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PDQ (aka “People Dedicated to Quality”) the award-winning restaurant with two locations in Austin and many many devotees, has just announced a bunch of new menu items that have us counting down the minutes to an acceptable lunchtime.

Fans of the restaurant know that the food is ready fast, but that’s where the comparisons to “fast food” end. The new dishes were created by PDQ Executive Chef Michael Brannock and Chef Bryce Bonsack, and include seasonal bowls like the Thai Peanut and Smokehouse BBQ with hand-fried pickles, and premium chicken sandwiches like the Southern Pimento Crunch and Grilled Hawaiian. There are also four new salads, including a healthy Garden Citrus salad and a new Kale Caesar, with shaved brussels sprouts and shaved Parmesan, Asiago, and Romano cheeses.

They’re also rolling out unique sides like roasted garlic broccoli, oven-roasted sweet potatoes with marshmallow fluff and pecans, and hand-breaded fresh zucchini fries. Nearly everything on the menu features PDQ’s 14 homemade sauces and dressings, all made from scratch in-house every day.

PDQ is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and each location has dine-in, take-out, drive-thru, and event catering. Ok, that’s enough talk about food, we’re off to eat some zucchini fries …

This is exactly the kind of thing that Austin does best: a day of great food, drinks, and music. If you’re a foodie—and who isn’t these days?—come spend the day at The Domain and see what the various restaurants at the shopping mecca have to offer. The 10th Annual Taste of North Austin is an all-day family food festival that will feature delectable tastes, beverage sampling, free live music, children’s entertainment, and lots of fabulous shopping. Guests who want to go all-out for the VIP experience will get a goody bag, complimentary drinks, and access to the swanky VIP lounge.

Balloon twisters, caricature artists, and crafts will be on hand for the kids.

When: Saturday, June 10th

Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: Live music and children’s entertainment are free. Wristbands are $20 and include 10 tastes. The VIP experience is an additional $15. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at select restaurant booths.

Location:
Domain II
3225 Amy Donovan Plaza
Austin, TX 78758

Call 512-873-8099 or click here for more information. For the latest deals, contests, and event information at The Domain, click here.

 

You may have been thinking the last thing Austin needs is another food festival, but you would be wrong—oh so wrong—to think that. Because the Hot Luck Festival isn’t just another festival, it’s the brainchild of barbecue hero Aaron Franklin, Mohawk owner James Moody, and Mike Thelin, the cofounder of Feast Portland. As the press release says, “together they have curated a Texas-sized get-together featuring world-class culinary talent and a true Austin live music experience.”

Here’s the concept, in a nutshell:

Hot Luck is a chef-driven, celebration of fire, food, music, and camaraderie. An a la carte eat-with-your-fingers picnic and party experience that highlights open-pit feats of culinary know how, and music in your ears that is as thoughtfully created as the food on your plate. Come hungry, thirsty, and bring your dancin’ boots.

Click here to buy your tickets.

When: May 18-21

Where: Hot Luck consists of more than seven events that will be held at various locations centered around Downtown Austin. and throughout the city.

And here’s a list of all the chefs who are participating:

Adam Perry Lang, APL Restaurant (New York); Adam Sappington, The Country Cat (Portland); Alex Stupak, Empellón (New York); Andy Ricker, Pok Pok (Portland); Roy Choi, Kogi BBQ Truck (Los Angeles); Joshua McFadden, Ava Gene’s (Portland); Joshua Pinsky, Momofuku (New York); Matthew Rudofker, Momofuku (New York); and Nong Poonsukwattana, Nong’s Khao Man Gai (Portland).

Chris Shepherd, Underbelly (Houston); Jason Dady, Jason Dady Restaurants (San Antonio); John Tesar, Knife at The Highland Dallas (Dallas); Rebecca Masson, Fluff Bake Bar (Houston); and Steve McHugh, Cured (San Antonio).

Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue; Andrew Wiseheart, Contigo; Bryce Gilmore, Odd Duck; Callie Speer, Bombshell; Chad Dolezal, The Hightower; David Bull, Second Bar + Kitchen; David Norman, Easy Tiger; Fiore Tedesco, L’Oca d’Oro; Jason Stude, Boiler Nine Bar + Grill; Jesse Griffiths, Dai Due; Kevin Fink, Emmer & Rye; Laura Sawicki, Launderette; Michael Fojtasek, Olamaie; Michael Paley, Central Standard; Miguel Vidal, Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ; Philip Speer, Bonhomie; Rene Ortiz, Launderette; Sarah McIntosh, Épicerie Café & Grocery; Tatsu Aikawa, Kemuri Tatsu-Ya; Todd Duplechan, Lenoir; Tyson Cole, Hai Hospitality; and Yoshi Okai, Otoko.

Photo by John Valls.

