Hill Country Galleria welcome pho restaurant, boutique shops this fall

The new Simply Pho House location at the Hill Country Galleria has a robot to deliver food to tables. 

The restaurant, which closed its other Bee Cave location in September to move to this larger site, serves fan favorites from Vietnamese soup and noodle dishes to popular Thai and Chinese fare. Simply Pho also has locations in Marble Falls and Belterra. 

Co-owner Loann Huynh said the robot, which was made by Pudu Robotics, will start on a trial basis and that she might expand to more robot servers if it goes well. 

“It’s really fun if customers chose the restaurant for a birthday celebration, the robot sings “Happy Birthday” all the way from the kitchen to the table,” she said. 

Huynh said she plans to expand the menu at her new site to include more vegan options, and is also considering a Dim Sum brunch on the weekends. 

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Savor: Hill Center’s Long Lunch Cooking Class

Hill Center’s Long Lunch Cooking Class: Paella

For many years now, the Hill Center in the Old Naval Hospital has served as a go-to source for those looking to boost their culinary skills, starting at the most basic or remedial level, with the regularly presented “Kitchen 101: Introduction to Cooking Series.”

However, the small team of experienced chefs and bakers the nonprofit organization relies on for its culinary programming also regularly whips up new and niche ideas intended for the more advanced home chef, particularly those who are culinary adventure-seekers.

As an example of classes designed with internationally inspired intermediate home cooks in mind, look no further than the four-part “Long Lunch” series that Chef Mark Haskell, a longtime Hill Center cooking teacher, will lead in February over Zoom.

Styled as a sample of global street food, one that “will take you on a tour of the back alleys

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