Easter Sunday is only a few days away and you're never too old to have your own Easter basket. Whether you're looking for decadent meals to-go or desserts to sweeten up the holiday, Austin restaurants want to help make your Sunday special.
Here are some restaurants offering Easter takeout meals around Austin.
Launderette, 2115 Holly St.
Celebrate this Easter Sunday with a decadent meal to-go from Launderette. The gourmet American restaurant is offering two different types of meals and desserts for two available for $78. Both meals include ricotta pound cake with mixed berries, devilled eggs, haricots verts with almond gremolata and citrus tahini dressing, heirloom carrots with butternut squash puree, figs and mint, honey wheat rolls and mint chutney. You can choose between Arctic char or pine nut-crusted lamb for a protein option to reheat in your own home. Dessert options include carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and lemon yuzu tart for $40 each. Pickup is available on April 3.
You can order your Easter takeout meal online from Launderette here.
Aba, 1011 S. Congress Ave.
Aba, the Mediterranean hot spot in Austin is offering takeout Easter meals that will blow you away. The six-course meal includes spicy hummus with crudite and house bread, village salad, roasted chicken, beef tenderloin kebab with lemon dill rice, brussel sprouts and a double chocolate cake for $54.95 per person. Guests also have the option to add charred oregano lamb chops with roasted potatoes, cocktail kits, kids meals and sommelier-selected bottles of wine. The takeout meal includes reheat instructions and can be picked up or delivered between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on April 3 or 4.
You can order your Easter takeout meal online from Aba here.
Contigo, 2027 Anchor Lane
Contigo is offering an Easter prix fixe menu for four with deliciously curated dish options. For $195, the prix fixe menu features cherry tomato, spinach and mushroom frittata, brown sugar and cardamom morning buns, sugar spa pea salad with baby kale, radish, mint and ricotta, honey and close glazed pork loin with potatoes and asparagus, roasted whole chicken with spiced quinoa and roasted broccoli and a salted caramel chocolate tart for dessert. You can include specialty cocktails to your order to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Pickup and delivery is available from 12-4 p.m. on April 2.
You can order your Easter takeout meal online from Contigo here.
CRÚ Food & Wine Bar
Easter Sunday isn't complete without mimosas and a delicious brunch from Cru. The prix fixe takeout brunch for two features asparagus and leek soup, heirloom tomato and burrata salad, steak and eggs, pan seared Scottish salmon and a New York style cheesecake and Tiramisu for dessert for $70. You can include a mimosa kit for $25 including Ruffino prosecco and orange juice to make delicious mimosas from home. The deadline to order the Easter brunch for your crew is 4 p.m. April 3.
You can find more information on the Easter takeout brunch from Cru here and place your order by calling 512-472-9463.
Dai Due, 2406 Manor Road
Celebrate Easter Sunday by ordering the Dai Due tradition of a whole rabbit. The 2.5 pound whole rabbit is stuffed with cream, sweetbreads, bacon, mushrooms, brandy, thyme and breadcrumbs for a mouthwatering Easter meal and is available for $75 along with a rabbit glaze for $10. The butcher shop is also offering kolache packs for $20 featuring two strawberries and cream kolaches and two lamb, cotija and spring greens kolaches. You can also add eight dinner rolls to your order for $12 and rosé for $20.
You can order your Easter takeout meal online from Dai Due here.
Easy Tiger, multiple locations
Easy Tiger is offering several different options to make your Easter Sunday as tasty as possible. You can choose between a bacon and spinach quiche or an asparagus and tomato quiche for $25 each, a spring cookie tin featuring earl grey shortbread, lemon cookies and orange honey cookies for $25, a house smoked honey ham bundle which serves five to six people including a glaze, house mustard and hill country rye for $100 and pull apart rolls for $11. Pickup and delivery options are both available for April 2-4.
You can order your Easter takeout meal online from Easy Tiger here.
