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Only two short years ago, one could count pizza delivery options in Austin on two hands. The choices were those inedible national chains, or Gatti’s/Austin’s Pizza, and a few others (we still love you Conan’s).

Oh, how the times have changed. With Favor Delivery, pizza is a few clicks away from anywhere that offers take-out. In fact, a large pie from my favorite shop for thin-crust, East Side Pies, was the first Favor order I completed.

I included a few newcomers on the list, so hopefully there are a few places you haven’t tried. Take into consideration that your favorite spot might not be on the list purely because it’s not in the Favor delivery zone. Or it could be that we haven’t tried it! Feel free to hit us up on Facebook with your recommendations.

In no particular order:

9. Bufalina

When it first opened, one could expect to wait hours to get a table. They’ve recently (and quietly) begun to allow takeout orders. Take advantage. It’s the best neapolitan pie in the city.

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8. Spartan Pizza

The trailer-turned-brick and-mortar on East 6th is open until 3am on weekends. Skip that Whataburger line and order from the safety of your own living room.

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7. Lucky’s Puccias & Pizzeria

Known for his puccias (authentic wood fired Italian sandwiches), Lucky recently opened a brick and mortar on West 5th. The pizzas are as crave-able as his signature sandwiches.

6. The Backspace

Parkside’s sister restaurant serves up really great wood-fired pies. Pro-tip: Whatever you order, be sure to “put an egg on it.”

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5. 40 North

This South First Street newcomer has quickly climbed into our top ten. Try the Hot Honey if you’re into eating things that taste good.

4. East Side Pies

As mentioned above, if you’re a fan of thin-crust, look no further. ESP sources local ingredients whenever possible, and that extra level of care is reflected in the quality of their cracker-thin pies. (Why is this pizza on rocks? I don’t know either)

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3. Little Deli & Pizza

This Crestview neighborhood gem gets very little press considering it makes one of the best New York style pies in the city.

2. Homeslice Pizza

Loved by tourists and locals alike, no list would be complete without a nod to Homeslice. They also take the cake (pie?) for the most often Favor-ed pizza joint in Austin.

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1. Via 313

Before you say, “but I don’t like deep-dish pizza,” let me comment that I didn’t either until I tried Via 313. Furthermore, I haven’t met a person who has tried it that hasn’t fallen in love.

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Want to find out if you’re in Favor’s delivery zone? Check out the map.

Travelers and newbies to the Austin food scene often ask for suggestions from locals about the best places to eat in Austin. One of the most delicious and unique places we typically recommend is Chi’lantro. It’s the city’s go-to for Korean BBQ, and a must-try food truck empire, that now offers two brick and mortar locations as well.

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I got my first taste of Chi’lantro the same way a lot of folks here in Austin did… late-night. The truck always seems to be in the right place at the right time when the bars are closing down. Whether you’re after the “as-seen-on-tv” kimchi fries, or the Korean fried chicken wings (known as K-POPS), you’ll undoubtedly walk away satisfied.

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Thankfully, now Chi’lantro is more accessible than ever. With the opening of their second restaurant (5222 Burnet Rd) just a couple of months ago, Austinites now have the luxury of dining indoors with family and friends. The menu varies from the food truck, so even if you’ve paid a visit or two to the trailer in the past, going to the restaurant will give you a taste of something new and equally tasty.

 

Both Chi’lantro brick and mortar restaurants are currently offering several specials:

HAPPY HOUR: Every Monday-Friday from 3-7pm, they’ve got $1 off all beer and cider (draft/bottles/cans), $2 off all wine (glass/can *no bottles).

HITE NIGHT: Every Wednesday from 7-close, you can keep the party going with 50% off 12oz bottles of Hite ($2).

LATE NIGHT: Both restaurants are now open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and 10:30 on weeknights.

