Olamaie selling their biscuits to-go during holiday season

Want to be the star of your family or friends’ holiday party? Sneak in a dozen of Olamaie’s other-worldly biscuits and act like you did all the work. You can just say you got the secret recipe from your great-grandmother.

Contributed by Kate LeSueur

The refined Southern restaurant named #1 in the city in this year’s Austin360 Dining Guide is selling their off-menu biscuits by the dozen this holiday season.  You need to give the restaurant notice a week in advance of pick-up. Pick-up will be between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, and the last pick-up day of holiday season is December 23. The biscuits cost $36/dozen, and there is a one-dozen minimum for orders. Interested customers email biscuits@olamaieaustin.com for more info.

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StarChefs names several Rising Stars in Austin culinary community

Industry publication StarChefs has returned its focus to the Austin-San Antonio corridor for the first time in five years, this week handing out their Rising Stars awards to local culinary talent.

Chef Michael Fojtasek at Olamaie on May 9, 2017. (TAMIR KALIFA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

This year’s crop of winners includes Kevin Fink and Page Pressley of Emmer & Rye (#5 in our Dining Guide), Tatsu Aikawa of Kemuri tatsu-Ya (#9 in our Dining Guide); Fiore Tedesco of L’Oca d’Oro (#8 in our Dining Guide), Adam Brick, the former Apis chef who recently announced he has joined as a partner at the soon-to-change Vino Vino; former counter 357 executive chef Damien Brockway; Michael Fojtasek of Olamaie (#1 in our Dining Guide); and Max Snyder of Pitchfork Pretty (#11 in our Dining Guide).

To celebrate the newly named Rising Stars, StarChefs will host an awards ceremony and tasting event on December 13 at Fair Market in East Austin. The event will feature tastings from all of the honored chefs, as well as pastry chef winners Tavel Bristol-Joseph (Emmer & Rye) and Daniela Herrera (Counter 357) and other winners in the artisan and beverage categories. For the evening’s complete menu, visit starchefs.com.

Tickets cost $85 ($125 for VIP tickets) and can be purchased online. Proceeds from the event will benefit Austin Food & Wine Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering awareness and innovation in the Central Texas culinary community.

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Austin restaurants: Where to eat on Thanksgiving

A grand Thanksgiving meal is a wonderful way to bring together friends and family. But that can also be costly, stressful and time-consuming. Why not let the professionals handle the dirty work? A host of restaurants will be serving Thanksgiving brunch, lunch and dinner. Call the restaurants or visit their websites for more details on menu, reservation and pricing.

If you’re just looking to pick up a meal from a restaurant and bring it home, we have a big list of places offering that, as well, at austin360.com/thefeed.

Contributed by Julia Keim

24 Diner. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472- 5400, 24diner.com. The late-night go-to gets going early with a special meal that starts at 10:30 a.m. The $29 Thanksgiving menu includes brined and roasted turkey breast, turkey leg confit, house-cured ham, traditional sides and pumpkin pie.

Apis. 23526 Texas 71, Spicewood. 512-436- 8918, apisrestaurant.com. This Spicewood gem will be serving a three-course lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu includes duck and foie gras terrine, tasting of early winter squash and cider-brined and slow-roasted heritage turkey.

Brix and Ale. 1101 Woodlawn Ave., Georgetown. 737-444-2750, sheratongeorgetowntexas.com. The restaurant at the Sheraton Hotel in Georgetown will serve a buffet from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. that includes roasted turkey, salt-crusted prime rib, made-to-order omelets and loaded whipped potatoes. Cost is $50 per adult and $25 for children ages 4 to 12 years.

Cannon + Belle. 500 E. Fourth St. 512-493-4900, cannonandbelle.com. The restaurant at the Hilton downtown serves Thanksgiving dinner from 3 to 8 p.m. The menu includes smoked corn chowder, Texas grapefruit and chicory salad, fried turkey with quail gravy and prime rib with charred onion barbecue. Cost is $36.

