The first time I met Chef Monique Santua of Gastromonique was at a friend’s dinner party. Gastromonique is committed to feeding Austinites seasonable, local, and sustainable foods through farm to table personal chef services.[Read more…]
Having grown up in Austin in the 1980s, I often feel a rush of mixed feelings when I frequent familiar parts of town that look almost unrecognizable. In the ever-changing, always hip city of Austin, there is a comforting nostalgia when you run across that rare gem that has stood strong for over a century. Scholz Garten is one such treasure, defining the downtown Austin scene and carving out a special space in history as the longest-running biergarten in America.
Antonelli’s Cheese Shop is a slice of gourmet cheese heaven right here in Austin. The darling Hyde Park cheese shop with the most knowledgable and friendly cheesemongers around turns nine on Feb. 11, 2019.
To celebrate its birthday, Antonelli’s is giving Austinites the gift of free cheese at more restaurants than ever! Cue happy dance. [Read more…]
France has always been an interest of mine. In high school, I took French instead of Spanish and relished learning about the culture. Most importantly, I loved learning about the food.
Through my Austin food adventures, I’ve found a little piece of France. Le Politique, located in downtown Austin, is a local brasserie that doesn’t disappoint with its selection of classic and delicious French fare.
While covering many of my favorite food options in Austin, I’ve learned that every food trailer has a story. For most, the story began relatively recently. A few years back, perhaps. It was then a dream was formed, idea hatched, menu created, trailer purchased. This relatively recent timeline is to be expected in a city with the rapid growth of Austin.
And then you have the OG’s. The Original Gangsters. The trailers that made their names before it was commonplace to expect fine dining meals to come out of a vehicle. Baton Creole’s story began back then. And now, the Cajun and Creole cuisine creator has Godfather status in Austin’s food trailer scene. Or Godmother status, perhaps. [Read more…]
While chicken and waffles have been enjoying their moment in the light, pancakes will always be waiting for us.
Pancakes are perfect for so many occasions. Woke up late and need food? Pancake. Doing a show binge and need a break? Pancake. On your way home from a night dancing? Want to show someone you care? You get the picture. Also, Shrove Tuesday, which is celebrated in some traditions with pancakes, is quickly approaching. We must prepare, Austin! Thankfully, our city has several local establishments that can satisfy a diversity of pancake preferences and occasions. [Read more…]
Guest article by Mandy Heintzelman Smith
When my husband and I visited Austin from Los Angeles to look at homes before our move, we searched for a neighborhood close to downtown. At the same time, we wanted a big back yard and an amazing school district. When we found our beautiful, old home in Westlake, we knew we were in the right neighborhood for our young family. The bonus surprise is how much we enjoy Westlake’s local restaurants. Here’s a newbie’s guide to our favorite Austin-based restaurants for families in the Westlake area. [Read more…]
Introducing Ciclo restaurant and neighboring Live Oak inside Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Austin! Ciclo is the latest concept from world-renowned restaurateur Richard Sandoval, led by Chef de Cuisine James Flowers (TRIO, Wink, Asti Trattoria, Cipollina).
Ciclo and Live Oak dance with Latin flavor, with the latter taking menu inspiration from Guadalajara, Mexico. I had the pleasure of experiencing both concepts. The way they complement each other makes Four Seasons a superb destination for dinner and drinks.
From lunch to dinner, you’ll want to try everything on Komé Sushi Kitchen’s menu. Part of a growing restaurant group in Austin, this Austin-based eatery its tin the Daruma Ramen and Sa-Tén Coffee and Eats family.
Learn why this hot spot should be the next to try on your restaurant list!
Buenos Aires Café, an east side favorite known for exquisite Argentian cuisine, now offers weekly El Gran Lechón Nights.
While the cozy cafe offers a popular platter of traditional grilled meats, “De la parilla,” the whole roasted pig feast prepared for El Gran Lechón Nights is a whole entity unto itself. You can taste it for yourself every Wednesday night at Buenos Aires. [Read more…]