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The New Look of Fine Dining
Austin's emerging restaurant empires
Food Story  February 14, 2014, by Rachel Feit
"...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..."

Walking the Fine-Dining Line
How much is too much for Austin diners?
Food Story  May 5, 2016, by Rachel Feit
"...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..."

Casual Fine Dining Guide
Eating out, Austin-style
Food Story  March 8, 2002, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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..."

Biscuit Breakfasts in Austin
The best places to grab a biscuit breakfast in Austin
Food Story  March 20, 2009, by MM Pack
"...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...."

Big in Austin, Big in Japan
If a holiday gift trend is big here this year, chances are, it was already big over there
Features Story  December 7, 2001, by Kate X Messer
"...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..."

Mariscos in Austin
Mexican seafood restaurants are a gustatory vacation
Food Story  April 30, 2010

Trouble in Paradise
Rebecca Chastenet de Gery explains why her visits to Pacifica Fine Dining have varied in quality.
Food Story  November 12, 1999, by Rebecca Chastenet dé Gery
"...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..."

Cooking in Heels
Trailblazing Women in Austin's Food Business
Food Story  August 7, 1998, by Ronna N. Welsh
"...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..."

In the Wink of an Eye
An Austin slow-food pioneer celebrates a dozen years in operation
Food Story  July 12, 2013, by MM Pack
"...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...."

Dining Del Lago
More places to eat
Food Story  July 1, 2011
"...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..."

In Brief
A few other spots not to be overlooked
Food Story  July 1, 2011, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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...."

Austin Landmarks on the Menu
Pay tribute to old Austin with a visit to one of these 19 landmark restaurants
Food Story  September 12, 2008, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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..."

Austin Over Easy
The Chronicle Guide to Breakfast Dining
Food Story  March 13, 1998
"...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 Fine Art of Dining
The work of local artisans enhances restaurant decor.
Food Story  September 10, 1999
"...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..."

Dear Glutton: Dining With Newborns
Do babies belong in nice restaurants?
Food Column  April 13, 2017, by Emily Beyda
"...You probably can't bring your baby to a Michelin-starred type joint without attracting a few dirty looks. But the good news is a) who cares, and b) Austin isn't much of a town for overly formal dining anyway..."

Cheap Eats: Whip In
Austin classic remains one of the best dining bargains in town
Food Story  February 2, 2017, by Mary Bryce
"...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...."

Dear Glutton: Fancy Dining on a Sizzler Budget
In the pursuit of affordable eats, try the tasting menu
Food Column  October 5, 2017, by Emily Beyda
"...My partner and I are looking to expand our date nights at Sizzler routine by going out to fancy Austin dinners a few times a month (no shade to Sizzler; that salad bar is amazing). She moved here from Utah to be with me, and I want to show her the bright lights..."

13 Austin Women-Owned Restaurants
Where to fuel up on A Day Without a Woman and beyond
DAILY Food  March 8, 2017, by Sierra Diaz
"...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..."

Ruth's Chris Steak house
Rounding up the Austin steak house scene
Food Story  January 14, 2005, by Claudia Alarcón

Chef Mark Schmidt Returns to Austin with New Eatery
Café 909 founder to open Blackbird and Henry in February
DAILY Food  January 30, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood

Greenhouse Craft Food + Austin Beerworks: A Dinner
Some things are worth driving a little ways north
DAILY Food  March 1, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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...."

The Austin Restaurant Boom Isn't Over
More daily Austin food news
DAILY Food  November 18, 2015, by Brandon Watson
"...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...."

Rolling With Austin's Food Trucks
Why moveable feasts define the city
DAILY Food  May 10, 2017, by Thea Newell
"...It’s hard to pinpoint exactly one thing that makes Austin the cultural mecca it has become in the past couple of decades, but on the list we always find a spot for the casual vibes, friendly people, great food, outdoor living, and affordability. These same characteristics also identify an Austin culinary staple: the food truck...."

Written in the Stars
Inside Austin's Yelp Elite
Food Story  May 21, 2015, by Cheryl Couture
"...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..."

Texas State’s First Year in Big-Time Football
Good news and bad
DAILY Sports  December 14, 2012, by Joe O'Connell
"...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..."

