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Top 5 Holiday Events

to Attend in Austin this December

 

The Trail of Lights in Zilker Park on Monday December 11, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

 

From light shows to shopping pop-ups and the Nutcracker at home, we’ve got you covered for the top events in Austin to help you celebrate the holidays this December:

 

Austin Trail of Lights: The 55th Annual Trail of Lights is part of the essential Austin experience, lighting up the season with a celebration of community, memories and fun. This year, the spectacular trail will return as a drive-thru event in December. Arrive early with a Dash Pass, or cruise through the night with General Admission starting November 28th through January 3rd. (zilker park)

 

Peppermint Parkway: Peppermint Parkway is a magical drive-thru experience at Austin’s Circuit of The Americas. The holiday spectacular will be a one-mile driving attraction that will immerse visitors in millions of holiday lights synchronized to joyful holiday classics from November 27th through January 3rd. Tickets can be purchased online. (circuit of the americas)

 

Luminations: At the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, experience the calm of winter with the shimmer of thousands of luminarias lighting the way. This year, for the first time ever, stroll through the naturally beautiful Texas Arboretum among the illuminated oaks and the light-splashed forts of Fortlandia. Held from November 27-January 3, with limited capacity and plenty of space to explore. (lady bird johnson wildflower center)  

 

“The Nutcracker: Home for the Holidays”: Ballet Austin is bringing a favorite holiday tradition home for the holidays by transforming its 58th annual production into an interactive, multi-media experience available to dance lovers around the world. The immersive entertainment offering will be available to audience members in the comfort and safety of their homes. (virtual performance)

 

Downtown Holiday Stroll: Downtown Holiday Stroll is back for 2020! Instead of just one night, this year’s Stroll will be a month-long celebration with free, family-friendly activities taking place throughout downtown. Visit downtown Austin to celebrate the holiday season with safe and socially-distanced festivities like the holiday shopping passport, pop-ups, appearances by Mr. & Mrs. Claus, holiday window and light displays and the signature 45-foot downtown tree. (congress avenue, between 9th street & 11th street

 

 

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Top 5 Austin Restaurants

to Order Thanksgiving Takeout From

 

Photo from: Fresa’s

 

For those who find themselves a bit overwhelmed with cooking a full Thanksgiving dinner, or want to switch up their normal routine and support local Austin restaurants, here’s a list of Urbanspace’s top 5 restaurants to order takeout from: 

 

Texas Honey Ham: An Austin and Office favorite, Texas Honey Ham has both Honey Glazed Hams and Freshly Roasted Turkey Breast available for purchase by the pound, and delicious side options that include Corn Bread Dressing, Mashed Potatoes, Turkey Gravy, Chipotle Cranberry Sauce, Baked Potato Casserole, Apple Slaw, Austin Baked Beans, Honey Mustard Potato Salad, and of course Shells and Cheese. (3736 bee cave rd, ste. 6, 78746)

 

Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon: Fresa’s entire Thanksgiving meal comes with a roasted turkey with gravy, chorizo stuffing, and a spicy citrus-serrano cranberry sauce. Or opt for the turkey breast meal if you don’t feel like dealing with bones. Diners can also pick out three of the available sides for any of the two meals, which include roasted Brussels sprouts, poblano spinach gratin, and mac and cheese. Order a pozole kit for those turkey leftovers, and there are pies too. (1703 s. 1st st., 78704)

 

Micklethwait Craft Meats: For a smoked meats-filled Thanksgiving, the barbecue trailer is accepting preorders for the holiday. On deck are family-style meals with either whole turkeys or briskets, plus sides such as green bean casserole, lemon poppy slaw, jalapeno cheese grits, and more. Then there are standalone whole turkeys with gravy or pickles, onions, sauces, and bread, or whole brisket with the same pickle addition, plus a la carte green bean casseroles, stuffing, and pies. (1309 rosewood ave., 78702)  

 

