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Free Shake Shack Burgers, Austin Pitmaster Secrets, and More A.M. Intel

The latest seven restaurant tidbits in Austin served right now

Shake Shack on South Lamar
Shake Shack on South Lamar
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— This isn’t a mistake: Shake Shack is giving away free burgers to the first 100 guests at almost all locations around the world starting at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 16. This applies to both the South Lamar and Domain locations of the burger chain. The giveaway ends at noon.

— Olamaie is nominated as a best new restaurant in the South in this year’s Taste Talks. Winners will be announced in New York on September 26.

— Austin pitmasters shared their tips for really good at-home barbecue. Bill Kerlin of Kerlin BBQ recommends keeping a barbecue journal, Freedmen's Evan LeRoy is fond of salting, and Black Barrett from Black's urges patience.

— The lineup for this year’s Edible Austin’s chef auction were announced, where guests bid on one-on-one time with chefs. It includes the usual suspects: Tyson Cole, Sonya Cote, Ned Elliott, Shawn Cirkiel, and others. Grae Nonas, formerly of Olamaie, will preview his forthcoming project, the seafood-focused Aya, to a lucky bidder. The event takes place on October 6.

— First We Feast gathers barbecue spots which have had the most impact on the smoked meats world, which includes Snow's BBQ, Franklin Barbecue, Kreuz Market, Louie Mueller Barbecue, and others.

— Josh Hare talked to CNBC about Austin's startup culture, and how he opened Hops & Grain.

— USA Today's list of great Southern food festivals included Austin Food and Wine Festival, which didn’t happen this year due to rain concerns.


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Olamaie

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

Hops & Grain

507 Calles St, Austin, TX 78702 Visit Website

Shake Shack [Austin]

1100 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78704 Visit Website

Franklin Barbecue

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

Black's Barbecue

215 N Main St, Lockhart, TX 78644 (512) 398-2712 Visit Website

Kerlin BBQ

2207 East Cesar Chavez Street, , TX 78702 (512) 412-5588 Visit Website

Freedmen's

2402 San Gabriel Street, , TX 78705 (512) 220-0953 Visit Website

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