Capital Grille. 117 W. Fourth St. 512-322-2005, thecapitalgrille.com. The downtown steakhouse serves a Thanksgiving menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. that includes slow-roasted turkey with brioche stuffing, various sides and dessert. Cost is $39 for adults and $15 for kids. The regular menu is also available.

Carillon. 1900 University Ave. 512-404- 3655, thecarillonrestaurant.com. The fine dining restaurant at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center will serve a brunch buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Offerings include carving stations with prime rib and roasted turkey, along with entrees like swordfish and lamb loin and sides of cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, crispy Brussels sprouts and more. Cost is $68 for adults, $30 for kids.

The Driskill. 604 Brazos St. driskillhotel.com. The venerable downtown hotel hosts a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Options include lemon-poached jumbo shrimp, a chef’s butcher’s block with slow-roasted turkey, pumpkin ravioli, stuffing and more. Cost is $85 for adults, $40 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children younger than 5. Reservations can be made by calling 512-391-7227.

Fleming’s. 320 E. Second St. 512-457-1500; 11600 Century Oaks Terrace. 512-835-9463; flemingssteakhouse.com. The steakhouse serves a prix fixe menu from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. that includes lobster bisque or salad and turkey with cranberry, orange and cinnamon sauce and stuffing. Kids eat for $15.

Goodall’s Kitchen. 1900 Rio Grande St. 512-495-1800, goodallskitchen.com. The restaurant at Hotel Ella near Judges Hill serves a menu from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day that includes herb-roasted turkey breast, grilled acorn squash, sourdough stuffing and more. Cost is $72 per person and $25 for kids 12 and younger.

Hyatt Lost Pines. 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road. 512-308-4950, lostpines.regency.hyatt.com. The resort near Bastrop will offer a carving station with roasted turkey and prime rib and more than 40 desserts. Cost is $68 for adults, $34 for children 6 to 12 and complimentary for children five and younger.

Hyde Park Bar & Grill. 4206 Duval St. 512-458-3168; 4521 West Gate Blvd. 512-899-2700; hpbng.com. The Austin institution hosts its 22nd annual Thanksgiving feast. The dinner costs $21.95 and includes oven-roasted turkey breast, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes and more. A vegetarian meal, which offers more of everything except turkey, will be served for $15.95. The meal runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at both locations.

Mattie’s. 811 Live Oak St. 512-444-1888, mattiesaustin.com. The revamped Southern stunner will have seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for Thanksgiving lunch, with a buffet that includes carving stations with slow-roasted Akaushi prime rib and sage-brined turkey breast. Cost is $85 for adults and $40 for kids 6-12; kids younger than 6 eat free.

Moonshine. 303 Red River St. 512-236- 9599, moonshinegrill.com. The downtown Southern comfort restaurant serves an all-you-can eat buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $28.

The Park. 11601 Domain Drive. 512-478-7275; 4024 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-731-2077; thepark.us. The upscale sports bars in the Domain and South Austin will serve a Thanksgiving brunch buffet from noon to 3 p.m. featuring turkey and pork tenderloin along with classic sides and pies. Cost is $20. After 3 p.m., the regular dinner menu will be served until midnight.

Phoebe’s Diner. 533 Oltorf St. 512-643-3218, phoebesdiner.com. The diner from the Winebelly team serves from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; special offerings include smoked turkey and ham, sage sausage stuffing, broccoli casserole and more.

Second Bar + Kitchen at Domain Northside. 3121 Palm Way, Suite 101. 737-300-4800, sbkdomain.com. Chef David Bull’s restaurant at the Archer Hotel will serve its Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The menu includes a carving station with slow-roasted turkey, family-style sides like roasted sweet potato casserole and parsnip au gratin, fruit, desserts and more. Cost is $38 for adults and $19 for kids.

Stagecoach Inn. 416 S. Main St., Salado. 254-947-5111, stagecoachinn.com. The historic restaurant serves a Thanksgiving brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The spread includes stations with turkey and dressing with cranberry sauce and brown gravy, and buttermilk waffles with maple syrup. Cost is $39 for adults and $16 for children ages 12 and younger.

