Dish of the Day: Voodoo Doughnuts

Because every Friday the 13th should involve a little voodoo magic, today’s dish of the day is a box of goodness from the newly opened Voodoo Doughnuts.

Voodoo Doughnut Austin

Voodoo Doughnut Austin

Prior to opening on 6th Street in downtown Austin, the Portland, OR-based doughnut purveyors garnered a cult following, thanks to their extensive menu of doughnuts flavors and surprisingly fair prices. While there are plenty of choices for doughnut traditionalists, Voodoo’s eclectic, offbeat options are what really put the shop on the map. Truly, with toppings ranging from mango to CoCo Puffs, Butterfingers to bacon, Voodoo leaves no flavor combo unturned in crafting its doughnuts.

Sprinkle Cake Doughnut

Sprinkle Cake Doughnut

In the name of research, I have made a couple of trips by the shop to do a little field-testing on some of these said flavors to overall solid results. Voodoo’s traditional cake style doughnut, such as the maple glazed Old Fashioned and double chocolate, are the clear favorites of the bunch. Continue reading Dish of the Day: Voodoo Doughnuts

Happenings: Fall 2015 Austin Restaurant Openings, Part I

2015 has already proved to be a banner year for new restaurants, having already welcomed a slew of hotspots such as Launderette, Shake Shack, Dai Due, and more. And with new spots continuing to pop up everywhere you turn, Austin’s restaurant scene shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon, which makes keeping track of where to eat no easy feat.

To help guide you along your eat, drink, and be merry little way, here’s a list of new restaurants opening in Fall 2015. I’ve already given you the lowdown on one new spot, Juniper (mentioned here), with more to come as I work through the list!

Fall 2015 Austin Openings: Café No Sé

Fall 2015 Austin Openings: Café No Sé

Wu Chow (Downtown)

The long awaited Wu Chow opened its downtown doors earlier this month. Wu Chow’s mouthwatering menu includes authentic dishes inspired by the eight different styles of Chinese regional cuisine. The restaurant is currently open for dinner Monday through Saturday, with plans to begin lunch and weekend Dim Sum service in the coming weeks.

Wu Chow, 500 West 5th Street, Austin TX 78701 (IBC Bank Building). Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5-10pm and Friday & Saturday 5-11pm; Lunch Monday through Friday (coming soon) 11am-3pm; Dim Sum on Sunday from 11am-3pm.

Emmer & Rye (Rainey Street area)

Contemporary American restaurant Emmer & Rye opened its Rainey Street doors this past weekend. Helmed by executive chef Kevin Fink, whose impressive resume includes stints at Noma and French Laundry, Emmer & Rye plans to serve rustic, seasonally inspired cuisine in two unique ways. Guests can either choose to take the more traditional route by ordering off of the full menu of small plates, pastas and larger entrees or, alternatively, select dishes from one of the dim sum style carts circulating throughout the dining room. Both the dim sum offerings and main menu will be updated weekly in order to create dishes from only the best local ingredients.

Emmer & Rye, 51 Rainey Street, Suite 110, Austin, TX 78701. 512.366.5530. Dinner service runs Tuesday – Wednesday from 5-10pm, Thursday-Saturday from 5pm-12am; brunch and dinner on Sunday from 10am-8pm.

Burn Pizza (East Austin)

Burn, the latest concept from Dunlap ATX (Lustre Pearl/Clive/Mettle), opened in at the end of October, bringing a little bit of old world to ever changing East Austin. Burn’s menu centers on authentic Roman-style pizzas (think thin, crispy crust) as well as other Italian favorites such as pork and beef sugo lasagna and pasta carbonara. In addition to the eats, Burn offers craft cocktails, local brews, and an Italian wine selection. Open daily from 5pm, with happy hour specials from 5-7pm.

Burn, 1802 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78702. 512.609.8174. Open daily from 5pm-midnight.

Al Fico (East Austin)

The team behind Vino Vino recently opened Italian eatery Al Fico. The new restaurant will offer an osteria-inspired menu includes antipasta, housemade pastas, pizzas, and tons of seafood as well as an all-Italian wine list. Al Fico joins a growing list of Italian restaurants opening around town, which also includes new favorites Juniper (mentioned here), Italic, and Juliet.

Al Fico, 1700 East 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78702. 512.469.9400. Dinner served nightly from 6-10pm.

Unit-D Pizzeria (Cherrywood)

Manor Road works to solidify its footing as the culinary destination of the eastside with the addition of Unit-D Pizzeria. Featuring a hand crafted pizza oven imported from Naples, Unit-D specializes in Neapolitan style pizzas created using locally source, artisan ingredients. In addition to wood fire pies, the menu includes small plates, cheese & charcuterie, and salads. Beer and wine only.