Emmer and Rye, Skyhouse, 51 Rainey St. unit 110
Emmer and Rye says you're never too old for an Easter egg dying kit, especially when it is paired with delicious cuts of meat and flavorful sides. The Easter meal for two features a Wagyu beef roast with rainbow carrots and spring onions, sweet potato presse, nicoise salad, easter brioche and lemon bars for $150. The takeout meal also includes an Easter egg DIY coloring kit for a youthful and nostalgic experience this Easter Sunday. You can also add a mimosa kit featuring a bottle of prosecco and fresh squeezed orange juice for $30.
You can order your Easter takeout meal from Emmer and Rye here.
Mozart's Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd.
No Easter Sunday is complete without colorful sweets and bunny-shaped desserts. Mozart's Coffee Roasters is offering an Easter basket filled with Mozart's medium coffee blend, Lake Austin light-medium bled, a wildflower arrangement, homemade peeps marshmallows, hand-decorated shortbread cookies, a pink Campfire mug and an Easter print by Kelly Szilagyi for $44.95. If you're looking to order more desserts, Mozart's is offering raspberry ganache chocolate truffles for $27.96, strawberry vanilla bunny butt cupcakes for $37.50, a Robins Egg cake or carrot cake for $31, a six pack of pastel mini macarons for $24, a four pack of hand-decorated shortbread cookies for $32.95 and so much more.
You can find more information on Easter sweet specials from Mozart's coffee roasters and order online here.
Intero, 2612 E. Cesar Chavez St. suite 105
Intero is offering an Easter menu with so many deliciously curated options you'll have a hard time not choosing everything to take home. The Easter menu features biscuits with strawberry jam and honey butter, focaccia and ricotta, deviled eggs, florentine egg tart, roasted carrot and arugula salad, radicchio and beet salad, mashed potatoes, mushroom soup, chicken cacciatore with polenta, roasted lamb with mint pesto and for dessert, carrot cake cupcakes with pistachio and an Easter chocolate assortment. All dishes are ready to serve and feed four to six people, so choose from your favorite dishes to have an Easter at home.
You can order your Easter takeout meal from Intero here.
Olamaie, 1610 San Antonio St.
If you're looking for fluffy and flaky biscuits to share with your family this Easter, look no further than Olamaie. The beloved biscuit house of Austin is offering biscuits to go along with creamy pimento cheese, seasonal strawberry vanilla jam, hand-whipped salted honey butter and so much more for a delicious appetizer or snack on Easter Sunday.
You can order your Easter takeout biscuits from Olamaie here.
TLC, 1100 S. Lamar Blvd. suite 1150
Switch up Easter traditions with delicious food from TLC this holiday. The Austin restaurant is offering lobster deviled eggs for $19, a TLC Cubano sandwich with applewood smoked ham, roasted pork, sharp cheddar, mustard aioli and pickle reddish on a brioche bun for $14 and cajun spiced, pan-seared crab cakes with tartar sauce for $29.You can order your Easter takeout meal from TLC here.
Uroko, 1023 Springdale Road building 1 suite C
Easter Bunny sushi is something we never knew we needed until this Easter. Uroko has created these deliciously cute sushi bites for the whole family to enjoy. Two pieces of Easter bunny sushi is available for $10 and pickup is only available on April 4. If you're craving more sushi this Easter, Uroko also offers DIY kits so you can make your own sushi, temaki and omakase from home.
You can order your Easter bunny sushi from Uroko here.
Second Bar + Kitchen, 3121 Palm Way #101
Second Bar + Kitchen has an easy and delicious takeout meal that you can heat and eat from the comfort of your own home. The Easter menu offers caramel-pecan cinnamon rolls, bacon and cheddar hand pies, smoked salmon or a meat and cheese board, roasted butternut squash with mushroom quiche, butterscotch marshmallow cookies, triple chocolate cake or a kids plate to choose from. You can also choose between a mimosa, bloody mary or bee's knees cocktail kit to enjoy from home. If you prefer wine, the restaurant also offers wine pairings for Easter dinner.
You can order your Easter takeout meal from Second Bar + Kitchen here.
