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If you ever wondered what Austin would look like as a theme park, take a trip to New York City's Hill Country Food Park, which opened November 26 in downtown Brooklyn. "Hill Country Food Park is inspired by the creative energy and casual coolness exemplified by the Austin, Texas ethos," say the owners. The new food hall has six different stalls, and offers such uber-Texas treats as “Mex-Tex” nachos, ciabatta panini, pizza topped with squash, and other "Austin-inspired" food.
The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport continued its culinary revamp with the opening of two new eateries on November 26. First up is a new outpost of Colorado-based salad shop Mad Greens, now open in the East Food Park near gate 16. The mini Mad will also offer several varieties of grilled panini, healthy wraps, and freshly made juices. Over at the South Terminal, concession stand and bar Jet Set has taken off with a full cocktail bar, four local beers on tap, and a grab-and-go menu of snacks from Sawyer & Co. and Opal Divine’s.
Owner Paul Sedillo tells CultureMap that his chameleonic food truck — named Republic Donuts in the morning and Republic Diner during the evening — officially opened on November 23. As a diner, the trailer plays Superman to late night crowds with comfort foods like smashed burgers and chicken fried steak sandwiches. In the morning, it reverts back to Clark Kent with a menu of small batch cake doughnuts.
Mueller Italian eatery Gino’s Vino Osteria is opening a second location at 1400 E. Old Settlers Blvd. # 200 in Round Rock, the former home La Tertulia d’Zoey Bakery and Restaurant. Although an exact date has not been set for opening day, an employee tells CultureMap that January 2019 is looking likely.
Lauded east side restaurant Suerte launched weekend brunch on November 24. The menu, available from 10:30 am-2:30 pm, includes Mexican pastries like conchas, egg dishes like migas with hollandaise and baked egg with goat barbacoa, hominy, and green chiles. Indulge in savory brunch cocktails like hot Multate made with rye, dry sherry, black peppercorn, lemon, and canella — often called wild cinnamon for its similar taste.
Stella San Jac brought back its life-size gingerbread house November 19 just in time for holiday selfies. The display, made in part with donated Halloween candy, seats up to 12 people and can be reserved for lunch and dinner. A portion of the proceeds from bookings goes to Back on My Feet, an Austin nonprofit that fights homelessness through running and community support
South Congress Avenue restaurant Lucky Robot has introduced a slew of new menu items for winter. Among the cold-weather offerings are a veggie cebiche using local mushrooms from Hi-Fi Mycology; a unagi-style catfish dish with tempura shrimp, avocado, cucumber, and a lemongrass soy glaze; and the brunch-only ora king salmon toast.
Geraldine’s is getting ready for the holidays by transforming into a disco bar and lounge between December 19-22. The activation will turn the rooftop pool deck into a giant snow globe complete with retro Christmas music, themed cocktails, and wintery bites.