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Week of May 1st

After a series of pop-up events and culinary collaborations across the country and in Austin, The Brewer’s Table is now officially open. The highly anticipated Austin concept welcomes guests for lunch, dinner, happy hour, or just beers, seven days a week. A gathering place for the neighborhood and beyond, The Brewer’s Table aims to foster a sense of community through the family-friendly space, shareable menu, and the beer itself.

Every Wednesday through the month of May, Grizzelda’s will be partnering with neighbors  Dress For Success and donating $2 of EVERY Cosmo, rosé, and featured quesadilla to their #WCW.  They will also be accepting new or gently used professional attire, purses, or shoe donations on behalf of Dress For Success in exchange for a $10 promo card to be used at a future date.

Uchi’s new Chef de Cuisine, Joe Zoccoli, has created a late-night menu, now available exclusively on the patio from 9PM till closing. Guests can choose from two savory dishes, as Satsuma Imo Onigiri with fried sweet potato with nori aioli, and Wagyu Yaki Onigiri, a grilled flank and kimchi emulsion. The Yuri Masamune honjozo is a new sake selection specifically paired with the late-night menu and for dessert, Zoccoli offers up his version of a Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich, topped with hazelnuts and served with a chocolate sauce.

Le Politique now offers half-off all drinks (house cocktails, wine and beer) on top of 25% off fruits de mer + $35 for half-bottle of bubbly and dozen oysters every Monday to Friday3pm to 6pm. It’s perfect to pair with the recent patio weather we’ve been having!

The Peached Tortilla’s wildly popular milkshakes have found a home at their brick and mortar with the Shakes, Burgers & Bubbles series. On Sunday, May 6th, guests can indulge in Chocolate Horchata Mega-Shake” – which features horchata infused chocolate ice cream, sprinkles, whipped cream, and a chocolate doughnut. Guests also have the option to boost up the buzz by adding a shot of coffee liqueur. Both of The Peached Tortilla’s burgers – the signature loaded JapaJam Burger comprised of tomato jam, a 6 oz. burger patty, pepper-jack cheese, fried egg, tempura onion rings and Chinese BBQ sauce as well as the Social Burger which features a 6 oz. burger pattypeached sauce, American cheese, miso caramelized onions, Japanese pickles and lettuce– will run on special for $8. Thirsty guests can sip on pours of sparking rosé and prosecco for a steal of $6. Shakes, Burgers & Bubbles occurs on the first Sunday of every month and has featured collaborations with Cow Tipping Creamery and Bougie’s Donuts. This coming June will see a delicious collaboration with Tiny Pies.

From 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, Austinites will be able to eat free pizza at the Grand Opening Celebration of Marco’s Pizza at 1800-B East Slaughter Lane. The Grand Opening Celebration will include:  Free Pizza for the PublicRaffle for Free Pizza for a Year, Carnival Games, Live DJFace painting, Bounce House for Kids.

Austin musician and passionate grill master, Dan Dyer, is collaborating with some of Texas’ most exciting chefs to host a series of steak nights at Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden. “Steak Out! With Dan Dyer” will run every Tuesday beginning Tues., May 1 – Tues., May 22. Each week, Dan will partner with a guest chef to cook up something spectacular over a big fire. Dinner service will be available from 6-8 p.m., live music will begin at 9:00 p.m. and tickets will be available at the door for $35. The line up features a who’s who of Texas chefs including two 2018 nominees for James Beard “Best Chef Southwest” awards. Guest chefs in date order are:

Lou Lambert – May 1
Evan LeRoy of LeRoy and Lewis – May 8
Steve McHugh of Cured – May 15
Michael Fojtasek of Olamaie  – May 22

Enjoy a wine dinner with Pedernales Cellars at Geraldine’s Thursday, May 3 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.mPedernales Cellars has set a benchmark for premium Texas-grown wines with varietals that bring out the best in Texas Terroir. Guests will enjoy an intimate wine dinner with Pedernales Cellars’ winemaker David Kuhlken and assistant winemaker Joanna Wilczoch that includes a four-course meal curated by Executive Chef Stephen Bonin and wine pairings. Price is $95 and includes gratuity and tax, to reserve a spot call 512.476.4755

Wild Chix & Waffles is now serving up delicious margaritas to complement their savory chicken & waffle creations. Available until late, Wild Chix & Waffles’ margaritas are made with el Jimador Tequilatriple sec, and fresh lime juice. Enjoy frozen, on the rocks, and in three different sizes—small, medium and the Giant Clucking Margarita, a 48 oz. cocktail to share among friends.

