Patricia Sharpe grew up in Austin and holds a master’s degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin. After working as a teacher (in English and Spanish) and at the Texas Historical Commission (writing historical markers), she joined the staff of Texas Monthly, in 1974. Initially, she edited the magazine’s cultural and restaurant listings and wrote a consumer feature called Touts. Eventually she focused exclusively on food. Her humorous story “War Fare,” an account of living for 48 hours on military MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat), was included in the anthology Best Food Writing 2002. Many of her stories appear in the 2008 UT Press collection, Texas Monthly on Food. In 2006 her story about being a restaurant critic, titled “Confessions of a Skinny Bitch,” won a James Beard Foundation award for magazine food writing.

Sharpe has contributed to Gourmet, Bon Appétit, Saveur, and the New York Times. She writes a regular restaurant column, Pat’s Pick, for Texas Monthly.

Articles by Patricia Sharpe

Just Rename It “Diners, Drive-ins and Pies”

Feb 4, 2011 By Patricia Sharpe

Just got a note from co-owner Lori Horn at Dough Pizzeria: The Food Network show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” recently filmed at Dough. Say what??! Dough is the classiest pizzeria I’ve ever been to. Has Diners host Guy Fieri run out of low-life eateries? Or maybe he’s turning over…


Feb 1, 2011 By Patricia Sharpe

How tempting must it have been for David Uygur to keep doing what he was doing at Lola. After all, the 37-year-old Dallas chef had amassed quite a cult following, especially at the restaurant’s tiny Tasting Room at Lola. So admired were his eclectic, French-based dishes that when Lola’s…

No More Rubber Chicken!

Jan 22, 2011 By Patricia Sharpe

How many rubber chickens have you choked down for a good cause? That’s too many, my friend. Here’s an excellent cause to support and the food is guaranteed to be amazing. On Saturday, February 5, Project Transitions will host a series of eighteen dinners in private homes throughout Austin…

The Most Extravagant Santa’s Snack Ever

Dec 24, 2010 By Patricia Sharpe

I wasn’t a believer until I tried the foie gras peanut butter and jelly sandwich at Bohanan’s downstairs bar in downtown San Antonio. My initial reaction was, What! Foie gras?! You’re kidding, right? No, they weren’t kidding, and darned if it doesn’t work (something about the creamy texture…

Sharon Hage Is Closing York Street, in Dallas

Nov 17, 2010 By Patricia Sharpe

Sharon Hage, the chef-owner of York Street, one of the smallest, yet most celebrated, restaurants in Dallas, is closing it on Saturday.  Food writer Teresa Gubbins broke the news on the web site Pegasus News about an hour and a half ago. Gubbins wrote that Hage told she…

The Tao of Zhi Is Coming at Ya

Nov 4, 2010 By Patricia Sharpe

I don’t know why I love tea so much. I think it has to do with exploring a different cultural reality than the “DWF Seeking Something Fun To Do On The Weekend Besides Go See A Movie That Everyone Saw When It Came Out” that is my current life.

Zandunga Mexican Bistro

Sep 30, 2010 By Patricia Sharpe

I’m a big believer in the helpful phonetic spelling of tricky words (it comes from a long-ago stint as a junior high school English teacher, a disorderly experience that we needn’t go into here). But in the case of “huitlacoche,” a Nahuatl word, the phonetic “hweet-la-koe-chay” doesn’t help much.

Our Boy Bryan Makes It To “Next Iron Chef”

Aug 25, 2010 By Patricia Sharpe

It was announced yesterday that Bryan Caswell, chef and co-owner of Reef, Stella Sola, and Little Bigs in Houston, has been named a contestant on the next season of Next Iron Chef, the Food Network show. We actually found this out this back before July, when we featured…

Son of Uchi Goes Live on July 6 in Austin

Jul 3, 2010 By Patricia Sharpe

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (make that a hot rock with some Kobe beef on it), you are probably aware that Uchi–Austin’s nonpareil avant-garde sushi and Japanese fusion restaurant–has replicated itself on the north side of town, specifically at 4200 N. Lamar (916-4808). In a smart move,…

Reg-gie’s! Reg-gie’s!! Reg-gies!!!

Jun 23, 2010 By Patricia Sharpe

The Food Network Magazine  has taken a page from our own playbook and named Reggie’s Weekend Special the best breakfast in Texas, in their July-August issue featuring the top breakfasts across the country (on newsstands June 29). Here’s their blurb on the button-busting special from Torres Taco Haven in…

First Look at Taco Deli on N. Lamar, in Austin

Jun 6, 2010 By Patricia Sharpe

You know, when I see the words “made from scratch” in front of “mole,” I start to hyperventilate a little. And when the tab for sampling this is $3.25. that makes me even happier. And when the mole–on a tender, generous-to-bursting pork taco–is actually wonderful, with deep red-chile flavors,…

Great Kettles of Crawfish!

Apr 21, 2010 By Patricia Sharpe

Well, I feel sure there must be crawfish boils going on all over Texas, but the only ones I’m hearing about are in Austin. So, here ya go: The Lavaca Street Bar is having a crawfish boil this Saturday, April 24, starting at 3.  No cover.

The Good Times Are Rolling In

Apr 16, 2010 By Patricia Sharpe

Perla’s–Austin’s very attention-getting seafood restaurant–is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a big ol’ shrimp and crawfish boil this Sunday. It’s all you can eat, including free beer, for $20. Dr. Zog will play zydeco. Co-chef Larry McGuire says they’ve bought 400 pounds of the Louisiana mudbugs, so they…

Once a Barbecue Fanatic, Always a Barbecue Fanatic

Apr 8, 2010 By Patricia Sharpe

Many years ago, before he moved away from Austin to the Frozen North (the D.C. area), journalist Jim Shahin was one of the people I turned to in times of freelance need. He contributed to food stories for Texas Monthly, but mainly, he distinguished himself by possessing a barbecue…

Where Did Tony Eat This Afternoon in Austin?

Apr 1, 2010 By Patricia Sharpe

Ahem. I just HAPPENED to be lurking at Perla’s Seafood and Oyster Bar when Tony Bourdain (yes, that Tony Bourdain, of “No Reservations,” on the Travel Channel, sitting on the right) was having a late lunch with co-chefs Larry McGuire (middle) and Tommy Moorman Jr…

BA-con! BA-con! BA-con! Comments Invited.

Mar 9, 2010 By Patricia Sharpe

Am I really writing a blog post on the Bacon Takedown at Emo’s in Austin this Sunday? Apparently I lost my mind over the weekend. But something about the idea of an Iron Chef-style, fat-fueled grease-off is utterly irresistible, especially in the city that spawned the…

Bargains Galore for Austin Restaurant Week

Feb 24, 2010 By Patricia Sharpe

My mouth is watering so much I may have to stop at the dry cleaner’s on my way home: I just read Hudson’s on the Bend prixe fixe menu for Austin Restaurant Week, which starts this Sunday: They’re offering chipotle lobster bisque, hot and crunchy trout on…