March Foodie Happenings, Part I




Tamale House East is celebrating a year of success Friday, March 1 by paying it forward in the way of fantastic drink specials! Join Tamale House East from tonight until 10pm for $1 Victorias and $2 Micheladas. If you haven’t tried our Tamale House East, make tonight the night to try out their delicious enchiladas. Big congratulations to Tamale House East! Tamale House East is located at 1707 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78702.

On Saturday, March 2 beginning at 6pm, Scrumptious Chef R.L. Reeves, Jr. is back with another installment of his increasingly popular Chef Pop-up Series. For his 9th dinner event, Reeves, Jr. is going big by showcasing Akaushi beef, a rare Japanese waygu sourced from Heartbrand in Youkum, TX, throughout Saturday’s menu. The multicourse, a la carte menu will include dishes such as chicken fried steak, Texas red chili, Chili Con Queso, Texas Hot Sausage, and much more. Prices per dish range from $5-$25. Saturday, of course, is Texas Independence Day, and what better way to celebrate by dining on a menu filled with Texas favorites!

For more details, including RSVP, please visit here:

Henri’s Cheese & Wine will celebrate its new Sunday hours by hosting a series of events beginning this Sunday, March 3. Henri’s Cheese will show two screenings of Wallace & Gromit. The screenings begin at 2:00pm and 3:30pm, respectively. Throughout the afternoon, Henri’s will play homage to the movie by offering samples of English cheeses, including Wallace’s favorite Wensleydale.

Henri’s, 2026 S.Lamar, Austin, Tx 78704

Continue reading March Foodie Happenings, Part I

Happenings: Eat Drink Local Week 2012 Kicks of Saturday

Presented by Edible Austin, Eat Drink Local Week is a seven-day celebration of Austin’s vibrant local food community beginning this Saturday, December 1 through December 8. In addition to shining the spotlight on Austin’s local culinary community, Eat Drink Local Week benefits two outstanding local organizations, the Sustainable Food Center and Urban Roots.

This uniquely Austin week of events will commence with a traditional 24-carrot salute at the Sustainable Food Center Downtown Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning. In addition to the carrot kick-off, locals are invited to take part in Saturday’s bicycle tour of the city’s urban farms complete with farm-fresh eats at every stop (more details here). Along with other events, such as Alamo Drafthouse’s special four-course dinner and a movie, many of Austin’s best restaurants and local bars are hosting dinners and pop-up happy hours. For those in search of the perfect foodie Christmas gift, look no further than the Chef Dinner Auction for the chance to bid on a private dinner with one of the city’s most highly regarded chefs.

Eat Drink Local Week takes place Saturday, December 1 through Saturday, December 8. For a full list of events and participating local restaurants and artisans, visit the Eat Drink Austin Week website here.

Top EDLW Picks include: Continue reading Happenings: Eat Drink Local Week 2012 Kicks of Saturday

Downtown Austin Alliance Presents: CASH MOB this Thursday 4/5

The Downtown Austin Alliance, the group devoted to enhancing the business, cultural, and residential environment of Downtown, is hosting a special CASH MOB event this Thursday, April 5 at Congress Avenue Card & Gift Shop. The latest sudden group meet-up trend, CASH MOB, helps inject a little economic boost into a local business by engaging customers to shop at a designated time (think Flash Mob with a purpose). Each customer is encouraged to spend at least $20. If you haven’t stumbled into Congress Avenue Card & Gift Shop, now’s your chance to pick up a gift, send a postcard . . . → Read More: Downtown Austin Alliance Presents: CASH MOB this Thursday 4/5

Dish of the Day: Barley Swine

Today’s Dish of the Day represents one of those wonderfully unforgettable food moments, courtesy of Barley Swine. A March small plate offering, this unexpected dish, featuring a chicken fried egg, sweetbreads, hay grits, whole grain mustard sauce, and ash sauce, was a perfect representation of Chef/Owner Bryce Gilmore’s style of cooking. The plate arrived with an egg encased in a crispy fried shell served on a bed of sauces and grits. The savory ash sauce and the tangy whole grain mustard were ingeniously paired with the sweet, tender grits and sweetbreads. Once split open, the egg oozed a creamy . . . → Read More: Dish of the Day: Barley Swine

The Seedling Truck

Open from 11:00am – 3:00pm, Sunday’s HOPE Market has hours that are more conducive to those folks who embrace all Austin has to offer until the wee morning hours. Though smaller in quantity than Downtown’s SFC Saturday Market, HOPE has plenty of quality vendors, highlighted here. One of the newer additions to the HOPE Market is The Seedling Truck. The Seedling Truck is a byproduct of the amazing Royal Fig Catering and offerings reflect the Royal Fig’s trademark rustic farm fare. With options like polenta cake topped with poached eggs and kale pesto, bacon cinnamon buns, and fried egg . . . → Read More: The Seedling Truck

