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Letters at 3AM: 'Ever Ride the Waves in Oklahoma?'
"Route 66" spoke to the sense of change afoot in America
Columns  June 1, 2012, by Michael Ventura
"...The question repeats: "Why were so many people listening?" This wasn't televised comfort food; this was psychological agitation. So what need did it speak to in an era that was supposedly prosperous and happy?..."

Second Helpings: Party of Two?
Food Story  February 3, 2012
"...BC Tavern Upscale comfort food in a romantic setting is what's up in Bee Cave this Valentine's Day. To mark the occasion, a special four-course menu with two choices per course will be rolled out for you and yours..."

The Casserole Queens Cookbook: Put Some Lovin' in Your Oven With 100 Easy One-Dish Recipes
2011 Texas Book Festival cookbook reviews
Food Story  October 21, 2011, by Melanie Haupt
"...Crystal Cook and Sandy Pollock began Casserole Queens in 2006, delivering homemade casseroles to comfort-food-loving families in the Austin area. As the saying goes, you've gotta have a gimmick; Cook and Pollack's is delivering those casseroles clad in Fifties housewife-style dresses, aprons, and high heels..."

Let the Good Times Roll
Good food to get you in the mood for Mardi Gras
Food Story  March 4, 2011, by Virginia B. Wood


After a Fashion
A look back at a 50-year career and Steven Tyler's big, fat lips
Columns  January 28, 2011, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...TO THE MAX It seems clear that Max's Wine Dive is preparing for world domination, and we're not just talking about wine. David Dewhurst just held his inauguration ball at this unique combination of glamour, glitz, and gourmet comfort food..."

Rachel Feit's Top 10 Trendy Tastes of 2010
Food Story  January 7, 2011, by Rachel Feit
"...5) Tomato-soup-and-grilled-cheese combos From 24 Diner to Max's Wine Dive, the grilled-cheese-and-tomato-soup combo has become this year's favorite restaurant comfort food...."

Noms at 3am
Food Story  December 31, 2010, by Anne Harris
"...24 Diner This "chef-inspired comfort food" includes stuffed Swiss chard, beer cheese, and a fancy twist on fried jalapeños alongside burgers, breakfast, and meat loaf. It also has six varieties of milkshakes..."

Wholy Bagel
Wholy hell, there's finally a decent bagel shop in town
Food Review  July 16, 2010, by Rachel Feit
"...During my childhood spent growing up on the East Coast, an onion bagel with chive cream cheese was my favorite comfort food. But having lived in Austin for nearly 20 years, I gave up hope long ago of ever finding a good bagel in this town..."

Season Opener: Swan Lake (Act II) and The Firebird
Ballet Austin's fowl-centric program bagged a comforting swan and powerful Firebird
Arts Review  October 9, 2009, by Jonelle Seitz
"...To a ballet lover, a good Swan Lake is like comfort food, and after Ballet Austin's excerpt, I felt like I had eaten a pretty decent bowl of mashed potatoes. Ashley Lynn Gilfix's Odette was regal and tragic, and the orchestra, conducted by Peter Bay, made me swoon..."

Place 6: Quiet Victory With Crab Cakes
Incumbent Sheryl Cole's victory feast
News Story  May 15, 2009, by Nora Ankrum
"...Place 6 incumbent Sheryl Cole is perhaps best known for her quiet, behind-the-scenes work tending to not-so-glamorous council tasks, such as chairing the Audit and Finance Committee. But on Saturday night as she greeted well-wishers at Sixth Street foodie haven parkside, she was quite comfortable in the spotlight, having roundly beaten opponent Sam Osemene with 83% of the vote..."

Dahlia Cafe
Home-style cooking at its best
Food Review  November 7, 2008, by Sarah Hamlin
"...The menu includes an assortment of Southern comfort-food selections, including fried chicken livers, meat loaf, chicken-fried steak and chicken, burgers, and sides. The prices range from $1.99 kettle chips (appetizer) to $14.99 rib-eye steak dinner...."

Modern Art. Modern Lives. Then + Now
AMOA's dual exhibit of art made a century apart shows some things never change
Arts Review  October 17, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...And as you come to see that shared urge to create among all these artists, you can sense a restlessness among them all, too, a desire to find those edges in the culture, the places yet to be claimed and commodified by society. AMOA Executive Director Dana Friis-Hansen, who curated the contemporary section, identifies its questing nature in his exhibit's title, but it applies to the older artists, too, although it's harder to see in their works; since impressionism has become visual comfort food, we've lost our taste for how daring it once was, how it tested the boundaries of art in its day..."