Salt & Time: The butcher shop and restaurant has a variety of meats and sides for the holiday, including the enormous John Madden: a 22 to 24-pound turkey with extra drumsticks stuffed with sausage and cornbread dressing and wrapped in lace fat. Meats range from $7.50 to $52 per pound; the John Madden is $200; sides and condiments range from $8 to $16; party platters start at $50; pies are $24. (1912 E. 7th St., 78702)

 

Dai Due: The Cherrywood butcher shop carries a cornucopia of Thanksgiving offerings, including brined turkeys from Belle Vie Farm, smoked ham, turducken sausages, charcuterie, mincemeat, brined quails, sides, kolaches, pies, and pie dough. (2406 manor rd., 78722) 

 

 

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Top 5 Places to Watch a Longhorn Win 

 

Photo Credit: Texas Sports

 

While DKR may still be the best spot in the house to witness a Texas Longhorns Win, these local favorites aren’t too bad for a second option. Here’s a list of some of Urbanspace’s favorite restaurants and bars where you can go to catch the game. 

 

Abel’s On the Lake: Abel’s on the Lake is the prime spot to come enjoy a drink with your friends and watch the Texas Longhorns play. With spectacular views of Lake Austin, classic American food, mixed drinks and a selection of over sixty beers on tap, including seventeen local brews you’re sure to have a good day. (3825 lake austin blvd, 78703)

 

Star Bar: Established in 1995, Star Bar is the original west 6th street bar. With three great patios equipped with 14 flat screen TVs, 17 rotating taps dedicated to dispensing the best beer available in Texas, and a Via 313 food truck on site there’s no reason you won’t enjoy game day from here. (600 west 6th street, 78701)

 

Scholz Garten: Since 1866, Scholz Garten has been a favorite of the Austin community from hosting a celebration for the University of Texas football team’s first undefeated season in 1893 to being honored by the 1966 Texas legislature with House Resolution #68, which recognized Scholz Garten as “a gathering place for Texans of discernment, taste, culture, erudition, epitomizing the finest tradition of magnificent German heritage in our State. Whether you’re craving a cold bier, cocktail, or fresh German food, Scholz Garten is the perfect spot to watch the game. Reservations can be made online at [email protected] (1601 waterston, 78703) 

 

Buford’s: This popular West 6th bar is a great place to watch a Longhorns win and grab a craft beer or cocktail indoors or outdoors with several TV’s and an extensive patio area. (700 West 6th St, 78701)

 

Bouldin Acres: Located on a historic intersection of Bouldin Creek and South Lamar Blvd, Bouldin Acres resurrects approachable, quality eats & drinks in a fun indoor/outdoor environment that’s both family and pet friendly. Our style is open, relaxed, friendly and inclusive. With 2 acres sitting on Bouldin Creek, Bouldin Acres is a great venue to watch sports, play games, eat, drink, and hang out with friends. (2027 south lamar blvd, 78704) 

 

2020 Texas Football Schedule
Sept. 12—UTEP

Sept. 26—Texas Tech
Oct. 3—TCU
Oct. 10—vs Oklahoma (Cotton Bowl)
Oct. 24—BAYLOR
Oct. 31—Oklahoma State
Nov. 7—WEST VIRGINIA
Nov. 21- Kansas
Nov. 27—IOWA STATE
Dec. 5-Kansas State

Urbanspace’s Favorite Austin Food Delivery + Take-Out Spots

With the citywide “Shelter in Place” order in full effect until April 13th, Austin restaurants have been forced to temporarily close their dining rooms. However, some of Austin’s best restaurants remain open with carry-out and delivery options. While typical takeout options range from drive-thrus to pizza delivery, many local restaurants that have never offered takeout service before have turned to the new model. 

 

While transitioning to to-go can be difficult with certain cuisines, restaurants have found a way to make it work including additions to the menu, and the option for “family-style” meals. With an expansive list of new takeout options, now is the prime time to support your local restaurants and order takeout from somewhere you wouldn’t normally consider. 

 

Here’s a list of some of Urbanspace’s favorite restaurants that are still serving to-go. 

