Edible Austin July August 2020

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Treat Yourself / Restaurants Revamped / SUSTO Mezcal / Peach Season

No. 71 July/August 2020

Cel eb ra ti n g th e ver y b est of Ce n t ra l Texa s fo o d cu lt u re

Summer Vibes

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FROZEN TREATS Chill out with these local


cold treat faves

How restaurants are adjusting to new norms

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hile there are still many concerns related to health conditions from COVID-19, we were able to get out and cover some great stories for this issue of Edible Austin. It was so nice to be able to visit some of our favorite restaurants and stores, talk with people in person (albeit with face masks) and connect with the community on a more personal level. One thing that kept reverberating with us was the positivity people had for the circumstances we are all facing – Austinites, and Texans in general, are creative, resilient, determined people. We are seeing many great examples of how businesses are adapting to what may be a new normal. We’ve included a story in this issue on page 38 about how some of Austin’s restaurants are rising to the challenge and revising their business models to stay open and keep their employees, and customers, safe and healthy. Not only do restaurants and businesses face challenges due to the current health crisis, we are also seeing the challenges that minority-owned businesses continue to have to overcome as people respond to the struggles we still have with race relations across the country. Now, more than ever, our local restaurants and businesses need support from our community in order to survive. Whether it be dining on the patio, ordering take-out meals, picking up curbside items or braving the indoor experience while wearing a mask, local businesses need and appreciate all the help they can get. On page 30, you’ll find an interesting story on SUSTO Mezcal, a partnership between three women (two of which are Austinites) and an Oaxacan mezcalero. And you’ll find a heart-warming story on page 34 about how a local farm, Jenschke Orchards, has worked on their family’s land in Gillespie county just off of Highway 290 for more than 80 years, providing delicious peaches and memorable family experiences. And since we have all dealt with so much adversity during the past few months, we thought it was a perfect time to highlight some fun, delicious places to get out and indulge yourself with a nice, cold, sweet treat. You’ll find that story on page 20. We hope you enjoy this issue and wish you all continued good health, happiness and positive summer vibes. Sincerely,

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Take a look at what we are enjoying this month.

DOLCE NEVE HAZELNUT SPREAD If possible, Dolce Neve Gelato is now offering something even more spectacular than their luscious gelato: hazelnut spread. It’s the perfect accompaniment to toast, strawberries, graham crackers or really anything to which you want to add a little nutty chocolate flavor. Containing only four ingredients—hazelnut, cane sugar, cocoa mass and cocoa butter—it couldn’t make for a more delicious treat. Because it’s made locally and in-house, it’s like the pantry-favorite Nutella only better. This spread is available for online orders, curbside pick-up at one of their two Austin locations or Sour Duck Market. dolcenevegelato.com


ROSEN’S BAGEL CO. “fROSEN” BAGELS Who doesn't like a fresh bagel straight from their own warm oven? Since the answer is “almost nobody,” Rosen’s Bagel Co. has developed a new frozen take-home option—“fRosen Bake-At-Home Bagels.” Hop on their website to place a delivery order, and choose from a variety of flavors including poppy seed, cinnamon raisin, or one of our personal favorites, everything. While you’re at it, be sure to add one of their distinctive and addictive schmears to your cart. Their newest offering is a smoked brisket cream cheese from LeRoy and Lewis. The bagels come boiled (to give them their chewy texture) and seeded, so all you have to do is pop them in the oven at 400° for about 25 minutes, and they’re ready to be enjoyed. Try out these Austin-original bagels and step up your weekday breakfast game. rosensbagels.com

TREASURED EARTH MUFFINS Trying to find healthy, gluten-free but delicious muffins can be a difficult task. Luckily, we found one for you at Treasured Earth Foods. These tasty muffins, made from almond and walnut meal, come in a variety of flavors including banana nut, blueberry, pumpkin spice and chocolate. You can even buy a sampler pack and try them all. In addition to gluten-free ingredients, Treasured Earth also prioritizes using all-natural ingredients. Scoop up a muffin or two at Whole Foods Market, Wheatsville Co-op or you can order online. treasuredearthfoods.com

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LOST PINES YAUPON TEA Make sure to add this to your list of must-tries because this tea is something special. If you haven’t tried yaupon, a native North American plant that’s a relative to yerba mate and guayusa, Lost Pines Yaupon Tea makes a slightly sweetened concentrate in a variety of flavors that’s guaranteed to be a great introduction. Our favorite flavor is their basil lemon, but they also make mint lemon and apple spice. Use the whole jar to make a half-gallon of iced tea by simply adding water and stirring. We know Texans love a glass of cold iced tea on a hot summer day, and this tea is the perfect, natural remedy. Find their concentrates, tea bags or loose leaf teas at Wheatsville Co-op, The Herb Bar or on their website. lostpinesyaupontea.com

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Dining at the Drive In

Doc's Drive In Theatre

by SARAH MCCONNELL / photography by DOC'S DRIVE IN


t Doc’s Drive In Theatre in Buda, Chris and Sarah Denny aim to bring modern flair to a 1950s classic by bridging the past and the present through new age and vintage movie showings. Located

just outside of Austin’s city limits, this unique drive in offers a number of extraordinary amenities, such as movie-themed tiny homes for those who wish to stay the night, a private beach and swimming hole and a two-story bar with a patio overlooking the theater’s screens. What really sets this drive in apart from the rest, however, is the food served at Doc’s Diner, the theater’s onsite restaurant. Inspired by their shared love for good food and traveling, the Dennys crafted the menu at Doc’s Diner specifically to emphasize fresh, highquality ingredients—which meant taste testing every single bun, cut of meat and condiment. The diner also smokes its own brisket and makes many of their own sauces and dips, like guacamole and pico de gallo, from scratch daily. What’s more: everything at Doc’s is baked rather than fried, meaning movie-goers can enjoy many of their favorite comfort foods— from chicken wings to corn dogs—guilt-free. In addition to burgers, hot dogs and a variety of other offerings, the diner has all the traditional snacks movie-goers expect: popcorn, nachos and candy. For those with kids, Doc’s Diner also offers make-your-own s’mores kits that can be picked up and enjoyed at your location of choice, whether that be the drive in’s

These childhood influences and personal touches are also reflect-

For those looking for a fun way to spend an evening with family and friends

grounds or the tailgate of your car.

