aaron Franklin’s Homage to Austin Food, Drink and Music, Wraps Up

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in News

It has been an unusual but fun four days. The Hot Luck Festival is winding down to its final Sunday brunch at L’Oca d’Oro after a rousing beginning at Franklin Barbecue earlier this week. I’m not sure if this city really needs another festival, but after popping in to a few events I must say […]

The Back Story of the Opening of EurAsia Sushi Bar & Seafood in Oak Hill

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in News

Oftentimes the story behind the opening of a restaurant is as interesting as the restaurant itself. Such is the case with EurAsia Sushi Bar & Seafood in Oak Hill and its owners, Andre and Lili Dinata. Andre was born in Indonesia and made his way to the US where he gradually became involved in the […]

Mattie’s at Green Pastures Sparkles in SoCo

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in News, Openings, Reviews

I must admit it had been quite some time since we’d dined at Green Pastures, one of Austin’s oldest and most iconic restaurants. It was badly in need of a makeover and that musty smell had gone from endearing to annoying, so it had kind of dropped off our radar. But the old gal has […]

North Italia and Flower Child to Open in New Google Building Downtown

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in News, Openings

FOX Restaurant Concepts out of Arizona had early success at the Domain with North Italia, a very decent Italian restaurant. Recently the company also opened Flower Child at the Domain as well. But no one expected what was to come next. The two restaurants are scheduled to open new operations in the Google building downtown. […]

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