Best Mac & Cheese in Austin

For some, mac ‘n cheese comes in a blue box with some nuclear-looking orange powder — but for other, smarter people, it’s a Southern comfort staple that is rich, creamy, and a More »

The Midway Food Park

When one trailer park closes you inflate your tires and roll on down to the next. With the closing of the South Congress food trailer park, it left many wondering where all More »

Austin Bakes for West

Via: http://austinbakes.com/ AUSTIN BAKES FOR WEST ON SATURDAY, MAY 4th Eight Austin Locations to Hold Bake Sales with All Proceeds Going to Relief Efforts in West Austin, TX (April 23, 2013) -­-­ More »

IMPORTANT NOTICE:: Texas Tequila Throwdown

To some, Bite Me Austin might be an unfamiliar name. To others they might recognize Bite Me Houston a little more. Launched in Houston, TX in 2009 Bite Me Houston was a More »

Blackfinn Ameripub

Eat, Drink and Be Lively! That’s the slogan of the Domain’s latest resident, Blackfinn Ameripub. Right in the middle of the action, Blackfinn is bringing some competition to the neighboring upscale restaurants. More »

 

Best Mac & Cheese in Austin

219 West - Mike Cortez

219 West - Mike Cortez

For some, mac ‘n cheese comes in a blue box with some nuclear-looking orange powder — but for other, smarter people, it’s a Southern comfort staple that is rich, creamy, and a perfect complement to any meal (or better yet, a meal unto itself). Unsurprisingly, Austin’s culinary class is constantly exploring ways to take the ubiquitous comfort food to previously unforeseen heights. Check out these nine spots that are taking mac ’n cheese to the next level: http://www.thrillist.com/

The Midway Food Park

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When one trailer park closes you inflate your tires and roll on down to the next. With the closing of the South Congress food trailer park, it left many wondering where all the food trucks would go. Austinite’s have seen the increasing growth of the food truck scene around the city and the almost cult like following has turned the trailers into a tourist destination. Across the city small trailer food courts are popping up and one of the newest kids on the block is the Midway Food Park which opens August 15th on the west side of town. According to their Facebook page they will open with One Taco, The Seedling Truck and Dock and Roll but have room for around eight trailers total. Midway Food Park is also hoping to be more than just about the food because they are installing a playground for the little ones to enjoy along with horseshoes and washers for the adults. The Midway will also be hosting live musicians to keep everyone entertained while eating at the food trailer park. We look forward to finally trying the Lobster Rolls from Dock and Roll while letting the traffic on 360 die down.

For more information on their opening be sure to check out their Facebook.

Austin Bakes for West

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Via: http://austinbakes.com/

AUSTIN BAKES FOR WEST ON SATURDAY, MAY 4th

Eight Austin Locations to Hold Bake Sales with All Proceeds Going to Relief Efforts in West

Austin, TX (April 23, 2013) -­-­ On Saturday, May 4th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., hundreds of bakers, bloggers, businesses, and consumers will unite for “Austin Bakes for West,” a bake sale fundraising event to help those affected by the recent explosion in West, Texas. Over 80 home cooks and dozens of local businesses will be contributing baked goods at locations throughout Austin, with proceeds going to AmeriCares relief efforts in West.

Austin Bakes for West locations:

BeeCave: WholeFoodsMarketBeeCave, 12601 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave, TX78738

Central: Foreign & Domestic, 306 E. 53rd Street, 78751

Central: Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, 6610 N Lamar Blvd, 78757

Downtown: Whole Foods Market Lamar, 525 N. Lamar Boulevard, 78703

East: Springdale Farm, 755 Springdale Road, 78702

North: Whole Foods Market Gateway, 9607 Research Boulevard #300, 78759

Round Rock: Round Rock Market Days, 221 E. Main St., Round Rock, TX78664

South: Crema Bakery, 9001 Brodie Lane, Suite B, 78748

Baked goods will include kolaches, cookies, cupcakes, brownies, pies and pastries of all kinds. Several home bakers are creating Texas-­themed confections for the sale, while others will be baking locally sourced, organic, vegan or gluten-­free items. In addition, customers may purchase gourmet pastries that have been donated by some of Austin’s finest professional bakers and restaurants. All funds raised will go to AmeriCares disaster relief efforts in West. Those who wish to make a gift in advance of the sale may do so at Austin Bakes for West’s secure, online giving page.

Get Involved:

We encourage everyone to visit the bake sale locations to support this effort, and to spread the word through e-­mail, liking Austin Bakes on Facebook, following us on Twitter (@austinbakes), or by making a gift online. Those interested in providing baked goods and/or volunteering should visit AustinBakes.com/signup to sign up.

