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TMBBQ Fest Tickets on Sale, North Austin’s Dining Scene, and More A.M. Intel

The latest nine restaurant tidbits in Austin served right now

TMBBQ Fest in 2015
TMBBQ Fest in 2015
Robert J. Lerma
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.

— Tickets for this year’s TMBBQ Fest are now on sale. This year’s festival newcomers include the first international entry Texas-barbecue-in-Paris spot Beast and Lubbock’s Evie Mae’s, plus the usuals, like Black’s Barbecue, La Barbecue, Louie Mueller Barbecue, Franklin Barbecue, Snow’s BBQ, and others. It’s $80 for general admission, $165 for VIP, and those young’uns are $10 for the event taking place on Saturday, October 30 at the Long Center. There’s also a first-time-ever brisket brunch the Saturday before on October 29 at Juliet for $85.

— A man was arrested for attempting to steal a bottle of Patron from recently-opened East 6th Street bar Revelry. He took cover in the bathroom when the police arrived on the scene.

— Outdoor Voices founder Tyler Haney talked about her Austin dining routine with Grub Street, which includes Las Trancas, Maudie's, and a bunch of McGuire Moorman Hospitality restaurants (owned by her boyfriend Larry McGuire).

— North Austin emerged as Austin Monthly's winner of the magazine’s battle of the regions, at least when it comes to food, because of the area’s recent restaurant boom (Bufalina Due, Barley Swine) as compared to South Austin’s tried and true ones (Uchi, a bunch of food trucks).

— Lick Honest Ice Creams co-founders Anthony Sobotik and Chad Palmatier shared their favorite at-home kitchen equipment with Edible Austin, including pastry and egg-focused tools.

— Texas taco chain Velvet Taco received a bunch of investment money recently. It’s opening its first Austin location within Rock Rose later this year.

— For this week’s review, Chronicle checked out Chinatown’s revamp of the former Musashino space, Street, where Brandon Watson explored the highs and lows of the seemingly all over the Asian continent menu, from solid and interesting rolls and nigiri and killer sriracha chicken wings to not great taro fries.

— For the fall, Counter 3.Five.VII executive chef Damien Brockway is working on new menu ideas for the restaurant and family holiday planning.

— Peached Tortilla’s event space Peached Social House is up and running on North Lamar.