Your mission, if you choose to accept it: Crawl out of bed and get yourself over to Irene’s. They have everything you need to feel good again on this dreary Sunday morning. It’s the Biscuits and Booze Brunch! DJ Emily Rabbit will be spinning rocksteady, dub, and rare grooves on the patio from noon to 4 p.m.

When: today, March 5th

Time: Noon-4 p.m.

Location:
Irene’s
506 West Ave
Austin, Texas 78701

Tonight the McGuire Moorman Hospitality’s Beverage Director and Master Sommelier, June Rodil, will host two special events with Chappellet Winery’s Master Sommelier Jay James. Chappellet’s Prichard Hill is located in Napa Valley and was one of the founding family’s there in 1967. They knew they found something special and quickly trademarked the name Prichard Hill.
 
HAPPY HOUR
  • Beginning at 4 p.m. at June’s All Day they will host a Happy Hour  to taste Chappellet’s Signature wines paired with light bites on the marble such as Salt Cod Croquettes and Fried Baby Eggplant. Guests can purchase $35 tickets here.
5-COURSE DINNER
  • Later in the evening from 7-9 p.m., guests can reserve a table for a five-course dinner and pairings at Jeffrey’s. $175 tickets may be purchased here and the menu includes items such as Mixed Chicory Salad with Apples and Walnuts with Chappellet Chardonnay, 2014 and Roasted Quail with Confit Leg and Braised Greens paired with Chappellet Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir, 2014.

Ok, ordinarily we would never say this but, forget the breakfast tacos. You’ll want to save all your calories for this today. Seriously, this one meal is all you could ever want or need …

Hopdoddy is celebrating their one-year anniversary in Round Rock by bringing back the popular CODE 7 Burger in limited-quantity and today is the last day to get one! The CODE 7 burger is named after the code cops use for a coffee and donut run and it’s made with possibly the best thing in the whole wide world: Round Rock Donuts!

When: Today, January 22nd

Time: Open daily from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Location:
Hopdoddy Round Rock
2600 Hoppe Trail
Round Rock, TX 78681

So you’re trying to be healthy this year? That doesn’t mean you can’t happy hour. Picnik just launched their happy hour and this needs to be on your radar!
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Thanks to an upgraded bar, patrons of Picnik can now enjoy a tasty cocktail like the Berry Basil Smash or the Pitaya Margarita with their guilt-free meal. Made only with natural, gluten-free ingredients, these cocktails offer a tasty, healthier way to toast to the new year.
Here are the happy hour details:
  • 1/2 price shareable plates on the food menu
  • $2 off wine by the glass
  • $2 off ciders (exception Texas Keeper)
  • $2 off beer

When: Monday – Friday

Time: 3-6 p.m.

Location:
Burnet Road
4801 Burnet Rd.
Austin, TX 78756

 

Have you resolved to be good this year? No meat, no dairy, no alcohol, no refined sugar, no caffeine, and no fun? Well, join the club. We’re all trying to be the best version of ourself in 2017, but some days are much harder than others. That’s why your friends at Favor will bring whatever you are craving right to your door, with their No Judgement $3 Deliveries.

Whether you’re starving because that juice cleanse didn’t come with any food, or you’ve fallen off the wagon again and had a double burger for lunch, Favor can help.

Now through Sunday, January 15th, their deliveries from the following places—which feature healthy and not-so-healthy options—are just $3. Again, no judgement! Eat whatever you want.

Lucy’s Fried Chicken

Maiko Sushi Lounge

Mai Thai

Galaxy Cafe

Pinthouse Pizza

Blenders and Bowls

To learn more about Favor or to download the app, click here. Use the code 365THINGS to get your first delivery free!

We know, we know—you haven’t even thought about New Year’s Eve yet. How could you with all the shopping, caroling, baking, traveling, gifting, and eating you still need to do? We get it.

That’s why we’ve put together this guide to some of the best options for you to commit to before it’s December 30th and you realize there is nothing on the books! The following are some festive offerings from a few of our favorite Austin spots. Let’s ring in 2017 in style, shall we?

Backbeat

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The New Year’s Eve party lasts from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and will include a special limited cocktail menu with an emphasis on Champagne and whiskey drinks, plus large format punches available for groups of 4, 6 or 8.

Launderette

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Their Second Annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, will feature a four-course prix fixe dinner, tented Bellini Lounge and more.

Eden East

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Not shy to intimate dinners, Eden East will serve a special New Year’s Eve dinner on the farm on Friday, December 30, and Saturday, December 31, to bring in the new year.

Grizzelda’s

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The newly opened Grizelda’s is the perfect place to enjoy dinner on New Year’s Eve. They will offer the full menu along with some exciting New Year’s inspired specials.

Isla 

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Isla jwill host a Peruvian New Year’s Eve Feast with a midnight Pisco toast. The feast includes cebiche, skewers, miso frita, jalea (a dish of fried, lightly breaded tuna) and more.

