New Waterloo Announces Another Restaurant

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Crudo at Fork & Vine (photo courtesy of Fork & Vine)

We aren’t sure why Eddard Stark is always complaining that “winter is coming.” At Fork & Vine, that means a whole new menu from chef Camden Stuerzenberger including mesquite smoked brisket tacos, jumbo lump crab cake with street corn remoulade, and fried alligator. Winter is also when Fork will get a full bar, beginning Monday, Dec. 14. We know, we know, that is actually a week before winter starts but that sort of fussiness is why everyone likes Tyrion Lannister way better than any of the Starks.

New Waterloo has announced another restaurant, Chez Nada, to open late next year in the Northshore high rise on the corner of San Antonio and W. Second. The concept will be a French brasserie and bakery with cafe seating and a patio. After the series of noncommittal restaurant names (New Waterloo is also responsible for the excellent Café no Sé), we suspect the next venture will simply be called ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

Clockwise: Nerf Strips, Tatooine Sunset, Yoda Soba Salad (photo by Annie Ray/ courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse)

Because the entire planet is freaking out about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Alamo Drafthouse really had no other choice but to create a specially themed menu to pay tribute to the sure-to-be blockbuster. Snacks include Yoda Soba Salad with noodles, Brussels Sprouts, avocado, and more and Nerf Strips in orange-garlic marinade, served with pesto sauce. To take the edge off all the film’s nonstop action, try a Tatooine Sunset or a Gold Membrosia, created by Alamo Drafthouse bartenders Christian Gutierrez and Matt Tanksley respectively, who won a contest during Fantastic Fest. Kudos to the whole Drafthouse team for avoiding a dish named May the Borscht Be With You.

The folks at Austin Cake Ball have a lot to be proud of this year, from opening an online shop to landing a gig in the Neiman Marcus catalog. Now sales are so strong for their initial seasonal collections that the luxury department store has ordered items for Valentine’s Day and spring. Check out their current offerings here.

An outfit that will get you no discount at Lick (photo courtesy of Lick Ice Cream)

Anthony Sobotik and Chad Palmatier of Lick Honest Ice Creams are usually pretty dapper, but they are throwing away all that sartorial sense on Friday, Dec. 18 in celebration of Ugly Holiday Sweater Day. Show up at any of their shops wearing your most cheerful knit atrocity and get 25% off.

Two Austin pastry prodigies, Alex Alcorta and Emma Wensing, will be in the cast for the upcoming Kids Baking Championship hosted by Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman. The series designed to make you feel bad about your deformed éclairs premiers on Food Network Monday, Jan. 4.

photo source: Café Josie/ FB

Turns out that Café Josie isn’t entirely changing their concept. “The Experience,” the mysterious game changer the Clarksville classic has been hinting at in their newsletter turns out to be an unlimited prix fixe menu. Chef Todd Havers' initial all-you-can-eat extravaganza includes fried brussels sprouts, grilled okra, creamed corn, pork shoulder, and shrimp and grits. The à la carte menu will also be available, but we both know you won't be ordering from that.

Hometown heroes Cuvée Coffee’s Black and Blue recently won “Best Packaging Innovation of the Year” at the BevNETBest of 2015 Awards in Santa Monica. They are also now available at Whole Foods in the New York City area for the first time. Because New Yorkers are totes obsessed with us right now.

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