— Things like SXSW don't concern President Barack Obama, who is hosting a fundraiser at the Austin Music Hall on Friday, March 11 (the first day of the festival). His previous visits included trips out to Franklin Barbecue, Magnolia Cafe, and Stubb’s. He also attended events catered by Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon and John Mueller. Any guesses on which restaurant will cater this time?
— Uchiko executive chef Sterling Ridings sang the praises of Japanese paste yuzu kosho, calling the spicy citrus paste "alive almost."
— Boozy dessert bar Nightcap now offers Sunday brunch with Bloody Marys, blood orange margaritas, and dishes like pancakes, steak and eggs, and something called Cookie Cereal made with puffed rice and mint milk. It’s available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Have you made plans for brunch tomorrow yet?? You might wanna just check us out!! 11am-3pm, every Sunday! pic.twitter.com/ngpEf4cVMo— Nightcap Austin (@nightcapaustin) February 20, 2016
— Time Out Austin’s list of the city's best restaurants includes a mix of the usual places (Franklin Barbecue, Uchi, Olamaie) mixed in with newcomers like Emmer & Rye and Fukumoto.
— Food & Wine picked Hops & Grain's The One They Call Zoe pale lager as the very best in Texas.
— Austin Eastciders accepted over $3 million from an investor.
— Radio Coffee and Beer now serves pitchers of mimosas, which’ll pair nicely with Veracruz All Natural’s tacos.
— Movie theater/restaurant/brewery Flix Brewhouse is expanding with another location out in Little Elm, Texas. The Round Rock-based theater is opening a third Texas spot outside of Houston. Both are set to open next year.
— ACL Live is adding on a smaller venue with booze within Moody Theater space at 2nd Street called 3Ten.