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Official Austin Taco Day, 1889 Driskill Menu, and More A.M. Intel

The latest 13 restaurant tidbits in Austin served right now

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Tacos of Texas authors Mando Rayo and Jardo Neece with Austin mayor Steve Adler
Tacos of Texas authors Mando Rayo and Jardo Neece with Austin mayor Steve Adler
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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.

— It’s been proclaimed that September 24 will now forever be known as Taco Day, as mayor Steve Adler announced during the Tacos of Texas book launch party on Saturday at Tamale House East.

Punch took a look at the wine scene in Texas, spotlighting the list at Bufalina, and offering what bottles pair well with Whataburger.

— Did you know that former CIA operative Evan McMullin is running for president? Now you do, and now you know he's a fan of Freedmen's brisket.

— With the last day for longtime Tex-Mex restaurant El Azteca set (Thursday, September 29), Statesman dug deep into the family behind the spot, including owner Jorge Guerra, who traded empanadas for ads, helped bring Corona and Dos Equis into Austin, served cabrito, and grew their own chili poblano peppers.

— Menu enthusiast Henry B. Voight shared a particular one from the Driskill in 1889, which featured oysters, stewed or raw, calf tongue with olives, and more beef options.

— Why is Austin getting so many restaurant chains? Because Texas is a food hot spot and people get hungry. Statesman reports that there will be nearly 100 different chain locations opening in the Austin-area.

USA Today visited creative food party Art Bites to see how Austin chefs were inspired by paintings.

— Priceonomics looked into the makings of 'Taco Tuesday' and Taco John's, the fast food taco restaurant chain that claims it holds the copyright to the phrase. Thankfully, every day is a taco day in Texas.

— Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa chef Andre Natera is a fan of Pecan Lodge's brisket and Via 313's pies.

Bon Appetit wrote a love letter to road trip staple Buc-ees and its amazing array of snacks and food.

— To address parking problems on East 7th Street, Takoba is implementing a metered system for its parking lot, of which will be paid back to diners after they leave.

Bon Appetit recommends Salt & Time's pequin and oregano salumi.

— Austin-based tequila producer Tequila 512 is introducing a new version of the liquor to its collection: Tequila 512 Anejo.


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

Salt & Time

1912 East 7th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 524-1383 Visit Website

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa

8212 Barton Club Dr, Austin, TX 78735 (512) 329-4000 Visit Website


2215 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78702 (512) 524-2523 Visit Website

The Driskill

604 Brazos Street, , TX 78701 (512) 439-1234 Visit Website


1411 East 7th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 628-4466 Visit Website

Via 313 [North Campus]

3016 Guadalupe Street, Austin, Texas 78705

El Azteca [Closed]

2600 E 7th Street, Austin, TX 78702 512 477 4701