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Quesoff Teams, Sofia Vergara in Austin, and More A.M. Intel

The latest eight restaurant tidbits in Austin served right now

Terry Black's Barbecue
Terry Black’s Barbecue
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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.

— The sixth annual Quesoff is just around the corner, and the teams are announced. Cheesy dips from previous winners the Cream Team, Strange Goo, and Brisket and Bagels will be featured, including ones from restaurant contenders like Frank, Mighty Bird, Verts, Micklethwait Craft Meats, and more. A longer list runs below. There will be around 30 competing quesos. The judges this year include Addie Broyles from the Statesman, Antonelli’s Cheese Shop owner John Antonelli, and others. Teams can still enter to compete by shooting an email to Everything takes place on Saturday, August 20 at Mohawk, and entry is free with two canned good donations for the Central Texas Food Bank.

— Actress Sofia Vergara and husband/actor Joe Manganiello popped around Austin this weekend, hitting up Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, Terry Black’s Barbecuegot disappointing shaved ice somewhere, and other spots.

— Someone vandalized El Super Taco's truck on East Oltorf.

— Jester King Brewery is brewing up beer using smoked honey from Stiles Switch BBQ, to be available in the coming weeks.

Draft Magazine's list of best bar chains in the country include Ginger Man and Flying Saucer, which both have Austin locations.

— Bloomberg thinks Jester King Brewery’s Le Petit Prince is a perfect session beer.

Mental Floss picked Patika as the best coffee shop in Texas

— For another guide to Austin, Town & Country recommends Elizabeth Street Cafe, Emmer & Rye, Franklin Barbecue, Half Step, Geraldine’s, and others for food, drinks, and music.

Some of the Quesoff Competitors

  • The Cream Team
  • Strange Goo
  • Frank
  • Mighty Bird
  • Verts
  • Kesos Taco House
  • Micklethwait Craft Meats
  • Pelon's Tex-Mex
  • Trudy's
  • Jack Allen's Kitchen
  • Serrano's
  • The Flying Saucer
  • Taco Cabana
  • Posse East

Elizabeth Street Café

1501 S 1st Street, Austin, TX 78704 512 291 2881

Jester King Craft Brewery

13005 Fitzhugh Road, Austin, TX 78736 512 537 5100 Visit Website

Half Step

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

Terry Black's BBQ

1003 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX (512) 394-5899 Visit Website

Mighty Bird

12200 Research Blvd Ste 400, Austin, TX 78759 (512) 323-2473 Visit Website

The Ginger Man [Closed]

301 Lavaca Street, Austin, TX 78701 512 473 8801 Visit Website

Franklin Barbecue

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

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

6610 N Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78757 Visit Website


2159 South Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78704 Visit Website

Flying Saucer - Austin

815 W 47th Street, Austin, TX 78751 512 454 8200 Visit Website

Micklethwait Craft Meats

1309 Rosewood Avenue, , TX 78702 (512) 791-5961 Visit Website

Emmer & Rye

51 Rainey Street, , TX 78701 (512) 366-5530 Visit Website

Mozart's Coffee

3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703 (512) 477-2900 Visit Website


605 Davis Street, , TX 78701 (512) 476-4755 Visit Website