Chilantro On Demand: Chi’lantro has made it super easy to have their food delivered straight to your door via Favor, Postmates and Uber. Check out the menu and order directly at: http://www.chilantrobbq.com/chilantro-on-demand/

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A concert of some of Austin’s finest musicians benefitting HAAM and future nonprofit ALL ATX Music Factory at ACL Live, to air on KLRU-TV, Austin PBS. As well as the annual “Austin Music Legend Auction” with all proceeds benefiting HAAM.

Featuring:

Special guest TODD RUNDGREN

THE BLACK ANGELS

SPECIAL GUEST TO BE ANNOUNCED

MAX FROST

DAVID GRISSON AND MIKE CROSS

ISRAEL NASH

PATRICE PIKE

IAN MOORE

GUY FORSYTH

GINA CHAVEZ

BUBBLE PUPPY

BIG CAT (ft. Malford Milligan and Dave Sebree)

WATER AND RUST

And many more!

In 1966, the Austin American-Statesman first coined the term “psychedelic rock” in an article covering the sound waves generated by Austin’s own The 13th Floor Elevators—giving an official name to a style that has since threaded its influence over generations of Austin rockers.

In recognition of their psychedelic roots, ALL ATX is proud to bring together some of this city’s finest musicians, including The Black Angels, Ian Moore and Gina Chavez on stage with special guest Todd Rundgren, in support of our local music scene.

Proceeds from this event, which will be taped by KLRU for national distribution later this fall, will go to HAAM as well as the future nonprofit ALL ATX Music Factory.

ABOUT HAAM
The mission of Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) is to provide access to affordable health care for Austin’s low income, uninsured working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness. https://www.myhaam.org

Doors: 6:00 PM · Show: 7:00 PM

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Get ready for astonishing spills and magnificent thrills, Austin. WIPEOUTRUN is coming for YOU! Crash, smash and splash your way through a 5k course with larger-than-life obstacles inspired by the hit TV show Wipeout! The Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge 5k has partnered with Wipeout, America’s favorite TV game show. Registration is now open in select markets across North America at wipeoutrun.com!

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Produced by Endemol Shine North America, Wipeout is a highly popular show that features 24 contestants attempting the world’s biggest and most painfully funny television obstacle course.

Developed in 2011 by VAVi Sport & Social in San Diego, CA, ROC Race took the world by storm and quickly became the fastest growing obstacle series in the nation, hosting over 150,000 “ROC Stars” in a single year. ROC Race and Wipeout have now teamed up to create the most epic 5k ever produced, where participants will experience iconic obstacles inspired by favorites from the hit TV show.

“ROC was born out of the belief that people not only love watching popular game shows on TV, but they want to participate too! Combining ROC Race and Wipeout has always felt like the perfect fit, said Latane Meade, President of VAVi Sport and Social. “WIPEOUTRUN will continue to keep many of the same fun and challenging obstacles that have made ROC wildly successful, but we will be introducing some key upgrades to give our fans a truly world-class obstacle running experience.”

The newly formed WIPEOUTRUN series has emerged in 2015 to take on 20 cities throughout the U.S and Canada. Take on this crashtastic 5K coming to Travis County Expo Center in Austin on September 26th. This is an untimed event open to anyone 18 & up of any athletic ability!

About VAVi Sport and Social:

Founded in 2002, VAVi Sport and Social is the leading provider of adult sports leagues and large-scale social and running events within the social sports industry. Learn more at govavi.com.

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If you’re looking to stamp your “Official Texan” tour card, attending a stock car race should definitely be on your list.

The KVET 250 revs up this Saturday at Central Texas Speedway, and we’re PUMPED about it. We visited the track last week to race go-karts and in doing so, we got the opportunity to checkout the raceway. They’ve got ample parking, a full bar (that overlooks the pit area), and a track that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Watch the best drivers in the South battle door-to-door, bumper-to-bumper this weekend at Central Texas Speedway. Use promo code RACE365 to get 50% OFF any online race ticket. Kids 12 and under get in FREE! Redeem the code by clicking the button below:

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The Austin Steam Train Association’s Bertram Flyer takes off from the train depot in Cedar Park and takes riders on a 44-mile round trip journey to Bertram, Texas that spans the South San Gabriel River. Once in Bertram, riders can depart the train for a fifteen minute layover to explore the restored historic Bertram Depot that was built in 1912 by the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad.

