121 Pickle Road, Austin, TX, 78704
Pitmaster, Evan LeRoy and hospitality expert, Sawyer Lewis have teamed up to create a whole new take on Texas barbecue. The LeRoy and Lewis food truck opened in April and blends new school barbecue with old school service. The inventive menu features cuts of meat not traditionally seen from barbecue joints. You can still find all your old favorites, like brisket and ribs, or try something more out of the box, like duck confit or oxtail. Round out your meal with any of their delicious picnic-style side dishes, including creamed spinach and mesquite cornbread. Their farm-to-table philosophy is yet another thing that makes LeRoy and Lewis stand out from the crowd of Austin barbecue spots. Their ingredients are sourced from local ranches and farms, and Evan LeRoy strives for sustainability by using principles of whole-animal butchery and minimizing waste. They’re open Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. until sold out, so hurry over. The owners’ expertise and their innovative barbecue make this food truck a can’t-miss.
1105 South Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
From the team that brought Austin Gibson Street Bar, Rattle Inn, and Mean Eyed Cat comes another fantastic place to settle into: Stonehouse Coffee + Bar. Once a dilapidated house, built by two sisters in 1900, the group breathed new life into the landmark while honoring its historic significance. Stonehouse opened its doors in late March to reveal the coffee shop and bar’s unique atmosphere, redesigned around the building’s history by Austin architect Michael Hsu. Their menu exemplifies the city’s commitment to local businesses, featuring pastries from Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery, coffee and cold brew from Cuvee, and six gelato flavors from Austin Gelato Company. As if that wasn’t enough, Austin’s beloved Burro Cheese Kitchen also set up a food truck outside, so you can grab some artisan grilled cheeses at any time of the day. Open from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., Stonehouse is there to fulfill whatever your craving might be, be it a caffeine kick or wine and beer buzz.
404 W. Powell Lane, Suite 502, Austin, TX 78753
At Iron Greenhouse, a new North Austin gym, it’s not just about improving fitness, but inspiring people and building community along the way. The founders, Taylor Loyd and Colton Volpe, shape their gym’s philosophy around the two parts of its name: Iron, representing strength and unyielding endurance, and Greenhouse, representing a place of safety and growth. Every session encourages their members to live healthier lives and transform themselves into stronger, faster athletes. The gym opened this April and prides itself on its class variety. Before joining, potential members are required to take an introductory class where they cover basic movements and prepare them for their programs. After, they can choose from the gym’s types of Iron memberships, including Iron Gloves, for boxing, Iron Crossbred, for conditioning, Iron Grit, for strength, and Iron Performance, a more multi-faceted program option. The classes are split into levels based on the participants’ skills, so you can flourish alongside people trying to reach the same fitness goals.
440 E. St Elmo Rd, Suite E-1, Austin, TX 78745
MADabolic Inc. boasts franchise locations in cities around the nation, and starting last month, Austin got to be a part of the craze. Three essential elements make up the MAD namesake and the fitness program’s backbone: Momentum, Anaerobic, and Durability. Viewed as more than a gym or a class by its members, MADabolic is designed to be a lifestyle, one that the owners believe fits perfectly with the energy of Austin. Their diverse exercises are built to complement the natural movements of the body, making them great for everyday fitness. MADabolic uses a wide variety of equipment to grow several different strengths. You might handle intense, short bursts of activity, enhance fluidity and rotational force with boxing or fight for power and stability with heavy lifting. Don’t think the simple movements won’t get difficult though—every aspect of the MADabolic program is meant to challenge you to rise to new fitness levels. If this sounds intriguing, new clients can snag 10 days for $10 to see if the MADabolic lifestyle is for you.