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Tito’s Vodka Launches New App With Chatbot for Cocktail Recipes

Plus a new brunch, and more news

Tito’s root beer float
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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.

— Tito’s Handmade Vodka launched mobile chatbot to help people with drink recommendations and recipes through a partnership with Allrecipes. The Barkeep app will also include the ability to buy Tito’s through booze delivery app Drizly.

— Brentwood restaurant Barley Swine is offering a summer discount on its multi-course tasting menu. The typically $95 meal will be available for $65 on Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday before 6 p.m.

— West 10th pizzeria 40 North added weekend brunch to its lineup. The menu goes beyond just pizza with ricotta pancakes, beignets made with pizza dough, grits, and fingerling potatoes served with eggs and labneh. But, yes, there is a brunch pie with mashed potatoes, mozzarella, fontina, and eggs. It’s available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There’s also a new happy hour with $7 burgers and margherita pies, along with discounted drinks and half-off bottles of bubbles, from 3 to 6 p.m. daily.

Food & Wine named Louie Mueller Barbecue as Texas’ best barbecue spot, with honorable mentions for Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ and 2M Smokehouse in San Antonio.

— Lyft shared the top ten “watering holes” (its words) that Austinites like to visit in the summer between May to July. This includes sprawling outdoor bars and beer gardens (Banger’s at #1, Little Darlin’, Cosmic Coffee), and cocktail bars (Whisler’s, Kitty Cohen’s), and South Congress Hotel (there are outdoor patios at Central Standard, Cafe No Se, and Manana).

— Essential Central East Austin bar Nickel City and food truck Delray Cafe are whipping up 35 cent chicken wings on Sunday, July 29, available from 5 to 11 p.m.

— For Peruvian Independence Day, Cherrywood restaurant Yuyo is serving off-the-menu food specials and cocktails. This includes the arroz chaufa, a fried rice dish with pork and shrimp, and the Lima Libre drink with mesquite-smoked pisco. It’s available through Sunday, July 29.

Houndstooth Cafe’s boozy location on East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard features new day-long happy hour with different specials every day. All cocktails are $8 on Mondays, only classic cocktails are $8 on Tuesdays, specialty ones are $8 on Wednesdays, along with half-off wine by the bottle, and there are $8 frozen margaritas on Thursdays.

South Congress Hotel

1603 South Congress Avenue, , TX 78704 (512) 920-6405 Visit Website

Delray Cafe

1133 East 11th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 987-4294 Visit Website

Barley Swine

6555 Burnet Road, , TX 78757 (512) 394-8150 Visit Website

40 North [CLOSED]

900 West 10th Street, , TX 78703 (512) 660-5779 Visit Website

Nickel City

212 South Main Street, , TX 76104 (512) 987-4294 Visit Website

Louie Mueller Barbecue

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

Yuyo [Closed]

1900 Manor Road, , TX 78722 (512) 919-4147 Visit Website

Central Standard

1603 South Congress Avenue, , TX 78704 (512) 942-0823 Visit Website