Faces of America: The Light
The Miró Quartet examines our national character and finds some of America's lights still shine brightly
Arts Review  December 7, 2007, by Robert Faires
"..."The Light" could well have been another serving of the American concert comfort food cooked up every Fourth of July (a dash of Sousa, a pinch of Gershwin, a liberal sprinkling of Copland, topped with a cannonade from the 1812 Overture), but while the Miró did favor some older works by known composers (Antonín Dvorák, Charles Ives), the program pushed beyond the familiar urban jazz and open chords evoking the heartland to some less-traveled musical byways of our national character...."

Bubba & Babe's Backwoods Texas Wedding
Food Story  November 9, 2007, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Ben White, 444-2020) is the brainchild of Esther's Follies founders Shannon Sedwick and Michael Shelton, the fact that there is now a musical-comedy presentation on the menu should come as no surprise. For the next five Wednesday evenings, a cast of talented local professionals will present an interactive musical production with a down-home flavor designed to match Patsy's savory Texas-roadhouse comfort food..."

The Moth: Mmm-mmmh! Good story!
The Moth, an organization that's been dishing up old-fashioned storytelling like literary comfort food for a decade, makes its long-awaited debut in Austin
Arts Story  April 27, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...A good story, well told, is like the best home-cooked meals: simple and satisfying in ways that few things are, that can leave you contented in the core of your being. The Moth understands that, and that's the secret to the success of this New York-based organization that's been dishing up good old-fashioned storytelling like literary comfort food for 10 years now..."

SXSW Picks 2 Click 2007
Brothers & Sisters bring the Beach Boys
Music Story  March 1, 2007, by Darcie Stevens
"..."It's comfort food as music."..."

Pirate Utopia
The 0-2's "Temporary Autonomous Zone" for ATX rap
Music Story  February 2, 2007, by Robert Gabriel
"...Bell & the Cadillacs served as backing band for many of the touring R&B headliners to come through Austin during the 1950s. Beyond gripping performances, the Victory Grill also supplied comfort food and respite for both locals and African-American soldiers stationed at Fort Hood..."

Burt Bacharach
Live shot
Music Review  October 6, 2006, by Greg Beets
"...In 2006, an audience with Burt Bacharach is as much a chance to pay homage as to see him perform. Who wouldn't relish the opportunity to sing along with "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" in the same room with the man who wrote it? Opening with "What the World Needs Now Is Love," the 78-year-old songwriter could've filled a jukebox with all the now-ubiquitous comfort-food melodies he ran through during the two-hour show..."

Brentwood Tavern
One of North Austin's best-kept secrets is about to be out
Food Review  February 17, 2006, by Claudia Alarcón
"...The menu is straightforward American Southern comfort food. The appetizers are predictable yet tasty, and of course, include lots of fried goodness..."

Day Trips
A look back at 2004
Columns  January 7, 2005, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Milestones reached this year include the Elite Circle Grille in Waco celebrating 85 years of serving Southern comfort food. Texas Highways magazine turned 30 years old this year..."

J.J. Cale
Record review
Music Review  August 27, 2004, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Cale is like a home-cooked meal. To Tulsa and Back is the former Okie's first collection of new music in eight years, but as with his past work, it's comfort food for the head, heart, and soul..."

TV Eye
Las Vegas and Lee Kyung Hae?
Screens Column  September 19, 2003, by Belinda Acosta
"...This, I decide, is where the allure of Las Vegas -- the city and the series -- lies. The idea that one can skip the sweat of pulling yourself up by the proverbial bootstraps and go straight to the privilege of having someone in white gloves serve you comfort food...."

All the Hill Country's a Stage
No matter where you are in the Hill Country, you're never too far from a theatre. From Boerne to Kerrville, Marble Falls to Uvalde, community theatres are enthusiastically serving up choruses of "76 Trombones" and Odd Couples with a Lone Star twang, as well as some theatrical surprises.
Arts Story  May 9, 2003, by Robert Faires
"...The fare you'll find at these theatres is, by and large, the comfort food of the stage: staples from the Golden Age of Broadway Musicals, urban comedies and domestic dramas by the likes of Neil Simon and Bernard Slade, and rip-roaring, hiss-the-villain mellerdrammers of the 19th century. But nestled among such familiar works are surprises, too, such as the Back Door Theatre staging Incorruptible, a play about 13th-century French monks selling bones from their cemetery as holy relics, or the EmilyAnn Theatre premiering Stars From the Hills, an original musical drama by Dorey Schmidt and Gordon Jones about settling Wimberley, or even improv comedy at the Point...."