Unit-D Pizzeria, 2406 Manor Road, Unit D, Austin TX 78722. 512.524.1922. Open for dinner daily at 5pm. Closed on Tuesdays.

Bullfight (Airport Blvd.)

Parkside/Backspace chef Shawn Cirkiel ventured out of downtown for his restaurant group’s latest venture, Bullfight. Offerings at the Spanish restaurant, located on Airport, include cured meats, paella, and inspired tapas as well as sangria, cocktails, and an all-Spanish wine list. Bullfight is open nightly beginning at 5pm, with happy hour offered until 6:30pm.

Bullfight, 4807 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78751. 512.474.2029. Dinner daily at 5pm.

Café No Sé (South Congress)

One of the fall’s biggest openings is, of course, the new South Congress Hotel and its adjoining restaurant, Café No Sé. The all-day café offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and a weekend brunch as well as a small snack menu in the hotel lobby bar. Expect Café No Sé to quickly become a favorite for ladies who lunch (and brunch) with its light, fresh California-inspired cuisine.

The aptly named South Congress Hotel also promises to be its very own dining destination as Café No Sé is the first of four planned eateries opening at the posh hotel. American bar and grill Central Standard, juice and coffee bar Mañana, and Paul Qui’s Tokyo-inspired tasting room Otoko will join the café in the coming months.

Café No Sé, 1603 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704. 512.942.2061. Open Sunday through Wednesday 1am-10pm and Thursday through Saturday 7am-midnight.



Happenings: Austin Beer Week 10/23-11/1

Austin Beer Week once again makes its triumphant return this Friday, offering beer lovers a bevy of ways to celebrate all things hops and grain. From beer dinners to happy hours, brewing classes to tastings, there are plenty of ways to get in on the fun. The full schedule of events can be found here, but I’ve listed a few highlights below to help you decide.

The 6th Annual Austin Beer Week runs from Friday, October 23 through Sunday, November 1. Full details can be found here.

Austin Beer Week

Austin Beer Week

Friday, October 23

ABW Official Kickoff party at Craft Pride – The Rainey Street bar will help get things started with a launch party that includes tappings of special and hard to find beers from a dozen craft breweries.

Saturday, October 24

Limited Release Tasting at Easy Tiger @ 1pm – Easy Tiger will be tapping special releases of several beers throughout the afternoon. Pay as you go.

Pumpkin Carving & Beer at School House @ 5pm – Join Brooklyn Brewery and St. Arnold’s for the 2nd annual pumpkin carving contest that of course includes some pumpkin inspired beers as well.

Circle Firkin Spectacular at Blackheart Bar @ 7pm – Circle Brewing is taking over all the beer taps at Blackheart Bar on Rainey Street for the evening. Expect live music to go along with some delicious brews. Pay as you go.

Sunday, October 25

Blue Owl Brewing Launch Party & Pig Roast at Contigo @ 6pm –Celebrate the launch of Blue Owl with a feast fit for a king! Tickets are $35/pp and available here. 

Odell Beer Dinner at Hopfield’s @ 7pm – Join craft beer favorites Odell and Hopfield’s for a French-infused six course dinner. Tickets are $85/pp and available here. 
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First Look: Juniper Austin

Long awaited Italian restaurant Juniper officially opens its East Austin doors this week. Originally slated to open this past summer, permitting headaches and construction delays kept our mouths watering for the highly anticipated restaurant. Despite this red tape, the Juniper team, led by longtime Austin chef Nicholas Yanes, turned lemons into lemoncello by hosting a series of pop up dinners throughout the spring and summer. During one such dinner at Barley Swine, the former Uchi chef gave a preview of Juniper’s northern Italy meets Texas cuisine over six delicious courses.

Our dinner started with Juniper’s take on one of my favorite Italian summer dishes, crispy zucchini blossoms stuffed with fontina and ricotta. Served with a flavorful sweet pepper sauce, it made for a fortuitous start to our preview dinner.

Juniper Austin Preview Course 1

Juniper Austin Preview Course 1

Arriving next was a beautifully composed plate of figs, San Daniele ham, and Brunet goat cheese drizzled with local honey vinegar. The rustic, classic dish was designed to let the ingredients shine, which was a consistent theme throughout the meal.

Juniper Austin Preview Course 2

Juniper Austin Preview Course 2

Next came one of the most surprising dishes of the evening featuring squid with grapes and smoked tomato served on top of a celery root puree. In lesser hands, this combination of ingredients could have easily been a bit of a mess, but instead the dish represented a subtle, harmonious balance of smoky and sweet flavors that married well the textures of the meaty squid and creamy celery root. Continue reading First Look: Juniper Austin

ACL 2015: Sunday Top Picks

So many bands to see and so little time…

Weekend 1 of Austin City Limits 2015 is officially here! With 130-plus artists representing every genre of music performing throughout the festival, there are plenty of fantastic bands at every turn. Here are a few top picks to help decide which sets to catch!

