Yard Bar’s Camp Out Opens, Austin Motel Brings the Wieners, Les Dames Cook Up Some Funding, Stone Crabs Swarm Truluck’s, El Raval Gets Fusiony, 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.

It's Florida stone crab season at Truluck's!

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

Camp Out (6700 Burnet Rd.), a new outdoor restaurant and bar patio from the mind of Kristen Heaney Clark – founder and owner of Yard Bar – is now open in the Allandale neighborhood. The space can host up to 150 guests and features outdoor amenities such as fire pits, covered seating, cooling fans, televisions, a playground for kids, a play turf area with a soccer net, and more in that open-air vibe. The kitchen is led by the skilled spatula of chef Candace Landberg, formerly of Cenote, who says that guests can expect “an adventurous twist on comfort foods with a ‘campfire fusion.’” So, a variety of inventive burgers, hot dogs, salads, cocktails, and – what s’mores could you want, happy camper?

Wait, did we just say “hot dogs”? And, whoa, longtime SoCo icon Austin Motel (1220 S. Congress) is launching their first-ever Wiener Cart on Thu., Oct. 19, cooking up dogs from classic to veggie, along with all the fixins! The cart’s right there in the motel’s popular courtyard, and among the frankfurtery highlights are a Texas dog (beef sausage, chili sauce, beer cheese, pickled jalapenos) and a Chicago dog (beef sausage, chopped onions and peppers, relish, pickled hot peppers, mustard, pickle chips). Bonus: Giant pretzels with mustard, perfect for munching while you stroll the avenue…

A new Les Dames d’Escoffier fundraising event encourages Austinites to dine out during Dames Days, Oct. 19-22. Local businesses, including Dame- and women-owned food and beverage venues, will be donating a portion of profits to help the Austin chapter of Les Dames meet their annual fundraising goals, so now you can eat well and support a fine culinary community. And when we say “eat well,” we’re talking about the impressive likes of Quality Seafood, Intero, Michelle’s Patisserie, Hillside Farmacy, Confituras, and – oh, here’s the whole list for your peeping…

Everybody feels a little crabby every now and then, hey? Sometimes that’s a delicious thing, tho, as in: “For more than 30 years Truluck’s has been so committed to fresh Florida stone crab that they work exclusively with a dedicated third-generation team of crabbing professionals in South Florida.” Yeah, like that – and it’s once again Florida stone crab season at the acclaimed seafood eatery, from now until May, so if you’re hankering for a clawful good time, considering scuttling on over to either Austin location (300 Colorado; 10225 Research)…

Wait, did we just say “clawful”? Perfect follow-up, then, to let you know that Garbo’s Maine Lobster will be opening their third brick-and-mortar location next spring – in Dripping Springs (136 Drifting Wind Run). Ah, there’s big ocean bugs being turned into yum all over this town, n’est-ce pas?

The newest seasonal release from Blue Owl Brewing

Let’s see – what else, what else? Well, it ain’t Austin, but San Antonio’s Frost Bank Center just got a splendid enhancement to all the Spurs’ action up in that arena: Garrison Brothers Distillery has just opened a bar in that palace of power, featuring three Garrison Brothers bourbon expressions and seasonal cocktails on tap… chef Laila Bazahm is kicking off the new Chef Dinner series at El Raval (1500 S. Lamar) on Thursday, Oct. 19, with chef Bigler Cruz, whose résumé includes Uchi Austin and Houston’s Golfstrømmen; the evening features a special omakase meal that combines both chefs' love for Asian and Spanish cuisines. Click here for tickets and details… the annual Rare & Fine Wine Auction Gala is filling glasses at the Marriott Downtown this weekend… Saturday’s got Dalí’s Naked Feast at the Vortex, catered by none other than the affable Nic Patrizi himself… and, next Thursday – Oct. 26, yes – things get all beery cheery with a special release from Blue Owl Brewing and the don’t-you-miss-it Barbecue Dinner at the Loren, featuring Brad Davis from Chicago’s Moody Tongue brewery…

WUXTRY! The city’s sexiest underground lounge, Devil May Care (500 W. Sixth), is hosting a Dalí-inspired Surrealist Ball on Tue., Oct. 31, featuring three specialty cocktails in partnership with LALO, Tito’s, and Rosaluna, and the ticket price ($55) includes lamb kabobs, charcuterie skewers, chicken sliders, spicy hummus crudités, and more…

Now eat as well as you can, tip like it’s going out of style, and remember that no Halloween horrors are worse than some of what fills the Texas Legislature lately.


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