8 things to know in Austin food: Carb-loaded fries concept pops up

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Fry fans are happy. One of the hottest snack pop-ups in California is now in Austin. The Oakland based Man against fries, a carbohydrate-laden ghost kitchen operation owned by tech entrepreneur William Bonhorst, has since expanded to include Portland, Seattle, and Houston. Now Austinites can enjoy dishes as delicious as hearty carne asada fries, Flamin ‘Hot Cheeto-filled burritos, and even deep-fried cheesecakes and oreo. The city’s two Man vs Fries pop-ups, first shown earlier this month, are currently open daily for takeaway and third party deliveries at 11444 Menchaca Rd. (from 4 p.m. until sold out) and in the city center at E. Cesar Chavez St. 2714 (from 11 a.m. until sold out). A third pop-up window from Man vs. According to the company’s Instagram page, Fries is due to open at 7814 S. First St. before the end of the year.

For its highly anticipated new bar operation, the legendary East Austin Restaurant Tamale House East enters the natural enthusiasm for wine. Named after the third generation owner of the restaurant, Carmen Valera, Carmen’s hiding place There will be an organic wine list overseen by Sam Hovland, an experienced sommelier from Austin. His résumé includes positions for companies such as Twin Liquors and East End Wines. Valera says the bar will have a warm, 60s-inspired atmosphere complemented by her personal collection of vintage records from Latin, South and Central America. “The heart and soul of the bar is the music,” Valera told CultureMap. “I played these records while painting the walls and staining the wood. It’s a tribute to my parents […] Who built Tamale House East? “For dining, the cozy bar area offers a limited selection of tamales specialties and snacks inspired by world cuisine. Carmen’s Hideaway is slated to open in the Tamale House on E. Sixth St. 1707 in spring 2021.

Jo’s coffee opens its newest location in Hyde Park. According to its website, Jo’s will open its first thoroughfare on the corner of Red River and 41st Street in January. As of press time, the Bunkhouse Group, which owns the Jo’s brand, is still looking for full and part time baristas.

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Austin level 5 restrictions now applyand include a recommendation for businesses “to operate via contactless options (i.e., curb, delivery). While not mandatory, some restaurants have closed their dining rooms while others choose to stay open. In a quote to the Austin American Statesman, Parkside projects Owner / Chef Shawn Cirkiel summed up the frustration of many local restaurateurs, saying, “Whatever decision we make will be wrong. So if we make the decision to follow guidelines based on the city and close completely, there will be layoffs, there gives layoffs. ” No health care, there is no income, there is all of this damage, “Cirkiel told the statesman.” If we stay open and follow government guidelines, some people may perceive us as non-compliant. And basically everyone just blames collective responsibility, financial responsibility, moral responsibility and somehow just imposing that decision on us. “

A local South American operation opened an OnlyFans account to redirect the meaning of “food porn”. Arepa dealersVenezuela-born co-founder Jose Thomas Garcia said his three-person operation turned to the adult-created content-sharing website to raise money carefree after a generally difficult fiscal year. “It’s a way of empowering ourselves,” Garcia told CultureMap. “We don’t like to ask … for money. Besides, “Food Porn” is a thing. We only shot it one more time. “The online profile, which has $ 5 monthly subscriptions giving you access to cheeky, PG-rated cartoons by the Peruvian artist Insulyna’s team, is just one of the many creative ways Arepa Dealers stayed afloat in 2020 . At the beginning of this year, the team turned its Pop-Um operation into a food delivery program and started a stationary operation in November in the new Café Cuatro Gato downtown at 310 Colorado St. For order information (plus a link to the team’s cheeky OnlyFans profile) curious gourmets can consult the Arepa dealers’ Linktree page here.

2020 could have put a pen in Hopfields‘Annual New Year dinner and dance party, but that doesn’t mean the celebration can’t continue from home. This year, the on-campus gastropub chef James Flowers is offering a 5-course take-away meal that includes delicacies such as a homemade sausage board, American paddlefish caviar, and a harissa-roasted half dewberry chicken. Hopfield’s NYE ​​packages also include a selection of bottled wine, beer or cider. NYE hats; and a Hopfields branded snifter glass for each person. Dinner for two is $ 200, with the option to upgrade to a meal for four for an additional $ 120. Pre-orders must be placed before 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 29th and can be picked up at 3110 Guadalupe Street after 3:00 p.m. on December 30th and between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on December 31st.

The excitement of the New Year is also great Emmer & Rye. For $ 150, guests can get a dinner at home with scrambled eggs and caviar, winter salad, pasta Bolognese, tiramisu and champagne. Also included are chef-hosted video instructions to finish preparing the food at home. Dinner can be ordered until New Year’s Eve (customers are urged to reserve their meal sets by Tuesday, December 29th) and can be placed by phone at 512-366-5530 or by email at [email protected]⁠ will. To-go meal sets can be collected from Emmer & Rye (51 Rainey St.) on Wednesday, December 30th, from 12 noon to 2.45 pm.

Austin’s vegan sausage kings Rebel cheese organize the last wine / cheese pairing of the year on Thursday, December 31st at 7pm via Zoom. The owners Kristin Maitland and Fred Zwar guide the participants through a tasting of four homemade vegan cheeses, paired with a festive bottle of sparkling wine. The ticket price also includes free jam, bread and olives. Pairing kits (for up to two people) are available for $ 60 and can be pre-ordered from the Rebel Cheese website. The kits can be picked up on the day of the event from 11 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. at Rebel Cheese (2200 Aldrich St.). Delivery takes place within a radius of 8 km.

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