 

Watching the train roll down the tracks.

The cars, which have all been beautifully restored, include first class seating on the Santa Fe, City of Chicago, Silver Pine, and Eagle Cliff, all constructed around 1950. Excursion rides on Buckeye Trail and Buckeye Lake, also constructed around 1950 are available, as well as standard coach on six P-70’s that were all built in the 1920’s. There are a couple of adult-only cars and a caboose that’s available as a charter only. The cars are all pulled by an Alco diesel engine. First class and excursion cars have heating and air conditioning.

Wherever you are seated on the train, a concession car is easily accessible and includes snacks (pretzels, candy, popcorn) and drinks including water, soda, coffee and Gatorade. We had four kids from ages 10 down to 3 on board during a recent ride. I believe the snack car had to be one of their favorites as we visited that car at least ten times to load up on either snacks or essentials, like a train conductor’s hat for my little one. I was pleasantly surprised to find all items- be it the food, drinks or trinkets to take home- were a price that I didn’t bat an eye at.

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The Austin Steam Train Association has many options including fun themed rides that the entire family will enjoy. The Princess Express, Summertime Limited, Halloween Express, North Pole Flyer and Oatmeal Express are just a few train rides that are geared towards families in the coming months. However, if you choose to leave the kids at home, adults have ride options that include the Wine Flyer and an interactive Murder Mystery adventure. Yes, please!

Seating in the Buckeye Trail Car

 

We loved finding all of the restored details on the car.

The Austin Steam Train Association runs year-round. Please visit austinsteamtrain.org for dates and routes. Fares: Tickets start at $20 for children, $25 for adults.

A very special Super Hero Flyer is coming up on August 1, 2015! We’ll be celebrating the kickoff of the August Summer Fun Checklist on this train ride by offering a limited number of FREE tickets!

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Our Bertram Flyer needs a hero! Can you help? Our 44 mile round trip features an action packed 3 hour ride where your super hero enjoys super food and drinks, and a visit by our very own Super Hero Squad! Costumes are encouraged. We will stop for 15 minutes at our historic Bertram Depot for a tour and photo opportunities! All cars are pulled by our 1960 Alco diesel locomotive. Parties of two may be seated at shared tables. This ride is 3 hours round trip with a 15 minute layover, from 10am to 1 pm.

There are two ways to win:

1. Reserve a seat on Eventbrite below. If all seats are sold out, place your name on the waitlist.

Tickets are limited to four members PER FAMILY. If multiple registrations come in for more than four tickets per family, they will be automatically deleted.

2. Enter our giveaway to win a family four pack of tickets to ride on the Super Hero Express.

Complete the form below by 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 17, 2015. One entry per family. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Prize holds no cash value and cannot be transferred. No purchase necessary to win. The winner will be notified via email and given 24 hours to respond. If no response is received, a new winner will be chosen.

Not able to make the Super Hero Express on August 1st? Take advantage of a 25% discount on the Bertram Flyer with code summerfun25 for any other dates! Tickets must be purchased online.

For further updates on upcoming rides (Thomas is coming, y’all!), be sure to follow Austin Steam Train Association on Facebook and check their website for updates.

These aren’t your typical theme-park go-karts. These cars fly around the track in excess of 60 miles an hour!

Central Texas Speedway is a huge racing complex just south of Austin off I-35, and this weekend, they’re offering 365 Things Austin readers 50% OFF on all go-kart racing packages. Just give them a call at 512-268-1114 and mention the code: GOKART365 to receive the discount.

Feel free to tag us on Instagram in your race gear for a chance to be featured on our page, and have fun out there!

Pricing and info (you must call the number above to book):

http://www.centraltexasspeedway.com/go-karts/go-karts-pricing/

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The 17th season of the Austin Skeeball League gets rolling (pun intended) this Sunday!

