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Top-Chef fans and food-loving Austinites in general, mark your calendars for February 22nd. A who’s who of area chefs will be competing in several lamb-centric categories with a shot at the crown for “Lamb Jam Master” on the line.

The event will take place at the beautiful Barr Mansion in East Austin, and at $60 a ticket, I’m confident this event will sell out quickly. Full details and a list of the competing chef’s and their respective restaurants are below. To purchase tickets, click here.

AUSTINJanuary 12, 2015 – On Sunday, February 22, 16 top Austin chefs and more than 300 lamb lovers will gather at the Barr Mansion for Austin’s first Lamb Jam Global Flavors Tour, the annual multi-city culinary cook-off where attendees decide which chefs have earned their “chops” by voting on inventive American lamb dishes.

Competing for the titles of “Best in Show,” “People’s Choice” and “Best Mediterranean, Asian, Latin and Middle Eastern inspired dishes,” chefs will prepare and serve their most flavorful American lamb fare to be voted on by lamb-loving attendees and judged by Austin’s top food media. The Austin victor will go head-to-head with other winners representing cities from coast to coast, vying for the title of “Lamb Jam Master” at the Lamb Jam finale in New York City in late 2015.

Lamb Jam Austin

“We designed the Lamb Jam Tour as a way to bring communities together and drive awareness about the benefits of American lamb,” says Megan Wortman, executive director of the American Lamb Board. “Texas is the largest lamb producing state in the country and Austin is one of the fastest growing markets with a nationally recognized food scene, so we’re excited to bring the tour to Austin for the first time.” This year marks the fifth national Lamb Jam Tour.

Participating Austin chefs include:

 

Join the Flock: Purchase a Ticket

Lamb Jam takes place from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. Tickets are $60 and provide an opportunity to sample 16 globally inspired lamb dishes, taste some of Texas’ best brews and wine, mingle with local shepherds, visit the DIY spice rub station to mix a take-home tin of lamb rub, and vote for Lamb Jam dishes.

What: Sample globally-inspired lamb dishes from 16 of Austin’s finest chefs. Visit www.americanlamb.com for the complete lineup and to purchase general admission tickets.

When: Sunday, February 22

3:00 – 6:00pm

Where: Barr Mansion
10463 Sprinkle Road
Austin, Texas 78754

Organized by the American Lamb Board, a portion of the ticket sales will benefit The Austin Food & Wine Alliance. Visit americanlamb.com for ticketing and event information.

About the American Lamb Board

The American Lamb Board is an industry-funded research and promotions commodity board that represents all sectors of the American Lamb industry including producers, feeders, seed stock producers and processors. The Board, appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture, is focused on increasing demand by promoting the freshness, flavor, nutritional benefits, and culinary versatility of American Lamb. The work of the American Lamb Board is overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the board’s programs are supported and implemented by the staff in Denver, Colorado.

Austin Beer Works has teamed up with Abel’s North to host a beer and dinner pairing. Three course, three different beers.

Today’s courses include Housemade Spicy Sausage, Smoked Beef Short Ribs and Camrmelized Banana Pudding.

Austin Beer Works will have a representative from the Brewery to you about the beer. It will be a fun interactive experience!

You can purchase tickets at the door but reservations are required. Call 512-835-0010 to book your seat!

Tickets: $35

When: today, January 28th

Time: 7pm

Location:
Abel’s North
4001 W. Parmer Lane
Austin, Texas 78727

https://www.facebook.com/events/1537534033193508/

Girls night just got real, real tasty.

On Tuesday nights Dai Due does a “ladies steak night” and it’s glorious. Their head lady butcher, Julia Poplawsky does her favorite streaks for only ten dollars! Ten dollars, what a steal.

They also play music that caters to the female demographic, thing Dolly Parton, Beyoncé and more feel good tunes.

Location:
Dai Due
2406 Manor Road
Austin, Texas 78722

http://www.daidue.com

Photo Credit: Dai Dui Facebook Page

I’ve died and gone to food heaven. I’ve always been a fan of Chi’lantro but recently made it out to the brick & mortar (that officially opened yesterday) and was blown away.

