"...Two Grannies' Downhome Cookin' in Glen Rose hands out hugs like most restaurants hand out mints. It's pretty difficult to get in or out of the c afe without getting a big granny hug or without getting plenty of Southern comfort food to eat...."
"...The once sleepy farm town of Bastrop and the tiny hamlets of Buda, Kyle, and even Niederwald welcome new residents daily. The major highways to and from these fast-growing bedroom communities are lined with national fast-food and quick-casual chains, attesting to the increased demographic..."
"...We are fighting a new war with the old ways and weapons. The concentration is on TV-friendly, massive actions -- a kind of ideological comfort food..."
"...When you step inside Top Notch, you enter the world of "fast food" from the Sixties and Seventies, before chain restaurants destroyed our concept of what real food, served real fast could be. This is what someone of middle age grew up on, genuine food that makes no pretensions about what it is and isn't..."
"...This year's holiday season seems tinged with uncertainty; how much celebration is appropriate in the aftermath of tragedy and in the midst of war? Should we send greetings on postcards as opposed to cards in envelopes? What's affordable during a recession? Food is still guaranteed to comfort and, in this insecure time, the idea of cooking and or at least eating at home appears to be more appealing than ever. The need for cocooning safely around the family table makes cookbooks, culinary fiction, literary food writing, and kitchen gadgets great all-purpose Christmas gifts..."
"...HONORABLE MENTIONShady Grove, Houston's, Cafe SpiazzoSeafood DishMirabelleRUNNERS-UPPappadeaux, Gilligan's..."
"...HONORABLE MENTIONWest Lynn Cafe, Mother's Cafe & GardenBEST SEAFOOD DISHGilligan'sRUNNERS-UPPappadeaux's Seafood Kitchen, City Grill..."
"...Like its sister restaurant Z-Tejas, Brio, one of West Sixth Street's successful food ventures, has multiplied, providing Austin residents parallel cuisine in a Northwest location in the burgeoning Arboretum complex. The new Brio, aptly named Brio Vista for the unobstructed view it affords of the surrounding hills, possesses an inordinate amount of style..."
"...Begun by Scott Campbell and Mary Hall Rodman in July 1996, HighLife Cafe (formerly The Wine Cellar and before that the California Hotel), today feels one part honest country inn, one part understated urban coffee bar. It offers a limited if well-executed menu, an extensive wine and port list and selection of beer on tap, as well as changing daily food specials..."
"...According to General Manager Jay Cesak, they are “moving toward a Cheer Up Charlies model, with Arlo’s taking over all food operations.” Spider House has moved another trailer from Casino Southside into the back “chapel-ish” area, and now there will be two Arlo’s trucks on site. Arlo’s is known for its vegan comfort food like the Bac’n Cheeze Burger...."
"...But diets have changed since that Hyde Park stalwart first opened. Veganism has become more common, various permutations of the Atkins diet remain in fashion, and food allergies are now as much of a badge of upward mobility as oversized bags..."
"...The first annual Soul Summit: A Conversation About Race, Identity, Power, and Food was a unprecedented gathering of African-American culinary professionals and foodways scholars held at various locations around East Austin on Juneteenth weekend, June 19-21...."
"...Teen girls gossip while teen boys jostle one another. These kinds of gatherings can happen at any given cafe in any given town; but what brings people back is the food...."
"...Russian House will be showing the games live at the bar, featuring drink and food specials, and a half-time happy hour. You can bet that chef Vladimir Gribkov will pull out all stops in the kitchen, and the vodka will flow freely during Mother Russia's matches..."
"...After a disastrous brunch service in September that saw multiple dishes sent back to the kitchen, I broke up with Hi Hat Public House. Drawn in by their well-curated craft beer selection, comfort-food menu, and Eastside location, I had desperately wanted the relationship to work out, but alas, a frigid helping of biscuits and gravy sealed our fate..."
"...Chef Marmulstein, who comes to Austin by way of upstate New York and Atlanta, has so far impressed Austinites with his high concept nose-to-tail comfort food. He’ll have a chance to strut his stuff and answer questions about his culinary aesthetic for New York’s foodies next month...."
"...Demand for short ribs has shot up; braised short ribs are showing up on more fine dining and comfort food menus around the country, plus more and more beef ribs are being processed for kalbi (Korean barbecued beef ribs). Couple this with lower numbers of market cattle available due to the drought, and you have a seller's market..."
"...In a season commonly dedicated to pleasing the omnivorous among us, a meat-free main course is always a welcome addition to shared meals, particularly when it's both substantial and delicious for a variety of diets. Though Moosewood Collective is based in Ithaca, New York, their odes to vegetarian Southern comfort food have become staple recipes and regular "Blue Plate Specials." Appealing both in texture and flavor, the Dixie Tofu-Pecan Loaf proves a hearty late-fall entrée, excellent for a Thanksgiving table..."
"...24 Diner (600 N. Lamar) A Downtown 24-hour diner next door to Waterloo Records, offering "chef-inspired comfort food," with farm-to-table ingredients (when possible) and a menu stocked with modernized 1950s-era classics, such as milkshakes or chicken and waffles...."
