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One of the best street taco operations in town has made a triumphant return. After a few soft opening weekends, Asador Mexican BBQ Tacos is now officially operating on West Sixth Street behind Buford’s Backyard Beer Garden. Chef Joe Becerra’s new food truck menu, upgraded from a booth behind the Las Perlas mezcal bar, which closed indefinitely last June, features tempting offerings like modelo-habanero queso. Quesadillas with sticky asadero cheese; and for the first time the pastor cut the pork shoulder straight off the trumpet.
“We made it our mission to completely quarantine this recipe and take notes on how the trompo works in Mexico City,” says Becerra. Long-time fans of Becerra’s simple but elegant street tacos can also enjoy his grilled mushroom tacos with roasted pumpkin seed salsa, as well as weekend specials such as Pozole, Menudo and Birria. Becerra says that Asador’s original location will reopen, but for now, get your fix at 700 W. Sixth St., Monday through Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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Gift Erales, Head chef of upscale Mexican restaurant Comedor has parted ways with the operation. The celebrated chef was charged with “repeated violations of [Comedor’s] Guidelines and behavior that contradicts our values, ”says an email from comedor boss and partner Phillip Speer of Eater Austin. Speer will run the kitchen while Comedor looks for a new head chef.
Water trade, the South Congress’s intimate Japanese cocktail bar attached to Otoko has launched its own izakaya-style menu. Renowned chef Yoshi Okai has designed a selection of playful highbrow and lowbrow bar bites, including caviar served with funyuns with sansho dust and snails, served with french fries, shiso and nanbanzuke. Combine them with Watertrade’s extensive menu of Japanese whiskeys – the largest Watertrade is open for parties of up to four Wednesday through Saturday, with seating at 5.45pm and 8.15pm. Reservations for Otoko and Watertrade can be made here.
North Austin Seafood Truck Blueberry will be moving to Vista Brewing in Driftwood for a one-day paella pop-up to ring in the new year. On January 1st, Chef Davis Turner will whip up hearty bowls of shrimp, clams, clams, seasonal vegetables, and chorizo ($ 15). The Vista team recommends pairing the paella with the easy-to-drink Hansel Helles Lager, which is on sale all day for $ 1. Table reservations are required for alfresco dining in Vista’s beer garden. They can be done through OpenTable. The pop-up is supposed to run from noon to 6pm, and the paella will come first, served first.
Go dry in January? A new line of non-alcoholic CBD cocktails has you covered. Sweet crude oil, a women-owned Austin-based brand, makes their 12-ounce canned cocktails with relaxing 20-mg doses of hemp-derived CBD. Each offering is overlaid with mood-enhancing terpenes (a natural ingredient also found in lavender). They’re available in flavors like a juniper-laden OG tonic and the ginger-forward mellow mule. The beverages are available from Sweet Crude’s website for $ 23.99 per pack of 4, as well as from local retailers including The Meteor on South Congress and Quickie Pickie on East Cesar Chavez.
If carbohydrates are high on your vacation plans, then you are in luck! Local foodies can now purchase three types of homemade noodle from Austin Emmer & Rye, available exclusively in Whole Foods Markets stores. Three noodles – Blue Beard Durum Spaghetti, Egyptian Emmer Rigatoni, and Rouge de Bordeaux Strozzapreti – are made with heirloom grains from Hayden Flour Mills in Arizona and Barton Spring Mill in Dripping Springs. Find them in the pasta aisle for $ 7.99 per pack.