8 things to know in Austin food: Asian bun shop steams into new locale

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Popular Asian comfort food chain Bao’d Up Its new location on East Riverside is full steam ahead, offering menu items such as the juicy steamed pork and the sweet and savory cheesecake buns. The new outpost also has an impressive selection of teas and tapioca drinks, as well as catering options such as the irresistible bao, fried chicken and party trays of Szechuan fries. Bao’d Up is located at 1920 E. Riverside Dr. and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Just in time for the spring weather, Hotel Magdalena opens the pool bar, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in summer for sun loungers. Chef Jeffrey Hundelt offers a special menu ideal for nibbling and eating by the pool. Highlights include yellowtail ceviche, onion dip with homemade potato chips, the smash burger and carnitas tacos. Cocktails and natural wine are also offered. (What is a poolside chill session without a cocktail?) Masks are forced to wear and capacity is limited. Reserve a spot by calling (512) 422-1000.

The newest culinary concept for its move into North Austin’s premier ghost kitchen area, Kitchen United, is all about the profits! Opening at the end of last week, Protein House brings its characteristic menu with nutritious, protein-rich products – especially for professional athletes – to the capital for the first time. The company is headquartered in Las Vegas and its move to Austin is in the form of a new take-out and delivery-only concept that features options such as the double bison burger Muscle Builder, PB&J protein pancakes, and morning specials like loaded oatmeal. The Protein House is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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After a serious health crisis, a popular Nova Hospitality Group sushi concept is raising money for its chef and family. Last October, Ten ten Chef Yasuo Fujimori suffered a debilitating stroke. Although he recovers, he may never return to his previous profession. To aid the financial burden on his recovery, TenTen will donate a portion of the restaurant’s total proceeds (for both food and take-out services) from April 5th to 11th, with an ultimate donation goal of US $ 10,000 -Dollar. In addition, those who wish to make direct financial donations to Chef Fujimori, his wife Chiemi, and their son Kai can do so through the family’s official GoFundMe page.

For the first time in more than a year, a chic dinner with a wine pair is on the program cycleRichard Sandoval’s modern Texas kitchen nestled on the sprawling lawn of Lady Bird Lake in Four Seasons Hotel Austin. On March 31st there is only one night in Ciclo Orin Swift Cellars Wine Dinner with five Orin Swift varieties paired with a five-course menu from Ciclo Chef Gerardo Lopez. An Orin Swift representative will also be on hand to share tasting notes and perspectives on each wine. The event, which includes physically detached seating for just 40 people (Ciclo is closed to regular reservations that evening), is $ 98 per person plus $ 62 for wine pairings. To reserve, call (512) 685-8300 or OpenTable.

A wine bar on East Seventh Street, whose dining room water was damaged by last month’s winter storm, offers a creative new way to serve its customers. APT 115‘s new aptly titled popup bar, Under repairs, trembles on weekend evenings in a “super secret place” near the wine bar’s currently closed store (2025 E. Seventh St., Apt 115). Guests can book reservations for the pop-up event for USD 60 each and expect a multi-course meal, raw seafood and wine pairing, plus additional offerings of beer, cider, cheese, sausages and globally-inspired snacks. Repairs will appear on Fridays and Saturdays for the foreseeable future. Tickets for the event can be purchased through Resy.

Popular modern Mexican restaurant Gabriela officially reveals its highly anticipated second location with a bang. Gabriela’s new outpost at 9600 S. IH-35 in Southpark Meadows is exactly south of its original downtown location and will host a special opening party on Sunday March 28th. Gabriela’s is offering walk-in guests with discounted meals starting at 11 a.m. During the opening event, there will be specialty drinks, including margaritas valued at $ 5. There’s also live entertainment from local DJs, mariachi bands, and local Mexican star Esteban Gabriel. Gabriela’s is currently open Monday to Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Austin-based liquor store Twin liqueurs brings real local star power to its latest virtual cocktail happy hour. During a special episode of Twin Liquors’ online drinks and chat series held on March 23rd from 6pm to 7pm, Jill Burns and Kelly Gasink – Co-founder of the operational canned foam cocktail business Austin cocktails – will lead an evening full of stories, conversations and libations. The virtual happy hour will be presented by the panelist Margaret JabourBurns, co-owners of Twin Liquors, and Burns and Gasink will discuss how their grandfather’s philosophy shaped their company’s branding personality, their biggest cocktail fails, and their riskiest business decisions. Register here for the free event. Austin cocktails (in Mojito, Margarita and Ruby Red) are available in-store and on the Twin Liquors website.

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