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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

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

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


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

The Cherry on Top

I cannot tell a lie: I love me some cherries. Read More | Comment »

Food & Wine Events 3:00PM Thu. Jul. 10, Melanie Haupt

Austin Sommeliers Ace Exam!

The Court of Master Sommeliers has new members as of last week when 13 candidates passed the Advanced Sommelier exam. The rigorous test was administered at the Four Seasons Resort in Irving, July 1-3. Of those 13 new Court members, five are from Texas and three are from Austin, the most from any one city in the country. Read More | Comment »

Wines 1:00PM Tue. Jul. 8, Virginia B. Wood

Franklin Barbecue Reopens Tuesday, July 8

We had a little chat with Aaron Franklin on Monday about the restaurant’s reopening after the expansion shutdown, and he revealed a few smoky nuggets. If you were expecting more seating in the dining area, forget about it. Read More | Comment »

Barbecue 10:45AM Tue. Jul. 8, Mick Vann

Wines of the Week

Everyone has their own tastes and preferences. I happen to love the wines that come from all of the areas you can see on the map below, most especially the reds of Piedmont and the whites of Alto Adige and Friuli. Read More | Comment »

Wines 4:05PM Fri. Jul. 4, Wes Marshall

Brewery Update

There are some major upgrades under way at Uncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse. Since 2007, the Barton Springs Road brewpub has been brewing craft beer and slinging barbecue. You know what they say about seven years ... Read More | Comment »

Beer 4:15PM Wed. Jul. 2, Anna Toon

Juan in a Million Open Again Today

When longtime East Austin Mexican restaurateur Juan Meza says he serves breakfast and lunch every day, he really means it. However, Meza's beloved Tex-Mex breakfast mainstay was closed on an ordinary business day yesterday for the first time since the restaurant opened in 1980. Read More | Comment »

Virginia's On the Range 11:45AM Wed. Jul. 2, Virginia B. Wood

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