Exploding. That’s the only way to describe what we’re witnessing in the Austin Texas food scene. New restaurants and bars are opening up by the dozen all over town.

These are exciting times. I had a great conversation last night with a lady restaurateur who’s been in Austin since 1982 and she’s gobsmacked by what’s happening in our city.

It really becomes evident when you travel to other towns around the US and you see for rent signs in buildings in the downtown area. I immediately imagine what sort of barbecue joint or coffee bar would do well in the space. When a commercial space goes on the market in Austin its mere days before an entrepreneur comes a calling with a prospective business plan for a new bar or cafe.

Exciting times.

Thanks for the huge week y’all. We’re setting records for page views and unique visits-week in and week out. We really appreciate the support.

Without further ado. Our weekly top 5:

1] The utter disaster that was Austin Beer Fest led to the cancellation of a craft beer gathering that was to be held this month http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2012/4/4/Fallout-From-Disastrous-Austin-Beer-Fest-Central-Texas-Beer-Festival-Cancelled

2] We visited Pit Stop Barbecue http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2012/4/4/Austin-Daily-Photo-Pit-Stop-Barbecue-In-Temple-Texas

3] The organizers of Austin Beer Fest wrote an “apology” that made people madder than a wet hen http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2012/4/3/Dear-Austin-Beer-Fest-Organizers-Your-Facebook-Apology-Doesnt-Cut-It-Now-Were-Getting-A-Rope

4] Miller’s Smokehouse is going to be getting a lot of media attention this year http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2012/4/5/Field-Report-Millers-Smokehouse-In-Belton-Texas

5] Sounds fancy. New bbq house prepares to open in East Austin http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2012/4/2/Austin-Daily-Photo-Sneak-Peek-Inside-Salty-Sow-New-Restaurant-Inside-Former-Red-House-Pizza

Have a great week y’all

last week’s top 5 http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2012/4/1/Top-Five-Austin-Texas-Food-Stories-This-Week?adminview=true

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