Bakery, cafe and flower shop Walton’s Fancy & Staple, a longtime Market District favorite, is now open after dark. After eight years of meeting the needs of breakfast and lunch patrons, the charming spot opened by actress Sandra Bullock now features a bistro dinner menu three nights a week that includes hanger steak au poivre with field greens, avocado toast with chèvre and a soft boiled farm egg, a hamburger with tender belly bacon and Longhorn cheddar, and more. Dinner is served Thursday through Saturday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. To celebrate the new service, Walton’s is hosting a four-course wine-paired holiday dinner on December 7. Cost is $65 per person and reservations can be made by calling 512-542-3380.
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The long wait for barbecue lovers (and the Franklins and their staff) is over: Franklin Barbecue will reopen Tuesday, Nov. 21.
The restaurant will be back to doing regular lunch business but will limit their pre-orders until the new smokehouse is complete.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has long been a champion of locally owned business and the spirit of Keeping Austin Weird. A slew of very Austin-y businesses are coming to the airport next year (from JuiceLand to Tacodeli). In the meantime, there are more than a dozen spots to fill you up before you take off or if you land in the capital city completely ravenous or thirsty.
Saxon Pub: A whiff of that old South Austin vibe along with burgers and beer.
Between Gate 6 and 7
Second Bar + Kitchen: One of Austin’s leaders in upmarket New American. And a craft cocktail before a flight is never a bad idea.
Auntie Anne’s: Carb delights.
The following currently all closed for renovations that will bring a whole new group of Austin-based dining options. (Hoover’s Cooking, Hill’s café, Nuevo Leon, Wok & Roll)
Ray Benson’s Roadhouse: Load up with burgers, hot dogs and a pulled pork sandwich at this comfort spot that features live music.
Austin Java & JuiceLand: Coffee to-go and a refrigerated case of cold-pressed juices from Austin’s number one name in juice.
Salt Lick Taco Bar: Brisket tacos. That’s pretty Austin.
Amy’s Ice Creams: Fill your orbs of ice cream with a variety of crush-ins.
The Salt Lick Bar-B-Que: Get covered in sticky barbecue sauce from the Hill Country legend.
Maudie’s Tex-Mex: Nachos before take-off? Or, even better, nachos during take-off?
Schlotzsky’s Deli & Cinnabon: Lunch meats and sweet cinnamon rolls? A match made in airport heaven.
Vino Volo: Pinkies out and glasses up at this wine bar.
Austin Java Coffee: Nobody wants to fall asleep on the person next to them on the plane.
Earl Campbell’s Sports Bar: Sports bars and sausage wraps courtesy of The Tyler Rose.
Annie’s Café & Bar: Probably your healthiest bet at the airport, from salads to sandwiches and a variety of prepared foods.
Ruta Maya Café: Organic coffee and pastries from an Austin original
ThunderCloud Subs: Get the Office Favorite (egg salad with bacon) at this Austin institution.
Ivini’s Italian: Pizza, pasta and wine. Like an Italian sidewalk café but in the airport.
One of San Antonio’s most popular and nationally buzzed about spots is getting an Austin address. Bakery Lorraine plans to open at Rock Rose at Domain Northside in fall 2018.
The French-inspired bakery located at the Pearl Brewery complex in San Antonio has earned raves for its classic and colorful macarons, croissants and much more. Husband-and-wife pastry chefs Jeremy Mandrell and Anne Ng, who met while baking at Thomas Keller’s famous Bouchon Bakery in Napa Valley, run the bakery owned by Charlie Biedenharn and bring an artisan approach to all of their from-scratch sweet and savory baked goods. Mandrell says the patisserie style bakery’s attention to detail and focus on flavors is what Mandrell says sets Lorraine apart.
“We’re a true bakery in the sense that we make everything from scratch and use the best ingredients we can but try and make them on a large scale but have same attention to detail as if we were making on a small scale,” Biedenharn added of the bakery that also plans to provide wholesale baked goods to the forthcoming Merit Roasting Co., another San Antonio import headed to Austin.
Located at 11600 Rock Rose. Suite 100 next to Dance with Me and the patio at St. Genevieve, Balery Lorraine will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner with menus that include breakfast parfait, quiche Lorraine, chicken pot pie, salads and soups, artisan sandwiches and more.
Biedenharn believes that Bakery Lorraine is special in that it offers casual, counter service and a low-barrier of entry in terms of price while still giving visitors the opportunity to experience “something special.”
The San Antonio flagship has received plenty of national press since opening in 2011, including being named one of the best bakeries in the U.S. by Food & Wine and CNN’s Eatocracy blog, as well as one of the “13 Destination Bakeries” by Conde Nast Traveler, and recently awarded the 2017 StarChefs Rising Stars Award for “Best Concept.”
