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Ideal Austin Dining Day, Olamaie Gets Rid of Lunch and Brunch, and More A.M. Intel

The latest 15 restaurant tidbits in Austin served right now

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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.

Lucky Peach divulges its foolproof day of dining in Austin, including breakfast at Joe's Bakery, Micklethwait Craft Meats' barbecue, Dai Due, and drinks at Posse East.

— The Factory (the waffle-centric coffee that banned laptops) wants to expand its menu with brunch and Japanese comfort foods. To help with that goal, it's looking for a new consulting chef.

— For the new year, Olamaie is getting rid of lunch and brunch, and sticking to just dinner in 2017. It’s also extending its hours to Mondays and Sundays for daily evening service.

— For the Driskill's 130th birthday, the hotel celebrated with a ginormous replica cake of the building.

— Bloomberg's food editor Kate Krader included Emmer & Rye's cacio e pepe on her list of the best dishes of the year, calling it "the most brilliant of reinventions" with fresh pasta and fermented tomato water.

— Likewise, sports and pop culture website The Ringer’s associate editor Danny Chau listed his top meals of the year, which includes two Austin shoutouts: Franklin Barbecue’s brisket (with a Snow's BBQ visit, too) and a dish from the now-shuttered Qui.

— Crema Bakery is collecting $10 donations so owner Jessica Forkner can give out cookies to children in shelters. The last day to participate is Friday, December 23.

— The picks for this year's Austin Beer Guide's best of the year can be found online now. Winners include best brewery (Jester King by the readers, Live Oak by the editors), St. Elmo Brewing Co. for new brewery, and others.

— Vice Munchies is offering a whole bunch of Austin guides: barbecue (though, weirdly, Half Step is included), breakfast tacos, higher-end restaurants, and cheap spots.

— Downtown bar Small Victory's hiring a part-time door person.

— Thundercloud’s Thanksgiving turkey trot raised $330,000 this year for nonprofit Caritas.

— Jack Gilmore’s seafood restaurant Salt Traders Coastal Cooking now offers lunchtime sharable shrimp boils over the weekends, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

— Jester King head brewer Garrett Crowell left the brewery to open his own place. Taking his place is former brewery production manager Averie Swanson.

— HEB bought land at Farm to Market Road 973 and Highway 71, which could mean a future grocery store for the area.

— A man was charged with a DWI after dozing off at a Jack in the Box drive-thru on East 41st Street.

Dai Due

2406 Manor Road, , TX 78722 (512) 524-0688 Visit Website


1610 San Antonio Street, , TX 78701 (512) 474-2796 Visit Website

Franklin Barbecue

900 East 11th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 653-1187 Visit Website

Small Victory

108 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701 (737) 701-0500


2305 East 7th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 472-0017 Visit Website

Micklethwait Craft Meats

1309 Rosewood Avenue, , TX 78702 (512) 791-5961 Visit Website

Salt Traders Coastal Cooking

1101 South MoPac Expressway, , TX 78746 (737) 484-0095 Visit Website

Emmer & Rye

51 Rainey Street, , TX 78701 (512) 366-5530 Visit Website

The Driskill

604 Brazos Street, , TX 78701 (512) 439-1234 Visit Website