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Both Wednesday and Sunday night leagues soon, so grab two friends (teams of three, and an optional alternate) and start thinking about a creative team name. “Flock of Skeegulls” is already taken, I checked…

As always, they’ll have great drink specials and since it’s continued to grow in popularity, this is also an awesome way to meet new people in a fun and relaxed environment.

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They give away some pretty great prizes each night including bottles of booze, concert tickets, oil changes, gift cards, t-shirts and more! And when the season comes to a close, you’ll also be invited to a stellar ‘End of Skeeson’ party.

Here’s an easy signup form, all you need is a team name and email addresses for you and your teammates and they’ll contact you with all the details!

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Or email them directly at: AustinSkeeballLeague@gmail.com

See you on the slopes!

Where:
Lavaca Street Bar
405 Lavaca Street
Austin, Texas 78701

When:  Skeeson 17 starts July 12  (Sunday Leagues) and July 22 (Wednesday Leagues)

For more info: Austin Skeeball League

Welcome to the first edition of the 365 Approved Restaurant Program!

We decided to start with one of our favorite recent openings, Monger’s Market + Kitchen.

Located on East Cesar Chavez, Monger’s specializes in seafood both from the gulf and beyond. They also have exquisite dishes from dry land as well (try the 44 farms chuck steak), and beer and wine offerings that will enhance any menu selection.

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On July 13th, Monger’s will be hosting a craft beer dinner featuring Abita. See the menu below, and purchase tickets by calling the restaurant at 512-215-8972 or by emailing Julie@MongersAustin.com

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Lastly, on Wednesdays, Monger’s celebrates an Afternoon Oyster Social. 1/2 Priced oysters are accompanied by $5 select wines and $1 off all drafts from 2-6pm.

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Location:
2401 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

Hours:
Tue-Sat 11:30am-10:00pm
Sunday Brunch 11:30am-3:30pm

Website:
MongersAustin.com

June’s Summer Fun Checklist was a blast! We hope you and your kids had many new adventures and lots of fun exploring all of the things that make Austin great. In case you missed out on the June Checklist, here’s a refresher:

The I Heart Austin – Summer Fun Checklist for Kids is a free printable that offers over 40 suggestions of activities for kids each month this summer. Many of the activities are free, all are fun and sure to keep your kids motivated to get out and explore some of the highlights that Austin offers families.

Your kids can earn FREE PRIZES when they check off at least four items from their list!

July Prizes include:

Caffe Medici is offering a FREE Chocolate Milk and a Sticker

Kaleidoscope Toys is offering a Grab Bag

Birds Barbershop is offering $10 off Kids Haircuts at their newest location on Hwy. 183

Brilliant Sky Toys and Books is offering a Grab Bag

Painting with a Twist (Cedar Park and Lakeway) are offering kids $5 off a painting session

Rocket Fizz in The Domain is offering Free Candy and a Sticker

HOPE Farmers Market is offering a Free Poster

25% off rides on the Bertram Flyer from Austin Steam Train Association

Free Ice Cream Cones at all Austin area Mcdonald’s

Wow… That’s some motivation to get out and explore Austin! As you’re out on your adventures, snap photos of you and your kids enjoying the checklist items, upload them to Instagram with the hashtag #AustinSummerFun for a chance to win weekly prizes that include:

  • Pollyanna Theatre tickets to see Sarah and the Dinosaur
  • $25 Kaleidoscope Toys gift card
  • Passes to the Austin Zoo
  • Tickets to see ArcAttack at The Long Center
  • Free haircuts from Birds Barbershop
  • Tickets to ride the Austin Steam Train Association’s Bertram Flyer
  • Passes to Bullock Texas State History Museum and the IMAX Theatre
  • ….And more!

Of course, you can keep up with the latest news and giveaway announcements on the Austin Summer Fun website and Facebook page.

If you can’t make it to the event, be sure to print your checklist here:

And be sure to check out the Summer Fun Guide. It’s packed with all the information you’ll need to explore the items on the July Summer Fun Checklist!