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Whataburger's ‘Resident Evil’ Appearance, Salt Lick’s Barbecue Food Truck, and More A.M. Intel

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Salt Lick BBQ’s barbecue sandwich
Salt Lick BBQ’s barbecue sandwich
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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.

— Keen-eyed Resident Evil 7 players discovered that Whataburger makes a small appearance in the game, in the form of a styrofoam cup found in a trash can.

Statesman’s deep-dive into the major changes of South Congress included interviews with hotelier Liz Lambert, who also runs Jo's Coffee, renovating Austin Motel, and building a brand new hotel (Hotel Magdalena). She said that she doesn't "know if the block will be able to retain the unique identity it has had until now," but then followed up that she doesn't "think change is inherently bad.” The Continental Club's Steve Wertheimer said he'd never think about selling the iconic music venue.

— Salt Lick BBQ is getting into the food truck business. The trailer set up shop at the Moontower Saloon, serving brisket, pulled pork, or sausage sandwiches, as well as brisket nachos on select days.

— Austinites aren’t very happy over the prospect of a Mexican goods tax, because that would mean higher Topo Chico prices.

— Epicerie's owner and chef Sarah McIntosh shared her favorite places to grab food in Austin, including mornings at Wholy Bagel and Shake Shack's burgers. She was very happy about the opening of Irene's, too.

— Jester King Brewery's plans for its expansion include fruit trees, strawberry plants, and a future apiary.

— Cooking Channel show Vinny & Ma Eat America’s first episode takes place in Austin, with stops at Gourdough’s Public House, Xian Sushi and Noodle, and Contigo. It airs on Tuesday, January 31 at 9 p.m.

— Italic is getting rid of its brunch and turning its attention to late night weekend dining instead with dining specials and special Sunday hours (5 to 10 p.m.).

— Austin Eastciders’ next beverage is the rum barrel-aged cider, made with the help of Treaty Oak Rum. The cider is available in limited quantities, and can be found at various Austin bars and stores, including Pinthouse Pizza, Porter Ale House, Central Market’s northern location, and more, as well as New York, Philadelphia, and other Texas cities.

— Soup Peddler opened its fifth location on North Lamar.

Jester King Craft Brewery

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

Moontower Saloon

10212 Menchaca Road, , TX 78748 (512) 712-5661 Visit Website


601 Barton Springs Road, , TX 78704 (512) 477-9586 Visit Website


2307 Hancock Drive, , TX 78756 (512) 371-6840 Visit Website

The Salt Lick

18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619 (512) 858-4959 Visit Website

Jo's Coffee [Downtown]

242 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 469-9003 Visit Website


123 West 6th Street, , TX 78701 (512) 660-5390 Visit Website