Top 10 Bars in Downtown Austin

Austin's downtown scene has changed, incorporating several blocks of East Austin, which is great news for bar-hoppers who appreciate a little variety. Top Ten lists are notoriously controversial so we're sidestepping a bit and offering our pick of the best bars that fill a certain niche, whether

Warm Up With Some of Austin's Best Hot Chocolate

For a drink often relegated to the kid’s table, hot chocolate has an awesome backstory.

Underrated: Hoover’s Cooking

Similar to a kid running straight to a shiny new toy on Christmas morning, it’s easy to get overly excited about checking out a Hot New Restaurant.

Pigs-in-a-Blanket Need Not Apply: Consider the Kolache

Recently while waiting in line for coffee in the University area, I overheard a student ask, “What’s a cheese danish?” Her friend answered matter-of-factly, “It’s like a kolache, only bigger.”

Austin-Area Breweries Victorious at "Super Bowl" of Beer

The Austin craft beer scene has something worthy of a toast after local breweries brought home five medals from last weekend’s Great American Beer Festival.

Sustainable Food Center Relocates to New East Side Facility

Dozens of Austinites gathered for a demonstration on making your own plant starter pot out of newspaper last week when Austin’s Sustainable Food Center opened the doors of its new East Side center, inviting the public to get a peek at the kinds of programs that will be available at the new location.

10 Quick Breaks from ACL Music Fest

Being surrounded by hundreds of thousands of people for three days straight can get tiring! Luckily, there's plenty within walking distance of Zilker Park, whether you're looking to cool off, grab a non-food truck bite to eat or just take a stroll.

Underrated: El Caribe

Over the winter, I befriended a woman who was here from New Zealand for a few months. We were headed out to lunch one afternoon, and she said she was in the mood for Tex-Mex, “down and dirty.” I knew exactly where to take her.

Ramen Craze Catches Up to Austin

It’s about time that ramen, Japan’s iconic noodle soup, found its way to Austin. The dish has made a big splash here, with at least four high-profile ramen spots opening in the past year. So what’s all the fuss about?

Neopolitan Pizza Descends Upon Austin

Steven Dilley recently left his career in finance to open Bufalina, a new pizzeria on the Eastside. The menu is focused, offering only five starters and six Neapolitan pizzas.

Overrated: Matt's El Rancho

The first time I visited Austin in 1978, I went to dinner at Matt's El Rancho at its original location on Cesar Chavez where the Four Seasons hotel now sits.

August Means Hot Water for Some Food Trucks

Austin’s normally bustling food trailer yards can look pretty deserted come August. As temperatures reach – and surpass – 100 degrees, the usual crowds strolling down South Congress Avenue or milling about East 6th Street take refuge indoors.

Underrated: DK Sushi & Seoul Asian Market

Drive by DK Sushi & Seoul Asian Market in its rundown strip mall home at 5610 North Lamar, and you’ll probably think the same thing I did when I first saw it: “I am not eating raw fish in that place.” DK is just further proof though that you can’t judge a fish by its scales.

HOPE Aims to Take Their East Side Farm Stand Mobile

HOPE Farmers Market in East Austin's Plaza Saltillo goes beyond being just another market – they are in the process of designing a bike-powered food stand to bring local produce to the East Austin community.

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