Lazarus Opens on Airport, J-Prime Opens Downtown, Old Thousand and JewBoy Bring the Holiday Fusion, Chanukah Gets the Haute Cuisine, and Everything Is Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

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.

Lazarus Brewing raises the bar on Airport

Yes, citizen, it’s your “Food News Buffet” for the first week of December in this madcap metrop of creative culture and nonstop construction.

What’s open? Lazarus is open! The second location of award-winning Lazarus Brewing Co. is now open at 4803 Airport and ready to flood your palate with their excellent craft beers and strong coffee and more. (Our sudsy reporter Eric Puga is especially fond of their Prodigal Pils.)

Also newly open along that bustling corridor, there’s Delicious AF, which co-owner Richard Olmedo tells us stands for “Delicious Austin Food.” It’s at 5003 Airport – where the much-lamented Tamale House used to be. Olmedo and Claudette Kazzoun, who also operate the Bespoke Food catering company, run this joint together, and it’s currently fitted out as a coffee shop, serving fresh baked breakfast breads, muffins, biscuits, brownies, and more. “I am a baker,” says Olmedo, “and will be featuring items that I make. We’ll also be serving grab-n-go sandwiches and salads, the idea being you stop in here for your morning coffee and a sweet treat, grab something for lunch and get on with your day!” (Tangentially: Vietnamese eatery Bun Belly, formerly next door to Delicious AF, has moved into the burgeoning Asian complex called the Crescent at 6929 Airport.)

J-Prime Steakhouse brings more sizzle to our beefy Downtown

Meanwhile, in Downtown ATX, a new steakhouse has opened. Because Austin seems to have, like, piles of money, these days – and something upscale & meaty has to sop up all those mad simeoleons, right? The urban core's already got Roaring Fork (701 Congress), J. Carver’s (509 Rio Grande), Perry’s Steakhouse (114 W. Seventh), Hestia (607 W. Third), Dean’s Italian Steakhouse (110 E. Second), the Capital Grille (117 W. Fourth) … as a certain Commander Bowman might’ve remarked, “My God, it’s full of cows.” Well. Now put your knife and fork together, citizen, for the debut of J-Prime Steakhouse (301 Brazos) with its excellent but unsurprising program of “aged USDA prime steaks, wagyu beef, free-range chicken, fresh seafood, and craft cocktails.” Ah, the beauteous bounty of beeves! The more, the merrier, we always say – which is why we’re pleased to note that famed Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão isn’t gone but merely relocating its meat-forward, open-flamed exuberance to 200 Congress, right there in the Austonian, and will be reopened for business before the new year. Theirs is an elegant setting that features “fire-roasted meats carved tableside by Brazilian-trained gaucho chefs,” yes? We’ll be there ASAP…

Wine for good! William Chris VineyardsWanderer Series Relief Project III, created in collaboration with master sommelier June Rodil and Goodnight Hospitality’s Mark Sayre, is a medium-bodied red blend featuring 60% Mourvèdre and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Sales benefit chef José AndrésWorld Central Kitchen, and this tasty tipple is available for $40 on WCV’s website and in fine restaurants and shops across Texas. And you know, right, that World’s Best Vineyards just named William Chris as the 56th best vineyard in the world? Because they totally did

Speaking of wine, Wanderlust Wine Co. (610 N. I-35), with help from the creators of that Carrollian and immersive The Alice, has turned itself into Tinseltown to start the season of festivities off right. A Christmas-themed pop-up overflowing with trees and ornaments and holly jolly cheer is rocking until Dec. 30, a destination where you can expect “Christmas tunes, Christmas drinks, and more tinsel than you can shake a cracker at. Santa and his elves may even be making a surprise appearance.” Serving suggestion: Grab a ticket for $22 and prepare to get your jingle on… of course, if you prefer to jingle around the socially supercharged SoCo corridor, you’ll be glad to know that Lucky Robot (1303 S. Congress) is also decking their halls (or, perhaps more accurately, ceilings) with similar beyond-the-ordinary ornaments… and the Austin Motel (1220 S. Congress) is boasting a neon rainbow holiday experience, their pool and courtyard decked out with trees, rainbow lights, carols with Drag Mrs. Claus, a visit from Hunky Santa, a weekly film screening with some of the season’s best, and more… and The Driskill Hotel (604 Brazos) has a glorious 16-foot Christmas tree in their lobby, a new pumpkin spice martini in their bar, holiday teas at the 1886 Cafe and Bakery, and maybe that elusive g-g-ghost of theirs will make a solstice appearance…

Oh, these chillier holidays are totally 2 Dine 4, aren’t they? That's why the acclaimed chefs of Swoop House (3012 Gonzales) are preparing a series of three Supper Friends Tasting Menus – with oysters Rockefeller, Belafonte salad, redfish beurre blanc, ale-braised beef short rib, and more – on Dec. 3, 14, and 22, and serving up the sumptuous courses within their well-appointed, garden-surrounded Eastside bungalow…

Rockman x Sawicki = WIN!

How about some Chanukah? Or should that be, chow about some Chanukah? It’s a win either way, as the ongoing Midnight in the Garden series – an intimate, multicourse chef's table dinner under the stars – will showcase a Heritage & Hanukkah feast with James Beard-nominated chefs and close friends Amanda Rockman and Laura Sawicki. That’s happening on Sat.-Sun., Dec. 10-11, and you can grab tickets right here… and, later this month (Dec. 18-25), that same Rockman (she’s busy, nu?) will culinarily galvanize the “Get Lit” Chanukah pop-up that’s already got Kitty Cohen’s (2211 Webberville Rd.) all festived up until the new year hits… but, ah, the most delightful yiddishe nayes in our feed relays this bit of brilliance: Old Thousand and JewBoy Burgers are teaming up on Christmas Eve to offer “a mashup menu of soy sauce and schmaltz,” including traditional Jewish American and Chinese American menu items for one night only. It’ll be available at Old Thousand’s 11th Street location on Sat., Dec. 24, noon-8pm. Give ’em a call at 737/222-6637 for reservations…

Let’s see – what else, what else? John Besche reveals how Austin’s Ukrainian community is “Feeding the Resistance with Varenyky and Mutual Aid”… on Saturday, St. Elmo Brewing is hosting their sixth anniversary party… on Sunday, there’s that annual Chili Cook-Off at Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs… the good people of Red Beans and Ricely Yours continue to (deliciously) feed Austinites in need…

Boozewise, it makes perfect sense to us that 1) the new Moody Center’s concerts have been off-the-charts successful, and 2) Garrison Brothers is the official brown spirit sponsor of that impressive venue… Oh! Still Austin Whiskey has unveiled the newest in their Distillery Reserve series: a straight bourbon finished in cognac casks. This rarefied expression will be available online (for $125, only one bottle per customer) on Mon., Dec. 5, at precisely 1pm. Reckon you’d better be quick with that ol’ clickin’ finger, hoss…

WUXTRY! Out there in Driftwood, where the coyotes frolic like furry land-dolphins among the wild agave, Desert Door Texas Sotol will be hosting their fourth annual Texas Makers Market, featuring vendors from across our great state and offering many a seasonal cocktail: Wed., Dec. 7, 5-8pm

Now eat as well as you can, tip like it’s going out of style, and don’t forget that either everybody’s a special snowflake or nobody is.

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