Making good on some Restaurant Poll mistakes; plus, getting our Daily fix and some stuff to do with dad
In the off-with-our-heads department, some important corrections need to be made. A database glitch in our 2005 Restaurant Poll Critics Picks was responsible for mistakes in two categories: The Best Kolache award was meant for Lone Star Kolaches (3800 N. Lamar, 323-3663), and the Tex-Mex Worth Gassin' Up the Ol' SUV was meant specifically for Maudie's Cafe Lake Austin (2608 W. Seventh, 473-3740). And in a recent blurb promoting the KLRU Tapas and Tango event, we gave credit to the wrong culinary student body. Turns out some of the tapas for that party were created by students from the Culinary Academy of Austin (2823 Hancock, 451-5743). Co-owner and chef instructor Steve Mannion called to let me know the school is expanding, and that he expects to take over the former Le Chef College campus on Dillard Circle in the fall.
Thanks to the enthusiastic recommendation of reader Lauren Davis, I've been enjoying tasty sandwiches, salads, and sweets from a new lunchtime delivery service. The Daily (275-6610, www.thedailysandwich.com) is the brainchild of Jessica and Rudolfo Buonocare, who moved to Austin from Los Angeles, where Jessica worked with Nancy Silverton at Campanile. They had visited River City a couple of years back and fell in love with our vibrant food scene, deciding Austin was a good place to start both a food business and a family. The Buonocares have been delivering custom sandwiches, salads, and sweets to an ever-expanding satisfied clientele since the beginning of the year and expect their first child in August. How's that for busy? All of their condiments and dressings are made from scratch, and the sandwiches are served on Sweetish Hill baguettes and La Brea Bakery breads. Food is made fresh daily in the Just Add Chef kitchen downtown and delivered between 11am-1pm weekdays. They can also take special orders for meetings and conferences with some advance notice. Everything I've ordered from them so far has been delicious, but the BLT with applewood smoked bacon and avocado and the Cobb salad with lemon shallot vinaigrette were particularly good.
The Tea Embassy (900 Rio Grande, 330-9991, www.teaembassy.com) hosts a Father's Day afternoon tea complete with a three-course menu by Amuse Bouche and a selection of six hot teas from their premium menu for $35 per person. Seating is limited, and reservations are necessary. Seatings at 1pm and 3:30pm, Sunday, June 19.
Event Menu: June 16-22: Celebrate With Dad Edition!
The Alamo Drafthouse offers up a choice of two great "guy" movies to share with dad this Sunday. At the Village location, enjoy for $30 a German beer and brats feast while Steve McQueen and James Garner escape from Stalag Luft 3 during World War II in The Great Escape. Meanwhile, down on South Lamar, wolf down a 51-egg meal (caviar, Caesar salad with eggs and pork chops, and more) along with Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke for $35. Make reservations at www.originalalamo.com; 6:30pm, Sunday, June 19.
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