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When in Austin…Conan’s Pizza

by Robert Bostick
Driving South on IH-35 the conversation turned to what eats to get once hitting Austin city limits, and there was no question it would be Conan’s Pizza.  We have a long history with Conan’s; my wife remembers her childhood afternoons after a softball game with her family, and my late night conversations with  friends over a pitcher of Shiner and brief employment there.  Continue reading


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Behold: BeerFeast 2015


Tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 17 at 10 a.m. for Flying Saucer Draught Emporium’s 2015 Texas BeerFeast in Fort Worth, Austin and Sugar Land. Dates for each of the events are as follows:

Sugar Land – Saturday, Oct. 3, 2 to 6:30 p.m., 2700 Town Center Blvd. North (on the Plaza in front of City Hall)
Fort Worth – Saturday, Oct. 10, 2 to 6:30 p.m., Sundance Square, 111 E. 3rd St.
Austin – Saturday, Oct. 17, 2 to 6:30 p.m., Triangle Park, 4600 Guadalupe St.  Continue reading

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Texas Monthly Announces Their Austin BBQ Festival


TMBBQ Fest 2015, Texas Monthly’s annual festival for barbecue-lovers, is slated for the afternoon of November 1, 2015, in Austin. Tickets ($80 for general admission, $145 for VIP, $10 for children 5 and under) will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 11.

This marks the magazine’s sixth year to host the festival, which showcases the smoked delicacies from many of the state’s most celebrated barbecue purveyors. All invited pitmasters have been honored by the magazine in the much anticipated cover story “The 50 Best BBQ Joints in the World!”. Guests are encouraged to sample from as many BBQ vendors as their stomachs will allow, plus, for the first time ever, sweet treats by a curated list of dessert shops. Cold libations from sponsors Crown Royal, Don Julio Tequila, and Shiner Beer will be available for purchase, along with giveaways and interactive festivities by sponsors Central Market, Texas A&M University, and YETI Coolers.  Continue reading

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STK Opening In Dallas And Austin

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by Jennifer Thomas

STK is a modern twist on the American steakhouse concept with locations in major metropolitan cities throughout the U.S. and Europe. STK Rebel maintains the unique features and energy of STK, and offers a menu and price point targeted to a broader national and international market.

“Texas is a one-of-a-kind state, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to bring the one-of-a-kind STK experience there. Austin and Dallas are both booming cities, and particularly given the prime locations with indoor and rooftop space we have secured, we’re extremely excited about entering these markets,” said Jonathan Segal, CEO of The ONE Group. “We remain focused on our goal to expand the STK Restaurants brand and execute on our growth strategy, and are confident Austin and Dallas are ideal choices to help us do so.”   Continue reading

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Vertskebap Opening in Preston Hollow Village


The Austin-based kebap chain, Vertskebap, will open its latest restaurant in Dallas proper in Preston Hollow Village tomorrow with a grand opening event Saturday, January 31st featuring one free full sized entrée per guest, so Dallas area residents can try the unique food concept risk free.

“We are very excited to introduce our authentic kebaps to the Dallas market,” says co-CEO, Michael Heyne. “Dallas is the place to be for modern upbeat food concepts. Almost all successful new food concepts are in the market. If we can become successful in Dallas, we will be able to take our concept elsewhere in the U.S.”   Continue reading

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My Dinner with André

IMG_4206Wilder and woollier than ever, André Natera has taken on the biggest gig of his life, and he’s back to boxing, Muay Thai Boxing, wrestling and MMA

by Andrew Chalk

Whatever happened to André Natera, the former chef at the The Pyramid Restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel (according to the Pyramid web site he is still there), later execuchef at Village Kitchen (née Village Marquee (née Marquee Grill)), RIP2? The answer is that he is the execuchef for The Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa, a massive resort and country club complex just 20 minutes from downtown Austin (and three hours from Dallas). With three golf courses adjacent to the property and a fourth, affiliated course, 25 miles away, the resort is one of the foremost golf destinations in Texas. Additionally, there are 11 tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, super spa, a nature trail and complete schedules of kids-only and adult-only activities.

The food operation behind all this is, as they say, André’s oyster. That means the flagship restaurant Hill Country Dining Room, 8212 Wine Bar and Grill, a bar named Barton’s Lodge, pool and cabana service, in-room dining, plus the restaurant in the country club on the same, massive site. In addition, Omni has another country club (Lakeside) about 25 miles away that Natera oversees as well.   Continue reading


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Chef Genius Andre Natera Unfolds Food Quandry

Chef Andre Natera, photo by Danny Fulgencio - dannyfulgencio.comby Steven Doyle

We know that brilliant chefs can cook, and it truly is a form of art. But how are they with the sciences? For sure the art of pastry is a science, where as cooking on the savory side is more of a dalliance of braising or even a  tete-a-tete on the grill with their favorite cut of cow. But today we see that the chef’s mind works far more three dimensional than most.

To prove the genius of at least one of our favorite chefs, we examine the paperwork of Andre Natera who provides proof once and for all that “pie equals cake”. Read on for proof.   Continue reading

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