Barley Swine hosting barbecue pop-up dinner

David Bruce Hackney reloads the firewood hopper with Post Oak at Barley Swine at 6555 Burnet Rd in north Austin. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
David Bruce Hackney reloads the firewood hopper with Post Oak at Barley Swine at 6555 Burnet Rd in north Austin.

One of the best restaurants in town is getting into the barbecue game for a night. Bryce Gilmore and his crew at Barley Swine, along with Odd Duck co-chef and partner Mark Buley, are hosting a barbecue pop-up at their restaurant at 6555 Burnet Rd. on September 11. The meal will cost $45 per person and includes platters of smoked meat, sides and desserts while supplies last. The dinner starts at 5 p.m. and Barley Swine is not taking reservations.

Stubb’s Bar-B-Q opens at Lala’s Little Nugget

Stubb's Bar-B-Q and Lala's Little Nugget have teamed.
Stubb’s Bar-B-Q and Lala’s Little Nugget have teamed.

Beloved Austin dive bar Lala’s Little Nugget now shares a patio with newly opened Stubb’s Bar-B-Q at 2207 Justin Lane in Crestview. The famous barbecue restaurant will smoke its meat at the original 801 Red River St. location and deliver it to Lala’s, where it will be served from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. In addition to barbecue plates, Stubb’s will also serve nachos, BBQ sliders and Tex-Mex tacos.

Stubb’s has been expanding in recent years, opening at the Mean Eyed Cat just west of downtown and at Graceland Grocery in Oak Hill. Stubb’s, Mean Eyed Cat and Graceland are operated by FBR Management, which also owns and operates six other restaurants and bars around town, and FBR principle Matt Luckie and partners own and operate Lala’s.

The question is: Will these ancillary Stubb’s locations be able to stay open? At the end of 2015, One World Foods, which owns Stubb’s barbecue sauce, sued Stubb’s Austin Restaurant Co. for trademark infringement and wanted the non-Red River outposts closed, or in the case of Lala’s, never opened. Stubb’s Austin Restaurant Co. filed a countersuit this year claiming there was no deal in place that kept them from expanding. Luckie had no comment today when asked about the legal status of the restaurants.

Micklethwait Craft Meats top lines roster of new Austin City Limits Festival food vendors

Austin City Limits Festival goers will have a new option for barbecue at the ACL Eats food court this year, as Micklethwait Craft Meats will be serving at the two-weekend festival at Zilker Park. The first time vendor is joined by other newcomers Bananarchy, Way South Philly and Wholly Cow, which could give P. Terry’s a run for its burger money. There are still general admission tickets for sale for both Sundays. Buy here.

Return vendors are listed here:

Amy’s Ice Creams

Austin’s Pizza

Burro Grilled Cheese Kitchen

Chi’Lantro BBQ

East Side King

Freebirds World Burrito

GoodPop Popsicles

Hat Creek Burger Co.

High Brew Coffee


Lambas Indian Kitchen

Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

Maine Root Beverages

Mighty Bird

Mighty Cone


Terry’s Burger Stand

Shade Tree Organic Lemonade

Skull & Cakebones


Southside Flying Pizza

Tamale Addiction

The Peached Tortilla

The Salt Lick

Tiff’s Treats

Tinos Greek Café

Torchy’s Tacos



Labor Day weekend food events in Austin

johoLick Honest Ice Creams will give ice cream lovers the first taste of their new ice cream sandwiches Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Métier (1805 S. First St.) at an event spotlighting Becker Elementary school’s organic and educational non-profit gardening program, the Becker Green Classroom. The ice cream sandwiches or two scoops of ice cream will be sold for $5 each, and 20 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Green Classroom, which is providing one of the herbs for the one-off seasonal flavor sold Saturday. The event will also offer beverages from program co-sponsors Save the World Brewing Co. and Dublin Bottling Works and live jazz. The new ice cream sandwiches from Lick will be available in shops beginning Labor Day.

“The Becker Green Classroom is especially compelling to us because teaching kids how to grow and eat their own food is a gift they can carry into adulthood. It takes a community of people to raise healthy kids, and we want to contribute however possible,” event host and Métier Cook’s Supply co-owner Jessica Maher said.

Josephine House celebrates the holiday and Longhorn football with its second annual Labor Day Keg Party Sunday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 1609 Waterson Ave. The festivities include a menu of fried chicken, deviled eggs and sides, cool sweets from Gemelli Gelateria, beer from locals Live Oak Brewing Company, Blue Owl Brewing and  Austin Beerworks, yard games and the Longhorns-Notre Dame game on the big screen. Tickets are $65 and available at

Pig-centric gastropub the Salty Sow hosts a Labor Day Pignik on Labor Day. The event at the restaurant at 1917 Manor Rd. costs $25 per person and runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The menu includes a slow-roasted pig with sides and fixins for build-your-own tacos, along with $3 cans of beer from Live Oak Brewing Company. (

Tex-Mex burger joint El Sapo (1900 Manor Rd.) is going to the dogs on Labor Day. Their hosting a grill-out from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with $4 hot dog and fries, along with $3 Mexican canned beers,
$4 El Jimador shots, $4 Mezcal Mules, $4 Frito pies, and $5 margaritas de la casa. They’re also giving away complimentary red, white, and blue raspas (snow cones) and are making sure everyone knows the party is canine-friendly.

Why go to a party when you can bring the party to you. Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q recently rolled out its new online ordering system. Visit and place any size order at one of the four Central Texas location, head to the restaurant at the assigned time and you’ll be covered in sweet sauce in no time.



Eleven Plates closing September 3, selling wine at major discount until then

Wine-friendly restaurant Eleven Plates is closing after service September 3, according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page. The restaurant, which has been in Davenport Village for five years, decided not to renew its lease. Between now and the final day of business, Eleven Plates is offering 40% off all bottles of wine.

Prelog’s downtown closing after service this weekend

prelogWas it the location (sandwiched in a developing corridor of downtown and tucked at the bottom of a condo tower)? Was it the European pedigree and slightly clubby feel to the space? Was it a tad too fancy or out-of-step with Austin diners? Maybe it was a little of all or none of the above. Whatever the reason, Prelog’s is closing this week at 360 Nueces St. in the 360 Condominium tower.

I’ve always enjoyed my meals from chef-owner Florian Prelog and his staff. I gave them a positive review last year and ranked them 22nd in last year’s Dining Guide (look for this year’s guide in mid-October). Fortunately, Prelog and wife Romana say they are looking for a new location in Central Austin, so this won’t be the last we hear from the team behind the family-run restaurant. While they search for a new space, they will offer catering, in-home dining and cooking classes. Find out more about the forthcoming options at

Prelog’s will close after service on Sunday. If you never visited Prelog’s, read my 2015 review to find out what you missed.