On Thursday, May 3rd from 5-8pm, Twin Liquors will celebrate the glamour and traditions of the upcoming Kentucky Derby with featured rosés, a Mint Julep 101 demonstration and hands-on floral bouquet workshop with Austin’s ‘Flower Chick’, Mel Frontino of The Flower Social. In conjunction with the event, Twin will be hosting a sale on rosé and Bourbon Whiskey just in time for your Derby celebrations. The event is free and open to the public, with no RSVP required.

77 Degrees Rooftop Bar is kicking off the warmer season with the launch of their Colossal Cocktails. The exotic cocktail menu will be served daily until 9 p.m. and features the following:
  • Not Your Grandma’s Sangria – Deep Eddy Peach, Grand Marnier, red wine, lemon, oranges, passionfruit
  • Cherub’s Cup – Stoli Strasberi, Bacardi, Prosecco, lime, mint
  • Blue Ball Smash – Southern Comfort, St. Germain basil, blueberries, passionfruit
  • 512 Paloma – Deep Eddy Ruby Red Cointreau, lime, pineapple, Squirt soda
  • Sharkbait – Bacardi Pineapple, Bacardi Coconut, Captain Morgan, coconut, pineapple

Colossal Cocktails are $35 each, and serve a minimum of two people per order.

 

Bento Picnic‘s brick and mortar shop is now open at 2600 East Cesar Chavez. The shop is open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Guests can order from the counter service menu all day, which includes a new option to customize a rice, noodle, or garden-style bento box. They can also choose from an expanded selection of snacks, bowls & family-style platters.

Cochon555, the nation’s most talked about premium food, wine and spirit celebration and live-event series, is back on the road in 2018, returning to Austin on Sunday, May 20. Four Seasons Hotel Austin will play host to a hundred-plus prominent chefs, farmers, sommeliers, distillers, brewers and barkeeps all working in concert to create luxurious moments at this stand-up, all-inclusivebacchanal celebration of tasty heritage breed pork. At the heart, Cochon555 aims to create moments of inspiration, and to engender discussion and action – to buy, to cook, shop and donate in the name of safe, honest, and delicious food. For an in-depth look at the Cochon555 movement, watch the 30 second teaser video, and to purchase tickets, visit http://cochon555.com/us-tour/2018-austin/.

SoCal bred Chef Rouha Sadighi is bringing her music-loving, skateboarding, funky-fresh breakfast brand, The Rooster to Austin’s East Food Trailer Park this month. The Rooster will offer a killer assortment of delicious egg dishes perfect for on-the-go weekday commuters, impromptu power lunches and weekend (hangover-cure) hangouts with friends. The Rooster is located at 1606 E. 6th St., Austin, TX 78702 and will be open daily for breakfast and lunch. For more information, visit www.theroosteratx.com.

Sway has now opened its second location at Domain NORTHSIDE! Building on the success of its original location in South Austin, the new location pulls inspiration from the commonly used Thai phrase, “Same Same but Different.” Sway Domain NORTHSIDE will not stray from its popular menu of modern Thai cuisine, and will offer the same dishes that garnered the brand’s acclaim to the diversity of guests who enjoy the upscale shopping and dining experiences offered at the Domain NORTHSIDE. Sway will initially open for dinner service, and will expand to offer lunch and brunch in summer 2018.

Il Brutto, New Waterloo’s neighborhood Italian restaurant, is now offering happy hour. Take half-off their full beverage list during their newly launched happy hour, including cocktails, wine by the bottle, and an extensive amaro list. Enjoy specials at their bar or cocktail tables from 5-7pm, Monday-Friday.

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with over at Uncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse! They’ll have a special added menu for the day with items including: mini chicken mole tostadas, cartina tacos with chipotle cream, and smoked tres leches cake. They’ll also be releasing a Tranquilo Mexican-Style Lager in light of the holiday and serving $4 pints! Grab a glass and toast on the patio, or enjoy their tasty bites and beverages from inside the brewery.

From 5pm to 2am on Saturday, May 5th (cinco de mayo), Malverde will be open to the public with live DJs, dancing, happy hour specials and more all night long. Entrance is free but limited to those 21+ only. There will also be a cash bar for anyone who wants to transport to Mexico City by sipping on one of the best margaritas in town. For those interested in attending, they may RSVP by clicking the link here: https://goo.gl/ERfzw9. RSVP does not guarantee entry and once capacity is reached, it will be 1 in, 1 out.

Guild, the recently opened seafood-driven, seasonally-inspired restaurant, has launched their new “Mixed Dozens” menu that’s available on weekdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and features special pricing on a mixed dozen oysters, mixed dozen olives, and mixed dozen drinks, including signature cocktails, beer, and wine.

