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Melanie Haupt

Melanie Haupt earned her PhD in English at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to her academic work, she is a blogger and freelance writer focusing on food criticism, up-and-coming dining culture, and historic Austin foodways. She is particularly interested in the intersections of feminism and the food industry.

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Top 10 Carby Treats

The ten best ways to indulge in a carbohydrate bomb by a bevy of talented local bakers and pastry chefs

Food Feature, Dec. 27, 2018

Top 10 Book Group Meeting Spots

Near-ideal settings for a successful book group meeting, with food and drinks, decent acoustics, and seating that allows for spirited discussion without having to shout

Food Feature, Dec. 27, 2018

Cookbook Bar & Cafe

Downtown Central Library’s restaurant offers a mixed bag

Food Feature, Dec. 20, 2018

Eldorado Cafe Launches New Menu Item to Benefit Kids

No Hater Tater is the ultimate comfort food

Food Daily, Dec. 17, 2018 11:56 AM

J.T. Youngblood’s Is Now Permanently Closed

The Mueller fried chicken restaurant’s last day was Dec. 16

Food Daily, Dec. 17, 2018 11:00 AM

Staying Hospitable During Our Nation's Division

Local restaurateurs discuss civility at the table

Food Feature, Nov. 8, 2018

Pie Squared

Cathy Barrow

Food Feature, Oct. 25, 2018

Crescent at North Lamar and Airport Now Offers Unique Asian Dining Options

Long-ignored strip mall gets a makeover

Food Feature, Sep. 20, 2018

Battle of the Boba

Which of these four Crescent spots has the best bubble tea?

Food Feature, Sep. 20, 2018

The Brewer's Table

East Austin’s truly wonderful dining experience with a complicated history

Food Feature, Sep. 13, 2018

How One Man Started the Local Mesquite Movement

A baking challenge led Sandeep Gyawali to this little-known flour

Food Feature, Aug. 2, 2018

Restaurant Review: Hank's

Windsor Park's latest dining destination is hit or miss

Food Feature, Jul. 19, 2018

ICYMI: Full English Serves Breakfast for the Queen's Subjects

Get thee some tea sandwiches

Food Column, May. 10, 2018

The People’s Poke

Austin's influx of poke shops is very welcome, just not really Hawaiian

Food Feature, May. 3, 2018

A Look at Women Leaders in the Kitchen and at Austin Food + Wine Festival

We chat with the other 25%

Food Feature, Apr. 26, 2018

The Elegant but Irreverent Southern Fare of Colleen's Kitchen

Mueller's food scene gets elevated

Food Feature, Apr. 12, 2018


Manor Road is now home to upscale Peruvian fare

Food Feature, Feb. 22, 2018

It Takes a Village to Eat Safely With Food Allergies

Local restaurants adapt to the growing number of Americans with food allergies

Food Feature, Feb. 1, 2018

Le Politique

Austin’s newest Downtown French brasserie holds court

Food Feature, Dec. 21, 2017

Sotol: The New White Lightning

Three military vets find purpose, identity, and craft in Desert Door distillery

Food Feature, Nov. 30, 2017

Staying Healthy to Stay in School

National nonprofit Communities in Schools looks at the role of food in education

Food Feature, Sep. 21, 2017

Dripping Springs Keeps Growing, But Can the Dining Scene Keep Up?

Austin real estate pushes restaurateurs beyond city limits

Food Feature, Jun. 8, 2017

Does Food Really Help Us Through Trying Times?

Soothing negative emotions with fat, carbohydrates, and sugar

Food Feature, May. 4, 2017

The Difficulties of Dining With Kids

Is the restaurant industry making a bad situation worse?

Food Feature, Mar. 2, 2017

How Austin Restaurants Are Leading the Trump Era Resistance

Economically culture-jamming the new administration

Food Feature, Feb. 9, 2017

The Wangs vs. the World

Chang's alternately humorous and poignant novel explores what it means to be American when the notion of America wears away

Arts Feature, Nov. 3, 2016

Finding Community With Bread Church

Local parish comes together around baking

Food Feature, Jul. 21, 2016

What the Hell Is Mighty Swell?

Introducing the post-millennial wine cooler

Food Feature, Jul. 14, 2016

Selling Feminism One Box at a Time

Girl Scout cookies are arguably the most misunderstood foodstuff in American culture

Food Feature, Jan. 21, 2016

Top 10 Sandwiches*

Food Feature, Dec. 31, 2015

A House of My Own: Stories From My Life

In this collection of essays, letters, lectures, and more, Sandra Cisneros opens wide the doors to the house of her life

Arts Feature, Oct. 15, 2015

All the Houses

Austin novelist Karen Olsson mines the world of Washington, D.C., in the Eighties to explores memory, loss, and desire

Arts Feature, Oct. 15, 2015


The restaurants of the JW Marriott

Food Feature, Oct. 8, 2015

Burger Bar

Food Feature, Oct. 8, 2015

Knowing One's Station

What does it mean to be the hostess with the mostest?

Food Feature, Jun. 18, 2015

Texas Honey Ham

Still going strong after arson-robbery

Food Feature, Jun. 11, 2015

Nick Offerman's Gumption

The Parks & Rec actor profiles 21 of his personal heroes who have worked to make the world a better place

Arts Feature, Jun. 11, 2015

Nick Offerman at BookPeople

The Parks and Rec star read from his new book Gumption and explained his missing mustache

Arts Feature, Jun. 11, 2015

Austin Food and Wine Festival Bites: Part Two

Innovative vegetables and vertical integration

Food Daily, Apr. 28, 2015 3:45 PM

The Fembot Gambit

Oscar Isaac reflects on Ex Machina

Screens Feature, Apr. 16, 2015

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