P. Terry’s now allowing pedestrians to use drive-thru windows at drive-thru-only locations

(Credit: Ricardo B. Brazziell AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
(Credit: Ricardo B. Brazziell AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

P. Terry’s will now let pedestrians have access to the drive-thru windows at their three drive-thru only locations. Terrence Henry of KUT first reported the news regarding P. Terry’s compliance with City of Austin code  “25-2-813 Drive-Through Facility,” which states: “A business that has a drive-through facility but does not have walk-in service must provide safe and convenient access for pedestrians to the drive-through facility.”

Terry’s owner Patrick Terry said he had already offered the service on an “on-again, off-again basis” to pedestrians at the three locations where there is only a drive-thru window and no specific walk-up window or indoor seating.

“Instead of doing it on a sporadic basis, we will do it at all times now,” said Terry, who acknowledged he was not aware of the specific code until it was brought to his attention.

Pedestrians at the drive-thru only locations will place their order at the window, and Terry says the locations have “already marked off an area” where the customers can wait. Terry said the restaurant’s intention is to keep pedestrians and cars away from one another.

The Ben White Boulevard, 8515 Burnet Rd., and 12018 Reserach Blvd. locations are the only drive-thru only locations in the local chain.

Public transportation advocate Jace Deloney brought attention to the issue yesterday on Twitter.

Deloncey initially seems happy to the response Terry issued to Henry.

Nutty Brown Cafe moving to Round Rock; Z’Tejas gets new owners

Credit: Larry Kolvoord AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Credit: Larry Kolvoord AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Longtime South Austin restaurant and music venue the Nutty Brown Café announced on Twitter that it will move to McNeil Park in Round Rock in 2017. Nutty Brown, which sits on a site recently purchased by HEB, will continue in its current location through 2016, and ownership thanked the Texas grocer for its cooperation and generosity in allowing the café to stay put through next year.


Members of the Iron Cactus ownership group and commercial real estate investment company the Stone Group have purchased Z’Tejas, which declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month, according to Statesman business reporter Gary Dinges.

“We’d like to assure guests and employees that Z’Tejas will continue to remain a staple of the local community,” Iron Cactus general partner Gary Manley said in a written statement.

For the complete story, visit Statesman.com.


Two Central Texas cities named best places to open a restaurant in U.S.

In-N-Out Burger opened in Round Rock in 2013. (Rodolfo Gonzalez AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
In-N-Out Burger opened in Round Rock in 2013. (Rodolfo Gonzalez AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

The booming Central Texas economy has earned the attention of NerdWallet.com. The website released a list of the 10 best large cities (50,000+) in which to open a restaurant. NerdWallet crunched data on population growth, density, restaurant sales, and personal income to determine the city’s with greatest demand.

Cedar Park, which has seen its number of restaurants double in the past five years, took the top spot on the list. Round Rock, which is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., came in at number five on the strength of its population growth and its “strong culinary scene that rakes in over $105 million in sales annually,” according to NerdWallet.com.

South Texas and North Texas also landed on the list, with Mission picking up the number two stop and Frisco coming in at number six.

For the complete list, which includes data on all of the cities examined, head to NerdWallet.com.

Correction: Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ spin-off Violet Taco opens at Star Bar this weekend

Valentina's Tex-Mex serves one of the best sliced brisket sandwiches in town.
Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ serves one of the best sliced brisket sandwiches in town.

A previous version of this blog incorrectly reported that Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ would reopen at Star Bar (600 W. Sixth St.). It turns out Valentina’s sister trailer, Violet Taco, will open at Star Bar, with Valentina’s staying down south at 7612 Brodie Ln. Violet Taco will, however, serve Valentina’s smoked brisket and carnitas daily (as well as ribs on Wednesday). Violet Taco recently left the Craftsmans bar on East Cesar Chavez Street, when it was determined the trailer was too big for the space. Violet Taco will serve dinner and late-nights only until the Star Bar finished its renovation in the coming weeks.


Chef de cuisine Andrew Francisco departing Gardner

Gardner 1914 E. 6th St (Ricardo B. Brazziell AMERICAN- STATESMAN)
Gardner 1914 E. 6th St (Ricardo B. Brazziell AMERICAN- STATESMAN)

Andrew Francisco is leaving his position as chef de cuisine at Gardner, where he has worked since the restaurant opened last fall. Francisco, who previously worked at Mettle and Olivia, is leaving the East Austin restaurant to be closer to his family in Eugene, Orgeon.

