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Mangia! It's National Lasagne Day

We're not sure who makes the decisions about designating days in honor of specific food items, but a national celebration of lasagne sounds fine to us. Some local restaurants are on board with this observance so as they say in Italy: Mangia! Read More | Comment »

Virginia's On the Range 12:30PM Tue. Jul. 29, Virginia B. Wood

UT English Professor Joe Slate Dies

Longtime University of Texas English professor Joseph Evans Slate died Wednesday, July 16 at the age of 86. We don't normally note the passing of UT profs in our food section, but unbeknownst to many, Joe Slate had a serious impact on the Austin food scene. Read More | Comment »

Obituaries 4:50PM Mon. Jul. 28, Virginia B. Wood

Wines of the Week

"Dear Wes,
My husband and I are having the neighbors over for a party next weekend. Can you recommend a good red wine for the party? Any help can be appreciated! Also, we live outside of Austin, so they need to be easy to find. One other thing, we don’t like Cabernet." -KH Read More | Comment »

Wines 4:00PM Mon. Jul. 28, Wes Marshall

The Take-Out: July 25

This weekend, we're turning up the heat. Read More | Comment »

4:15PM Fri. Jul. 25, Brandon Watson

Lager or Leave It

Occasionally snarky, sometimes drunk, and always amusing, the guys behind Austin Beer Guide want you to drink good beer. In fact, they’ll gladly help you do it. Read More | Comment »

Beer 3:45PM Fri. Jul. 25, Anna Toon

Gotta Lot More Restaurant News

Baltimore's ramblin' pie man, Rodney Henry of Dangerously Delicious Pies, is re-locating to Austin. I chatted with him yesterday while he and his kids were completing the drive into town to settle down. Read More | Comment »

Virginia's On the Range 12:15PM Thu. Jul. 24, Virginia B. Wood

Buggin' for Some Tasty Energy Bars at Happy Hour?

You know: We told you about Hopper Bars a while ago, right here. Read More | Comment »

Beer & Food Events 3:35PM Wed. Jul. 23, Wayne Alan Brenner

Sea Change

The owners of Dock and Roll Diner, a trailer that specializes in lobster rolls, recently returned from the Lobster Rumble competition in New York. Although they did not come home with any medals from the prestigious competition, they arguably came back with something better – a new muse for their menu. Read More | Comment »

2:45PM Tue. Jul. 22, Amira Jensen

Tèo is Going to Italy - and So Can You!

When local gelato maker Matt Lee placed in the top three during the North American leg of the Gelato World Tour held in Austin in April, he earned the opportunity to compete in the finals in Rimini, Italy Sep. 5-7. Now, Lee is offering one lucky customer the chance to go along Read More | Comment »

Contests 11:15AM Tue. Jul. 22, Virginia B. Wood

Who is Austin's Big Cheese?

Chile con queso is right up there with well-stuffed breakfast tacos and slow-smoked brisket on the list of Austin's signature dishes; everyone's got an opinion about who makes the best version. For four years now, event promoter Adi Anand has hosted a contest to answer the burning question: Who makes Austin's best queso? Read More | Comment »

Contests 4:40PM Mon. Jul. 21, Virginia B. Wood


Following in the footsteps of coffee/beer amalgamators Wright Bros. Brew & Brew and Radio Coffee & Beer, the Koenig Lane location of Thunderbird Coffee launched its tap room this week. Read More | Comment »

Beer 4:30PM Fri. Jul. 18, Anna Toon

UPDATED: Twin Liquors Reaches TABC Settlement

Twin Liquors has reached a settlement with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission in a case that could have shuttered the liquor giant. Carolyn Beck, spokesperson for the TABC, confirmed the settlement, but did not offer further comment. Read More | Comment »

3:00PM Fri. Jul. 18, Brandon Watson

Red Star Southern Opens Sunday

Pastry chef Erica Waksmunski may have earned her kitchen bona fides in upscale fine dining restaurants around the country, but her culinary roots run deep in the the home cooking of the American South. She's serving up East Coast-Southern food at her new trailer, with a droll sense of humor very much in evidence.. Read More | Comment »

Food Trucks 3:00PM Fri. Jul. 18, Virginia B. Wood


Media coverage of President Obama's whirlwind visit to Austin last week provided great publicity for Franklin Barbecue, Magnolia Cafe West, and Fresa's. However, it could just be that the most distinctive food item served to the President didn't originate in a restaurant kitchen at all. Read More | Comment »

Virginia's On the Range 3:30PM Wed. Jul. 16, Virginia B. Wood

Rockstar Bagels Robbed Twice

Bagel man Joe Humel has always worked nights; first as a rock drummer, and then as the guy making hundreds of New York-style bagels for local cafes and coffee shops. Now, Humel's relatively new retail outlet has unintentionally provided someone else with a night job – the thief who has broken into the store twice in the past month. Read More | Comment »

Virginia's On the Range 1:45PM Wed. Jul. 16, Virginia B. Wood

East Side King at Cheer Up Charlie's Opens Today

East Side King may have long ago disregarded the "East Side" part of their name, but when it comes to empire-building, they take their kingly duties very seriously. Luckily, they do not rule with an iron fist. Courtiers can get a first taste of the new menu items at the new Cheer Up Charlie's location today. Read More | Comment »

Food Trucks 12:45PM Wed. Jul. 16, Brandon Watson

Grab Your Partner and Circle East

Dust off your boots and press those pearl snaps! Local nonprofit Farmshare Austin is gearing up for its first-ever Farm Raiser. Read More | Comment »

Beer & Food Events 2:30PM Tue. Jul. 15, Anna Toon

Just How Fast Can You Eat a Roppolo's Pizza?

Competitive eating contests are all the rage these days. If you're fan of Roppolo's pizzas, this contest could be your chance to win $1,000 worth of pizza for the next year. Read More | Comment »

Contests 5:00PM Mon. Jul. 14, Virginia B. Wood

JuiceLand Takes Over the World

Austin's food scene has changed a lot since Matt Shook got his start as a part-time juicer in 2001 at what was the Juice Joint on Barton Springs Rd. Back then, there were only a handful of juice companies in Austin. Read More | Comment »

Restaurant Openings 4:20PM Mon. Jul. 14, Amira Jensen

Liberté! Égalité! Fraternité! Soirée!

Allons, mes amis. Vive la France! Austinites are always up for festivities and what better reason to party than the independence of France? Several local French-themed businesses have celebrations planned for the annual holiday. Save the plane fare and party here. Read More | Comment »

Virginia's On the Range 3:00PM Fri. Jul. 11, Virginia B. Wood

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