Food brings people and communities together and as part of a new Austin Revealed series, we set out to bring you the stories behind some Austin immigrants and how they have built unconventional families and communities using cuisine from their homeland.
Taste of Ethiopia
Woinee always wanted to open up a restaurant, but she had no idea it would be in Texas, or that it would end up serving a host of local families who have adopted children from Ethiopia. Now Woinee’s dream is helping dozens of children discover—and taste—their heritage and culture.
In this explainer, learn about injera—a staple item of Ethiopian cuisine—and how to make it.
Peace Bakery & Deli
Nuha says that while she was never treated differently in her small east Texas town, she felt wearing her hijab set her apart, making her stand out. But after opening her first restaurant, her culture has only helped her connect with more and more people from a variety of backgrounds.
Tropicana Cuban Cafe
Enrique Reyes spent his childhood helping in his family’s bakeries and restaurants in Miami, so it’s little wonder he set up shop when he moved to Texas. What is surprising is what happens when the kitchen closes and the floor opens up. Tropicana transforms into a dance hall, where a particular Cuban style of salsa is taught—after some Cuban coffee, of course.
Get a little boost with this explainer on Cuban cafécitos, a caffeinated treat that’s different from your regular espresso shot.
Little Mama’s Authentic Filipino Cuisine
Nita and Joanna have always been close, but after opening up a restaurant featuring food from her mom’s home country, the two have become even tighter knit. It’s become a way to share a future together and reflect on a past that stretches back to Spanish colonization.
You’ve probably never had dessert like this before! In this explainer learn about some of the most popular Filipino desserts.
Mister Tramps Sports Pub and Cafe
With start times as early as 6 a.m., it’s hard to be a soccer fan living in central time zone. So what is it that pulls these fans out of bed and into the pub? A sense of community. Owner Alfredo Cedrone modeled the bar off locations in his native Scotland, where pubs aren’t just where you watch the match—it’s where the local community gathers.
Roland’s Soul Food & Fish
Austin Revealed went live on Facebook for lunch from Roland’s Soul Food & Fish. We tried different dishes from pork chops to fried catfish and bbq to oxtails. Experience it with us in the video below.
What restaurants make you feel like you’re home?