We're Loving Eberly’s Loo, Bakery Lorraine’s Proud Macarons, Satellite’s Greek Tacos, Eastciders’ Yellowbird Flex, and – Who Says Mañana (Dos) Never Comes?

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

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

Is it just us, or is everyone celebrating Pride month with a scrumptious birthday cake macaron from Bakery Lorraine?

Yes, it’s your “Food News Buffet” for the first week of August, deep in the left ventricle of the heart of Texas.

So, the Cintas corporation – the international service industry behemoth that supplies uniforms and a plethora of janitorial needs – has been holding an annual America’s Best Restroom contest for 21 years. And among this year’s ten finalists, up against the likes of Tampa International Airport and Orlando’s Tori Tori restaurant and the Delaware Botanic Gardens and six others, is Austin’s own Eberly (615 S. Lamar). Well, damn. We were already big fans of that elegant place because of what chef Jo Chan cooks up to put into our bodies. And now we’re reminded that the, ah, the other end of business is gracefully accommodated at Eberly as well. *raises eyebrow* Congratulations!

Bakery Lorraine, the locally owned and nationally recognized pastry shop in the Domain NORTHSIDE (11600 Rock Rose), has teamed up with Sweet Pride to donate a portion of all sales from their birthday cake macaron to QWELL Community Foundation through August 31. We mean, you know that national Pride Month is in June, right? But that Austin celebrates its own month of LGBTQIA+ pride in August? And that Bakery Lorraine’s freshly created wonderments are hella delicious every day of every month? Yes – and this community-supportive birthday cake macaron can be purchased by itself ($2.45) or it can be part of one of the bakery’s assortment boxes…

Bao’d Up Bobar Riverside is a new concept from the Bao’d Up group, a fresh venue (at 1920 E. Riverside) that’s been completely remodeled with a new Tokyo/Texas aesthetic. The place is already up and running, helmed by Gabreylla Reyna, and replete with a variety of new drinks and noms in addition to the Bao’d Up classics…

Tacos? Greek tacos, by Zeus! (Or, tbh, by Satellite on Slaughter.)

Some people call them gyros – OK, pretty much everybody calls them gyros, FFS – but the crew at Satellite (5900 W. Slaughter) is calling them Greek Tacos. Not just to be cute, mind you, but to promote their Greek Taco Tuesdays, where the gyros are buy-one-get-one-free every Tuesday from 11am to 2pm. Efharisto poli, chef, and pass us the tzatziki sauce…

It’s easier being green: The Austin Parks Foundation has collaborated with Zilker Brewing Company to create a 30th-anniversary Parks & Rec pale ale – available at local retailers and in the ZBC taproom – with a portion of the sales going to further the foundation’s mission of improving and developing Austin’s nearly 400 parks and green spaces…

Word up to all you joggers and dog walkers and such needing fuel on your healthy journeys: On Sun., Aug. 14, a second iteration of the South Congress Hotel’s coffee-and-pastry emporium Mañana will open along the Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail (111 Sandra Muraida Way). Mañana Dos, chefed by New Waterloo’s Amanda Rockman, will feature an array of wine and beer, coffee (with CBD infusions available), new smoothies exclusive to the new location, a grab-and-go savory selection, and much more – with a large indoor space and dog-friendly patio, perfect for visiting anytime…

And, see, we do bring you all the noodles that’s fit to print: A new Ramen Tatsu-ya location will open at the Oaks at Slaughter (8601 S. Congress) later this summer. It’ll be the acclaimed company’s fifth ramen shop in Texas – and the furthest south so far…

Mmmm, that Steak & Bourbon Long Table Dinner at the Hotel Granduca …

Let’s see – what else? Our Food Editor Melanie Haupt considered the choco taco situation, the new Tito’s in a Can(!), and the highly palatable Peruvian provender at Llama Kid… also, there’s that Cocktail Showdown at Hotel ZaZa, coming up fast this Thursday night… Blue Norther’s Second Birthday Party and Banger’s 10th Anniversary Luau shivers the timbers on Saturday… looking a bit ahead, Sawyer & Co. is collaborating with Meanwhile Brewing for a one-night-only feast of tenderloin, tacos, and beer on Wed., Aug. 17… the day after that, the Hotel Granduca reveals a Steak & Bourbon Long Table Dinner, with the bourbon provided by those spirited savants at Treaty Oak Distilling

Sure, we’ll remind you of this South Lamar trio of food-and-art excellence, because we don’t want anyone to miss out. But – apropos of nothing, except that your current reporter and his wife celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary with a brunch at Foreign & Domestic (306 E. 53rd) last weekend – let’s also note that, sure, all the food at F&D is *chef’s kiss*, and the service is exemplary of the professional best; but that black-pepper-and-Gruyere popover of theirs is, uh, it’s fucking beyond, you know what I mean? It’s beyond describing, it’s beyond reason, it’s beyond Thunderdome. It is the very apotheosis of puffy and savory breaditude, and it may be the most comforting food on this entire planet…

Hopdoddy x Vital Farms = Back-to-School burger

WUXTRY! Hopdoddy and Vital Farms have teamed up to offer a limited-edition Back-to-School burger, featuring a Vital Farms pasture-raised egg, Muenster cheese, and fried bologna. Of course, you can always top any Hopdoddy burger with one of those eggs, but this fleeting triple-decker special pays homage to school lunches, to thin pink discs of meat sizzling in a pan, to all the unsung cafeteria ladies of our swiftly receding childhoods. And the delicious thing’ll set you back less than $12…

WUXTRY! Local beverage faves Austin Eastciders have joined forces with the renowned Yellowbird hot sauce empire to present a limited-time, small-batch release: Pineapple Habanero Cider! We do think that exclamation point is valid, yes, and we’re looking forward to the debut of this spicy thirst-quencher – on draft, no less – at both Austin Eastciders (1530 Barton Springs Rd.) and the Eastciders Collaboratory (979 Springdale) starting at noon on Sat., Aug. 6

WUXTRY! You know that classes are back, live and delightful, at the Central Market Cooking School, right? August’s classes are showcasing recipes sure to enrich your knowledge and palate – including sushi and sake parties, flavorful French staples, and some righteous Hatch chile action…

Now eat as well as you can, tip like it’s going out of style, and don’t be shackled by old fears that no longer apply.

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