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Here are Austin’s three best new restaurants of 2017 — and 9 of our favorite stand-bys
 As the year in dining (and everything else wraps up), publications and individual writers like to take a look back at the
            year, often in list form. 
            Eater Austin is collecting highlights and lowlights from critics, reporters, editors and bloggers. I contributed my thoughts this year, and while Eater is slowly rolling...

Posted: 20 days ago

As the year in dining (and everything else wraps up), publications and individual writers like to take a look back at the year, often in list form. Eater Austin is collecting highlights and lowlights from critics, reporters, editors and bloggers. I contributed my thoughts this year, and while Eater is slowly rolling...
Tasty travels: 10 amazing dishes from 10 cities around the world
 I remember sunsets and monuments, evocative music and spectacular architecture. But what I most regularly recall from my travels are the meals. A great dish leaves its imprint on you. And it’s not just the components on the plate. It’s what the dish says about a place and about the people there. It’s a harmonic sense memory...

Posted: 21 days ago

I remember sunsets and monuments, evocative music and spectacular architecture. But what I most regularly recall from my travels are the meals. A great dish leaves its imprint on you. And it’s not just the components on the plate. It’s what the dish says about a place and about the people there. It’s a harmonic sense memory...
New restaurants include Italian, seafood and healthful options
 The stretch of South Lamar Boulevard between Barton Springs Road and Ben White Boulevard has added two new Italian options. It’s Italian Cucina
             recently opened at 1500 S. Lamar Blvd. in the Post complex that is also home to Barlata. Owner Al Fini’s Northern Italian-influenced restaurant, which grew out of a former...

Posted: 27 days ago

The stretch of South Lamar Boulevard between Barton Springs Road and Ben White Boulevard has added two new Italian options. It’s Italian Cucina recently opened at 1500 S. Lamar Blvd. in the Post complex that is also home to Barlata. Owner Al Fini’s Northern Italian-influenced restaurant, which grew out of a former...
Where to eat on New Year’s Eve
 You could stay in and cook on New Year’s Eve, but what fun would that be? Many restaurants around town will be serving their
            regular menu on the big night, but this is a night for lobster, caviar, New York strips, chocolate, bubbles and prix fixe
            menus. The restaurants included here are pulling out the stops...

Posted: 27 days ago

You could stay in and cook on New Year’s Eve, but what fun would that be? Many restaurants around town will be serving their regular menu on the big night, but this is a night for lobster, caviar, New York strips, chocolate, bubbles and prix fixe menus. The restaurants included here are pulling out the stops...
At El Chipirón, we wanted a delicious love letter from Spain; we got a text
 The humdrum roll of interchangeable restaurant openings can lull you into a stupor. Another New American or Italian spot announces its arrival, and your mind numbly continues its virtual swiping. Then something different and largely unexplored appears on the horizon, maybe at the crest of a hill, say one on South Lamar Boulevard, and your...

Posted: 29 days ago

The humdrum roll of interchangeable restaurant openings can lull you into a stupor. Another New American or Italian spot announces its arrival, and your mind numbly continues its virtual swiping. Then something different and largely unexplored appears on the horizon, maybe at the crest of a hill, say one on South Lamar Boulevard, and your...
Chef-partner Adam Brick out at Vino Vino, has plans for own restaurant
 Less than a month after coming on with sommelier Paul Ozbirn as a partner and executive chef at Hyde Park staple 
            Vino Vino, Adam Brick and the restaurant/wine bar have parted ways. “We have not made a decision as to whom will take the kitchen into 2018, but are exploring options and keeping an open mind,”
       ...

5:04 PM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

Less than a month after coming on with sommelier Paul Ozbirn as a partner and executive chef at Hyde Park staple Vino Vino, Adam Brick and the restaurant/wine bar have parted ways. “We have not made a decision as to whom will take the kitchen into 2018, but are exploring options and keeping an open mind,” ...
Fareground food hall opens downtown on January 18 with some of Austin’s biggest names
 Fareground, Austin’s first major food hall concept, will open on Congress Avenue between Cesar Chavez and Second streets on January
            18, operators announced today. The food hall will feature some of the biggest names in Austin dining. The space will include 
            Easy Tiger; a taqueria from 
            Dai Due; Henbit...

