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Food & Wine names Austin chef one of country’s 10 Best New Chefs

Kevin Fink will no longer be the only chef at Emmer & Rye and Hestia who has his own specially inscribed pressed white chef’s coat framed for posterity.

Food & Wine magazine Tuesday named Emmer & Rye and Hestia chef-partner Tavel Bristol-Joseph one of the 10 Best New Chefs in America. If you’ve had the chef’s cantaloupe sorbet with salted cream at Emmer & Rye, his playful take on a s’mores at Hestia or his Monster Cookie at Henbit, you understand why.

The Guyanese chef exhibits an elegant touch with his array of desserts, and the chef-partner has expanded his roles beyond pastry. Before dining rooms were ordered...

Restaurants that plan to reopen their dining rooms

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared Monday that restaurants in Texas will be allowed to reopen Friday at 25% capacity.

Austin and Travis County had extended a coronavirus pandemic stay-at-home order until May 8; the state directive supersedes local orders, however. The governor’s office also released a checklist of “minimum standard health protocols” for restaurants that includes:

‒ Limits on seating at a table (maximum six people)

‒ Single-use disposable...

Great takeout options from Austin restaurants

The citywide shelter-in-place order that extends over the next few weeks has labeled restaurants as an essential service.

Many restaurants that had never offered takeout service before have pivoted to the new model. While many people will naturally turn to places from which they’ve always ordered takeout (burgers, pizzas, tacos and drive-thrus being the most likely), now is a good time to order from locally owned restaurants that you might not normally consider for takeout.

I understand that some people have serious concerns about takeout, and I address those in the accompanying precautions information. I am not telling you to order takeout; you should do what makes you most comfortable.

I also realize that many...

Top Choices for BBQ in Austin – Part 1

While Austin is known for all of the delicious food, living in Austin means that you are going to be eating barbeque on the regular. It’s actually home to some of the best BBQ in the state and even in the country. It continues to grow as more and more barbeque joints open up and the competition for the best flavors increases every year.

Right now you could easily find 20 BBQ restaurants in the city that outperform the rest and that is just narrowing it down to 20. You’ll see new restaurants and food trucks opening up regularly and it’s the favorite dish for a local Austinite.  Take a look at a few of the top choices of BBQ in Austin that you’ll want to check out and compare to find your new favorite!

Franklin Barbecue – 900 E. 11th Street, Austin


Where to Go for a Great Coffee Shop in Austin

Coffee shops in Austin are some of the best because you know you’re going to have a unique experience every time. On a cool Austin day or a boost in the morning on your way to work, these coffee shops around town will have just what you need every time.

From Bennu Coffee offering you 24/7 service to Brew & Brew which will serve both coffee and beer to please everyone in your group, here is a look at what you’ll find at the top coffee shops in Austin.

Caffe Medici

For those that appreciate an original, this is known as being Austin’s “original specialty coffee shop.” You’ll enjoy both local beans and beans from around the world here, making it perfect for those that like to...

Top Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants Found in Austin - Part 2

With so many great places for vegans and vegetarians to enjoy a meal in Austin, we had to split this post into two parts. If you missed the first part, you can find it here. Continuing the list, in no particular order, here are a few more of the top choices for vegan and vegetarian food in Austin.

Conscious Cravings - 1311 South 1st Street, Austin AND 4209 Airport Boulevard, Austin

A great place for both vegans and vegetarians with two locations found in the Austin area, Conscious Cravings offers salads and meatless wraps. They serve up modern plant-based cuisine with...

Top Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants Found in Austin - Part 1

There are so many great vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Austin, TX; we had to split this blog into two parts. Austin is a great place for those practicing a no meat diet because of the many great places to go out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here's the first look at the many wonderful vegan and vegetarian restaurants throughout Austin.

Bouldin Creek Cafe - 1900 South 1st Street, Austin

This cafe may be the most popular spot for vegetarians and it's a good spot for vegans, too. Bouldin Creek Cafe is a unique spot offering a great vibe and plenty of wonderful vegetarian options. Most of the...