 

Hestia: The open-fire restaurant is now fully to-go with both delivery and curbside options, Tuesday-Saturday, 5-9pm. Sister restaurant Henbit will be serving food as well, from 11am-2pm, and 5-9pm. (607 w 3rd st, austin, tx 78701) 

 

Better Half Coffee & Cocktails: The neighborhood bar that specializes in burgers & breakfast offers both curbside and delivery options from 9am-9pm. Check out their Happy Hour menu that consists of $5 burgers and sangria everyday from 1-4pm. (406 walsh st, austin, tx 78703) 

 

Uchi: The upscale sushi restaurant located on South Lamar currently offers curbside pickup with a delivery option coming soon. Simply place your order over the phone during 2:30-8:30pm or online to reserve a pickup time. Wine, sake, and beer is 25% off. (801 south lamar blvd, austin, tx 78704) 

 

Red Ash: The craft Italian restaurant that specializes in fresh handmade pastas, pristine seafood, and locally sourced prime meats offers call ahead and pickup orders each day from 4:30-9:00pm. Enjoy 50% off all Wines by the bottle with your food order. (303 colorado st, austin, tx 78701) 

 

Matt’s El Rancho: An Austin Tex-Mex favorite, Matt’s currently offers delivery or pickup Sunday-Thursday, 11am-7:30pm, and Friday-Saturday, 11am-8:30pm. Don’t forget about the legendary Bob Armstrong! (2613 south lamar blvd, austin, tx 78704) 

 

Tiny Boxwoods: The Houston based restaurant is offering their classic lunch and dinner menu items such as the Turkey Avocado Club, the Lucky Burger, and Pizza. They are also offering family style meals that feed 4- check out their website for this week’s lineup. Tiny’s will be open for pickup Tuesday-Friday, 11am-2pm and 4-8pm, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-2pm, and Saturday, 4-8pm. Tiny’s bakery Milk & Cookies will be open daily from 8am-8pm. (1503 w 35th st, austin, tx 78703) 

 

Fixe: This Southern Cuisine favorite is now offering call-ahead curbside pickup and delivery daily from 9am-8pm. The menu includes Biscuits and Biscuit Sandwiches, Snacks & Salads, select Entrees, and Family Style Meals like Fried Chicken or New Orleans Style Jambalaya. (500 w 5th st, austin, tx 78701) 

 

Loro: This Asian Smokehouse and Bar is now offering takeout and delivery daily from 11:30am-8:30pm. Specials include 25% off all beer, wine, and sake available for pickup only, the Loro Cheeseburger available all day for $8.75, and $40 Cocktail kits that make 8 drinks. (2115 south lamar blvd, austin, tx 78704) 

 

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew: This exceptional BBQ joint located off North Lamar is now offering curbside pickup with call-in and online orders Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-8pm. Check out their website for their daily specials such as today’s Smoked Prime Rib and Friday’s Texas Wagyu Chicken Fried Steak. (6610 north lamar blvd, austin, tx 78757) 

 

Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum: The restaurant that specializes in Asian home cooking and Dim Sum is now open for online orders offering takeout and delivery options for Lunch, Dinner, and Weekend Brunch. Hours for pickup include Monday-Friday, 11am-2:30pm, and 5-9:30pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 11am-2:30pm, and 5-9:30pm. (1203 w 6th st, austin, tx 78703) 

 

The Austin Proper Introduces Four New Dining Concepts

The Austin Proper Hotel & Residences 
600 W 2nd Street

 

Since the grand opening of the Los Angeles based hotel & residences in downtown Austin in fall of 2019, the Proper has since introduced four new dining concepts to add to the captivating Austin cuisine.

Located in the Second Street District of Downtown Austin, it is in close proximity to the Google building, Facebook HQ, 360 Condos,  The Independent, The Bank of America offices, Urbanspace Real Estate + Interiors and Seaholm Residences. Being so close to the center of the downtown these new dining concepts give a grand dining experience for many to enjoy.

Celebrity interior designer, Kelly Wearstler was the master-mind behind the lavish and urban design of The Proper and its four lush dining experiences. While local McGuire Moorman Hospitality, the team behind Austin hotspots like Elizabeth Street Cafe, Clark’s and Jeffery’s, exclusively partnered with The Proper to create these Four dining concepts.