ed in the menu at Doc’s Diner. The homemade sauce on the signature

(and even pets) this summer, Doc’s Drive In offers a chance to take a step

“Drive In Burger” is an attempt to replicate a special sauce from Sarah’s

back in time, curl up in the passenger seat or at the end of the tailgate and

Even with all of the seemingly fancy updates to the facility and menu, an

childhood in Washington state. Other items are named for special people

enjoy some quality time and delicious food with a film and those you care

overwhelming sense of nostalgia remains infused in the space. “Basically,

in the Dennys’ lives. “The Stanley” is the favorite sandwich of the couple’s

about most.

everything we’ve done out here is our favorite stuff in our favorite

soon-to-be 90-year-old neighbor—a grilled peanut butter, banana and

childhood memories,” Chris says. The themes of the onsite tiny homes, for

honey concoction. Other inspired menu items include “The Logan,”

example, which include Star Wars, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Harry Potter,

a vegetarian sandwich named for Sarah’s best friend, and “The Don Juan,” a

were chosen because they were favorite childhood movies of Chris, Sarah

sandwich named for the contractor who built the drive in.

and Sarah’s sister. “We really wanted to create something where people could have a conversation, put away their phones, hang out in the car with friends and talk while a movie is going on,” Chris says. The couple likes to say that they are “in the business of creating happy memories.” By the end of 2020, Chris and Sarah plan to add an underground, 1920s-themed speakeasy complete with craft cocktails and finger foods. Much like the rest of the drive in, Chris says the idea was inspired by memories of building secret hideouts and pillow forts as a kid. The speakeasy will feature old family recipes, including a bean dip that has been passed down through generations for nearly 100 years.

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Urban Roots

Transforming Young Lives While Nourishing the Community story and photography by URBAN ROOTS

On any given spring or fall Saturday, a team of Urban Roots youth can be found tending crops, leading volunteers and educating the Austin community on the inequities of our city’s food system. The 3.5-acre East Austin farm serves as both a classroom and a refuge for the youth that apply each season. Through the art of growing food, youth develop the skills and knowledge to become healthy, civically-engaged leaders in their communities. Each year, we provide paid internships and fellowships to 75 young people ages

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17-23. Together, with more than 1,500 volunteers, they grow 30,000-plus pounds of produce annually. As we navigate the latest COVID-19 safety restrictions and a return to our typical daily operations, we remain hopeful about the future—thanks in part to an expansion of our programming. Safety permitting, South Austin interns will be back knocking on doors, engaging neighbors through block walks, house meetings and special events. When asked about her son Gerardo’s Urban Roots experience, Erica said, “It is out of the ordinary to see young women and men knocking at the door, giving you a sense of hope for the future to break the barriers we face every day. (Gerardo’s participation in the program) has brought us together as a family.” Sixty percent of the food grown is sold at our youth-led booth at

To enhance that connection, we are kicking off a new storytelling

the SFC downtown farmers market, where youth learn business

project that challenges interns to interview older adults in their

management and communication skills. The remaining 40% of

community, which will teach them about the culturally rich

produce goes to our hunger relief partners, where youth learn to

history of Dove Springs—its land, its people and its food.

better understand Austin’s food access challenges. Throughout

Whether leading farm tours, interviewing neighbors, learning

their internship, youth take positive risks, from trying new foods

the art of farming or serving their neighbors in need, the aim of

to presenting to groups of volunteers. One youth intern shared the

Urban Roots is to provide experiences that allow youth and their

impact of her experience, “I step up a lot more, I care more about

families to feel empowered in their lives and to lead the way

my community, and I eat a lot more vegetables.”

toward a food system that is deeply rooted in justice. Learn more about Urban Roots, our many programs, volunteer opportunities, produce offerings and how to donate here: UrbanRootsATX.org.

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othing captures the spirit of summer quite like the sound of water splashing, friends gathering and cans opening on a sunny afternoon. As the grill fires up and the smell of burgers

and hot dogs fills the air, another crowd-pleasing food comes to mind. Known for its ability to bring people together, this savory dish should not be overlooked this summer: homemade pizza. As we look forward to safely gathering with friends and families outside


in the sun, here are four easy pizza recipes that have a little something

photography by RALPH YZNAGA

for everyone—and also happen to pair perfectly with local Texas beers, frozen margaritas, sweet tea and lemonade. These recipes are also a fun way to get the kids involved and spend a little time with them in the kitchen. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can even make your own pizza dough, although a store-bought dough or crust works just as well. If you do make your own dough, be sure to allow plenty of time, as many recipes must be prepared the night before.

Veggie Pizza

Feel free to get creative with your ingredients and toppings beyond what

The saying goes that you eat with your eyes first. And, if that’s the case,

we’ve listed! One of the many joys of summer is the bounty of fresh

then the rainbow of colors on this veggie pizza—which showcases the

vegetables, fruits and herbs that the season brings. Throw in whatever

very best of the season—makes this pie satisfying just by looks alone.

additional ingredients you can harvest from your garden, pick up at the

Crunchy vegetables mixed with two types of cheese result in a beautiful,

farmers market or that simply sound delicious atop a pizza.

delicious display of the many offerings filling gardens and farmers

These pizzas can be cooked on the grill, in your kitchen oven or in a pizza oven.

Homemade Pizzas That Can't Be Topped


market stands this time of year. 1

thin-crust pizza dough (a regular-crust works too)

1 T. olive oil

Buon appetito, y’all!

¾ c. red pizza sauce 1

small green pepper, sliced


small red pepper, sliced

½ c. white mushrooms, sliced ½

red onion, thinly sliced

½ c. black olives, sliced ½ c. tomato, chopped 1 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded ½ c. Parmesan cheese, shaved 2 T. fresh basil, chopped 2 T. fresh oregano, chopped Brush a thin-crust pizza dough with olive oil. Then spread a thin layer of your favorite red pizza sauce across the dough. Top the sauce with sliced green and red peppers, mushrooms, red onion, black olives and chopped tomatoes—or any vegetables you have! Add shredded mozzarella and shaved Parmesan, and, finally, top with finely chopped fresh basil and oregano. Bake at 400° on a non-stick baking pan (425° for all other pans) in your kitchen oven for 20-35 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and crispy, and the cheese is melted. (If using an outdoor pizza oven, cook-time will likely be shorter.)

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Pesto, Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Pizza A pesto base topped with prosciutto and goat cheese quickly turns this pizza into a vibrant and tasty work of art. The fresh herb pesto, tangy goat cheese and delicate prosciutto come together to create a light pizza that pairs nicely with a well-stocked charcuterie board. 1

thin-crust pizza dough (a regular-crust works too)

1 T. olive oil ¾ c. pesto (plus extra for topping) ¾ c. prosciutto, rolled and thinly sliced MEATBALL & PEPPERONI CHEESE PIZZA

½ c. goat cheese, crumbled ¾ c. mozzarella, shredded Brush a thin-crust pizza dough with olive oil. Then spread a thin layer of

Meatball and Pepperoni Pizza

pesto across the dough.