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Prepare ye olde holiday wish list. Texas-based brands Whataburger and Yeti have teamed for a Yeti tumbler emblazoned with the most iconic fast-food logo in Texas. The 30-ounce tumbler costs $45.99 and will keep your drink cold longer than your grandpappy can tell you about the good old days.
They are currently sold out, but keep an eye on the Whataburger site for the replenishing. While you’re there, you can other Whataburger mash-ups with Texas companies, like a James Avery charm.
The poke scene in Austin is about to get a little more crowded. California-based Pokeatery announced today that the first location in Texas would open before the end of this year at 1201 Barbara Jordan Blvd. in the space previously occupied by Tino’s Greek Cafe. It will be the first location outside of California for the restaurant owned by husband-and-wife team of Derek and Joann Chung.
The menu features customizable poke boxes, pokecado toast, rice noodles-based bowls, and beer floats made with Hawaiian beer and Dole Whip pineapple soft serve.
“Austin’s eclectic culture and growing food scene has made it the perfect choice for Pokeatery’s first US location outside of California,” Joann Chung said in a release. “We look forward to bringing our authentic Hawaiian flavors, customizable, fresh poké boxes, and new beer floats to Austin and beyond.”
2017 Austin360 Dining Guide: Poke Poke
Longtime taco truck One Taco has opened its second brick-and-mortar. The location at 2900 W. Anderson Lane is in the space previously occupied by Mighty Bird. The taqueria is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Want to be the star of your family or friends’ holiday party? Sneak in a dozen of Olamaie’s other-worldly biscuits and act like you did all the work. You can just say you got the secret recipe from your great-grandmother.
The refined Southern restaurant named #1 in the city in this year’s Austin360 Dining Guide is selling their off-menu biscuits by the dozen this holiday season. You need to give the restaurant notice a week in advance of pick-up. Pick-up will be between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, and the last pick-up day of holiday season is December 23. The biscuits cost $36/dozen, and there is a one-dozen minimum for orders. Interested customers email email@example.com for more info.
Industry publication StarChefs has returned its focus to the Austin-San Antonio corridor for the first time in five years, this week handing out their Rising Stars awards to local culinary talent.
This year’s crop of winners includes Kevin Fink and Page Pressley of Emmer & Rye (#5 in our Dining Guide), Tatsu Aikawa of Kemuri tatsu-Ya (#9 in our Dining Guide); Fiore Tedesco of L’Oca d’Oro (#8 in our Dining Guide), Adam Brick, the former Apis chef who recently announced he has joined as a partner at the soon-to-change Vino Vino; former counter 357 executive chef Damien Brockway; Michael Fojtasek of Olamaie (#1 in our Dining Guide); and Max Snyder of Pitchfork Pretty (#11 in our Dining Guide).
To celebrate the newly named Rising Stars, StarChefs will host an awards ceremony and tasting event on December 13 at Fair Market in East Austin. The event will feature tastings from all of the honored chefs, as well as pastry chef winners Tavel Bristol-Joseph (Emmer & Rye) and Daniela Herrera (Counter 357) and other winners in the artisan and beverage categories. For the evening’s complete menu, visit starchefs.com.
Tickets cost $85 ($125 for VIP tickets) and can be purchased online. Proceeds from the event will benefit Austin Food & Wine Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering awareness and innovation in the Central Texas culinary community.
A grand Thanksgiving meal is a wonderful way to bring together friends and family. But that can also be costly, stressful and time-consuming. Why not let the professionals handle the dirty work? A host of restaurants will be serving Thanksgiving brunch, lunch and dinner. Call the restaurants or visit their websites for more details on menu, reservation and pricing.
If you’re just looking to pick up a meal from a restaurant and bring it home, we have a big list of places offering that, as well, at austin360.com/thefeed.
24 Diner. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472- 5400, 24diner.com. The late-night go-to gets going early with a special meal that starts at 10:30 a.m. The $29 Thanksgiving menu includes brined and roasted turkey breast, turkey leg confit, house-cured ham, traditional sides and pumpkin pie.
Apis. 23526 Texas 71, Spicewood. 512-436- 8918, apisrestaurant.com. This Spicewood gem will be serving a three-course lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu includes duck and foie gras terrine, tasting of early winter squash and cider-brined and slow-roasted heritage turkey.
Brix and Ale. 1101 Woodlawn Ave., Georgetown. 737-444-2750, sheratongeorgetowntexas.com. The restaurant at the Sheraton Hotel in Georgetown will serve a buffet from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. that includes roasted turkey, salt-crusted prime rib, made-to-order omelets and loaded whipped potatoes. Cost is $50 per adult and $25 for children ages 4 to 12 years.
Cannon + Belle. 500 E. Fourth St. 512-493-4900, cannonandbelle.com. The restaurant at the Hilton downtown serves Thanksgiving dinner from 3 to 8 p.m. The menu includes smoked corn chowder, Texas grapefruit and chicory salad, fried turkey with quail gravy and prime rib with charred onion barbecue. Cost is $36.
