— Austin Mayor Steve Adler weighed in on Southern Living's interesting barbecue list, where Salt Lick was ranked higher than Franklin Barbecue. He called himself "mayor of all the brisket and of every rib whether pork or beef.” He also acknowledged that some would take offense at the rankings, but ultimately concluded, hey, barbecue is great.
— Recipes from Ramen Tatsu-ya and the forthcoming Bombshell from Callie Speer will be included in Vice Munchies' cookbook, Late-Night Meals from the World's Best Chefs, which collects dishes from the publication's Chef's Night Out series. It publishes in the fall.
— There's a bill in currently in the state legislature that would require wineries that claim to make completely Texas wine need to use grapes or juice that were grown in the state.
— Hyde Park Italian restaurant Hyde Park is closed this weekend for maintenance work.
— Beer festival Untapped has a new name and location now: Index Festival will take place at the Austin American-Statesman on Saturday, May 13, with over 250 beers and music.
— Dang Banh Mi, the Vietnamese sandwich shop from the founders of Pluckers Wing Bar, is no longer. Now the restaurant is called Dang Kitchen, with a new focus on Southeast Asian and Southern fusion fare with tacos and bowls.
— Austin liquor sales were up in February, with JW Marriott leading the list, followed by the Domain Northside nightclub Rose Room.