Texas French Bread’s BBQ Epiphany, Little Ola’s Stylish Turkeyday Switch, Getting a L’ILHIGH With Good Work Austin, Falling Into La Condesa, Desert Door at the Driskill, and More

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.

Sotol, so good – at the Driskill's Great Texas Dinner (Courtesy of Jane Yun)

Yes, citizen, it’s your “Food News Buffet” for the penultimate week of November in this city where that self-endangered species, the elongated muskox, is said to make its home.

By this point, if you’re not entertaining at home or haven’t been invited somewhere else for the holiday, you’ve already made restaurant reservations for Thanksgiving. Or else you’ll likely be S.O.L. (That means Sad Ol’ Latecomer, right?) Still, we do have the remainder of that list we wrangled a couple weeks ago for you, and mayyyyybe there’s still a spot somewhere?

Thanksgiving is definitely in the air, though – and we don’t mean from frozen turkeys being accidentally launched from a deep fryer. Thanksgiving is also in our emails, where we hear from Texas French Bread’s Murph Wilcott, about how the kindness and generosity of Aaron and Stacy Franklin (of barbecue fame, yes) have inspired Wilcott and his wife Carissa to continue culinarily onward. Which means, mirabile dictu, that TFB will return to fortify this town with their legendary bready wares and more

And Austin-based nonprofit I Live Here I Give Here has teamed up with the hospitality industry champions of Good Work Austin this year. So, from Nov. 26-Dec. 2, when you dine or drink at one of the dozens of partnering small businesses, a percentage of proceeds will be donated to both GWA and ILHIGH. What falls within those dates is the annual Giving Tuesday event, but you can maximize the community enrichment of your hard-earned simeoleons on any of those days, of course – at places like Brentwood Social House, Dai Due, Casey’s New Orleans Snowballs, Epoch Coffee, L’Oca d’Oro, Patika, Olamaie, West Pecan Coffee + Beer, Tso Chinese Delivery, and more…

And that modern diner known to breakfast-savvy mortals as Snooze is kicking off the season of giving with a decadent pancake special – made with their delicious buttermilk batter, topped with orange crème anglaise, sweet-tart cranberry coulis, creamy cranberry mascarpone, and crunchy almond streusel. Season of giving, did we say? Yes, because proceeds from these tasty ’cakes, available through Dec. 31, will go to support the World Central Kitchen

Oh yeah – Mum Foods, those purveyors of (among other things) perfect pastrami, have moved onto Manor Road

Little Ola's x Stile Switch = Thanksgiving Biscuit FTW

And, speaking (as we were earlier) of Thanksgiving and miracles of dough, Little Ola’s Biscuits is offering a turkey biscuit with cranberry jam, toasted cornbread stuffing and Stiles Switch turkey “through the Thanksgiving holiday, while supplies last.” Holy St. Anthony Bourdain, a crossover between Little Ola’s and Stiles Switch? What next, a team-up of Franklin BBQ and Uchi? Why, that’d be like an outpost of heaven right here in town, wouldn’t it? Gosh, that’d be – oh, wait, riiiiight: Loro does, after all, already exist…

Never mind coming to wound the autumnal city, kid: Fall menus are debuting all over, as we mentioned last week, and now we point excitedly in the direction of La Condesa (400-A W. Second) in that regard. Stop by to check out their warming delights in this chillier weather – and, if it’s a Wednesday, be prepared for some powerful mezcal specials as well…

And let’s see – what else, what else? Corinne’s Black Friday Brunch is precisely what you need to fuel your annual program of retail therapy… and Desert Door’s amazing sotol will be showcased at the Driskill Hotel’s Great Texas Dinner on Wed., Nov. 30… our estimable Culture editor Richard Whittaker reviews The Menu with that new film’s director and producer… and Jessi Cape flips the script of invasive culture as if it were a vile flapjack, providing a seasonally appropriate look at Native American-inspired dishes… and A. Richmond offers a heaping scoop of TIL regarding Indigenous agriculture

WUXTRY! You’re throwing a Thanksgiving party and are looking for some no-cook recipes for the perfect appetizers? Tell you what: Austin’s ever-delightful Couple in the Kitchen have you well covered…

WUXTRY! Freebirds World Burrito – with locations all over this town and beyond – is leveraging a mighty meaty trend by offering shredded beef birria as an add-on to any of their entrées, burritos, bowls, or salads – through the end of January…

Now eat as well as you can, tip like it’s going out of style, and, in general, be more kind to your fellow animals.

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