— Because it’s Girl Scout Cookie time, Hopdoddy Burger Bar is bringing back its milkshake collaboration with the organization. The Thin Mint Shake uses vanilla ice cream, mint white chocolate sauce, and Thin Mint crumbles. That’s topped with whipped cream and even more Thin Mint pieces. The shakes are available starting today, Wednesday, February 7 through Wednesday, February 27 for $6.
Hopdoddy held a competition to select which troop from the Girl Scouts of Central Texas would provide the boxes of Thin Mints this year. Participating troops had to talk about what they would do with the money they raised. Two winners were already selected.
— South First Thai restaurant Sway is now serving cocktails for the first time ever. The Thai-inspired drinks range from the Bangkok 75 with gin, tea, and sparkling wine; to the Lotus Margarita with tequila, tamarind, combier, and lime salt; to the Emperor with chai, whiskey, and Aperol. Proceeds from the Magnolia City With Love (rum, lychee, orange, cherry) will be donated to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
— Texas Monthly named Ramen Tatsu-ya and Kemuri Tatsu-ya’s Tatsu Aikawa and Takuya Matsumoto as one of the state’s biggest innovators, because of the success of the latter restaurant with its masterful Texas and Japanese mashups.
— Texas comfort food restaurant Threadgill’s is renting out the back building of the North Lamar location. It could be anything from an office space to shop to music venue.
— South Lamar wine restaurant Aviary Wine & Kitchen is launching its educational programming this weekend. The Aviary Wine School will feature themed wine tastings. The first, on Sunday, February 11, covers popular wines from the restaurant’s previous menus. Wine bottles featured in the classes will be available for purchase at discounted rates. It runs from 4 to 6 p.m., and tickets for individual classes are $25, whereas the year-long pass is $250.