November Happenings: Killen’s BBQ Pop-Up 11/17

Foreign & Domestic will host a special pop-up event on Monday, November 17 featuring Houston area BBQ restaurant Killen’s. Owned by Ronnie Killen, the main man behind the famed Killen’s Steakhouse, ignited a friendly BBQ battle after claiming his newly opened restaurant would challenge Austin greats such as Franklin’s for the best ‘cue around. Not one to let such things lie, Austin’s bad boy of BBQ John Mueller threw some serious shade towards Killen via Twitter, which in turn inspired Killen to put his money where his mouth is during Monday’s Pop-Up.  In addition to Ronnie Killen, the pop . . . → Read More: November Happenings: Killen’s BBQ Pop-Up 11/17

April Eats in Review

My apologies for the lack of posts as of late – work and life have been a bit hectic. Though I have had an unintentional break from food blogging, my waistline can attest I have not taken a break from food eating. Have no fear – new content will be posted imminently. Here are a few snapshots of some of the delicious bites I have been enjoying to get your appetite going in the meantime!

One of the best Sunday afternoons I had in April was spent strolling through the grounds of four local farms during the East Urban Farm Tour. A uniquely Austin experience, the annual fundraiser allows guests to tour local farms while enjoying small bites from some of Austin’s best restaurants created from produce grown on site. The four participating farms – Springdale, Rain Lily, Boggy Creek, and HausBar – are close enough together to walk to and from, which was perfect for working up an appetite in between stops.

Next to pizza, meatballs, and other amazing things topped with cheese, imagine my surprise to find my unexpected favorite of the day to be an ah-mazing roasted carrots, quinoa, pesto, and mustard dish from Bufulina.

Bufulina at East Austin Farm Tour

Bufulina at East Austin Farm Tour

Keep your cake, candles and frosting; for my birthday, the only dessert I want is Uchi’s Peanut Butter Semifreddo. This little piece of heaven taste like the PB&J you wish your mom used to make it. A very happy birthday indeed!

Peanut Butter Semifreddo at Uchi Austin

Peanut Butter Semifreddo at Uchi Austin

Speaking of birthdays, I naturally spent my birthday as any girl should: Drew Drinks at the Texas Chili Parlor followed by a special Selena tribute night during TuezGayz at Barberella. While at the TCP, I was tipped off to a dish I had somehow never tried: the pork tamale topped gratuitously with a housemade green chili sauce and cheese. See you later Freddy Style Nachos; I just found my new go-to order. Continue reading April Eats in Review

Austin Restaurant Openings Forecast, Part I: Burgers, BBQ, and Comfort Eats

As 2013 winds down and we look forward to 2014, it’s time once again for a round up of the latest and greatest new additions to the Austin dining scene as well as a few newcomers to look forward to in the coming months. Go ahead and scratch any future New Year’s resolutions to go on that diet because we’ve got a lot of eating to do…

UPDATE: Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken – Now Open as of January 6, 2014
Memphis-based southern eatery Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken is set to open its 5th location downtown in January 2014. The finger lickin’ good franchise will be located at 117 San Jacinto, Austin, TX 78701.
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Austin Restuarant Openings

Austin Restuarant Openings

East Side Kings – Open in South Austin December 2013
It’s a Boxing Day miracle! East Side Kings’ newest location on South Lamar officially opened today (12/26). Menu items include ESK favorites such as Liberty Rice, fried Brussels sprouts, and Chicken Kara-age and Asian-fusion tacos such as the ‘Ebi Ebi’ shrimp tempura, Spicy chicken thigh, and mocha vegetarian taco. East Side Kings is open daily for lunch and dinner at 2310 South Lamar, Austin TX 78704.
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P. Terry’s – Opened in North Austin December 2013
The end of 2013 also marked the beginning of the battle of the burger in Austin. Local favorite P. Terry’s opened its 8th location at 183 & Oak Knoll Road this December. The ‘anti-fast food’ chain also announced plans to open 12 area locations by the end of 2015, including a 9th spot on Burnet Road in early 2014.
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In-N-Out – Opened in North Austin December 2013
Meanwhile, California cult favorite In-N-Out opened its much-anticipated drive through windows early December. Known for its wallet friendly prices and a not-so-secret menu featuring the famed ‘Animal Style’ burger, In-N-Out’s new Airport & I-35 location has quickly become a local hotspot. Must be all those Californians headed to Texas we keep hearing about…
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Shake Shack – Opens South Austin Late 2014
Only further adding to Austin’s Burger Battle Royale was the announcement that East Coast transplant Shake Shack will be setting up shop in the South Lamar shopping center anchored by Alamo Drafthouse, which is currently undergoing extensive renovations. Shake Shack is expected to open late 2014.
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Schmidt Family Barbecue – Opened in West Austin Fall 2013
Lockhart BBQ fans now can enjoy the legendary eats from Smitty’s and Kreuz Market by way of Bee Caves with the recent opening of Schmidt Family Barbecue. Now under third generation leadership of Keith Schmidt, the family has granted the wishes of many by bringing its famed meats to Austin.  Sticking with family tradition, the Schmidt’s new restaurant employs the same cooking methods that have been passed down from generation to generation. Schmidt Family Barbecue is located near the Hill Country Galleria at 3812 Market Street, Bee Cave, TX 78738.
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Sept. 27-29 Weekend Happenings: Beer Fest, Farewell to Breaking Bad, and More

