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Artisan bakery brings sourdough to South Austin, plus more food news
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South Austin artisan bakery ThoroughBread opens November 6. The curated menu from Crooks musician and baker Ryan Goebel includes organic sourdough and other breads, cookies, and savory breakfast pastries. The 1709 Bluebonnet Ln. shop opens at 7 am each morning, Tuesday through Sunday.
A saucy new food truck is coming to 1403 E. Seventh St., in the space adjacent to Revival Coffee. On November 1, entrepreneur Rod Crosby announced the November opening of Sauce Odyssey, a hybrid concept that will combine an interactive sauce bar and a rotisserie menu. According to a release, the offerings from consulting chef Judd Servino and chef de cuisine Jared Smith will include loaded nachos; roasted vegetables like fingerling potatoes, beets, and carrots; and pasture-raised kitchen. The trailer will also have fried banana and Nutella spring tolls and a foamy frozen drink made out of carbonated tea.
After more than four years of planning, a group of Austinites have launched a new mezcal brand. Susto Mezcal — from longtime friends Ingrid and James Taylor and Liz and Duff Stewart, along with managing director of Mexico operations Beatriz “Titi” Rodriguez — launched November 1. Take home a bottle from The Austin Shaker, Davenport Wine & Spirits, and select Twin Liquors or have a taste at Kome, Red’s Porch, L’Oca d’Oro, Last Straw, or The Headliners Club.
The latest location of Austin fave Torchy’s Tacos at 5900 Slaughter Ln. is celebrating its grand opening November 13. If the idea of waiting that long for a fried avocado taco kills you, stop by on November 12 for the preview party featuring free tacos, drinks, and entertainment.
Home Slice Pizza has announced the return of DOUGHvember, a month-long event series running throughout November. All locations will participate with raffles for free pizza for a year and profit-sharing events benefitting a new local charity partner each week. As a grand finale, Via 313 will be stopping by on November 27 for a one-day collaboration also featuring a four-tap takeover from Pinthouse Pizza.
Hot off the heels of Nickel City transforming itself into Moe’s Tavern for the Halloween season, Last Straw is having a little pop culture fun. Straw Wars, running until November 3, pays homage to the intergalactic franchise with a punny food and drink menu, specialty drinkware, and costume contests each night.
Healthy downtown shop Squeezery has upped its offerings with new menu items including sandwiches like a chicken panini with spinach and pesto, soups like a vegan coconut red lentil variety, and salads featuring seasonal veggies. All can be picked up on the go or enjoyed in the just-finished outdoor dining area located just outside the entrance.
Chef Kevin Fink, from Emmer & Rye, Henbit, and the upcoming Hestia, will represent Austin November 9 at the Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s annual Boudin, Bourbon & Beer, a lavish food party that invites the nation’s best chefs to New Orleans and raises money for the organization's youth educational initiatives. Other notable names include James Beard Award-winner Alon Shaya, famed chocolatier and Nailed It host Jacques Torres, and Flavortown mayor Guy Fieri.
Better Half will be previewing the upcoming urban brewery Hold Out Brewing on November 6 with a party featuring beer, burgers, and sure-to-be-coveted merch. The party starts at 6 pm and will run late.