That frozen concoction that helps teachers hang on will soon be flowing freely.
If you think kids can’t wait for the last day of school, just imagine how teachers feel. El Arroyo can imagine it. And the Austin-owned Tex-Mex restaurant on West Fifth Street is here for the teacher.
On the last day of school (May 30), the restaurant with the famous sign and its never-ending stream of pithy comments is teaming with 512 Tequila to serve free margaritas to teachers. While there are no specific terms on the special, management says they will be following the laws of safe and legal alcohol service. One also assumes the margaritas won’t stop flowing until after the final bell actually rings. But, who knows?
So, get ready for some sick burns about bad students and some rideshare surge pricing. You’ve earned it, teachers.
Here’s how the contest works: Between now and February 8, competing couples should post a photo on social media with the tag #WhataloveContest for the chance to win Whataburger Date Night for a year. I’m sure the cheesier the better. Thre winners will be selected for the grand prize – 52 dates (104 meals) at Whataburger for the next year. (Winners actually get a gift card for the estimated amount).
So, if you see some people next to you sharing a chocolate shake with two straws and a selfie stick in the coming days, you know what’s up. Heck, you could just grab a stranger to take a photo with you. Who knows, maybe you’ll find true love. Winners will be announced on Valentine’s Day. Complete details at Whataburger.com.
Ten years is a lifetime in the restaurant world. Heck, it might be two lifetimes these days. Austin chef Shawn Cirkiel brought hope and vision to downtown’s East Sixth Street when he opened Parkside 10 years ago. The gaatropub serves solid cocktails and Central Texas bistro food, has developed a ton of kitchen talent that has spread out around town, and made a name for itself with a great happy hour that on Wednesdays includes half-prices oysters and bubbles. As part of its 10th anniversary run of specials, it is serving half-price oysters and bubbles through January 31.
Additionally, Parkside is running daily $10 specials through January 31, with the kitchen highlighting some of the restaurant’s greatest hits. Dishes include fluke with lemon and almond, blond pâté, doughnut holes and more. Parkside will also be surprising guests with $10 gift cards and 10 percent off meals during that stretch.
Parkside (301 E. Sixth St.) opens daily at 5 p.m. and has a great happy hour that includes half-priced oysters and bubbles on Wednesdays.
If you’re driving around this afternoon and evening, you might see lines of wide-eyed folks sprouting up all over town. Just ahead of one of the first cold fronts of the year, Amy’s Ice Creams will do that thing where they annually cause mild pandemonium, giving away a free tiny ice cream with a topping or a small ice cream with a crush’n or topping to guests from 3 to 7 p.m.
Two modern Southern classics are joining forces to raise money for their friends in Houston. Designer Billy Reid of Florence, Alabama is having a warehouse sale at his Austin store at 1122 W. Sixth St. in Austin, with all proceeds going to benefit the Houston restaurant community.
And while folks shop, they’ll be able to dig on fried chicken biscuits from refined Southern restaurant Olamaie, while supplies last. The sale runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
SXSW is over, but that doesn’t mean there are no brands left to give you free things. Chevrolet is celebrating being the area’s biggest seller of cars in 2016 by giving away breakfast tacos tomorrow at the Torchy’s location at 1822 South Congress Ave. The free tacos (they’re giving away #1-#5 on the menu) will be passed out (one per customer) from 7 to 10 a.m., or while supplies last.
A rep from Chevy says last year Chevrolet car and trucks were up 17.5 percent in Austin compared to the previous year and sales of vehicles such as the Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Colorado and Chevrolet Cruze were up 53 percent, 65.9 percent, and 21.8 percent, respectively. Apparently Austinites like Chevrolet cars and trucks almost as much as they like breakfast tacos.
Dai Due executive pastry chef Abby Love is supporting the Women’s March in Austin Saturday in one of the ways she knows best, making awesome pastries. But there’s a clever twist. Love has created a roster of cheeky “lady-themed” pastries for sale, some of which are anatomical and comical in nature. In addition to those undisclosed goodies, Love will also create what she is calling Mama Bear Claws and Burning Bra Chili Cheese Rolls.
The bear claws are croissant dough filled with Texas pecan frangipane ($5) and the bra-shaped offerings are cheddar buns spiked with house-fermented chili paste ($4). Dai Due will be serving the limited offerings from its bakery (2406 Manor Road) starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.
“We are in full support of the march on Saturday and would love nothing more than to fill anyone who is marching full of gluten, sugar, fraternity, and solidarity,” Love said.
Austin-born Hopddody Burger Bar is celebrating its first birthday in Round Rock (2600 Hoppe Trail) by challenging the stomachs and desires of its patrons. The restaurant will serve limited numbers of its Code 7 Burger from January 20-22. The burger, which is a joint with local favorite Round Rock Donuts, will feature an angus beef patty, Tillamook cheddar, applewood smoked bacon and a fried egg sandwiched between a sticky-sweet Round Rock Donut. The burger, which made a brief menu appearance at the restaurant’s opening, will cost $11.
Austin’s answer to that fast-food fried chicken giant expands next weekend. Flyrite Chicken opens at 6539 Burnet Road on January 22. The drive-thru and dine-in restaurant is located on the lot next to Barley Swine, Lick Honest Ice Cream and Bufalina Due.
The grand opening will be marked by special giveaways, including the chance to win breakfast once a week for a year and chicken and a beer once a week for a year. The first giveaway takes place in the morning at the restaurant, with the second to follow. Flyrite, which will be open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, will also have giveaways throughout the day from neighbors like Austin Beerworks, Austin Eastciders, Apothecary Cafe & Wine Bar, Barley Swine, Bonhomie, County Line, El Chilito, Juiceland, Picnik, Tacodeli, VIA 313, and more.
Flyrite, which serves vegetarian-fed chicken raised without antibiotics, opened its first location on East Seventh Street last year.