In need of last minute weekend plans? Here are a few happenings around town to take advantage of this weekend, including my Top Pick of The Week, the Texas Craft Brewers Festival!

Texas Craft Beer Fest

 Friday, September 27

Noble Sandwich Co. Monthly Dinner – Friday, September 27 8pm at 11815 620 N. Suite 4, Austin, TX 78750

Noble Sandwich Co. will host its monthly dinner series this Friday night with a four-course menu boasting dishes such as short rib confit and pickled mushrooms with poached duck egg. The BYOB dinner is $65/per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 512.382.6248 or emailing noblepigaustin@gmail.com. Full menu and details can be found here.

 

All ‘Bad’ Things Must Come to Party – BC Smoke Shop/The North Door 10pm-2am at 502 Brushy Street, Austin TX 78702

BC Smoke Shop will host a Breaking Bad tribute party at The North Door in advance of Sunday’s finale. The All ‘Bad’ Things Must Come to Party will feature Djs Polymyth and Pharo spinning music from the series, contests, pizza, and more. Tickets to the event, available here, are $3 advance/$5 door. Don’t forget to return Sunday for the show’s finale. Nothing like a little group support to help let go…

Searsucker Chef Brian Malarkey Birthday Party – 10pm at 415 Colorado, Austin, TX 78701

Searsucker Chef Brian Malarkey is celebrating his birthday this Friday night with late night drink specials such as $3 beers and $5 cocktails as well as discounted small plates after 10pm. In addition, show him some b-day love and enjoy a complimentary champagne toast!

 Saturday, September 28 Continue reading Sept. 27-29 Weekend Happenings: Beer Fest, Farewell to Breaking Bad, and More

Fall Foodie Happenings: Top Picks for Fall Fun

College football season officially kicks off this weekend, which can only mean one thing: Fall is right around the corner! Per usual, Austin has a plethora of events happening over the next few months to keep your social calendar full. With many events, like Texas Monthly’s BBQ Fest, releasing tickets imminently, it’s not too early to start thinking about what to attend. Here are a few picks that demand a Save the Date! 

Texas Monthly BBQ Fest 11/3

Franklin’s will be at Texas Monthly BBQ Fest on 11/3

September

In late September, the Lenoir Restaurant team will travel to New York City to host a dinner at the prestigious James Beard House, but a few lucky locals have the opportunity to enjoy a preview dinner before the team is officially Big Apple-bound. On Sunday, September 8, Lenoir will host an exclusive multicourse dinner with the same menu as the James Beard Dinner. The evening with commence with cocktails and canapés in Lenoir’s charming backyard garden followed by a seven courses dinner with wine pairings. Tickets for Lenoir’s James Beard Preview Dinner, available here, are $200/per person (dinner, wine, tax & tip are all included).

Bread and Circus Supper Club plans to give Barnum and Bailey’s a run for its money on September 27 with it’s A NIGHT UNDER THE BIG TOP & SideDish SideShow After Party. Held in honor of the group’s second anniversary, Bread and Circus Supper Club will transform The Palm Door into a big top extravaganza for a two-part night of events that includes dinner, music, and plenty of outlandish circus-themed fun. Guests are invited to join the party early for a whimsical five-course Supper Club dinner ($90 w/wine; $65/no wine) or pop in for late night revelry at the After Show ($8). Tickets for the evening’s shows are sold separately, though Dinner Party tickets include After Show entry. For the full details, including the menu, entertainment lineup, and ticket information, please visit the event webpage.

