#Austin360Eats: On the biggest foodie weekend of the year, is Instagram ready?

Ready for the Austin Food & Wine Festival or Eeyore’s Birthday this weekend?

No matter what you’ve got planned, it probably involves delicious food that you’re going to post on Instagram. You might as well use #Austin360Eats to share your photos with food lovers all over Central Texas.

Some of the recent submissions to #Austin360Eats.

Each week, we get hundreds of photos from foodies in every corner of the city. After several years of running this hashtag, I’ve found it’s a great way to share a delightful culinary discovery or find a little inspiration for where to eat next. (As a bonus, each Friday, we run a handful of reader photos in the print edition of the Austin American-Statesman, which happens to be perfect for clipping and mailing to your family members who aren’t super tech savvy.)

Scroll down for the latest #Austin360Eats pics, and happy eating!

Home Slice’s Carnival O’ Pizza postponed

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Put your pizza-fueled Saturday plans on hold, folks. The Carnival O’Pizza, an annual fundraising event at Home Slice Pizza, has been postponed because of possible severe weather.

Here’s what organizers had to say: “Due to the risk of inclement weather on Saturday, Home Slice Pizza has postponed the 11th Annual Carnival O’ Pizza to Saturday, November 12. Home Slice and Austin Bat Cave have decided it is in the best interest to reschedule to ensure everyone can enjoy Carnival O’ Pizza to the fullest. We will continue to keep you updated and look forward to the same family-friendly, pizza-fueled fun on the new date.”

Watch their Facebook page for more information.

Kyōten Sushiko starts lunch service Thursday

Chef Otto Phan uses ocean trout at his trailer, Kyoten, as an alternative to salmon. The Masu-zushi at Kyoten on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Chef Otto Phan’s sushi made his East Austin trailer a dining destination. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2015

Some of the best sushi in town will soon be available for lunch. Kyōten Sushiko (4600 Mueller Blvd. #1035) begins its lunch service Thursday. The restaurant helmed by chef Otto Phan will serve lunch Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phan will offer counter-service, delivering the sushi rolls and bowls that helped make his original East Austin trailer so popular, along with raw salad bowls. But with only 26 seats available at lunch, takeaway orders are encouraged. See the full lunch menu here.

Until this week, Kyōten had only offered its dinner omakase service.



Dare you to disagree: 10 great french fries in Austin

Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman 1/4/13 In just a few years P. Terry's, the local burger chain, has become a fast-growing local institution. The company doubled from 3 to 6 restaurants in under 12 months, is set to add two more this year in North Austin and another two in 2014.
Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman 1/4/13 In just a few years P. Terry’s, the local burger chain, has become a fast-growing local institution. The company doubled from 3 to 6 restaurants in under 12 months, is set to add two more this year in North Austin and another two in 2014.

It’s a fake french fry holiday today, so I compiled a list of 10 of my favorite french fries, listed alphabetically, in Austin. With a few snubs thrown in at the end. What are your favorites?

1. Black Star Co-Op Massive wedges of tender potatoes with skin that breaks to reveal steaming hunks breathy with garlic buzz.

2. Clark’s Oyster Bar Salty, crunch shoestring fries like a haystack.

3. Crown & Anchor These tawny skin-on fries from a bag won’t win many awards but they hit some nice nostalgia points with me.

4. Hopfields Thin, crisp, nicely salted and herb-flecked with the right amount of residual oil.

Steak Frites at Justine's Brasserie on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Steak Frites at Justine’s Brasserie on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

5. Justine’s Soak up the Roquefort sauce in your steak frites dish with these sexy little darlings.

6. Parkside The saltiness, garlic punch and bright herbaceous finish sets them apart.

7. P. Terry’s Major caveat: they have to be very hot and right out of the bag. Let these thin-sliced canola-fried babies sit in a closed bag and the steam turns them soft. Big difference.

8. Second Bar + Kitchen I usually loathe truffle fries but the uncharged fries here have just enough to perfume the golden sticks dusted with Parmesan.

9. Vino Vino Sometimes what you have to dip the fries in is just as important as the fries. Witness: the white wine and aioli that fill the bowl of mussels and fries at Vino Vino.


10. Whataburger Texas Forever. (With spicy ketchup.)

Most overrated fries: Hyde Park Bar & Grill, Chi’lantro and In-N-Out Burger.

Via 313 opens today on Guadalupe Street

Via 313 serves thick, cheesy square slices of pizza they call Detroit-style.
Via 313 serves thick, cheesy square slices of pizza they call Detroit-style.

Via 313 opens at 5 p.m. today at 3016 Guadalupe St. in the former Blackbird & Henry space. It is the second brick-and-mortar location for the pizza restaurant owned by brothers Zane and Brandon Hunt. The restaurant specializes in thick square-shaped Detroit-style pizza, and also serves a thinner bar pizza, along with other items. Via 313 started as a trailer in 2011, and trailers remain in operation at the Violet Crown Social Club in East Austin and Craft Pride on Rainey Street.

The Guadalupe location will only offer dinner until April 1, serving from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Lunch starts in April, with the restaurant opening daily at 11 a.m. April will also see the introduction of 16 draft beers and a 4,500-square-foot patio space, as well as call-in and online ordering. Additionally, Via 313 has started catering operations.

Read my 2014 review of the Via 313 trailer.

