6 things to know in Austin food now: Poké chain swims into East Austin

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 closings

Pokeworks, one of the largest chains of Hawaii-inspired poke bowl restaurants in the country, opened its first location in Austin on June 15th. The new company is located in 1920 E. Riverside Dr. and offers gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan ingredients, as well as cooked or raw protein options for building your own bowls, burritos and salads. In September 2018, the New York-based chain announced plans to eventually open five locations in Austin.

With numerous local companies feeling the effects of a global pandemic, the father-son team Austin T. and Austin M. Pittman start Blue north, a range of locally made hard seltzer beverages. Blue Norther, named for the rapid cold front that moves through the Lone Star State, is made from real fruit juice and is currently available in wild blackberries and agave lime flavors. Further variants and an expanded distribution are planned for the coming months. Blue Norther is currently available from retailers across Austin, including HEB, Bread Basket, Royal Blue Grocery and Wheatsville Co-op.

Elsewhere in the Hard Seltzer category, Lone River drink The company announced last week in a press release that its popular ranch water – inspired by the classic Texas cocktail of the same name – was finally going to hit store shelves across the state. The canned cocktail is a mixture of highly carbonated seltzer water, 100 percent organic agave, natural lime juice and a gluten-free alcohol base. The release also shows that the Lone River Beverage company’s portfolio will be expanded to include Ranch Water Spicy and Ranch Water Rio Red Grapefruit later this summer. The product, characterized by its distinctive Longhorn can, is currently available at major retailers such as HEB, Central Market, Whole Foods Market, Kroger, Albertsons, 7-Eleven, Specs and Total Wine, as well as hundreds of independent stores across Texas . For more information and a location near you, visit loneriverbevco.com.



North Austin Circle Brewing CompanyThe company, which last week reopened its indoor and patio seating to the public, welcomed a new fish truck to its parking lot on June 13th. The first of this kind of catering and event company Huckleberry hospitalityThe food truck of the same name specializes in Southern and Texan-style seafood, including fried black drums, catfish, and shrimp Barton Springs Mill Corn and unique specialties such as a fried Po-Boy with green tomatoes and caviar fries with crema and spring onions.

Other messages and notes

At a time when almost anything can be delivered to your doorstep, an Austin-based company is tackling the plastic waste that is often a side effect of delivery services. Started in May, Trashless brings together local and national suppliers to deliver household items such as oils, honey, grains, nuts, flours, coffee and spices in multi-purpose glass and metal containers that are picked up, disinfected and reused when completed. “It’s a wake up call when you realize how many resources it takes to manufacture single-use plastic containers,” said Yogesh Sharma, CEO of Loconomy, Trashless’ parent company. “Packaging waste is a serious contributor to climate change and our customers feel good knowing they are making responsible choices without sacrificing comfort.” Orders are placed online with home deliveries from Georgetown to Buda on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday per week . Trashless also offers a community support program that allows families in need to get groceries for free or at reduced cost.

To celebrate Pride month Lorraine Bakery launches a rainbow colored biscuit with a reason, available at its Domain Northside location in addition to four of its San Antonio stores. The cookies will be available throughout June and will be sold in three-packs for $ 6, for dinner or to take away. According to a press release, a portion of all proceeds from the new item will be donated to the LGBTQ + organization Thrive Youth Center, a San Antonio nonprofit that supports homeless LGBTQ youth in the city of Alamo.

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