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New rooftop cocktails, free sandwiches, and barbecue sushi top Austin's tastiest food news
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Openings and closings
How's Limestone Rooftop for an evocative name? Despite the straightforwardness, the new restaurant and cocktail bar offers an upscale experience in the Rainey area, always bustling with revelers — usually those who have aged off of 6th Street but aren't quite done bar hopping. Here, 120 visitors (plus whoever wants to stand) will be away from the crowds, all the way up on the 16th floor. Alongside the great views, the restaurant offers elevated luxe plates like braised beef cheeks with pomegranate, feta, pickled peppers, carrots, braising jus; "serious" cocktails like Ilegal mezcal, passionfruit, handcrafted lemon cordial, egg white, and angostura; and weekly live music and DJ sets. The new lounge at 68 East Ave. is open now from 3-9 pm Sunday, 5-11 PM Tuesday through Thursday, and 5 pm to 1 am Friday and Saturday.
Ike’s Love & Sandwiches, known for heartily stacked subs and an expansive menu, announced it is opening a new location at 9828 Great Hills Trail, starting November 18 at 10 am. The first 50 people in line on opening day will receive a free sandwich and a free T-shirt, and will be entered to win free sandwiches for a year. There will also be two sandwiches exclusive to the Great Hills location: “Can I Buy You a Drink” with fried chicken, Ike’s Orange Buffalo BBQ sauce, and gouda cheese; and a vegetarian version called "We're Not Normal." Sandwiches will be $7.97 all day as an opening sale.
ICYMI: Popular neighborhood bar and dog park Yardbird opened a new food concept this week called Camp Out, which operates through the back window. The team is working on a camping theme that will tie the backyard space together with the outdoorsy menu. Austin Motel added to its nostalgic charm with a nearly year-round hot dog cart. A Colorado beer festival is making its Southwest debut, hosted by Austin's Beerburg Brewing, and widely loved lobster shack Garbo's Lobster has announced a new location in Dripping Springs.
Other news and notes
Sushi and barbecue couldn't really be more different in most ways, but two local greats are coming together for an interesting seasonal menu item. Sushi Bar will be serving "Terry Black's Bite" on its 17-course fall tasting menu: a nigiri-style cold-smoked ocean trout, bacon jam, pickled cornichon, and Terry Black's Original Barbecue Sauce glaze. The omakase experience was notoriously hard to reserve when it launched in 2021, but space is now more readily available. Book ($159) via OpenTable.
'Tis the season for stone crabs. (Update: We wrote that it was soft-shell crab season, which it technically is — just not for this particular restaurant.) The claws of stone crabs are in demand because they taste similar to lobster, and the crabs are released back into the ocean to regrow the appendage. This is like an annual holiday for upscale seafood restaurantTruluck's, which operates exclusively with one Florida fishing operation. Just don't get crabby if the claws are in short supply — the restaurant only serves them fresh, so freezing is never an option.
Two famous Austin institutions, Waterloo Records and Eberly, are collaborating for the first time for "Crate Diggers," a pop-up shop focusing on 70s records. They'll be spinning vinyl from the disco era and serving a limited edition cocktail: the "Bonus Track" with Flor de Cana four-year rum, hojicha tea, coconut cream, and lime. This all takes place October 25 from 6-8 pm in Eberly's picturesque Cedar Tavern.
District Kitchen + Cocktails is celebrating its 10th anniversary of its South Austin location with specials on October 24 and 28. Signature drinks will be at their happy hour prices all day, and some old favorite dishes will be returning for the event. There will also be "fun giveaways" and live music by indie pop artist Shawn Matthews. The first event runs from 3-9 pm, and the second from 10:30 am to 10 pm.