Doyle Bramhall
SXSW Records
Music Review  March 14, 2003, by Jay Trachtenberg
"...He sounds most convincing on a rollicking rendition of the set's only original, "Life by the Drop." Also effective is fellow drummer/singer Buddy Miles' "Changes," a tune Bramhall performed in his pre-Austin days with the Chessmen and which here features son Doyle II on searing, psychedelicized guitar. And you've just got to love the way he gives a real kick in the ass to Jimmy Reed's usually easy-loping "Baby What You Want Me to Do." This album is comfort food for Austin blues fans; nothing fancy, just tasty and familiar fare that'll stick to your ribs..."

Broadcasts Vol. 10 Reviewed
Music Story  November 29, 2002, by Raoul Hernandez
"...(Technically, 40, since Lucinda Williams' "Get Right With God" is an RSVP remix.) Irish Mike Scott tips back disc one with the dark ale brooding "Bring 'Em All In," but it's Rodney Crowell's deep-down "Rock of My Soul" -- besting the spare version on last year's The Houston Kid -- that leaves you aching for a beer garden at the Cactus Cafe. Beaver Nelson's "The Beauty in Store" reflects the poignancy its author inhabits, while precious young Rufus Wainwright's "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk" is all the comfort food you'll ever need..."

White Apples
Jonathan Carroll brings his White Apples to BookPeople on Saturday, Nov. 9, 3pm. Ric Williams brings you his review of it.
Books Review  November 8, 2002, by Ric Williams
"...What Carroll promises is magic. What he delivers is more comfort food for fearful rationalists who still don't know where the shadow of their great inadequacy lies..."

Coldplay
Record Review
Music Review  October 4, 2002, by Christopher Gray
"...Musically, Coldplay are comfort food: easily digestible, not at all spicy (but not necessarily bland), probably a little fattening. The macaroni and cheese of rock bands..."

Lightning Strikes
Austin's food scene hits the big time.
Food Story  November 30, 2001


Counting Our Blessings
Considering what we're thankful for in the local food scene
Food Story  November 23, 2001, by Rebecca Chastenet dé Gery


Readers' Picks
Architecture & Lodging
Best of Austin Story  October 5, 2001
"...Now, she and her staff of 18 employees sell about 18,000 tacos each week. We love Taco X-Press because it was birthed from dirt, a woman's spunk, the creative energy of artists and musicians, and fueled by yummy, unpretentious comfort food..."

Naturaltown
Vegetarian and Vegan Spots in Austin
Food Story  March 9, 2001, by Lindsey Simon
"...Located in the heart of Hyde Park, Mother's has been a welcoming vegetarian refuge since 1979, a fact evidenced by the earthy vibe and woody, green atmosphere of this comfort-food restaurant. Priding themselves on the quality of the ingredients, Mother's is the kind of place you might take out-of-towners or parents, vegetarian or not, who want a taste of something especially Austin..."

New Kid on the Block
ASTI is the perfect addition to Hyde Park's busiest corner
Food Story  January 12, 2001, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Large bowls are filled with steaming soft polenta, redolent of sweet corn, and then topped with grilled pieces of Emmett's own sausages and Parmigiano shavings ($7) or thick, juicy grilled portobello mushrooms, eggplant, and Texas goat cheese ($7.50). Mama mia, talk about your comfort food!..."

Potluck at the Pedernales
'Chronicle' Cuisine Writers Prepare a Feast
Food Story  December 22, 2000
"...This is a dressed-up version of a French cold-weather comfort food classic that combines my mother-in-law's standard recipe with a recipe by New York celebrity chef Daniel Boulud that appeared in Gourmet. It is hearty, stick-to-your-ribs fare...."

A Taste of Summer
Summer Food Essays: A Pinch of Recollection, A Dash of Tradition
Food Story  July 14, 2000, by Barbara Chisholm


SPAMTASTIC™ SPAMARAMA™
Austin's Quintessential Silly Bar Party
Food Story  March 31, 2000
"...Myers was famous for his silver chafing dishes, candelabras, ice sculptures, china plates, and haute cuisine dishes such as Scalloped SPAM® and Potatoes au Gratin and Mushrooms SPAMANOV™. Knight's schtick was to surround himself with female pulchritude and please the crowd with delicious downhome comfort food dishes such as smothered SPAM® with onions and brown gravy and his multiple winner, Chicken-Fried SPAM® with cream gravy...."

Critics: Kids
Best of Austin Story  September 24, 1999
"...Best Comfort Food Place to Take the Kids (1994)..."

