Plus, Chalmers will open inside a refurbished Shell gas station this week.
 
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🌎 Eat around the globe in ATX
An overhead shot of a table filled with plates of Chinese food and tiki drinks.
Wu Chow features tiki cocktails and a Dim Sum service on Sundays.|Photo courtesy Reagan Haggard and Wu Chow
One of the main attractions for international travel is tasting diverse cuisines, but you can do the same without leaving Austin.

It’s time to embark on a culinary exploration — here’s how to travel the world with your taste buds at 15 local restaurants offering global foods and experiences.

China | Wu Chow, multiple locations | Dishes at this farm-to-table restaurant are inspired by Chef Ji Peng Chen’s recipes from eight different styles of Chinese cuisine: Anhui, Cantonese, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Szechuan, and Zhejiang.

Three dishes on the table at KGBBQ

City Editor Figi tried the vegetarian rice bowl, Egyptian mac and cheese, and brisket rice bowl at KG BBQ.

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Photo by ATXtoday

Egypt | KG BBQ, 3108 Manor Rd. | Owner Kareem El-Ghayesh was an avid home cook in Cairo before visiting Austin and falling in love with its barbecue scene. Now a James Beard-nominated chef, he combines the flavors of Egypt and Texas at this Oddwood Brewing food truck.

Ethiopia | Aster’s Ethiopian Restaurant, 2804 N. I-35 | You may have seen this teal green building from your car on I-35, but did you know it’s been serving Ethiopian food inside since 1991? The family-owned restaurant boasts both meat and vegetarian dishes that will transport your palate to the African country.

A spread of cold cuts, biscuits, eggs, and drinks, on a white tablecloth.

Enjoy some traditional Greek brunch items when you dine at Yamas in northwest Austin.

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Photo by Wen Fitzgerald

Greece | Yamas Greek Kitchen, 5308 Balcones Dr. | Stepping inside this restaurant, hues of white and blue will make you confuse Austin for a Grecian oasis. Its tasty cuisine is coupled with an ethos of “filoxenia,” a Greek concept that means “making a stranger a friend.”

Japan | Komé Sushi Kitchen, 5301 Airport Blvd. | Specializing in family-style Japanese comfort food, owners Takehiro “Také" Asazu and Kayo Asazu are from Osaka and Kobe, respectively. Osaka is considered one of the best food culture towns in Japan, while Kobe is where Kobe beef originated. Recipes from the owners’ mothers and grandmothers can be found on the menu.
 
 
Events
 
Wednesday, June 26
  • Pixies + Modest Mouse | Wednesday, June 26 | 6 p.m. | Germania Insurance Amphitheater, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., Austin | $25-$300 | Expect to hear hits like “Hey” and “Float On” live at this dual concert with special guest Cat Power.
Thursday, June 27
  • “Inside Out 2" | Thursday, June 27 | 2:15 p.m. | Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave., Austin | $15 | Make room for new emotions on a screen the size of Texas.
  • Magic Hour: Aperol Spritz Patio Pop-up | Thursday, June 27 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Punch Bowl Social, 11313 Domain Dr., Austin | Cost of purchase | Lovers of this orange cocktail can come enjoy a patio party featuring games, photo ops, and plenty of Aperol drinks.
Friday, June 28
  • Summer Songwriter Showcase | Friday, June 28 | 7 p.m. | The Loft at Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin | $17 | Grab a beverage (or BYOB) and listen to local songwriters sing their stories.
  • “Wonka” | Friday, June 28 | 8-11 p.m. | Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd., Austin | Free | Enjoy concessions while you watch the movie and take a guided tour of the nonprofit master-planned community.
Saturday, June 29
  • Austin Swappin Clothing Swap & Mini Market | Saturday, June 29 | 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Wanderlust Wine Collective, 702 Shady Lane, Austin | $10 | Bring up to 10 items (think clothes, accessories, books, and home goods) to trade and take home as many items as you bring.
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Fourth of July party sunglasses, $20.99 via Amazon.|Graphic by 6AM City
Bring a party mood to any barbecue, pool party, or holiday gathering this Fourth of July with these festive finds:
 