Easy Tiger Bake Shop + Beer Garden

Nestled in a previously overlooked enclave just west of I-35 on 6th Street, the new Easy Tiger is arguably the most exciting addition to downtown in quite some time. Part bake shop and part beer garden, Easy Tiger is the ambitious new project from the 24 Diner team. As a bake shop and café, Easy Tiger features artisan breads baked fresh daily, house cured meats, and menu items such as sandwiches and cheese plates. To quench Austin’s thirst for a beer garden, Easy Tiger serves over 30 local and boutique beers alongside a full bar and limited wine selection.

Located in a formerly overlooked stretch of downtown, Easy Tiger’s large space underwent quite a transition prior to opening.  It is easy to underestimate the new spot stepping off the street into the upstairs bake and coffee shop. However, take a walk downstairs to discover a beer lover’s paradise. Offset to the right is a long, dark bar showcasing a laundry list of beer options overlooking the busy kitchen. Step around the dividing wall to find a large open room with ample first come, first serve seating. The exposed brick walls, thick wooden tables, and well conceived masculine touches leave little reminder of previous tenants. The inside area is a perfect spot to unwind with friends, but the spectacular outside area is an oasis in the heart of downtown. Easy Tiger capitalizes on the natural beauty of Waller Creek with an outdoor space filled with long tables, a ping pong table, and a large outside bar. Despite plenty of picnic tables, finding a seat on a pretty day is virtually impossible after five, and for good reason; Easy Tiger’s outdoor beer garden is a virtual oasis in the heart of dirty sixth.

It is impossible not to become hooked on Easy Tiger after one initial visit. Friendly service matches the relaxed communal vibe. There are more than enough interesting beer options to appease any preference, including a few sour beer options to win over non beer drinkers. The food menu contains a simple variety of beer friendly choices, all well-priced and under $10. The housemade sausages are filled with flavor and delicious alone or paired with accompaniments like mustard, sauerkraut, and fresh breads. Soft chewy pretzels perfect for dipping in Easy Tiger’s beer cheese, which has a bold pimento cheese-like flavor. Along with the beer cheese, there are several other options for cheese lovers, including an Antonelli’s plate. Easy Tiger’s selection of boutique and local beers means a large variety of interesting finds and new types to sample. However, a small forewarning:  be prepared to pay premium prices for these premium brews. Think more along the lines of $8 pints instead of $2 PBR’s and Coors Lights. Go the budget friendly route and stop in for a quick beer, pretzel, and amazing ambiance or throw caution to the wind and stay all night; either way Easy Tiger is worth the trip.

As stated best in the new spot’s motto, Easy Tiger is the ideal place to slow down and stay awhile. And, since it is open daily from 7am – 2am, there is plenty of time to do just that.


Easy Tiger Beer Garden

Easy Tiger Bake Shop and Beer Garden. 709 East 6th Street, Austin, Texas 78701. 512.614.4972. Website & Facebook

Continue reading Easy Tiger Bake Shop + Beer Garden

Weekend Music Happenings – 1/27-1/30

Theophilus London – Rock the Vote ACL 2011 Afterparty

East Side’s newest concert venue, Beauty Ballroom, celebrates its grand opening this weekend with a full line up of high energy shows. Kick off the weekend Friday with Brooklyn rapper Theophilus London. You might remember his much buzzed about performances at this year’s ACL fest followed by a return trip to Austin late 2011. He’ll be joined by Treasure Fingers w/ LAX, Vegas Banger, and Ricky Jean Francois. Tickets still available here. Saturday night’s Official Grand Opening Party features musical acts like Daniel Johnston, Alex Mass (Black Angels), Jason . . . → Read More: Weekend Music Happenings – 1/27-1/30

Violet Crown Theatre

One of my favorite ways to cap off a long weekend or unwind on a cold, rainy day is a night at the movies. Most nights this means a trip to Alamo Drafthouse, but I recently cheated on my failsafe way to spend a Sunday night with downtown’s Violet Crown Theatre. As predicted by its 2nd Street District location and dramatic signage, Violet Crown is a glamorous, well-heeled cousin to the horn rimmed glasses and ironic t-shirt clad Alamo Drafthouse. The four screen theatre offers viewings of independent, art house, international, and small budget films. The best part of . . . → Read More: Violet Crown Theatre