3:48 PM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

Fareground, Austin’s first major food hall concept, will open on Congress Avenue between Cesar Chavez and Second streets on January 18, operators announced today. The food hall will feature some of the biggest names in Austin dining. The space will include Easy Tiger; a taqueria from Dai Due; Henbit...
Where to eat on Christmas Eve and Christmas
 Have yourself a merry little Christmas that doesn’t include working in the kitchen. While many restaurants around town will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas (check websites of your favorites), below is a list of restaurants that have a little something special up their red velvet sleeves for the occasion. Apis. 23526 Texas 71...

6:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

Have yourself a merry little Christmas that doesn’t include working in the kitchen. While many restaurants around town will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas (check websites of your favorites), below is a list of restaurants that have a little something special up their red velvet sleeves for the occasion. Apis. 23526 Texas 71...
Italian deli from popular restaurant group opens in East Austin
 Austin longs for more quality sandwich shops, so the opening of 
               La Matta
             in East Austin should come as welcome news to sandwich lovers (present company included). New Waterloo, the team behind Sway, La Condesa, the South Congress Hotel and more, opened the Italian sandwich shop and cafe at 501 Comal St. The shop...

6:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

Austin longs for more quality sandwich shops, so the opening of La Matta in East Austin should come as welcome news to sandwich lovers (present company included). New Waterloo, the team behind Sway, La Condesa, the South Congress Hotel and more, opened the Italian sandwich shop and cafe at 501 Comal St. The shop...
Healthy-eating haven Flower Child opens on Second Street
 The Austin division of the 
               Fox Restaurant Concept’s empire expands with the opening of 
               Flower Child in the “Google building” downtown. Fox already operates North Italia, Culinary Dropout and Flower Child at the Domain and
               Domain Northside and True Food Kitchen at Seaholm...

4:37 PM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

The Austin division of the Fox Restaurant Concept’s empire expands with the opening of Flower Child in the “Google building” downtown. Fox already operates North Italia, Culinary Dropout and Flower Child at the Domain and Domain Northside and True Food Kitchen at Seaholm...
It’s Italian Cucina and Manin Pasta now open on South Lamar
 The stretch of South Lamar Boulevard between Barton Springs Road and Ben White has added two new Italian options. 
               
                  It’s Italian Cucina
                recently opened at 1500 S. Lamar Blvd. (in the Post complex that is home to Barlata). Owner Al Fini’s Northern Italian-influenced restaurant, which...

3:27 PM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

The stretch of South Lamar Boulevard between Barton Springs Road and Ben White has added two new Italian options. It’s Italian Cucina recently opened at 1500 S. Lamar Blvd. (in the Post complex that is home to Barlata). Owner Al Fini’s Northern Italian-influenced restaurant, which...
Seafood-centric restaurant TLC opens next week to Alamo South Lamar next week
 If you’ve been to the Alamo Drafthouse (or Vox Table or Lick Honest Ice Creams et al) over the past year, you’ve seen the
            work-in-progress that is 
            TLC for months. Well, the wait is almost over. 
            The restaurant from the Manera Restaurant Group, which also operates J. Black’s Feel Good...

6:26 PM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

If you’ve been to the Alamo Drafthouse (or Vox Table or Lick Honest Ice Creams et al) over the past year, you’ve seen the work-in-progress that is TLC for months. Well, the wait is almost over. The restaurant from the Manera Restaurant Group, which also operates J. Black’s Feel Good...
Holy Roller hosts pie-eating contest Tuesday to benefit SAFE
 Raising money for a great organization while watching famous chefs gorge themselves on pie? Sounds like a win-win situation.
            Chef Callie Speer’s 
            irreverent comfort-food spot Holy Roller (509 Rio Grande St.) hosts a 
            pie-eating contest tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. to benefit 
            SAFE (the...

4:31 PM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Raising money for a great organization while watching famous chefs gorge themselves on pie? Sounds like a win-win situation. Chef Callie Speer’s irreverent comfort-food spot Holy Roller (509 Rio Grande St.) hosts a pie-eating contest tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. to benefit SAFE (the...
Get barbecue shipped from these Central Texas restaurants
 Looking for a holiday gift for your favorite meat lover but don’t want to get off your couch to go shopping? We’ve got a list
               of Central Texas barbecue joints that ship, saving you the gas money and the hassle. Follow the links for info.  La Barbecue serves some of the best brisket in Central Texas. (Laura...

