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6 things to know in Austin food right now: Posh social club that's open to all now serves brunch
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We were among the droves of Austinites who experienced love at first sight when Estelle's, the Warehouse District cocktail bar and social club, released its first photos. This stylish lounge looks equally fitting for an aimless cocktail night and an excuse to wear your brunch best, and now it's doing both. The new brunch service starts on Saturdays and Sundays at noon (that's the 4th Street equivalent of 8 am), and includes luxe dishes like spinach and tomato quiche or biscuits and pork belly gravy. Other everyday elevations include "everything" naan with avocado and radish or seasonal fruits with wildflower honey ($14). Even though Estelle's is a "social club," everyone is invited. Book on OpenTable.
Other news and notes
Hey Austin servers and bartenders — hope you're off on Mondays. Wax Myrtle's is hosting a weekly summer industry night from now until August 28, inviting hospitality workers to hang in the pool from 3-11 pm. Admission is free and does not require an RSVP. Enjoy fresh guacamole, queso, and sandwiches at a discount, along with discounted shots and $5 draft beers. And since this is a social event, there will be games, things to float on, and an "activated satellite bar."
Upscale New American restaurantLenoir has been on a roll with its Third Thursday dinner series, raising funds for local nonprofits. But these dinners aren't the only ones it's hosting to give back. A "beefsteak banquet," modeled after a Northeastern tradition, is benefitting the Austin Parks Foundation on July 2. Apron-wearing guests will enjoy unlimited grilled beef with seasonal sides, house-made bread, and desserts in Lenoir's wine garden. There even be a prize for the guest with the best apron, if they choose to bring their own instead of wearing one of Lenoir's. Book on Resy.
There's only a few tickets left to sit inside for Launderette's fifth annual Lobster & Friends seafood boil on July 3. The converted laundromat is keeping up the community hub vibes with a family-style buffet including a whole lot of classics: lobster, shrimp, crab, clams, mussels, and sausage, plus sides and desserts. If you miss the dining room tickets, there's plenty of room on the patio, and the restaurant is even offering to-go options. Book a time ($75) or a takeout order on Resy.
It's all Olamaie, all the time in Austin right now. More news coming about that next. Up first is a collaboration between two of its offshoots: steakhouseMaie Day and chicken-and-biscuits shopLittle Ola's Biscuits. The steakhouse is hosting Chef Jules Stoddart of the biscuit realm for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres before the South Congress Hotel's monthly First Thursday party with local businesses, live DJ sets, and more. Guests will receive early entry to the party and access to a private bar all night. Tickets to the cocktail event ($45) benefit Every Body Texas, a nonprofit for bettering sexual and reproductive care. Reserve on Tock.
Chef Amanda Turner is a driving force in the Austin food scene, no matter what category she's part of. In this case, it's "women in the culinary world," as celebrated by the bi-annual feminist industry mag Cherry Bombe. The magazine is spotlighting restaurants in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, as well as Austin, with a dinner series benefitting local charities. The July 13 dinner at Turner's Olamaie will only use ingredients by women-owned brands and benefit Jeremiah Program Austin, which serves single mothers facing poverty. Reserve ($135) on OpenTable.