Capital Grille. 117 W. Fourth St. 512-322-2005, thecapitalgrille.com. The downtown steakhouse serves a Thanksgiving menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. that includes slow-roasted turkey with brioche stuffing, various sides and dessert. Cost is $39 for adults and $15 for kids. The regular menu is also available.
Carillon. 1900 University Ave. 512-404- 3655, thecarillonrestaurant.com. The fine dining restaurant at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center will serve a brunch buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Offerings include carving stations with prime rib and roasted turkey, along with entrees like swordfish and lamb loin and sides of cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, crispy Brussels sprouts and more. Cost is $68 for adults, $30 for kids.
The Driskill. 604 Brazos St. driskillhotel.com. The venerable downtown hotel hosts a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Options include lemon-poached jumbo shrimp, a chef’s butcher’s block with slow-roasted turkey, pumpkin ravioli, stuffing and more. Cost is $85 for adults, $40 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children younger than 5. Reservations can be made by calling 512-391-7227.
Fleming’s. 320 E. Second St. 512-457-1500; 11600 Century Oaks Terrace. 512-835-9463; flemingssteakhouse.com. The steakhouse serves a prix fixe menu from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. that includes lobster bisque or salad and turkey with cranberry, orange and cinnamon sauce and stuffing. Kids eat for $15.
Goodall’s Kitchen. 1900 Rio Grande St. 512-495-1800, goodallskitchen.com. The restaurant at Hotel Ella near Judges Hill serves a menu from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day that includes herb-roasted turkey breast, grilled acorn squash, sourdough stuffing and more. Cost is $72 per person and $25 for kids 12 and younger.
Hyatt Lost Pines. 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road. 512-308-4950, lostpines.regency.hyatt.com. The resort near Bastrop will offer a carving station with roasted turkey and prime rib and more than 40 desserts. Cost is $68 for adults, $34 for children 6 to 12 and complimentary for children five and younger.
Hyde Park Bar & Grill. 4206 Duval St. 512-458-3168; 4521 West Gate Blvd. 512-899-2700; hpbng.com. The Austin institution hosts its 22nd annual Thanksgiving feast. The dinner costs $21.95 and includes oven-roasted turkey breast, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes and more. A vegetarian meal, which offers more of everything except turkey, will be served for $15.95. The meal runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at both locations.
Mattie’s. 811 Live Oak St. 512-444-1888, mattiesaustin.com. The revamped Southern stunner will have seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for Thanksgiving lunch, with a buffet that includes carving stations with slow-roasted Akaushi prime rib and sage-brined turkey breast. Cost is $85 for adults and $40 for kids 6-12; kids younger than 6 eat free.
Moonshine. 303 Red River St. 512-236- 9599, moonshinegrill.com. The downtown Southern comfort restaurant serves an all-you-can eat buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $28.
The Park. 11601 Domain Drive. 512-478-7275; 4024 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-731-2077; thepark.us. The upscale sports bars in the Domain and South Austin will serve a Thanksgiving brunch buffet from noon to 3 p.m. featuring turkey and pork tenderloin along with classic sides and pies. Cost is $20. After 3 p.m., the regular dinner menu will be served until midnight.
Phoebe’s Diner. 533 Oltorf St. 512-643-3218, phoebesdiner.com. The diner from the Winebelly team serves from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; special offerings include smoked turkey and ham, sage sausage stuffing, broccoli casserole and more.
Second Bar + Kitchen at Domain Northside. 3121 Palm Way, Suite 101. 737-300-4800, sbkdomain.com. Chef David Bull’s restaurant at the Archer Hotel will serve its Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The menu includes a carving station with slow-roasted turkey, family-style sides like roasted sweet potato casserole and parsnip au gratin, fruit, desserts and more. Cost is $38 for adults and $19 for kids.
Stagecoach Inn. 416 S. Main St., Salado. 254-947-5111, stagecoachinn.com. The historic restaurant serves a Thanksgiving brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The spread includes stations with turkey and dressing with cranberry sauce and brown gravy, and buttermilk waffles with maple syrup. Cost is $39 for adults and $16 for children ages 12 and younger.
Trace. 200 Lavaca St. 512-542-3660, traceaustin.com. The sophisticated restaurant at the W Hotel will serve lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The three-course meals include coffee-rubbed short rib and prosciutto-wrapped turkey breast. Cost is $57, and there is a $20 kids menu for those 12 and younger.
Visconti Ristorante. 320 Loop 360. 512-306-6400, granducaaustin.com. The Italian restaurant at the Hotel Granduca will serve a three-course Thanksgiving dinner with a menu that includes sweet potato gnocchi with roasted corn and sage brown butter and pecorino sardo, heritage turkey, cornbread canederli, and wild mushroom gratin. Cost is $65 ($95 with wine pairings).