Tacodeli Gets Boozy Dinners, Hopdoddy Marries Beyond Meat, Sweetens Cove Bogeys at the Alamo Drafthouse, 2 Dine 4 Flaunts the Ocean, and More

All the news that’s fit to get your taste buds quivering

Here's some of what's happening in Austin's vast and multivalent culinary scene, as wrangled from numerous PR releases, official posts, words on the digital street, and even the occasional (verified) IRL eavesdroppings.

Yes, it's your Food News Buffet for the third week in August.

Welcome to the ATX, once again in the midst of a pandemic Stage Five.

Fun times, amirite?

But, still:

Hopdoddy's Beyond-a-Reuben is within reach

You know how all that not-meat meat’s been making inroads into the burger scene and beyond, now that the culinary biotech’s gotten to the point where even a bloodmouth carnist can bite into some of it and be like, “Ooooh, damn, that’s some good shit, alright.” Hopdoddy knows. Of course, Hopdoddy, they’re still rockin’ the all-beef and chicken business, too, cooking up bona fide cowburgers and such in a delectable array of styles, as ever; but they’re also doing so well with the plant-based Beyond Burger that they’ve sealed the deal and made the Beyond Meat company their exclusive purveyor of that sort of sandwich filling. And, tbh, we were treated, in a totally different context, to some of those Beyond Burgers a couple years back … and there wasn’t anyone in this office who reacted other than, “Oh, WTF, yum! Is there any more?”

We told you about the goodness of that Sweetens Cove bourbon a while ago, and now there’s this: Sweetens Cove is presenting a golf-themed film festival at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar on Monday, Aug. 23, with each $20 ticket getting you access to the screenings, snacks, swag, and of course sips of that fine, fine bourbon – and half the proceeds go to the Andy Roddick Foundation

You want to go out to Dripping Springs Distillery for more than just these fine spirits, and August 21 offers the perfect opportunity …

But, even before that, the indefatigible Dripping Springs Distillery (out in guess where) is having a party to inaugurate their new (gorgeous) Distillers Hall and Distillers Bar venues. That’s on Saturday, Aug. 21 – and there’s no ticket required to attend, and the day’s Hill Country beauty will be enhanced with a bevy of burros carrying free boozy popsicles(!), old-style high-fashion portraits from Vogue Vignette, and more cool photo opps than you can shake an Instagram at …

In other tippling news, it’s gin, gin, gin for the win, as Amelia Lettieri’s RancH2O Spirits company releases their newest ready-to-drink canned cocktail: Gin Fizz. Fizzy indeed, with just a hint of lime, and built to slay all your dragons of thirst. (Like it’s some kind of liquid knight in aluminum armor, is the metaphor we’re straining toward here, see? The kind of beverage that’ll make you want to … dance a lot with Lancelot? No?) Anyway, this Gin Fizz is available now – all across Texas and in four other states as well …

Mirabile dictu! As if the excellent vittles at Sawyer & Co and De Nada Cantina were insufficient to enrapture a city’s gastronomic attentions, now 2 Dine 4 Catering’s Supper Friends series of dinners at Swoop House has returned, re-launching this Friday with a Summer Bites feast that features spicy tuna handrolls, pan-seared scallops, pork shu mai, miso-glazed sea bass, grilled ribeye with wasabi whipped potatoes, and – hell, we’re already drooling here, best check the rest of the menu yourself

Sonya Cote keeps herself down on the farm this weekend. No wonder they call it Eden East …

Out Bastrop way, acclaimed chef Sonya Cote and her crew are giving the historic 180-year-old building that houses Store House Market + Eatery a break this weekend – by offering Friday and Saturday dinner service just down the road a piece and outdoors, at Cote’s gorgeous Eden East Farm. As the dinner service includes chili-lemon-marinated watermelon steak, whole smoked chicken, and peach jalapeño shortcake – and each course paired with a creation by award-winning barman Brian Floyd – we reckon you’ll need to jump on the tickets ASAP …

And, what else? Oh! That Austin Eastciders joint on Barton Springs Road brings the fabulosity with a Drag Brunch this Sunday, and Downtown’s fabled Cedar Door has joined with the brewers of D.G. Yuengling & Son for a new Wednesday series of “Yuengs & Wings”

Oh, what Tacodeli's got coming our way on August 23 … (Photo by Mackenzie Smith Kelley)

We’ll also mention that the Cork & Barrel Irish Pub up in Round Rock’s just launched their new lunch menu, and we’re pretty excited about that, because RR’s not too far away. But, closer to home and packing even more SQUEEE! potential is this news: Tacodeli, already a powerhouse of daytime foodie brilliance, will soon begin regular cocktail and dinner service. Whoa, yes! Mark your calendar – Monday, Aug. 23 – and, ah, try not to overdo it on that Salsa Doña, mmmkay?

Okay, now – y'all eat as well as you can, tip like it's going out of style, and mind those pesky 'rona variants that are trying to rescind our hardwon plague-time freedoms.


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