 

The Mockingbird

The mockingbird offers mediterranean grab and go options in a sidewalk café. Here you can order morning pastries and coffees at the counter, savor contemporary takes on falafal in the afternoon or grab a rotisserie chicken with sides in the evening for a simple and smooth weeknight dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

The Peacock

Inspired by foods and flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean, such as North Africa, Greece, Israel , and Lebanon — The Peacock gives a new twist to the worldly decadent cuisine. Mezze and wood-grilled flare is colorful and loosely plated, healthy and wholesome. Natural wines, light mixed spirits with lots of fresh herbs, fruits and citrus add to the menu.

 

 

 

 

 

Goldie’s

Inspired by a little old-fashioned back room, with whispers of a Turkish bar translated with a touch of Austin’s cool, laid-back vibe. Seating at the actual sunken bar inspires in-depth conversations for guests to linger over boutique wines, supercall sips, and garden-fresh cocktails.

 

 

 

 

La Piscina

A vivacious poolside restaurant and bar serving Texas-inspired Mexican Cuisine for dinner, with lunch and brunch to come soon. The vibrant open space on the 5th floor, overlooks the downtown Austin bustle serving family-style platters, ceviches and table-top fajitas, with fresh seafood grilled over a wood fire and house-made tortillas from an open comal. The bar offers an accompanying selection of native spirts, frozen margaritas, and small batch tequilas and mezcals.

 

 

 

 

www.properhotel.com/austin

Culinary Curiosity | Happy Chicks

Happy Chicks

360 Nueces St. Suite 20

Everyone’s favorite chicken tender joint opened a new location! The Nueces location opened September 7th with the same hours as the E 6th location, 11:00 am – Midnight Sunday through Wednesday, 11:oo am – 2:00 am Thursday through Saturday.

Happy Chicks grew out of a weekend when our founder relied on a tried & true chicken tender recipe to feed his entire family. He noticed the recipe put smiles on everyone’s faces, both young and old. The universal appeal of the meal sparked an idea for a downtown eatery that would feature the prized chicken tenders, complete with their famed secret crunch.

Our menu, which includes original and spicy tenders, bacon mac and cheese, jalapeno cornbread, fries and desserts, has quickly become popular with the downtown crowd. We make it all, even our 14 dipping sauces, every morning. At Happy Chicks, we can proudly say our food is as good as it looks, and feels as good as it tastes.

Happy Chicks is a true downtown favorite of Austin.

https://www.happychicks.com/

Downtown Development Digest | Punch Bowl Social

Punch Bowl Social has recently announced its expansion into downtown Austin, and is expecting to open its doors February 2019.

Punch Bowl Social has recently announced its expansion into downtown Austin, and is expecting to open its doors around February 2019.

This will be Austin’s second Punch Bowl Social location, with the first being at The Domain. The Denver-based, entertainment restaurant chain has made a name for itself across the country. With their overloaded restaurants also being home to vintage arcade games, karaoke rooms, bowling alleys, virtual reality experiences, table games and bars, these eatery’s are practically a grown-up’s ideal playground!

Punch Bowl Social has taken a stance on being a place for people to come and be themselves. The restaurant chain believes in the “dirty modern mash up of chandeliers, food for foodies, PBR tallboys and craft beverages,” as well as “brunch turning into a bowling party and bowling parties turning into all-you-can-sing karaoke.” You can expect the general atmosphere of these locations to offer a full-range experience of unequalled music, food, games, beverages and exploration. Their mission is to provide an environment tailored for each person’s desired “going out” experience.

In 2012 The Punch Bowl Social originally opened in Denver, and since then has expanded to 12 locations across the country with several more coming soon. Austin’s new establishment will be located within the Scarbrough Building at 522 Congress Avenue and 6th Street. Robert Thompson, founder and CEO, revealed his reasoning behind choosing this building: its historical value, Chicago-style architecture, Art Deco details and, not to mention, the building’s prime location in the heart of Austin.