Galentine’s Day calls for breakfast for every meal

Good afternoon, gals! There’s still 9 hours left of Galentine’s Day (only the best day of the year), and if you haven’t already gotten your fair share of waffles, here are some places open late in Austin that serve breakfast all day:

1. Brunch Haus

1720 Barton Springs Rd. Open 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

The food truck takes a classic dish, Chicken n Waffles, and puts their own spin on it by drizzling it all with ginger clove lemongrass syrup. Photo via Brunch Haus

A food truck dedicated to brunch food, Brunch Haus opened in 2012 and has been serving breakfast-y classics ever since. The Chicken n Waffles is the perfect way to honor Leslie Knope’s dedication to waffles, and still get your protein for the day. And with only one dollar sign on Yelp and four and a half stars, this place is both delicious and affordable.

2. Magnolia Cafe

Magnolia West: 2304 Lake Austin Blvd. Open 24 hours.
Magnolia East: 1920 S. Congress Ave. Open 24 hours.

Matthew Odam, American-Statesman, June 2012. -- Eggs zapatino with bacon and a short stack of gingerbread-blueberry pancakes at Magnolia Cafe on South Congress Avenue. For 062912 real hood eats.
Eggs zapatino with bacon and a short stack of gingerbread-blueberry pancakes at Magnolia Cafe on South Congress Avenue. Photo by Matthew Odam

Open 24 hours at both locations, the restaurant has a solid breakfast menu with 13 different omelettes and four different breakfast tacos. While waffles are not on the menu, the pancakes are HUGE, and are made from gingerbread, buttermilk, whole wheat and cornmeal.

3. Blue Dahlia Bistro

1115 E. 11th St. Open 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

The Blue Dahlia Bistro in East Austin. Photo by: Tammy Perez Date: 5/8/2008
The Blue Dahlia Bistro in East Austin. Photo by: Tammy Perez.

The restaurant’s organic egg frittata served with bread and mesclun greens with pesto changes every day, ranging from vegetarian options to must-have bacon frittatas. The breakfast menu, served all day, also has classic breakfast options, such as yogurt, oatmeal and croissants. More importantly, in honor of Galentine’s Day, Blue Dahlia also has Belgian waffles served with fresh berries.

4. Bacon

900 W 10th St. Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Bacon’s bacon waffle, topped with sliced bananas. Photo via Bacon/Facebook

While the restaurant only has eight breakfast items total, two of them are waffles–classic chicken and waffles and bacon waffles, which is bacon cooked INTO A WAFFLE. Ron Swanson would be pleased. The French toast sounds pretty good too; made from Texas toast dipped in vanilla batter, it’s also served with Bacon. This place has a clear theme.

5. Kerbey Lane Cafe

Central location: 3704 Kerbey Lane
South Lamar location: 3003 South Lamar Blvd.
University location: 2606 Guadalupe St.

Breakfast platter from Kerbey Lane. Photo via Kerbey Lane.

Among the seven Kerbey Lane Cafes in the Austin area, only two are not open 24/7. The restaurant is most well-known for their pancakes, and the semi-recent move to give customers the option to “cinnamon roll” pancakes was pretty brilliant. Right now the “featured” pancakes are a beignet cinnamon roll pancake, and a gluten-free coco banana. Even though Kerbey doesn’t sell pancakes, you can also buy their pancake mix and pop it in your waffle iron at home. (It’s delicious.)

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.

Austin’s best comfort food, according to Texas Highways

The bar area at the Threadgill's restaurant location on Riverside Drive in Austin. Dina Guidubaldi for the American-Statesman.
The bar area at the Threadgill’s restaurant location on Riverside Drive in Austin. Dina Guidubaldi for the American-Statesman.

In case you didn’t know, Texas Highways, published by the Texas Department of Transportation, is technically the official travel magazine of Texas.

That doesn’t mean their word is the law of the land, but their recent rankings of all the best comfort food in Texas caught our eye nevertheless.

Here is where Austin did and didn’t rank in Texas Highways’ eight categories:

There was no mention of any Austin restaurant in the burger, chicken fried steak, kolache or “fish & shrimp” categories.

For the most part, pie and kolache kingdoms were found to be in smaller Texas cities, like West, and seafood remained the domain of cities situated on the Gulf, naturally.

Austin’s restaurants fared better in those categories which cater to large amounts of cheese.

Threadgill’s, a fixture both in Austin’s dining and live music scene, was among Texas Highway’s top five restaurants for Mac N’Cheese.

As for Tex-Mex, the most overtly Texan of all the cuisine categories, Austin’s Matt’s El Rancho shines on the list alongside two San Antonio restaurants: Los Barrios Continental Mexican Cuisine and Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia. In Texas Highways’ intro to the food genre, they also give a shoutout to Matt’s El Rancho’s namesake, Matt Martinez Jr., whom they deem a “Tex-Mex ambassador.”

Nearby but outside-of-Austin favorites like the Salt Lick, Luling’s City Market and Lockhart’s Black’s Barbecue were named the places the to go for barbecue by the magazine. There were no mentions of Franklin’s nor anything from the Mueller family.

Related reads:

Eat ‘pink pancakes’ at Kerbey Lane Cafe for Breast Cancer Awareness month

pink pancakes
Credit: Kerbey Lane Cafe

Add some pink to your diet during October while Kerbey Lane is recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The popular Austin diner will be selling “pink pancakes” for $3.95 at all seven of their locations.

All proceeds from the pink pancakes from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31 will go to the Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas.

For those wary of added food coloring — don’t fret. In a press release, Kerbey Lane said the special buttermilk pancakes are made pink by a strawberry puree.

Kerbey will also be raising money for BRCC by selling special T-shirts with “strategically placed short stacks on the front of them.”

Cakes for a cure
Credit: Kerbey Lane Cafe