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What’s new: Qui, Amy’s Ice Creams lawsuits, El Chile opens on S. First

Addie Broyles

Tons of food in the news recently, readers, plus some news about how we deliver the news.

You might have heard or seen by now, but this week, the Statesman’s paywall officially went up. Relish Austin will continue to be part of the free content on, but the stories that appear in the print edition of the newspaper, which are often the longer, meatier, hard-to-get-anywhere-else articles, will live on, a premium, easy-to-navigate (read: less cluttered) site that I hope you’ll check out and consider signing up for. (Shameless plus for the Wednesday food section: For more than a year now, the Statesman has offered a print subscription for just Wednesdays and Sundays, which would give you access to the print edition of the food section and to all the online content throughout the week.)

Many of the links below will take you to, but some of them will go to blog posts on Thanks for your patience and support as we transition into this brave new world.

Matthew Odam likes Pieous, the artisan pizzeria between Austin and Dripping Springs, just not every single part of it, but he says that the tacos at Veracruz on East Cesar Chavez Street are just about his favorite in town.

Freelancer Claire Canavan talks to Satay owner Foo Swasdee, who opened her restaurant in 1987, about how she has stayed relevant in an increasingly Thai-savvy town, and former Statesman gardening columnist shares her tips on hosting an almost perfect potluck.

In restaurant news: El Chile has officially opened on South First Street, and Hickory Street has announced it is moving out of downtown next year. Contigo, however, had plans to open a second restaurant downtown sometime in 2014, and Lucky Robot has hired an Uchi/Uchiko vet.

Outdoors writer (yes, we have one of those) and longtime barbecue lover Mike Leggett isn’t happy about the consequences of the smoked meat craze, especially after he got less-than-stellar service at Louie Mueller in Taylor recently. “But when the long-time customers start bailing on you — and I’m one of those — you need to pay attention to what’s happening. This high can’t last forever, guys.”

From the business desk: A company has sued Paul Qui for unpaid lamps, fixtures and other electrical supplies, and Amy’s Ice Creams has sued Amy’s Kitchen to try to prevent the California-based company from getting in on the ice cream business.

NadaMoo!, the Austin-based dessert company that sells ice creams based on coconut milk instead of cow’s milk, has expanded quickly since it started in 2004, and it has recently released two new flavors in stores across the country.

Yesterday, we updated you on the possible changes to the urban farm code, and over the weekend, Esther Robards-Forbes explained how the state’s farm loan program helps farmers like Brenton Johnson of Johnson’s Backyard Garden.

Emma Janzen has some awesome recipes for sangrita, a far better complement to tequila than lime and salt.

And finally, in the Metro section, I loved reading about the resolution to a three-year battle at an Elgin nursing home to allow cooks there to serve soft-cooked eggs to residents.