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Eater Austin’s Top Stories of August 2016

From fall restaurant preview to necessary food trucks

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.

These were the most-read features and news stories on Eater Austin last month, August 2016. This means a look ahead to the biggest fall restaurant openings, Qui’s restaurant switcheroo, coming attractions in the form of a cupcake ATM and East Austin Chinese spot, maps to the best happy hours, food trucks, and coffee shops, all updated with the latest offerings Austin has, and much more. Here’s what you might’ve missed.

  1. 36 Happy Hours for Cheap Eats and Drinks in Austin: Everyone loves to drink and eat, and and making it inexpensive is even better. This summer update includes hidden cocktail bar Garage, Easy Tiger's garden specials, and more.
  2. 20 Essential Food Trucks in Austin: Food trucks are aplenty in the city, but this concise guide to the best of the best helps cut through all of the noise.
  3. Top Chef Winner Paul Qui to Close His Hit Restaurant Qui: After returning quickly to Austin after his domestic assault charge and a stint in rehabilitation, Paul Qui decided it was time to close down Qui and change the East 6th restaurant into a more stripped-down spot called Kuneho, which translates to "rabbit" in Tagalog.
  4. 24/7 Cupcake ATM Storms Into Austin With Sprinkles: Cupcakes are great and all, but make ‘em available at all hours of the day and night, and make it so that you don’t have to interact with real people, and that’s what bakery chain Sprinkles is bringing to Austin.
  5. Longtime Tex-Mex Restaurant El Azteca Is Closing: The historic restaurant is closing up shop after staying strong for 53 years, taking its famed cabrito along with it.
  6. Barbecue Trailer John Mueller Meat Company Seized by State: John Mueller’s barbecue trailer was locked up because of failure to pay taxes, which add up to over $90,000.
  7. 32 Essential Coffee Shops in Austin, Summer 2016: Cut through the caffeine clutter with this guide, which includes newcomer cafe Forthright.
  8. The Most Anticipated Austin Restaurant Openings, Fall 2016: The next slate of restaurants heading to the city include Mexican and Chinese spots, table service barbecue with a quick and easy cocktails, neighborhood cafe, pizzerias, and much more.
  9. Aaron Franklin's Guide to Texas Barbecue: Eat barbecue like the acclaimed pitmaster with his itinerary around Lockhart, Taylor, and Austin.
  10. Old Thousand Will Unleash Chinese Fare in Central East Austin: Chinese-American fare courtesy of former Uchi and Thai Kun chefs are coming to East 11th Street sometime this fall.