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A second location of Donkey Mo’s Korean Fried Chicken opened November 24 in the Lakeline Mall food court. The locally owned restaurant, which also has an outpost inside H-Mart at 11301 Lakeline Blvd., has introduced new menu items at the shop including creamed corn, fried pickles, and kimchi bacon fries.
After a brief hiatus, Wild Chix & Waffles at 7714 Burnet Rd., reopened December 11. The eccentric eatery closed in November to transition to an entirely gluten-free kitchen. Some of the signature dishes, like the Nutella-topped Gone Bananas waffle, have been reworked to fit in with the new direction, and several new dishes have been introduced, like a Black Angus burger and the Aloha Beaches salad with sashimi grade yellowfin tuna and shoyu dressing.
Austin’s last Taco Bueno location at 5000 W. Slaughter Ln. closed December 10, according to a company rep. The Irving, Texas-based chain was acquired by Sun Holdings after filing for bankruptcy on November 6. As part of the reorganization, it closed a few underperforming stores.
Sixth Street speakeasy Midnight Cowboy dropped a new cocktail menu on December 11. "Around the World: A Travel Guide" features drinks inspired by global destinations presented in a passport-style menu that guests can get stamped as they “travel” along. Curated by general manager Tacy Rowland and featuring contributions from each member of the staff, the lineup features unique flavors including palo santo smoke, black garlic, and even ants.
Cult fave la Barbecue is teaming up with 40 North Pizza to create three new menu items, available December 12 through January 31. The offerings include two pizzas — a spicy pickle pie with mozzarella, Fontina, parmesan, pickled garlic, Fresno peppers, and dill and a two sausage pie with roasted fennel, charred scallions, pickled jalapeños, and fennel fronds. A pulled pork calzone will also be available when the two eateries debut the mash-up during a December 12 party featuring half-priced bottles of bubbles all night.
Holy Roller is bringing back its pie eating contest on December 11. Guests can purchase raffle tickets to bet on their favorite chef or culinary personality with all proceeds benefitting SAFE. Casey Wilcox will be back to defend last year’s title against a new crop of competitors including Michael Fojtasek of Olamaie; Barbecue Wife’s Catherine Stiles; and Amie and Jolie Sikes, hosts of HGTV’s Junk Gypsies.
Rainey Street newcomer Anthem has finally is adding pupu platters to the menu beginning December 12. Feeding four to six people each, the plates include the meat-heavy The Cure with popcorn chicken and brisket rangoon; the vegan Veg Out with charred edamame, chips and guacamole, and Thai Hippie Tofu; and the seafood focused Don’t Be Shellfish with Gulf oysters, shrimp, ceviche, and crawfish hushpuppies.
Home Slice Pizza is reporting a record year for their Doughvember event series in November. The beloved pizza joint upped last year’s totals by 240 percent to raise more than $28,000, which supported local nonprofits SAFE, CASA of Travis County, Austin Bat Cave, and Carrying Hope.