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HEB Grocery Will Add Austin Food Truck’s Empanadas

Plus Ted Cruz compares Beto O’Rourke to Whataburger, and more news

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An empanada from Mmmpanadas
An empanada from Mmmpanadas
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.

— Empanada food truck Mmmpanadas won HEB’s Primo Picks competition last week. This means the food truck will receive $25,000 and its empanadas will be found at the Texas grocery store chain’s numerous locations.

— Texas Senator Ted Cruz attempted to liken his Democratic opponent Beto O’Rourke to an undesirable Whataburger meal when asked for a comment in an article comparing O’Rourke’s campaign logo to Whataburger’s spicy ketchup branding:

Unlike the spicy ketchup, when Texans unwrap the O’Rourke packaging, they are definitely not going to like what they see underneath. He’s like a Triple Meat Whataburger liberal who is out of touch with Texas values.

Texas Monthly tried to break down the simile, and whether it was meant to be positive (if O’Rourke is like Whataburger, that’s a good thing), or negative.

— Chef Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine, Odd Duck, Sour Duck Market) explained why he and the restaurants partnered with Zilker Elementary’s Jabo’s Garden, where students grow plants, herbs, and vegetables. It’s a tangible way of giving back in a tangible method: students learn the value of growing their own food and what it means to eat locally.

— Director David Gorvy filmed a short documentary on chef Ralph Gilmore and how he came to start the Turf N Surf trailer.

Chronicle looked into the reasons why three Austin-area restaurants decided to either move to or expand into the Belterra Village development out in Dripping Springs. For Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, it was an opportunity to create something new with the barbecue and Cajun restaurant the Switch. Pieous relocated because it was a bigger space with a larger kitchen. The League wanted to reach new customers.

Odd Duck

939 South 2nd Street, , WI 53204 (414) 763-5881 Visit Website

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

6610 N Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78757 Visit Website

Barley Swine

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


166 Hargraves Drive, , TX 78737 Visit Website


601 Barton Springs Road, , TX 78704 (512) 477-9586 Visit Website

Sour Duck Market

1814 East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, , TX 78702 (512) 394-5776 Visit Website

Belterra Village

West Highway 290 and Nutty Brown Road, Austin, Texas 78737

The Switch

166 Hargraves Street, , TX 78737 (512) 212-7211 Visit Website