A Couple Good Food Vibes Around ATX – p2

When it comes to cities that everyone wants to live in or visit, Austin continuously tops lists and it’s easy to understand why: we have live music every night, lots of green spaces and swimming spots, and an ever-evolving food and drink scene. As a result, it makes total sense to include stops at Franklin Barbecue and the “i love you wall” when entertaining out of towners — but a city’s worth of deep cuts and seasonal action lies beyond the tourist bucket list as well.

 

Vicecream

Austin’s newest vegan ice cream shop, Vicecreme, is now open at 6550 Comanche Trail, next to The Oasis on Lake Travis. Expect fresh soft serve, as well as ice cream scoops, cookie ice cream sandwiches, banana splits, brownie sundaes, and shakes with your choice of toppings. Six flavors, which will rotate regularly, include classics like rocky road, cookies and cream, mint chocolate chip, and pistachio. Soft serve comes in chocolate, vanilla, and banana-vanilla.

 

 

 

Juiceland

Juices and smoothies are praised for their health benefits, so it’s no surprise this juice chain does its part to better the environment in any way it can. That’s why every store composts. According to Shook, the stores generate roughly three tons of compost a day. To put that into perspective, an average car in the U.S. weighs about two tons.

If you’ve looked at JuiceLand’s menu, you’ve probably come across a knee-slapper or two. For example, the currently food fave Frijole Roller, the Un-Believe-A-Bowl, and the I Love Being Jalapeño Business shirt, which gets us laughing every time. From menu items to accessories, to slogans and posters stamped throughout the stores, JuiceLand’s pun game is on point

 

 

 

Voodoo Doughnut

Founded in 2003 by Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Richard “Tres” Shannon, Voodoo has gone from serving Nyquil-glazed doughnuts and performing weddings in their cramped Old Town venue to locations in five cities: Eugene, Denver, Austin and at Universal Studios Hollywood. Although the quality of its doughnuts varies depending on the time of day, it’s still worth paying a homage to this Portland classic.

 

 

 

Cold Cookie Co.

This retro candy-colored truck specializes in ice cream sandwiches built for you on-site. Choose from a list of freshly baked cookies in flavors like snickerdoodle, s’mores and Reese’s peanut butter cup, then select an ice cream, made locally at Austin Scoops and offered in a variety of flavors like mint chocolate chip and salted beer. Craving something other than an ice cream sandwich? Get a cookie on the side of your scoop—or opt for a cookies shake.

 

 

 

Longhorn Chicken

While fried chicken is not a groundbreaking food, especially in the South, Longhorn Chicken’s preparation makes it unlike any other chicken joint in the area. All of the chicken offered is halal, making it permissible to eat according to Islamic law. Windwillow said all of the chickens go from a good living situation to a facility where it is butchered cleanly and blessed, making it a much cleaner and fresher product.

 

 

 

Chi’lantro

Did you know Chi’lantro is a name play on “kimchi” and “cilantro,” Chi’Lantro first opened as a food truck in Austin and has since expanded to multiple brick & mortar locations? The restaurant is known for its fresh & interesting take on classic Korean dishes, most notably the kimchi fries. Featuring caramelized kimchi, cheese, and “magic sauce,”. Those initial woes faded as Chi’Lantro began serving the late-night crowds of Austin. Soon it was attracting South by Southwest festival-goers, who Jae Kim says introduced it to the world.

“People thought I was a late-night taco truck, so they were just ordering tacos and burritos, and I was throwing away kimchi,” he says. “So one night I put everything that I had in the truck on the bed of fries; I wanted to hide the kimchi for the drunk people, and next thing we know, people start talking about it on Twitter.”

 

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