— Donkey sauce loving Guy Fieri hit up Texas for his new Food Network television show Guy's Family Road Trip, where he takes his family out on road trips. The premiere episode, airing on Friday, August 25, takes place in San Antonio, where he and celebrity chef Robert Irvine cooked tri-tip French dip, pork tacos, spatchcock chicken, and Cajun chicken alfredo for the troops at Lackland Air Force Base. They also hit up King Ranch for smoked nilgai antelope. A later episode, airing on Friday, September 1, takes place in Corpus Christi, where he fishes for snapper in the Gulf.
— Texas Monthly visited XIT Rodeo and Reunion’s "world's largest free barbecue" in Dalhart, Texas, where the publication witnessed the building of the giant pit, the mixing of 750 pounds of seasoning, and the cutting of nearly 10,000 pounds of beef shoulder clods.
— Austinites tend to leave 16.7 percent tips, according to Square, which is slightly higher than the national and Texas averages.
— For Austin Pride Week, Zagat profiled the city’s LGBTQ chefs, restaurateurs, and other culinary-related people, including Skull and Cakebones owners Yauss Berenji and Sascha Biesi, La Barbecue's LeAnn Mueller and Ali Clem, El Chile Group's marketing director Bryan Gonzalez, and others.
— Cow Tipping Creamery partnered with Bougie’s Donuts for its latest stacked sundae special. It comes with blueberry fritter bits, lemon soft serve, blueberry compote, and lemon cookie crumb.
— Sports Illustrated writer Andy Staples praised barbecue trailer LeRoy and Lewis in his latest column with its new school take on smoked meats. He was especially fond of the spicy smoked wings and burger.
— Bon Appetit went down to San Antonio to visit former La Barbecue pitmaster Esaul Ramos' smoked meats spot 2M Smokehouse.
— Swift's Attic teamed up with Chilantro for its latest Bad Ass Burger special, which was the kim-cheeseburger, topped with kimchi, kimchi aioli, and sandwiched between kimchi buns. It was served last night.