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With so many new food trucks popping up, it’s hard to know which are worthy of your appetite. Our friends at Austin Passbook are food truck experts, and they’ve gone out and tried many of the new trucks (there are so many!) and created a quick list of 5 you must try. If they’ve missed some great ones, let us know your new favorites in the comments below.
1. 40 North – The pizzas here are neapolitan style. With their handmade mozzarella, wood fired brick oven, and the perfect balance of chew, crunch, and airiness to their crust, you’re going to love these pies.
2. Uncle Bob’s BBQ – Thomas Claybar and Shawn Jackson are one of the newest BBQ trucks in town, and they’re doing it right. They’ve got a lot of BBQ options with Pork, Beef Brisket and Sausages smoked daily.
3. Boteco ATX – Brazilian born owner Fernando Marri brings some authentic flavors to their new truck. Some of the ingredients can’t even be found in Austin. Grab some authentic food here and watch a soccer game on their truck mounted TV.
4. Bistro Vonish – Owner and Chef Craig Vanis has created a new experience with this truck offering high-end vegan delights. Whether you’re vegan or not, you’ll find something to love on the ever changing menu.
5. TLocs Sonora Hot Dogs – Simply calling these creations hot dogs don’t do them justice. These Sonora Dogs, artfully crafted by owner Miguel Kaiser, are a guilty pleasure.
If you’d like to try these food trucks as well as 23 others, check out the Austin Passbook. It offers 2-for-1 deals on some of the best items at 28 of Austin’s best trucks. If you’re lucky, you can pick one up for only $15 during the pre-sale on the Summer edition until May 15th. Check it out here.
It’s a good day to be an Austinite. The 2015 ACL lineup was announced this morning and today, Shake Shack on South Lamar opens at 11 am!
Burger monsters come one, come all. The wait is over, you can finally get your Shake Shack fix. They’re known for their burgers, crinkle fries and shakes, last night I put them to the test and they didn’t disappoint. They have local beers from Hops & Grain, Independence Brewing Co., Real Ale Brewing, Karbach Brewing Co. and Austin Eastciders.
Austin’s Shake Shack will feature a Lockhart Link Burger a cheeseburger topped with “griddled” Kreuz Market jalapeno cheese sausages, pickles, and ShackSauce.
Their dessert menu also pays respects to Austin with the Uchi-concerte made with Uchi and Uchiko miso hazelnut blondie and huckleberry jam. The Cold Shot, made with vanilla and chocolate custard, brown sugar caramel sauce, chocolate toffee, and malt powder is named after a song by singer, Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Shake Shack also features a pet menu that offers pooch-inis and dog biscuits. 5% of of Uchi-concrete sales will be donated to Austin Pets Alive.
North Austinites, fear not, a Domain location is set to open later this summer.
1100 South Lamar
Austin, Texas 78704
This May makes 35 years that Kerbey Lane has been dishing out some of the best pancakes and queso in Austin!
They’re celebrating today by donation 100% of net proceeds from ALL Austin locations to United Way for Greater Austin today – tomorrow morning at 6 am.
Today from 4 pm – 6 pm they’ll be having birthday celebrations as their locations complete with miniature horses, face painting, and balloon animals.
The celebration starts today as Kerbey Lane Cafe kicks-off their “35 Days Until 35” social media campaign with giveaways, including gift cards, t-shirts, pancake mix and more available on their social media pages. Follow Kerbey Lane Cafe on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for more updates and information.
When: today, May 4th 6 am– tomorrow, May 5th 6am
Kerbey Lane Locations
Photo Credit: Kerbey Lane Cafe Facebook Page
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I recently discovered a Indian restaurant on the East side with a lunch special that’s hard to beat, a new restaurant that I’m obsessed with, and a coffee shop that’s easily become my favorite hideout. Read on for my monthly favorites!
WHERE TO LUNCH: Nasha
1614 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
The thali platters, a traditional Indian lunch, are only $7 – 9 for lunch with the curry of the day (meat or vegetarian), two veggies, a dessert, basmati rice, and naan. A steal!
Try the curry margarita while you’re there!
WHERE TO DINNER: Italic
123 W Sixth St Austin, Texas
My current obsession is the Italic, the new Italian restaurant opened by the ELM Restaurant group of 24 Diner, Easy Tiger, and Arro. The spaghetti carbonara is to die for, the pizzas are a must-try, and the steak is the best I’ve ever had.
RELATED: Italic, Austin’s First Rustic Italian Restaurant Has Officially Opened
Bldg 3, Ste 101, 916 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78702
I adore this artsy and relaxed Japanese-inspired coffee shop and cafe, tucked away in the Canopy complex in East Austin on Springdale Road. Be sure to order the o-hi-yo coffee and one of their Japanese toasts.
SHOP AT THIS LOCAL SHOP: Raven & Lily
Raven & Lily is a local Austin shop that carries fair trade jewelry, clothing, accessories and gifts handmade with naturally dyed fabrics and locally-sourced, eco-friendly materials. I love that they’re a socially-conscious lifestyle brand that’s dedicated to empowering women through design!
April 24-26, 2015 – Austin, TX
Austin Food + Wine Festival returns this year to host more than 40 events over three days at Auditorium Shores and Republic Square Park, including hands-on grilling demonstrations; expanded interactive fire pits helmed by an all-star lineup of chefs; Grand Tasting tents offering food, wine and cocktail tastings; live musical performances; chef tastings; book signings; and much more.
