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Where To Buy Fried, Smoked Turkeys in Austin

We’ve been updating this article each year since 2014 – Some information below may still be out of date. We would be so grateful if you let us know if there are changes or additions. Send us an email or use the comments section below. Thanks!

We’re buying our turkey fully-cooked this year too! The TX Association of Vietnam Veterans is nearest to us in the South Congress region (at the end of Alpine Road East, past the Berkshire SoCo Lofts), so that’s where we’re making our order. It’s also the cheapest item AND it’s for charity!

The Texas Association of Vietnam Veterans

UPDATE: TAVV reached out to us today to say that they have sold out already for 2017! Give them another try in October 2018! More options for pre-cooked turkeys are listed below.

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Cajun Flavored Fried Turkey – The Texas Association of Vietnam Veterans (TAVV) is frying turkeys for their annual fundraiser.

If you have not experienced the unique delicious flavor of a fried turkey, then you are in for a treat, and these Veterans know how to do it best!

TAVV is accepting, on a first-come first-served basis, orders for fried turkeys available for a scheduled pick up at VFW Post #856 (406 E Alpine Street, South Austin) on Wednesday, November 23. Each 12-14 pound fried turkey is $45.00.  Reheating instructions are included with each fried turkey.

Place your order for as many turkeys as you need for your Thanksgiving feast to ensure availability.  Contact Elaine Rey at or call 512-567-6859.

FYI:  TAVV is a State-chartered, tax-deductible, non-profit veterans organization that returns donations to the veterans community and charities in Central Texas. Every dollar contributed helps our Veterans.  In addition, TAVV donates fried turkeys at Thanksgiving to Garrett’s KidStrong and Loving Libby, who in turn provide meals to the families of the Dell Hospital Children’s Cancer Ward. TAVV also donates fried Thanksgiving turkeys to SafePlace of Austin, a facility for abused and displaced families.

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Other Options

These area restaurants also sold fried turkeys in 2014. Give them a call for this year’s ordering deadlines, options and prices.

Fatboy Fried Turkeys is the name of Dave and Annabelle Angenend’s fried turkey business. He sells them for $65 each, and they come in two flavors: Jack Daniels Cajun butter or half injected with Shiner Black and the other half with the Jack Daniels Cajun. You can order turkeys, as well as a number of side dishes at or by calling 512-699-5687. The turkeys can be picked up on Thanksgiving Day at 11906 Hornsby St.

Hyde Park Bar & Grill South, 4521 West Gate Blvd., has a limited number of fried Cajun-spiced turkeys available, and they cost $65 each. You can pick them up before Thanksgiving. Order by calling 512-899 2700.

Smokey Mo’s, with half a dozen area locations, is selling smoked turkeys for $41.95 each. Order by by calling the store from which you’d like to pick it up.

All the area Popeye’s will have fried turkeys available the week of Thanksgiving. They cost $39.99 and orders may be placed in person at the store beginning 10/31. All pick ups are before Thanksgiving. No phone orders this year.

Red’s Porch, 3508 S. Lamar Blvd., has smoked turkeys for sale for $60 each, including gravy. Call 512-440-7337.

Hoover’s Cooking, 2002 Manor Road, sells roasted, fried or smoked turkeys for $58.95 each, not to mention all the fixings and desserts. Order online at or by calling 512-479-5006.

Stuffed Cajun Meat Market specializes in turduckens (a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey), which cost $80 to $90 each and come with several different options for stuffing inside. They also sell smoked turkeys without the stuffing. You can order them by calling 512-918-1600 or emailing

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Halloween Carnival Block Party on Wilson 2016

Join Jonica Willingham, family and friends for a Halloween Block Party in the street!

Wear your costume, bring some candy and enjoy lots of games.

When: Saturday, October 29, from Noon until 3:00 PM.

Where: 3001 Fontana Drive – held on Wilson St where it dead ends past the intersection of Wilson, Fontana and Sacramento. This is where the walking shortcut to El Paso is.

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Gillis Park Pool to Open June 20, 2016

We have great news for fans of summer swimming!

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department has revised its swimming pool schedule and Gillis is back in play!


Image: Gillis Park Pool

Gillis Park Pool opens June 20, 2016.

  • Open every day of the week except Wednesday
  • Pool might also be closed on Sundays
  • Hours are 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The pool is open for general recreational swimming, and does not have reserved hours for adults or lap swimming. Gillis Pool’s online schedule has not been updated, but the pool was originally scheduled to close for the season on to August 14. Here are schedules for all Austin pools.

We have been holding our breath, since the City had delayed opening our pool over the last several weeks. Last year, the City considered closing Gillis Park Pool permanently. The City hosted an online survey to gauge the public’s willingness to close down local pools and instead provide several new, large water parks. District 3 Council Member Pio Renteria says that for now, some pools can not be opened due to a shortage of staff in the Austin Parks and Recreation Department.

Image: Lifeguard in Austin, TX

With regard to the staffing shortage:

Hiring Lifeguards

Lifeguards are still being hired! Training continues and more are needed. Pay is $13.03 per hour. Visit to learn about opportunities throughout the city.

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Bouldin Creek Clean-Up 2016

Article Updated With Location Change!

March 30 Update: The link to the volunteer form is now at the bottom of this page!

AKA Clean Sweep 2016

“Each April, Keep Austin Beautiful hosts Clean Sweep, a city-wide service day spanning 130+ sites in 31 zip codes throughout Austin and resulting in over 29 tons of trash removed by 4,000 plus volunteer who contribute 8,700 combined service hours.”

Join Keep Austin Beautiful and your Dawson Neighbors for Clean Sweep – Austin’s annual city-wide service day on April 9th where over 4,000 volunteers join together on an ordinary Saturday morning to make an extraordinary difference.  Dawson neighbors will clean East Bouldin Creek from 9AM-11AM beginning at Alpine Pond (meet on Alpine St.).  Meet your neighbors while having fun and making a noticeable impact. Volunteer and when you sign-up, give us your T-shirt size! For questions contact Site Leader Marisa at

Trash bags and litter-grabbers are provided. Please wear light boots (there will be muddy banks and wet rocks). Wear long-legged pants and long-sleeved shirts with gloves to protect you from poison ivy. Some folks like to wear a small backpack to carry water and energy snacks.

“The network of cleanups is followed by a not-to-be-missed volunteer party featuring free t-shirts, lunch, live music, children’s environmental activities, recycled art, a unique object contest, door prizes, and more!”

After the cleanups, volunteers are invited to a FREE volunteer party, 11AM-1:30PM featuring live music, free lunch (vegetarian food available), door prizes, and performance by Animal Facts Club showcasing the Biodiversity of Texas.

This is a HUGE party for the volunteers held at Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E Segovia Street. You’ll get a ticket at the door, so your ticket number may be called for a door prize throughout the afternoon – stay late! The prizes range from little things to expense-paid vacations!

Sign Up Online

Click “sign up” in the section below for “Bouldin Creek Cleanup”. If that section isn’t appearing in the box, click this link and scroll down to it (it’s not fully in alphabetical order). (more…)

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