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Obama’s Austin Chocolates, Elijah Wood Loves Via 313, and More A.M. Intel

The latest five restaurant tidbits in Austin served right now.

Via 313 in Oak Hill
Via 313 in Oak Hill
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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.

— For President Barack Obama’s private dinner in Tarrytown earlier this month after his taco adventures, fancy chocolate shop Maggie Louise Confections created special gold-flecked chocolates as dessert for the dinner cooked by Fete Accompli's Quincy Adams Erickson.

— Several Austin food trucks and bars are taking a mini post-SXSW vacation to recover after serving during the very long festival. Veracruz All Natural is closed until Tuesday, March 22, and both Half Step and Whisler’s aren’t open today.

— Elijah Wood shared a love note with Via 313.

— Thrillist is getting into the barbecue bracket game, and so far, Kreuz Market, Black's Barbecue, Franklin Barbecue, and Louie Mueller Barbecue are all in the running still.

— Doc's Motorworks Bar and Grill on South Congress got pushback over a recent sign during SXSW which read "Girl, please, it's spandex not expand-x." The bar replaced the sign with a more positive note about loving spandex.

Half Step

75 1/2 Rainey Street, , TX 78701 Visit Website

Maggie Louise Confections

1017 E 6th St., Austin, TX 78702 (888) 886-2342 Visit Website

Franklin Barbecue

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

Veracruz All Natural [Manchaca Road]

4204 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Doc's Motorworks Bar & Grill [Closed]

1123 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 448-9181 Visit Website


1816 East 6th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 480-0781 Visit Website

Via 313 [Rainey]

61 Rainey Street, Austin, Texas 78701 (512) 609-9405 Visit Website