Uchibā Opens, Mission Burger’s Second Location Opens, Fresa’s Third Location Opens, Austin Confectioners Fight Breast Cancer, the Taco Mafia’s on PBS, Marfa Comes to Kalimotxo, 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.

Oh, Mission Burger, how can your vegan noms be this tasty?!

Yes, citizen, it’s your “Food News Buffet” for the first week of October.

Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon, that popular powerhouse of Mexican fare, has opened a third location – at 3600 Capital of TX Hwy. N. Ste. A-110, finally bringing its tastiest tacos, complete entrées, and margaritas to the flavor-hungry hills of West Austin. The new space, designed by Austin architecture firm LEVY DYKEMA, has 160 seats and features dine-in service, a full bar, a to-go window, and a scenic outdoor patio of 38 seats. This new Fresa’s will be serving their signature wood-grilled meals, such as achiote and citrus chicken, chimichurri skirt steak, and all the rest of their much-loved menu seven days a week…

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, donut shop the Salty (2000 S. Congress) is offering a specialty donut through Oct. 29. Available at all shops, the Whipped Strawberry Donut ($4.50) is made with strawberry-infused 24-hour brioche filled with strawberry mousse, tossed in strawberry sugar and topped with a fondant ribbon. 25% of the proceeds from each of these treats will be donated to the Breasties – the first all-inclusive nonprofit supporting “survivors, previvors, thrivers, and carevivors” affected by breast and gynecologic cancers – and will also deliver donuts to local breast cancer centers… Similarly, the talented bakers of SusieCakes (3267 Bee Caves Rd.) is offering a series of limited-edition desserts through Oct. 31 to raise money ($1 from each cupcake, $5 from each cake, to a minimum donation of $17,500) for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the leading breast cancer organization… And all Kerbey Lane Cafe locations are donating proceeds from their special Strawberry Lemonade Pancake to the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Central Texas – yes, that’s also through the rest of October…

Oh, bugs of the ocean, bugs of the sea! Bugs with meat to E-A-T! Which is to say: You know that Garbo’s Fresh Maine Lobster’s newest location – 626 N. Lamar – is just seven minutes away from Zilker Park, right? Yes, and they have a walk-up to-go window that’s perfect if you’re in a hurry to get to ACL Fest. We mention this especially because the adventurous seafood joint’s put together grab-and-go Picnic Packs for the occasion, featuring two Maine rolls, two bags of Cape Cod Kettle Chips, smoked mahi-mahi dip, and two Cokes for $77…

Say, you ever feel like investing in an … ice cream company? Austin-based Lick Honest Ice Creams has just announced a crowdfunding campaign hosted by MicroVentures, an online brokerage platform that enables anyone to invest as little as $100 in small and growing companies like Lick. So – you wanna get a financial stake in a small but growing company while it’s still in early stages? “It’s an opportunity to own a piece of your favorite ice cream shop, shared memories, and a piece of Lick’s future,” says Lick CEO Anthony Sobotik

We’re telling you early that a team from the acclaimed Alta Marfa Winery & Vineyard is traveling all the way from Marfa to Austin for a special takeover at Emmer & Rye’s bar concept Kalimotxo (607 W. Third #105). This culinary event on Wed., Oct. 18, 5-10pm will feature Kalimotxo’s pintxos and shared plates with six Alta Marfa natural wines by the glass, in an atmosphere of music and casual vibes. No tickets necessary – walk-ins or OpenTable reservations are welcome…

Prepare your palate for a unique gastronomical journey on Thu., Oct. 26, 6-10pm, as Tony Foundation, a nonprofit that provides financial aid to families in crisis due to cancer diagnoses, presents its first-ever Top Chef experience. It’ll be an intimate evening of exquisite cuisine, cocktails, live entertainment, and fancy auctions at Bacalar (44 East Ave. #100) – hosted by Top Chef-winning Gabe Erales

The new Uchibā's culinary offerings are the equal of their bar program – which is, srsly, off the charts

And, let’s see – what else, what else? Hai Hospitality’s new Uchibā izakaya is open in the Google Tower at Nueces and Second, and, pardon our French (or, perhaps, Japanese?), but OMG everything about the place (the food, the drinks, the service, the design, the ambience) is sooooo fucking good!… and award-winning chef Jo Chan’s new Bureau de Poste is open in Hyde Park… and Mission Burger, home of the some of the best vegan noms in town, has opened a new location on the Eastside… and Tavel Bristol-Joseph's amazing Canje crew has teamed up with award-winning William Chris Vineyards for a wine party on Sun., Oct. 8… and local TV viewers will be stoked, we say, stoked to know that PBS is running a series about our local “Taco Mafia”… and our journalistic knight errant Kevin Curtin reveals how Austin Bicycle Meals provides pedal-powered food distribution to the streets… and Hannah Rossi shows us how ACL Fest food vendors prepare to feed the music-loving masses… and we can’t remind you too many times, citizen, about the good works of Maris Clegg and Chris Cubas and their friends at Red Beans and Ricely Yours

WUXTRY! Jive Turkey, a new food truck from first-year Texas Longhorn Deandre Moore has opened to the public at 1637 E. Riverside. The football player’s mother, Taleea Moore, is the chef, dishing up the turkey-focused, comfort-food cuisine…

Now eat as well as you can, tip like it’s going out of style, and dance the way the ladies do on a Monday night at Harlow’s.

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