This pizza is for all the meat lovers out there. In true Texas fashion, this

crumbled goat cheese, shredded mozzarella and extra dollops of pesto.

Margherita Pesto Pizza

Bake at 400° on a non-stick baking pan (425° for all other pans) in

Sometimes, the best things in life are the simplest. And this definitely

your kitchen oven for 20-35 minutes or until the crust is golden brown

applies to the classic and well-loved margherita pizza. The recipe below

and crispy, and the cheese is melted. (If using an outdoor pizza oven,

swaps pesto for red sauce as a base to further emphasize the basil

cook-time will likely be shorter.)

flavor, but feel free to substitute your favorite red sauce. Either way is


Top the pesto with rolled and thinly sliced prosciutto, followed by

meat-heavy pizza was originally prepared in a unique oven that is both a brisket smoker on top and a pizza oven on bottom, giving this pizza a singular smoky flavor. However, if you don’t have a wood-fired pizza oven and smoker like this, not to worry—a regular oven or grill works just as well. Feel free to make your own meatballs, use store-bought or replace

guaranteed to be delicious!

meatballs with ground sausage. 1


regular-crust pizza dough

1 T. olive oil ¾ c. red pizza sauce 2 c. meatballs (or 1 c. ground sausage)

a regular-crust pizza dough

1 T. olive oil ¾ c. pesto MEATBALL & PEPPERONI CHEESE PIZZA

1 c. sliced mozzarella 1

¾ c. pepperoni slices

heirloom tomato, sliced

8-10. fresh basil leaves, whole

1 c. sliced mozzarella ½ c. red onion, thinly sliced

Brush a regular-crust pizza dough with olive oil. Then spread a thin layer

8-10 fresh basil leaves, whole

of pesto across the dough.

Brush a regular-crust pizza dough with olive oil. Then spread a thin layer

Top the pesto with sliced mozzarella, heirloom tomato slices and whole

of your favorite red pizza sauce across the dough.

leaves of fresh basil.

Top the sauce with whole meatballs, pepperoni slices, sliced mozzarella,

Bake at 400° on a non-stick baking pan (425° for all other pans) in

sliced red onion and whole leaves of fresh basil.

your kitchen oven for 20-35 minutes or until the crust is golden brown

Bake at 400° on a non-stick baking pan (425° for all other pans) in

and crispy, and the cheese is melted. (If using an outdoor pizza oven,

your kitchen oven for 20-35 minutes or until the crust is golden brown

cook-time will likely be shorter.)

and crispy, and the cheese is melted. (If using an outdoor pizza oven, cook-time will likely be shorter.)


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edible TREATS

Go Ahead. Treat Yourself! by ADDISON STARR BY photography by EDIBLE AUSTIN

Cow Tipping Creamery If you want amazing soft serve ice cream,

It’s summer in Texas, and people have been quarantined in their

shaved ice at Sno-Beach, there are an abundance of choices to whet

Cow Tipping Creamery is the place to go.

houses for several months. Now is the perfect time to get out and

your whistle and satisfy your cravings. For the latest updates on hours

Pick from their own selection of creations

treat yourself to one of Austin’s many great cold treat options. From

and operational considerations, please check each location’s website

or make your own. The Brownie & Cookie

Austin’s own Lick Honest Ice Creams to Italian gelato at Dolce Neve or

for current details.

D’oh and the Gimme S’more are some of our favorites. Choose from toppings like honey dusted pecans, funfetti cake chunks or toasted coconut. You can also add one of their many sauces like strawberry purée or brown sugar hot fudge. Next time you’re looking for delicious soft serve, Cow Tipping Creamery has you covered! cowtippingcreamery.com

Lick Honest Ice Creams


Lick Honest Ice Creams certainly lives up to its name. This favorite

Snow cones: you can’t go wrong with this classic summer treat,

spot works with local farms to create unique flavors like Goat Cheese,

and Sno-Beach is serving up some of the best shaved ice in

Thyme & Honey or Roasted Beets & Fresh Mint. Their seasonal

town. This Austin original has creative flavors and an awesome



atmosphere that will make you feel right at home. Pick from fruity

& Elderberry, for instance, made with Austin-owned products

flavors like Hawaiian or Strawberry Daiquiri or try something a little

like Respect Your Elderberries syrup, Antique Rose Emporium

sweeter like Cheesecake or Cotton Candy. Make sure to try this

yellow rose petals and heirloom roses from Hausbar Urban

Austin staple that is sure to make you want summer to last forever.

Farm. Even if you are dairy-free or vegan, Lick truly has something









for everyone, so make sure to add this to your summer dessert bucket list! ilikelick.com

Holla Mode Want to try a really unusual and delicious kind of ice cream? Look no further than Holla Mode. This food truck serves Thai style rolled ice cream that not only tastes great but is also fun to watch being made. Holla Mode has many specials including Remember the Alamode and Key Lime P-ice Cream. You also have the option to create your own by picking your base, flavor, chops and tops. Make sure to snap a picture before you devour it! hollamode.com

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edible TREATS

Blenders & Bowls

Cold Cookie Company

Acai bowls have become increasingly popular,

What’s better than a cold cookie sandwich

and we can definitely see why. Blenders and

with rich, creamy ice cream on a summer

Bowls serves some of the best fruity treats in

day? If you want two delicious treats in one,

Austin and has quickly become many people’s

then head on over to Cold Cookie Company.

regular local snack spot. Try out the O.G. with

Choose from a variety of options like a cookie

acai, strawberries, bananas and apple juice or

sandwich made of Snickerdoodle cookies

the Sesher with acai, blueberries, bananas,

and Mint Monster ice cream, or you can

peanut butter and chocolate almond milk. You

try their own creation: the “Unshake.” With

really can’t go wrong with anything at Blenders

cookies and toppings layered in a cup rather

and Bowls, so head on over and try some

than mixed together, this concoction is

of their smoothies and delicious bowls.

uniquely scrumptious. Choose from a variety













and to

make your dessert dreams come true. coldcookiecompany.com

Churro Co. churro and ice cream? Churro Co. is bringing

Amy's Ice Cream

a unique twist to this cinnamon classic and

Summer is just not as fun without ice cream

providing some of the best churro dishes

and the perfect local place to go is Amy’s Ice

around. Once you try one, you’ll want to go

Cream. You can go with a classic, local favorite

back multiple times to try every type of churro

like Mexican Vanilla or Belgian Chocolate,

they have to offer. Go for a traditional churro

or try something a little different like Zilker

and choose your dipping sauce, or literally

Mint Chip. When you visit an Amy’s, you

heat things up with the Campfire - a churro

could get some extra entertainment when a

tossed in graham cracker sugar, topped with

“Scoop” throws your ice cream into the air

Mexican chocolate sauce, whipped cream

before catching it in a cup. Amy’s is known for

and torched marshmallows. This creation is

their talented “Scoops” that can do tricks with

both a masterpiece to look at and to eat!

ice cream—a sight definitely worth seeing.



