allandale quick bites (1st bimester 2023): passion for the pitas

something wonderful from Barley Swine…

You’ve heard me say it before, but I will say it again: we are fortunate to have Barley Swine in our neighborhood. We’ve been there twice in the past few months and were reminded of this fact. On our most recent visit, we were there with Ye Olde Editor (hearty welcome to the new editor!) as well as his wife, The Judge, who is fortunately less judgy than The Judge in Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian. We usually eat at the bar so we can watch all the tweezering, so it was a nice change to eat at a table and enjoy company in a well-lit and talkable setting. You practically have to live on Greenlawn to afford to eat here (with tax, title, and tip, count on $200 a head), but what craft, attention to detail, and flavor!

Pita Fusion is now open (see review this issue). Pokéworks is close to opening as is Voodoo Donut, the latter of which held a hiring fair on January 22 and 23rd. Austin’s Very Own Saltt (still not a typo) appears to be close to opening as well as the Chicago-based, fancypants convenience store Foxtrot. Carve American Grille, Verdad True Modern Mexican, and East Side Pies are all actively under construction, so stay tuned. When I went to go check out the status of things at The Grove, I saw reference to a place called The DRIPBaR which is, upon further research, another IV drip place (holy häagendazs, people: drink some coconut juice!). Amazingly, there were no changes at Kitchen United. Citing bad weather, staffing costs, and inflation, Fat City Stacks at Yard Bar closed. Also closing was The Violet Crown Clubhouse.

Those spike-the-non-alcoholic-drinks-with-alcohol-spikers at Eater Austin gave hearty props to Eldorado Cafe and Enchiladas y Mas for sizzling TexMex; Chinatown North, Taco Flats, Thundercloud, Tso, Old Thousand, and East Side Pies for great take-out and delivery; Bufalina Due and The Peached Tortilla for happy hours with affordable eats and drinks; Bufalina Due, Bird Bird Biscuit, and épicerie as essential Austin restaurants; Yard Bar for slinging creative non-alcoholic cocktails; Le Bleu and Hi Wings for great chicken wings; Ichi-Umi Sushi and Ichiban as essential sushi; Seven Spice, China Family, Tso, Chinatown, and Old Thousand for great Chinese; and Kellie’s Baking Co., Upper Crust, Alamo Drafthouse, La Pâtisserie for must-try cookies. Austin CultureMap gave Picnik a shout-out for its non-alcoholic mixed bevs. Thrillest recognized Ichi-Umi for best bowls of ramen; brisket fried rice at Old Thousand as an essential Austin food experience; Pinthouse, Little Deli, Bufalina Due, and The Backspace for the absolute best pizza in Austin; and Bartlett’s as one of the best steakhouses.

My fave things in the hood over the last year include the chicken pirata tacos at Dos Batos, pizza from Shortie’s, molokai chicken from Hawaiian Bros, Chongqing spicy chicken from China Family, jewish migas from JewBoy Sub Shop, pimento cheese from Burnet Go To, those tenders from Happy Chicks, El Equinox from El Tacorrido, a bowl from Honest Mary’s, and chicken fried rice from Tso.

I wrote this article for the Allandale Neighbor.

a peek inside pokéworks

a peek inside austin’s very own saltt

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