You read that headline correctly. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Home Slice Pizza is giving one lucky customer free pizza for 10 years. The family-friendly restaurant will give away the prize as part of the raffle at its annual Carnival O’Pizza event on November 14 at the South Congress restaurant. Proceeds from the event benefit the Austin Bat Cave. The event, which includes pizza, games, face painitng and merrymaking, runs from noon to 7 p.m. It is free and open to all ages. Home Slice has raised more than $100,000 for participating charities in its 9 years of Carnivalling, including more than $60,000 for Austin Bat Cave.
Raffle tickets can be purchased at More Home Slice or Home Slice for $5 from now until the day of the Carnival, when they can be purchased for $10 at the Carnival. The grand prizes will be announced at 6 p.m. that day and the winner must be present to win any of the Grand Prizes. Only one person will win 10 years of pizza. The other grand prizes include dinner for 12 at Otoko (Paul Qui’s soon to open 12 seat restaurant, a Yeti Cooler and all sorts of Yeti items, and two general admission Austin City Limits passes.
“Ten years is a big deal and we wanted to raffle a prize as special as we feel about our history on South Congress and about getting to this milestone,” Home Slice co-owner Jen Strickland said. “We started with ambitions of being a little, well-loved neighborhood joint and every year has exceeded our expectations of what it’s like to serve this great city and our wonderful pizza-passionate customers. We’re so excited to be able to award this prize to someone and get to know them, and their family and friends… over the next decade! Spreading the love through great food and hospitality is what Home Slice is all about, and we hope this raffle prize embodies that spirit.”
Check out my list of the best pizza in Austin at Austin360.com/pizza.
Emmer & Rye will open on Saturday in the Skyhouse Austin (51 Rainey St.). The restaurant from executive chef Kevin Fink uses local and seasonal ingredients and takes inspiration from Fink’s time working in Italy and Denmark. In addition to appetizers, pastas and entrees like polenta with fermented and roasted mushrooms and buckwheat mafalda of roasted lamb shoulder, the restaurant will offer dim sum service, with a cart serving a rotating selection of small plates like fermented sunchoke, and snapper with grapefruit juice and vinegar. Emmer & Rye will serve dinner Tuesday through Saturday starting at 5 p.m. and Sunday brunch beginning at 11 a.m. For more on Fink and the restaurant, read my June interview here.
When you want to know about Austin dining, where better to turn than USA Today, which named the best restaurants in Austin as part of its 10 Best series. It’s not clear when the list published, but it includes a restaurant that opened this year, so it is fairly recent.
The list was written by local freelancer Shelley Seale and includes some curious choices (and a few very defensible ones). Two hotel restaurants, at Goodall’s at Hotel Ella and the Stella SanJac at the downtown Westin, made the list, as did solid but not exceptional choices like Buenos Aires Cafe and Andiamo. Topping the list? Vox Table. Rounding out the list? Parkside, though the credit/caption reads Moonshine. Read the complete list here, and for my list of the Top 25 restaurants in Austin, as well as 50 other critic’s picks, visit austin360.com/eats.
St. Philip Pizza Parlor closed today after a year in business. The restaurant, owned and operated by the Uchi Restaurant Group, recently ceased operation of the bakeshop that was part of the original concept near the Burger Center in Sunset Valley.
“We learned many lessons with St. Philip, made some mistakes, but also realized where our strengths lie,” Uchi Restaurant Group President John Baydale said. “As much as we would like to continue, we believe that our guests and our staff are better served if we close St. Philip and focus on current projects as well as those we have in the pipeline. We truly value being a part of the Sunset Valley community and appreciate the support they have shown to use since we opened last year.”
There is no word on the next tenant at the complex that also contains Stouthaus Coffee Pub.
Chinese restaurant Wu Chow opens its doors downtown at 500 W. Fifth St. in the IBC Bank Building on Thursday. The restaurant from the owners of Swift’s Attic will serve dishes representative of all eight styles of Chinese cuisine, led by Chinese-born and raised executive chef Ji Peng Chen and dim sum chef Ling Qi Wu. The upmarket Wu Chow, which bills itself as serving “authentically prepared Chinese food,” will initially serve only dinner, with lunch and dim sum service slated to begin later this month. The menu will include dishes like Shanghai soup dumplings, salt-and-pepper squid, yu xiang eggplant and mapo tofu, as well as seasonal specials. The restaurant’s initial hours are 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.