As Austin’s restaurants scramble to adapt to the new reality we’re all living in, they must sell food or risk going out of business. We’re grieving the permanent closures of Shady Grove, Threadgill’s, NXNW, and Magnolia Cafe on Lake Austin Boulevard. We don’t want to see anyone else leave us.
And while we know you don’t need fancy enticements to support your favorite local businesses, we don’t want to waste this opportunity to share breaking news from restaurants around the city. Get excited, and then go place an order.
Contigo Catering & Dispatch is innovating within the industry by launching interactive virtual classes and drive-thru pop-ups, alongside seasonal homestyle meals, family meals, and grocery items for delivery and pickup.
CONTi-GO Dispatch was launched in March 2020 by owner Brooke Greer as a meal delivery and grocery service, and has since developed further to offer virtual classes and pop-up neighborhood drive-thrus, in addition to meal delivery and pickup at the kitchen located at 3709 Promontory Point Dr. B201.
Virtual classes can be purchased on CONTi-GO Dispatch’s website, and will include a link to a video tutorial. Upcoming virtual classes and packages include:
- Stir Crazy Vol. 1 The Martini ($40): kit comes with cocktail ingredients and garnish to make a classic gin martini, dirty vodka martini and Mexican martini, taught live.
- Kitchen Science Vol. 1: Bread Making ($40): kit comes with ingredients to make homemade bread along with virtual/live culinary instructions on bread making, as well as a direct number to text later with any questions.
Cover 2 is firing up the boiler for crawfish every Saturday in May from 3 p.m. until it’s out! Guests can place pre-orders by calling the restaurant directly at 512-506-9935 or ordering online. All pickup is curbside.
Crawfish is available for $9.95 per pound, with a loaded option for $12.95 per pound.
LORO Asian Smokehouse & Bar has resumed in-restaurant dining with new protocols and measures that go beyond government requirements. Hours are currently:
- Sundays through Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Fridays and Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Guests can check the in-restaurant availability via Get Wisely on the LORO website.
Curbside pickup and delivery service is continuing daily from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. And the Rib Dinner For Two ($39.75) is available from 4 to 8:30 p.m. on Sundays and Mondays.
Pitchfork Pretty, the east Austin restaurant known for garden-fresh produce and contemporary Hill Country cuisine, is now taking to-go orders for curbside pickup and delivery. Guests can place orders between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, via the eatery’s online ordering site.
The restaurant is kicking off curbside pickup with specialty items, a beer and wine list, and non-alcoholic beverages. The speciality items include:
- Fried chicken with red chili, buttermilk dressing, and cabbage slaw
- Double cheeseburger with bacon, pickled turnips, lettuce, and herb mayo
- Roasted carrots with quinoa, candied pepitas, orange, and spiced yogurt
- Garden salad with aged cheese, pecans, radishes, and sunflower seed dressing
- Potato salad with bacon, fennel, and apple
- Mashed potatoes with country ham gravy
- Chickpea battered onion rings
- Kids pasta and chicken fingers
Suerte is serving street tacos on fresh, housemade heirloom corn tortillas for lunch and dinner. The menu from Chef Fermín Núñez features its famous Suadero tacos, other meats including oak-grilled chicken thighs, and chorizo and pork carnitas campechano, plus a rotating vegetarian taco. Everything is made with ingredients from local farmers and ranchers.
The menu includes sides such as Suerte’s beloved esquites made with
fresh corn, heirloom corn tortilla chips, salsa, guacamole and more. Heirloom corn tortilla chips are made fresh daily using Suerte’s housemade masa. Dessert, cocktail kits, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages are available, as well.
For those who want the experience of cooking at home, Suerte is selling a
limited number of Suadero taco and migas meal kits, lemon cheesecake cookie dough, housemade black magic oil, masa by the pint, and fermented chile hot sauce.
Takeout orders can be placed for same day pickup. Pickup is fully contactless and guests can text Suerte upon arrival.
Creature Coffee at Native Hostel
Creature Coffee at Native Hostel has re-opened for pick up and curbside service. Service is contactless; either pay online or when you walk-up.
If you’ve never had the pleasure of checking out this hip east side hangout, then expect tasty coffees, organic tea options, fresh Rosen’s bagels, and pastries from Sour Duck. Creature Coffee also has a big selection of coffee beans from local specialty roasters for the new army of homebrewers out there.
Open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. See the menu on the Toast App or at creaturecoffee.co.
JuiceLand just reopened five of its previously closed shops in Austin. Guests are encouraged to order ahead by calling in or ordering online. Once guests arrive, they can call their shop for curbside pick up.
To ensure safety, all JuiceLand lobbies still remain closed with no option to dine-in. JuiceLand has plans to add walk-up windows to all of its shops, including the remodel now available at Barton Springs. Hand sanitizer is available at all locations.
The five reopened locations are:
- Third and Shoal: 607 W. 3rd St. #115
- Balcones: 5521 Balcones Dr.
- Barton Springs: 1625 Barton Springs Road
- Hyde Park: 4500 Duval St.
- Lakeway: 2422 Ranch Road 620 S.
@theAustinot wants to know:
Which local restaurant do you keep going back to during this season?