Austin's growing, and unfortunately the associated pains have little to do with Kirk Cameron. Our crew of luminaries reflect on downward-spiraling local concepts, the demise of food trailer parks, the influx of national chains, and... getting old sucking.
John Mueller departing his namesake bbq joint across the street from our new restaurant Sway. Say what you will about that guy, but he made some incredible bbq. His beef short ribs were no joke.
- Jesse Herman, La Condesa/Sway
The continued rise of ridiculous flavored vodkas. Just say no to Marshmallow Fluff Vodka, Whipped Cream Vodka, and the like. Ugh.
- Bill Norris, Midnight Cowboy
It was very disappointing to read that the food trailers on South Congress have to leave. I understand the reason but it's disappointing to see such a staple in the food scene be displaced.
- Doug Guller, Bikinis/Pelons
More chains opening where I wish there was more local (Chipotle on S Lamar in that great old white building that was a golf shop).
- Joshua Bingaman, HELM Boots
Hai Ky. Used to be so good....
- Tyson Cole, Uchi
It's disappointing to me that Austin is so quick to judge & ruthless with new restaurants. It takes time & effort to make a place great, so for any restaurant that opened in 2012, I will give second chances. Even thirds.
- Sonya Cote, Hillside Farmacy
One word: permitting.
- John Bates, Noble Pig Sandwiches
I went out to F1 this year for the big race and absolutely loved it. Strangely I have become a serious F1 fan as a result. I really wanted to know what a Ferrari party looks like, but I was so tired after the race that I went to bed. I guess my biggest disappointment is in my own party stamina.
- Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse
There are still no great restaurants/bars/gathering places open south of Ben White.
- Mat Clouser, Swift's Attic
No disappointments. Obama was re-elected.
- James Newman, Service Menswear