Friday Top Picks Here. Saturday Top Picks Here.

Sunday, October 4, 2015


Daughter – Miller Lite – Though indie folk band Daughter can get a little too ambient for my own personal taste at times, that same moody sound will make for an easy, relaxed . . . → Read More: ACL 2015: Sunday Top Picks

ACL 2015: Saturday Top Picks

So many bands to see and so little time…

Weekend 1 of Austin City Limits 2015 is officially here! With 130-plus artists representing every genre of music performing throughout the festival, there are plenty of fantastic bands at every turn. Here are a few top picks to help decide which sets to catch!

Friday picks here! 

Saturday, October 3, 2015


*Echosmith – Samsung – If there were a reason to make the push to get to the park early on Saturday, Echosmith might be it. I love this sibling foursome’s 80s dark pop sound!

Milo Greene – Honda . . . → Read More: ACL 2015: Saturday Top Picks

ACL 2015: Austin EATS Top Picks

Festival regulars know that when it comes to the food, nothing quite compares to the gourmet eats at Austin City Limits. But with so many options from which to choose, deciding which Austin EATS vendor to visit can be almost as difficult as deciding between music on the main stage. In order to help navigate through the multitude of mouthwatering offerings, I’ve put together a few tips and tricks to ensure you discover the best bites at this year’s Austin City Limits Festival!


Cure Those Cravings

There are few dishes that have reached the local cult status quite like the fried Brussels sprouts from East Side Kings. The salty-sweet salad is hard to beat but for something a little heartier, you can’t go wrong with an order of ESK’s spicy fried Thai Chicken Kara-Age.

For a match made in food fusion heaven, be sure to pick up an order of Chi’lantro’s spicy kimchi fries topped with bulgogi beef. The local food truck is known to cure many an Austinite’s late night craving but does the trick any time of day.

However, if a day of walking from one end of Zilker to the other has worked up a hankering only a cheesy comfort food can satisfy, then I recommend beelining it over to either Burro Cheese Kitchen for The Waylon & Willie grilled cheese filled with gooey cheese, bacon and pepperoni or Frank for some waffle fries smothered in queso goodness. Finally, for those suffering from a serious sweet tooth, there is nothing better than an order of warm, freshly baked cookies from Tiff Treat’s.

Eat Like a Texan

If you are visiting from out of town, be sure to get a taste for our great state by eating like a tried and true Texan at this year’s fest.

It’s no secret Texans love them some BBQ, and no Austin EATS lineup would be complete without a little ‘cue. You can’t go wrong with either the sausage wrap or the chopped beef sandwich at The Salt Lick – just be sure to smother on that famous sauce. If brisket is what you are after, head to Stubb’s Bar-B-Q for an order of jalapeno brisket. For some gussied-up BBQ, Chef Tim Love is offering BBQ Pork Ribs at Woodshed Smokehouse.

It’s a well-known fact that Austinites fueled largely by the unofficial food of the city, tacos. Live like a local by picking up a couple Green Pork Chili Tacos from Torchy’s Tacos. I recommend throwing in an order of Mexican Street Corn for good measure – extra napkins recommended!

For a quick grab and go in between sets, I recommend getting a little Tex-Mex at mmmpandas for mini pie stuffed with Green Chili Chicken or Tamale Addiction for tamales stuffed with fillings like chicken mole and black bean and cheese.

Finally, no festival is complete of course without a visit to the Austin EATS OG, Mighty Cone, for one of those famed Hot & Crunchy Cones.

Refresh & Revive

With three full days filled with music, sunshine and cold beer, Austin City Limits is a marathon, not a sprint. However, pacing oneself is not always easiest of tasks. Maybe you danced just a bit too hard at Disclosure on Friday or perhaps your tried to keep up with Drake’s Energy on Saturday; no matter the ailment, this year’s Austin EATS lineup has a number of options to get you back on your feet. Continue reading ACL 2015: Austin EATS Top Picks

ACL 2015: Friday Top Picks

So many bands to see and so little time…

Weekend 1 of Austin City Limits 2015 is officially here! With 130-plus artists representing every genre of music performing throughout the festival, there are plenty of fantastic bands at every turn. Here are a few top picks to help decide which sets to catch!

Friday, October 2


Leopold and his Fiction – Austin Ventures – Start off this year’s ACL fest strong by taking in this blues-infused up and coming rock band. 


*Meg Myers – Samsung – With her angsty single Sorry quickly climbing the . . . → Read More: ACL 2015: Friday Top Picks