Round Rock, TX Food & Drinks

The Grey’s Diner Bar Beckons Us Back for Seconds

The team behind Savannah’s the Grey tries Austin on for size. When a restaurant opens a second location, especially in another city, there’s bound to be questions about whether something will be lost in translation. I wonder about this regularly living in a mid-sized Southern city, where news of out-of-town restaurant groups swooping into town to open a location is a daily occurrence. While larger restaurant groups with multiple units and presumably limitless investment dollars can easily plunk down a repackaged version of their tapas (or steak or fried chicken) restaurant in Nashville, Atlanta, or Birmingham, what does a smaller, independently owned outfit have to consider when expanding to a new city?
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Chai in Austin

Is it the soft sweet flavor, the dancing spices on your tongue, or the golden middle amount of caffeine that makes chai such a beloved staple of any coffee house? Whatever the reason, Chai continues to be a tantalizing, tingling, titillating tea hailing proudly from India. Often called chai tea, which translates into tea tea, Masala Chai is an ancient healing brew that has found a home in several Austin coffee shops, including specialized trailers slinging out the special tea exclusively.

5 Fall Beers Austin Brewer Katie Lowe Is Drinking at Home

As the seasons change and temperatures finally begin to cool, it’s time to swap out your refrigerator of summer ales and hazy beers for cans that are more seasonally appropriate. “As we head into breezier weather in the fall, I find myself leaning more towards lagers with a touch...

More than 90% of restaurants in Texas have raised prices. Here's why

AUSTIN, Texas — If you have gone out to eat recently, you may have noticed you are paying more for your meal. The Texas Restaurant Association said 92% of restaurants in Texas have increased prices for menu items over the past three years. They said this is due to rising food and supply costs, increasing employee pay, and other price increases created by the current economy.

New Rooftop Dining Experience, Nido

Nido is a modern American restaurant located atop the newest hotel in Austin, The Loren at Lady Bird Lake – led by Executive Chef Brad McDonald. Nido will serve a selection of curated dishes inspired by the Texas Hill Country including locally sourced produce and meats. Some signature dish examples include Braised Lamb with milk jam and herb salad, Ricotta Gnudi with blistered cherry tomatoes and nicoise olives; and Grilled Dry-aged Wagyu with aligot potatoes and thyme-infused oil. All of Nido’s dishes will pair perfectly with classically-prepared cocktails and an impressive wine list.

Slushed now serving up to-go daiquiris in Pflugerville

Slushed is the latest addition to the Pflugerville Office Park on FM 685. (Amy Bryant/Community Impact Newspaper) To-go daiquiri shop Slushed opened Sept. 16 in the Pflugerville Office Park at 1202 FM 685, Ste. A6, Pflugerville. The business offers takeout frozen alcoholic daiquiris and jello shots in a variety of flavors. 512-969-3067.
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Este es (almost) Aquí!

The team behind Suerte, East Austin’s nationally acclaimed restaurant led by Sam Hellman-Mass and chef Fermín Núñez, has announced their latest concept. Este – which opens on Monday, Oct. 3pm, at 2113 Manor Rd. – will celebrate coastal Mexican cuisine, charcoal cooking, and fresh seafood sourced from premier fishmongers.

Arkansas-based Seven Brew Coffee proposes new McKinney location

The coffee shop will use the eastern portion of the property that was previously home to Bill Smith's Cafe. (Courtesy City of McKinney) Arkansas-based Seven Brew Coffee is planning a new location in McKinney. The drive-thru-only coffee concept is proposed on part of the land formerly used for Bill Smith’s Cafe at the northwest corner of US 380 and Sharon Lane.

New Italian restaurant, Pane Nostro Ristorante, set to open in McKinney’s Adriatica Village

Pane Nostro will open in McKinney's Adriatica Village on Oct. 7. (Courtesy Pane Nostro) Italian restaurant Pane Nostro Ristorante will open in McKinney’s Adriatica Village on Oct. 7. The restaurant is family-run and plans to serve Italian cuisine, as well as a variety of wine and signature cocktails, according to the restaurant’s website. The restaurant, located at 6675 Mediterranean Drive, Ste. 3120, McKinney, participated in a wine walk event in Adriatica Village on Sept. 17, serving a selection of wine, fried rice and cheese balls called arancini and cannolis. 214-425-3280.

Bluebonnet Beer Company’s Oktoberfest

Grab your lederhosen and head on over to the 7th Annual Bluebonnet Beer Company Oktoberfest! The event features locally made German-style beers, local food vendors, a Kinder Park game area for the kids, contests, prizes, local craft vendors and much more! All ages are welcome, but minors must be accompanied by an adult. Seating might fill up quickly so feel free to bring a camp chair. Hand-held umbrellas are also welcome, but tents are prohibited.