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9 soups available for takeout to warm up during the freeze

Don't miss out on Garbo's lobster bisque. (Garbo's/Instagram)

There isn't a better time to curl up with a bowl of soup—and one that you don't have to spend hours making.

Luckily in Austin, nearly every kind of creamy, broth-based or noodle soup is available for takeout. You can check road conditions before you head out here.

​Biderman’s Deli | 3742 Far West Blvd.

Built on the legacy of his Holocaust-surviving grandparents, Biderman’s Deli was opened by Zach Biderman as a way to share his grandmother’s elaborate Shabbat dinners. In addition to the bagels and deli meats on the menu, you can also get tomato, broccoli cheese and matzo ball soups.

El Alma Cafe y Cantina | 1025 Barton Springs Road

This Tex-Mex restaurant is known in particular for its crema de elote, made with corn and poblano chowder, and its Sopa Azteca, a tomato soup-based blend with chicken, tortillas and avocado. You can also get these soups in family-sized portions!

Garbo’s | 12709 N. Mopac Expressway

This fresh Maine lobster house serves a choice of three creamy New England-style soups: clam chowder, lobster bisque topped with crème fraiche and the roasted tomato soup. Of course, there is plenty of seafood on the menu so you can always opt for a fish sandwich or lobster roll.

​Gourmands Neighborhood Pub | 2316 Webberville Road

With six different soups and discounted refills at Gourmands Neighborhood Pub, satisfying the urge for a warm, comforting bowl of soup is easy. Try the vegan spicy black bean soup, the Texas-style chili or the broccoli beer cheese soup out of a bread bowl.

House of Three Gorges | 8557 Research Blvd. 

Serving Szechuan, also known as Sichuan, cuisine characterized by spicy chilies and garlic, the House of Three Gorges is a great place to get a hot pot dinner or classic Chinese soup. From egg drop tomato soup to sauerkraut vermicelli soup or vegetable and tofu soup, the restaurant has plenty of options.

Mongers Market + Kitchen | 4119 Guadalupe St.

A market, raw bar and kitchen, Mongers is a great place to go for fresh seafood and a high-variety menu. As far as soups go, Mongers Market offers seafood chowder with bacon and gumbo, complete with Andouille sausage and scallions.

Pho Please | 1920 East Riverside Dr.

Though this eatery has almost 19 different pho options on the menu, you can get all kinds of Vietnamese favorites from Pho Please. You can get this broth and noodle soup with almost any type of protein and veggies piled high on top.

Ramen Tatsu-ya | Multiple locations

You have the pandemic to thank for one thing: takeout from the extremely popular Japanese soul food restaurant Ramen Tatsu-ya. The restaurant didn’t do takeout until it had to pivot after closures last year, so you can now eat your Tonkotsu Sho-Yu or Tsukemen bowl from the comfort of your home.

Soup Peddler | Several locations

Peddling soup of all spices and flavors, Austin-based mini-chain Soup Peddler also carries juices, smoothies and fancy grilled cheeses. From basics like the tomato basil soup and beef bone broth soup to new takes on classics like the curried chicken soup or green detox broth soup, there’s a little something for everyone here.


With deposition and trial looming, Elon Musk has offered $44B for Twitter, again

Elon Musk has proposed once again to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share.

The news that Musk is offering to carry on with the $44 billion buyout was first reported by Bloomberg. Now, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Musk made the proposal in a letter to the tech giant on Monday.

The New York Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading in Twitter stock twice Tuesday, first because of a big price move and the second time for a news event, presumably the announcement of Musk's renewed offer.

While the per share offer price on this latest proposal remains the same as the original offer, it’s unclear if Musk has made other term changes or if Twitter would reject it. According to other reports, a deal could be reached this week.

The stock closed at $52.00/share Tuesday, indicating market uncertainty around the $54.20 offer.

After Musk informed Twitter of plans to terminate the original agreement in July, Twitter sued. A trial has been expected in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17.

With the proposition of a buyout on the table again, it revives the question of whether Musk might move Twitter from San Francisco to Central Texas.

He’s done so with some of his other companies. Tesla’s headquarters in southeast Travis County had its grand opening earlier this year and tunneling business The Boring Company moved to Pflugerville. At least two other Musk companies, SpaceX and Neuralink, have a Central Texas presence without being headquartered here.

Technology journalist Nilay Patel this afternoon voiced concerns that owning Twitter and Tesla together could be problematic for Musk, as his Tesla manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are both in countries that have disputes with Twitter over content moderation and censorship.

Telsa shares fell after the Twitter news became public, before rallying to close up, at $249.44.

Austin rents nearly double in a year and are now in the top 5 nationwide

While searching for a place to live, Austin renters will face monthly rates of nearly $3,000, a recent guide from rental marketplace Dwellsy shows.

The median rent in August this year was $2,930, a more than 86% increase since August 2021. That’s $820 more than the nationwide median asking rent in August and puts Austin just below the Bay Area, Boston and New York for large cities with the most expensive asking rent.

“Within this group, Austin, TX stands out for the highest increases in asking rent, which has nearly doubled since this time last year,” the study notes.

Outside of those large cities, however, others are seeing even higher rent spikes. Metro areas that ranked above Austin in one-year increases include those like Kansas City, MO with a 112% change in rent since last August and Tucson, AZ with a 124% change.

The data reflects large apartment communities, single-family homes and 2-6 unit buildings.