October

The 24th Annual La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Festival will be held on October 24 at Laguna Gloria to benefit The Contemporary Austin’s education programs. The annual foodie fest always features over 50 top Central Texas restaurants and wineries, and this year’s lineup of heavy hitters is certainly no exception. In addition to general admission tickets ($150/per person), La Dolce Vita organizers are also offering a limited number of VIP tickets ($200/per person), which includes access to a Cocktail Lounge curated by The Tipsy Texan. Continue reading Fall Foodie Happenings: Top Picks for Fall Fun

Weekend Happenings, Part I: Travaasa BBQ Bash

There is still time to grab tickets for the BBQ Lover event of the summer taking place this Saturday, June 15 at Travaasa from 5-9pm. Travaasa’s BBQ Bash will feature an array of eats from some of the best BBQ joints in Texas, several of which recently landed at the top of Texas Monthly’s Top 50 list. Guests will enjoy bites from restaurants such as Snow’s (Lexington), Pecan Grove (Dallas), Salt Lick, The Granary (San Antonio), and Killeen’s (Houston). In addition, there will be plenty of craft brews and cocktails from Hops & Grain, St. Arnold’s, and Deep Eddy, . . . → Read More: Weekend Happenings, Part I: Travaasa BBQ Bash

Happenings: JMueller’s BBQ Dropping the J; Sister Confirms John Mueller Out

A major shake up yesterday at one of Austin’s most famed BBQ joints sent shockwaves after it was announced John Mueller of JMueller BBQ was no longer part of the family-owned business. In her original announcement to Eater Austin, John’s sister LeAnn, owner of the popular trailer, did not specify reasons beyond to say John was no longer part of the business and the trailer was renamed to Mueller’s (no J). Eater Austin, along with blogger, friend of John, and BBQ aficionado R.L. Reeves, Jr. of Scrumptious Chef, were early on the coverage as details of this soap opera of a family drama trickled out. Speculation over to the reasons behind this shocking news reached a deafening level after John’s family restaurant Louie Mueller BBQ in Taylor, TX, now operated by brother Wayne, released the following Tweet:

“Brother John is fired, stealing from family again it seems.If you’ve been conned by John Mueller, please contact Wayne @louiemuellerbbq thx”

The divisive Mueller is no stranger to controversy. Stories of his so-called ‘piss and vinegar’ attitude towards customers and as a manager during Mueller’s Manor Road days were legendary. After leaving the Taylor family business, John moved to Austin where he opened John Mueller’s BBQ on Manor Road. John followed this rise to glory with an even bigger fall from grace, reportedly caused by personal demons and substance abuse issues.  After former Mueller employee Aaron Franklin (Franklin’s BBQ) catapulted to national acclaim with his melt-in-your-mouth brisket cooked on a salvaged pit from the old Manor Road restaurant, many began to wonder where in the world John was these days. Not long after, word came Mueller was back and more ready than ever.  These rumors were followed up by the launch of JMueller’s trailer on South First. His road to redemption story grab more than a few headlines, including a Texas Monthly cover story. Many wondered if John was worth all this attention or was he ‘all horse, no cattle’ so to speak. All those doubts were put to rest after John turned out plate after plate of BBQ goodness. With folks like Anthony Bourdain proclaiming his beef ribs the best in the land, John was seemingly at the top of the game and well on his way to achieving his goal of putting the past behind him.

Until yesterday, John Mueller’s had seeming cemented his status as the BBQ comeback kid. In hindsight, cracks in the family partnership were evident as early as this summer. From a purely speculative perspective, here is what can be surmised. Continue reading Happenings: JMueller’s BBQ Dropping the J; Sister Confirms John Mueller Out

Texas Monthly BBQ Festival Tickets On Sale!

BBQ lovers get ready, Texas Monthly’s BBQ Festival tickets are officially on sale today. On October 31st, Texas’ premier BBQ joints from Austin and beyond will gather at the Long Center for a full afternoon of finger licking goodness. Thankfully the wise event planners have chosen a date when the temps should be a little cooler so the heat will not deter hot smoked meat eating. Also, since it is Halloween, no one will notice you are wearing your largest moomoo or sweatpants to down ribs and sausage galore. Of course, nothing goes better with BBQ than cold beer, . . . → Read More: Texas Monthly BBQ Festival Tickets On Sale!