— Geraldine’s is the new winner of Official Drink of Austin. It came down to the hotel restaurant and Backbeat for the final cocktail-off, and Geraldine’s won with Far From the Tree, made with rum, Paula's Texas Orange, pecan orgeat, apple juice, and lime. Look out for the cocktail on Geraldine's menu something within the week. Last year, Garage won with the vodka-grapefruit cocktail Indian Paintbrush.
Right now: @backbeatATX & Geraldine's are head to head for the title of #officialdrinkofatx pic.twitter.com/5rNXmItjWj— ATXFood&WineAlliance (@ATXFoodWineAlly) May 13, 2016
— Former La Barbecue pitmaster Esaul Ramos is looking to open up his own smoked meets shop in San Antonio, 2M Smokehouse. He and his brother Joe are looking to raise funds to help build the space.
— Missed out on Anthony Bourdain’s SXSW panel earlier this year? There’s a video of the discussion available now on the festival’s website.
— Both Cedar Park's IronSight Brewers and Leander's Bindlestick Brewing closed up shops, according to Austin 360.
— Thrillist is tired of everyone trying to figure out the next "hot new food town," which, according to the piece,included Austin at one point, citing Aaron Franklin, Rainey and East 6th streets' booms, and Tyson Cole and Paul Qui.
— Want Peached Tortilla but too lazy to go to the restaurant? Now you can order from the the Southern-Asian menu from home with the newly-launched online ordering system.
— Half Step’s got a fancy new sign:
— Vice Munchies delved into Whole Foods' experimental test kitchen food truck with Tien Ho, who used to work at Momofuku and is now the supermarket's vice president of culinary and hospitality. Currently the truck is dishing out pupusas.
— Take a look at David Alan and Joe Eifler's (a.k.a. Tipsy Texan) wedding out on Treaty Oak Distilling Ranch, where the menu included Franklin Barbecue, Sugar Mama's Bakeshop, Amy's Ice Creams, and cocktails, of course.
— Kerbey Lane’s summer menu is here with chicken and pancakes and lemon poppy French toast.
— Foursquare's take on the country's best barbecue spots include Rudy's, Franklin Barbecue, La Barbecue, and Freedmen's from Austin’s.