Austin's culinary scene and craft beer industry continue to remain busy during the pandemic. Here is some notable food-and-drink news you might've missed this week:
Hazy IPA takeover: Admit it, during quarantine you have missed a cold, draft Electric Jellyfish, a New England-style IPA from Penthouse Pizza. The beer quickly became the brewpub's top seller after its 2015 debut—when it was initially met with some industry resistance, Austin Monthly learned. But now the beer is so big it is even available in four packs for the quaint price of $18.
Fancy fusion burgers: The same folks who brought you Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen just opened Luck's Wagyu Burger Shoppe inside an existing Zen Japanese Food Fast location in the North Shoal Creek neighborhood. The menu includes Asian-inspired burgers and sandwiches, with the meat coming from a Texas-based farm, according to Eater.
Farm-to-your-table: Odd Duck gained a lot of recognition over the years for its farm-driven unique menu offerings, and chef Bryce Gilmore has seven James Beard nominations to his name. Gilmore told Eater Austin how the restaurant is adjusting during COVID-19, with curbside pickup available for the first time. But business is still half of what Odd Duck experienced pre-pandemic.
Stay sober in style: Mocktails, or alcohol-free mixed drinks, are all the rage right now. But who wants to do all that work without the reward of a good buzz? That's why Austin Chronicle shared three pre-made options that reach craft cocktail status.
Chic restaurant reopens dining area: After nine months of closing its South Lamar Boulevard dining area to guests, Eberly reopened this week. Austin360 points out the restaurant's popularity and "stunning" ambiance, although its parent publication once called Eberly "a shining example of how Austin's scene has lost its way" for its gaudy setup, among other reasons.
Takeout fatigue: Sick of the same-old takeout options? The Infatuation compiled this list of 16 restaurants that have great carryout options worthy of your business.
Other food/drink news in Austin:
- Did you know Jewboy Burgers dishes out El Paso-inspired burgers? Owner Mo Pittle grew up there before starting the food truck, once located on Burnet Road but now based in the North Loop neighborhood. (Austin Monthly)
- Hops & Grain Brewing, which debuted in 2012, is closing its East Austin taproom but still hopes to distribute its most popular beers. (Craft Beer Austin)
- On the other hand, Black Star Co-op just celebrated a decade in business, just three years after issuing a plea for help. More than 3,000 people and organizations have invested into the co-operative. (Austin Chronicle)
- Sazan Ramen, only open since June on Airport Boulevard, represents one of Austin's newest ramen options. Based on these food photos and the head chef's credentials, Sazan might outlast the pandemic. (Austin Food Magazine)
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The Texas Department of State Health Services will allocate 332,750 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to 212 providers this week, with the bulk assigned to hub providers that are focused on widespread community distribution events. Six of those providers are in Travis County.
With the latest allocation of 16,450 sent to Travis County this week, the county will have received 104,275 doses of the vaccine. Local public health officials estimate that there are 285,000 area residents who fall in the 1A and 1B priority groups, meaning that around 37% of them should have access to doses seven weeks into the rollout process.
Here's where the latest allotment is going:
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Californian who wrote viral op-ed attacking Austin life tells Austonia he 'didn't include the positive stuff'
The California exodus has made headlines for several years now, and even more recently, with thousands of West Coasters seeking tax relief, less-expensive real estate and a simpler lifestyle in Texas' capital city.
However, a California man's scathing review of Austin, which was published in Business Insider on Wednesday, reveals that some are less than satisfied with their move.