Top 10 Things We'll Miss
1) Restaurant Congress
Chef David Bull's glistening showpiece gave us an all-too-rare occasion to ditch the flip-flops. Dining doesn't seem as fine without it around.
2) Anna Toon
Tackling everything from urban farms to craft brewing, Anna was always a voice we could rely on. We'll miss her dearly, but we look forward to seeing her byline in the Deep South.*
3) Serena Yeh
Our summer intern's talent and drive always inspired us to do better. We can't wait to see her career boom.
4) Cuvée Coffee's Crowlers
It seemed like a no-brainer. Instead of filling glass growlers with tap beer, can beers in-house. But the TABC disagreed, shutting down Cuvée's innovative operation. :(
5) St. Philip
The pizza parlor from the Uchi group seemed cursed from the start. It deserved a much longer run.
6) Lawrence Kocurek
That charcuterie tho.
7) Full Quiver Farms Cheese
Mike Sams' retirement meant a cheese-shaped hole in our heart. We still haven't fully recovered.
8) Lunch at Jacoby's
As a business decision, it made sense for Jacoby's to focus on brunch. But that doesn't mean we don't miss pretending we were a lady who lunches.
9) Le Cordon Bleu
It's not gone yet, but it feels like we can already feel the chef drought. Austin can't afford to lose the next culinary generation.
10) The Austin Restaurant Boom
We know, it's a little (lot) premature to put a nail in the coffin, but the innovation that drove Austin into the national consciousness seems a little less bright now. Let's light a new fire in 2016.
*Read Toon's goodbye letter at austinchronicle.com/daily/food.