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[31 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 3,616 views]
Odd Duck: A Great Place for a Date or to Catch Up with a Friend

Odd Duck was one of the most popular and successful food trailers in Austin during the food truck boom of 2010 to early 2012. It was one of the stops on the Tasty Up Food Trailer Tour that Addie Broyles and I hosted in 2010. Chef Bryce Gilmore closed Odd Duck to focus on his first brick-and mortar restaurant – Barley Swine.

In December, he along with partners Sam Hellman-Mass (chef), Jason James (bar and front-of-house), Mark Buley (chef and bread program), and Dylan Gilmore (brother and business manager) opened Odd Duck …

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[27 Jan 2014 | 5 Comments | 3,671 views]
Tacodeli: One of Austin’s Best Brunches

After 15 years of satisfying the taco cravings of Austinites and visitors alike, Tacodeli is as popular as ever.

They will soon open their fourth and fifth Austin locations – at Burnet and Anderson Lane and Bee Caves Road and 360 respectively. Tacodeli serves some of the freshest, most delicious tacos in town for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. They have built a well-deserved following for their house-made tortillas, spicy Doña salsa, support of local farmers and producers, and friendly staff.
I started going to Tacodeli regularly in 2005; I lived in an …

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[13 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 4,950 views]
Austin Food and Drink Recommendations

Tonight I was invited to speak at the monthly meeting of the Austin Concierge and Guest Services Association. The event was held at the Hotel Ella with a delicious family-style meal provided by their on-site restaurant – Goodall’s.
I’m a huge fan of concierges – in fact, before I had an iPhone, I had the Four Seasons concierge desk on speed dial for those times when I was away from a computer and needed a recommendation. There was limited time to talk about food and drink in Austin during the meeting, …

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[23 Aug 2013 | 12 Comments | 11,330 views]
Are you Ready for Austin’s Cronut Craze?

I kept hearing about a cronut™ craze going on in New York last spring — with people lining up over two hours before Dominique Ansel’s bakery opened for the chance to try one. Each cronut is $5 with a limit of two per person, and cronut scalpers were waiting in line and then selling their cronuts for up to $100 each. New Yorkers are fuckin’ crazy….
Wait a minute — Austinites are also known to wait in line for their favorite food. I actually drove past Franklin Barbecue at 9 a.m. this morning and …

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[10 Aug 2013 | No Comment | 3,171 views]
Olamaie Pop-Up

Earlier this week, Adam and I reserved two seats for an Olamaie (pron. “Ola-may”) pop-up dinner, held at Lenoir. According to their website, Olamaie is a modern Southern food restaurant set to open in Austin in early winter 2013. Olamaie will be located at 1610 San Antonio Street, in the old Sagra location.
They are building buzz for the new venture, as well as working out the kinks, with a series of pop-up dinners in August, September and October. The final pop-up dinner this week is tonight, but you can still reserve seats …

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