"...Food culture has changed a lot in Austin since the days when Mark Miller's Coyote Cafe famously flopped after less than two years in business. That was back in 1995, when the high-end Santa Fe chain swaggered into town to teach Austinites a thing or two about fine dining..."
"...Ah, the fickle dining public! One minute we're all rushing out to sample the goods of the newest culinary luminary; fast-forward a year and we couldn't care less. Such seems to have been the ill fortune for a number of Austin's buzziest formal fine-dining emporia of late..."
"...Visitors and newcomers may love it or hate it, but Austin is widely known for its decidedly casual zeitgeist. Austin's all about laid-back, "be whoever you are," wear what's comfortable -- and that's just the way we'd like it to stay..."
"...The South truly meets the Southwest in Austin at breakfast time, and a good biscuit can make all the difference. Here are some options in the central city...."
"...That, among other little annoying cross-cultural details, however, hasn't stopped us one lick from lapping up the latest and greatest exports from the Land of the Rising Sun. We Americans love Japanese trends and desperately wish to make them our own, and here in Austin, we've many opportunities to prove it..."
"...Rumors have been rampant about Pacifica's lasting place in Austin's dining scene, and the restaurant did just go to a dinner-only setting, but on each of my visits, the restaurant had a decent crowd. Service at Pacifica swings from very attentive, with napkins laid across laps and water glasses refilled every quarter hour or more, to somewhat laissez-faire albeit friendly and obliging..."
"...Patricia Bauer-Slate of Sweetish Hill Bakery, Marilou Morales of Pasta & Company, Cathe Dailey of Castle Hill Cafe, and Stephanie Schuster of Upper Crust Bakery are just some local examples of this. Of course, if you were to recognize all the Austin women who have made their mark in the food industry, you could fill a small book..."
"...Although the site had housed restaurants before – Castle Hill Cafe and Ay Chihuahua – chef/owners Stewart Scruggs and Mark Paul acquired the spot with a compelling new vision. After years of laboring in the fine-dining vineyards of New York, Dallas, Chicago, and Austin, they were poised to create "a cook's restaurant," doing it their way, welcoming guests with wine and varied small dishes, using the best ingredients they could get their hands on...."
"...Poodie's Hilltop Roadhouse A place with music mojo and damn fine burgers, Poodie's channels old Austin music treasures like Soap Creek and Checkered Flag. Don't miss the Poodie Burger..."
"...Bam's Roadhouse Grill (6115 Lohmans Ford, Lago Vista) The stuffed burgers here garnered a "Best of Austin" Critics Pick last year, and we recently discovered that none other than the Wall Street Journal agrees with our assessment...."
"...Whether you're a native Austinite, a newly minted college freshman, a rival football fan, or a graduate just in town on a visit, it can hardly escape your notice that Austin is a rapidly changing city. Construction cranes and traffic detours dot the Downtown and campus-area landscapes, making it entirely likely that your hallowed college hangout has recently been replaced by a shiny new high-rise tower complete with trendy street-level boutiques and posh restaurants..."
"...With the local restaurant industry expanding at breakneck speed, restaurateurs always have an eye out for some distinctive new twist that will set their eatery apart in the minds of the public. Lately, we've observed a trend toward using the works of excellent local and Texas artisans to enhance and define the decor of Austin restaurants..."
"...In honor of Uncle Charles, I'll tell you about a local hotel dining room that does as good a job of gently easing a person into the day as any hotel I visited with him as a child. It's not as if Austin's award - winning Four Seasons (99 San Jacinto, 478 - 4500) needs any introduction to many SXSW participants, with all the dealmaking going on in the upstairs lobby bar, but for a change of pace, mosey on down to the Cafe for breakfast some morning..."
"...The former gas station is an Austin institution and has long been a hub for beer nerds thirsty for their fat selection of local and international beers on tap, and even bigger selection of wine and beer in the cases. But matriarch Chandan Topiwala's cross-cultural food – an effortless mix of Texas and Indian cuisines – still remains relatively unsung...."
"...Veracruz All Natural This sisters behind Veracruz All Natural epitomize the American dream. Reyna and Maritza Vazquez grew up in Veracruz, Mexico, later moving to Austin with their family..."
