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.
Stiles Switch BBQ has announced the roster of its 12 Days of Smoked Meat, an annual ritual for the North Austin barbecue restaurant. Each day from December 6 through December 18, the restaurant will run a smoked meat special. The specials will also be paired with a local or regional beer. Specials include brisket smoked meatloaf with buttermilk mashed potatoes (12/9), smoked fried chicken with slow smoked corn on the cobb (12/11), and smoked brisket tamales served with Tacodeli chili con queso (12/18). In addition to the specials, Stiles Switch is also accepting online orders for its smoked brisket tamales. More information about both can be found at stilesswitchbbq.com.
Armed services veterans will receive a complimentary entree, side and non-alcoholic beverage at all Pluckers Wing Bar locations on Friday in honor of Veterans Day. (pluckers.com)
Veterans will get the choice of one free “sharable” item, including wings, tempura shrimp, calamari, etc., at Ra Sushi on Friday.
Speaking of Veterans Day …
A few months ago, I was on the rooftop at the cocktail bar Backbeat. It was a hot, humid day, and I joked with my server, Gregory Lammers, about the oppressive heat that felt as if it had reached 120 degrees earlier in the summer. He asked if I had ever felt that kind of heat and then explained to me what it was actually like.
He had served in Afghanistan. An Austin summer was a cakewalk by comparison. He wasn’t saying it to brag, — more as a way to make conversation and commiserate. His history of service surprised me, and I don’t know why, exactly. I guess it was his tattoos and hip, rock vibe, but I didn’t expect that he’d be a veteran. But when I thought about it, it made sense: He was polite, exacting and professional.
The interaction made me acknowledge that service industry workers don’t all fit the same profile and that neither do our military veterans. After a few minutes of thought, the correlation between the two fields actually made good sense, and I thought back to the chef and military veteran with whom I worked at a barbecue restaurant in Washington ages ago.
That afternoon at Backbeat made me want to reach out to other veterans and ask them about their service in both the military and the hospitality industry. It seemed like the best way I could to acknowledge and thank our veterans (including my father, a veteran of the U.S. Army) on Veterans Day.
Apparently Mighty Bird wants you to try their tacos and Favor wants you to know how their service works, because the two Austin-based companies are teaming Tuesday to deliver free breakfast tacos from Mighty Bird on Tuesday. The promotion starts at 9 a.m. tomorrow. Favor users can get two tacos (a bacon, egg and cheese and a bean, egg and cheese) delivered ,and while the tacos are free, users will still be prompted to tip their drivers (I’m guessing in the $3 area). Wondering if you can get in on these? Check out Favor’s delivery zone.
To celebrate the opening of its 100th location (hello, Boston Seaport), NYC-based burger chain Shake Shack is giving away 100 ShackBurgers to its first 100 customers at every Shake Shack location in the world. The giveaway starts at 10:30 a.m. Which means you probably better get in line pretty soon at the South Lamar Boulevard and Domain locations in Austin if you want that free grub. Pro tip: If they’re all out of free burgers by the time you get to the front of the line, try the Chicken Shack, one of the best fried chicken sandwiches in town.