Official Drink of Austin returns as the city’s premier cocktail event hosted by the Austin Food & Wine Alliance and Tipsy Texan on Thursday, May 10, in a new location,  Fairmont Austin, the official hotel partner of the Austin Food & Wine Alliance (AFWA)Early bird tickets are on sale at austinfoodwinealliance.org and are $55 each for the first 150 tickets. Regular ticket price for the cocktail sampling event is $70 online, $85 at the door.

Stella San Jac has some fun new specials we can take advantage of on weekends:

FRIDAYS:
FriYAY Brunch (at Stella San Jac) | 11am – 3pm 
FriYAY Brunch features our chicken & waffles feature as well as $1 mimosas with every purchase of an entrée (or you can get a carafe for the table for $10). Every Friday from 11am-3pm
SATURDAYS: 
Beats and Bubbles (at Stella San Jac) | 11am – 2pm 
While we offer brunch every Saturday starting at 7am, DeeJay Alex will be playing hits from the past and present, while guests enjoy $10 Mimosa Carafes, from 11am – 2pm.
 
SUNDAYS:
Sunday Brunch at Stella San Jac available from 7am – 3pm

Additionally Azul Rooftop has some updated events as well:

THURSDAYS: 
Live with Luis Banuelos! (at Azul) | 9pm – 11pm 
Every Thursday starting 4/12, Luis will be playing some fantastic Spanish guitar at Azul from 9pm-11pm. Public hours start at 2pm that day so all are welcome!
SATURDAYS:
Sun(set) Series (at Azul) | 7pm – midnight 
Throughout the summer we will have our Saturday Sun(set) Series at Azul. DeeJay Alex will be playing music for folks to groove as the sun goes down (and beyond!) from 7pm-midnight every Saturday. Public hours start at 7pm, just at the start of Sun(Set) Series. Free entry. 21+ to attend. 
 
SUNDAYS: 
Stretch Soundscapes (at Azul) | 10am – 11am
Every Sunday in April, Stretch Yoga Studios will teach a ‘silent-disco’ yoga class on the west deck of Azul. Guests will listen to live DJ music streamed directly through headphone, so they can hear the music and the instructor but nobody else around them can. Tickets will be available for $25 and include a complimentary Raspberry F’Rose at the end of class. Guests are encouraged to head down to brunch at Stella and/or hang out by the pool and enjoy Sunday Funday.
 
Sunday Funday (at Azul) | 1pm – 5pm
The pool is open to the public at 12pm on Sundays, DeeJay Alex lets guests and locals alike keep their weekend going with a poolside version of Sunday Funday. He’ll spin music from 1pm-5pm every Sunday. Free to the public, must be 21+.

 

No pool? No problem. Starting now, you can relax poolside on weekdays at South Congress Hotel or Hotel Ella—no room reservation required. Now through Labor Day, non-hotel guests can enjoy sips and snacks poolside at their favorite boutique hotels. 

South Congress Hotel Pool Passes

  • $30 per person including access to the rooftop pool + bar, valet parking and pool towels
  • Available Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Poolside catering courtesy of Café No Sé
  • Space is limited; subject to availability
  • Guests can book their pool day at South Congress Hotel by emailing concierge@southcongresshotel.com
Hotel Ella Pool Passes
  • $20 per person including access to Hotel Ella’s pool, valet parking and a reserved pool chair + towel
  • Available Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Poolside dining provided by Goodall’s Kitchen
  • Friday and Sunday walk-ins accepted based on availability
  • Space is limited; subject to availability
  • Guests can book their pool day at Hotel Ella by calling 512-495-1800 or emailing fd@hotelella.com.

Spring has sprung at Second Bar + Kitchen downtown with a brand new happy hour! Offered seven days a week from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the Modern American restaurant dishing out eclectic cuisines with Texas flavors, is excited to introduce fresh food & beverage specials in the restaurant, at the bar—including The Second Bar—and outdoor patios.  Enjoy $2 off Snacks & Pizzas including the Buffalo Fried PicklesBlack Truffle Pommes FritesBianco pizza, and famous Black + Bleu pizza with black truffles, bleu cheese, pork belly, medjool dates and red onions. Plus, $2 off 16 oz. draft beers, wines by the glass and house cocktails like Second Bar + Kitchen’s signature Green River and Heart of Darkness made with aged, dark and funky rums, pineapple, vanilla, citrus and Cong’s tiki spices.  For more information, call (512) 827-2750 or visit www.secondbarkitchen.com/second.

Mattie’s lawn is now open for guests, with a Lawn Menu to enjoy under the magical oak trees. Take advantage of the nightly happy hour which offers $2 off cocktails and house wine from 5-7 p.m. Cocktail options include the guest-favorite Bacchus Cup with ginger &  scarlet  hibiscus  cordial,  grüner  veltliner,  cucumber, herbs, and your choice of vodka, blanco tequila or Pimm’s #; the Kentucky Porch Tea with Louisville bourbon, iced mint and eucalyptus tea, wildflower honey, and lemon; and the Faulk Old Fashioned with rye whiskey, citrus oils, aromatic bitters. House wine and select beers are also offered on Mattie’s Lawn menu.