Olive and June, 3411 Glenview Ave.
For a traditional Easter meal with a twist, Olive and June has exactly what you need this Easter Sunday. For $55, the three course meal for two features deviled eggs with harissa aioli, parmesan frico, crispy bacon, white balsamic vinaigrette spring salad with pickled strawberry, Easter egg radish, toasted pecans, smoked ham, tuscan fries, sauteed sweet peppers and onion with garlic, roasted asparagus and rolls. For dessert, the menu includes carrot cake with cream cheese icing and candied pecans.You can order your Easter takeout meal from Olive and June here.
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There is a fearless declaration of the obvious in “Being Texan: Essays, Recipes, and Advice for the Lone Star Way of Life,” a book that invites its readers to recall the power and panache of the late Texas Gov. Anne Richards, before getting schooled on no less than twenty types of taco.
Released this month, “Being Texan” is the first of several Texas Monthly titles to come in the build-up to the magazine's upcoming 50th anniversary in 2023. It is divided into four sections: Identity & Culture, Town & Country, Arts & Entertainment and Food & Drink.
In the introduction, titled “What Does it Mean to Be Texan?,” Texas Monthly editor Dan Goodgame addressed the eclectic aspirations of the book, writing: “Our modest goal was to craft a well-informed, thoughtful sampling of the best the state has to offer.” To this humble end, forty-two editors were utilized to cover fifty-five topics, which tackle everything from the various dress codes that make up “Texas chic” to Selena’s ongoing appeal.
The resulting richness is all over the map, running from Texas Monthly Senior Editor John Nova Lomax’s frustration over the frequent mispronunciations of Texas cities (“From Amarila to Wad-a-loop”) to Oscar Casares’s bittersweet essay on Dia de Los Muertos in the time of COVID (“Souls of the Departed”).
The book goes from silly to serious fast, and the pace might unseat some readers who would otherwise just enjoy the ride of pride that comes from being reminded that Texas gave the world Cheetos, Fritos, Doritos, Dr. Pepper, Liquid Paper and the microchip.
So, in a book that switches from the state’s early instance on remaining a slave republic to a piece about collecting San Antonio ghost stories, it perhaps goes without saying that the essays on brisket and beer are the easiest to digest.
“Being Texan” does, in truth, contain some delicious and downright literary food writing.
Joe Galvan’s “Ode to the Raspa,” treats the summertime shaved ice staple as nothing less than a kind of edible ambassador of U.S. cuisine. “They serve as an important and necessary reminder of the fluctuating, imprecise words that American food inhabits,” he writes like some semiotics professor, before waxing poetic on how raspas embody childhood innocence as well as “the humidity of a July evening that finds itself at the bottom of a Styrofoam cup.”
But readers who are tempted to skim the section on “Strong Texas Women” or “The Evolution of Juneteenth” to get to Paula Forbes’ warning not to skip the processed cheese when slow cooking queso, will have missed out on some deep insight into what it means to embrace all the appealing and uneasy aspects of the state.
In “A Tale of Two High Schools,” Dan Q. Dao, details how, as a Vietnamese kid growing up in Houston, he employed the tropes of Texas culture as a tool of survival. “Perhaps out of a sense of self-preservation, I became enamored with the gilded mythology of Texas, from the folklore of the Alamo to the twang of country music. I wore cowboy boots, showed up for Friday night football games, and rarely missed a rodeo,” writes Dao, observing that: “Part of me believed that if I proclaimed my Texanness loudly enough, I would be spared the label of outsider.”
The dilemma of the homegrown Texas outsider is artfully explored in Skip Hollandsworth’s “Why McMurtry Matter,'' a meditation on the ironic popularity of Larry McMurtry, a writer who wrestled with his relationship to Texas--particularly the Hollywood myths and misconceptions that surrounded the state. Speaking about (to his mind) the perplexing success of “Lonesome Dove,” McMurtry said: “All I had wanted to do was write a novel that demythologized the West. Instead, it became the chief source of western mythology. Some things you cannot explain.”
