— Thrillist put together a lengthy list of the 101 dishes that impacted the country. The sole Austin entrant is Franklin Barbecue’s brisket (the writer even referred to Aaron Franklin as a “young pope.” The other Texas item is loaded potato skins from TGI Fridays, which started in Dallas.
— U.S. Chamber of Commerce determined that Austin is the 7th best city for food trucks in the country, according to its recent year-long study. While permitting is easy, food truck owners said the Travis County registration requirements are confusing when it comes to inspections and where they’re able to operate.
— To honor of those law enforcement officers who worked on the Austin bombing case, Ironworks BBQ offered free lunches to police officers, and FBI and ATF agents on Wednesday, March 21. Similarly, Pinthouse Pizza gave away free pies and soda to Austin first responders and public servers on Wednesday and Thursday, March 21 and 22.
— CultureMap’s Tastemaker Awards are coming up, and the publication released its list of the best new restaurant contenders. The 16 restaurants include Filipino spot Be More Pacific, Holy Roller, Pool Burger, Fareground’s Dai Due Taqueria and Henbit, among others. People are encouraged to vote once a day for their favorites, and the winners will be announced during the party on Thursday, April 12.
— For extra pep, Cuvee Coffee now offers 10mg of hemp oil to any coffee order for $2.50.
— Southern Living ranked Austin as the third best food city found in the South, according to its latest survey. Number one is Charleston, South Carolina for the second time in a row.
— Lone Star Brewing Co. is raising money for the Texas Dance Hall Preservation Inc., which aims to preserve historic dance halls found in the state. The company will donate one dollar to the nonprofit for every Lone Star Beer tab or cap placed into acrylic cowboy boots at participating bars for the Tabs and Caps for Texas campaign (up to $30,000). It runs through Monday, April 30.