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Pie-Slinging Royer’s Round Top Cafe Expands, and More A.M. Intel

The latest nine restaurant tidbits in Austin served right now

A pie from Royers Cafe
A pie from Royers Cafe
Mike C./Yelp
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.

— Round Top restaurant and pie shop Royers Cafe is expanding with a new location, alas, it's nowhere near Austin. The second cafe will be found in Brenham, Texas. The new location will will serve lunch and work as Royers’ pie-shipping center. It’s aiming to open before the end of 2017. Royers ran a pie shop in Austin, but it closed in 2015.

— A bunch of Austin restaurants and bars are participating in Give 5 Day today. Those businesses will donate 5 percent of its gross sales for the day, which will be given to local nonprofits. This includes Baby Green's, Cenote, Home Slice Pizza, Kome, Justine's Brasserie, and many others.

— According to the just-released Zandan Poll, which surveys Austinites, people prefer queso over guacamole, 22 percent eat breakfast tacos in the morning at least once a week, Salt Lick is considered the city's best barbecue, followed by Franklin Barbecue, and then Rudy's, and 61 percent think Austin Food & Wine is important to the city.

— Hot Luck Festival attendees should keep an eye out for a collaborative beer from Franklin Barbecue and Hops & Grain, made with smoked pale ale malt.

— Index Fest (formerly Untapped Festival) announced its full brewery lineup, with 75 places on the list. It’s heavy with Texas names, like Live Oak, Deep Ellum, and Rabbit Hole, with plenty out of state names (Alaskan, Bell’s from Michigan, etc.). The entire program follows below. The beer festival takes place on Saturday, May 13 at the Austin American-Statesman’s parking lot.

— Matthew McConaughey stopped by Half Step last night for a Wild Turkey bourbon event. (He is its spokesman, after all.)

— The Brewer's Table team talked more about its wood-fermented beer and using and reusing ingredients as much as possible,

— At CultureMap's Tastemaker awards, Emmer & Rye was named restaurant of the year, now two-time winner Todd Duplechan as chef of the year, King Bee as bar of the year, among others.

— Odd Duck's new lunch burger and Hopdoddy's Terlingua one (chili, Fritos) made it to Tasting Table’s best burgers list.

Index Fest’s Breweries

(512) (Austin, Texas)
805 (Paso Robles, California)
Ace (Sebastopol, California)
Adelbert’s (Austin, Texas)
Alamo (San Antonio, Texas)
Alaskan (Juneau, Alaska)
Altstadt (Fredericksburg, Texas)
Angry Orchard (Walden, New York)
Argus (Chicago, Illinois)
Atwater (Detroit, Michigan)
Austin Beerworks (Austin, Texas)
Austin Eastciders (Austin, Texas)
Avery (Boulder, Colorado)
Ballast Point (San Diego, California)
Bell’s (Kalamazoo, Michigan)
Big Bend (Alpine, Texas)
Bishop (Dallas, Texas)
Blue Owl (Austin, Texas)
Boulevard (Kansas City, Missouri)
BrainDead (Dallas, Texas)
Brooklyn (Brooklyn, New York)
Circle (Austin, Texas)
Collective (Fort Worth, Texas)
Community (Dallas, Texas)
Coronado (Coronado, California)
Deep Ellum (Dallas, Texas)
Deschutes (Bend, Oregon)
Dogfish Head (Milton, Delaware)
Epic (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Firestone Walker (Paso Robles, California)
Founders (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Freetail (San Antonio, Texas)
Full Sail (Hood River, Oregon)
Goose Island (Chicago, Illinois)
Green Flash (San Diego, California)
Harpoon (Boston, Massachusetts)
Hops & Grain (Austin, Texas)
Independence (Austin, Texas)
Infamous (Austin, Texas)
Jester King (Austin, Texas)
Jolly Pumpkin (Dexter, Michigan)
Karbach (Houston, Texas)
Kentucky Ale (Lexington, Kentucky)
Kona (Kailua Kona, Hawaii)
Lagunitas (Petaluma, California)
Lakewood (Garland, Texas)
Left Hand (Longmont, Colorado)
Legal Draft (Arlington, Texas)
Live Oak (Austin, Texas)
Lone Pint (Magnolia, Texas)
Meridian Hive (Austin, Texas)
New Belgium (Fort Collins, Colorado)
NXNW (Austin, Texas)
Odell (Fort Collins, Colorado)
Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York)
Oskar Blues (Longmont, Colorado)
Pedernales (Fredericksburg, Texas)
Peticolas (Dallas, Texas)
Pinthouse Pizza (Austin, Texas)
Rabbit Hole (Justin, Texas)
Rahr and Sons (Fort Worth, Texas)
Revolver (Granbury, Texas)
Saint Arnold (Houston, Texas)
Samuel Adams (Boston, Massachusetts)
Schilling (Littleton, New Hampshire)
Shiner (Shiner, Texas)
Sierra Nevada (Chico, California)
Stone (Escondido, California)
SweetWater (Atlanta, Georgia)
Thirsty Planet (Austin, Texas)
Treaty Oak (Dripping Springs, Texas)
Twisted X (Dripping Springs, Texas)
Uncle Billy’s (Austin, Texas)
Unibroue (Chambly, Canada)
Victory (Downingtown, Pennsylvania)

Hops & Grain

507 Calles St, Austin, TX 78702 (512) 914-2467 Visit Website

Half Step

75 1/2 Rainey Street, , TX 78701 Visit Website

Emmer & Rye

51 Rainey Street, , TX 78701 (512) 366-5530 Visit Website

The Brewer's Table

4715 East 5th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 520-8199 Visit Website

Franklin Barbecue

900 East 11th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 653-1187 Visit Website

Odd Duck

939 South 2nd Street, , WI 53204 (414) 763-5881 Visit Website