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There is not a bad thing on the menu. But for the sake of conversation, here is the rundown of my favorites. Start with the chips and esquites (a magical mix of corn, cotija cheese, Korean pepper and magic sauce). The K-Pops are also amazing, after sampling all of them, I couldn’t pick a favorite. Also, of course you have to get the kimchi fries, they’re legendary.

They also started serving breakfast at the brick and mortar so give that a try as well. You can’t go wrong.

Location:
1509 South Lamar
Austin, Texas 78704

http://www.chilantrobbq.com

For all you North Austin folks, avoid the commute downtown by attending this Domain hot-spot’s NYE celebration!

If you get the dinner and party package, come hungry because their executive chef is going to be cooking up a spectacular four-course supper to send off 2014. Each course will also be paired with a cocktail to help get you into the holiday spirit!

Around 9:00 pm they’ll transition from dinner to party-time. They’ll have a DJ, hors d’oeuvers, a champagne toast at midnight, party favors and more. 

When: December 31st

Dinner & Party Package: $75 per person

Party Ticket Only: $30 per person

Reservations: 512.836.3466 – they have private rooms available  for group seating as well

Location:
BlackFinn Ameripub
11410 Century Oaks Terrace
Austin, Texas 78758

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nye-2015-at-the-finn-austin-tickets-14277182437

Ever since I first had The Peached Tortilla it has been one of my favorites on the local trailer circuit. Well just last month they opened a Brick & Mortar location and it’s wonderful. You can check out a full review of it right here

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They are the place that does it all. Are you having a party or a wedding? Did you know the Peached Tortilla also does catering? I could not think of a more unique, delicious or Austin style way to have and event catered. Not to mention, I am sure the truck would make for quite the photo op.

The best way to keep up with their trailer schedule is follow them on twitter, check the schedule on their website or give them a call.

Today’s winner will receive a gift card to The Peached Tortilla!

Phone: 512-222-8781

http://thepeachedtortilla.com

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Photo Credit: The Peached Tortilla Facebook Page

Tonight Odd Duck is celebrating 5 years in Austin. I can still remember when Odd Duck was that little red trailer, it was my go to destination for dinner. Now they’ve moved on to bigger and better things but today is a  ‘throwback Tuesday’ to their roots.

They’re going to have drinks and old school trailer food (pork belly sliders yall) for a minimum donation of $25 where a portion of proceeds will benefit Zilker Elementary’s Edible Schoolyard Program.

In the spirit of ‘Throwback Tuesday’ here is the first blog post I wrote on the Odd Duck trailer back in September 2010.

When: today, December 9th

Time: 5 – 9 pm

Location:
Odd Duck
1201 S. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78704

https://www.facebook.com/oddduckaustin

It’s always great to see when a trailer takes the leap from serving out of a trailer to having a brick and mortar location. The step has finally happened for The Peached Tortilla and I’m pretty thrilled about it.

I was there for a sneak peak this weekend and immediately fell in love. The décor is charming, sleek and retro all at the same time. Their restaurant also offers a full bar with beer, wine and a quite impressive list of cocktails.

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Their take on Asian Fusion is bar none some of the best in town. Their menu is always rotating so it’s hard to give food recommendations. Most their dishes are made to be shared so I like to order a lot and just eat family style. Their restaurant does feature their famous Japa Jam burger, so you must order that on one of your visits there.

Tonight they’ll have another soft opening from 5 – 9 pm followed by their Grand Opening tomorrow.

Peached Tortilla fans, you’re day has come. Enjoy.

Location:
The Peached Tortilla
5520 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas

https://www.facebook.com/peachedtortilla and  http://thepeachedtortilla.com

Photo: The Peached Tortilla Facebook Page

Yesterday was ice cream, today it’s free tacos! It’s certainly not a bad week to be an Austinite. Today Torchy’s Mueller is having their GRAND OPENING so that means FREE tacos for you.