Jacoby’s 

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Jacoby’s will offer a special New Year’s Eve menu from December 28-31. They will also have a New Year’s Day brunch.

Jeffrey’s

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Jeffrey’s will offer a four-course dinner for $100 pp. Kevin Lovejoy will play on the baby grand in the bar beginning at 6 p.m. and the bar opens at 4:30 p.m.

Josephine House

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Josephine House is having a three-course dinner for $75 pp and $115 pp with wine pairings. First course is choice of Lobster Wedge Salad, Musrhoom Soup, or Foie Gras Terrine. Second course is Steak Frites, Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, Crispy Red Snapper a la Plancha, or Hand-Cut Noodles with Black Truffles. The dessert course is Dark Chocolate & Mint Tart, Vanilla Bean Creme Brûlée, or Stinky Cheese.

Ruth Chris Steak House

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Ruth Chris Steak House will be offering a special Lobster Surf and Turf menu plus their regular menu.

Lambert’s

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Lambert’s is hosting Lee Fields & the Expressions along with DJ Chicken George. There will be a champagne toast and late night BBQ tacos. Guests can buy tickets here.

Sophia’s

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To ring in the New Year Sophia’s is featuring an amazing prix fixe menu, optional wine parings, party favors and more. Staring at $85, guests can enjoy a four-course meal featuring a salad, pasta, entrée, dessert and a glass of prosecco.

Parkside

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For New Years Eve, Parkside is offering a four-course prix fixe menu boasting a selection of signature favorites including Ruby Snapper Crudo with winter citrus, buttermilk and radish, Leek Veloute with potato fondant and caviar, and 44 Farms New York Strip served with oxtail jam and beef fat sunchokes to name a few dishes.

Emmer & Rye

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Emmer & RyeSurrender or revolt this New Year’s Eve at Emmer & Rye with a special themed menu to ring in the New Year. Guests will be given the opportunity to surrender to the kitchen and let the chefs choose the menu or they can revolt and select the dishes that will make up their last meal of the year. Dinner is $100 per person.

Culinary Dropout

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Culinary Dropout will be offering a four-course prix fixe menu for $50 per person. The menu features champagne and antipasti to start, followed by the Dolce Gorgonzola Salad and a choice between Pan Roasted Salmon and Korean Ribeye Cap Steak, and ends on a sweet note with Chocolate S’Mores Pudding.

St. Genevieve

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St. Genevieve will be offering a four-course dinner for $50 per person. Dinner is complete with a live DJ, party favors and champagne. Seatings are available from 6-9pm and 9pm-close. 

Olive & June

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OLIVE & JUNE Shawn Cirkiel’s Southern Italian eatery is offering a four-course prix fixe menu for New Year’s Eve. The authentic Italian menu is broken up into Antipasti, Primi, Secondi and Dessert, and complemented with an Amuse Bouche and family-style plates for the table to share. Signature dishes include Beet pansotti, ricotta, brown butter, sage and Texas quail, golden raisin, celery, porchini.

Bullfight

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BULLFIGHT Bullfight is thrilled to offer a special treat to ring in the New Year: cochinillo. A delicacy from Spain, Cochinillo is a roasted baby suckling pig traditionally served to celebrate the New Year in Castilla and particularly in Madrid. These authentic and tender cochinillos are not found anywhere in the U.S., but Chef Shawn Cirkiel will be flying them in directly from a longtime purveyor’s farm in Spain. Guests must pre-order this special offering by Wednesday, December 28. Bullfight’s Chef Ryan Shields will serve these rare cochinillo pigs table-side and family-style using traditional Spanish techniques. Each cochinillo serves four people and is available by pre-order only for $200. Guests can enjoy this traditional

Eberly

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Eberly on South Lamar is throwing a roaring 1920’s party with champagne, cash bar, photo booths, live music, late night treats, and aerial entertainment and more. Tickets include entrance to the event, heavy hors d’oeuvre stations, dessert and coffee bar, live entertainment including a live band, DJs, dancers, a champagne toast at midnight, and a post-midnight snack.

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We love a homegrown Austin business and Odd Duck really did grow—from a humble trailer into a big, beautiful restaurant. And they never forget their awesome roots! Odd Duck’s #TrailerThrowback party is back, this time to celebrate the restaurant’s third year in their brick-and-mortar space. Friends, family, and fans can stop in for beer and wine, as well as the Odd Duck Farm To Trailer food from the days of yore. This is the one time each year when the OG dishes return, including grits with soft poached duck eggs, grilled broccoli, and chef Bryce Gilmore’s famous pork belly sliders.

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Entry into the party is a minimum donation of $25, with proceeds benefiting Sustainable Food Center and SFC Farmers’ Markets. A silent auction will also be set up at the event to raise further money for Zilker Elementary School’s school garden, which the Odd Duck team was instrumental in developing.

When: Today, December 11th

Time: 5-10 p.m.

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

Image via Facebook. Credit: Jody Horton Photography.