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More Home Slice's neon
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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.

— There was a massive taco eating challenge in Corpus Christi recently. Contestants at Cachos Tacos had to eat about four pounds of tacos filled with carne guisada, eggs, potatoes, bacon, beans, and cheese in ten minutes or less.

— Look out for Yeti’s neon signage courtesy of Evan Voyles (the man behind Home Slice Pizza's dough person) on the Congress Avenue Bridge sometime soon.

— A pair of Australian filmmakers filmed a globe-trotting documentary about barbecue around the world. Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker released a focused look at Texas' barbecue with Central Texas Barbecue, released in 2014. The Lone Star state is of course included again.

— Fiesta Restaurant Group, the parent company behind Taco Cabana and Pollo Tropical decided against dividing the organization into two separate entities.

— It takes Austin restaurants and bars a longer time to open because of construction and permitting delays, and KUT investigates why it takes so long to get permits from the Development Services Department.

— Infamous Brewing Company's making a special beer for Alamo Drafthouse's screening of apocalyptic comedy film Idiocracy: the Camacho, named after the president in the movie, with tastes of chocolate and coffee. The screenings are happening across the country on Tuesday, October 4.

— Austin's go-to restaurant ceramist Keith Kreeger designed a special apron with hospitality outfitter company Tilit Chef Goods. It went on sale as part of the lead-up for Kreeger’s Make.Eat.Drink dinner in November, with $20 of each sale going towards arts nonprofit Big Medium.

Pollo Tropical

211 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 590-1086

Taco Cabana

3905 Kirby Drive, , TX 77098 (713) 528-6933 Visit Website

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

1120 South Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78704 (512) 861-7040 Visit Website