— Via 313’s next pizza collaboration is with barbecue trailer LeRoy & Lewis. The resulting pie is topped with brisket, gravy, and cheese. It’s only available at the Craft Pride location of Via on 61 Rainey Street.
— Texas Monthly digs into the impact of all of those bachelorette parties that seem to be flocking to Austin. As caravans of drunk women try to experience what they believe is the true Austin, places like Rainey Street have been transforming from a residential street into the current entertainment district, which led to nearby neighborhoods being turned into Airbnb hubs. The noise and lack of real neighbors caused people to move, including Joe’s Bakery founder Joe Avila’s granddaughter Regina Estrada, who now rents her East 2nd Street house out.
— Also in Texas Monthly, writers shared their favorite bites of 2018, which included Lin Asian’s giant seafood soup dumpling and Joann’s pricey chicken fried steak. The barbecue edition featured the pork ribs from the Brewer’s Table and LeRoy & Lewis’ burger.
— Blue Bell Ice Cream’s next seasonal flavor is the Mardi Gras King Cake, made up of a cinnamon cake-flavored ice cream with candy sprinkles.
— Austin-born Southwestern chain Z’Tejas is catering the Austin Marathon’s VIP area at the finish line of the race on Sunday, February 17.