Austin Bakes for West is being organized by the same team of food enthusiasts and bloggers who

presented Austin Bakes for Japan and Austin Bakes for Bastrop, citywide bake sales which in 2011 raised

over $25,000 for humanitarian relief. For more information about the sale or to make a gift online, visit

www.AustinBakes.com.

AmeriCares is nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization. Their efforts in West, Texas,

include assisting partner agencies in providing short-­ to intermediate-­term financial burdens caused by

explosion relief efforts. AmeriCares has consistently received high rankings for their work from Charity

Navigator, Forbes, and The Nonprofit Times. For more information about AmeriCares, visit

http://americares.org

IMPORTANT NOTICE:: Texas Tequila Throwdown

Bite Me Austin

To some, Bite Me Austin might be an unfamiliar name. To others they might recognize Bite Me Houston a little more. Launched in Houston, TX in 2009 Bite Me Houston was a blog started by myself, Mike Cortez. While I enjoyed writing about the Houston food and drink scene I always had a passion for supporting nonprofit organizations and local businesses. With my many connections within the Texas spirits industry, I singlehandedly formed the popular events The Texas Tequila Throwdown and the Texas Vodka Throwdown. The premise for the event was to give the public a chance to learn about Texas spirits that call Texas home while supporting a local nonprofit organization. Over the years we were able to help charity organizations like the Star of Hope Mission and the Houston Food Bank. Every event that I put together has been funded with my own money and the support of local businesses. I made no money off of the events and 100% of the proceeds and donations raised went directly to the benefiting nonprofit organization.

The reason I am putting out this release is because I have been receiving emails about a very similar event called the Great Tequila Shoot Out and I would like to make it known that this event is in no way affiliated with the Texas Tequila Throwdown. There are a lot of similarities between the two events that it has raised some concern and the need to protect the future of the Texas Tequila Throwdown. My events were always free and open to the public with the suggestion of donations in the form of blankets, jackets or nonperishable foods. While we wish all the best to all Texas tequila companies I felt it important to make sure it is known that these events are not the same and are in no way affiliated.

The future of the Texas Tequila Throwdown and the Texas Vodka Throwdown are still in the works and they will continue to be educational events bringing Texas based businesses to the public while supporting local nonprofit organizations. Thank you to all who have supported my events and nonprofits both in Houston and beyond. Now that I have relocated to Austin and started to build a new brand I will continue to stand by my original style of supporting local business. Thank you for taking time out to read this release and I hope you continue support Bite Me Austin, Texas business and nonprofit organizations.

Sincerely,

Mike Cortez
Bite Me Austin

Texas Tequila Throwdown
Texas Vodka Throwdown
Founder

Blackfinn Ameripub

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Eat, Drink and Be Lively! That’s the slogan of the Domain’s latest resident, Blackfinn Ameripub. Right in the middle of the action, Blackfinn is bringing some competition to the neighboring upscale restaurants.

Jumbo Lump Crowned Crab CakesBlackfinn is offering a large selection of food ranging from simple pub fare to damn near fine dining, and they are doing it all at a reasonable price. What about washing it down, you ask? Well, they have you covered there too, with a great selection of craft beers, hand crafted cocktails and a pretty impressive wine selection. If you’re going to get into the craft beer game in Austin, you have to bring an amazing tap list. While there are many familiar beers on the list, Blackfinn is bringing in some of the smaller Texas breweries like Franconia and newcomers Pedernales Brewing Co. One of the best things about Blackfinn is that they offer a few different pouring sizes. Whether you are you just sampling or having an evening of drinks with friends, they are offering anything between sample pours to growlers. As the business grows they plan to keep many of the taps rotating while bringing in many of the local seasonal brews. Thursday nights will be a big hit for the craft beer fans because Blackfinn will be offering their Craft Beer and Burger combo with fries from 7pm- Close for only $10. If that’s not good enough they will also be offering Happy Hour from 3pm-7pm Monday through Friday and Reverse Happy Hour from 10pm- Close Sunday through Thursday which will feature $3 domestic drafts, $4 local drafts, $5 wells and $5 wines. Another big hit will be their signature cocktails on draft like the Kickin’ Mule (A Moscow Mule with a Texas flare thanks to Tito’s Vodka) and Blackfinn Tea (Arnold Palmer with a kick). For the wine lovers Blackfinn is offering half price off glasses and bottles on Thursday night. It looks like the Domain has a new place to not only eat but to drink as well.

