There is a new Taco Joint south of the river and it almost has me looking forward to my next hangover. Yesterday we tested it out and left happy, full, and excited to come back.
You can order any taco combination under the sun, but the homemade tortillas are what will really keep you coming back.
The place is simple and fast and they offer both indoor and outdoor seating. I see a bright future for this Taco Joint. Sadly, they do not have a drive-thru—but that’s probably for the best because I would eat nothing else.
If you thought the Domain, North Austin’s city-within-a-city couldn’t get any bigger, the highly anticipated entertainment district known as Rock Rose has started to open—bit by bit. With a plethora of restaurants, bars, boutiques, and more already open or set to open in the near future, here are some of the highlights.
Lavaca Street Baris the northern version of the popular downtown sports bar, only 2,000 square-feet larger. Featuring skee ball, pool, and 40 screens plus a video wall, this is the perfect spot to catch a Rangers or Spurs game while you enjoy a sandwich from Turf n’ Surf Po Boy.
Need a new pair of tan leather boots? A bar of beard soap? Just a cup of coffee or a glass of whiskey neat? Weathered Coalition is part mountain lodge bar and part men’s boutique, featuring rugged yet elegant menswear and accouterments.
The third Austin location of Corepower Yoga is now open. The nationwide chain of studios has a stated mission of “intensity for the body, presence for the mind,” combining the intensity of core workouts with the mindfulness of yoga.
Featuring classic Irish, Scottish, and Welsh food and drink, Jack & Ginger’s is already a prime spot for both lunch and dinner. With more than 50 taps plus a selection of whiskies from across the pond, you can’t go wrong at this locally owned pub.
More than a run-of-the-mill café,Two Hands Coffee prides itself on serving customers only the best, hand-selected coffee beans, the most freshly squeezed juices, and the tastiest craft ales and lagers.
Now taking reservations for June, Viva Day Spa is opening its third location at Rock Rose for spa packages, facials, hair removal, nail care, and services for men, too.
Named one of the “50 Best New Restaurants in America” in Bon Appetit magazine, South Austin’s Sway will soon bring its delicious brand of modern Thai made for sharing to the northern reaches of town at Rose Rose.
Get your thin crust on at Salvation Pizza, a dog-friendly, beer-garden-style parlor on 34th Street set to open its second location at Rock Rose soon.
Rainey Street is a formerly residential neighborhood that has transformed over the last decade into a hotspot for happy hours, late-night drinks, brunch, and dinner. In fact, you can spend an entire Sunday on Rainey Street and only hit a few of the many great spots in the area.
There are several ways to map out a good Sunday Funday on Rainey, but it’s always a safe bet to start at Banger’s for brunch. Wash down biscuits and gravy with one of dozens of local craft brews, from Austin favorites like Austin Beerworks, Live Oak, and Hops & Grain. The bar is also famous for its homemade sausages, best enjoyed at one the outdoor picnic tables.
Banger’s Sausage House (photo by Jason Neff)
Step it up at Blackheart, Rainey’s top cocktail bar, for a few (or more) sips from its massive whiskey list. You’ll find rarities like Black Maple Hill and the entire suite of Pappy Van Winkle bourbons and rye, each of which is better than the next. Kick back inside, where the bar’s interior will make you feel right at home—at your quirky aunt’s upstate cabin.
Next, head over to Craft Pride for some late-afternoon live music. The bar, opened in 2010, is unique in that every beer on its massive tap-wall is both a craft brew and made in Texas. Sip a few pints of Big Bend Hefeweizen and sway in the breeze to the tunes outside. Before you leave, grab a couple of craft beers to-go from the Bottle Shoppe.
G’raj Mahal (photo by Jason Neff)
Now you’ll need some more food to chase that bourbon and beer, so why not head to G’Raj Mahal? One of Rainey’s first spots, G’Raj Mahal opened in 2009 as an Indian food trailer in—what else—a garage, transforming into a brick-and-mortar eatery a little more than four years later. Now serving beer and wine, the spot is a laid-back, delicious restaurant and lounge, where you can end your Sunday with samosas, chicken tikka masala, and a glass of malbec before it’s back to the grind in the morning.
View from condo available in the Rainey Street neighborhood
Today is Arro’s last day of business. Sad, I know. I was looking forward to many of wine nights on their newly renovated patio.
They have a ton of wine that they need to see go. Today all drinks are half off and they have special food offerings from $5-$15. It’s a stretch but half off Arro wine could be the silver lining in this situation.