There is much about Texas itself that seems hard to explain.
But David Courtney, a senior editor at Texas Monthly, does a good job of speculating on this rare amalgam of conservative pride and fearless experimentation that tends to run through the state, when he writes “Texans believe they possess something deep within themselves that sets them apart, and therefore they kind of do.”
Despite the surface-level accessibility of a book that addresses the cultural significance of Neiman Marcus and the extreme brand loyalty to Whataburger, “Being Texan” offers rare input regarding Texas and its citizenry, as well as handy advice for breaking in a pair of cowboy boots.
'Not a band, an experience': Musician Pete Monfre pushes the boundaries of making it in the music industry
In a city where live music is heralded above all else, Pete Monfre was surprised to find local musicians working for free that he quit the industry for 10 years in 2006.
Local musicians tended to be underpaid before COVID-19 sent the music industry reeling, but the fallout from the pandemic exasperated the existing problems. Musician and marketer Monfre knows—he’s been behind that shaking tip jar, trying to turn a profit while doing what he loves. He’s tackling the problem with a unique brand of live shows, which go against the grain, mix business with pleasure and help bring home the bacon.
The shows, called Stories from the Road, are an informal storytelling jam session at The Saxon Pub that encourages interaction between the artist and audience.
After a brief hiatus due to ongoing woes of the pandemic Stories from the Road came back to The Saxon Pub on Saturday. It was the first of 23 consecutive shows that didn’t sell out, which Monfre attributes to the break of not having shows.
“We called it Stories from the Road—not a band, an experience,” Monfre said. “We're not going to rehearse, we're not going to have a list, we're not going to prepare, every show is a one-off and you will never see it again.”
His shows start early at 6 p.m., with a rotating group of musicians playing blues or Americana who need not rehearse. This time it featured Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff on saxophone and harmonica, bassist Mark Epstein, drummer Kevin Hall and Adam Pryor on Hammond Organ.
You’ll probably end up spending a bit more than the typical show at the Saxon Pub, around $30 per person, but each show goes directly to supporting the artists that made it.
“Part of the mission was to advocate for fair wages for musicians and to help musicians understand their economic value,” Monfre said. “Now I can afford to pay musicians a modest guarantee and we call that the Fair Play approach to live music.”
Monfre moved to Austin as a young adult with the intention of “conquering the music industry” in 1981, which he told Austonia he did not do but did meet “a lot of interesting people.” He left Austin to tour for a few years, then moved to Milwaukee, where he continued to play music.
After returning to Austin in 2006, Monfre discovered some musicians were playing shows for free.
“I'm playing in Chicago and Michigan and hardcore blues places, and we don't play for free,” Monfre said. “So I actually quit for 10 years. There is no reason to play for free whatsoever if you just get the model right.”
Having already tried to conquer the music industry once, Monfre took a business-forward approach the second time. The model also caters to what he believes is an underserved group: working professionals who want to meet like-minded individuals but also be home by 9 p.m.
Chief Technology Officer for Economic Transformation Technologies David Smith, who has been coming to other Monfre shows since they started in 2016, said he enjoys the improvisational nature of the shows because it reminds him of old Austin.
“The Stories from the Road get back to the root of what music is: the fact that you can sit and jam, make music with musicians because they understand music, and that's the soul of Austin,” Smith said. “It really is a celebration of music.”
Monfre said the informality is what makes his shows so popular—you’ll hear the musicians ask the key for a song, take a request from the crowd, make a lighthearted jab at one another or create a song from scratch.
“They want to see the sausage being made, it's really funny I would have never thought it,” Monfre said.
Price (right) said he was happy the show ended early so he could make it home to Lampasas. (Laura Figi/Austonia)
“I am knocked out. It just really didn't get any better than what we just had—this band was so good, the crowd was so good,” Price said. “That's what Austin in the ‘60s and ‘70s was all about, just everybody throwing it together.”
Stories from the Road is returning to The Saxon Pub stage on Dec. 18, with a completely new group of musicians. The show, like always, will start at 6 p.m.