12oz New York StripJust when you thought that Blackfinn put all their focus on their bar, they hit you with a menu that reads like a book. This isn’t your ordinary pub grub; Blackfinn is taking your taste buds to a new level with appetizers like New Orleans inspired crab cakes which are surprisingly more crab then cake. The flavors of the fresh crab, spices and pico blend wonderfully with their homemade remoulade sauce. To perfectly compliment the dish I went for a crisp IPA beer. For the wine buffs, I would recommend their Blackened Brie which is a slice of ciabatta toast topped with apples, apricot cranberry chutney and of course the blackened Brie. I am usually not a fan of Brie cheese but the combination of flavors melted together magically and went amazing with a glass of Chardonnay or Riesling. Once you are ready to move onto the main course Blackfinn will continue to dazzle. It will leave you wanting to order multiple entrees because everything sounds delicious. They make it their goal to have a little something for everyone whether you are going meatless, gluten free or a full on carnivores dream. With a symphony of Salads, Pastas, Steaks, Sandwiches and Burgers don’t expect the ordinary. These aren’t you average chain style plate. The portions are huge and they all have a little bit of fusion flair to keep you taste buds in heaven. I went for their 12oz NY Strip with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Maple Glazed Carrots. After a night of drinking eating light is the last thing on my mind. The Maple Glazed Carrots might not be healthy but they sure are delicious. The sweet and savory juice from the carrots compliment the dry rub seasoned steak. The Garlic Mashed Potatoes are going to make you forget all about your mom’s. These fluffy potatoes will smack you in the face with flavor. By the time you are finished eating, if you can even manage to save room for dessert, make sure to check out the short but oh so sweet list. The Pineapple Upside Down Carrot Cake is one of the most unique desserts that really caught my eye. What could be better than a Pineapple Upside Down Cake and a Carrot Cake making love on your plate? To sweeten the deal even more, they toss in a seductive scoop of cream cheese whipped cream. But if you are looking for a chocolate fix, then order the Blackfinn Hot Chocolate. It’s a chocolate, peanut butter soufflé concoction with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and caramel sauce, in other words, it is a diabetic’s wet dream.

Pineapple Upside Down Carrot CakeBlackfinn is definitely going to be a big hit in the Domain. Forget the pretentious stigma that comes with the area. Blackfinn is a great destination whether you’re looking for a casual date or an evening with friends. I expect as the spring temperatures rise, the patio will be a huge buzz with live music on the weekends. The prices are pretty reasonable ranging from $11 burgers to low $20’s for steaks, and everything else within the mid-teens. They also have two private rooms for special occasions and a huge round bar to service everyone quickly. I honestly can’t wait to get back to Blackfinn and I hope they eventually open one up for the south side of town.

South Congress Food Fight

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If there is one thing Austin is known for, it’s our South Congress strip! Packed with boutique shops, antique hodgepodge and of course the delicious selection of food trailers. Soon the image of South Congress will be changing and many think it won’t be for the best.

News broke this week that by the end of March all of the iconic food trailers that are posted up between Milton and Monroe will have to find a new place to set up shop. The land owners have plans to erect a three story hotel with underground parking, while restaurants and shops will be on the lower level. Developers expect the hotel to bring in millions of dollars to the city along with much needed jobs. Several question whether this will hurt the neighboring businesses. Every week the makeshift food court of trailers on South Congress are packed with customers and as the weekends roll around, it is easily one of the biggest tourist destinations in town. While there are various smaller groupings of food trailers close by, none are as concentrated as they are on South Congress. It is still unclear where many of the trailers will be moving to but at least they will still be in business during the extremely busy SXSW rush. This will make for the second eviction of food trailers in Austin; if you recall last years’ closure of the East Side Drive-In.

Austin has seen a huge influx of trailers and space is becoming harder to find. The biggest question is where many of the trailers along South Congress will move to next? Many have speculated that some will move to the new food trailer park in West Campus off 26th and Rio Grande. But one thing you can be sure of is that no one is planning to go out of business. Many of the trailers are preparing to handle business as usual and when the time comes they will simply move to a new location and keep Austin’s food trailer culture alive and well. For now we can only wish the business owners the best and hope the evolving South Congress district will not suffer due to this loss.

 

Welcome to Bite Me Austin!

Welcome to Bite Me Austin. I am your inside guide to the best food and drinks in town.

Originally started in Houston, TX as Bite Me Houston soon snowballed into something bigger than I could have ever imagined. Most known for my events the Texas Tequila Throwdown and Texas Vodka Throwdown, I have strived to support the local community by writing about locally owned business and supporting nonprofit organizations.

Here you will find unbiased and 100% honest reviews of local bars and restaurants. Just because I might not like something doesn’t mean you won’t so even if I don’t like it I suggest you find out for yourself.