PJ Edwards, who has served as sous chef at Gardner since the restaurant opened, will move into the position of chef de cuisine and, as Francisco did, work closely with executive chef and partner Andrew Wiseheart. Edwards’ career includes time at the celebrated McCrady’s in Charleston, South Carolina, and Jason Dady’s Bin 555 in San Antonio.

“We are thankful for (Francisco’s) creative work in the kitchen at Gardner, and wish him the best in his future endeavors,” Gardner said in an emailed statement.

The veggie-centric restaurant was recently named one of Bon Appetit’s 50 Best New Restaurants in America.



Wine & Food Foundation of Texas announce Tour de Vin chef line-up


The Wine and Food Foundation of Texas will showcase several popular Austin chefs at its Tour de Vin: The New Vintage event on September 17.

Chefs Jacob Waver (Juliet), Ek Timrerk (Kin & Comfort), Jodi Elliott (Bribery), and Joe Anguiano (Vox Table) will join Honorary Chair chef Andrew Wiseheart of Contigo and Gardner at the fundraiging event at Fair Market (1100 E. Fifth St.) The chefs will create small plates to pair with dozens of wines at the 13th annual event.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. event cost $70 for non-members and can be purchased at wineandfoodfoundation.org.



Austin restaurants: Where I’d eat my final meal in Austin

The hama chili at Uchi (baby yellow tail, ponzu and Thai chili) would haunt my dreams if I ever left Austin for good. (Credit: Erica Wilkins)
The hama chili at Uchi (baby yellow tail, ponzu and Thai chili) would haunt my dreams if I ever left Austin for good. (Credit: Erica Wilkins)

Reader Jamil Bata asked which restaurant would be my last stop before moving away from Austin. Good question. Tough question. It brings up others: Do you eat somewhere you can only eat in Austin? Do you eat a cuisine you can’t find other places? Do you eat somewhere with a high nostalgia quotient? So many factors come into play, like the destination of your move away from Austin.

Since I have the space, I decided to give Bata (and you) the long version of my answer.

Where would you eat your final meal in Austin? Let me know in the comments.

» Interactive map: Final meal in Austin

Take my 2014 Dining Guide — a list of my top 25 restaurants and 75 other places I like to eat — with you by bookmarking austin360.com/diningguide on your smartphone or tablet.

Austin Land & Cattle. 1205 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-1813, alcsteaks.com. No pretense, just good steaks, a fun mood and a bar that serves strong drinks and excellent happy hour specials, such as a filling steak sandwich.

Barley Swine. 2024 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-394-8150, barleyswine.com. Chef Bryce Gilmore and his team create beautiful and delicious dishes sourced locally. You won’t find dishes with these same ingredients once you leave town.

Bouldin Creek Cafe. 1900 S. First St. 512-416-1601, bouldincreek.com. This fun and funky café delivers solid vegetarian and vegan dishes, along with a true taste of Austin.

Bufalina. 1519 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-524-2523, bufalinapizza.com. Pizza may be my favorite food, and if I’m leaving Austin, I want to have some of the best the city has to offer.

Casino El Camino. 517 E. Sixth St. 512-469-9330, casinoelcamino.net. Navigating the gruff staff, dark ambiance, and coarse-grind burgers at this Sixth Street bar is a rite of passage. I’d have to dip back in for one more burger smothered in cheese and peppers. And a whiskey.

Congress. 200 Congress Ave. 512-827-2760, congressaustin.com/congress. Saying goodbye to Austin would be bittersweet with dinner at chef David Bull’s restaurant, which features some of the finest service in the city.

Crown & Anchor Pub. 2911 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-322-9168, crownandanchorpub.com. One last double cheeseburger with bacon and a cold beer on the patio of this 28-year-old campus-area jewel would make me a happy man.

Dai Due. 2406 Manor Road. 512-524-0688, daidue.com. Love what these locavores do at every level of the game. It’s hard to think of a more quintessential Austin restaurant at the moment.

Franklin Barbecue. 900 E. 11th St. 512-653-1187, franklinbarbecue.com. Wherever I’m going, they don’t have barbecue like this.

