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Justice Don Willett’s Texas Food Rules, and More A.M. Intel

The latest restaurant tidbits in Austin served right now

Texas Chili Parlor’s chili
Texas Chili Parlor's chili
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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.

— Supreme Court Justice Don Willett shared his Texas food rules, which means there are no beans in chili, nor peas in guacamole, and barbecue is its own food category.

Food & Wine hung out with pitmaster Wayne Mueller at Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, Texas on a Chevrolet-sponsored trip. The writer talked to the pitmaster about the historic bones of the building, from its previous life as a gym to the jukebox, how the pit was made, and how he left corporate life (in sports and advertising) to return to his barbecue legacy (“my father requested me to come home”).

— Phil Rosenthal, the creator of television show Everybody Loves Raymond and now host of food show I'll Have What Phil's Having, was in town as part of the Austin Television Festival over the weekend. For his panel, he offered up breakfast from Paperboy. He also stopped by L’Oca d’Ora for dinner and filmed a television segment at Peached Tortilla with its doughnut milkshakes.

— Director and actor Mark Duplass is a fan of Casino El Camino. Likewise, actor Garret Dillahunt rode a bike over to Tamale House East for Tex-Mex. Both were in town for the Austin Television Festival.

— Cafe Brentwood Social House is looking to add beer and wine to its lineup.

— There are more vague details on what's happening with the Saint Elmo Public Market and its surrounding areas, now called SoCo Park thanks to a new development group. There are plans for lots of new buildings in SoCo Park, including one that will sell alcohol. Saint Elmo will still include a market, food truck court, and hotel (though no Saxon Pub). The area also includes The Yard, which is home to Spokesman Cafe, St. Elmo Brewing Company, and Still Whiskey.

Tamale House East

1707 East 6th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 495-9504 Visit Website

Casino El Camino

517 East 6th Street, , TX 78701 (512) 469-9330 Visit Website


, , TX 78745 (512) 586-9657 Visit Website


1203 East 11th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 910-3010 Visit Website

Brentwood Social House

1601 West Koenig Lane, , TX 78756 (512) 362-8656 Visit Website

St. Elmo Brewing Company

440 East Saint Elmo Road, , TX 78745 (737) 300-1965 Visit Website

Louie Mueller Barbecue

206 W 2nd St, Taylor, TX 76574 (512) 352-6206 Visit Website