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Tex-Mex Versus Barbecue, and More A.M. Intel

The latest seven restaurant tidbits in Austin served right now

A tray of six tacos, each filled with a slice of bacon, brisket, and fried eggs.
Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ
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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.

— BBC's travel branch debated what was better: barbecue or Tex-Mex, with a breakfast taco visit to Joe's Bakery (with taco journalist Mando Rayo) and Matt's El Rancho for that queso, and then La Barbecue (with LeAnn Mueller), and then Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ, which brings it all together.

— Jo Chevalier started Cook’s Nook, a food incubator where teaching people how to open and run a restaurant, as well as other food-related ventures. The far east space includes office space and cooking kitchen.

— Two Pflugerville barbecue spots merged into one bigger smoked meats joint. Brotherton Barbecue and Black Iron Eats are now known as Brotherton's Black Iron Barbecue, which means a larger space and more daytime and evening hours.

— London newspaper Evening Standard calls Austin "BBQ Town," but highlighted Lamberts.

— That old Jack in the Box building on South Lamar is being turned into yet another Starbucks.

— Zilker Brewing Company brewed up a special beer for Zilker Park’s 100th anniversary, the Parks & Rec pale ale, available starting on Wednesday, May 24.

— Southside Flying Pizza's South Lamar location caught on fire last night. No one was hurt, but the Austin Fire Department told CBS, "the fames caused extensive damage."

Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

11500 Menchaca Road, , TX 78748 (512) 221-4248 Visit Website

la Barbecue

2401 East Cesar Chavez Street, , TX 78702 Visit Website

Jack in the Box

1200 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 472-6934 Visit Website