"...All the way to Round Rock for a food event might seem like a bit much for an Austin Chronicle reporter who doesn’t typically cover the culinary beat...."
"...This summer, the usual breakneck pace of Austin restaurant openings slowed down a bit so we could all enjoy a dip in Barton Springs Pool, but don’t let that lull you into thinking you can finally catch up on your restaurant bucket list. This fall and winter, new openings and announcements are coming faster than you can say Vin Diesel...."
"...In Austin, they have approved a diverse group in all but perhaps socioeconomic status (it takes serious money to participate in Austin's restaurant scene). I meet with Amber D..."
"...In the end the loss didn’t matter as much as the bigger losses UTSA has slapped on Texas State: the loss of a media market and a place in a thriving conference. San Marcos has always had the advantage/albatross of being just outside the Austin and San Antonio markets..."
"...As we wind down our Drink, Drank, Drunk issue and as Somm winds down its run at the Violet Crown Theater, we spoke to 10 trendsetters and tastemakers in the Austin wine scene...."
"...Just across the river from downtown, the broad expanse of South Congress Avenue is the main artery of a dynamic city neighborhood, carrying the lifeblood of the commerce and community that flourishes around it. SoCo reflects many of the tenets of our "Keep Austin Weird" aesthetic: an eclectic collection of locally owned, independent businesses; hip hostelries; everything from fast food to fine dining; plenty of the live music of which we're justifiably proud; and people busy enjoying it all...."
"...The Lick is in a picturesque setting on the banks of Onion Creek, about 20 miles southwest of Austin. It's a rustic stone and wood compound with stone and concrete floors, and a constant smell of oaken smoke wafting about..."
"...Increased development in the area means plenty of workmen to fill up the restaurants along 620 at lunchtime any day of the year. With more and more people pouring into the fancy new housing developments surrounding the lake, there's a hungry, year-round clientele that doesn't want to drive back to Austin after work to go out for dinner, shop for groceries, or buy a good bottle of wine..."
"...1204 West Lynn, 477-5584, www.jeffreysofaustin.com..."
"...2) DAI DUE This hyper-local darling gets loud and funky on Tuesdays for Ladies Steak Night, featuring hand-cut, perfectly cooked 6-ounce cuts for $10. Go with a friend, get a couple sides ($6) to share, and you have dinner under $25 at one of Austin's best...."
"...This year's celebration actually began last week with a lecture on raku firing from the beloved Sharon Smith, who has been teaching at Austin Community College for 29 years. Art is objects, but art is also life..."
"...As Austin's southwestern suburbs grew so quickly the past few years, the main complaint from new residents was a definite lack of good dining options. Within the past two years, large shopping centers sporting a variety of casual eateries have been developed along Slaughter Lane and near the southern end of the MoPac freeway, offering tasty solutions to the problem..."
"...What an incredible rush the past 12 months have been for the Austin restaurant industry. As the Chronicle's 2000 Restaurant Poll went to press, we were still riding the crest of the high tech financial wave..."
"...While Smart Growth sinks its sluggish, cumbersome roots into Austin's aging downtown, an explosive and untamed growth phenomenon is taking place in the Northwest Hills. Although many may fear and loathe an unruly urban sprawl, it is already happening, spreading like crabgrass across most of the city's perimeter..."
"...Congress200 Congress, 827-2760 Tuesday-Thursday, 6-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 6-11pm www.congressaustin.com/congress..."
"...Ever since the days when Marble Falls was a tiny quarry settlement on the Colorado River, people have been drawn here by the attractive natural assets. First, it was the beauty of the Colorado River tumbling over granite boulders, and next it was the distinctive pink granite quarried nearby residents wisely bartered the highly prized stone with the builders of Austin's new Capitol building for a rail line connecting them to the city..."
"..."You don't have to eat it all," I would desperately reassure my husband during our initial meals out after moving to Austin from Paris. "That isn't the American 'rule.' Really, don't force yourself." Accustomed to France's unspoken rule No..."
"...After studying film at Austin College in Sherman, Shridhar decided to start up an underground catering company, Deepa Cooks, to earn money while working on a documentary. Her first customer was a family friend, and business gradually picked up through word-of-mouth..."
