One of those magical Central Texas nights found us at long tables under the giant oaks at Eden East, a restaurant located at Springdale Farm, an Austin treasure that hosts events and sells homegrown produce and eggs on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.
Arro, a French restaurant in downtown Austin, opened in July with executive chef/partner Drew Curren and pastry chef Mary Catherine Curren, his wife, at the helm. Texas Monthly food editor Patricia Sharpe recently spoke with Drew Curren about why he chose to try this cuisine in Austin, his influences, and his love of frog legs.
Patricia Sharpe: Why a French restaurant?
The rain—always a rarity in drought-addled Central Texas—that stole the final day of the second go-round of the Austin City Limits Festival also stole the narrative on Sunday. Headlining sets from Lionel Richie and Radiohead/Red Hot Chili Peppers-based supergroup Atoms For Peace were canceled, as were anticipated afternoon and early evening spots from artists like The National, Phoenix, and Neko Case.
Hey. I’m heading to Austin at the end of July and—having worked at Philadelphia magazine for a few years—I figured reaching out to you would be the best way to figure out what to do.
A few college friends and I will be visiting a buddy and his wife for a long weekend (most of us get in Thursday morning). Is there a cultural/historical/enriching event/museum/experience that we shouldn’t miss?
Note: We’ll be staying in South Congress and, considering that we’re millennials, antiquing feels fiscally irresponsible/unappealing. Also, I wouldn’t hate it if you recommended a hip date spot that won’t feel like a total cliché.
Jeez. I know that’s a lot. Sorry for the lack of brevity.
A Fan From Philly
Pitmaster: Zach Davis, age 34 (since 2012)
Method: Oak; gas-fired smoker
Pro tip: Malbec pairs well with brisket.
Pitmaster: John Lewis, age 34
Method: Post oak; indirect-heat pit
Pro tip: There’s free beer Friday through Sunday.
Pitmaster: John Mueller, age 44
Method: Oak; indirect-heat pit
Pro tip: John may yell at you. Don’t take it personally.
Clarksville continues to be a hotbed of great new dining spots, and this little osteria is no exception. With its chic timbered interior and expansive shaded patio, it lures you in with Italian nibbles such as crisply breaded artichoke hearts and lean carpaccio with a lemony arugula salad. Neapolitan pizzas, such as the classic margherita, combine fresh, bright ingredients and crisp crusts for those wanting to share.
“You work with a producer or engineer because of their sound,” says Spoon drummer Jim Eno. “And their sound has a lot to do with the type of gear they have, and their workflow around their studio.”
Long before Austin became a bustling hub of live music, technology, and food trucks, it was a simple capital city, dominated by politicians and lobbyists. That city, on the eastern edge of the Hill Country, was the Austin of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s day. Though Johnson didn’t live in Austin for much of his life, the city made a mark on the president from a young age. He was only 10 when he began accompanying his father, a state representative, to the Capitol, where he became enchanted by the legislative process.