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Turkey To-Go?

Throughout the pandemic, food service companies across the globe have modified their business to serve the rapidly growing number of to-go orders. Grocery stores are now offering more pick-up & delivery options than ever before. Food delivery companies like Door Dash & Uber Eats are overflowing with orders day and night. We are now over 7 months into our new “socially distanced” culture and with holidays around the corner, it has us wondering what those meals will look like this year.

 Multiple Austin restaurants and grocery stores offer pre-ordered Thanksgiving dinners which may be a safer and simpler alternative to enjoy this year’s annual feast. Check out this list of some of our favorite local food services who are open for to-go business. From traditional Thanksgiving staples to untraditional cuisine, you’ll be serving up delicious...

2020 Has Been Hard - Let's WINE About It

2020 Has Been Hard - Let’s Wine About It! 

Check out 3 of Austin’s top wine bars!

Whether you’re longing for a quiet evening alone, a date night for two or a socially distanced happy hour with friends, Austin’s got the spot to wine!

Wanderlust Wine Co.

Where? 610 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX 78701

What? Wanderlust Wine Co. featuring 56 premium wines, all on tap!

When? Open Wednesday-Sunday 5 pm – 11 pm

About: “From Tank or Barrell, To Glass”, The Wanderlust Wine Co. keeps our planet top-of-mind while serving up some of the world’s best tasting wines. The company has eliminated corks and bottle handlings from their services, reducing thousands of pounds per year from landfills while simultaneously reducing their...

New Local Business, Austin Oyster Co., Brings Fresh Oysters & Staff to Shuck them Directly to Your Home!

Host family & friends for a unique dining experience right in your backyard!

Brendan Yancy of Austin, TX and his girlfriend ordered a case of high-quality oysters last year to celebrate Yancy’s birthday. After working hard to shuck the delicious oysters, the couple sparked an idea to give Austin a similar dining experience without the effort. Yancy and his now business partners, Dave Kleifgen & Will Meredith, put together “their obsession of quality oysters and hanging out with friends,” and the Austin Oyster Company was born!

With partnerships from Maine to Massachusetts, this new company continues to bring

high-quality New England oysters neighborhoods all over the city.  

How it Works:

1. You order oysters

2. We deliver, shuck, and serve

3. You enjoy and we clean up

It’s...

Picnic Night in Austin

Barr Mansion introduces picnic nights, complete with pizza, cocktails

Starting July 29, cocktail and pizza lovers can relax on the grounds of Barr Mansion, the historic house-turned-wedding venue at 10463 Sprinkle Road in Northeast Austin.

The popular wedding venue is launching this weekly series called Barr’s Pizza & Pints, and it will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. each Wednesday for the next few months.

On the menu are salads, snacks, desserts and pizzas cooked in Barr Mansion’s wood-fired oven. Hopsquad Brewery will have beer for sale, as well as...

Food & Wine names Austin chef one of country’s 10 Best New Chefs

Kevin Fink will no longer be the only chef at Emmer & Rye and Hestia who has his own specially inscribed pressed white chef’s coat framed for posterity.

Food & Wine magazine Tuesday named Emmer & Rye and Hestia chef-partner Tavel Bristol-Joseph one of the 10 Best New Chefs in America. If you’ve had the chef’s cantaloupe sorbet with salted cream at Emmer & Rye, his playful take on a s’mores at Hestia or his Monster Cookie at Henbit, you understand why.

The Guyanese chef exhibits an elegant touch with his array of desserts, and the chef-partner has expanded his roles beyond pastry. Before dining rooms were ordered closed,...

Restaurants that plan to reopen their dining rooms

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared Monday that restaurants in Texas will be allowed to reopen Friday at 25% capacity.

Austin and Travis County had extended a coronavirus pandemic stay-at-home order until May 8; the state directive supersedes local orders, however. The governor’s office also released a checklist of “minimum standard health protocols” for restaurants that includes:

‒ Limits on seating at a table (maximum six people)

‒ Single-use disposable menus...