What could be more satisfying than a

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edible TREATS

Dolce Neve


Real Italian gelato is one of the best cold treats

A truly unique food trailer in Austin,

you could have to satisfy your craving for

Bananarchy provides the perfect summer

something sweet on a hot summer day.

treat—cold, fruity and sweet all in one.

However picking only one flavor from Dolce

Bananarchy describes their creations as

Neve is extremely hard to do. One of our

“revolutionary desserts,” and we couldn’t

favorites is their signature Dolce Neve flavor—

say it better ourselves. Our favorite has

a delightfully creamy blend with a refreshing

to be one of their specialties, the Peanut

pop of lemon. You can also go for one of their

Butter Pie Banana, made with vegan

classic flavors like Salted Caramel or a rotating

chocolate, creamy peanut butter and graham

flavor like Tiramisu. It’s too hard to choose

cracker crumbs. Feeling creative? You can

just one flavor at Dolce Neve so don't be shy!

also build your own with a variety of different

Stop by more than once this summer and try

concoction possibilities. We promise you'll

them all. dolcenevegelato.com








Enjoying ice cream can be really difficult


Sweet Ritual

when you can’t eat dairy. Luckily, NadaMoo

Sweet ritual offers some of the best vegan ice

is helping people enjoy ice cream without

cream in Austin. Along with their delicious

the dairy factor getting in the way. Try

flavors, they have a gorgeous store that is

out scoops of Cookie Dough Fudge, Peach

totally insta-worthy (if the inside is open) and

Cobbler or Marshmallow Stardust. One of

makes eating their ice cream that much more

our favorites is the Loaded Cookies & Cream

enjoyable. Choose from coconut milk, peanut

Shake which can be made with your choice of

butter, even sunflower seed butter bases (and

oat milk or cold brew. Make sure to visit their

so many more!) to get exactly what you want.

storefront on South Lamar or find them in

Stop by to pick up an ice cream cake for a

Whole Foods to try all of their amazing dairy-

special event or just grab a scoop for a snack.

free options. nadamoo.com

Whatever the reason, Sweet Ritual will satisfy the sweet tooth of both vegans and non-vegans alike. sweetritual.com

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SEASON story and photography by RACHEL JOHNSON

Hot summer days in Texas call for breezy meals with simple preparations. Now is the time to take advantage of the grill, or, if the temperature is truly unbearable outside, resort to a quick sheet pan

Grilled Tomato Bruschetta with Herbed Goat Cheese

dinner straight from the oven. This month, we are leaning into Texas’ bountiful summer staples—summer squash and

Grilling tomatoes concentrates their sweetness and adds a depth of

tomatoes—for a quick side or easy appetizer.

flavor to this classic bruschetta with creamy herbed goat cheese.

How to Pick Tomatoes

Makes: 10 toasts

You really can’t go wrong with local tomatoes; Texas farmers know

Total Time: 25 minutes

just the right moment to pick them off the vine. They should have

1 lb. 1 T. 2 t. 1 t. 2 T. ¼ t. ¼ c. ½ c. ¼ c.

a pleasant fragrance, be firm to the touch (be careful not to bruise them) and have a healthy green stem. If you’re not willing to indulge in the more expensive heirloom varieties, cherry tomatoes are almost always a sure bet. They are bright, sweet and cook down seamlessly into sauces, toppings for toast and more.

cherry tomatoes (preferably on the vine) extra virgin olive oil minced garlic, divided kosher salt, divided minced parsley or basil, divided pepper cream cheese, softened plain goat cheese, softened French baguette, cut into slices Cooking spray

Prepare a two-zone grill and place tomatoes on the vine on the hot side of the grill. If you cannot find tomatoes on the vine, use pre-soaked skewers and thread individual tomatoes on skewers. Grill 2-3 minutes on each side, or until blistered. Remove from the grill and allow to cool slightly. While tomatoes are cooking, combine olive oil, 1 teaspoon garlic and ½ teaspoon salt in a large bowl. When cool, toss tomatoes with garlic marinade and 1 tablespoon of parsley or basil. Allow to sit at least 10 minutes. In a food processor, combine cream cheese, goat cheese, remaining parsley or basil, 1 teaspoon garlic, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper until homogenous. Just before serving, brush baguette slices with olive oil and grill MICHEILE HENDERSON

slices until charred on each side, about 2 minutes. Spread the cream cheese mixture on the charred bread and top with blistered tomatoes. Serve with more olive oil and flaky salt on top, if desired.

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what's IN


Sheet Pan Honey Dijon Salmon with Zucchini Dinner is a breeze with this super simple sheet pan dish with a



flavor-packed honey Dijon sauce that caramelizes in the oven.



Makes: 2 servings






large zucchini, sliced into ½ inch rounds

Corn, Sweet



(4-6 oz.) salmon filets

2 T.

olive oil, divided


Peppers, Hot

2 T.

Dijon mustard


Peppers, Sweet

2 T.


½ t.

kosher salt


Squash, Hard


Squash, Summer

Green Beans


Green Garlic




Total Time: 25 minutes

½ t.

garlic powder

Salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Lemon wedges, for serving

Preheat the oven to 400°, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the zucchini rounds on the sheet, leaving space in the middle for salmon. Drizzle zucchini with 2 teaspoons olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Roast in the oven for 8 minutes or until slightly tender. Meanwhile, stir remaining olive oil, mustard, honey, kosher salt and garlic powder in a small bowl. Remove the tray from the oven. Place salmon in the center of the tray, and pour mustard mixture onto the filets, brushing to coat evenly. Season with salt and pepper. Return tray to oven and roast until salmon has cooked through and zucchini is browned, about 10 to 12 minutes. Distribute salmon and zucchini among plates and drizzle with remaining carmelized sauce from the bottom of the tray. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

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by SEAN ARMSTRONG photography by MELANIE GRIFFITH location courtesy of INTERO RESTAURANT