Trace. 200 Lavaca St. 512-542-3660, traceaustin.com. The sophisticated restaurant at the W Hotel will serve lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The three-course meals include coffee-rubbed short rib and prosciutto-wrapped turkey breast. Cost is $57, and there is a $20 kids menu for those 12 and younger.

Visconti Ristorante. 320 Loop 360. 512-306-6400, granducaaustin.com. The Italian restaurant at the Hotel Granduca will serve a three-course Thanksgiving dinner with a menu that includes sweet potato gnocchi with roasted corn and sage brown butter and pecorino sardo, heritage turkey, cornbread canederli, and wild mushroom gratin. Cost is $65 ($95 with wine pairings).

Austin restaurants selling Thanksgiving meals to-go

Ah, traditions: buying the turkey; anxiously cooking the turkey in hopes it doesn’t dry out; fighting over whose stuffing recipe to use; fidgeting about who should carve the turkey; lying about how good your mother-in-law’s pie tastes. What would we do without the rituals that surround Thanksgiving? Maybe just call a professional.

This year, more so than any I can remember in Austin, there is a staggering number of restaurants offering up their services for Thanksgiving. They are selling to-go meals that take the stress off of you, saving you time and allowing you the opportunity to watch more football. I mean, spend more stress-free time with loved ones. Call or email  the restaurants for more details about pricing and information on ordering and pick-up. Gobble, gobble.

Freedmen’s takes a smoked approach to Thanksgiving. (Contributed by Hayden Walker)

Apis. 23526 Texas 71, Spicewood. 512-436- 8918, apisrestaurant.com. This Spicewood gem is selling Thanksgiving meals to pick up on November 22 or 23. The packages cost $275, feed up to 10 people and include one whole roast turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, turkey leg hash, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy and two pies.  

Boiler Nine Bar + Grill. 800 W. Cesar Chavez St. 512-220-9990,  boilernine.com. The industrial restaurant built in the old Seaholm Power Plant has introduced a new Thanksgiving To-Go program. Thanksgiving meals are available for pre-order through November 15 (with rush ordering through the 17th). Whole meals can be purchased for two ($70), four ($130) and eight ($240). A la carte offerings include meats by the pound ($19), such as smoke roasted turkey breast and beer-braised brisket, and 16-ounce containers of sides, such as roasted Brussels sprouts and oak-roasted carrots, for $9.

Easy TigerThe bakery located on East Sixth Street and at the Whole Foods 365 in Cedar Park is selling pull-apart dinner rolls ($8/dozen) and croutons made of levain and sourdough bread ($4/14-ounce bag) for the big day. Orders must be placed two days in advance of pick up, with ordering ending at 5 p.m. on November 20. Email emily@easytiger365.com or call 512-986-7872 for more information on ordering from the Whole Foods 365 store and email specialorders@easytigeraustin.com or call 512-614-4972 for downtown orders.

El Chipiron. 2717 S. Lamar Blvd. #1085. 512-518-3618, elchipironaustin.com. The Spanish restaurant is selling Thanksgiving feasts that include a whole turkey or hen, along with mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread, stuffing, a selection of Spanish meats and cheeses and more. Meals feed two, four and six, and cost $105, $210 and $260, respectively. Add a bottle of Spanish red or white wine for $20. Email contact@elchipironaustin.com or call restaurant Monday-Saturday between 5 and 10 p.m. by November 16 to order. Pick-ups take place November 21 and 22.

Freedmen’s. 2402 San Gabriel St. 512-220-0953, freedmensbar.com. The campus-area barbecue favorite is selling whole smoked turkeys for $120 (14-16 lbs. and feeds 8-10), smoked turkey breast ($80, feeds 8-10), along with half-pint ($5.50), pine ($11) and quart-sized ($22) sides of sides like brisket burnt-end cornbread stuffing, smoked cheddar mashed potatoes and more. The deadline for pre-ordering is November 16, with pick-up on November 22.

