There are many good “bites” to be had at and around the Austin Circuit. Those attending F1 will have the opportunity to fill their “fuel cell” with local and regional food. Take a "lap and hammer down" at Salt Lick BBQ at Turn One located on the southern edge of the track. Bobby Flay from Food Network highly recommends the Beef Ribs. If you are from out of town and miss the opportunity to hit Salt Lick at the Circuit, you still have a chance on your way out of town at the airport.
Some of Austin’s frequently talked about food trailers will be parked at several locations at the Circuit. Rumored to be at Turn 9, Turn 11, the Entrance and the Grande Plaza (not sure who will be parked where,) you will find Chil’antro (Korean Mexican fusion, see our previous post on their kimchi fries at ACL here), Peached Tortilla (tacos with Southern and Asian flavors), and Lucky J’s (famous for their chicken and waffles). Dallas food trailers Crazy Fish (sushi) and Butcher’s Son (fresh on the grill style food) will also be there. Don't miss Bubba’s Big Game Grill, located less than a mile from the track. The name says it all. Texas game that includes bacon wrapped Quail and Rabbit sausage. You can also find Elk, Yak and Kangaroo on their menu.
Becker Vineyards wine will be served at bars throughout the venue. For the occasion they have created a red wine, Turn One Red, and a white wine, Turn One White. Austin’s Sweet Leaf Tea mixed with Tito’s handmade vodka will also be available. Mom and Pops Paletas (all natural frozen pops) will have specialty paletas made just for the F1 crowd. And Delysia Chocolatier (another local) will have specialty truffles available to order for those watching from the suites (you can also find these chocolates at Con'Olio Oils and Vinegars). F1 fans, start your engines. The race is about to begin. (Gina)
My idea of a good time during the weekend of F1 is to head in the opposite direction--Northwest (away from I-35 and 130). There are more than a few restaurants popping up in North Austin that are creating some buzz. Here are a selection to try in an effort to distance yourself from the overcrowded downtown scene this weekend.
Spin Modern Thai Cuisine is the hottest new Thai restaurant in Austin (on the November cover of Austin Monthly and listed as #17 in Real Magazine's top 50 places to eat in Austin). Formerly of Uchi, Uchiko and East Side Kings, the two chefs bring a new twist on classic Thai, playing with flavors and presentation. Maharaja Indian Restaurant has been recently hailed in the Austin Chronicle as one of the Indian restaurants in town to visit for great, authentic Indian food. It was also highly praised in the latest edition of Fearless Critic. Ramen Tatsu-Ya is another new addition to North Austin (billed as Japanese soul food). This is the place to get your noodle on. Winner of the Eater 2012 "So Hot Right Now" award and listed as #7 in Eater's places to eat now. Be sure to slurp--it's expected. Deckhand Oyster Bar (Round Rock) is mentioned by Paul Qui in an article from earlier this year as a place he likes to go out to eat. A few other restaurant choices in Austin that might slip under the F1 radar and are not downtown: Taco More, Chuy's Panaderia, Chen Z (from former chefs of Musashino and Mikado Sushi) and Tam Deli. Take courage, everything should return to normal by Monday. (Cathy)