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One of Austin’s favorite hangouts has made a comeback after more than a year-long absence — well, sort of. On March 19, Takoba snuck on the scene with the opening of Barzón, a rebranding of its attached bar, Milamores Cantina. In addition to serving agave spirits and micheladas, the concept offers a full menu of snacks like queso fundido, flautas, ceviche, and guacamole. There’s no word yet on when the restaurant proper will return.
Plaza Columbian Coffee, a new South American coffeeshop and bakery, opened on March 20 at 3842 S. Congress Ave., according to a Facebook post. In addition to the expected espresso drinks, the spot offers hard-to-find seasonal juices like guanabana (soursop) and curuba (banana passionfruit), arepas, empanadas, and sweet breads.
A new pastry chef joined the Olamaie crew on March 21. Jules Stoddardt, whose local CV includes stints at the South Congress Hotel and Parkside Projects, will be creating a nostalgic dessert program in keeping with the acclaimed restaurant's progressive take on Southern traditions.
Baskets are on sale now for the annual Waller Creek Picnic, the popular annual fundraiser benefitting the Waller Creek Conservancy. The annual event invites guests to purchase a meal from one of Austin’s top restaurants or bring their own from home. Although some of the feasts were snatched up quickly, packages are still available from hot eateries like La Matta, Loro, Home Slice, Sway, Uchiko, and the upcoming Swedish Hill. A limited number of baskets from Fairmont Austin will also be available to be purchased on-site when the event kicks off at 6 pm on April 6 in Palm Park.
Want to feel extra bougie for a day? Uchi is getting eggy wit' it during an eight-course dinner in partnership with The Caviar Company. On April 4, guests will enjoy dishes like twice-fried onion with salmon rose and creme fraiche and bluefin tuna nigiri with foie fat tamari and Siberian sturgeon caviar. Tickets are $125 with an optional $25 drink pairing and available by calling 512-916-4808.
Speaking of fancy dinners, Pitchfork Pretty is kicking off a four-part dinner series devoted to Texas Hill Country brewers and distillers. Served family style on the restaurant's veranda, each $75 dinner will feature multiple courses and plenty or Bourbon or beer. Vista Brewing kicks things off on March 26, followed by Balcones Distilling on April 9, Independence Brewing Co. on May 8, Garrison Brothers Distillery on June 12, and a debilitating hangover on June 13.