With A Local

he first sip hits like a truck on fire. The second, taken

A star ingredient in the region’s intoxicating cultural cocktail, mezcal

cautiously, soothes the flames to reveal its true nature: a

is deeply infused into everyday life in Oaxaca. The drink is used in

singularly smooth, sweet and smoky gift from the gods.

equal measures to complement rich meals, bless births, ward off evil

Mezcal, an artisanal Mexican spirit distilled from agave, is equal parts boisterous and shy. With a typically high proof and an antiquated


spirits, mark milestones, heal wounds and treat a bewildering array of ailments—from common colds to particularly stubborn cases of susto.

production process involving underground fires, wild fermentation,

“We think it's the oldest distilled spirit in the

centuries of mystique and the occasional donkey, every sip conjures

Americas,” said Taylor. “It's been used in religious

a list of adjectives long enough to rival the most seasoned


sommeliers. It’s clean and crisp, earthy and elegant, vibrant and vegetal,

hundreds of years. It’s rubbed on pregnant women's

and always uniquely invigorating. Depending on the phase of the moon

bellies and used at weddings and quinceaneras.

and who you’re asking, mezcal can be either a sublime revelation or

It’s about celebrations and rituals and traditions.”






a slap in the face from someone you love. It can also be one of the most effective treatments for susto — a chronic attack of the spirit caused by a severe fright or shock. Common in Latin American cultures, susto is said to be an affliction that leaves its sufferers with a sensation of soullessness. The condition also provided inspiration for Grupo Compadres to make their own version of the cure: SUSTO Mezcal. “Susto is a startling,” said Liz Stewart, one of the Oaxaca-Austin spirit brand’s three co-owners. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be connected with a disaster. You go to a shaman, and they seal it with a sip of mezcal.”

The mingling of state and spirit stretches back at least four centuries, when Spanish conquistadors introduced the art of distillation (and, regrettably, Armageddon) to Mexico’s indigineous peoples. Seeing their initial alcohol supplies running low, the desperate conquistadors began experimenting with ways to distill liquor from the native Agave plants. Eventually, mezcal was born. A few hundred years later, the basic production process remains largely unchanged. Crispín Pérez, SUSTO’s expert mezcalero, still painstakingly crafts each and every batch by hand using many of the same methods and traditions as his long-ago predecessors. Often accompanied by his children, the Oaxaca native starts the process by slowly roasting espadín agave hearts—known as piñas—in an earthen pit oven. The cooked piñas are then crushed with help from

Stewart and long-time friends Ingrid Taylor and Titi Rodriguez

a hard-working donkey, mixed with water for fermentation, and,

launched Grupo Compadres in 2017, realizing a dream that had first

finally, distilled twice in Pérez’s copper still.

taken root over two decades ago when Stewart and Taylor were both working for the Texas Comptroller’s office. Years later, Rodriguez was introduced to the pair while serving as Minister of Tourism for the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

Pérez, part of a long line of Oaxacan mezcaleros, worked abroad for many years to support his family. Eventually, he saved enough to afford the copper still that allowed him to take his craft back home. His uniquely smooth results didn’t go unnoticed. Facilitated by

“We ended up going to Oaxaca quite a bit and getting to know the

Mexico’s mezcal regulatory body, the Consejo Regulador del Mezcal,

culture there through Titi and other friends,” said Stewart. “It’s this

a batch of Pérez’s homemade mezcal found its way into a blind

very mystical place that has a lot of ritual and tradition in the food

taste test matched up against 16 other local producers. The prize?

and the culture and the drink. And as we got to know Oaxaca, we got

A life-changing partnership with a new brand soon to be launched

to know mezcal.”

across the border: SUSTO.

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“It was a good afternoon,” Taylor said of the taste test. “You don't

“Ours is artisanal, which means

know how to discern the different flavors at first, but we learned that it's three components: sweetness, smoothness and smokiness. That’s

it's always going to be small-batch.

what we ranked our tastings on.”

And that's important to us.”

Pérez’s batch was the runaway winner, earning top marks in all three categories. The partnership was made official the very next day, and Pérez invited the group to his home to seal the deal with a celebratory


round. “We really felt like he was someone we felt great about doing business with, and the product was one we all believed in,” said Taylor. Through Rodriguez’s connections and Taylor’s husband, who grew up in Mexico, Grupo Compadres was able to secure government grants to help get Pérez’s operation ready for export. At the same time, they began navigating the long, multinational bureaucratic maze necessary

“We're going for authenticity in the partnership,” said Stewart. “We

to secure a Normal Oficial Mexicana (NOM) certification—an official

fell in love with the variety of mezcal available, and the individual

mark of authenticity ensuring that SUSTO is the real deal.

producer stories. There aren’t any that are mass produced. Ours is artisanal, which means it's always going to be small-batch. And that’s important to us.” That commitment to authenticity means that SUSTO’s success is measured in more than just numbers. As part of their business model, Grupo Compadres is committed to making a difference on both sides of the border. The group helps support several nonprofits in Austin and has partnered with the Oaxaca Community Foundation to provide funding for textbooks and other school supplies for students in the community where SUSTO is made. For Taylor, SUSTO has always been more than just a hobby among friends. “We built a model into the business so that we give money back to the community,” she said. “And that’s been made

“The NOM requires a lot of documentation and verification that you

possible because we're building a product that's selling.”

are making a mezcal with integrity,” said Taylor. “It’s one of the things

Stewart adds that strengthening ties between the two countries has

we’re most proud of. We want this to be consistent with the principles

been a part of Grupo Compadres’ mission from the beginning. “There

we live with here, that Titi has there, and to honor the traditions of the

was a lot happening in the world when we started this that was tearing

people who make the mezcal.”

people apart and tearing us apart from our neighbors in Mexico,” she

While other brands often simply add their own label onto massproduced,








said. “If we can make people's lives better on both sides of the border, we can deepen the connection.”

labeling), SUSTO’s production process stays true to mezcal’s

Now, as the world finds itself startled into a collective state of

homemade heritage.

susto driven by pandemic and protest, upheaval and unrest, the only certainty is that these uneasy times won’t last forever. Until then, there’s mezcal.