8:35 PM Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Looking for a holiday gift for your favorite meat lover but don’t want to get off your couch to go shopping? We’ve got a list of Central Texas barbecue joints that ship, saving you the gas money and the hassle. Follow the links for info.  La Barbecue serves some of the best brisket in Central Texas. (Laura...
Stiles Switch’s 12 Days of Smoked Meats continues this week
 Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew returned last week with its annual 12 Days of Smoked Meats. The 12-day run features daily specials that span the spectrum
            of smoked meats, from the expected (prime rib) to the eccentric (chicken-fried beef rib with tater tot casserole). The specials
            pick back up tomorrow with Day 7 and...

7:50 PM Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew returned last week with its annual 12 Days of Smoked Meats. The 12-day run features daily specials that span the spectrum of smoked meats, from the expected (prime rib) to the eccentric (chicken-fried beef rib with tater tot casserole). The specials pick back up tomorrow with Day 7 and...
Fast-casual concept Verts now known as Noon Mediterranean
 If you’ve been confused as you look for a Mediterranean-inspired lunch from Verts and can’t seem to find the name in town
               anymore, don’t worry. The fast-casual artist originally known as VertsKebap still exists, but now goes by the name 
               Noon Mediterranean. The business, which started in Austin...

2:30 PM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

If you’ve been confused as you look for a Mediterranean-inspired lunch from Verts and can’t seem to find the name in town anymore, don’t worry. The fast-casual artist originally known as VertsKebap still exists, but now goes by the name Noon Mediterranean. The business, which started in Austin...
20 Austin restaurants for day drinking on a weekday
 Maybe work got cancelled due to weather. Maybe you have friends in from out of town. Maybe you’re playing hooky. Or maybe
            you’re just thirsty. Dip into one of these Austin restaurants for some day drinking on a weekday. Jay Janner AMERICAN-STATESMAN Beer Plant: Mitigate the guilt of working through the beer list with...

2:15 PM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

Maybe work got cancelled due to weather. Maybe you have friends in from out of town. Maybe you’re playing hooky. Or maybe you’re just thirsty. Dip into one of these Austin restaurants for some day drinking on a weekday. Jay Janner AMERICAN-STATESMAN Beer Plant: Mitigate the guilt of working through the beer list with...
Chinese restaurants open on Christmas and Christmas Eve
 Chinese restaurants are a holiday tradition for many. Below are the hours of some of Austin’s most popular spots. Barbecue pork at Ho Ho Chinese B.B.Q. A+A Sichuan. 13376 Research Blvd. 512-258-5445, 
               aasichuanchina.com. Open in the evening on Christmas Eve starting at 5 p.m. and regular Monday hours on Christmas. Chinatown...

10:30 PM Thursday, Dec. 07, 2017

Chinese restaurants are a holiday tradition for many. Below are the hours of some of Austin’s most popular spots. Barbecue pork at Ho Ho Chinese B.B.Q. A+A Sichuan. 13376 Research Blvd. 512-258-5445, aasichuanchina.com. Open in the evening on Christmas Eve starting at 5 p.m. and regular Monday hours on Christmas. Chinatown...
Where to eat on Christmas Eve and Christmas
 Have yourself a merry little Christmas that doesn’t include working in the kitchen. While many restaurants around town will
            be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas (check websites of your favorites), below is a list of restaurants that have a little
            something special up their red velvet sleeves for the occasion...

10:05 PM Thursday, Dec. 07, 2017

Have yourself a merry little Christmas that doesn’t include working in the kitchen. While many restaurants around town will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas (check websites of your favorites), below is a list of restaurants that have a little something special up their red velvet sleeves for the occasion...
Komé has new home on Airport Boulevard; adds ramen and Japanese whiskey
 Komé Sushi Kitchen
             spent the last six years luring diners to its low-slung space on Airport Boulevard with a slew of izakaya dishes and sushi.
            Now, the restaurant opened by husband-and-wife team of Kayo and Také Asazu in 2011, has a bigger, brighter space to welcome
            guests. Credit: Facebook/komesushikitchen...

3:24 PM Thursday, Dec. 07, 2017

Komé Sushi Kitchen spent the last six years luring diners to its low-slung space on Airport Boulevard with a slew of izakaya dishes and sushi. Now, the restaurant opened by husband-and-wife team of Kayo and Také Asazu in 2011, has a bigger, brighter space to welcome guests. Credit: Facebook/komesushikitchen...
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