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The holiday season is upon us, so get ready to celebrate with carols, snacks and light shows galore. Austin is full of holiday festivities spanning throughout all of December so get out and enjoy the cool weather while it lasts.
Don't miss these nine holiday-themed light shows.
Austin's most famous annual light show and a Readers Choice of USA Today's 10 Best Public Displays of Holiday Lights, the Trail of Lights will be drive-thru again this year Nov. 27-Dec. 31. For 57 years in a row, the Trail of Lights has lit up Zilker Park with games, food, local vendors and more than two million lights gleaming for the holidays. The event, as always, is free to the public and you can reserve slots here. The Zilker Tree is already up, so you can already see it if the holiday cheer is too much to bear.
Coming back for the second year in a row, Peppermint Parkway will transport you to COTALAND, where six million lights gleam and Christmas is just a one-mile drive away. The hybrid event will have you drive through the display of lights, dancing elves and unique little villages before you hit the walking plaza, where you can grab a bite to eat and meet Santa. Tickets range from $40-$95, some including a lap around the COTA track, running from Nov. 26-Dec. 26.
Dreamland Dripping Springs has been transformed into a winter wonderland—running throughout the month of December, the venue's first-ever holiday display is taking over with activities for the whole family. Plus, running from Nov. 20-Jan. 4, a pop-up ice skating rink will really bring the holiday cheer for $10 or $5 Monday specials. The lights display will feature half a million lights and warm, festive sips from the taproom.
With events galore for the holiday season, winter is really when the Hill Country Galleria thrives. Starting with its Light Up The Plaza event on Saturday from 6-8 p.m., where visitors can see Santa, gaze at the official lighting of the holiday tree and hear some live tunes from rock band American Authors. The Galleria will also hold a holiday market every Thursday, Friday and Saturday leading up to Christmas Eve and periodic photos with Santa at Buenos Aires Cafe.
Deck the Halls at the Driskill Hotel
(Courtesy of the Driskill Hotel)
This holiday season, the Driskill will deck out every nook and cranny of the historic hotel from the grand staircase to the 16-foot Christmas tree in the lobby to be lit on a Dec. 1 ceremony that will be open to the public. Touches of Driskill festivities can also be seen at Dell Children's Hospital with a gingerbread village for its annual "Cookies for Caring" event.
Kicking off the lighting of the tree on Saturday, Dec. 4, Austinites will gather on the steps of the Texas Capitol at 6 p.m. to sing the 45-foot tree to life. Afterward, local band Los Coast will close out the night with a free concert. The fun doesn't stop there though as the Downtown Austin Alliance will host the Downtown Holiday Stroll, with "holiday passports" and stamps to collect for local restaurants and stores, and a Frida Friday Holiday Market at Republic Square.
Combining festive holiday lights and the beautiful native plants of Central Texas, Luminations at the Wildflower Center is back with thousands of lights, luminarias and a lit-up look at Fortlandia. This year will also feature an interactive light maze called "silvana" by Ben Busche of architecture firm Brut Deluxe, which will be the maze's first appearance in North America. The event will run Thursdays-Sundays from Dec. 2-Jan. 30 for $10-$25 per person.
Reserved tables are back for Mozart's Coffee Roasters annual Christmas Lights Show for $20 four-person tables and $30 six-person tables—so get your tickets early because these tables are likely to sell out. The light show will also feature a festival-style Bavarian marketplace for those last-minute gifts. If you're too late to reserve a table, don't worry, there will be standing room available for free so come one, come all, and come early for parking.
From Dec. 2-4, Old Settlers Park will light up with holiday displays, family activities, festive refreshments and live music. Watch the balloons hover above the lake as you sip on a hot chocolate or give to those in need, with stands for Round Rock Operation Blue Santa, which is taking toys for kids in need, the Play For All Foundation, which is accepting cash donations for disabled children, and the People & Parks Foundation, accepting cash donations for green space in the community. Admission to the event is free, along with most of the activities in the park.
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