— Ramen Tatsu-ya’s summer-ready spicy chilled ramen is back at both locations. The dish comes with noodles mixed in a citrus soy dressing, karashi mustard, and chili oil along with an egg and ground pork, served without broth.
— Parkside cook Nathan Blankenship died in a car crash last week. The family and restaurant are accepting donations, from money, clothes, to other goods, all to be donated to homeless nonprofit Front Steps. There will be a memorial service for Blankenship at funeral home Mission Park in San Antonio.
— Pitmaster Aaron Franklin walked through his grandparents' pot roast recipe, and added his mashed potato secrets, too. He also shared his barbecue guidelines when approaching smoked meat joints, like embrace the line, research a lot, order a variety of products (turkey is a good bet), and be curious.
— Hot dog restaurant Frank made the winning cocktail at the Official Drink of Austin last night, the Capitol City Collins.
— With, Houndstooth Coffee is donating all proceeds of its newest $7 coffee drink, the Daisy Chain (ice, tonic water, lingonberry jam, espresso floater) to NPR starting today through Sunday, May 7.
— With Austin's business boom, Austin coffee shop Stouthaus finds that its property taxes keep rising, which then increases its rent.
— Tortilla slinger El Milagro closed up its East 6th Street shop, relocating nearby on 905 East 7th Street.