A German street-food fave makes its way to Austin
The UT campus area is bustling with the opening of several new chain outlets, some national or regional, and a few homegrown. The old Varsity Theater (24th & Guadalupe) is now home to the second Austin locations of both Qdoba Mexican Grill and Noodles & Company. Qdoba offers California-influenced Mexican dishes made fresh when ordered; Noodles & Company features Asian, Mediterranean, and American noodle-based dishes, plus salads, sandwiches, and some local wines and beers... Look for the new breakfast, brunch, and lunch spot called Another Broken Egg Cafe (3016 Guadalupe), a Southern-based chain known for delicious, affordable breakfasts. Also on Guadalupe: two outlets of the homegrown Verts (Dobie Mall; 2530 Guadalupe) featuring Turkish-inspired döner kebap – a beef, chicken, or lamb wrap that's a popular street food in Germany. A Verts food cart built on a tiny Smart car made its debut at last month's Gypsy Picnic and now works the Downtown area... And finally, on Red River north of the law school, Jalapeno Joe's Tex-Mex Bar & Grill (3211 Red River) is now serving affordable Tex-Mex and burgers in the former Streat location.
Kudos to members of the Austin chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier, who raised $13,518 during their recent Food Fight! online fundraiser. The money will fund culinary scholarships for women and local farm-to-table initiatives.
The folks at Casa Brasil (415 E. St. Elmo Ste. 4-A) now offer bike delivery of their fresh-roasted, direct-trade coffees in the Downtown area on Mondays and Tuesdays. To set up a delivery schedule, call 407-9887.
Although the water continues to vanish from Lake Travis, Oasis Texas (6550 Comanche Trail) offers a new water-based attraction with a 1,700-square-foot ice skating rink, open Saturday, Nov. 19, through Jan. 1. Sign up for now for ice skating lessons (761-5302) during the holiday season.
In addition to H-E-B's annual Feast of Sharing to feed the those in need – 4-8pm, Tuesday, Nov. 22, at the Palmer Events Center on Lady Bird Lake – chef Jack Gilmore will team with Mobile Loaves & Fishes to provide a free Thanksgiving meal for Austin's homeless at the First Baptist Church (901 Trinity) at 5pm the same day.