Kyōten to Open Brick-and-Mortar

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photo by John Anderson

Austin bakes, Hoover's gets ready for their close-up, and more morning bites.

Look for Otto Phan and his cohorts to open the first brick-and-mortar outlet of Kyōten in the heart of the Mueller development at 4600 Mueller Blvd. #1035 sometime in the first quarter of 2016. The new spot will offer beer and wine to complement their Japanese menu. Meanwhile, the very popular Kyōten trailer is still serving lunch and dinner with one of the more comfortable outdoor seating areas in town.

Don't miss the Austin Bakes for Refugees bake sale this weekend at the following locations: Central at Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, South at Crema Bakery & Cafe, and East at Micklethwait Craft Meats & Romanouskas Deli. Proceeds will be donated to AmeriCares to aid in their relief work for Syrian refugees. Donations can be made by cash, check, or credit card at sale locations or via the donation page. Saturday, Nov. 14, 11am-3pm.

photo source: Andiamo/ Facebook

The camera crew of a national television production company will be filming the lunch service at Hoover's Cooking on Monday, Nov. 16, according to their Facebook page. Proprietor Hoover Alexander encourages customers to be in their seat wearing a big Texas smile on Monday, Nov. 16 by 11am in order to be part of the shoot and enjoy some lunch.

The annual Women Who Cook fundraiser for the Austin Girl's Choir will be held in the tasting room at Water 2 Wine. The party will feature wine tastings, appetizers from some of Austin's top female chefs, a silent auction, and a performance by Austin all-female band Danger*Cakes. Tickets are $31 in advance online or $36 at the door. Saturday, Nov. 14, 7-9pm.

National media continues to maintain a focus on the Austin food scene. Earlier this week, USA Today published a list of the top 10 restaurants in Austin, spotlighting some newer places (qui, Olamaie) as well as more established standards (Fonda San Miguel). One choice that particularly piqued my interest was the description of Daniela Marcone's Andiamo Ristorante as “probably the most authentic Italian cuisine in the city” at No. 3. Considering the bumper crop of new Italian eateries that have opened here within the past year, now I'm really curious about this long-running North Austin spot.

Food Network's Holiday Cake Wars continues this week with local pastry chef Callie Speer of upcoming Geraldine's at the Hotel Van Zandt still very much in the running. Speer says she thinks she was invited to compete this year based on some previous work with the Food Network as well as the very positive response her dessert creations received when Swift's Attic was competing on Tom Colicchio's Best New Restaurant last year. She can't tell us how the competition turned out, so tune in on Mondays at 9pm to find out.

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