Ten of Austin's Top Sommeliers
A guide to somm-built wine lists in town
DAILY Food  July 9, 2013, by Margaret Shugart
"...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...."

SoCo Dining Spots
Just across the river from downtown, the broad expanse of South Congress Avenue is the main artery of a dynamic city neighborhood and a microcosm of what we like best about Austin
Food Story  March 3, 2006, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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...."

Smoke Gets in Your Mouth
Food Story  May 20, 1999
"...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..."

Dining Up and Down West Lynn
Venerable spaces and new faces
Food Story  February 16, 2007, by MM Pack
"...1204 West Lynn, 477-5584,"

Dining del Lago
For years, eating out near Lake Travis was pretty strictly limited to burger joints, Tex-Mex places, fish shacks, and typical Texas roadside cafes. The update to our lakeside dining guide illustrates that all that may be steadily changing.
Food Story  August 10, 2001, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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..."

The Year in Food
The 2014 tastes we just couldn't stop thinking about
Food Story  December 31, 2014, by Claudia Alarcón
"...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...."

Art of the Pot: Dishes that make dining so fine
The handmade dishes you find on the annual studio tour can make every meal a fine dining experience
Arts Story  May 9, 2008, by Rachel Koper
"...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..."

The 2001 Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll
Food Story  May 25, 2001, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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..."

Southwest Austin Dining
It's very possible to enjoy a good meal in this neighborhood
Food Story  June 4, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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..."

Mixed Mex in Edge City
Food Story  August 12, 1999, by Rachel Feit
"...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..."

Former Driskill luminaries dazzle again at Congress
Food Story  April 22, 2011, by Claudia Alarcón
"...Congress200 Congress, 827-2760 Tuesday-Thursday, 6-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 6-11pm"

Boomtown Dining
Eleven more reasons to make a trip to Marble Falls
Food Story  August 4, 2006, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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..."

Good Things in Small Packages
At Starlite, it's possible -- and exciting -- to belong to the Clean Plate Club, Rebecca Chastenet de Géry says.
Food Story  July 27, 2001, by Rebecca Chastenet dé Gery
"..."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..."

Sambhar in the City
Anjore redefines Indian cuisine
Food Story  June 4, 2015, by Veronica Meewes
"...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..."

Mayor's Fitness Council Challenges Austin Restaurants To Develop Healthy Entrées
Is fast food possible without the fat? Can you dine out on a diet? Find out.
Food Story  January 13, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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..."

Austin Eats Is Now Bigger and Better Than Ever!
If these choices aren't enough for you, we don't know what is
Music Story  October 8, 2010, by Claudia Alarcón
"...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...."

Austin Eats
ACL's food court, 10 years later
Food Story  September 16, 2011, by Claudia Alarcón
"...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...."

Holiday in Town
Features Story  May 26, 2000, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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..."

Austin’s Ninth Annual Bug (Eating) Festival
Two legs good, six legs tasty!
DAILY Food  June 1, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Austin’s own Little Herds has wrangled up another fine afternoon of free samples and cooking demonstrations and video screenings and even a bit of (hey, this is Austin) live music for your entertainment & edification in the name of what those who enjoy being polysyllabic call entomophagy...."

Behind the Scenes at ACL's Austin Eats
Food Story  October 8, 2010, by Claudia Alarcón
"...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..."

All in the Presentation
John Bullington's and James Holmes' culinary performance art: now showing at an Alamo Drafthouse (or elsewhere) near you
Food Story  August 5, 2005, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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)..."

The Year in Books
What New Book Did You Most Enjoy in 1998 and Why?
Books Story  January 7, 1999
"...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..."

A World in Which All Worlds Fit
Music Story  December 4, 1998, by Jay Hardwig
"...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..."

Dining del Lago 2010
What a difference some rain makes! The water is blue, the hills are green, and several new restaurants are cooking near area lakes.
Food Story  July 2, 2010
"...Ste. C-107, Lakeway, 512/263-8728 Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-3pm, 5-10pm; Sunday brunch, 10am-3pm"

Big Medium: East Austin Studio Tour
Our list of Due East's most intriguing artistic talent
DAILY Chron Events  November 4, 2015, by Allen Martinez and Patricia May
"...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..."

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