Chi’Lantro truck replaces Via 313’s original truck at Violet Crown this week

As Via 313 temporarily moves its original food truck down the street to 1802 E. Sixth St. in preparation for its first brick-and-mortar location on that spot, Chi’Lantro announced over the weekend that it would be taking the pizza truck’s place at Violet Crown Social Club (1111 E. Sixth St.).

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The Korean-Mexican fusion truck from Jae Kim is getting back to its roots and says it will stay open for late-night service (2 a.m.), the first time it has done that since 2015. In addition to the new truck, Chi’Lantro will open its fifth brick-and-mortar location later this year.

Seafood trailer Liberation Fish opens this weekend at Adelbert’s Brewery

Longtime Austin chef Camden Stuerzenberger (Fork & Vine, Bess Bistro, Mighty Bird) and a partner have teamed up to create Liberation Fish, a new seafood truck that will be located at Adelbert’s Brewery (2314 Rutland Drive). The broad seafood menu at the roving Liberation Fish will include crawfish queso, gumbo with crispy oysters, a smoked fish po’boy and more.

The trailer kicks off Sunday at1:30 p.m., and Adelbert’s new Buzzbait Blonde will be on sale for $1 off when ordered with a serving of the truck’s Fishbait Oysters, crispy grit-fried oysters with bacon remoulade. Liberation Fish intends to let customers know where to find them via the events tab on their Facebook page. 

Stuerzenberger was also recently announced as the new chef-partner for Phoebe’s Diner, a new restaurant from the owners of Winebelly.

 

Zagat picks Austin pizzeria to represent Texas on list

If barbecue was the king of Austin cuisine, pizza would definitely be the right hand. Zagat, a review site for everything from hotels to bars, named one pizzeria from each of the 50 U.S. states and it should come as no surprise that the pizza representing Texas would be found in the state capital.

You might be thinking one of the most popular pizza-slingers in town earned the distinction, such as Home Slice or even the critically-acclaimed Bufalina. The honor actually goes to Spartan Pizza. The New York-inspired pizzeria has two locations in the city and is classically Austin with its food trailer roots.

Zagat points to “The Pegasus” pie as the one to try at Spartan Pizza. According to the menu online, this particular pizza contains “cilantro pesto, chicken breast tossed with Frank’s buffalo sauce, red onion, banana pepper, and blue cheese” and ranges from $10.50 for a 10-inch pizza to $16 for a 14-inch pizza.

“This homage to wings is a zesty treat for the senses built for football season in Texas,” according to Zagat’s staff.

Grab a slice of Spartan Pizza at the brick-and-mortar  location at 1007 E 6th St. or The Midway Food Park at 1905 S Capital of Texas Hwy.

Kosher barbecue trailer opens this weekend

Image from JoeBobsBBQ.com
Image from JoeBobsBBQ.com

A food truck claiming to be the first Texas-style kosher barbecue operation in Central Texas opens Sunday. Joe Bob’s BBQ will be located on the back parking lot of the Jewish Community Center (7300 Hart Lane) and will be open to the public for the first time on Sunday, January 18.

“The basic thought behind JoeBob’s BBQ is that growing up in my household, like with many Jewish households, food was love. And growing up as a Texan, barbecue was king,” founder Joel Davis said

All of the meat is GLATT Kosher and has the certification (hechshers) of either the Orthodox Union or Star-K kosher agencies. The barbecue will all be prepared under kosher standards (supervision provided by the Houston Kashruth Association).

Joe Bob’s will serve brisket, chopped beef, beef ribs, beef sausage, smoked chicken, and beans, and Davis plans to add items and seasonal dishes in the future.

A portion of every sale will be donated to support the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (michaeljfox.org), the Jewish Federation of Greater Austin’s Annual Campaign (shalomaustin.org), Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch (utopiarescue.com), the Houston Kosher Food Bank, and the C Diff Foundation (cdifffoundation.org), with each guest allowed the chance to choose the organization to which her money goes.

 

At launch, JoeBob’s will be primarily event and catering based, with limited walk-up service planned for one day each month (usually the first Sunday). Hours and dates of operation will be posted in advance at joebobsbbq.com, and Joe Bob’s will take advance orders for once-a-month pick-up.