Acclaimed gourmet Austin burger joint pops up at Pearl
Whether it’s a stunning garden bouquet or Freddie Prinze Jr.’s acting career, sometimes the best things are only temporary. So, it’s no wonder that pop-up eateries are a San Antonio obsession. The short-lived concepts ensure there is always something new to try in an already booming food city.
But the latest nomad entering the scene has one extra benefit — making Austinites green with envy. Henbit, a fast-casual concept from the Capital City’s much-admired Emmer & Rye Hospitality Group, has taken up residence at Pearl’s Bottling Department Food Hall.
The concept first debuted in 2018 as part of the opening lineup of Austin’s Fareground Food Hall. It was Emmer & Rye chef Kevin Fink’s first local foray into everyday cuisine after opening his vaulted signature fine dining restaurant in 2015.
Since then, the group has opened several showstoppers, including Hestia and Canje in its home base and Ladino at Pearl. In March 2023, the group decided to focus its efforts on the newly opened Ezov — shuttering Henbit and its sibling concept TLV.
According to a press alert, the San Antonio iteration will carry a similar menu to the lost Austin spot. Standouts include the Henbit burger with two Peeler Farms beef patties, a milk bun, American cheese, and shiitake aioli; and a kale avocado salad highlighting Texas ingredients. Details on breakfast offerings are still forthcoming.
Sadly, chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph’s famed "Monster Cookies" will not be part of the package, but allow us to gently suggest an email campaign. Hey, it worked for Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Cookies or not, diners might want to avoid dilly-dallying. Although the group did not share how long the pop-up would stick around, it’s surely a blink-and-miss-it affair. Currently, Henbit is open Sunday through Thursday, 10 am to 9 pm, and Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 10 pm.