5 things to know in Austin food now: 2 taco trucks robbed at gunpoint

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Employees of two food trucks in North Austin were victims of armed robbery minutes away from each other, Austin police said. In the early hours of March 1, two victims joined forces Dos Hermanos cakes and tacos for the evening when a suspect walked up to them and held both employees at gunpoint while they asked for money. The suspect seen here then fled east before jumping into a white limousine. About 90 minutes later, four employees were with us Taqueria la Chilanguita Food Stand were approached by the same suspect, said APD, who also tried to rob her at gunpoint. One of the employees threw a pan of hot oil to the attempted robber, who then fled the scene. Detectives ask anyone with information to call the APD Robbery hotline at 512-974-5092, Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS, or submit a tip on the Crime Stoppers website or the Crime Stoppers app.

Beer and barbecue … you can’t have the other without the other, can you? We introduce la beer, a refreshing new collaboration between the great minds Zilker Brewing Co. and The grill. Here is a crispy, crushable American pilsner that brings back memories of warm spring afternoons waiting in line for a plate of La Barbecue’s famous brisket. The limited brew will officially start on Thursday, March 11th, at Zilker Brewing Co (just in time for this fine weather) and will be available in selected specialty stores such as WhichCraft and Sunrise Mini Mart from Monday, March 15th.

Austin’s most prolific street style noodle company, Chop chop, has had such a solid year that we are running out of opportunities to make our joke about “sending noodles”. Following the release of the popular Korean ox noodle mug for the New Year celebration last month, Chop Chop announced its latest experience in pop-up retailing at Brittle and orderly (the restaurant concept in the Neighborhood Goods department store of the South Congress). The new pop-up called Neighborhood Noodle Stand offers exclusive items from Chop Chop’s vegan noodle cup line, including the Thai chicken alternative Tom Yum, kimchi ramen and Japanese curry udon with cauliflower meatballs. On March 18, March 25 and April 1, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., customers can buy Chop Chop’s classic frozen noodles to take away or enjoy a limited dine-in service on a reserved basis (both options can be reserved via Chop Chops Online will pre-order menu here).

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, takeaway and delivery orders have been on the rise, and so has plastic waste, unfortunately. JYBE is a new app aimed at solving the single-use plastic crisis by helping consumers patronize restaurants with eco-friendly packaging. JYBE is currently available in Austin, among others, and uses location-based targeting to connect diners to environmentally conscious restaurants. There, customers can also submit restaurant reviews and view other sustainability reviews. It also works with restaurants to directly offer various resources and encourage the use of more sustainable packaging. Download the app here.

Two titans from Austin Food are throwing an absolutely mind-boggling pop-up burger bar – and all for a good cause. Tuesday March 9th and Wednesday March 10th at Aviary Wine & Kitchen, Chef Andre Molina from Aviary and Chef Zechariah Perez from Sour duck will be working on a delicious burger menu that includes three different gourmet burgers: the SourMelt Smashburger with Kimchi Mayo; the PreMedited Burger with caramelized shallots; and the Yeezy burger, garnished with smoked pork cheek, root vegetable jam and spicy mayo. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event go to Hat & Heart Farm and VRDNT farmsTwo farmers in central Texas were hit hard by last month’s catastrophic winter storms. While the event takes place on March 9th and 10th from 2:00 p.m. until the sale, Aviary’s regular dinner will resume on both days from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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