Good Eats Cafe
Food Column  September 10, 1999
"...Choose from fried okra, salads, carrots, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole, among others. For non-traditional comfort food seekers, the kitchen also prepares pastas and hearty salads..."

Live Shots
Music Story  April 18, 1997
"...They were simply stunning. With her Ma Everly, sweet pah-tayta pie tones, Lynch soothed the audience like a kitchen full of comfort food..."

Z-Tejas at the Aboretum
Food Story  October 25, 1996
"...Sure, the vast new location with its gleaming bar, mammoth stone fireplace, loft-inspired lighting and candlelit tables with a view, not to mention its fashion-conscious clientele, is decidedly tonier than its downtown sister. The menu at the north location is also more extensive (and the wait agonizingly longer), but the kitchen's devotion to innovation and flavors indigenous to the Southwest hasn't wavered, although the menu also features an intriguing interplay of Asian and Caribbean-inspired dishes as well as some good ol' Southern comfort food..."

Cafe Spiazzo
Food Story  October 4, 1996
"...Aromatic and fresh, the pasta was moistened by a light sauce of white wine and olive oil, and I delighted in its simplicity. Although samples of the entrée didn't elicit unanimous "wows" from my friends, everyone did agree the pasta had all the trappings of comfort food -- quality ingredients and straightforward execution..."

Liquid Assets
Texas Hill Country Wine Lover's Wine Trail
Food Column  February 9, 2001, by Wes Marshall
"...They'll also have a candlelight dinner on Saturday, Feb. 10, aimed at providing perfect food pairings with several of their wines..."

Postmarks Web Extra
Our readers' letters regarding the September 11 terrorist attacks
Columns  October 19, 2001
"...Food Not Bombs..."

Comfort Me With Apples: More Adventures at the Table
Food Review  June 8, 2001, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Like many regional newspaper food writers eager to learn from a master, I studied Ruth Reichl's restaurant reviews, first in the Los Angeles Times and later in The New York Times. I especially appreciated her wit and obvious insight into the inner workings of restaurants but knew almost nothing about the background and training that qualified her to be one of the most respected (and feared) restaurant critics in the country..."

Hill Country Happenings
As the Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival approaches, Virginia B. Wood sets the table.
Food Story  April 4, 2003
"...Every April for the past five years, the Chronicle Food section has run a "Food and Wine Guide to the Hill Country" as a showcase of our favorite places in the region as the Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival simultaneously focuses attention in that direction. This year, the guide will be greatly expanded and moved to our annual "Summer Fun" issue (May 9)..."

Postmarks Web Extra
Our readers' letters regarding the September 11 terrorist attacks
Columns  October 12, 2001
"...Part of the U.S., British, and allied military initiative in Afghanistan is to drop food to Afghan refugees near the Pakistan border. I trust that this food will only be used strategically and not "charitably." By that I mean that we should use the food to minimize harm to innocents as a means to politically destabilize support for the Afghan Taliban..."

Day Trips
Sleep and shop 19th-century style at the Comfort Common Bed and Breakfast in Comfort, TX.
Columns  September 1, 2000, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Fayette County Country Fair in La Grange combines agricultural exhibits with a German-Czech festival of good food, drink, and music, Aug. 31-Sept..."

First Plates for Your Last Night
Five award-winning dinners
Food Story  March 21, 2015, by The Food Staff
"...If this is your first time visiting Austin, you'll want your last night in town to be memorable. Earlier in the year, we announced our annual First Plates food awards after months of consideration..."

Further Reflections
Screens Story  March 25, 1999
"...With families split up and their constitutional rights trampled, they were forced to exist apart in a country into which they, ironically, only wished to assimilate. Omori, herself a survivor of the camps, paints a grim picture of hovels and horrors, rioting at Manzanar and food shortages, untethered racism, and broken spirits that clearly echoes the plight of Native Americans 100 years before..."

All About That Banchan
Singing the praises of Austin's unsung Korean cuisine
Food Story  January 29, 2015, by Melanie Haupt
"...On a recent Sunday afternoon, we took our children for lunch at Chosun Galbi, the unassuming Korean BBQ joint behind Highland Mall. The waiter took our order – beef bulgogi and sam gyeob sal, thick rounds of uncured pork belly – then turned on the tabletop grill upon which we would eventually cook our food..."

Veggie Tales
A roundup of Austin's best spots for plant-based dining
Food Story  March 8, 2013, by Jessi Cape
"..."Eat food, not too much, mostly plants." – Michael Pollan..."

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