Top Farm-to-Table Restaurants in Austin

Farm-to-table restaurants have become very popular all over the country. Austin, Texas offers many great choices and with gardens starting to produce soon, it's a great time to enjoy farm-to-table dining in Austin.

Whether you're interested in eating organically or you want to support the local economy, choosing an Austin restaurant sourcing ingredients locally is a great option. Here are some of the top farm-to-table restaurants you can find throughout the area.

Eden East - 755 Springdale Road

Eden East is found on Springdale Farm and provides a real farm-to-table dining experience....

Three Foods You Must Try if You're New to Austin, TX

When you’re new to Austin, you are probably expecting a new climate, a new neighborhood, and new routines. You’ll be getting acquainted to a new city or maybe just a new part of town. It makes you appreciate the change but it can also be overwhelming with so many new things at once. You may be getting used to the hotter temps, the fun music scene, and the outdoor events, but what about the food?

You already knew Texas was known for their barbeque and Tex Mex but where do you even begin on your new Austin restaurant stops? There are a few foods that will get you acquainted to the area in no time and will give you a good place to start trying new eateries. When you get to Austin and want to try some of the Austin classic staples, stop at these three locations...

Five Excellent Austin Restaurants to Try ASAP

Are you in the mood for something new in Austin? There are so many options for dining in Austin that sometimes you need a good suggestion for a place you’ve never tried or a place that you didn’t know existed yet. Austin is great for variety with options that you wouldn’t find in just any city.

Of course you can grab your typical favorite barbeque for dinner but many people are ready to hear more about restaurants that have initiated some buzz for unique flavors and menu items. From a twist on your favorite morning donut at the Voodoo Doughnut to the perfect brunch spot to hit this weekend, here is a look at five excellent Austin restaurants that you probably haven’t been to...

Restaurant Spotlight: Via 313

Have you been to Via 313 yet? This popular eatery in Downtown Austin is hard to beat. They are known for their hot pizza made in a Detroit style which means it’s shaped like a square and baked in a deck oven. It’s also known as the upside-down pizza because it’s prepared with a thick Sicilian crust lined with a layer of pepperoni and covered in cheese, toppings, and red sauce.

You can find this favorite pizza joint located at one great location in Austin or at two of their original trailers for pizza-only in Austin. When you’re ready for hot pizza for lunch or dinner, cold drinks, fresh salads, and beer, wine, or cocktails, stop in to Via 313 open every day in...

Restaurant Spotlight: Saltgrass Steakhouse

Make it a steak night tonight at Saltgrass Steakhouse, Austin’s award-winning steakhouse. The restaurant’s concept dates back to the 1800s, during a time where Longhorns used to roam Texas and ranchers caught on that those in the North were going wild over their beef.

Once the Longhorns made their way to Texas during the winter to graze on the coastal salt grass, the Salt Grass Trail became the spot where the best beef in Texas came from. Now, you can enjoy the Saltgrass Steakhouse located on the historic trail ride in which the annual celebration of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo takes place.

You’ll find it hard to beat the...

Restaurant Spotlight: La Margarita

If you love Mexican food, you will love La Margarita in Round Rock. The first sign that this is the place to be is the line you will no doubt encounter when you go there for dinner. People literally stand outside and wait to get a taste of this amazing Mexican food. Even though there tends to be people waiting, your wait is never very long.

You will be seated as soon as possible and served promptly. Along with delicious chips and salsa at every visit, a great drink menu and authentic Mexican cuisine, you will enjoy excellent service in a lively setting. Here is a look at what you will enjoy when you visit La Margarita.

What to expect

To get things started, you will be served...

Restaurant Spotlight: Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill is the place to go for a bite to eat in Austin. It’s all about American comfort food with your favorite classics served for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even brunch. Enjoy new American and southern cuisine with the whole family at Moonshine featuring a casual atmosphere in the historical Waterloo Compound.