Mother’s Day May 13th

Cannon + Belle is excited to celebrate Mother’s Day with a special brunch by Chef Yesi Arredondo. The brunch will be on Sunday, May 13th, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended. Highlights include: a Garden Bar, an Eggs Benedict Station, and a new Bloody Mary Flight. Leave the cooking up to them this Mother’s Day!

This Mother’s Day COVER 3 will be offering a complimentary mimosa and rose to every mother at their brunch service that day, which runs from 11am to 3pm. Reservations are being accepted now, and guests are encouraged to call their preferred COVER 3 location in advance to set up a reservation.

You could never go wrong with an Alamo Drafthouse multi-course Mother’s Day Brunch presentation of BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’STHE SOUND OF MUSIC, or MRS. DOUBTFIRE. Buy movie tickets and browse the full Mother’s Day Gift Guide at https://drafthouse.com/hub/we-heart-moms

Juniper is bringing back its popular brunch again with an all-day menu of favorite dishes for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 13. Available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., the à la carte menu includes assorted brunch pastries like bombolini with milk jam, mascarpone, and lemon ash, and kolache with strawberry, ricotta and pistachio; a selection of antipasti and cicchetti, classic salads like the little lettuces and grilled beets, and plates offering a mix of items from Juniper’s former brunch menu and current dinner offerings, featuring their Sunday-only lasagna, blue corn polenta with braised beef cheeks and oyster mushrooms, griddled carrot cake, porchetta with strawberry and fennel salad, and more. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Native has just launched a brand new weekend brunch menu, featuring dishes like, eggs benedict with grapefruit hollandaise, apple kimchi, house sweet potato biscuit with the option of crab cakes or fried chicken, duck confit served with a watermelon, daikon, herb salad with tamari lime dressing, and peach french toast topped with peach and pasilla chile compote and sweet lemon cream and maple. Mother’s Day brunch will be from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and also offer live music, flowers and massages — all the things moms love. Full food & drink menus HERE.

Hill Country Galleria is the place to be to treat mom to brunch and a show. Café Blue at the Galleria will be offering their popular Mother’s Day brunch from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring slow-roasted prime rib. oysters on the half shell, shrimp cocktail, breakfast favorites, including blueberry pancakes, eggs benedict, migas, and made-to-order omelets, lunch favorites, including cedar plank salmon, caesar salad, and maple pecan brussels sprouts, and desserts like cheesecake bites, carrot cake trifle, and their famous fresh-squeezed key lime pie. Reservations can be made online at CafeBlueTX.com/reservations or by calling 512-366-5230. Pricing is $39.95, $15.95 for kids 12 and under. After a delicious brunch at Café Blue, enjoy a special concert on the Hill Country Galleria Central Plaza featuring Vintage 15 jazz band from 4 to 6 p.m.

Just in time for the warmer season and taking from the traditional Mother’s Day florals and chocolate, William Chris Vineyards is having a gift set featuring 4 of their best-selling wines. The gift set is $120 and includes shipping SHOP HERE. Below is more information on each wine:
  • 2017 Mary Ruth ($28): Honeysuckle, orange blossom, lime, and lemongrass tickle the nose. Stone fruit, pear, Granny Smith apple, and a hint of white pepper tease the palate as they lead into a bright finish
  • 2017 Grenache Rose ($25): This rosé was whole-cluster pressed two hours after harvest, with minimal skin contact giving the juice a light pink cotton candy color. Aromas of strawberries and cream, raspberry, and subtle citrus peel hit the nose. On the palate, a rich minerality mixes with citrus, stone fruit, and strawberry. A touch of flint supports its lingering finish.
  • 2016 Enchanté ($48)Aromas of bramble fruit, violets and plum touch the nose, while well-structured tannins with notes of dark cherry and mocha with a hint of black pepper paint the palate.
  • Texas Mourvedre ($36)Texture bursts into a palate of spicy cinnamon & zesty red fruits showing an inviting silky mouthfeel and vibrant focus. Grilled orange slices, red currant, baked cranberry with hints of dried flowers and mulled wine spices. 

Pluckers Wing Bar is excited to announce that they will be offering free meals for all moms on Mother’s Day, taking place Sunday, May 13. All moms can enjoy a complimentary entree, side, and a non-alcoholic beverage from Pluckers’ extensive menu when they post a photo of their family at the restaurant to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #Pluckers.

That’s all I have for you this week, and feel free to email me at ane@thehungrychronicles.com in case I’m missing anything important going on this week.

 

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