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Ridiculously Fun Burger Pop-Up Is Hosting an Austin Music and Food Mini-Festival

Plus, a local site wrote a very scathing review of a local fine-dining Italian restaurant and more news

A crowd of people at a concert outside with someone crowdsurfing.
A Converge show at Little Brother.
Alison Narro
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.

Very fun and Eater Austin award-winning pop-up Bad Larry Burger Club is hosting five days of concerts and food pop-ups with local live music events company Resound Presents (the concept of music + food isn’t new to founder Matthew Bolick: he often hosts music and food events). The resulting Weekend at Larry’s includes tons of metal/punk/emo music, good food, and, yes, burgers. There’s a pizza pop-up on Tuesday, November 10; a collaboration with Bad Larry and Zee’s Wiener System on Friday, November 11 (plus, Bolick’s band Mall Walker is performing); a pizza brunch at Hold Out Brewing with Small’s Pizza on Saturday, November 12; a food collaboration with Bad Larry and Suerte/Este’s Fermín Núñez that same Saturday; a burrito collaboration with Nixta Taqueria’s Edgar Rico and Bummer Burrito on Sunday, November 13; and finally a burger collaboration with pop-ups Bad Larry and Le Beef on Monday, November 14.

A very, very, very negative Austin restaurant review

Restaurant website the Infatuation wrote a scathing review of East Austin Italian tasting menu spot Pasta|Bar this week. Editor Raphael Brion (who is a former Eater editor) really, really, really didn’t enjoy his meals at chefs Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee’s restaurant, describing a “rushed” experience, a lack of enough pasta courses despite the name, and ultimately called the meal “unremarkable New American-ish with luxury ingredients, lots of butter, and more than one gritty granita.” The site gave it its lowest rating ever of 4.1 and added the tag of “perfect for: wasting your time and money.”

Best new taco spots in Texas

Texas Monthly put together a list of the best new taquerias in the state. The Austin picks include newly-Eater-38-added North Austin truck slinging Rio Grande Valley fare Con Todo, East Austin taqueria/bar De Nada Cantina, barbacoa-focused relocated East Austin barbacoa truck La Santa Barbacha, far south Austin truck Los Danzantes ATX, new-school taco truck Texsueno, and truck Un Mundo de Sabor.

Celebrity sightings at Austin restaurants

Kathy Valentine and Gina Schock, of the new-wave band the Go-Gos, had a meal at downtown dive Casino El Camino earlier in October.

And then Diplo had dinner at East Austin omakase Toshokan over the weekend. The DJ is in town performing at Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Central Texas brewery medal winners

There were many Central Texas winners at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, which took place earlier in October. This includes gold medals for Lazarus Brewing Co.’s Black Pearl in the herb-and-spice beer category, Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.’s Industry in the German-style pilsner category, Blanco brewery Real Ale Brewing Co.’s Firemans #4 in the golden/blonde ale category; plus other gold medals, and a bunch of silver and bronze medals, among many others.

San Antonio chain’s Austin opening

San Antonio-based Tex-Mex restaurant chain Las Palapas opened its first Austin location in August, as reported by Community Impact. It’s found in far northwest Austin at 7409 Ranch Road 620 North.

Tracking Austin-area events

Hye winery William Chris Vineyard is hosting two wine dinners this month. The multi-course wine-paired meals take place on Friday, October 14, and then again on Friday, October 21, with doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner starting at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $150.

South Austin seafood restaurant TLC is hosting an oyster festival this weekend. It takes place on Saturday, October 15 from noon to 5 p.m. There will be oysters, drinks, and live music, an oyster-shucking competition from 3 to 4 p.m. (email to enter, there’s a $25 entry fee), and then an oyster-eating competition from 4 to 5 p.m. (email with a $50 entry fee). Both contests have cash-pot prizes. There are free RSVPs to attend.

East Austin wine bar LoLo is hosting roaming pop-up Apollo Bagels this weekend. It takes place on Sunday, October 16 with doors at 11 a.m., and bagels at noon. There will be coffee from Little Brother and wines too.

New American restaurant Emmer & Rye is having a wine dinner with Sicilian winery Benanti. The five-course meal includes wine pairings. The reservations are $225 per person, and it takes place on Tuesday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Anniversary art installation

To celebrate Lucky Robot’s 10th anniversary this year, the South Congress Japanese restaurant is a newish pop-up art installation from October 12 through Wednesday, November 16. It features its signature cherry blossoms, along with disco balls and Lucky Robot memorabilia. The restaurant will also offer giveaways and prices during the month.

Austin tortillas in supermarkets

Austin-based restaurant chain Tacodeli is now selling its flour tortillas at Whole Foods Markets. There are packs of 10 available cooked or uncooked.

Pizza-New York City trip contest

Austin restaurants Tony C’s Pizza and Pizza & Beer Garden are letting people win a trip to New York. Entry is done by buying pizza from any of its multiple locations in the Austin area in the month of October. The receipts will include a “golden ticket” QR code for a scannable entry. Each pizza purchase is a single entry. The winners will receive a trip package worth $2,000 with a dinner at the Italian restaurant Lombardi’s, a Broadway show, and an AmEx gift card to cover travel.

Hold Out Brewing

1208 West 4th Street, , TX 78703 (512) 305-3540 Visit Website

Casino El Camino

517 East 6th Street, , TX 78701 (512) 469-9330 Visit Website

Lazarus Brewing Co.

4803 Airport Boulevard, , TX 78751 (512) 394-7620 Visit Website

Little Brother

89 Rainey Street, , TX 78701 (512) 305-3133 Visit Website

William Chris Vineyards

10352 U.S. 290, , TX 78635 (830) 998-7654 Visit Website

Lucky Robot

1303 South Congress Avenue, , TX 78704 (512) 444-8081 Visit Website


1500 Spyglass Drive, , TX 78746 (512) 732-0303 Visit Website


1504 East 6th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 906-0053 Visit Website


1017 East Sixth Street, Austin, Texas 78702 Visit Website


2415 East 5th Street, , TX 78702 Visit Website

Emmer & Rye

51 Rainey Street, , TX 78701 (512) 366-5530 Visit Website


1100 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78704

Con Todo

10001 Metric Boulevard, , TX 78758


1305 West Oltorf Street, , TX 78704 (512) 298-2242 Visit Website

Real Ale Brewing Company

231 San Saba Court, , TX 78606 (830) 833-2534 Visit Website

Tony C's

10526 West Parmer Lane, , TX 78717 (512) 255-9463 Visit Website

De Nada

4715 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, Texas 78702 512-615-3555 Visit Website