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FA M I LY LEGACY That's Just Peachy



f you’ve ever made the drive from Austin

not disappoint as he delivered everything you’d hope from an almost-

to Fredericksburg along U.S. Highway 290,

80-year-old peach farmer: warm, twinkling eyes, a delicately broken

you’ve likely been dazzled by the abundance

-in straw cowboy hat and a mustache as perfect as Jenschke peaches

of wineries, but have you ever noticed the

are pink. When I asked if the orchards we were admiring were always

countless number of peach stands? Although for

planted as peaches, he responds, “When I was a kid growing up, my

half the year many of these structures are sleepy

dad depended a whole lot on peanuts and cotton. If peanuts and cotton

and almost abandoned-looking edifices, they

did well, we did well. If it wasn’t doing well, we had to tough it out

come alive from May through August (and even

another year.” Such was the case for many family farms in the area

September and October in good years) during Texas peach season. Growing tree fruit is a long-term game. It requires the expertise of a

during the 1940s, many of which eventually plowed their peanuts and planted peaches instead.

pomologist, the risk tolerance of an entrepreneur and the wisdom and

Today, Travis’s son, Barrett, and his wife, Lindsey, run the family orchard.

patience of a sage who is willing to devote time to rearing trees that,

Lindsey describes meeting Barrett when they were going to school

depending on the year, may or may not come to fruit. According to

in Waco. “He kept saying, ‘I live in Luckenbach!’ and I was like, ‘Am I

Travis Jenschke, peach seasons can be “good or better, or bad or worse.”

supposed to know where that is?!’ And he’s like, “Haven’t you heard the

Jenschke is the second of three generations of family farmers who have

songs!?’ He was trying to name-drop, but it sadly meant nothing to me

grown peaches at Jenschke Orchards—located along 290 near the

at the time.”

Luckenbach turnoff. Gillespie County, where Jenschke Orchards resides, has over 600 acres of peach trees in production on its loamy topsoil and rolling hills, and 50 of those acres are cared for by the Jenschke family. I hadn’t planned to see Travis, the eldest living Jenschke, while visiting

Eventually, Travis and Lindsey returned to the farm where Barrett grew up. “I think Barrett always knew he would come back and take things over. But I was always under the impression that was going to be our retirement plan…” Lucky for us, Barrett and Lindsey’s retirement plan kicked in early.

the orchard, but to my delight, he was there that day. Meeting Travis did

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FARMERS diary to selling solely from roadside stands. To name a few: kids climbing peach trees and potentially damaging the precious fruit, or worse, the trees themselves, or visitors exploring the orchards after extended

“When the last peach is picked, the next season begins.” —TRAVIS JENSCHKE

wine tastings and making rosé-all-day-like decisions. For the Jenschkes, however, part of the joy of growing peaches is to connect with their customers in this unique way, greeting them as they return from the fields with sticky fingers, red cheeks and proudly toting a bushel of freestones. Lindsey elaborates, “Some people are really interested in the farming aspect. Some people, they come out because it’s just a tradition. We have people who have gotten engaged here, and then come back with their baby, and then their second baby, and some are on their third and fourth, and it’s every year. We’ve gotten to know families who come with their parents, and then maybe the next season they're visiting with just one parent. You really make a connection with certain families. There is a story there, and you become friends.”

When Barrett was 10 years old (and before traffic on 290 was a factor), he

for senior portraits), there are a bushel’s worth of

hooked up a watermelon-filled wagon to his four-wheeler and began the

dangers that can still threaten a successful summer

family tradition of selling fruit by the roadside. In his teens, he converted

crop: late-season freezes, stink bugs, grasshoppers,

If you visit Jenschke Orchards during peach season, and likely during

an antique covered wagon into a vegetable stand, which he eventually

diseases, floods, hail, global pandemics…you name it.

pumpkin patch and strawberry time, too, you can almost feel the memories

upgraded to a small covered barn. If you visit this summer, you’ll find a newly finished (and notably air-conditioned) storefront with tall raftered ceilings and the aromas of just-baked cobbler. There is a wall of shelves lined with peach preserves, peach salsa, peach butter and other products to delight visitors and give the Jenschkes an outlet for surplus fruit.

I visited the Jenschkes the day after some substantial rain. Red mud caked my farm boots, and I saw two carefree kids, clutching flip flops, wading their way from the blackberry patch over to the peaches through deep mud they gleefully chose not to avoid. Though I’m sure the Jenschkes would not recommend walking around

Over the past decade, Barrett and Lindsey have busily diversified

barefoot in the orchards, I couldn’t help but notice that it was, in fact,

the business beyond peaches, too, now offering almost year-round

possible to do. Opening up a farm for picking isn’t as simple as it may

pick-your-own experiences. “We do strawberries starting about mid-

sound, and I could think of a million reasons why farmers would stick

March,” Lindsey says. “And from strawberries, we’ll go to peaches and blackberries. And then from peaches, we’ll go straight into pumpkins—a pick-your-own pumpkin patch.” There are hayrides in

being made. What better way to embrace Texas seasonality than to brave a 100-degree summer day and taste a peach, plucked at its exact moment of perfect ripeness, warm from the sun with insides that explode with sugar and actually melt inside your mouth? And yes, you can taste as many peaches as you’d like while picking your own. “How else would you know if they’re good?” Lindsey asks. For the most up-to-date U-Pick information, check out the Jenschke Orchards Facebook page or simply give the shop a call. It will likely be Lindsey that answers.

Peach Crisp

the fall, corn mazes, a giant pit of (actual) corn for kids to play in,

Serving size may vary

Christmas trees, an on-orchard Airbnb and more. “As my father-in-

Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

law (Travis) always says, ‘When the last peach is picked, the next 6-8

medium-sized ripe peaches

1 t.


Peaches remain the Jenschke’s biggest crop, though, and it’s a family

½ c.


decree—Ava (14) and Gage (10), Barret and Lindsey’s children, work

¾ c.


the shop, drive tractors and help Lindsey navigate the intricacies of

1 c.


Instagram. The Jenschkes grow over 30 varieties of peaches that ripen

½ c.

butter or margarine

season begins.’”

over a period of months beginning with clingstones, like June Golds, and finishing with beloved freestones, like Cary Macs and the large

Preheat the oven to 350° or 375°. Peel peaches, remove the pits and cut

Lorings. A peach crop is most notably impacted by the average winter

into slices about ¼-inch thick. Place slices in a greased casserole dish and

temperatures in January and February; different varieties of trees

sprinkle with cinnamon and water. In a small bowl, work flour, sugar and

require a different number of hours at a certain temperature to produce

butter/margarine with fingertips until crumbly. Spread the mixture over the

buds. Even once the orchard is bright with blossoms (a popular time

peaches. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes or until peaches are soft and the top is lightly browned.

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“People in Austin are pretty

A New Frontier in Dining

resilient because of our mojo. We're all in this together.”

