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
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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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Officials are asking certain residents in Bastrop State Park to evacuate as crews work to put out a “very active fire” that is currently 0% contained.
The Texas A&M Forest Service has responded to help local fire departments with the Rolling Pines Fire at 100 Park Road 1A, which is consuming 300 acres. Residents of Pine Hill Drive, Pine Tree Loop, Linda Lane and Lisa Lane are being asked to evacuate.
Today’s Bastrop Rolling Pines Fire is burning along Power Plant Road towards Lake Bastrop South Shore. pic.twitter.com/YCvJkIAg1u
— BastropCntyTexas OEM (@BastropCntyOEM) January 18, 2022
Aviation resources have been called to assist.
According to the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management, the wildfire sparked during a prescribed burn that took place today, despite wildfire warnings. Park Road 1C from Harmon Road to Park Road 1A had been closed for the prescribed burn.
The blaze is in the same location as the Bastrop Complex Fire of 2011, which burned for 55 days, killing two people, destroying 34,000 acres and around 1,700 homes and buildings. The fire, which started in 2011, became the most destructive wildfire in Texas at the time.
A hotbed for fires, the Hidden Pines Fire started at the same location in 2015, destroying 4,600 acres and 64 structures.
Some road closures have been put in place at State Highway 21 South Shore Lake Bastrop and East State Highway 21.
This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.
After months of record-setting periods for Austin real estate, the Austin Board of Realtors announced Tuesday that the metro's housing market accounted for over $23 billion of economic activity in 2021, making it the biggest year yet for both home sales and median home prices in the metro.
The Austin-Round Rock MSA saw 41,316 homes sold in 2021, 2.5% more than a record-setting 2020. Median home prices skyrocketed as well, rising 30.8% from 2020 to $450,000. The housing market also saw unprecedented impact on Austin's economy, with sales dollar volume jumping to over $23.38 billion, and more homes hit the market in 2021 than any previous year, increasing by 5.9% to 46,449 total homes listed.
(Austin Board of Realtors)
As many recent Austin homebuyers have experienced firsthand, Austin Board of Realtors 2022 President Cord Shiflet said 2021 was the most "exciting, complicated, fast-paced and record-setting housing market" in Austin's history.
Shiflet dubbed the market as "complicated" for a reason—Austin became a case study on supply and demand in 2021, with demand far outpacing the number of active listings, which dropped by 48.2% to 2,348 homes in 2021.
The metro ended the year with 0.6 months of inventory, a far cry from a "healthy" six-month supply, and houses were snatched at breakneck speeds, spending 25 fewer days on the market when compared to 2020. The average home was on the market for 20 days.
But low inventory is more due to high demand than a stagnant homebuilding market, Mark Sprague, Independence Title's state director of information capital, said in the report.
“In 2021, the record number of homes sold were demand-driven transactions and that demand was influenced greatly by companies continuing to target the region for job creation and expansion," Sprague said. "Even though more homes are being built, listed and sold than ever before, our region is still nowhere close to having a comfortable amount of supply to meet the demand, which is why home prices continue to rise steadily.”
Over 23,000 jobs have been promised by companies across the metro as of December 2021, breaking the 2020 record, according to Opportunity Austin, the economic development arm of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. With an influx of major factories and offices, including Tesla's Giga Texas, Samsung's Taylor plant and a planned 33-floor Facebook office, Sprague said the region's booming market paired with a struggling inventory and supply chain issues could be a double-edged sword in 2022.
"In short, 2022 will see a robust market for home sales and property values, but the region must do more to address inventory, ” Sprague said.
Shiflet recommended that potential homebuyers make a decision ahead of predicted increases in interest rates and home prices and said that he hopes local politicians will continue to prioritize affordable housing in the election year.
Still, Shiflet said a record-breaking housing market reflects Austin's growing reputation as a hub for talent, tech jobs and a good quality of life.
"With all the new jobs across the region from exciting companies like Tesla and Samsung, Austin was put on the world’s stage and captured the hearts and attention of so many," Shiflet said. "We are lucky to call Austin our home when it has so much to offer from a great quality of life to a wonderful destination for innovation and opportunity.”
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