Editor’s note: We understand It can be difficult to keep up with the fast pace of Austin’s restaurant and bar scene. We have kept you informed with our regular round-up of the most important food news.
Openings and (temporary) closings
Two of the city’s premier taco shops are taking a much-needed winter break. South Austin Valentina’s Tex-Mex Bar-BQ will be temporarily closed on January 4th and will return to the usual menu of juicy brisket and smoky pork on Saturday, January 9th at 7:30 a.m. On the east side, Nixta Taqueria The last duck carnitas taco was served on January 3rd, and it will resume operation on Tuesday January 12th Jamie’s BBQ & Mini Tacos at 8006 Bluff Springs Rd. and Paprika ATX at 6519 N. Lamar Blvd.
Other messages and notes
Austin lost a honky-tonk royalty last week. Ginny Kalmbach, the previous owner of Small Longhorn Salon on Burnet Road, passed on December 30th at the age of 85, according to a post on the legendary venue’s social media page. “It is with great sadness that we have lost one of the special people on the planet today,” says the emotional contribution. “Our Honky Tonk Angel Ginny Kalmbach … you will be missed very much.” Kalmbach, known for using its venue to promote the careers of countless emerging country and rock artists, including one-time Longhorn regular Dale Watson, took ownership of the bar in 1982 following the death of then-owner Dick Setliff. Kalmbach retired in 2013 and sold it to former Little Longhorn bartender Terry Gaona, her husband, and Watson (who has since sold his stake in the business). While the salon will remain closed under current COVID guidelines, Gaona will continue to broadcast the daily performances of local musicians as well as the infamous Chicken Shit Bingo party game on Sunday afternoons.
File under “Collaborations We Didn’t Know We Needed”. Throw a proverbial hat in the chicken sandwich ring, Detroit-style pizza delivery man About 313 works with the Austin-based fried chicken chain Flyrite chicken. The team’s joint effort consists of a new chicken and parmesan sandwich topped with juicy fried chicken, homemade pesto, shredded parmesan and provolone, topped off with a hearty dash of Via 313 marinara sauce. The collaborative menu item is currently exclusive to all three Flyrite locations for $ 7.59 each.
It might be 2021, but that doesn’t mean the holiday celebrations have to end. For Epiphany on January 6th (known as Epiphany in some countries), local bakeries traditionally offer pampering sweets. Residents can currently pre-order Easy TigeRs festive king cake, made with pain au lait batter and laced with a cinnamon sugar filling, for pickup for 26 USD each. King cake orders must be placed online for collection on the Easy Tiger website on Wednesday January 6th.
Also for Epiphany, inspired by French Julie Myrtille Bakery offers traditional galette des rois (or French king cake) made from homemade puff pastry. Julie Myrtille’s Galette des Rois is available to order online January 3 through January 31 and serves a family of eight for $ 48. For in-store pickup and delivery options, see Julie Myrtille’s website.
If you haven’t tried Too bad burrito But the burrito outpost owned by local restaurateurs Matthew Bolick and brothers Grady and Matt Wright is now your chance. On Tuesday, January 5th, the Convenience Food Outpost is offering a new burrito special for purchase. The Bummer Burrito opened at likely the worst time in the Austin restaurant’s recent history (pre-COVID 2020) and is still sturdy. It offers indulgent night-time dishes for those brave enough to venture (safely) down Rainey Street. The menu consists of menu items wrapped in tortilla and filled to the brim with fillings like jalapeño poppers, chilled beans, and carnitas. The Bummer Burrito is located at 89 Rainey Street and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Orders for the restaurant’s BOGO special can be placed on its website.