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Two Austin Chefs Make Top Chef Texas Cut; Tim Love Schilling for Hellman's

Click to enlarge. Big Tex is almost ready for the Texas State Fair.
Click to enlarge. Big Tex is almost ready for the Texas State Fair.

AUSTIN — A second Austin restaurant, Beluga Sushi, has a menu that looks awfully similar to those at Grant Achatz's famous Chicago restaurant, Alinea. Meanwhile, two Austin chefs, Paul Qui of Uchiko and Andrew Curren of 24 Diner, are competing on the upcoming Texas-filmed season of Top Chef. Also, the city lost three big restaurants in rapid succession this week: El Arbol, The Belmont, and Hickory Street Bar and Grill. [EATX]

DALLAS — Eater Dallas talked to ex-Top Cheftestapant Tiffany Derry about her upcoming restaurant, Private Social, interviewed artist Jennifer Rubell about her food-related performance art, and chatted with the owner of the Anvil Pub on its first anniversary. Also, Tim Love is schilling for Hellman's now. [EDFW]

TEXAS-WIDE — Inmate requested last meals are now a thing of the past in Texas, and the water supply may not be a thing of the future. In happier news, the State Fair of Texas, AKA the World's Fried Food Headquarters, opens next week. [Forbes, K2Radio, BigTex]

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