Is it time to say "Hola" to ¡VAMANOS! again?

Food News Buffet

Yes, citizen, it is a bit like a deluge, now that you mention it. And we’ll see how all this revitalized dining-in plays out over the next couple of months (and the next few years). But, whoa, here comes everybody.

(And, to be sure, everybody’s still doing the curbside pickup and delivery thing; everybody’s “committed to following all state and CDC guidelines, including reduced capacity and distancing between guests,” masks when you’re not at-table, and so on. So, while you’re making your reservations online or by phone, maybe let that be a reassurance to your coronavirus-wary considerations?)

Easy Tiger, that bread-forward bastion of relaxation, has reopened its big outdoor beer garden at the Linc – you can book tables for up to six at a time (daily, 9am-8pm) via Open Table – and their menu will have “all the fan favorites like pastrami, sausages, pastries, breads, and craft beer selections.”

Parkside Projects invites you to celebrate the reopening of Texas at their Tex-Mex venue Vamanos on Airport (Sun.-Thu., noon-8pm; Fri.-Sat., non-9pm), their Downtown point of pizza perfection called the Backspace (Mon.-Fri., 11:230-8pm; Sat., 3-8pm), and the Italian excellence of Olive & June (Wed.-Sat., 9-5pm).

The ELM Group informs us that 24 Diner is back in fine fettle (daily, 7am-11pm) and that their chef Andrew Curren will be staging summer cookouts in the Sixth + Lamar parking lot for Father’s Day and the Fourth of July. And that Austin’s beloved Irene’s is also open (Tue.-Sun., 11am-10pm) and the fabulous Drag Brunch will again be part of this city’s breakfast landscape.

P. Terry’s, the only burger place in town to get a thumbs-up from Eric “Fast Food Nation” Schlosser, has already reopened two of its locations (3303 N. Lamar; 13770 N. Hwy 183) and will open the remaining stores on June 8, all with hours of Mon.-Sun., 10am-10pm.

What other eateries are open for dining in? The Kamburis Brothers’ Satellite on West Slaughter; the highly strollable Jester King Brewery out in the Hill Country; the Eastside’s Kinda Tropical; Freebirds; Tarka Indian Kitchen; House Wine; Fogo de Chão. We told you about others earlier; we’ll tell you about more soon; and we’ll hope our favorite places make it safely through these various *fnord* phases of reopening.

Wayne Alan Brenner

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