Odd Duck’s ambitious sibling cafe, bakery and bar opens in East Austin


Odd Duck officially has an ambitious kid sister. All-day cafe, bakery and bar Sour Duck Market opened with limited hours last week at 1814 E. MLK Blvd.

A multi-chambered space with indoor and outdoor seating areas and counter service for dine-in and carry-out customers, Sour Duck starts the day with baked goods, breakfast sandwiches (like goat chorizo with egg pimento and tomato relish), grain bowls and a sourdough pancake.

Lunch and evening service, which begins at 11:30 a.m., includes a pork sandwich, burger made with beer cheese and burnt ends, chicken salad sandwich and smoked shrimp bagel sandwich, with prices ranging from $10 to $12. There are also more than a half-dozen vegetable and salad offerings, from summer squash in dewberry vinaigrette to fried and smoked mushrooms with pickled onions.

Sour Duck, as with its sibling restaurants Odd Duck and Barley Swine, sources its menus from area farms and ranches.

The beverage program, an integral part of the concept, includes a menu of five draft cocktails (cucumber Moscow mule, paloma, etc.) and five wines on tap, in addition to beers.

Sour Duck is currently in what is termed a soft open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Keep an eye on Sour Duck’s website (sourduckmarket.com) and Facebook pages for updates.

Chef news

One of Austin’s great culinary characters, a sushi obsessive with a relentless curiosity, is leaving town.

Kyoten Sushiko chef-owner Otto Phan, who started his business as an East Austin trailer before opening as a quick-service lunch spot and austere omakase, has decided to move to Chicago to further pursue his lofty goals. He has operated Kyoten, which has ranked in the Top 15 in the city in both of the last two Austin360 Dining Guides, since July 2016.

“The goal has always been to be the best sushi chef in the world, and I know the pathway is a lot shorter if I move on,” Phan said. “It was going to take LeBron James a long time if he stayed in Cleveland to get that first championship”

Phan said that in order to ascend to his desired heights in the food world, he needed to be in a “Michelin-starred marketplace,” a city where the restaurants are ranked by the vaunted Michelin Guide. The Houston native and University of Texas graduate has found a location in Chicago’s Logan Square, a seven-seat omakase located in a mixed-use development on the edge of the city’s excitement, a space not unlike his Mueller restaurant in Austin.

Phan will prepare his final dinner service — his meals are approximately 22 courses for $150 — at the end of July. Before he leaves, he will train his replacement, and Kyoten will remain in business under the same name after his departure. While he is not ready to announce the name of the incoming chef, Phan says it will be a young, hungry chef and not an established, well-known name.

“It won’t be exactly the same without me. He has some shoes to fill, but I think he will be able to do it,” Phan said.

While he said the move from the town he has called home off and on for 14 years is bittersweet, Phan, whose work is fueled by a love of ingredients and experimentation with vinegar flavor profiles, said the move is the next logical step in his career.

“The stage needs to be bigger and the risk needs to be higher,” Phan said. “I’ll be better in Chicago.”

And Austin will be a little less great without him.

Airport eats

Your time at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport just got a little tastier (and healthier). Asian-Southern fusion restaurant Peached Tortilla and JuiceLand officially opened last week at Gate 7 at the airport.

Peached Tortilla serves the fusion tacos, bowls and burger that have made their brick-and-mortar and truck locations such a hit, and JuiceLand brings organic juice, smoothies and vegan grab-and-go food to travelers. No official hours for the businesses have been announced, but with Peached Tortilla getting into the breakfast taco game for the first time and JuiceLand known for their juices and smoothies, expect morning to evening hours for both.

“I have always had the dream of putting Peached Tortilla into the airport. It’s been a goal of mine since before I even moved to Austin. To me, your brand has arrived when you open at the airport,” Peached Tortilla owner Eric Silverstein said. “We are tied to other tremendous local brands like JuiceLand, Tacodeli, East Side Pies and Amy’s. A manager referred to the new area of the airport we are in as Austin 2.0. In many ways it is. When you land at the airport, you now get a sense for what Austin is all about: unique food concepts with an attention towards taste and an overall experience.”

The two locally owned businesses join fellow Austin businesses Annie’s Cafe & Bar, Maudie’s Tex-Mex, Second Bar + Kitchen and others at the airport. Additionally, East Side Pies announced last week that they would be joining the local food options at the airport, with plans to open in the terminal early next year.

In addition to their airport location, last week JuiceLand also opened a location at 2210 S. First St. The new South Austin location also includes JuiceLand’s second outpost of Exploded Records, which sells new and used vinyl.



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