Parkside owner bringing Jugo Fresh juice bar to downtown

Shawn Cirkiel at Parkside on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. (Deborah Cannon AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Shawn Cirkiel at Parkside on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. (Deborah Cannon AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Restaurateur Shawn Cirkiel has already staked claim to part of downtown with Parkside and Backspace, and he will add to his collection of businesses in January when he opens Jugo Fresh at 603 Brazo St.

Jugo Fresh will serve fresh-pressed juices, smoothies, packaged snacks, hot items and salads at the space just a block down from the Texas bistro and raw bar he opened in 2008. The juice bar will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Jugo Fresh joins Daily Juice (205 W. Third Street) and Juiceland (120 E. Fourth St.) in the downtown juice game.

For more on the history of Cirkiel and his Parkside Projects, read this story from Statesman business writer Gary Dinges.

 

 

You can now get Louie Mueller Barbecue shipped to your doorstep

You can now get Louie Mueller Barbecue shipped to you.
You can now get Louie Mueller Barbecue shipped to you.

Looking to give an out-of-state friend or relative a taste of what Central Texas is all about? Shipping Texas barbecue is one way to make people happy/jealous.

Now you can send some of the best the area has to offer. You can now order delivery of Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor via Goldbely.com.  But it’s gonna cost you.

Shipping a brisket weighing 5.5 to 6.5 pounds costs $249. The shipping is free, but that’s still a hefty price tag, especially when you compare it to ordering directly from Black’s BBQ in Lockhart, which will cost you about $100 (including shipping) for four pounds of fatty brisket. Not only can you order the famed brisket and beef ribs ($199 for about four pounds) from Louie Mueller, you can also order a whole turkey ($169), 2.5 pounds of beef sausage ($119) and more. Goldbely is currently advertising delivery of Louie Mueller Barbecue by December 20.

The family-owned barbecue temple in Taylor isn’t the only Texas barbecue available via Goldbely. You can also buy smoked meats from Salt Lick and Davila’s BBQ in Seguin, as well as non-barbecue-items from other Texas vendors.

10 of the most beautiful Austin food photos from 2016

Mixed beet carpaccio at Fabi & Rosi. (Credit: Ralph Barrera AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Mixed beet carpaccio at Fabi & Rosi. (Credit: Ralph Barrera AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

As the year comes to a close, I take a look back at some of the best looking (and tastiest) dishes I posted to Instagram (one of which was taken by a Statesman photog but landed on my Instagram feed). They are listed in no specific order. Follow along @matthewodam.

Do you take great food photos? If so, you could win a $50 gift card to one of a dozen Austin restaurants. Visit any of the restaurants in my Top 100 (see the full list at austin360.com/eats), tag it #austin360diningguide and you could win. My favorite gram from each month wins a $50 gift card. The winner from November was @brisketandbagels and his photo of the burger at Odd Duck. He won a $50 gift card to Tacodeli.

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That saba don't need no filter. #sushi #chirashibowl

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And the people all said #ramen. #thefeed360

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No charges filed against person of interest in Pizzagate-related harassment of East Side Pies

A person of interest questioned by the Austin Police Department concerning the harassment of East Side Pies and the conspiracy theory known as “Pizzagate” will not face charges, according to the APD.

Last week the APD said they were questioning a person who had been arrested by Pflugerville police the week before on an unrelated charges. The APD never released the name of the person in question.

