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First Look: Cocktails at Weather Up in Austin, Texas

Weatherup, a renowned NYC bartender and the proprietor of Weather Up in Brooklyn, and Tribeca, first visited Austin to watch a friend's bike race and quickly grew fond of the city. "Austin has lots of great coffee, beer, and cocktails, and a lot of good energy," she says. So she trucked her philosophy down to Texas—the third and latest Weather Up is located on Cesar Chavez in East Austin. Wanting to "go big and do it Texas style", the menu at the Austin branch contains 108 classic cocktails. More

First Look: New Cocktails at Bar Congress in Austin, Texas

New bar manager Jason Stevens offers an ambitious new cocktail menu at Bar Congress in Austin. His focus on crafting his own ingredients to boost flavors in his cocktails borders on obsession. Stevens looked to Colonial-American fruit preserving methods and makes a number of seasonal shrubs, and he jazzes up a boring gin and tonic with hop-infused gin and a homemade tonic spiced with herbes de Provence, grapefruit peel, cassia, and black pepper. Here's a preview of his newest creations. More

6 Texan Cocktail Recipes from Lucy's Fried Chicken in Austin

When creating the funky yet uncomplicated drinks menu, the bar staff, led by Kendra Thompson, decided against sticking to pre-prohibition classics. As she explained, many Austin bars already excel that style, and it doesn't suit the vibe at Lucy's. Instead, the menu draws from the classics for inspiration, but syncs the drinks with their largely deep-fried food offerings. Lots of herbs, citrus, and ginger to help cut through the richness of chicken-fried-everything from gizzards, deviled eggs, to yup, mountain oysters. More

Ridiculous Feats of Endurance at Home Slice Pizza's Carnival O' Pizza

Home Slice Pizza in Austin recently threw their 5th annual pizza carnival. The carnival raised over $15,000 for Habitat Young Professionals. But what the Home Slice Carnival O' Pizza is perhaps best known for is its wacky endurance contests: namely the pizza eating contest and the Hands On An Eggplant Sub (HOES) contest. The winner of each gets free pizza at Home Slice for an entire year. More

Home Slice Brings a Slice of NYC to Austin, Texas

There is a restaurant in New York City called Hill Country, which is patterned after the barbecue meat markets that surround Austin, Texas. The barbecue at Hill Country is a pretty close approximation of what you can get in Texas, essentially mimicking the menu at Kreuz Market in Lockhart to the point of importing their sausages. Truth be told, it is not quite in the same league as the barbecue down in the Lone Star State, but for a homesick Texan it will offer a slice of home. Similarly, Home Slice Pizza in Austin will offer a homesick New Yorker a taste of home in the form of pizza. More

Pizza Blog: Seth Mazow's 'Year of the Pizza'

[Photograph: Year of the Pizza] Speaking of Home Slice Pizza in Austin, Texas, I just realized that I'd never really given proper attention to the blog Year of the Pizza here on Slice. It was started last year by Seth Mazow after he worn a contest at Home Slice. He outlasted three other people in keeping his hands on a sub sandwich. For that, he won a year of free pizza at the pizzeria. Anytime he walked through the door, he was entitled to a large pizza with unlimited toppings. Q: Have you gained weight? A: Not yet. I... More

Home Slice Pizza in Austin Does the Real R&D

A crack team of *real* pizza researchers. [Photographs: Home Slice Pizza] OK, so I'm going to reference that darn MetaFilter thread about Domino's again. Someone there said, "I felt bad when the head chef and one other person said that the Domino's hate really struck them hard. At the same time, though, I couldn't help but think... haven't they ever eaten Domino's pizza?" Exactly. I felt kinda bad for them too. We all know what it's like to work on something and then have someone shit all over it.... More

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