Majestic Meals for the Music Industry, Honey Moon Rises Triumphant, Love Supreme Steps In Giantly, The Butcher's Burger Pops Up, and More
All the news that's fit to get your taste buds quivering
By Wayne Alan Brenner,
11:55AM, Wed. Apr. 21, 2021
Here’s your Food News Buffet for the third week of April, filling you in on some of what’s happening in Austin’s culinary scene – as wrangled from numerous PR releases, official posts, words on the digital street, and even the occasional (verified) IRL eavesdroppings …
Feed the music! The Touring Professionals Alliance is a nonprofit group that supports crew members working behind the scenes in the live music industry. Now, in partnership with C3 Presents, they’re bringing the highly successful TPA Kitchen concept to Austin to serve chef-prepared, high-quality, take-home meals to industry pros whose work has been halted due to the pandemic. When? Where? Through April 29th, at these locations and times: Wed., April 21, 1-4pm at Emmer & Rye; Thu., April 22, 2-4pm at Franklin Barbecue; Tue., April 27, 2-6pm at Loro; Wed., April 28, 1-4pm at Emmer & Rye; Thu., April 29, 2-4pm from Underbelly at Franklin Barbecue.
The Honey Moon Spirit Lounge, a new restaurant located just south of the Hyde Park neighborhood at 624 W. 34th, is now – now, citizen! – open for business. Created by Adrienne Wiggins and Reed Calhoun while planning their Covid-delayed wedding, this new venue offers a menu of elevated comfort food and modern American share plates, craft cocktails, diverse wines, and craft beers. Chef Manuel Rocha (previously of Hopfields, Academia, and Bonhomie) is cooking up the likes of koji-aged steak frites, smoked birria terrine, duck fat fried Seoul hot chicken, vegan barbecue burnt ends, king crab tarts, and more – to say nothing of the mouthwatering desserts. 20-year industry veteran Mallory Valentine’s in charge of the bar program, the wine is wrangled by sommelier Gretchen Van Eck, and there’s so much locally sourced goodness among the food and the beverages, it might just make you shout “Hallelujah, Texas!” Note: This spacious and welcoming establishment – decked out with antiques meticulously gathered from Round Top, La Grange, and New Braunfels – is open for dinner at 4pm every day of the week except Monday and also boasts a dog-friendly patio.
Love Supreme, the new pizza joint from those McElroy Brothers (of Thunderbird Coffeehouse fame), opens to the public on Wed., April 28, at 2805 Manor Rd. – next door to where that Salvage Vanguard Theater used to be, remember? – with chef Russell Victorioso running the kitchen and Paulina Cline wrangling the beverage program. You like Neapolitan round pies? They’ve got ‘em. You prefer those Detroit-school squares of delicious deep-dish dough? Ditto, citizen: Love Supreme will work both those styles among the beers and cocktails and wines and – yeah, just when you thought Manor Road's Restaurant Row couldn’t get any better, right? Surprise! People are getting vaccinated, eateries are re-opening in general, and pizza is surging like Attack of the Killer Tomatoes …
Burgers are surging, too. Hell, they’re surging almost as much as use of the term “surging” is surging. Case in point is The Butcher’s Burger, the hamburg joint coming from the mighty meatmongers of Salt & Time. We told you about their imminent brick-and-mortar, but now, before the place actually opens, there’s a Butcher’s Burger pop-up at 1912 E. Seventh, open for dinner service the next two weekends, offering a full menu with all the burger hits straight from the source – Classic Butcher’s Burger, Reuben, Lamb Birria, and more, plus a special burger each weekend. (That’s Fri.-Sat., April 23-May 1, 5-10pm.) Suggestion: Make your reservations via the Resy app ASAP.
And how ‘bout those burgeoning bourbons? Which is to say, Still Austin’s limited edition (of only 200 bottles, with a label by Tim “Nakatomi” Doyle) sold out before it was bottled … and Milam & Greene’s got that award-winning Triple Cask Straight Bourbon (released way in advance of Father’s Day, hint-hint) … and we’re still raving about that Bespoke Bourbon Cream from upstate New York’s Black Button Distilling … and the just-debuted Grayson Blended Bourbon brand (they’re claiming Grayson’s as the first Black-owned whiskey brand from Texas: one of the co-founders is MLB All-Star Vernon Wells) has released spirits curated from 100% straight grain-to-glass whiskeys from Ironroot Republic Distillery, Lone Elm Whiskey, and Balcones Distillery … and of course Austin FC co-owner and Wild Turkey creative director M. McConaughey’s got a bunch of new Longbranch-based cocktails for quaffing during soccer season … and it ain’t even time for the Kentucky Derby yet, is it? Note: Almost.
Pleased to note that Arlo Grey’s Yurt Village, an absolutely adorable/practical response to the pandemic, is extended through May 2, offering a $100 prix fixe menu (in which the mains are poached halibut and mesquite-grilled Wagyu ribeye steak), and then, on May 5th, inside dining resumes in this city-center citadel of culinary excellence.
Also – Blenders & Bowls, right? That company with the compelling array of scrumptious, scoopable smoothie bowls, founded in 2010? Austin-based. Women-owned. And the bowls themselves, frozen fresh and ready for your nomming pleasure, are now available in more than 450 grocery stores throughout the country, including 121 H-E-Bs across Texas. And, in May? At Whole Foods, too. Congratulations, Erin Thompson and Kara Jordan!
And congrats, too, to chef Lorin Peters, whose Cookie Rich treats – like, what if Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano designed a new macaron? – have just been added to the stores of goodness available via Goldbelly. From Austin to nationwide, just a few months after going into business? Whoa.
Now y’all be safe out there, eat as well and tip as big as you can, and watch out for those ’ronas …