Check out how they are serving classic comfort food with a modern approach over at 303 Red River Street in Austin.

What to Expect

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill is the perfect place to go for brunch, breakfast this weekend, lunch during the week or for the whole family to grab dinner. It has a little bit of everything to please any palate...

Which Foods are Unique to Austin?

Austin is starting to become recognized for their food offerings. They have been awarded the 8th Best Foodie City For Your Wallet. It is always expanding, and chef’s in the area continue to come up with unique dishes. Here are some one of a kind foods that you will find in Austin.


Queso is a creamy melted cheese sauce that can be put on a variety of things. This can be served on the side with tortilla chips, or put on taco’s or sandwiches. You will find many restaurants in Austin that offer queso, and they all claim to have the best.


Restaurant Spotlight: CR Surf and Turf

CR Surf and Turf is unlike other restaurants you will find in Cedar Park. While dining establishments here boast of stylish and elegant ambiances, CR Surf and Turf has maintained a steady stream of patrons because of its family-style interiors and heartwarming food.

Every dish at CR Surf and Turf is made from fresh ingredients especially anything found on the seafood menu. Steaks, sandwiches and chowders are just a few of their specialties and it is not just about creating filling food. It is all about creating food with a home-style twist that diners will remember for years to come.

The Menu

Here are a few popular dishes from CR Surf...

Restaurant Spotlight: Bellini’s Texas Grill

Bellini’s Texas Grill is a great choice for a bite to eat of your favorite local Texan cuisine. Check them out in Cedar Park over at 12800 W Parmer Lane open seven days a week. You can stop in for lunch or dinner and they even feature catering options for those special events in your life or for the office party that you forgot to bring a dish for.

Grab a gift card for your friends and family on the way out and come back every day for daily specials. They feature brunch on the weekends so that you have the perfect excuse to get together with your loved ones over a delicious meal. If you love a good Texas-Tuscan Fusion, check out ...

Restaurant Spotlight: Hao-Hao Restaurant

Since 1986, Hao-Hao Restaurant has been providing the Round Rock area with delicious, home style cooking. This is the place to go if you want to enjoy authentic Vietnamese and Chinese dishes. They provides dine in, take-out and delivery options with healthy cooked-to-order meals perfect for your family. Here's what you can expect when you dine at Hao-Hao.

The Menu

You will find both a lunch and a dinner menu at Hao-Hao Restaurant. Some of the items you will find on the menus include:

  • Crab Wonton
  • Egg Rolls
  • Spring Rolls
  • Chicken Wrapper
  • Wonton Soup
  • Pho
  • Bun Xao Vermicelli...

Restaurant Spotlight: Truluck's

Austin, TX offers a variety of choices when it comes to restaurants in the downtown area. Some are more casual in nature and others may be considered just a step above fast food. If you are looking for a higher-end restaurant to enjoy a nice meal or perhaps even to celebrate a special occasion, Truluck's offers you those options.

Proper Attire Is Required

Like many upscale restaurants, Truluck's has guidelines to follow if you plan on enjoying a meal at their location. The specific dress is business casual, although dress shorts are permitted.

Unacceptable attire includes sleeveless shirts, tank tops, gym wear, short shorts and flip-flops. You will also need to leave your hat at the door.

Sampling the Fare at Truluck's...

Restaurant Spotlight: Mighty Fine Burgers

Mighty Fine Burgers is a fantastic spot to grab your favorite American meal. Burgers, fries and shakes are the specialty at Mighty Fine Burgers in Austin. The company believes in everything of quality from excellent food to a family atmosphere for an affordable price. The restaurant is open in four locations throughout the city featuring hours every day of the week.

They’ve been in business since 2007 offering a modern take on the classic Texas burger. When you’re ready for a great Texas burger from a family-friendly spot right here in Austin, check out Mighty Fine Burgers for affordable prices and delicious food.

What to Expect

The restaurant is located in four spots around town. Check them out...

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