"...January is traditionally the month when we make resolutions about healthier living: making a diet plan, signing up to use that new gym membership, hitting the hike and bike trail, and so on. The Mayor's Fitness Council has come up with a unique way to support the New Year's resolutions of health-minded Austinites..."
"...This year, festivalgoers will be happy to see a large number of newcomers to the Austin Eats Food Court – from longtime Austin favorites to award-winning fine-dining establishments and plenty in between – with more wraps, tacos, and burritos than you can shake a stick at, plus lots of refreshment in the form of natural sodas, teas, sno-cones, and all-natural aguas frescas and smoothies to keep you cool and hydrated for the long weekend haul...."
"...I had discovered that Jazz Fest is a food destination as much as a premier music festival, a showcase for the world-famous specialties of the regional Cajun and Creole cuisines. With the Jazz Fest model in mind, Austin City Limits organizers sought to provide a similar experience for attendees when planning their new music festival years ago...."
"...Built as a turn-of-the-century railroad resort by the Austin & Northwestern Railroad in 1901, the Antlers has been restored to life as a hotel within the past few years. The main building has six guest suites with wide front and back porches..."
"...People who attend the Austin City Limits Music Festival are usually too busy walking from stage to stage to pay close attention to the food court. When it's time to eat, they stand in line, wait their turn, get some grub, and go on their way without giving much of a thought to what it takes to put that burger in their hands..."
"...Austin film lovers who packed the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar during the opening weekend of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory had no idea the lengths to which the staff had gone to provide them with a unique food and film experience. Chefs John Bullington and James Holmes had designed two menus to complement the film: a Chocolate Feast for special screenings and Violet Beauregard's Chewing Gum Meal available on weekend nights (see menus, p.48)..."
"...I just found it so deeply affecting and disturbing that I cannot say I enjoyed it. I nominate Why Lawyers (and the Rest of Us) Lie & Engage in Other Repugnant Behavior by Austin trial lawyer Mark Perlmutter..."
"...Don Walser at the granddaddy of South Austin live music venues, the Broken Spoke. photograph by John Carrico The first time Willie Nelson played the Broken Spoke, he spoke softly, lived in Nashville, and looked the part of a humble country singer: short hair, clean-shaven, a modest turtleneck and Western vest..."
"...Ste. C-107, Lakeway, 512/263-8728 Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-3pm, 5-10pm; Sunday brunch, 10am-3pm www.artisanbistroaustin.com..."
"...1. AIPP • EAST Public Art Crawl: [image-1] Gather your friends and join the City of Austin’s “public art crawl.” Explore the TEMPO 2016 art installations, plus many others..."
"...1) Austin Convention Center 500 E. Cesar Chavez www.austinconventioncentercatering.com ATX Links, Bohemian Barbecue, Burro Cheese Kitchen, Chi'Lantro BBQ, Coffee House, Hat Creek Burger Company, King's Hawaiian, Mighty Cone, the Peached Tortilla, Southside Flying Pizza, and Wild Bill's Olde Fashioned Soda Pop Co...."
"...One Sunday morning, while trawling Twitter and nursing my first mug of coffee of the day, I scrolled past a missive from a single, childless Austinite: "Quack's at 8am on a Sunday is a kidpocalyptic nightmare." My immediate response was to unfollow this person, because if Hyde Park families can't go get a muffin at 8am on a Sunday without being subject to public criticism, when can they?..."
"...Where Haymaker shines is in its extensive collection of beers both global and local in provenance, as well as signature cocktails, like the Moscow Mueller ($7), that emphasize the proprietors' dedication to satisfying the diverse palates of East Austin drinkers. I must take exception, though, to the portion of the beer menu described as "White Trash Canned Beers." Cheeky, ironic, hipster classist racism is still classist racism..."
"...But that was about to change. During the Seventies and Eighties, Fonda's co-founders Tom Gilliland and Miguel Ravago would redefine notions of Mexican food in this country by pioneering authentic interior cuisine in the unlikely outpost of Austin, Texas, garnering national recognition for themselves and putting the Texas capital on the culinary map..."