When: today, February 5th
Time: 5pm – 2 am
601 W. 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Adult Coloring is the latest craze. There’s no harm in feeling like a kid again.
Tonight head to Pinthouse Pizza for an evening of art-therapy, beer, pizza and friends. The MindCanvis.com team invites you to stop by Pinthouse Pizza (Burnet) to sample pages from their debut ColoringBook release, SpiritAnimals. They’ll provide basic coloring pencils, and sharpeners but feel free to bring your own art supplies.
Last month one of my favorite pizza connoisseurs found himself in Brooklyn where he tried Roberta’s for the first time. It was love at first bite.
Imagine my excitement when I learn that they’re hosting a pop-up at Bufalina this week. I was going, no question. As an Austinite and a Texan, my eyes immediately noticed the Franklinstein on the menu consisting of Franklin’s chopped brisket, Texas Gold Cheddar, espresso BBQ sauce, mozz and jalapeno. Sadly, I opted for the Millennium Falco which did not disappoint but as I type the toppings of the Franklinstein I may be suffering from a little bit of order regret.
They also offer “market price beer bongs” so throughout the course of my lunch I was treated to five or so gentleman partaking at 2:30 in the afternoon, but it’s Austin yall.
Go. You won’t be disappointed. I went at 2:30 in the afternoon so luckily there was no waiting. However, they are not taking reservations so if you’re going to check it out this evening or tomorrow plan to sip some vino before you get a table!
Here’s their Austin promo video, it’s worth the watch:
When: today, January 27th & tomorrow, January 28th
Time: 11:30 am – 11:30 pm
1519 East Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, Texas 78702
Is it just me or was it on the chilly side this morning? Okay, so we’re not dealing with the arctic temperatures of the northeast, but Austinites aren’t built for 30 or even 40 degree days.
Stay warm this winter with some of Austin’s best, soothe-your-soul meals. And with the help of Favor, you don’t even need to step outside of your central heating.
1. Tomato Basil Soup from The Soup Peddler
Whether it is a cold evening or a late night, you can always enjoy a nice hot bowl of Tomato Basil Soup and a grilled cheese.
2.Egg Noodle Soup with Chicken from 888 Pan Asian
You can’t go wrong with chicken noodle soup. 888 offers it all the way until 2 am and we highly recommend you try it if you haven’t had the opportunity already.
3.Sapporo from Michi Ramen
Photo credit: groupon.com
When in doubt, grab the Ramen. Michi Ramen offers an exquisite variety of ramen options. Don’t see what you like? Pick your broth, pick your ramen, and add your toppings to create your own ramen delight.
4. Hot Cocoa from Mozart’s
Photo credit: Ana W. yelp.com
For all you coffee and hot cocoa lovers out there, Mozart’s has you covered. Enjoy it paired with one of their many pastry options.
You can’t go wrong with Pho. Elizabeth Street Cafe offers several varieties with fresh herbs from their own garden!
6. Tom Kha from Thai Fresh
Photo credit: thai-fresh.com
Looking for Thai meals with fresh local ingredients? We recommend the Tom Kah from Thai Fresh. This soup has all the flavors in Thai cooking; sweet, salty, sour, spicy, and savory.
7. Madras Soup from The Clay Pit
Photo credit: Pinterest user – Megaroo
In the mood for Indian Contemporary Cuisine? The Clay Pit has delicious dishes to choose from. We especially enjoy their Madras tomato-coconut soup infused with Indian spices along with onion, cumin, and garlic (vegan)
8. Manicotti Florentine from Enoteca Vespaio
Photo credit: austinvespaio.com
This hits the spot when you’re in the mood for handmade pasta. It’s baked with arrabbiata sauce and fresh mozzarella, and will make you feel warm all over.
Use the code: 365THINGS to get $5 off your first Favor delivery
Italic is having a FREE wine tasting today and you should go.
Small bites will be provided, and guests will have the opportunity to chat with Master Sommelier Craig Collins about the wines, as well as place an order for any of the selections through their retail partner The Austin Wine Merchant.
We’ll be sampling:
* Vernaccia – Tenuta Le Calcinaie Vernaccia di San Gimignano
* Sangiovese – Selvapiana 2013 Chianti Rufina
* Sangiovese – Avignonesi 2013 Rosso di Montepulciano
* Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon – Aia Vecchia 2012 Lagone
* Sangiovese – Costanti 2010 Brunello di Montalcino
No reservations required. Space is limited, so come early!
When: today, January 21st
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
123 West 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701