P. Terry’s Taco Ranch announces new (temporary) hours after overwhelming response of first three days

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Austintes love P. Terry’s and they definitely love tacos. So much so that Taco Ranch, the new fast-casual, drive-thru Tex-Mex concept from Patrick Terry has been completely overwhelmed with business in its first week.

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After selling out of food and announcing early closures the first couple of days, Terry has decided to scale back on the hours at Taco Ranch until they can get a handle on the demand.

Therefore, until further notice, the hours of Taco Ranch, which is located in a former Burger King at MoPac Boulevard and U.S. 290 (5033 U.S. 290 W.), are as follows:

6 a.m to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Update: Taco Ranch will be closed on Sundays until further notice.



Southern Living thinks this Texas restaurant should be on your barbecue bucket list

There’s no date attached to this Southern Living slideshow of the 50 barbecue restaurants in America at which you must dine before you die, but it recently came across my radar. As you probably did, when I saw the headline, I figured Texas’ entry into America’s Barbecue Bucket List would be Franklin Barbecue (Austin) or Snow’s (Lexington) or Louie Mueller BBQ (Taylor) or Pecan Lodge (Dallas) or Killen’s (Pearland). I was wrong. The one Texas barbecue restaurant the magazine says you must visit before you die is Ten50 BBQ in Richardson, the restaurant opened by Chili’s co-founder Larry Lavine. Huh.

Credit: Facebook.com/tenfiftybbq

I must admit, I’ve never been there. I’m sure it’s lovely. But, considering our state’s go-to authority on barbecue, Texas Monthly’s Daniel Vaughn, wrote about its inconsistent sliced brisket in 2014 and called the onion rings may be the best thing on the menu, I wonder how Southern Living did its research/compiled its list. Guess we have somewhere to visit next time we swing up to the Metroplex.


From 2017: Checking out the barbecue scene in Brooklyn, New York

From 2016: A barbecue tour of Texas

From 2015: The best barbecue in Central Texas

Austin chef takes down Iron Chef on ‘Beat Bobby Flay’

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Austin chef Amanda Rockman beat Bobby Flay. The native Texan who serves as the corporate executive pastry chef for New Waterloo (Sway, Le Politique, South Congress Hotel, et al) took it to the celebrity chef on Thursday night’s episode of the 14th seasons of the Food Network show “Beat Bobby Flay.”

Chef Amanda Rockman of New Waterloo.

Rockman, a former James Beard award semifinalist who previously worked in top Chicago restaurants L2O and Nico Osteria, disposed of chef Vicki Wells before taking down the Iron Chef. Following show rules, Rockman created a signature dessert of her choice, and conquered Flay with her tiramisu. The Italian dessert, made with caramel crémeux, marsala mousse, lady finger coffee streusel, white coffee foam, appears on the menu at Café No Sé in the South Congress Hotel.

It was an honor to have the opportunity to go up against an Iron Chef, but it was a real challenge to keep composure at times – sometimes I wanted to freak out and other times I just wanted to die laughing,” Rockman said. “Really a great experience overall.”


One of Austin’s best taco trucks, Pueblo Viejo, now open at Cosmic Coffee and Beer Garden

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Cosmic Coffee and Beer Garden, the lovely new lumberjack-meets-old-Austin spot from former Momo’s owner Paul Oveisi on Pickle Road in South Austin, already had a strong food truck game simply by having LeRoy & Lewis there. It’s now upped the ante. Former East Austin taco truck Pueblo Viejo, makers of some of the best tacos and salsas in town, has relocated to the spot at 121 Pickle Road.

Pueblo Viejo at its new home in South Austin.

The truck is open 7:30 a.m. t0 11 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.


Via 313 announces final day of service for its original pizza trailer

Via 313 is pulling up the anchor from its original trailer spot at 1111 E. Sixth St. in front of the Violet Crown Social Hour on January 31. The brothers Hunt announced earlier this month that their Detroit-style trailer would close in preparation for their first East Austin restaurant just down the street at 1802 E. Sixth St.  The original trailer will temporarily move to the location at 1802 E. Sixth St. while the Hunts nail down the new home for the trailer. The trailer at Craft Pride (61 Rainey St.) remains in operation, and we’ll let you know as soon as Via 313 announces the new location for its original trailer.

Via 313 serves thick, cheesy, square slices of Detroit-style pizza.
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Check out the full menu for Taco Ranch, P. Terry’s taco concept that opened today

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Update: “I’ve never seen anything like it.” Patrick Terry joked that he should have been in the taco business all along. The owner of Taco Ranch said they have pretty much sold out of food and will close for the day at 4 p.m. He estimates they probably sold about 2,500 tacos in the first 9 hours of their soft opening. The restaurant will re-open tomorrow at 6 a.m.

After bringing quality ingredients, convenience, a simple menu and low prices to the hamburger concept, Patrick Terry is applying the same philosophy to Tex-Mex. His Taco Ranch opened this morning and you can check out the full menu at the bottom of this post.

P. Terry’s

The restaurant, located in a former Burger King at MoPac Boulevard and U.S. 290 (5033 U.S. 290 W.), opened softly this morning, and I imagine the lines of cars are already forming. Terry is keeping the menu simple serving tacos, chalupas, burritos, quesadillas and taco salads, and topping and filling them with homemade salsas, all-natural chicken, beef, homemade chorizo and veggies, and serving them with homemade flour and corn tortillas. Taco Ranch serves several breakfast tacos, cinnamon rolls and coffee cake in the morning.

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Taco Ranch is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m Thursday and Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. The restaurant offers drive-thru and sit down service and will eventually be serving beers and sangria-based margaritas. Terry says the restaurant will celebrate its Grand Opening on February 1. 

Oh, and a wise word of advice from some dude on Twitter …


Veggie Heaven owner opens Yoshi Ramen in Central Austin

Veggie Heaven owner Stacy Chen has opened her second concept, Yoshi Ramen, at 3320 Harmon Ave (near Hancock Park). The restaurant was inspired by her grandmother’s ramen shop in Osaka, and serves vegetarian, vegan and meat-based ramens.

Miso ramen. (Credit: Nicolai McCrary)

Yoshi Ramen is initially serving a limited menu that includes crispy bao sliders, gyoza and pork fry rolls, along with the various ramen. The menu will eventually expand to include rice bowls and a Yoshi burger. Yoshi also serves matcha desserts and offers beer and champagne cocktails.

Yoshi Ramen is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.