Summer is finally here and Austin's food scene is following suit with fresh and vibrant specials, pop-ups and announcements. Uniquely-flavored ice creams, classic burgers fresh off the grill and new takes on classic dishes are the anthem for the new bites of 2021.
Whether you're spending the season by the grill, indulging in all kinds of frozen treats or trying out new things this summer, these new Austin restaurants have you covered.
Z’Tejas Southwest Grill announces Woo Woo Burgers ghost kitchen
(Woo Woo Burgers)
Operating out of a 6th Street ghost kitchen, Woo Woo Burgers is a new restaurant concept by Z'Tejas Southwest Grill to serve simple burgers made with simple ingredients—1/3 lb patties with lettuce, tomatoes, red onions and cheese. The kitchen, which opened on May 28, serves a menu celebrating American culture: burgers, chicken sandwiches, sides and all the fixin's. The brand new burger joint is celebrating the launch by donating 10% of proceeds to the Special Olympics until June 7.
Ramen Tatsu-Ya summer spicy chilled ramen
After gracing Austin with Japanese soul food for almost 10 years, Ramen Tatsu-Ya, with a location in South, East and North Austin, is bringing back the favorite summer special—spicy chilled ramen. Famous for some unique menu items like the Tsukemen dip ramen, the Spicy Chilled ramen is a similarly brothless noodle with citrus soy dressing, ajitama, pork, cucumber, tomatoes and chili oil for a simultaneously spicy and cooling bowl. The ramen will be available all summer but after that, it's gone!
De Nada Cantina opening
(De Nada Cantina)
Coming from some of Austin's prevalent foodies like former ATX Cocina Chef Allie McMillan, Sawyer & Co. Head Chef Alex Amar, 2 Dine 4 Head Chef Nick Barrera and Half Step Bar owner Chris Bostick, De Nada Cantina is a modern take on traditional tacos and margaritas. Featuring blue corn tacos with interior Mexican flavors like Pollo Escabeche and Camarones, Nada Cantina will also have an extensive cocktail menu with drinks like "the Cadillac" of margaritas "El Chingon," and fresh palomas. The restaurant, 4715 East Cesar Chavez, opens on June 2.
DipDipDip Ice Cream brings back specials
Just in time for summer, DipDipDip Ice Cream, 7301 Burnet Road, is bringing back two original sundae creations: Sum Yum Yuzu and Shroom of Doom. Black pepper-yuzu-mascarpone ice cream, meringue kisses, berry preserve and shiso leaf are served in a pink lemon dipped cone to create the Sum Yum Yuzu sundae and the umami-filled Shroom of Doom is made with caramel-chocolate-shiitake ice cream, sherry sauce, hazelnuts and fried parsnips. There are plenty of other sweet treats available from the pop-up: boozy milkshakes, ice cream tacos and pints of cookies and matcha ice cream.
Bobo's Snack Bar opening
(Bobo's Snack Bar)
After South Congress' Snack Bar was shuttered in 2016, owners Bethany Andrée and Karl Gilkey are trying again on 3850 Airport Blvd. Owners consider the new space to be a community tasting room, as all the food they serve is sourced within a 100-mile radius from Austin: produce from VRDNT Farms and edamame hummus from Fat Belly Pretzels are just a few of the unique flavors from Lone Star artisans you can try while you visit.
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Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.
There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.
All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.
🗓 All weekend
Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities
All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park
This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.
6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.
10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park
Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.
Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.
11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway