2020 in review: Check out every restaurant we featured this year

Wally's Burger Express (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Wally's Burger Express (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Wally's Burger Express (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Here is a roundup of every Northwest Austin restaurant feature published by Community Impact Newspaper in 2020.

Li Hot Pot & BBQ

Thomas Li, owner of Li Hot Pot & BBQ, said he believes hot pot restaurants are an emerging food trend popping up in America’s big cities, including Austin. But the Chinese immigrant recalls that the specific style of cuisine was nowhere to be found when he came to the U.S. a handful of years ago. Read the full story here. (Note from the writer: Li Hot Pot & BBQ has closed since the original article was published.)

PitaLicious

To survive in the restaurant industry, PitaLicious co-owner Mike Zayour believes one really has to love food.


“This is what we eat,” he said. “We love to share our food with everybody. My comfort zone is food. I’ve talked to a lot of people, and if you don’t love the food business, you’re not going to last.” Read the full story here.

Wally's Burger Express

With 40 years of business under his belt, Wally’s Burger Express owner Robert Mayfield credits a few simple rules for the continued success of his Northwest Austin restaurant. Read the full story here.

Tso Chinese Delivery

Following a food donation campaign in April that saw his restaurant distribute more than $45,000 of free meals to local residents in need, Min Choe, the co-founder and CEO of Tso Chinese Delivery, said the restaurant was looking to pivot efforts to continue serving communities in need. Read the full story here.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

After feeding thousands of front-line health care workers through May, Hopdoddy Burger Bar has shifted its charitable efforts to serve restaurant workers suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story here.

Delaware Sub Shop

Delaware Sub Shop has seen more U.S. presidents—seven—than the total number of hot subs offered on its menu—six.

Shop owner Pete Adenski said that is exactly why his eatery has thrived since Jimmy Carter was president: keep it simple and use quality ingredients. Read the full story here.

Heaven's Bistro Bakery

Before Ghufrana Mahrukh, owner and head baker at Heaven’s Bistro Bakery, opened her eatery, the pastry chef said she was having a hard time finding a bakery that satisfied her standards in the North Austin area. Read the full story here.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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