One of the up-and-coming downtown location’s most differentiating features is a “more Texas- and Tex-Mex menu,” according to Hugh Acheson, a James Beard Award-winning chef, restaurateur, author, Top Chef judge and Punch Bowl Social’s culinary partner. The approach to creating this menu has been based on the anticipation of engulfing the nation’s culinary landscape in its entirety.

Although February 2019 may seem a ways away, we’re always looking forward to experiencing downtown Austin’s newest additions!

Culinary Curiosity | REVUE

REVUE
101 Red River St.

Journey through four distinct culinary worlds that come together for a vibrant and colorful dining experience. Revue’s unique approach to cuisine is defined by its diversity and includes the timeless cuisine of Italy, the epicurean and cultural complexities of Asia, and the delicacies of the Sea, topped off with delicious treats from the artisanal Pastry shop. Revue emphasizes on sourcing and preparing locally grown and made products in all aspects of this communal and shareable restaurant that truly has something for everyone.

www.revueatx.com

Culinary Curiosity | Cannon + Belle

Cannon + Belle
500 E 4th St

With a guilding belief in taking risks, Cannon + Belle features a menu that both preserves and subverts Texas’ culinary culture. Think comfort food that selectively (and artistically) breaks the rules. Here, you’ll find kombucha on-tap, clean greens, and fresh-squeezed juice — but you’ll also find a carbs bar. Led by the fearless, meticulous Chef Peter Maffei, this place defines inspired food, inspired space, and inspired service.

Downtown Development Digest | Fareground

Fareground, Austin’s newest addition to its flourishing downtown dining scene, is defying the city’s culinary odds and expectations.

Austin’s first food hall is officially open, as of January 18, 2018. Located at the corner of 2nd Street and Congress, and featured under the same roof of an Austin icon, Fareground offers an array of local food and drink options from the city’s best chefs and restaurants.

From Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, Contigo, Dai Due Taqueria, Easy Tiger, Henbit and Ni-Kome Sushi + Ramen, to the Fareground Bar (and another bar coming soon: Jewel Box), the indoor-outdoor eatery is built into the below-ground atrium of One Eleven Congress. This new gem is where community meets culinary.

What about the Austinites on the move? At the street level, drinks and a sampling of Fareground vendors will be available at a grab-and-go station.This innovative service is projected to arrive Spring 2018.The idea to reinvent and repurpose One Eleven Congress stemmed from a vision to better suit the modern Austinite. 

Fareground’s collaborative nature was designed by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture and the plan to feature a united-eatery was coordinatedby ELM Restaurant Group, an Austin-based team behind Irene’s, 24 Diner and Easy Tiger. Their intentions were to create the opportunity for today’s Austinites to get the most out of their beloved downtown and to get it all in one place.

The subterranean food hall is open daily from breakfast through dinner hours. So whether an early riser or late nighter, you too can experience what’s happening next in Austin.

Check out more at Fairgroundaustin.com

Culinary Curiosity | Flower Child

FLOWER CHILD
500 W 2nd Street

Flower Child’s fundamental promise is to serve healthy food for a happy world. All of their proteins are raised naturally, without additives, and local sourcing is a priority. Couple the incredibly fresh food with their remarkably quick service, and you’ve cooked up a great new addition to the neighborhood!

www.iamaflowerchild.com

Culinary Curiosity | Holy Roller: Brunch Done Right

Holy Roller
509 Rio Grande Austin, TX 78701

Holy Roller’s downtown diner will serve up a mishmash menu of nostalgic breakfast and brunch-centric fare, will turn out fresh, hot biscuits and pastries, mouthwatering egg dishes, sandwiches, stunning plates, and devilish desserts.

Open daily for breakfast with coffee and counter service, followed by lunch and dinner. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday. Holy Roller after dark, will have late-night options at the bar on Friday and Saturday, complete with up unforgettable cocktails and a creatively curated list of craft beers and wines – all offered in an atmosphere full of grit and attitude that will keep you coming back.

holyrolleraustin.com

 

 

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