"... What makes certain foods Jewish? With the Jewish culture's geographical reach – from South Africa to Austria – can there be just one definition? For author Jayne Cohen, Bubbe's (Grandma's) sacred holiday recipes create the common bond. This, her second cookbook, includes both traditional dishes and elevated modern twists to simultaneously connect to past generations and evolve traditions for the future..."
"...8) Green Mesquite Barbeque & More One of Austin's favorite barbecue dives – it may look seedy, but the menu is extensive and the food is terrific. 1400 Barton Springs Rd...."
"...Chef Tyler Johnson, formerly of the food trailer Along Came a Slider, isn't playing around when it comes to delivering on the titular promise of his hip, pig-centric eatery, Bacon. The new hot spot, opened in September, occupies the little frame house on 10th Street where the Screaming Goat resided until June of this year..."
"...La Condesa Chef Rene Ortiz and pastry chef Laura Sawicki serve up the cuisine of Mexico City's Colonia Condesa at this environmentally friendly 2nd Street District anchor, setting a new metric for local Interior Mexican eats. A relatively new denizen in the Austin food scene having opened in 2009, it took home four Chronicle Restaurant Poll honors in its first year of operation: Readers Favorite, Readers Best New Restaurant, Critics Best Octopus Dish, and Critics Best New Cocktails..."
"...Second, 472-9463, www.cruawinebar.com) has more than 50 wines by the glass, and they are brilliantly chosen. The food is simple bistro fare, leaning heavily on classic French dishes..."
"...Already a rebellious outsider back in Port Arthur, where she grew up, she was never meant for frat-straight early-Sixties UT. She was enrolled as a fine arts student and began playing autoharp in a bluegrass band, both on campus and at the original Threadgill's Bar & Grill on North Lamar, which is still cooking up good food and good music nearly 50 years later..."
"...Despite its name, 24 Diner does not specialize in typical diner fare. Instead, it serves what Curren describes as "elevated comfort food": meat loaf, chicken pot pie, roasted chicken, shepherd's pie, chicken and waffles, and the like, made with premium ingredients..."
"...When Pierre Pelegrin and his wife, Justine Gilcrease, decided they wanted to start their own business, their first idea was to open a bar. But the thought of a bar with no food seemed sterile to Gilcrease, who envisioned an environment more like her living room..."
"...When I heard the hip, popular Max's Wine Dive from Houston was planning a Downtown Austin outpost, I immediately checked it out online. Max's upscale comfort-food menu was very attractive and priced right, so I made mental notes about several dishes I intended to try when I got the chance..."
"...When I finally got my voice back, I said: "To talk about food outside of Austin, you have to start with barbecue." The state capital is surrounded by a higher concentration of top-notch barbecue joints than any other place on Earth. This is the Holy Land of smoked meats...."
"...But our assignment this time was to check out the food and drink. We started on a late afternoon lunch..."
"...Monday-Friday, 8am-7pm; Saturday, 8am-6pm Almost 50% of American food dollars are spent on meals prepared outside the home. And not just restaurants, but takeout places, as well, are popping out of every neighborhood to take advantage of our increasingly busy, and increasingly service-oriented lifestyles..."
"...His wife, May, named it Jell-O. Since then Jell-O has become the staple comfort food in hospitals as well as potluck suppers..."
"...MOSQUITO CAFE Regulars joke that this cool little neighborhood bistro was one of the first in Galveston to succeed without the aid of a deep fryer. But just because their menu featuring fresh fare with names like Killer Chicken and Kahuna Tuna leans toward the green and healthy doesn't mean it doesn't also cater to those in need of a comfort food fix..."
"...And they are all well-prepared at Pacific Blue. Though much of Pacific Blue's food is basically traditional, the kitchen's specialties draw on fusion concepts, incorporating Western-style ingredients, preparation, and presentations...."
"...Don't ask any questions; just look fabulous, and be on time." He did show up looking fabulous and about as on time as possible for him (only 45 minutes late). We went to a lovely preparty get-together at Margaret Shaw's house in Clarksville -- a spread of excellent food and wine guaranteed to have us all prepared for the night ahead..."