Great takeout options from Austin restaurants

The citywide shelter-in-place order that extends over the next few weeks has labeled restaurants as an essential service.

Many restaurants that had never offered takeout service before have pivoted to the new model. While many people will naturally turn to places from which they’ve always ordered takeout (burgers, pizzas, tacos and drive-thrus being the most likely), now is a good time to order from locally owned restaurants that you might not normally consider for takeout.

I understand that some people have serious concerns about takeout, and I address those in the accompanying precautions information. I am not telling you to order takeout; you should do what makes you most comfortable.

I also realize that many people...

Top Choices for BBQ in Austin – Part 1

While Austin is known for all of the delicious food, living in Austin means that you are going to be eating barbeque on the regular. It’s actually home to some of the best BBQ in the state and even in the country. It continues to grow as more and more barbeque joints open up and the competition for the best flavors increases every year.

Right now you could easily find 20 BBQ restaurants in the city that outperform the rest and that is just narrowing it down to 20. You’ll see new restaurants and food trucks opening up regularly and it’s the favorite dish for a local Austinite.  Take a look at a few of the top choices of BBQ in Austin that you’ll want to check out and compare to find your new favorite!

Franklin Barbecue – 900 E. 11th Street, Austin

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Where to Go for a Great Coffee Shop in Austin

Coffee shops in Austin are some of the best because you know you’re going to have a unique experience every time. On a cool Austin day or a boost in the morning on your way to work, these coffee shops around town will have just what you need every time.

From Bennu Coffee offering you 24/7 service to Brew & Brew which will serve both coffee and beer to please everyone in your group, here is a look at what you’ll find at the top coffee shops in Austin.

Caffe Medici

For those that appreciate an original, this is known as being Austin’s “original specialty coffee shop.” You’ll enjoy both local beans and beans from around the world here, making it perfect for those that like to branch...

Top Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants Found in Austin - Part 2

With so many great places for vegans and vegetarians to enjoy a meal in Austin, we had to split this post into two parts. If you missed the first part, you can find it here. Continuing the list, in no particular order, here are a few more of the top choices for vegan and vegetarian food in Austin.

Conscious Cravings - 1311 South 1st Street, Austin AND 4209 Airport Boulevard, Austin

A great place for both vegans and vegetarians with two locations found in the Austin area, Conscious Cravings offers salads and meatless wraps. They serve up modern plant-based cuisine with plenty...

Top Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants Found in Austin - Part 1

There are so many great vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Austin, TX; we had to split this blog into two parts. Austin is a great place for those practicing a no meat diet because of the many great places to go out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here's the first look at the many wonderful vegan and vegetarian restaurants throughout Austin.

Bouldin Creek Cafe - 1900 South 1st Street, Austin

This cafe may be the most popular spot for vegetarians and it's a good spot for vegans, too. Bouldin Creek Cafe is a unique spot offering a great vibe and plenty of wonderful vegetarian options. Most of the options...

Top Farm-to-Table Restaurants in Austin

Farm-to-table restaurants have become very popular all over the country. Austin, Texas offers many great choices and with gardens starting to produce soon, it's a great time to enjoy farm-to-table dining in Austin.

Whether you're interested in eating organically or you want to support the local economy, choosing an Austin restaurant sourcing ingredients locally is a great option. Here are some of the top farm-to-table restaurants you can find throughout the area.

Eden East - 755 Springdale Road

Eden East is found on Springdale Farm and provides a real farm-to-table dining experience....

Three Foods You Must Try if You're New to Austin, TX

When you’re new to Austin, you are probably expecting a new climate, a new neighborhood, and new routines. You’ll be getting acquainted to a new city or maybe just a new part of town. It makes you appreciate the change but it can also be overwhelming with so many new things at once. You may be getting used to the hotter temps, the fun music scene, and the outdoor events, but what about the food?

You already knew Texas was known for their barbeque and Tex Mex but where do you even begin on your new Austin restaurant stops? There are a few foods that will get you acquainted to the area in no time and will give you a good place to start trying new eateries. When you get to Austin and want to try some of the Austin classic staples, stop at these three locations...

