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Hawaiian food truck surfs into South Austin brick-and-mortar and more food news

Hawaiian food truck surfs into Austin brick-and-mortar and more news

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The Big Kahuna is bringing tropical vibes to South Austin. Big Kahuna/Facebook

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Popular Hawaiian food truck The Big Kahuna quietly opened a brick-and-mortar at 5207 Brodie Ln. #115 on July 18, according to a Facebook post. The restaurant has a varied menu that includes island-style fish and pork tacos, burgers, and entrees like chicken teriyaki, mahi mahi with papaya salsa, and poke.

If you have been fearing that Peli Peli is never going to make its downtown Austin debut, rest easy. Owner Thomas Nguyen tells CultureMap that the project has just been delayed due to construction issues. Although there is no date for when those issues may be resolved, the South African restaurant is definitely still opening in Austin.

A new gelato truck, billed by chef and owner Dante Scarano as “the first laboratory of Italian artisan gelato on wheels in Texas,” will celebrate its grand opening at 1606 E. Sixth St. on August 10. In addition to frozen treats like ice pops and granita, Dolce Bacio will serve cannoli, chocolate tacos, and other desserts.

Frost your tips and buy a pair of wraparound sunglasses. Guy FieriCon is coming to Austin on October 20. The event, started in 2016 by a New Yorker, is actually a bar crawl and not a tour through restaurants featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. The participating bars have not been announced, but we suggest they stop by Soursop at St. Elmo's Brewing Co., where a portrait of the Mayor of Flavortown provides the only décor.

Austin Eastciders is releasing its new seasonal flavor, Spiced. Although the variety will not be on the market until after Labor Day, you can get a first taste August 13 at an introductory party at Easy Tiger starting at 4 pm.

Texas wine true believers William Chris Vineyards was a runner-up in the French 75 category at July's Tales of the Cocktail conference. This version adds a honey-sage syrup and a good pour of their Pétillant natural rosé for a new twist on the gin-and-champagne classic.

Local hospitality firm Union Venture Group is taking two of their Austin concepts on the road with the opening of Ginger’s Irish Pub and 77 Degrees in the fall. The midtown location will also be home to two other drinkeries with Capital City roots: Electric Feel from Carmack Concepts (The Dogwood, Chuggin’ Monkey, Dizzy Rooster) and Unicorn Disco from the owners of HandleBar and Kung Fu Saloon.

Norma Frances "Tootsie" Tomanetz, the legendary pitmaster behind Snow's BBQ in Lexington, Texas, is being inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Kansas, on September 15. So the whole staff can celebrate, the restaurant will be closed that day, according to a Facebook post.