Browsing category: Texas Eats

3 Best Restaurant Chains Worth the Money

When you get a chance to meander down or across to a big Texas city, do you first scope out the foodie blogs and plan your meals around the latest local faves? Me, too. Recently, however, I found myself thinking about how nice it is to enjoy a traditional dinner in one of Texas' best restaurant chains. There's a lot of competition around here, but these three places have determined to stay on top. They can definitely be a little pricey, but with consistent menus, stellar service, and desserts with plenty of wow factor, I believe

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Solving the Mystery at Hillside Farmacy

Ranking ahead of places like St. Louis, Houston and New Orleans in Zagat's list of 30 most exciting food cities is the very one in which Hillside Farmacy has made its unique home. Well, actually, it's not the restaurant's home that is so unique. It's more the restaurant itself.  First, there's the play on the word. It intrigues people, you know. Is it a pharmacy that sells aspirin and artichokes, or is it a restaurant that serves organic salads and stocks its shelves with over-the-counter cold remedies?  Funny you should ask.

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A Sweet Stop at Collin Street Bakery in Waco, Texas

Driving on I-35 North from Austin Can Be Intense Typically, a drive from Austin north on I-35 is a harrowing experience, giving both driver and passengers reason to keep moving and be done with it as soon as possible! If you can make it to Dallas with no stops along the way, you're happy to do it, right? Which is why, until recently, we have sailed on through Waco with barely a glance at the Southern-style building situated in its stately spot on this crazy stretch of Texas highway. However, in the interest of intentional

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Best Burgers in Austin, Texas – Everybody Has a Favorite

Best Burgers in Austin, Texas - Everybody Has a Favorite After four years in Austin, we’ve taken a bite out of a bunch o’ burgers, my friends. Some we’ve tried on the advice of friends, and others on the recommendation of a website or two. At this stage of the game, here’s our very own list of what we  now think are some of the best burgers in Austin. If you’ve ever moved from your hometown to a big city, you know how much fun it is to explore all the restaurants in your new locale. It’s even more fun to ask the locals about

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Where to Find Berries in Texas

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service worked on a strawberry sustainability project to help Texas growers. Since the project began in 2013, the Service estimates that its efforts may have helped 15-20 new growers develop sustainable strawberry fields, yielding many more acres of the juicy berries we Texans love to eat. As for blackberries, blueberries and raspberries, Texas is growing plenty of those as well. National Pick Strawberries Day is observed every year on May 20. That's also just about the end of strawberry season

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5 Outstanding Places for Patio Dining Near the Capitol

If you're spending a few days in Austin or you're planning your next date night, you might want to check out my list of 5 outstanding places for patio dining near the Capitol.  One of the very best, most wonderful and amazing things about the Texas Hill Country is the ease with which we enjoy dining outside. Morning, noon and night for almost three-fourths of the year, people eat on the patio, on a balcony or on a blanket at a park. People say that's because of the bats. The bats eat the flies. At least that's what they told

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My Recommendations for Your Upscale Austin Valentine Dinner

Happy Valentine's Day!  Celebrating Valentine’s Day with those you love is a sweet treat, no matter where you do it. But if you want to spend a little time discussing life and love over a fabulous dinner at an upscale restaurant where the service is always stellar, try one of these fine Austin establishments. I personally recommend each and every one! The Capital Grille If there is anything not to like about The Capital Grille, I've yet to find it. Although you will be plenty happy with your choice of any spot on this list,

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New and Coming Soon to Austin’s Restaurant Scene

Living in Austin is fun for a jillion reasons, not the least of which is the abundance of fantastic restaurants around here.  As one of our friends says, "When people ask me what's my favorite Austin restaurant, I usually say it's the last one where I ate. They're ALL so good!" There are plenty of restaurants to choose from after a sunset Bat Cruise on Lady Bird Lake.

Here are some new and some coming soon eateries to the Austin foodie scene. The only dilemma will be deciding which one to try first! Let's start

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Celebrate National Soup Month With Austin’s Best Bowls

"Eating Soup. Thick soup served in a soup dish is eaten with the soup spoon. If you want to get the last bit of it, there is no impropriety in tipping the dish away from you in order to collect it at the edge. Indeed you are paying a subtle compliment to your hostess by this demonstrating how good it is. Drink thin soups and bouillons served in cups, as you would tea or coffee, but if there are vegetables or noodles left in the bottom, eat them with the spoon, rather than struggle unattractively to make them slide from the cup

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Little City Coffee Roasters Makes Big Impact on Austin Coffee Drinkers

Little City Coffee Roasters Makes Big Impact on Austin Coffee Drinkers It was a little too early to wake the sleeping giant beside me that Sunday morning. Just because I couldn’t go back to sleep didn’t mean I should disrupt the blessed zzzzzzs of my sweet, hormonally-balanced man. I had already been awake for almost two hours. Thinking. Praying. Planning. Perusing Facebook on my phone. Being quiet. It was Sunday. We can sleep in on Sundays, I reminded myself. You should go back to sleep, I self-instructed. Oh, well, I can

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