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An anticipated Korean concept is now cooking in South Austin. Located on the Lamar Union Development at 1100 S. Lamar Blvd., Jjim Korean Braised BBQ practices his eponymous Korean method of slowly cooking or braising meat until tender. The concept is the latest from CKN Hospitality, the powerhouse group behind Donkey Mo’s Korean Fried Chicken, and Roba Katsu. There are two types of jjim on the menu: spicy pork ribs jjim and galbi jjim (made from short ribs of beef). Each is served family-style in a cast iron pan next to vegetables and steamed rice. In addition to appetizers such as Korean kimchi pancakes and fried Dubu Dubu tofu pockets, customers can also enjoy side dishes such as soy cucumber and fresh Geot Juhri kimchi. Reservations for Jjiim’s limited dine-in service are now open, and Jjim is also accepting takeaway orders through www.jjimbbq.com. The regular opening times of the restaurant are Sunday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (The opening times may change due to the winter storm.)
The league kitchen and tavernThe newest location at the Hill Country Galleria in the Beehive opens on Thursday February 25th (the original February 18th date has been postponed due to weather). This is the fourth outpost for the American chef-inspired restaurant in New American that also operates in Lakeway, Dripping Springs, and Avery Ranch. League Bee Cave offers a chef-inspired menu with “beginnings” like meatloaf and smoked salmon eggs, as well as burgers and sandwiches, and “top attractions” like chicken pork chops. The 5,000 square meter area of the concept has a spacious terrace. The tavern also offers an extensive bar program with craft cocktails, wine and draft beer. The League Bee Cave is open Sunday through Thursday from 11am to 9pm and Friday and Saturday from 11am to 10pm.
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Historic winter weather en route through Texas has disrupted the dining options and takeaways of many local restaurants, and is affecting the operation of grocery stores as well. Wheatsville Food Co-opThe South Lamar location will be closed on Tuesday February 16 and the Guadalupe store will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The store has limited inventory and roadside service is currently unavailable. Additionally locally HEB Shops have limited opening hours on February 16 and are open from 12pm to 5pm.
AbaThe Mediterranean restaurant in the lively new Music Lane of the South Congress has expanded its offering. Thanks to the new catering service, customers can enjoy Aba favorites such as garlic hummus, spreads, cold and hot mezze, and kebabs to take away and deliver. In addition, the restaurant has introduced two new meal packages. The Dinner for Two package for $ 29.95 per person includes smoky garlic hummus, chicken kebabs, and village salad. Aba’s Date Night for Two option features charred eggplant spread, marinated olives and feta, Moroccan-flavored beef tagine, and a sommelier-selected bottle of red or white wine for $ 99.95 plus VAT. Both meal options can be ordered for same day delivery or via Aba’s website or by calling 737-273-0199.
Based in Austin Freebirds World Burrito gives something back to those at the front. UT Health Austin employees and volunteers delivering the COVID-19 vaccine are expected to receive more than 500 free meals from Freebirds. Meals will be distributed on the next three Fridays from February 19th. In addition, the company recently announced that it would pay employees up to four hours of regular wages for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
Texas wine is fine, and now it’s online. To adapt to the ongoing pandemic, Texas Fine WinesThe privately funded marketing initiative, which represents four of the most respected wineries in Texas, launches a monthly virtual “Talk and Taste” series. Attendees can join discussions with wine experts and enthusiasts on a variety of wine topics and the latest releases, including bottles from Bending Branch Winery, Duchman Family Winery, Pedernales Cellars, and Spicewood Vineyards. Events include Texas Tempranillo tastings, obscure wine types, summer slippers, and vacation wines. Register for the virtual events here (and receive details on Texas Fine Wine Bottle Tasting Packages).
The second season of United Tacos of America, a food and cultural program by Austin Taco journalists Jarod Neece and Mando Rayo, is broadcast weekly on the new YouTube channel IDENTITY. The show’s second season, filmed during the ongoing pandemic, is part of the original programming, including Ate, an Asian cooking show hosted by Houston food personality Isabel Protomartir, and Tex-Mex Queen, a Tejano-inspired culinary series , hosted by Corpus Christi-based cookbook author Vianney Rodriguez. (The channel was created by Rayo and Dennis Burnett, director of United Tacos. Trey Gutierrez, contributor to CultureMap, is the story producer for United Tacos.)