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Ready-Made Austin Restaurant Dishes Will Be Sold at H-E-B

Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon, Ramen Tatsu-ya, and Picnik meals are available right now

A chicken meal from Fresa’s
A chicken meal from Fresa’s
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.

During this time where Austin restaurant dining rooms are closed through May 8, in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, reliable Texas grocery store chain H-E-B is now offering ready-made meals straight from Austin restaurant Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon as of Monday, April 6. The supermarket company added dishes from Japanese noodle soup shop Ramen Tatsu-ya and health-focused restaurant Picnik as of Friday, April 10.

Austinites can buy/order these ready-made meals while grocery shopping at participating H-E-B locations (the list runs below). Fresa’s lineup includes three items: the kale caesar salad; and then the agave-lime chicken with either Mexican rice, brussels sprouts, and pasilla aioli; or sweet potatoes, black beans, and poblano ranch. Ramen’s includes karaage chicken, Japanese beef curry, and “Shake & Slurp” cups of chilled ramen. Picnik‘s got cashew queso, chicken tenders, Brussels sprouts, and the Harvest Hash.

All proceeds from the sales of these dishes will go back to the restaurants. During this pandemic, Fresa’s closed down its South First location, but its North Lamar drive-thru remains open for to-go and Favor delivery service, as is Picnik. Ramen Tatsu-ya added a takeout menu for the first time ever in response.

This new H-E-B program launched last week in Houston with dishes from Underbelly and chef Chris Shepherd, including the “lamburger helper,” among others, and items from steakhouse Cherry Block. In San Antonio, this includes matzo ball soup and other Jewish dishes from Max & Louie’s New York Diner.

Austin H-E-B Locations Selling Fresa’s Meals

  • 12400 West Highway 71, Bee Cave
  • 2400 South Congress Avenue, Dawson
  • 7015 Village Center Drive, Far West
  • 1801 East 51st Street, Mueller
  • 1000 East 41st Street, Hancock Center
  • 5800 West Slaughter Lane, Escarpment Village

Austin H-E-B Locations Selling Ramen Tatsu-Ya Meals

  • 1000 East 41st Street, Hancock Center
  • 500 Canyon Ridge Drive, Tech Ridge
  • 10710 Research Boulevard, North Hills
  • 2701 East Seventh Street, Holly
  • 1801 East 51st Street, Mueller
  • 14028 North US 183, Lakeline
  • 6001 West Parmer Lane, Milwood
  • 2508 East Riverside Drive, Riverside

Austin H-E-B Locations Selling Picnik Meals

  • 12400 West Highway 71, Bee Cave
  • 2400 South Congress Avenue, Dawson
  • 600 West William Cannon Drive, South Austin

Update: April 14, 12:02 p.m.: This story was originally published on April 6. It has been updated throughout to reflect the latest information.


7015 Village Center Drive, , TX 78731 (512) 502-8445 Visit Website

Ramen Tatsu-ya [Research Boulevard]

8557 Research Blvd, #126, Austin, TX 78758 (512) 834-8810 Visit Website

Fresa's Chicken al Carbon

1703 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704 Visit Website


888 Westheimer Road, , TX 77006 (346) 261-4996 Visit Website