Noah Polk Co-founder and co-owner of Austin local pizza chain East Side Pies speaks with Christina O’Keefe a Property Crime Tech outside of the East Side Pie and where someone vandalized his store early this week. East Side Pies will be participating in the “Anti-Bullying Special” in response to an outpouring of community support following recent online fake news harassment by so-called “Pizzagate” conspiracy theorists. Customers will have a choice to donate $1 Anti-Bullying Special to benefit East Austin non-profit Creative Action when you shop at the store. (Ricardo B. Brazziell AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
East Side Pies co-founder Noah Polk speaks with Christina O’Keefe, a property crime tech for the APD, outside of the East Side Pies after someone vandalized the store last week. (Ricardo B. Brazziell AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

East Side Pies faced online and physical harassment over a period of two weeks after message board chatter and a YouTube video by an Infowars.com reporter fueled conspiracy theories about the farm-to-table pizzeria that opened in 2006.  East Side Pies responded to the threats by teaming with local non-profit Creative Action for an anti-bullying special at all three of the restaurant’s locations.

 

“a person of interest was arrested by Pflugerville PD on an unrelated warrant and that person is being questioned by APD regarding the ESP reports. However, there are no charges at this time and no information is being released regarding the person of interest.”

Opal Divine’s at Penn Field closing

Contributed by Opal Divine's.
Contributed by Opal Divine’s.
The Opal Divine’s family will be shrunk by half at the end of the year, as Opal Divine’s Penn Field (3601 S. Congress Ave.) will close after business on December 31. The restaurant and bar opened in the development off South Congress Avenue in 2005. The owners cite high rent and expenses for the closing along with some commentary about the changing entertainment landscape in the city.
“Austin’s ‘Keep Austin Weird’ fascination is fading into a search for the latest and greatest new restaurant/bar/concept and the Parkers feel it is time to let this location pass on,” Opal’s said in a release.

The original Opal’s on Sixth Street closed in 2013 to make way for the outlandish Steampunk Saloon, but Opal Divine’s at the Marina in North Austin (12709 N. Mopac) remains in business.

Vox Table owners open casual Tex-Mex restaurant El Burro on South Lamar

Credit: Facebook.com/elburroatx
Credit: Facebook.com/elburroatx

The owners of Vox Table didn’t have to look far for a location for their second concept. They opened casual Tex-Mex restaurant El Burro in the Lamar Union complex (1100 S. Lamar Blvd.) last week, just steps from their Modern American restaurant.

Vox Table chef Joe Anguiano also serves as the executive chef of El Burro, which focuses on Tex-Mex staples like enchiladas, fajitas and tacos. The appetizer section features dishes like grilled Mexican street corn, queso fundido, ceviche tostadas and glazed pork ribs.

Expect margaritas, Mexican martinis and other tequila-based cocktails at the restaurant that also offers outdoor patio seating with a view of Lamar. El Burro is open for dinner daily starting at 5 p.m. (elburroatx.com)

Warehouse District restaurant Isla shifts to Peruvian cuisine

Julio-Cesar Florez first brought his Peruvian food to Austin via a trailer downtown. He now serves as the executive chef at Isla in the Warehouse District. (Credit: Ralph Barrera AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Julio-Cesar Flórez first brought his Peruvian food to Austin via a trailer downtown. He now serves as the executive chef at Isla in the Warehouse District. (Credit: Ralph Barrera AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Isla is getting a South American upate. The Warehouse District has dabbled in the flavors and style of the Caribbean since owner Rob Pate (Peche) took over the space formerly occupied by Pleasant Storage Room about two years ago, but it is turning its sights toward the flavors of the South American culinary capital.

Chef Julio-Cesar Flórez, a Peruvian native who is the chef behind Llama’s Peruvian trailer downtown, has joined the restaurant to redirect the menu. Peruvian cuisine takes influences from across the globe, and the new menu reflects that, with dishes grilled meat and veggie skewers, ceviche with leche de tigre, squid ink risotto, and rotisserie chicken. Flórez, who has also worked at Gusto Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar and Hyde Park Bar & Grill, most recently served as the chef at the now-shuttered Malaga.

Pate said the bar program, which be led by Shane Paule, will have an “island-inspired vibe,” with obvious nods to the popular pisco drinks of South America. Isla (208 W. Fourth St.) is open for dinner Monday-Saturday, with happy hour starting at 4 p.m. on weekdays.