Sandra Bullock’s Walton’s Fancy & Staple introduces dinner service

Bakery, cafe and flower shop Walton’s Fancy & Staple, a longtime Market District favorite, is now open after dark. After eight years of meeting the needs of breakfast and lunch patrons, the charming spot opened by actress Sandra Bullock now features a bistro dinner menu three nights a week that includes hanger steak au poivre with field greens, avocado toast with chèvre and a soft boiled farm egg, a hamburger with tender belly bacon and Longhorn cheddar, and more. Dinner is served Thursday through Saturday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. To celebrate the new service, Walton’s is hosting a four-course wine-paired holiday dinner on December 7. Cost is $65 per person and reservations can be made by calling 512-542-3380.

Credit: Megan LaPrelle

Franklin Barbecue reopens next week

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The long wait for barbecue lovers (and the Franklins and their staff) is over: Franklin Barbecue will reopen Tuesday, Nov. 21.

The restaurant will be back to doing regular lunch business but will limit their pre-orders until the new smokehouse is complete.

Franklin closed after a fire in August that was caused by a wind-blown ember from a pit.

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Where to eat at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has long been a champion of locally owned business and the spirit of Keeping Austin Weird. A slew of very Austin-y businesses are coming to the airport next year (from JuiceLand to Tacodeli). In the meantime, there are more than a dozen spots to fill you up before you take off or if you land in the capital city completely ravenous or thirsty.

Black and Bleu pizza from Second Bar + Kitchen. (Matthew Odam AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Gate 5

Saxon Pub: A whiff of that old South Austin vibe along with burgers and beer.

Between Gate 6 and 7

Second Bar + Kitchen: One of Austin’s leaders in upmarket New American. And a craft cocktail before a flight is never a bad idea.

Gate 7

Auntie Anne’s: Carb delights.

Gate 8

The following currently all closed for renovations that will bring a whole new group of Austin-based dining options. (Hoover’s Cooking, Hill’s café, Nuevo Leon, Wok & Roll)

Gate 10

Ray Benson’s Roadhouse: Load up with burgers, hot dogs and a pulled pork sandwich at this comfort spot that features live music.

Austin Java & JuiceLand: Coffee to-go and a refrigerated case of cold-pressed juices from Austin’s number one name in juice.

Salt Lick Taco Bar: Brisket tacos. That’s pretty Austin.

Gate 12

Amy’s Ice Creams: Fill your orbs of ice cream with a variety of crush-ins.

The Salt Lick Bar-B-Que: Get covered in sticky barbecue sauce from the Hill Country legend.

Maudie’s Tex-Mex: Nachos before take-off? Or, even better, nachos during take-off?

Schlotzsky’s Deli & Cinnabon:  Lunch meats and sweet cinnamon rolls? A match made in airport heaven.

Gate 13

Vino Volo: Pinkies out and glasses up at this wine bar.

Gate 15

Austin Java Coffee: Nobody wants to fall asleep on the person next to them on the plane.

Earl Campbell’s Sports Bar: Sports bars and sausage wraps courtesy of The Tyler Rose.

Gate 18

Annie’s Café & Bar: Probably your healthiest bet at the airport, from salads to sandwiches and a variety of prepared foods.

Gate 19

Ruta Maya Café: Organic coffee and pastries from an Austin original

ThunderCloud Subs: Get the Office Favorite (egg salad with bacon) at this Austin institution.

Gate 20

Ivini’s Italian: Pizza, pasta and wine. Like an Italian sidewalk café but in the airport.



San Antonio’s Bakery Lorraine coming to Austin in 2018

One of San Antonio’s most popular and nationally buzzed about spots is getting an Austin address. Bakery Lorraine plans to open at Rock Rose at Domain Northside in fall 2018.

The French-inspired bakery located at the Pearl Brewery complex in San Antonio has earned raves for its classic and colorful macarons, croissants and much more. Husband-and-wife pastry chefs Jeremy Mandrell and Anne Ng, who met while baking at Thomas Keller’s famous Bouchon Bakery in Napa Valley, run the bakery owned by Charlie  Biedenharn and bring an artisan approach to all of their from-scratch sweet and savory baked goods.  Mandrell says the patisserie style bakery’s attention to detail and focus on flavors is what Mandrell says sets Lorraine apart.

The macarons at Bakery Lorraine. (Contributed by Nick Simonite)

“We’re a true bakery in the sense that we make everything from scratch and use the best ingredients we can but try and make them on a large scale but have same attention to detail as if we were making on a small scale,” Biedenharn added of the bakery that also plans to provide wholesale baked goods to the forthcoming Merit Roasting Co., another San Antonio import headed to Austin.

Located at 11600 Rock Rose. Suite 100 next to Dance with Me and the patio at St. Genevieve, Balery Lorraine will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner with menus that include breakfast parfait, quiche Lorraine, chicken pot pie, salads and soups, artisan sandwiches and more.

Biedenharn believes that Bakery Lorraine is special in that it offers casual, counter service and a low-barrier of entry in terms of price while still giving visitors the opportunity to experience “something special.”

The San Antonio flagship has received plenty of national press since opening in 2011, including  being named one of the best bakeries in the U.S. by Food & Wine and CNN’s Eatocracy blog, as well as one of the “13 Destination Bakeries” by Conde Nast Traveler, and recently awarded the 2017 StarChefs Rising Stars Award for “Best Concept.”



Whataburger and Yeti team for Texas-lover’s dream tumbler

Prepare ye olde holiday wish list. Texas-based brands Whataburger and Yeti have teamed for a Yeti tumbler emblazoned with the most iconic fast-food logo in Texas. The 30-ounce tumbler costs $45.99 and will keep your drink cold longer than your grandpappy can tell you about the good old days.

They are currently sold out, but keep an eye on the Whataburger site for the replenishing. While you’re there, you can other Whataburger mash-ups with Texas companies, like a James Avery charm.

California-based Pokeatery opening location at Mueller

The poke scene in Austin is about to get a little more crowded. California-based Pokeatery announced today that the first location in Texas would open before the end of this year at 1201 Barbara Jordan Blvd. in the space previously occupied by Tino’s Greek Cafe. It will be the first location outside of California for the restaurant owned by husband-and-wife team of Derek and Joann Chung.

The menu features customizable poke boxes, pokecado toast, rice noodles-based bowls, and beer floats made with Hawaiian beer and Dole Whip pineapple soft serve.

“Austin’s eclectic culture and growing food scene has made it the perfect choice for Pokeatery’s first US location outside of California,” Joann Chung said in a release. “We look forward to bringing our authentic Hawaiian flavors, customizable, fresh poké boxes, and new beer floats to Austin and beyond.”

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