How five local restaurants are adapting


and what guests can expect when dining out by SARAH MCCONNELL


ustin is a city celebrated for many things: live music,

says. “There’s a lot of love and joy. A lot of people felt like they lost



some family members for two months.” Although Jack Allen’s and

vibrant restaurant scene. For many Austinites, seeing their








Salt Traders initially resisted the idea of take-out service for fear of

favorite restaurants re-open for dine-in services following COVID-19

how it would affect the quality of food they are known for, they have

closures feels like being reunited with family. However, because

embraced a new take-out menu (separate from their dine-in menu)

there are no set procedures for re-opening, it can be unclear what to

with items specifically created to travel well.

expect when dining out. Here are some of the ways iconic Austin restaurants are adapting to ever-changing circumstances and what guests can expect when they visit some of their favorite local spots.

Jack Allen's Kitchen & Salt Trader's Coastal Cooking The warm welcome and hospitality that greets guests as they walk through the doors of both Jack Allen’s Kitchen and Salt Traders Coastal Cooking are just a few of the key elements that make these restaurants feel like the community’s dining room. These Austin institutions are known not only for the delicious Texas twist they bring to comfort food and seafood classics, but also for their commitment to sourcing from local producers and giving back to the community. When Jack Gilmore, chef and co-owner, and Tom Kamm, managing partner and co-owner, made the decision to shut down all of their restaurant locations (before many other establishments) in the early stages of the COVID-19

Guests who prefer dining on-site can expect much of the same

pandemic, they sent shockwaves through the Central Texas dining

experience they know and love with just a few minor changes. In

community. Now, however, these local restaurants are open again and

addition to servers wearing masks, empty tables reserved for the

are excited to welcome the community back.

sake of social distancing and individually packaged condiments, QR

“The response from the community has been fantastic,” Gilmore

codes are now used for viewing menus and paying at the end of a meal. The dine-in menu might be a little smaller than you remember, too, because it is based on what is available from farmers, ranchers, fisherman and other local producers. “The food chain is fragile, but it’s starting to come back,” Gilmore says. Overall, Gilmore and Kamm remain optimistic about the future of Jack Allen’s, Salt Traders and Austin’s local economy because of what Gilmore describes as the city’s “mojo.” “People in Austin are pretty resilient because of our mojo. We’re all in this together,” he says with a smile. JACK GILMORE & TOM KAMM

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Intero At Intero restaurant on the east side of Austin, husband and wife team Ian Thurwachter and Krystal Craig are celebrated for the innovation they bring to traditional Italian cuisine. In Italian, intero means “whole” or “entire,” reflecting the restaurant’s focus on cooking techniques that incorporate every part of the product into the fresh, locally sourced entrées prepared by Thurwachter, the executive chef. The restaurant is also celebrated for Craig’s contributions as executive chocolatier and








handmade desserts.


When Intero was required to close its dining room, the restaurant

Though the dining experience may look a little different, this beloved

faced a unique dilemma. Because their mission is to create

local restaurant has found new ways, true to its vision, to serve the

a high-quality dining experience centered on artistic, gourmet

fresh and delicious Italian food they are known for.

dishes made from seasonal Texas ingredients, the restaurant had never offered take-out. Now, however, Thurwachter and Craig have reimagined their menu to accommodate take-out and sharing options that still align with the restaurant’s roots. “Dishes are a little more rustic than normal for us,” Craig says, adding that the new familystyle element is also very Italian. Guests can also order from a new prepared foods/pantry menu that includes items like house-made pastas, breads, sauces and cheeses.

“The whole idea for the supper PHOTO BY INTERO

clubs and the picnics - just like the cottages - is to go way back.”

The Wayback When standing on the quiet grounds of The Wayback, surrounded



by Texas wildlife and sweeping Hill Country views, it’s hard to believe that downtown Austin is only 10 miles away. Founded by mother-daughter duo, Vicki Bly and Sydney Sue, in 2018, this charming boutique hotel—with eight onsite cottages and a farm-to-table café tucked off Bee Caves Road just west of Austin—feels like stepping back to a simpler time. Now, as restaurants everywhere adapt to








supper clubs and picnic options in place of normal dining services. These new offerings allow guests to experience the simple pleasures IAN THURWACHTER & KRYSTAL CRAIG

says Bly. “We want people to come and have an experience,” something she and Sue think supper clubs and picnics help foster. “I think the whole idea for the supper clubs and the picnics—just like the cottages —is to go way back,” Sue adds. “Go way back. Have a picnic. Sit on the lawn. Order a nice glass of wine. Just enjoy.”

of gathering together while practicing social distancing, enjoying the

Although the new dining experiences were created with their cottage

bucolic Texas scenery and slowing down to share a meal.

guests in mind, Bly and Sue say their doors are open to anyone who

For those dining at the restaurant, Intero just opened a brand new

The supper clubs feature a menu of family-style meals made from

patio with a sprawling courtyard well-equipped for social distancing.

fresh, farm-to-table ingredients that changes monthly. Guests can

The indoor dining room has been redesigned to align with COVID-19

expect gourmet entrées like Black Angus rib-eye served alongside

safety protocols, though the bar remains closed. Guests who wish to

buttery mashed potatoes, charred broccoli and individual servings of

take in-person cooking classes can do so as well. Through in-person

starters and desserts. Those interested in Wayback picnics can order

classes, Craig and her husband have found an innovative way to stay

prepared baskets through the cafe with all of the essentials, like

connected with regular guests and meet new ones, too.

blankets and silverware, for dining on the property.

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“It’s not going to be your in-and-out dining that we’ve typically done,”

wishes to dine at The Wayback. Whether their guests are looking for a fun way to spend a girls’ night out or for a romantic date night for two, the delicious food, Hill Country landscape and relaxed, simple atmosphere will encourage visitors of all types to step back, smile and breathe a bit easier as they take in everything The Wayback has to offer. WAYBACK PHOTOS BY RALPH YZNAGA

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Kerbey Lane Cafe

“We not only serve people.

Nothing says breakfast in Austin like a stack of big, fluffy pancakes

We have created a family.”

(and maybe a side of chips and queso) from Kerbey Lane Cafe. Since opening its first location in a small house on Kerbey Lane in 1980, this family-owned-and-operated restaurant—known for its scratch-


made comfort food—has become a city legend. Although grabbing brunch with friends at this beloved restaurant looks a little different these days, all eight of Kerbey Lane’s Austin-area locations have re-opened their dining rooms and patios and are eager to welcome the community back through their doors. In place of the free-standing bottles that normally line the tables, diners will receive individually packaged syrups, butters and

El Alma Cafe

other condiments as well as QR codes instead of menus. While most Kerbey Lane favorites remain on the menu, some dishes that are

Like live music, the University of Texas Longhorns and keeping it

more difficult to source, like fish, have been temporarily removed.

weird, Tex-Mex is one of the things that Austin is best known for.

