Fresh off his appearance in the new season of Somebody Feed Phil this week, Statesman Food critic Matthew Odam has published his annual food guide in which he ranks the best restaurants in Austin. Number one is Italian restaurant Mueller L’Oca d’Oro, as chef co-owners Fiore Tedesco and Adam Orman champion the restaurant community through the nonprofit Good Work Austin and their efforts to nurture the city and, of course, the food. The rest of the list includes New Texan Dai Due butcher shop and restaurant (2), new American wine restaurant Birdie’s (3, where Odam filmed his Somebody Feed Phil segment), Suerte Mexican restaurant (4), Nixta Taqueria Mexican restaurant (5), Neapolitan pizzeria and wine restaurant Bufalina Due (6), neo-Texan restaurant Lenoir (7), Caribbean restaurant Canje (8), barbecue restaurant Interstellar BBQ (9), New Texan tasting menu restaurant Barley Swine (10, and so on to the American steakhouse Bartlett’s at 27.
Where Austin City Limits Music Festival artists ate in Austin
Ah yes, Austin City Limits Music Festival time means the major singers/musicians/bands hang out in town, which means they’ll have to eat. Country music star Kacey Musgraves shared on her Instagram Stories that she dined at Chicago’s imported Mediterranean restaurant Aba, and she also went to East Austin’s White Horse honky tonk bar (which is actually the spot where she filmed a music video before) and got tacos from Bomb Tacos. Rapper Lil Nas X dined at the Westlake location of fast-food chain Raising Canes and apparently hit up the downtown LGBTQ bar Highland Lounge. Michelle Zauner of alt-pop group Japanese Breakfast received a delivery of bagels, cream cheese and kimchi from the Casper Fermentables Farmer’s Market/Sunset Valley restaurant stand.
Barbeque restaurant fire
East Austin’s barbecue restaurant, Sam’s BBQ, caught fire this week on the morning of Wednesday, October 19. Austin Fire Department tweeted that it was a “cooking fire contained in the exhaust system”. The restaurant had to close temporarily, but KXAN said it reopened on Thursday.
Closure of the restaurant
The Round Rock Greenhouse Craft Food restaurant closed on October 16, as reported Community impact. Owner Rob Snow opened the restaurant in 2013. His food truck at the Black Sparrow Music Parlor in Taylor, Texas will remain open.
Austin Chain Extensions
Austin Lick Honest Ice Creams mini ice cream chain, which just celebrated its 11th anniversary, opens in College Station this week. The 175 Century Square Drive, Suite 11 boutique opened on October 19. This is its seventh location in Texas.
Culinary Grant Applications
The Texas Food & Wine Alliance is now accepting applications for its annual Culinary Grant, beginning October 1. The non-profit organization aims to award $111,500 in grants to cooks, bakers, food producers, etc., etc., who are looking to get started in projects and businesses. The deadline is Sunday, October 23, with winners being announced on January 21, 2023.
Austin Area Event Tracker
Tailored around the fantasy of F1, the Fairmont Hotel’s Garrison Restaurant offers a special multi-night tasting menu with Italian chef Alfonso Caputo of the Michelin-starred Taverna del Capitano restaurant. Meals are $225 per person with an additional $125 for drink pairings. It is available from Thursday October 20 to Monday October 24. Reservations must be made online.
Southeast Austin’s Independence Brewing Co. is hosting a birthday party for its 18th birthday this weekend. It will take on a state fair format, with fried foods, carnival games, prizes and 18 new beers. It takes place on Saturday, October 22 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Hill Country Jester King Brewery is once again hosting its annual Funk n’ Sour Fest next week. The event features food from Austin-area restaurants paired with liquor from breweries/distilleries/etc. This includes Uchiko with ABGB, Justine with American Solera and others. It takes place on Tuesday, October 25 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $140.
As part of the first anniversary of the Little Ola biscuit factory, it is organizing a contest where the winner can obtain a free cookie or cookie sandwich every day for a year. Entrants will be required to take action on social media in October, and the winner will be chosen on Monday, October 31.
The brand new multi-day music and food festival, Lucktoberfest, which was due to take place over ten days from late October to early November, has had to scale back its events due to “uncertainty in the touring market”, as the reported by the Chronicle. That means many food-centric days, including Oktoberfest, the Lucky Night Market with Asian American and Pacific Islander food companies, and Halloween no longer happen. Instead, there will be three days of concerts.
Passes to Aaron Franklin et al’s Hot Luck Food and Music Festival next year are on sale now at a discount. The Whole Enchilada pass provides access to most food events, concerts, and more. It’s $450 for adults, $150 for kids 13-20, $75 for kids 12 and under, and $900 for families of two adults and two kids. The festival runs over Memorial Day weekend from Thursday, May 25 through Sunday, May 28.
Austin Food Association Expands
The Austin Chapter of the Dames d’Escoffier Austin Chapter announced its new members this month. These include Ashley Fric of Colleen’s Kitchen, Becky Atkins of Summer Revival Wine Co., Julie Myrtille, Patricia Bedford of Suga’s Cakery and many more.
The Arboretum Renaissance Austin Hotel recently renovated a large portion of its North Austin property in early October. This includes a new cafe, Choza, located in the atrium, serving coffee, breakfast tacos and pastries in the morning, as well as tequila cocktails, margaritas, other alcoholic beverages and tacos. The evening. The hotel also plans to add an outdoor pergola to its on-site restaurant, the Knotty Deck & Bar, later this fall.