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Late-night cocktail bar enters jungle of East Austin, plus more food news
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East Austin’s Grizzelda’s opened a new Saturday-only late night cocktail bar on May 11. Jaguar & Lily, conveniently located on the restaurant’s patio, is inspired by “the beachside jungle bars of Tulum,” according to an Instagram post. On tap are pop culture referencing libations like Queen Bey, Oprah’s Favorite, and Like a Prayer, as well as the Ride or Die — a vodka, vanilla, and lime libation apparently featuring two coupes handcuffed together. Guests enter the late-night lounge through the back patio gate, because one does need a sense of occasion.
Franklin Barbecue’s Aaron Franklin dished on his upcoming breakfast taco and coffee trailer during a May 13 appearance on Texas Monthly’s National Podcast of Texas. Although he did not give an exact date, Franklin did say that Austinites can expect it in the upcoming weeks.
Austin Java continued its recent expansion plans on May 13 with the opening of its sixth location in the Austin Bergstrom International Airport’s cell phone lot. The Lilliane Steckel-designed eatery features a drive-thru and outdoor grab-and-go window for the busy jet-setter. Guests can expect approachable fare like breakfast bowls and sandwiches, a full bar — and lots and lots of coffee.
A company rep has confirmed that Pennsylvania-based sweets shops Insomnia Cookies will soon be fueling late night study sessions with a new shop at 2323 San Antonio St. The concept is similar to locally owned cookie monsters Tiff’s Treats with one key difference ... deliveries are made until 3 am.
Yumi, the baby food subscription box endorsed by celebrity parents like John Stamos, Jessica Alba, Emily Deschanel, and Hillary Duff, is launching in Austin on May 22. The service delivers plant-based, organic foods directly to customer’s doors with plans starting at $35 per week. Side note: the fact that Lizzie McGuire now has two children makes us feel really old.
In good news for celiacs or those with gluten-sensitivities, Anderson Lane Filipino spot Be More Pacific has added five new gluten-free dishes. Highlights include Kiliwan ceviche with yellowfin tuna, jicama, ginger, red onion, and serrano peppers; a salmon steak served in tamarind soup with bok choy, eggplant, Chinese long bean, and tomato; and a summery cucumber salad with red onion and vinegar.
Walton’s Fancy & Staple is celebrating its 10th anniversary with free mini golden eggs (nutmeg infused yellow cake dipped in melted butter and dusted with cinnamon sugar) and house dog treats through May 17. As an even sweeter treat, the West Sixth Street deli is using the occasion to raise funds for Austin Pets Alive!