Tumble 22 capitalizing on the national fried chicken craze

Salty Sow chef-partner Harold Marmulstein has brought a little bit of Nashville to Austin. He opened his Tumble 22 Hot Chicken truck last week at 1120 W. Fifth St. (at the corner of Walsh Street), a couple of blocks west of Lamar Boulevard.

The centerpiece of the menu is all-natural chicken tumbled in seasoned flour, fried, coated in spices and dipped in one of four varying levels of hot sauce. The truck serves chicken sandwiches, like the classic chicken sandwich ($8) topped with kale slaw, bread-and-butter pickles and Duke’s Mayonnaise; as well as white and dark meat dishes with chicken fat fries. Customers can add items such as avocado, cheddar cheese and tomato to the sandwiches, and several sauces are also available.

Tumble 22 is open 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Now open

Bennu Coffe opened in the old Dominican Joe’s space at 515 S. Congress Ave. As with the original location, which opened in April 2009, the new Bennu is open 24 hours a day and serves specialty coffee drinks, like the Iced Bennu, their Gourmet Mocha menu, individual French presses, and more. They’ve also added the “Dominican Joe Honey Cream Latte” to the menu at both locations as a tribute to DJ’s legacy. Bennu will continue to serve DJ’s trademark coffee that benefits Makarios, “a nonprofit working to pull families out of poverty by making sure children get an education in the Dominican Republic,” which will be sold by the bag and on rotation for drip coffee at both Bennu locations.

Food offerings include grab-and-go options from Taco Mex, the Green Cart, Russell’s Bakery, Hoboken Pie, Fricano’s Deli, the Stroop Club stroopwafels, Ladybird Provisions, Skull & Cakebones Bakery, Hot Jumbo Bagel and more. Bennu was founded by Stephanie and Steve Williams, a co-founder of Epoch Coffee and Chameleon Cold Brew.

The John Mueller-helmed Black Box Barbecue is now open on weekends from 10:30 a.m. until sold out. The trailer at 201 E. Ninth St. in downtown Georgetown will continue with those hours until final permits come in, according to Mueller. The mercurial pitmaster’s latest entry on the scene is backed by owners and longtime Mueller friends Gary Brown and Justin Bohls. The trailer serves Mueller’s traditional menu of brisket, beef ribs, pork ribs, pulled pork, chicken and his various side dishes.

New hours

Asian-Southern fusion restaurant Peached Tortilla , one of Austin’s great trailer-to-restaurant successes, launched lunch service last week. The menu includes items like a Thai shrimp tostada, banh mi taco, tuna poke bowl, kimchi queso and more. Lunch is served at 5520 Burnet Road from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

Looking ahead

Two popular names from the Domain are making their way to downtown Austin. Flower Child , a healthful restaurant that focuses on gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan dining throughout the day and attempts to market to the physically and spiritually fit with gimmicks like a yoga mat “parking” area, and North Italia , an Italian restaurant serving pizzas, pastas, and other traditional dishes, will both open on the ground floor of 500 West 2nd Street, the second phase of the Thomas C. Greenwater Treatment Plant redevelopment, in downtown Austin later this year. Both restaurants are owned and operated by Fox Restaurant Concepts, which has 16 unique concepts and more than 50 restaurants in 10 states, including True Foods Kitchen and Culinary Dropout in Austin.


Longtime Austin restaurateurs Emmett and Lisa Fox are closing their Italian restaurant Cantine on May 20. This was the third restaurant from the Foxes, who closed their Mediterranean restaurant Fino in 2015 after a 10-year run. They still own and operate Italian restaurant Asti in Hyde Park. Cantine, which opened in May 2015 in the Lamar Union complex, was a critic’s pick in last year’s Austin360 Dining Guide. In the run-up to the closing, the restaurant has been selling all wines at half price.

The Scarlet Rabbit in Round Rock closed this week following Mother’s Day service. The “Alice in Wonderland”-themed restaurant was opened by Greenhouse Craft Food’s chef Rob Snow and chef Rich Taylor (formerly of Quality Seafood) in the summer of 2014.

“Round Rock has been an amazing home to the Scarlet Rabbit and its staff for the last three years,” Taylor said in a news release. “Soon, there will be a new project to take our place in this wonderful space, so there will still be fun and interesting things to do downtown.”

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