The chefs, however, have introduced a new lemon poppyseed

And El Alma Cafe on Barton Springs Road is a local favorite known

pancake special and are exploring a tempting summer menu.

for the fresh take it brings to this Austin mainstay. Founded by Alma Alcocer in 2011, El Alma is described by Alcocer as a “passion project”

Guests will also see servers wearing masks and shouldn’t be alarmed

that reflects both her culinary training in fine dining and the foods

if they hear a timer go off during the course of their meal. All

she grew up eating as a child in Mexico City. Now, regulars and new

Kerbey Lane locations have an hourly timer that signals to staff

customers alike can enjoy this exquisite cuisine in the restaurant’s

it’s time to sanitize frequently touched surfaces. Social distancing

inviting indoor dining room or on their beautiful outdoor patio

decals, designed to help keep guests at least six feet apart, have been

once again.

placed in heavily trafficked areas, like host/hostess stands, outside of restrooms and on the sidewalks outside where guests have been

“I think the biggest impact for us as a restaurant has been the rules

known to wait hours for a table. “Reserved” signs are also used to mark

that we’ve had to implement for our customers and the amount

empty tables for further social distancing measures.

of things that we have had to say no to,” Alcocer says. “It’s been a

For those who prefer enjoying Kerbey Lane from the comfort of home,

learning experience.” One of the biggest transformations returning

the restaurant recently rolled out a new online ordering platform and

customers will notice is the removal of tables from the dining room,

has an exclusive partnership with Favor, which makes ordering and

eliminating customers’ “normal spots.” Alcocer remains positive,

delivery easy.

however, as many guests have expressed excitement at the restaurant’s

As far as the menu goes, guests can expect a somewhat pared back

re-opening despite the change. The small dining room remains a

version of the restaurant’s previous offerings and to view menus via

“great place for people to come and have a full meal,” she adds.

QR codes on their mobile devices. Although some favorites have

In many ways, this restaurant with its homey, down-to-earth atmosphere and extensive menu filled with rich, comforting dishes, embodies the spirit of Austin. Despite some changes, Kerbey Lane is

been removed (even Alcocer’s), like the nopalito and vegetarian

adapting and innovating and showing Austin that it will continue to

chili relleno, Alcocer reassures patrons that they will return to the menu

provide for the community just as it has for the past 40 years.

in due time. For now, the goal is to continue to prepare dishes with ingredients that are harder for customers to access at home, like quail and lamb. And for those who can’t imagine a Tex-Mex dining experience without chips and salsa, not to worry—customers are still given chips and salsa for the table, and provided with entirely new servings when they have emptied their bowls.


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edible POURS

edible POURS

Guide to Portuguese Grape Varietals

Texas Wine with a Portuguese Soul by KRISTI WILLIS / photography by RALPH YZNAGA Driving through the Portuguese countryside in the Alentejo wine

Beyond taste, Lewis prefers the Portuguese varietals for his Hill

region, you could be forgiven if you momentarily thought you were in

Country vineyards because they are more disease resistant and

the Texas Hill Country—the sunbaked hills of granite and limestone of

produce consistently high-quality grapes.

eastern Portugal have a striking familiarity. With so much in common, it is no surprise that the grapes that thrive in Portugal have found a welcome home in Texas vineyards.

In addition to using touriga nacional as a blending grape in his Round Mountain Reserve and Round Mountain Rosé, Lewis Hill Country White, a blend of albariño and verdelho. For future

Portuguese grape varietals. “I started working with Portuguese

release, Lewis is experimenting with two fortified wines—a port-

grapes, like tempranillo, touriga nacional, tinta cão and tinta amarela

style red and a Madeira-inspired white from arinto and albariño.

Lewis, co-owner and winemaker at Lewis Wines. “I thought all of those varieties just grew better than grenache, cabernet sauvignon or sangiovese, and I liked the wines. When I started making my own wine in 2010, I chose a touriga nacional, tempranillo and tinta cão blend. And it was named one of the wines of the month in Texas Monthly.” Because his early viticulture experience was with these Portuguese grapes, Lewis chose touriga nacional, tinta cão, alicante bouschet and arinto for his vines when he planted his own vineyard. “They are all experiments on our estate,” says Lewis, “but the experiment is going well.” Lewis also now manages the nearby Round Mountain Estate, which is also planted primarily with touriga nacional, tinta cão and tempranillo.

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often has a different name or spelling for the varietal. VARIETAL





RED / Originally from France, this grape is popular in Portugal and Spain. Alicante bouschet is one of the few teinturier grapes, a red grape with red flesh instead of the normal clear flesh. Alicante bouschet produces big, bold red wines. Careful! It will stain your teeth.


Portejas Texas Red Wine - touriga nacional port-style wine


2012 Round Mountain Reserve (Portuguese varietal blend) 2019 Round Mountain Rosé 2019 Phillips Touriga Rosé 2019 Hill Country White (blend of albariño and verdelho)


2017 Vinho Verde Tinto


2018 Verde Verde (Vinho Verde style albariño and trebbiano blend)


2017 TNT Red Blend (tempranillo and touriga nacional blend)


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WHITE / Known as albariño in Spain, this grape produces crisp, light white wines with hints of citrus and stone fruit. It is one of the main grapes used in Vinho Verde.


WHITE / A native white grape of Portugal, arinto creates a white wine with a little bit more body while offering hints of lemon that pair perfectly with seafood.

Wines also produced a Touriga Rosé this year and just released a

Lewis Wines, outside of Johnson City, was an early adopter of

in the first vineyard I ever worked at Pedernales Cellars,” says Doug

Portugal shares many grape varieties with neighboring Spain but

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RED / One of the grapes commonly used in a port blend, tinta cão produces high acid, high tannin wines with bright red fruit that is often compared to nebbiolo.


RED / More commonly known by the Spanish name tempranillo, tinta roriz/ aragonês plays an important part in dry red blends as well as port.


RED / Considered the finest red grape of Portugal, touriga nacional stars in single varietal wines as well as red blends and port. The grape produces high acid, high tannin wines with deep red fruit.

William Chris Vineyards and McPherson Cellars are also incorporating these grapes into their regular offerings in styles

Texas Winery Portuguese Varietal Offerings

from a slightly sparkling pétillant naturel to complex red blends. With so much versatility, expect to find more Portuguese varietals gracing Texas wine labels soon. VERDELHO

WHITE / Known primarily as one of the key grapes of fortified wines from Madeira, verdelho also creates a fine aromatic dry white wine.

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