News Notes
 
Coming Soon
  • A new bar, restaurant, and music venue will open inside a renovated Shell gas station at 1700 E. Cesar Chavez St. on Friday, June 28. Chalmers, from the brains behind Armadillo Den, is inspired by West Texas charm and will offer creative bites + specialty cocktails.
Sports
  • UT Austin’s baseball team has a new leader. After firing David Pierce earlier this week, the Texas Longhorns have hired Jim Schlossnagle, as their new head coach. Schlossnagle just led the Texas A&M Aggies to the College World Series championship series. (Austin-American Statesman)
Traffic
  • Two new traffic signals will be installed on Harris Branch Parkway and South 1st Street, thanks to $1.3 million in federal funds awarded to Austin’s Vision Zero program. Its mission is to reduce crashes that result in injury or death through street improvements and policy changes.
Number
  • 2,068,404. That’s how many passengers traveled through Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in May, making it the busiest month ever recorded at the airport. Pro tip: Make your trip out of AUS easier with our airport guide.
Biz
  • Own a Cybertruck? Austin-based company Tesla recalled the vehicle yesterday for the fourth time since its debut, affecting over 11,000 trucks. Defects include loose trim pieces and failing windshield wipers. (KVUE)
Award
  • Travis County’s Purple Pipe program won an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties. The system, which is currently installed at six Travis County buildings, uses treated wastewater for needs like air conditioning and plumbing.
Show
  • Have you ever heard South 1st Street called by the nickname “Mexican Mile?” Apparently a contestant on “Jeopardy!” had, because he answered this clue about Austin correctly on an episode last week. (Austin Monthly)
Outdoors
  • The Texas State Park Pass price will increase to $95 beginning Sunday, Sept. 1. The pass gives guests in the same vehicle unlimited access to every state park. Get yours for $70.
Listen
  • As the Texas Longhorns’ exit from the Big 12 approaches, two other powerhouse programs could join the conference. Get the biggest stories every day from the local experts of the Big 12 with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
    Travel
    • Need a summer getaway? The state’s fastest-growing city, Conroe, is located ~three hours from Austin. From free concerts to renowned birding and dynamic water activities on the 22,000-acre Lake Conroe, the city has something for everyone. Plan your visit.*
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    City
     
    🚴‍♀️ Entering our e-bike era
    in the foreground, a sign is covered with a sticker that announces metrobike will close starting july 1. in the background, a docking station has colorful bikes in downtown austin.
    Every MetroBike docking station in the city will be replaced with new + improved BikeShare stations. |Photo by CapMetro
    The wait for MetroBike’s glow up is almost over — its new fleet of electric-assist bikes will launch in July.

    What’s in the reboot?
    • A new name, BikeShare, and a new look
    • Revamped docking stations and more locations
    • Bikes will feature automatic motors with all-pedal assist, enhanced stability, and inline battery placement
    • A new BikeShare app
    To prepare for the transition, MetroBike services will end Monday, July 1. Here’s what cyclists should know:
    • Purchases have been paused on 31-day and annual passes
    • As current equipment is retired, bikers may experience issues with bikes or stations
    • CapMetro will work to resolve issues in the interim, but will not invest in outgoing equipment
    • Account holders will receive a transfer email from CapMetro in July
    BikeShare will debut via a rolling launch of the new stations and bikes starting in mid-July, and expects to be fully switched over in the fall.
     
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    The Wrap
     
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    Morgan
    From the editor
    A city editor walks into a poolside bar — or a refurbished gas station? Between Swim Club, Cabana Club, and Chalmers opening this week, I know where my crowd will be sippin’ pretty this weekend.
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