Home Slice Pizza. 1415 S. Congress Ave. 512-444-7437, homeslicepizza.com. A healthy dose of nostalgia and some excellent New York-style pizzas would be a great way to say goodbye. And I could walk to the Continental Club or C-Boy’s afterward.

Jeffrey’s. 1204 W. Lynn St. 512-477-5584, jeffreysofaustin.com. A stroll down memory lane comes with some of the best steaks and one of the best bars in the city.

John Mueller Meat Co. 2500 E. Sixth St. johnmuellermeatco.com. You ain’t gonna find brisket or a character with this kind of bark anywhere outside of Central Texas.

Kyōten. 1211 E. Sixth St. kyotenaustin.com. Where are you moving where you can get exceptional sushi from a food truck? Thought so.

Lenoir. 1807 S. First St. 512-215-9778, lenoirrestaurant.com. Chef Todd Duplechan will make you regret leaving town, as he takes local ingredients to replicate flavors of hot climates (Africa, Spain, Southeast Asia) from around the world.

Licha’s Cantina. 1306 E. Sixth St. 512-480-5960, lichascantina. You’re moving somewhere you can find Mexican street food like huaraches and tacos in a cute old shack that has ample outdoor seating? Didn’t think so.

Little Deli. 7101 Woodrow Ave. 512-467-7402, littledeliandpizza.com. The mid-century shopping center and New Jersey-style pizzas take me back in time every single time.

Luke’s Inside Out. 1109 S. Lamar Blvd. lukesinsideout.com. It’s not just the food I’d miss about Austin; it’s the people. A juicy burger and some juicy Old Austin stories from chef Luke Bibby would make for a fitting send-off.

El Naranjo. 85 Rainey St. 512-474-2776, elnaranjo-restaurant.com. Only a few cities around the country have restaurants that serve refined interior Mexican food like that prepared by Iliana de la Vega.

Odd Duck. 1201 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-433-6521, oddduckaustin.com. Eating here one last time would be like a final visit to your grandmother’s house, if she were a James Beard-nominated chef.

Olamaie. 1610 San Antonio St. 512-474-2796, olamaieaustin.com. No matter where you’re headed, you probably won’t find fresh, inventive and refined Southern cuisine like this.

Perla’s. 1400 S. Congress Ave. 512-291-7300, perlasaustin.com. I’ve probably spent more time on this patio than any other in Austin.

Polvos. 2004 S. First St. 512-441-5446, polvosaustin.com. The service can be a bit uneven, and the fajitas a little greasy, but it feels like home for this South Austinite. And that salsa bar …

P. Terry’s. Multiple locations. pterrys.com. I’ve had more burgers from the drive-thru on South Lamar Boulevard than any burger joint in Austin.

Qui. 1600 E. Sixth St. 512-436-9626, quiaustin.com. Other cities have award-winning chefs and great service, but this place feels uniquely Austin.

Salt & Time. 1912 E. Seventh St. 512-524-1383, saltandtime.com. You gotta say goodbye to the folks at your local butcher shop, especially when they make great sandwiches and charcuterie.

Tam Deli. 8222 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-834-6458, facebook.com/tamdeliandcafe. Some of my favorite people making my favorite Vietnamese food in town.

Top Notch Hamburgers. 7525 Burnet Road. 512-452-2181, topnotchaustin.com. Kill two birds with one stone: Visit a piece of Austin history and get a great chargrilled burger (or fried chicken).

Uchi. 801 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-916-4808, uchiaustin.com. Some of my favorite sushi in the country, a great vibe, and they’ve been neighbors for a decade. Hard to imagine this not being my final stop in Austin.

Veracruz All-Natural. Multiple locations. veracruztacos.com. If you’re moving somewhere that has better tacos than the migas at these trailers, more power to you.

Vespaio. 1610 S. Congress Ave. 512-441-6100, austinvespaio.com. Get the corner table and feel like a made man as you dine one final time on the best lasagna in town.

Via 313. Multiple locations. via313.com. Unless you’re moving to Detroit, you’ll have trouble finding better slices of thick, fluffy, cheesy pizza.

Wink. 1014 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-482-8868, winkrestaurant.com. The hospitable farm-to-table trailblazers in Austin have hosted me for several memorable meals over the years — why not one more?