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Austin-Inspired Food Hall Is Opening in New York City

Plus El Chipiron’s pinchos meal, and more news

Barbecue from Hill Country Barbecue Market in New York
Barbecue from Hill Country Barbecue Market in New York
Hill Country Barbecue Market/Facebook
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.

— New York is attempting to honor Texas food with a new food hall called the Hill Country Food Park. The food hall is meant to take its inspiration from “the original Austin food truck movement of the 1990s.” The six stalls will serve up breakfast tacos, Hill Country barbecue, Hill Country fried chicken, tacos, and other foods. It’s courtesy of New York’s essential barbecue spot Hill Country Barbecue Market. Can this be done well? Chef Steve Ferdinand, who is overseeing the food hall, doesn’t seem to have any Texas cooking experience.

— Spanish restaurant El Chipiron is offering a pinchos-only meal, which means more small plates like a take on the Spanish tortilla, hot strawberry gazpacho, cold smoked tuna, cured Iberian pork belly, and more. It’s available from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

— North Loop restaurant Foreign & Domestic added a new kids’ menu for brunch and dinner, with simple dishes like scrambled eggs with fries and ketchup, buttered noodles, and French toast.

— North Shoal Creek Middle Eastern restaurant Marakesh Cafe and Grill closed in April. The owners of the restaurant, which opened 18 years ago, retired.

— Austin-based chain Freebirds World Burrito is adding brisket as a potential option for its burritos starting on Monday, May 28.

Freebirds World Burrito

515 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 462-3512 Visit Website

El Chipiron

2717 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78704 Visit Website

Foreign & Domestic

306 East 53rd Street, , TX 78751 (512) 459-1010