Teal House Triumphant, Boozy Boba, Devil May Care About Warhol, LeRoy & Lewis Go Sweet, and More
All the news that's fit to get your taste buds quivering
By Wayne Alan Brenner,
12:01PM, Wed. Jan. 27, 2021
Here’s some of what’s happening in Austin’s culinary scene during this final week of January.
Yes, it’s your Food News Buffet, as wrangled from numerous PR releases, official posts, words on the digital street, and even the occasional (verified) IRL eavesdroppings.
For all you cinnamonsters out there: The Teal House’s first brick and mortar bakery is opening on South Congress on Saturday, January 30. Just one reason why you should care: Maple bacon cinnamon rolls. Who knew paradise was just down the street? But – maybe paradise is also in the lovely Still Austin courtyard, over there in The Yard (where Tesla Motors is planning to stake a big showroom claim)? Because the Bearded Baking Company is now open for brunch in that whiskey-forward venue. And maybe, too, there’s an imminent paradise on Bratton Lane? Because that’s where Michael Fojtasek will open the first separate outpost of Little Ola’s Biscuits in February.
You know that Austin-based Bao’d Up, the popular purveyor of savory and sweet steamed buns, has a concept called Bubble House serving up those tasty boba teas in a plethora of flavors, right? And now they’re offering an array of liquor-infused bubble tea cocktails (!), to be released via pop-ups at Anderson Lane’s District Kitchen and El Chile Cafe on Manor Road over the next two weekends. Personal recommendation: Go to El Chile, get you a honeydew margarita (tequila, triple sec, lime juice, agave, and honeydew purée, served on the rocks with coconut jellies) and order a bowl of that incredible tortilla soup. You’ve never had a bubble margarita before, we’ll bet; and there’s no other tortilla soup as thick and rich (thank you, chef Alma Alcocer-Thomas) as El Chile’s tortilla soup.
There’s still a weekend left to retro yourself into a Pop Art environment like you’re Andy Warhol on a foodie bender, as Devil May Care’s tony interior remains vivid with Instagrammable installations from local artists Phoebe Joynt and Rey Marrasquin – which you can enjoy while nomming on brunch specials like Lobster Shakshuka with baked eggs, San Marzano tomatoes, fennel, horse radish, and habanero chilli with grilled pita. Boozily accompanied, naturally, with an espresso martini or that buzzable green-chili Bloody Mary or other dazzling cocktails.
Wait, the java wizards of Little City have concocted their own seasonal nitro cold brew? Yes, and their coffee czar Eric Wolf swears it’ll do your cravings up right. We already know how good their roasting program is – and there may still be time, as you read this, to get a free can of that nitro with your local delivery order from Little City: The introductory deal runs through Thursday, January 28.
Arlo Grey at home? Yes – Kristen Kish’s posh eatery in the LINE Hotel is now offering a four-course prix fixe menu for at-home delivery or pick up, available Wednesdays through Sundays. Menu highlights include prawn linguine, saffron rice porridge, and acornseekers’ bone-in Iberico pork chops, and enough for two people will set you back just $75. Suggestion: Shelter in place and pamper the taste buds that live in your face.
OK, LeRoy & Lewis, ’cue-masters, you’ve forced our hand: We have to mention you here again. Because we’ve grokked the mighty barbecue goodness of your Heat Week in the summer; thus the idea that you’re right now doing your first Sweet Week – offering a series of over-the-top desserts inspired by your childhood favorites – is making us twitch. PB&J cookie sandwich? Saturday-morning kolache? Beet red velvet brownie? Oh, stahhhhhhp, we’re gonna drool ourselves into a damn puddle from Jan. 27-31 (11am-9pm).
Wuxtry! BBQ honcho Aaron Franklin is making the industry-championing Southern Smoke Foundation the main beneficiary of his annual Hot Luck Festival. Wuxtry! Austin’s Pinthouse Brewing (home of the megapopular Electric Jellyfish IPA) has hooked up with Silver Eagle Beverages to expand distribution of their refreshing brewskis to San Antonio. Wuxtry! Those damned ’ronas are still around, flexing their sci-fi mutating schtick, so y’all stay masked and careful, y’hear?