7 things to know in Austin food now: Juice drive-thru whirls into town

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A unique restaurant concept is now open in the Lakeline Mall, specializing exclusively in fried rice. An offshoot of the popular Korean fried chicken company H Mart, Donkey Mo’s (also owned by CKN Hospitality), 18 Fried rice offers a menu of six types of fried rice, including chicken, shrimp, beef, combo, and vegetables, as well as Korean rice bowls with ribeye bulgogi. 18 Fried Rice offers takeaway and take away food and is currently located on the Lakeline Mall at 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr. Ste. VC08 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday to Friday; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Two popular local brands have teamed up to create a one-stop shop for health-conscious, caffeine-obsessed Austinites. For its 27th location in Austin JuiceLand Partnership with Small city coffee on the northeast corner of Mopac and Southwest Parkway to open the chain’s first joint drive-through and coffee counter. In addition to JuiceLand’s main menu with smoothies, bowls, cold-pressed juices and tonics, customers can now also enjoy Little City’s selection of espresso drinks, filter coffee and freshly roasted coffee blends. Little City existed as a brand in Austin for two decades before briefly closing in 2011 and finally being revived by Joel Shuler, owner of Casa Brasil Coffee. The joint transit operation opened on October 27 and is now Little City’s second location in Austin. The other is currently located at 415 E. St. Elmo Rd. The new JuiceLand and Little City outpost is open Monday through Saturday from 7am to 9pm and Sundays from 8am to 8pm.

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Austin Farmer’s Market Favorites The sourdough project expand in central Texas. The locally owned cracker company announced that its crackers are now available for purchase at Wheatsville Co-op and Whole Foods Market, as well as Central Market. For nearly a decade, Sourdough Project founder Jennifer Holmer El-Azzi and her husband Danny have been making their crackers with just a few ingredients: heirloom wheat stone from Texas ground by Barton Springs Mill, organic extra virgin olive oil, and sea salt.

Speaking of which Wheatsville Co-opAs CultureMap reported last week, the longstanding cooperative is in financial distress. Unlike big boxes and supermarkets, sales in the local market fell about 15 percent during the pandemic, according to an email to owners dated Nov. 3. Recent media attention is causing a slight increase in sales, and Mark Jacob, general manager of Wheatsville, writes that employees are working hard to increase inventory levels, expand the range of bulk groceries and roadside service, and rebuild the deli shape. Visit one of Wheatsville’s two locations: 3101 Guadalupe St. and 4001 S. Lamar Blvd. Order online, check weekly deals and much more on the website.

A new Austin-based app connects local foodies with struggling or unemployed chefs. Zymmo allowed Austin Chefs create profiles to upload pictures of items they are preparing, as well as set prices and delivery options. Food lovers can book these ready-made meals for pick-up, same-day delivery, or place an order for a later date. Those looking for a personal experience can also hire a chef directly through Zymmo for private events with their families, friends or a small group. “Our team sees freelance chefs as the future of food. Zymmo was designed to give chefs the ability to take control of their careers and gourmets direct access to their unique dining options, ”founder Vidhya Subramanian said in a press release. Foodies and chefs can join Zymmo by downloading the app from the App Store or Google Play.

On Veteran’s Day, Austin’s legendary roast chicken outpost Zupfer Wing Bar invites all veterans and active military personnel to a free meal while they dine in the restaurant. Guests with a valid military ID can enjoy a free main course, side dish, and soft drink up to a cost of $ 15. Offer is only valid for dinner at all Plucker locations and is available all day on Wednesday November 11th.

Get ready for a fresh take on the traditional wine and cheese peeling experience. On Saturday November 7th, the famous Tatsu-Ya The restaurant group works with an artisan cheese shop Antonellis for a special virtual sake and cheese tasting experience. The event, which takes guests through a tasting of three imported 4-ounce sake bottles and three curated cheeses, takes place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. via Zoom and includes special tasting panelists. Kits for the upcoming session are $ 70 and can be pre-ordered through Thursday, November 5th at tatsu-ya.com. Kits can be picked up by Ramen Tatsu-Ya on Saturday, November 7th between 11am and 5pm on East Sixth Street.

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