Food For Thought
The beer hall is a hallmark of German drinking culture, but when it comes to its stateside counterparts, American restaurateurs are only just beginning to jump on board. And that’s where Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden comes in: taking the beer hall concept under its wing, Banger’s has created an eclectic, relaxed atmosphere that’s perfect for a pint on a warm, summer night.
Photo credit: The Austin Chronicle
Thanks to Christian Remde, an award-winning director and former New Yorker, Austin’s local food movement is catching some international attention. Through his series of short films, called The Twelve Films Project, Remde emphasizes Austin’s dedication to sustainability while illustrating some of the better practices adopted by our restaurants and farmers.
TRIO’s Chef de Cuisine, Grant Macdonald, launched a prix fixe menu yesterday that might very well be the best thing since (and until) Restaurant Week. Boasting an array of fresh, seasonal and local ingredients, TRIO’s new “3 for $36” menu captures Texas summer in three courses.
On a summer day as beautiful is this, there’s nothing better than packing a basket and heading out to Zilker Park for a picnic. There are the staples—a crusty baguette, a crisp lemonade, a hunk of gouda—but my newest favorite? A rich, flavorful salame from Columbus Salumeria.
Manuel’s has been a staple for Austin’s Mexican food lovers for nearly three decades. Their contemporary approach to those regionally inspired dishes has always set them apart, but recently, Manuel’s has pledged to go above and beyond many traditional restaurants-- by prioritizing sustainability.
As of this year, Manuel’s has not only switched to an all-natural menu that provides their customers with hormone- and chemical-free meats, but they have also discontinued all use of genetically modified corn in both of their locations. This comes as big news to the sustainable food community, since these changes address some of today’s leading concerns about our country’s food industry.
When you live in Texas, you can’t help but be proud of your state, and next week, Aviary Lounge celebrates just that: enjoy all things Texan at Aviary’s Cork Dork Night, an evening of Texan wine and classic fare.
Equal parts wine bar, charcuterie haven and home décor store with international wares, Aviary Lounge is an eclectic gem of South Lamar and the perfect spot for a cozy wine dinner. Guests will savor traditional cuisine, from pork belly sliders to barbecue, all paired with Texan wines from the Duchman Family Winery. Here’s to going local.