"...AppetizersAntipasto case at VespaioBarbecueThe country-style pork ribs at Artz Rib HouseHamburgerCasino El Camino; BurgerTex on the DragSteakAustin Land & Cattle Co.Chicken-Fried SteakHoover's Cooking, R.O.'s OutpostFrench FriesWaterloo Ice House on SixthSoupNew England Clam Chowder at Whole Foods; Lobster Bisque at Emilia's; Tom Kah Kai at Madam Mam's; Gumbo at Quality SeafoodSaladsSpinach salad at Vespaio; Thai Beef Salad at Madam Mam's; Salade Lyonnaise at Chez Nous; Field Greens with Eggplant Croutons at AstiOriginal RecipesEmilia's, VespaioPub GrubB.D. Riley's, Mother Egan's Irish PubBagelsHot Jumbo BagelSushiUmi Sushi, OrigamiBowl of PhoTâm Deli & CafeAlternative to a Bowl of PhoRice Flour Crepes at SunflowerBreakfastJuan in a MillionMigasPolvo's, Las ManitasSandwichesOyster Po'Boys at Quality Seafood; Sloppy Joe at NeWorlDeli; Chicken with Parsley Vinaigrette at Jo's; AzulHonorary Ed Ward Chicken Sandwich AwardPhoenicia Bakery & DeliDessertLemon Meringue Cup at Wink; pies at R.O.'s Outpost; Chocolate Hazlenut Ganache at Lambert'sIce CreamDolce Vita (best scoop shop); Binasco (best retail pints)Coffee ShopJo's Hot Coffee, Cafe MundiPizzaReale's Pizza & Cafe, Saccone's PizzaEnchiladasEvita's Botanitas, Maudie's CafeVegetable DishHoover's Jalapeño Creamed SpinachChicken DishRoast Chicken at Lambert's; Chicken-Fried Chicken at Hoover's; Fried Chicken at Top NotchWild Game DishSika Deer at Kenichi; Wild Boar at SienaBargain DishSandwiches at Ba Le; Salvadoran Sampler at Chumikal'sVeggie BurgerHyde Park Bar & GrillTofu Dish888 CafeItalianVespaio, Siena Ristorante ToscanaChineseT & S Seafood, Din Ho Chinese BBQThaiMadam Mam'sOther AsianBistro 88, Java GrillAmerican BistroNorth by Northwest Restaurant & BreweryEveryday VegetarianMadras PavillionUpscale VegetarianDegustation menu at AquarelleVietnameseSunflower RestaurantFrench BistroChez NousCajun/CreoleMs..."
"...Best Seafood DishSaffron Seafood Risotto at Vespaio; Salt & Pepper Shrimp at T&S Seafood..."
"...An incredible yet poorly placed eatery can go bankrupt in months while a mediocre cafe can be a gold mine in a well-trafficked site. If you need proof, consider these four words: shopping mall food court...."
"...Milano Cafe's tucked-away spot in a Southwest Parkway strip mall is often blurred by whirring rush-hour traffic, so it may not be an obvious choice for an authentic Italian meal, but it should be. Co-owner Sami Demi draws inspiration from the flavors of central and southern Italy, and since opening Milano Cafe in April of 2009, he's been serving up comfort food with a side of old country charm and quality service..."
"...“Frank & Angie’s is lucky to have enjoyed loyal support from our Austin neighbors since we opened in 1995,” says their most recent communication. “We worked hard to keep Frank & Angie’s a simple, comfortable restaurant that celebrates a love of family, food and coming together over a good meal..."
"...What's a good place to have an awkward conversation with an old friend? It's going to be a difficult talk, and I'm looking for somewhere quiet where I can assuage my guilt by buying them food and, ideally, booze...."
"...Problem is, in today's cap city land gold rush, the post-hippie, comfort-food-'n'-music establishment's continued existence amongst some of Austin's prime real estate remains increasingly implausible...."
"...The snacks portion of the menu mostly follows the Easy Tiger playbook of riffing on foods your mom might have packed for a summer road trip if said mom also always packed a case of Lone Star. There's a platonic ideal of movie-theatre popcorn, drizzled in cultured butter ($2); a solid harvest club mix ($3) with some extra electricity from dill; a "picnic" plate ($12) with deviled ham, summer sausage, newly voguish bread and butter pickles, and a chow chow that bears little resemblance to the stuff you find in jars; plus a cheese plate ($12) focused on accessible American Cheddar paired with Confituras' miraculous nectarine and white pepper jam..."
"...Hotel restaurants have always gotten a bad rap. Legendary food writer Richard Olney used the words as a slur, sneering at “international hotel cooking” in The French Menu Cookbook..."
"...Liberty Kitchen has just started making waves in Austin with a coastal seafood menu and everything-but-the-kitchen-sink dishes like the monster Heisenburg-er. Newly opened in Old West Austin*, the Houston group’s Austin outpost has a laid-back neighborhood feel that is removed from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Austin...."
"...The former convenience store on Dry Creek just off RR 2222 has seen a long procession of restaurants over the past 30 years, mostly casual cafes offering counter service for burgers or barbecue. They all barely changed the food-mart atmosphere, and none of them lasted more than a few years, even with the addition of a bar and a patio..."
"...As someone who has been reviewing restaurants for 20 years, it is all too rare that I am totally captivated by a restaurant, impressed by the decor, the ambience, the food, and the service as a complete package. I experienced this unique phenomenon recently at Georgetown's El Monumento and my only possible complaint is that this exemplary restaurant isn't in Austin..."
"...Food, Brews, and a Full Bar Austin City Limits has announced a World Cup viewing party. If you'd like to cheer on the USA in air-conditioned comfort on a gigantic screen, surrounding TVs, and, duh, the best sound system in town, this one is for you...."