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.
Openings and closings
A food truck shakeup is being held on the east side. Popular trailer Baton Creole has left his longtime home at East Austin Bar Shangri La to make room for Chef / Owner Lynzy Moran’s growing fried chicken empire. A new location for Moran’s broiler business, Tender thighs, settled on East Sixth Street while Baton Creole headed south towards Honky-Tonk Sagebrush. There it joins the original Tender Thighs trailer, which is expected to reopen on March 5th. Both Tender Thighs @ Shangri La and Baton Creole @ Sagebrush will be open in their respective new houses from February 9th.
If you haven’t had the chance to try Creature Coffee – the eclectic little café at the Native Hostel – before it closed last year, you’re in luck. The team recently started its new coffee roasting business with an online shop and delivery service. Local caffeine junkies can choose between locally roasted “simple” coffees (old-school roast with a large body and darker roast) and more “playful” roasts, whose flavors are fruity and floral. All of Creature Coffee’s one-stop roasts can be delivered locally on their website.
Other messages and notes
Round rock donuts gets the credit it deserves. Food & Wine named Round Rock Donuts one of the best in Texas, celebrating not only its traditional glazed donut and massive Texas-sized creation, but also its “beautiful” bismarks and eclairs. While Austin doesn’t have a proper location, the legendary store has a second location in the works, in Cedar Park.
Tiffany Taylor and Leon Chen, the masterminds behind Austin’s lovers Tiff’s goodies The cookie delivery company signed a book deal with HarperCollins Publishers and is printing their delicious recipes for the first time. According to the duo, the book will also describe the rise of a two-person startup in a college apartment to a busy, multi-city brand with more than 1,600 employees. Expect to get your hands on the book in early 2022.
Free pizza! Now that we have your attention, one of Austin’s favorite pizza slingers is celebrating 15 years with some delicious offerings. February 9th National Pizza Free Day, Southside Flying Pizza serves free slices at all locations from 3:00 p.m. (one slice per customer, dinner only). Also special are large hot peppers or cheese pizzas for $ 10, which are available for take-away and delivery. The pizzeria is also launching a one-year $ 13 OG pies offering of iconic favorites from the original 2006 menu. Bonus: $ 1 for every OG pizza sold goes to the Central Texas Food Bank.
In drink news, Austin Eastciders has added a striking new purple blackberry cider to its seasonal range, made from bittersweet European apples and blackberry juice found on the west coast. Also up the sleeve of the cidery is a new seltzer with tropical spines, the crisp taste of which is brought about by Colombian mango juice and fermented apples. Both offerings are currently available in stores and taprooms in East and South Austin.
Meanwhile, Topo Chico released a new Twist of Tangerine flavor on Monday February 8th. Sip it while listening to a specially curated Spotify playlist “Ode to the Mandarine” which “offers[s] a sensory slurp experience. “The new flavor is available in Sprouts Farmers Markets. An additional distribution to Whole Foods is planned for this spring.
This Valentine’s Day, dog park and pub in the neighborhood Yard bar hosts a pop-up for the real love of your life: your dog. Puppy parents can reserve a fun booth kissing session by donating $ 25 to nonprofit Love-A-Bull. The ticket price includes a digital photo file, free wine or Ficks Seltzer, and a grab bag of toys and treats courtesy of Merrick Pet Foods. Portrait sessions are on Sunday, February 14; Reservations are possible from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.