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East Side King Thai Kun Wins Cochon 555, Whataburger Ode, and More A.M. Intel

The latest three restaurant tidbits in Austin served right now.

Salt & Time at Cochon 555
Salt & Time at Cochon 555
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

— Thai Changthong and East Side King Thai Kun won Cochon 555's Heritage BBQ competition yesterday at The Driskill Among the pig dishes Changthong created included a massaman curry soup with belly shoulder, quail egg, and pickled mustard greens; and the blood laap, with minced meat, heart, liver, tongue, cabbage, and lime. Other competing chefs were Josh Jones, Andrew Wiseheart, Sarah McIntosh, and Quealy Watson from Hot Joy in San Antonio. Salt & Time also butchered and sold off pig parts as part of a pop-up demonstration.

— A bucket of popcorn at a movie theater will cost at least $4.99.

— Slam poet Air Safi loves Whataburger so much that he dedicated a poem to the burger chain at the Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival earlier this month. He praised the food ("We have come to receive you honey butter chicken blessings"), the community, and just the feeling of home. Whataburger was honored.

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