The ELM Restaurant Group (Easy Tiger, 24 Diner, and Arro) recently debuted their Italian concept, Italic. Not surprisingly, this spot is a home run.
The menu features everything from polenta, burrata, pizza from their stone-hearth oven, spaghetti carbonara and more. They have an amazing Italian wine list, local and internationally renowned craft beers and Italian inspired cocktails.
Happy Hour aficionados will be pleased to learn that complimentary fresh-baked focaccia sandwich with meats and cheeses will accompany all bar beverages ordered weekdays between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm.
The rustic Italian space is simple yet comfortable. They have outdoor seating that is perfect as it’s prime patio season, and the spot is perfect for everything from a girls night out to a date night!
123 W. 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Photo Credit: Italic Austin Website
I always say that Austin needs more events to appreciate cars!
Well Top Notch (where some of the classic Dazed and Confused was filmed) is making it happen tonight with their live music, hot rod, and movie night!
Local car lovers will love checking out all the sweet rides.
Don’t forget to bring a chair. They sell beer but not wine, so you can bring your own wine.
I highly recommend their onion rings and fried chicken, treat yourself!
If you are looking for other fun happening in Austin this weekend, check out our Weekend Top Picks!
When: today, April 4th
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Top Notch Hamburgers
7525 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78757
Photo Credit: Top Notch Facebook Page
Happy Good Friday! Haymaker is hosting their 2nd Annual Good Friday Fish Fry and its going to be an afternoon of fun and fish!
They’ll have beer battered Alaskan cod, French fries and home made coleslaw. Drink specials include $2 frozen margaritas and $3 beer-ritas. Although my favorite part of the party may be the adult sno cones!
When: today, April 3rd
Time: 4 pm
2310 Manor Road
Austin, Texas 78722
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It’s no secret that we’ve been in love with Favor Delivery since day one. Now 18 months and hundreds (thousands?) of personal deliveries to our offices/homes later, we asked one of the Favor co-founders, Zach Maurais, what people in Austin Favor the most.
We’re guessing that Favor extending their delivery hours until 3am might have skewed these results towards the more munchies-worthy restaurants, but who are we to judge?
We’re proud to report that an overwhelming majority of these restaurants are local, so keep up the good work:
- Homeslice Pizza- Love it or hate it, it’s one of the top-rated pizza joints in Austin. A major drawback for years has been their lack of delivery. Favor changed that and the orders came flying in.
- Torchy’s Tacos- Suitable for breakfast, lunch and dinner, we weren’t surprised to see Austin’s original taco-truck empire show up on the list.
- P Terry’s- Nobody likes a cold hamburger. With 10 locations in Austin, your burger and fries won’t have to travel very far, ensuring hot fries and cold milkshakes.
- Chipotle- Not so local, but we’re guilty of it too. And yes, we know the guacamole is extra.
- Kerbey Lane Café- Kerbey Queso rules. Breakfast delivered on a hung-over Sunday doesn’t sound so bad either.
- Fat Sal’s Deli- The Fat Sal Original is a hero sub packed with roast beef, mozzarella sticks and onion rings, INSIDE the sandwich. Being located on the drag isn’t hurting them.
- Whataburger- The King of Texas fast-food joints. No surprises here.
- East Side King- If you live in Austin and haven’t had ESK, stop reading this and Favor some poor qui buns with an order of chicken karaage.
- Gourdough’s Donuts- Refer back to the previous munchies comment. It doesn’t get much better than this.
- Elizabeth Street Café- The classiest bahn mi in the city.
- JuiceLand- Tastes good, and is good for you too. A win/win.
- Fresa’s- Tacos with organic eggs, and coffee from Stumptown for breakfast. Wood-grilled chicken with a side of Mexican street-corn for lunch or dinner. Trust me on this one.
If this list made your PB&J look less than appetizing, use the code 365THINGS to get your first Favor free.
Highly anticipated seafood destination, Monger’s Market + Kitchen opened it’s doors in East Austin earlier this month. We stopped by last week to check out the space and to try a few dishes as well.
Nestled into a lot with ample parking on the corner of E. Cesar Chavez and Clara Street, the restaurant provides a cozy interior with an Eastern-shore vibe both inside and out. Upon entering Mongers you’ll find fresh fish and shrimp from the gulf on ice and available for wholesale, as well as an oyster bar with full service that provides guests a glimpse into the kitchen while they dine.
Outside, Mongers has several handmade wooden tables on a large patio. We chose to grab one of these for the warmer-than-average spring evening in Austin. Their drink menu provides several beer and wine selections including a few drafts, but the real treasure is in their food offerings.
We started with a few selections from the raw bar including the peel n’ eat shrimp.
We then moved into the appetizer section of the menu and tried the angels on horseback (crispy oysters with pork jowl rillette, raisin rhubarb, and pecan creme fraiche). These came highly recommended from Executive Chef and Owner Shane Stark, and were definitely a highlight.
We then tried several main course entrees including the fish & grits which was delicious… to the point that we were undecided on whether it was the fish or grits that were the star of the plate.
We also tried one of the chalkboard specials of the evening, the crispy snapper collar, which tasted as good as it looked, and vice-versa.
We ended things on a lighter note with a hamachi crudo (raw hamachi sliced perfectly thin with blood orange, pickled fresno chile, and fennel pollen), along with a few more glasses of wine.
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Here’s a round up of some of your best bets for Easter Brunch. Mark your calendar it is going to be here before we know it, April 5th!
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