Eats

Viet-Adventure

For such a tiny place, Lieu’s menu may be the biggest and most exotic in town.
Jimmy Fowler
Given that many aficionados of Vietnamese food love the cuisine’s caffeine-spiky iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk, it was only a matter of time before someone opened a coffeehouse and pho shop — pho being the entic...


Research in Motion

Chow, Baby
Oh, the places Chow, Baby has been! And the foodstuffs it devoured! Chow, Baby’s summer research tour – 49 eateries in 10 days, a personal best – yielded plenty of useful and hence tax-deductible info.



Keg Stand-Out

Cowtown’s first upscale brew pub offers exceptional American cuisine and unique beer in a comfy atmosphere.
ANTHONY MARIANI
The Covey Restaurant & Brewery is exactly what its name suggests: a place that brews its own beer and serves food. But don’t think for a second that the cuisine is anything less than gourmet or that the ambiance is picni...


Eurotazza Coffeehouse

Not far fromone of the 800-lb. gorilla of caffeine’s new joints is a small, wonderful indie coffeehouse
JIMMY FOWLER
As one famous episode of South Park pointed out, it’s easy to bash Starbucks, and sipping an independent competitor’s brew does not necessarily equal moral virtue. Starbucks is clearly doing something right — millions of ...



Bull’s Eye

Next to a quaint gas station northwest of downtown, Il Toro churns out hearty, inexpensive Italian fare.
Dan McGraw
The guy behind the cash register at Il Toro Café — the same guy who tells you the specials, takes your order, fetches the drinks and food, makes sure the bread basket is always full, and hovers quietly throughout the dining ...


Taverna on the Square

Chow, Baby
Here’s how a good manager-type does it: First of all, she’s constantly scanning the room, so she notices when seated-long-ago customers start getting fidgety. She brings water over herself and offers to take the cus...



Lost in Translation

Chow, Baby
Chow, Baby’s command of other languages is pretty much restricted to meal ordering, and that only if the dish names don’t have verbs.


Off the Track

Chow, Baby
Chow, Baby couldn’t quite make sense of Jack’s Off the Wall, the new casual-hangout bar slash gourmet restaurant slash live-music venue that took over the Pedro’s Trailer Park space at 2731 White Settlement Rd...



Say Ahhh

Chow, Baby
Dr. Sugar Police has gotten much crankier over the years that Chow, Baby’s been seeing him for annual-or-so physicals. Old motto: “If you keep eating like that, you’re going to get diabetes.” New motto: ...


Flower of the South

Chow, Baby
Chow, Baby’s master plan for the Austin-ification of Magnolia Avenue is coming along nicely. This is the plan whereby Chow, Baby does no actual work itself (like all of Chow, Baby’s plans), but merely through hard w...