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Spicewood Restaurant Wins the Official Drink of Austin Competition

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Plus, the scandal around Carpenters Hall, and more news

Pale orange cocktail with peach garnish on a wooden bar with honeycomb engraving.
The Peaches & Bees cocktail from Apis
Apis Restaurant/Facebook
Erin Russell is associate editor of Eater Austin, a native Austinite, and a big fan of carbs.

New Official Drink of Austin
Last night marked the return of the annual Official Drink of Austin competition, hosted by Austin Food and Wine Alliance at the Fairmont Hotel, and Spicewood restaurant Apis walked away with the prize. This year’s official drink, Peaches & Bees, is a variation on a peach whiskey sour that used honey from bees on the restaurant’s property. It takes the honor from Italian restaurant Juniper, which won in 2018.

Tasting Menu on the Cheap
Starting this weekend, essential Austin restaurant Barley Swine (from seven-time James Beard award nominee Bryce Gilmore) will discount its tasting menu from 5 to 6 p.m. on Sundays. The price will drop from $95 to $65 per person, and full table participation is required.

Bon Appetit’s “Tainted” List
The food world is criticizing Bon Appetit’s decision to name Carpenters Hall to its list of 50 best new restaurants without initially disclosing the involvement of BA’s editor-at-large Andrew Knowlton. In an interview with the Washington Post, the president of the Association of Food Journalists Hanna Raskin, said she would not be writing about the list due to the conflict of interest, and called the list “tainted.”

Barley Swine

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

Carpenters Hall

400 Josephine Street, , TX 78704 (512) 675-5020 Visit Website

Apis Restaurant & Apiary

23526 Texas 71, , TX 78669 (512) 436-8918 Visit Website