More Barbecue

Readers have sent tips about some reportedly great but relatively obscure rural barbecue joints for us to check out and as soon as we're hungry for barbecue again, we'll go find 'em. Until then, we need to let you know that we printed the wrong phone number for BBQ World Headquarters (6701 Burnet). Call them at 323-9122. Our apologies to the Bischoffs and the folks whose number we printed in error.

Not a Wacky Idea

At least once a week, someone contacts me looking for a service that delivers prepared meals to people's homes, so I was interested when Kathryn Mathis, former chef for The Bitter End, faxed the press release about her interesting new venture. This week, Mathis kicks off Wakichef Productions (914-WAKI), a custom catering operation specializing in small private dinner parties, corporate lunches, and a personal shopping and in-home cooking service for families or individuals. Ms. Wakichef is a great cook and is willing to let customers' needs dictate the direction of her evolving new business. Her inaugural promotion is a Fourth of July meal package delivered to your home, ready to serve. Call for details and to place orders by June 30.

Austin Java News

Changes are brewing at the popular Austin Java Company, according to president/CEO Greg Cooper, who just announced a name and format change for its downtown billiard bar, The Cue Lounge (409-A Colorado, 322-0051). The Cue's new name is Austin's, and while it's still equipped with 24 television sets for viewing sporting and cultural events, it now boasts the same eclectic American cafe menu available at Austin Java's other locations (1206 Parkway, 476-1829; 13376 Research, #100, 219-5388). The rapidly expanding young company plans to open a fourth Austin Java outlet by year's end.


After much anticipation, Phoenicia Bakery (2912 S. Lamar, 447-4444) has opened its new shop (4701 Burnet, 323-6770) with a much larger selection of food items from the Mediterranean and the Middle East, plus the baked goods and stellar sandwiches we all love. Only thing missing is the seductive aroma of pitas fresh from the oven because the actual baking remains at the south store... Due to repeated requests from its neighborhood clientele, Mirabelle (8127 Mesa, 346-7900) has added brunch to its repertoire on Sundays, 10am-2:30pm... High Times Tea Bar & Brain Gym (1501 S. First, 445-5405) has Phil Crossley in the kitchen, and his innovations include afternoon tea with a prix fixe menu of sweet and savory delicacies, plus delicious, light summer dishes based on veggies and herbs from the restaurant's organic garden... Rebecca Rather, owner of Rather Sweet Bakery (814. W. 12th, 474-4822), is teaching a three-day dessert course at the Blair House Inn (877/549-5450) in Wimberley June 28-30. Call for details and reservations... And in the Off With Her Head Department, please note that the address of the new location of John Roenigk's Austin Wine Merchant is 512 W. Sixth.

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