Fresa’s. 1703 S. First St. 512-992-2946, fresaschicken.com. Mexican restaurant Fresa’s is selling meals that feed 8-10. Included in the bounty are a whole roasted turkey with turkey pan gravy, chorizo stuffing, citrus-serrano cranberry sauce and a selection of three sides that include poblano spinach gratin, sweet potato mash and roasted Brussels sprouts. Cost is $280, and executive pastry chef Laura Sawicki is also selling apple and caramel pumpkin pies ($30 each) and Mexican vanilla ice cream for $10 pint. Orders must be placed by November 20, with pick-up taking place at the South First Street location on November 22.

LeRoy and Lewis. 121 Pickle Road. 512-775-3392, leroyandlewis.com. The inventive barbecue wizards are preparing a slew of meats and sides to take home. The meats, all sound by the pound, include turkey with giblet gravy ($26/pound) and 44 Farms brisket ($24/pound). The sides, sold by the quart, include mashed potatoes and gravy ($18/quart) and macaroni and cheese ($24/quart). They’re also selling pumpkin gooey cake ($32) and smoked pecan pie ($40). Email sawyer@leroyandlewis.com with questions, for family packages, or to place your order.Final orders due by Friday, November 17th. Scheduled to be picked up by 8 p.m. on November 22nd.

Mañana. 1603 S. Congress Ave. 512-872-3144, mananaaustin.com. The coffee shop at the South Congress Hotel, home to talented executive pastry chef Amanda Rockman, will be selling  pies (chocolate bourbon pecan, caramel apple and pumpkin) through November 18th on South Congress Hotel’s website (shop.southcongresshotel.com) or for in-store purchase November 20th through November 23rd.

Mongers Market.  2401 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-215-8972, mongersaustin.com. The long list of items available for pre-orders at this seafood market and restaurant includes chowder, gumbo, fish dip, crab fingers, shrimp salad, oysters and more.

Olamaie. 1610 San Antonio St. 512-474-2796, olamaieaustin.com. You can serve some of the best biscuits on the planet at your Thanksgiving or holiday feast. The off-menu items are being sold for pick-up. You need to give the restaurant notice a week in advance of pick-up. Pick-up will be between 10 a.m. and 2pm on Thanksgiving Day, and the last pick-up day of holiday season is December 23. There is a one-dozen minimum for orders. Interested customers email biscuits@olamaieaustin.com for more info.

Phoebe’s Diner. 533 Oltorf St. 512-643-3218, phoebesdiner.com. The diner from the Winebelly team is selling ham dinners (with all the fixins) for pre-order. Ham and sides are both sold by the pound. Those meals must be ordered by November 21. Call for more details.

Rudy’s “Country Store” & Bar-B-Q. Multiple locations. rudysbarbq.com. The barbecue restaurant is selling whole smoked turkeys for $47.95 ($53.95 with a bottle of sauce). Pick up days are November 20-22. Place orders at bbqgo.com.    

Tiny Pies. 5035 Burnet Road. 512-916-0184; 2032 South Lamar Blvd. 512-460-9697, tinypies.com. The pie makers are selling  a dozen small pies (choose apple, pumpkin, cherry and brownie-pecan) for $51, as well as an assortment of regular 9”pies for $30. Pre-orders end November 15.

Vox Table. 1100 S. Lamar Blvd #2140. 512-375-4869,  voxtableaustin.com. The restaurant across from the Alamo Drafthouse is selling packaged meals that feed six-eight people. Options include ribeye with red wine au just ($135) or turducken ($115) as the main course, and sides like mac and cheese ($8) and mashed potatoes ($8). Orders must be placed by the end of day November 18 and can be picked up November 22 between noon and 9 p.m.

