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Restaurant Reviews

First Look: Garbo's Wells Branch

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the great state of Maine. In two short days, I had lobster four times. There wasn’t another choice. It was expected. Read More | Comment »

4:15PM Thu. Aug. 7, Rod Machen

Mick Makes a Return Trip to Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol is a happening little Salvadoran joint at the northeast corner of Cameron Rd. and 183. I knew that whole Cameron Rd-Sprinkle-Dessau Rd. area like the back of my hand when I was growing up. Now, this funky strip center is a culinary destination. Read More | Comment »

3:50PM Tue. Jun. 10, Mick Vann

Foreign & Domestic's Indie Chefs Table: Chicago's Jason Vincent

Not satisfied with his own media ascendence – nor with the critical acclaim for and personal satisfaction of pushing boundaries of what can be done with exotic edibles and what new and tasty twists can be visited upon traditional culinary tropes – Executive Chef Ned Elliott of Foreign & Domestic has a new Indie Chefs series going on. Read More | Comment »

2:53PM Fri. Apr. 25, Wayne Alan Brenner

First Look at Sap’s Sibling in Allandale

A couple of weeks ago, I ate at my buddy Sap’s newly opened restaurant. Sap's Fine Thai Cuisine in the southern bend of the Allandale Village, on the southwest corner of Burnet Rd. and RR 2222, just across the street from where the original Frisco Shop stood for decades. Read More | Comment »

4:50PM Mon. Mar. 3, Mick Vann

Taco More Grabs Us with Goat Dishes

Taco More sits on the Northwest corner of Parkfield and Rundberg in North Austin, but not too far beyond the demarcation line of Research Blvd. It's an unassuming spot well worth finding. Read More | Comment »

10:00AM Mon. Nov. 4, 2013, Mick Vann

The Tortilla Strip

Few things in Austin are as revered as tacos. Ann Richards ate tacos; Molly Ivins did too. They inspired one of Willie Nelson’s most poignant love songs. Some even say Elisabet Ney devoured al Pastor before immortalizing Sam Houston. It’s a wonder the streets aren’t paved in tortillas. Austin never seems to get its fill. Read More | Comment »

3:15PM Thu. Oct. 24, 2013, Brandon Watson

Sunflower: Not Sunny Anymore

About a month ago a friend and I were on a Vietnamese food-craving jag, and I decided to give Sunflower (8557 Research, #146) another try. I had not been there in years; not since the competing owners divorced and the hubby left to open Le Soleil, as a matter of fact. Read More | Comment »

5:30PM Mon. Oct. 21, 2013, Mick Vann

Wright Bros Brew & Brew

As Austinites prepare for the second weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, a new Eastside craft brew and coffee shop offers a convenient and familiar respite from the chaos. Read More | Comment »

11:55AM Wed. Oct. 9, 2013, Anna Toon

Too Cool For School

Walking into Schoolhouse Pub, you can't help thinking that you've wandered into a Pinterest board. Raw-edged lace gussies up the windows. Tabletop card holders are DIYed from school supplies. The tickets peek behind mini marbled composition books. Every detail is repinnable, just short of twee. You can take your mom if she happens to be a lush. Read More | Comment »

4:05PM Tue. Sep. 24, 2013, Brandon Watson

TopGolf is Austin's Newest Sports Entertainment Phenomenon

"Have you been to TopGolf?" "You've got to go to TopGolf!" "Let's go to TopGolf?" Read More | Comment »

11:30AM Tue. Aug. 13, 2013, Carly Yansak

Anticipating Olamaie

Tuesday night Lenoir hosted the first in a series of pop-up restaurants presented by Olamaie, a Southern style restaurant which will open at 1610 San Antonio later this year. Read More | Comment »

11:20AM Fri. Aug. 9, 2013, Rachel Feit and Melanie Haupt

Ashley, the Wonder Waitress

After all the years I've spent in and around the restaurant business, I often claim I don't care what the service is like as long as the food is good, but Ashley changed all that. Ashley made me realize how much I appreciate a fantastic server. She exemplified what we should all look for in table service, and she was rewarded handsomely for her excellence. Read More | Comment »

11:50AM Fri. Aug. 2, 2013, Mick Vann

Notes from the Qui Media Preview

Anyone who reads our food section closely already knows I’m not our resident Asian food expert. I’m allergic to soy, can’t eat raw fish, and my palate is better suited for other flavor profiles. However, I was not about to turn down a personal invitation to the media preview dinner at Austin’s most eagerly awaited new restaurant. Read More | Comment »

5:05PM Wed. Jun. 12, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

Restaurant Flashbacks From the Frisco Shop

For those of us native to the ATX, there's a certain degree of comfort found in things that don’t change; familiar old landmarks that stay the same are fewer and farther between. But if you go to the Frisco Shop, the food, the look, and the staff will all be the same as they were 30 years ago. It’s like slipping into a favorite pair of old jeans. Read More | Comment »

3:45PM Wed. May. 29, 2013, Mick Vann

A Necessary Eastside Experience

Inside a trailer on the Eastside, Raymond Tatum leans against a compact counter as a mobile of figurine pigs’ dances in the corner. Since age 20, Tatum has been collecting knick-knacks of his favorite animal; some decorating the trailer, like good luck charms. Read More | Comment »

1:55PM Tue. May. 7, 2013, Carly Yansak

Pars Deli Serves Perfect Persian on Burnet Road

A friend offered me a belated birthday lunch last weekend and I cogitated for a while before I figured out that I hadn’t been to Pars Deli in far too long, and I was hankering for some of their fantastic north central Persian and Middle Eastern food. Read More | Comment »

3:00PM Tue. Jan. 29, 2013, Mick Vann

Habesha Celebrates the Best of Ethiopian Cuisine

Habesha Restaurant and Bar is the newest addition to the small number of African restaurants in Austin. The grand opening party on January 5th attracted 300 people and now the restaurant is rapidly becoming a popular spot to enjoy flavorful Ethiopian food in a warm, friendly, and authentic atmosphere. Read More | Comment »

12:00PM Sat. Jan. 26, 2013, Angela Shelf Medearis

Hill's Cafe Review

When local radio personality and restaurateur Bob Cole announced recently that this iconic South Austin eatery was struggling financially, it seemed like the right time to take another look at the place. I mean, any restaurant that's been around since 1947 deserves a chance at survival, right? Read More | Comment »

2:10PM Fri. Jan. 18, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

Mi Ranchito II Never Fails to Satisfy

After a recent book meeting, Art Meyer and I decided to hit up Mi Ranchito II, at the end of Manchaca Road, where it runs into FM 1626; he had a hankering for a good bowl of soup and I was hungry for a burger. Disparate demands, for sure, but perfectly met by Ranchito Dos. Read More | Comment »

11:00AM Thu. Jan. 3, 2013, Mick Vann

New Jack Allen's Kitchen Reflects the Best of the Original

I’m a huge fan of Chef Jack Gilmore, co-owner of Jack Allen’s Kitchen in Oak Hill. His farm-to-table concept using the best ingredients from local purveyors is always evident on his menus. After a year-long search for the perfect north location, chef Gilmore and his partner, Tom Kamm, have opened a second venue in Round Rock. Read More | Comment »

2:00PM Wed. Dec. 26, 2012, Angela Shelf Medearis

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