Tonight they’re celebrating  with free tacos and libations.  Between 6PM-9PM, each guest may enjoy two complimentary tacos and two drinks of choice.

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Torchy’s full bar will offer wine, rotating draft beer, and signature cocktails including the Lorena (habanero- infused tequila, grapefruit soda, fresh lime juice, and salt).

That’s not all. TOMORROW morning the free taco party continues with FREE breakfast tacos between 7am – 10am.

When: today, November 19th

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

Location:
Torchy’s Tacos Mueller
1801 E. 51st Street
Austin, Texas

www.torchystacos.com

Ah, the great Austin breakfast taco debate. The subject creates heated arguments amongst best friends and loved ones, not to mention internet commenters! So, don’t think of this as a ‘Top 10′ list, take it as a list of 14 of the taco places we currently love the most. If we missed one of your top picks, feel free to share it in the comments below.

Happy National Taco Day y’all!


14 of the Best Breakfast Taco Joints in Austin

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There's something about putting breakfast in a taco that just makes sense. Not every restaurant gets it right, but these ones do. Check out these 14 amazing breakfast taco joints in Austin.

  • Joe’s Bakery

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    There’sno substitute for fresh tortillas. When you're at Joe’s, the tortillasare made no more than 20ft from your table. Ifyou like to build your own tacos, I highly recommend the Joey Rocha Plate.

  • Veracruz All Natural

    By 365 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

    If I had to pick a personal favorite on thelist, Veracruz would be it. Their tacos aren’t flashy, andthe menu isn’t as exotic as Taco Deli, for example, but they just makeconsistently great tacos.

  • Mi Madre’s

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    Ground beef doesn’t sound like an appetizing breakfast ingredient, but for some reason I always snag the ground beef, Mexican rice & cheese along with my more traditional bacon, egg, potato & cheese.

  • Rosita’s Al Pastor

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    To be clear, we’re talking about Rosita’swhite trailer on East Riverside. They make their thick & chewy flour tortillas fresh daily & their chorizo, egg & potato taco is the ultimate hangover cure.

  • Taco Deli

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    The thing about Taco Deli is that you either love it or hate it. While their offerings aren’t traditional, I personally love it, and it’s usually the first place I take friends from out of town/state.

  • Tamale House East

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    The original Tamale House on Airportclosing was unfortunate, but losing this family’s contribution to the localfood scene completely would be a tragedy! Do your part and check out this gem.

  • Marcelino Pan y Vino

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    It looks sketchy from theoutside, but the folks inside are welcoming. I haven’t found anything that I don’t love, but try the spicy potatoes. They look like fries but taste like breakfast potatoes.

  • Cisco’s

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    There’s something special about eating at this iconic establishment. Be sure to to look at the pictures, articles, etc. posted around the restaurant; if these walls could talk!

  • Porfirio’s

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    Cheap. Fast. Delicious. What else do you need?

  • La Mexicana Bakery

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    The fact that they’re open 24 hours is enough reason for them to be on the list, but they actually serve some great tacos. Adding a cookie from their beautiful display to your order won’t hurt either.

  • Fresa’s

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    I get that this place is expensive, especially when it comes to their chicken. But they do have great (not terribly expensive) breakfast tacos, a drive-through & Stumptown Coffee.

  • Amaya’s Taco Village

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    Amaya’s family-owned feel & focus onexceptional service have built them a healthy following over 40 years,and I’m definitely a huge fan of the place myself. 3 item breakfast tacos start at $1.39.

  • Torchy’s

    By 365 Things To Do In Austin, Texas

    No Austin taco list is complete without a nod to the people’s champ. I like them more for their chips & guac & secret taco menu, but I know y’all would be up in arms if I didn’t include them here!

  • El Primo

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    This trailer serves up some of the bestbreakfast tacos in Austin. I always go for the homemade chorizo; it's a gooey delicious mess of breakfast foods, folded perfectly into a freshflour tortilla.