Walton’s Fancy & Staple. 609 W. Sixth St. 512-542-3380, waltonsfancyandstaple.com. Sandra Bullock’s bakery and cafe is selling full turkeys (ranging from $120 to $180), thyme-rubbed airline turkey breast with turkey gravy ($90-$150), rib roast ($138) and other entrees, along with sides like whipped Yukon potatoes and cauliflower; creamed sweet corn with crimini mushrooms and farmer’s cheese (all $29), and a variety of pies ($25) and spiced bundt cake ($19). They are accepting orders November 17-25 and December 18-January 1. They will close at 4 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving and will be closed on Thanksgiving.

Rudy’s Bar-B-Q opening in old EZ’s location on North Lamar

The barbecue spot with the country vibe is getting an address in the heart of the city. Rudy’s “Country Store” & Bar-B-Q is slated to open in late spring at 3918 N. Lamar Blvd. in the space occupied for 22 years by EZ’s Brick Oven and Grill.

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It will be the fifth Austin-area location, and first in the center of town, from local restaurateurs Ken Schiller and Brian Nolen, whose K&N Management is the licensed area developer for Rudy’s. Schiller and Nolen opened the first Austin-area Rudy’s in 1994. The restaurant will serve the same barbecue and breakfast taco menu as the other Austin-area locations, blend the familiar meat-market ambience with some nostalgic design elements from the building’s past and offer 81 parking spaces.

Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q. American-Statesman 1997

The new restaurant, which will also incorporate the adjacent building that is currently home to Banzai Sushi & Grill, will be designed in collaboration by architect Morris Hoover and builder John King, who intend to “create a distinctive space that fits the neighborhood,” according to the owners.

There were 14 finalists for the hot and highly visible property that has a storied history dating back to 2-J’s in 1954. The property owners, the Moton Crockett Jr. family, chose K&N Management,which also owns Mighty Fine Burgers, Fries & Shakes, due in part to Moton Crockett Jr.’s great-grandson’s love for both Mighty Fine and Rudy’s, according to a news release.

“We are pleased to be working with the Crockett family, who embodies our commitment to supporting the local community,” Schiller said. “We are proud and honored to be able to bring Rudy’s to Central Austin.”

The original Rudy’s opened in Leon Springs in 1989, and there are now 32 locations in Texas, two each in Oklahoma, Colorado and Arizona, and three in New Mexico.

EZ’s closed in January 2016 following a fire that did an estimated $400,000 in damage.

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Austin Food & Wine Festival announces 2018 dates

Ready to hang out with celebrity chefs, learn how to make homemade pasta and get drunk with Tim Love while singing your eyebrows? Well, now you’ve got a weekend to circle on your calendar.

Chef Tim Love hands a taco to Mikaela Blood as the country’s best chefs compete with their own versions of taco dishes in the Rock Your Taco showdown during the Austin Food and Wine Festival at Fair Market April 29. 04/29/17 Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The Austin Food & Wine Festival posted an Instagram photo today teasing the dates for next year’s festival. It will take place April 27-29.  More details on tickets, talent and more in the weeks and months to come (the lineup and tickets were released in January for this year’s festival). In the meantime, take a look at some of last year’s coverage:

 

Eater names one Austin restaurant to its list of 38 best restaurants in America

Eater’s national critic Bill Addison is a tireless man, traveling the country in search of the nation’s up-and-coming and stalwart restaurants. The website today released its list of America’s 38 Essential restaurants. One Austin restaurant made the grade. The big shot? Franklin Barbecue. Addison writes, “The most famous barbecue restaurant in America deserves its celebrity; every omnivore should wade through the long (really long) line once to fathom Aaron Franklin’s smoky pyrotechnics.”

On April 28, 2017, Aaron Franklin greeted customers at Franklin’s Barbecue, which he co-owns with his wife Stacy Franklin. nvestors offering to expand the restaurant into a chain. “This is our little bit of old school Austin,” Franklin said about his restaurant. “We’re not changing.” (RESHMA KIRPALANI / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

The only other Texas restaurant to make the list was fellow James Beard award-winner Hugo Ortega’s namesake restaurant in Houston. Check out the complete list of Eater’s Essential 38 here.