Austin Monthly names Odd Duck the best restaurant in Austin
Austin Monthly dropped its list of 25 Best Restaurants in Austin, and Bryce Gilmore’s Odd Duck came out on top. The magazine praised the restaurant’s use of seasonal ingredients and “extremely innovative dishes with a distinct Texas twang.” The modern Mexican restaurant Suerte and the omakase restaurant Otoko round out the first three. There were also five 2021 newcomers on the list: Birdie’s neighborhood wine bar, upscale garden restaurant Lutie’s, McGuire Moorman Lambert’s Sammie’s red sauce restaurant, African-American food truck Distant Relatives (one of the The best new Eater restaurants of 2021) and the omakase restaurant Tsuke Edomae.
Stiles Switch’s 12 Days of Smoked Meat
Stiles Switch BBQ Restaurant’s annual 12-day celebration of smoked meats will begin this year from Tuesday, December 7 through Sunday, December 19, with different daily specials. This year’s menu includes items like a smoked meatloaf sandwich, smoked prime rib and smoked brisket tamales, plus collaborations with Philip Speer of Comedor, Callie Massey of The Switch and formerly of Holy Roller, Joel Fried of Eldorado Cafe, Olamaie’s Michael Fojtasek and Little Ola’s Biscuits, and with Stanley’s famous Pit Bar BQ of Tyler, Texas. Special offers are available at Brentwood and Cedar Park stores while supplies last.
Vista Brewery Market Days
The quaint Driftwood Vista Brewing has a pop-up market every Saturday in December before Christmas. The market will host local artisans as well as live music, and Vista will launch new beers. December 4-18 is a Curio Caravan Craft Market and December 11 features a Farmhouse Delivery Farmer’s Market. The markets are from noon to dusk.