Publisher’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.
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Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, a new Irish pub / beer garden / microbrewery brings a touch of “Irish Happy and Texas Friendly” to Round Rock. The hotel is down the street from the Dell Diamond and Kalahari Resorts Texas at 4000 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Cork & Barrel Craft Kitchen + Microbrewery is run by former Driskill Grill chef Josh Watkins, whose offerings include inspired Irish classics like fig and pork pizza, Irish rosemary stew and a Gruyere-laden Count of Monte Cristo sandwich. For drinks, Cork & Barrel offers a carefully curated selection of whiskeys, wines, homemade cocktails and 24 local craft beers on tap – including home brews from the in-house microbrewery. Cork & Barrel begins its arrival at Round Rock on St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th from 11am with live music, specialty food and drink, photo booths, personalized pint glasses and much more. After the grand opening, the pub is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Elsewhere in the pressing news, a popular local food truck that has become a stationary operation is finally expanding to North Austin. Based on the live music powered food truck scene of Austin’s Red River Cultural District. Austin Daily Press‘The once cautious Panini operation has expanded over the years to four locations in South, Central and East Austin. Headed by Chef Reed Faitak, ADP’s new take-out and delivery-only operation (located in the shared spirit kitchen Kitchen United at 8023 Burnet Rd.) Offers cravings tacos and nachos from North Austin, as well as classic ADP tortas like lemongrass pork-filled lucille and the Canadian Chicken Tuxedo Sandwich with Braised Chicken. ADP’s new outpost in North Austin is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
After years of high-carb night hats and post-SXSW nibbles, Rainey Street’s one-stop shop for Detroit-style craft beer and pizza is on the move. The Hunt brothers, the guys behind them, were celebrated About 313 They set up their popular pizza trailer in front of the Craft Pride beer bar back in 2014, adding to the original location on East Sixth Street and the stationary outpost of Oak Hill. After serving his last cake on March 14, the Hunt brothers’ supporter drove about 0.2 miles down the road to the intersection of Rainey and Driskill Streets, where Via 313 resumed on March 15 Craft PrideBrew fans wait with bated breath for the bar’s successful food trailer setup to be announced, which is slated to be announced on the company’s Twitter page on March 15.
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Two of Austin’s favorites – Nixta Taqueria and Otoko – meet for a two-day fusion collaboration. On March 23, there will be a taco pop-up in Nixta from 5 to 8 p.m. with Otoko chef Yoshi Okai and Nixta’s chef Edgar Rico. The menu items on offer include a vegetarian taco, a sake and mango margarita and a mochurro sandwich, a vegan mochi-churro ice cream sandwich. Then the collaboration turns to Otoko on April 19, when Rico and Okai serve a vegetarian 10-course granny cheese. Seating for dinner is at 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Thanks to a local health-conscious Mexican food brand, Austinites will soon get a (socially distant) insight into Mexico’s vibrant market scene. To celebrate the launch of 10 new Mercado retail products, Seven foods will host its Drive-Thru Mercado event in South Austin on March 20th from 11am to 6pm. Market ticket holders can enjoy two limited edition menu items inspired by street food, such as jackfruit and cajeta dip, sip of hibiscus and citrus aguas frescas, and shop under the Mercado brand of the latest Siete products, including kettle chips and cereals, achieve -free churro strips and chorizo pan cooking seasoning. Tickets for this roadside pickup experience (which takes place at 3708 Woodbury Dr.) are $ 15. The proceeds will go to Good Work Austin’s Community Kitchen program. Reserve a seat through Siete’s online events page.
To celebrate the Persian New Year, local restaurant owner and chef Amir Hajimaleki and his brother Ali serve Austinites a taste of their upcoming upscale Persian dining concept. Roya. March 22nd and 23rd District kitchen + cocktails Shoal Creek (which Hajimaleki owns) offers a five-course meal of traditional Persian offerings like a royal egg with beluga caviar and ash with braised lamb, and desserts from pastry chef Dennis Van. The chefs also offer a limited takeaway menu both nights, including a meal for four plus dessert for $ 160. Eventually the Hajimalekis will take up their other concept, Shorties Pizza & Millsto serve Persian-inspired pizza every weekend in March, Friday through Sunday. Orders for dine-in and take-away in District Kitchen can be placed here until March 19. Roya is expected to have its own stationary operation sometime in 2022. Amir Hajimaleki notes that the project has been delayed due to the pandemic and the brothers’ insistence on finding the perfect location reminiscent of their grandmother’s house.
Waterloo sparkling water welcomes spring with new orange and pineapple flavors, perfect straight from the can or as a mixer in tropical cocktails. And what’s a tropical cocktail without a little lime? So lime vodka. Rounding out the eight unique flavors currently on store shelves (ruby red, peach, lemon, etc.) Deep Eddy Vodka goes green with a new range of citrus fruits made from real lime juice and cane sugar. Waterloo’s orange and pineapple sparkling water is available now at a variety of retailers including Whole Foods Market, while amateur mixologists can keep an eye out for Deep Eddy’s Vodka Lime, which is currently on the shelves of liquor stores across town.