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Launderette Named Best New Restaurant Again, 1987 Austin’s Food Scene, and More A.M. Intel

The latest 11 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.

— Launderette was named as one of Southern Living’s best new restaurants of the South, recommending the mussels, birthday cake ice cream sandwich, and blue crab toast. The Holly restaurant racked up accolades from Eater, Food & Wine, Texas Monthly, and nabbed a James Beard finalist nomination.

— Sean Bautista, the executive chef of far south Austin’s Moontower Saloon, will make an appearance on a Food Network television show, but the specific details aren't known yet.

— An Austin tourism video from 1987 recently made the rounds, highlighting Austin’s food scene with "continental cuisine, seafood, Italian, many varieties of Oriental, Tex-Mex, or interior Mexico, or good old down home Texas barbecue and chicken fried steaks," with shots of Taco Cabana, Threadgill’s, Roadside Cafe, and more.

— Daniel Vaughn recapped Aaron Franklin's overseas trip to Sweden where he taught budding pitmasters how to cook barbecue.

Essential food truck Baton Creole is moving to Shangri La next week.

— Farmshare Austin is a mobile farmers market that will bring fruits and vegetables to Austin neighborhoods with a lack of grocery stores.

— Former Whip In's Dipak Topiwala is raising money to open his own chutney taco food truck, Lotus Joint. The truck will be found at Independence Brewing Company until he and Twisted X Brewing co-founder Jim Sampson have their own place, Kamala Gardens Brewery, up and running.

— The Brewer's Table completed its NextSeed investment crowdfunding.

— Real Ale Brewing is suing Fireman's Brew over the brewery's name, which is similar to its Firemans #4 beer.

— Former Franklin Barbecue staffer Karl Fallenius opened his own barbecue food truck in Denver, Owlbear Barbecue.

— Project Smoke author Steven Raichlen shared his favorite barbecue spots with The Daily Beast, which of course includes Franklin Barbecue.

Franklin Barbecue

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

Moontower Saloon

10212 Menchaca Road, , TX 78748 (512) 712-5661 Visit Website


2115 Holly Street, , TX 78702 (512) 382-1599 Visit Website

Baton Creole

5500 South Congress Avenue, , TX 78745 (512) 986-3834 Visit Website