Five Excellent Austin Restaurants to Try ASAP

Are you in the mood for something new in Austin? There are so many options for dining in Austin that sometimes you need a good suggestion for a place you’ve never tried or a place that you didn’t know existed yet. Austin is great for variety with options that you wouldn’t find in just any city.

Of course you can grab your typical favorite barbeque for dinner but many people are ready to hear more about restaurants that have initiated some buzz for unique flavors and menu items. From a twist on your favorite morning donut at the Voodoo Doughnut to the perfect brunch spot to hit this weekend, here is a look at five excellent Austin restaurants that you probably haven’t been to...

Restaurant Spotlight: Via 313

Have you been to Via 313 yet? This popular eatery in Downtown Austin is hard to beat. They are known for their hot pizza made in a Detroit style which means it’s shaped like a square and baked in a deck oven. It’s also known as the upside-down pizza because it’s prepared with a thick Sicilian crust lined with a layer of pepperoni and covered in cheese, toppings, and red sauce.

You can find this favorite pizza joint located at one great location in Austin or at two of their original trailers for pizza-only in Austin. When you’re ready for hot pizza for lunch or dinner, cold drinks, fresh salads, and beer, wine, or cocktails, stop in to Via 313 open every day in...

Restaurant Spotlight: Saltgrass Steakhouse

Make it a steak night tonight at Saltgrass Steakhouse, Austin’s award-winning steakhouse. The restaurant’s concept dates back to the 1800s, during a time where Longhorns used to roam Texas and ranchers caught on that those in the North were going wild over their beef.

Once the Longhorns made their way to Texas during the winter to graze on the coastal salt grass, the Salt Grass Trail became the spot where the best beef in Texas came from. Now, you can enjoy the Saltgrass Steakhouse located on the historic trail ride in which the annual celebration of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo takes place.

You’ll find it hard to beat the...

Restaurant Spotlight: La Margarita

If you love Mexican food, you will love La Margarita in Round Rock. The first sign that this is the place to be is the line you will no doubt encounter when you go there for dinner. People literally stand outside and wait to get a taste of this amazing Mexican food. Even though there tends to be people waiting, your wait is never very long.

You will be seated as soon as possible and served promptly. Along with delicious chips and salsa at every visit, a great drink menu and authentic Mexican cuisine, you will enjoy excellent service in a lively setting. Here is a look at what you will enjoy when you visit La Margarita.

What to expect

To get things started, you will be served...

Restaurant Spotlight: Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill is the place to go for a bite to eat in Austin. It’s all about American comfort food with your favorite classics served for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even brunch. Enjoy new American and southern cuisine with the whole family at Moonshine featuring a casual atmosphere in the historical Waterloo Compound.

Check out how they are serving classic comfort food with a modern approach over at 303 Red River Street in Austin.

What to Expect

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill is the perfect place to go for brunch, breakfast this weekend, lunch during the week or for the whole family to grab dinner. It has a little bit of everything to please any palate...

Which Foods are Unique to Austin?

Austin is starting to become recognized for their food offerings. They have been awarded the 8th Best Foodie City For Your Wallet. It is always expanding, and chef’s in the area continue to come up with unique dishes. Here are some one of a kind foods that you will find in Austin.

Queso

Queso is a creamy melted cheese sauce that can be put on a variety of things. This can be served on the side with tortilla chips, or put on taco’s or sandwiches. You will find many restaurants in Austin that offer queso, and they all claim to have the best.

You...

Restaurant Spotlight: CR Surf and Turf

CR Surf and Turf is unlike other restaurants you will find in Cedar Park. While dining establishments here boast of stylish and elegant ambiances, CR Surf and Turf has maintained a steady stream of patrons because of its family-style interiors and heartwarming food.

Every dish at CR Surf and Turf is made from fresh ingredients especially anything found on the seafood menu. Steaks, sandwiches and chowders are just a few of their specialties and it is not just about creating filling food. It is all about creating food with a home-style twist that diners will remember for years to come.

The Menu

Here are a few popular dishes from CR Surf...

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