1. Covid vaccine
As it has since Austonia.com launched on April 8, 2020, the ongoing need for COVID-related information has dominated our coverage. Our most-read covid story this week is about the use of technology to identify and book vaccine appointments.
Additional COVID coverage this week:
- COVID-19 variants: What you need to know
- Worried about your second vaccine shot? Here's what 10 Austin providers advise
- Texans 50 and older will be eligible for the COVID vaccine starting March 15
- All are racing for a vaccine with data showing younger Austinites receiving more shots than those 65+
- Update: Austin Public Health will now release vaccine appointments on Monday evenings
- Great news, grandparents: CDC says it's okay for vaccinated people to gather mask-free indoors
- PHOTOS: Restaurant, bar workers protest for vaccine accessibility
- 2. Mask mandate
Mask on. Mask off. Mask on. The battle between Texas and Austin over COVID-related policy continued as Gov. Greg Abbott removed COVID restrictions. Shortly after, Mayor Steve Adler announced that some restrictions were back in force via health department orders, which resulted in Attorney General Ken Paxton filing suit against Austin to remove local restrictions. Meantime, most businesses are keeping mask requirements in place.
- UPDATE: Austin's mask mandate stays alive for at least two more weeks as Paxton's lawsuit is postponed
- Three Austonia writers walked into bars with the mask mandate lifted. Here's what they saw.
3. APD officer charged
Officer Christopher Taylor has been charged with murder in the shooting of Michael Ramos, the event that ignited Austin's Black Lives Matters protests and led to budget changes at APD.
4. Austin Energy windfall
Austin Energy announces that it most likely made $54-million during the deep freeze by selling excess power to the ERCOT grid. Power prices, around $50 per megawatt hour pre-storm, spiked to the maximum-allowable $9,000 per megawatt-hour at times during the power shortage. There's considerable uncertainty around AE's ability to collect, so it may make as much as $104-million, or suffer a $16-million loss.
- Gas, nuclear and coal plants power Austin Energy to make $54 million during winter freeze, while 40% of Austin suffered without electricity
5. Former Westlake player killed
Former Westlake High School football standout Jackson Coker died Wednesday morning after rolling his Jeep on Bee Cave Road, returning from an early morning workout. Coker was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead on the scene. Coker's high school coach, Todd Dodge, said Coker was the "heart and soul" of the 2019 state championship team. Coker was attending Columbia University remotely, as a member of its football team.
Austin's first major league professional sports team, Austin FC, announced parts of its early season schedule. The team's first-ever game will be Saturday, April 17, against Los Angeles FC, in LA. The nationally-broadcast match will be on FOX and FOX Deportes. Austin FC's first home match, at Q2 Stadium, will take place Saturday, June 19, against the San Jose Earthquakes.
7. Best chicken sandwiches
As our city starts to buzz and hum again with a hint of its former energy, many of our readers resonated with our survey of the chicken landscape.
From cheap eats to barbecue paradise, and cultural phenomenons to comfort foods, there is no question that Austin is a hub spot to some amazing food places. Yet, despite all the good food, it can be a challenge to find that perfect chicken sandwich. So we did the work for you and found the top 10 fried chicken sandwiches in Austin.
From a take on the southern classic to a plant-based chicken sandwich, Austin has all the spots you need for a perfect bite of crispy, chicken goodness.
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Tumble22 Chicken Joint, 7211 Burnet Road
The Original Chicken Sandwich at Tumble22 (Isabella Lopes)
Sometimes not straying from tradition is the perfect way to execute a classic, and Tumble22's take on a fried chicken sandwich is exactly that. A crispy chicken breast topped with coleslaw, bread-n-butter pickled and duke's mayo on a buttered bun for an ultimate bite of comfort and Southern tradition. The restaurant offers a small and original-sized sandwich and different levels of hotness from a "wimpy" to "stupid hot" scale, so don't miss out on the delicious dish from Tumble22.
Spicy Boys, 1701 E. 6th St.
The Hot Gai at Spicy Boys (Isabella Lopes)
If you haven't yet visited Spicy Boys, you're missing out on a unique blend of spices and flavor profiles that will have you wanting more. The food truck offers three different sandwich options: "The OG" with basil ranch and papaya relish, sweet chili honey, scallion and crispy shallots; "The Hot Gai" with pickles, massaman mayonnaise, Thai basil and Swiss cheese; and the "V Spicy Gai" with spicy ranch, spicy marinated cucumber on a chili toasted bun.
Thai Fresh, 909 W. Mary St.
The Chicken Sandwich at Thai Fresh (Isabella Lopes)
Besides offering deliciously curated Thai food with seasonal and local ingredients, Thai Fresh has a chicken sandwich that will fill your taste buds with unique flavors for a mouthwatering bite. Topped with lime chili mayo and spicy pickles, this runner up for the tastiest chicken sandwich in town is not one that should be overlooked.
Dai Due, 2406 Manor Road
The Chicken Sandwich at Dai Due
Dai Due's fried chicken sandwich is no joke. With crispy, double dredged and fried chicken breast, chile morita mayonnaise and pickled watermelon on a bun toasted in ghee, this chicken sandwich will have you thinking "dang," as you devour the entire thing. Don't let the overwhelming uncertainty of flavors make you think this chicken sandwich isn't a winner, because one bite will not be enough and the delicious crispness of the chicken coincides perfectly with everything else.
Lucy's Fried Chicken, multiple locations
The Chicken Sandwich at Lucy's Fried Chicken (Isabella Lopes)
As we previously stated, there's nothing wrong with tradition if it's perfectly executed. Since Lucy's Fried Chicken is known for its fried chicken, it's no surprise their chicken sandwich, made simply with lettuce, onion, tomato and mayo, is a delicious bite of crispy tradition. If you're wanting to opt for something healthier, try their grilled chicken sandwich. If you're wanting to opt for something unhealthier, yet equally as tasty, add cheese.
Bird Bird Biscuit, 2701 Manor Road
The Queen Beak at Bird Bird Biscuit (Isabella Lopes)
Besides providing Austinites with delicious buttermilk biscuits, Bird Bird Biscuit has a variety of chicken sandwiches that are out of this world in crispiness and flavor. The Queen Beak, with spiced and breaded chicken, cayenne black pepper honey and bacon-infused chipotle mayo on a buttermilk biscuit is a prime example of what the local joint has to offer. The two other fried chicken sandwich options include the "Firebird," with spiced chicken breast, dill mayo, spicy sweet pickles and cilantro and the "Theodore" with spiced chicken breast, bacon, bbq sauce and cheddar cheese.
Fowl Mouth, 8504 S. Congress Ave.
The Fried Chicken sandwich at Fowl Mouth (Isabella Lopes)
Fowl Mouth food truck at The Far Out Lounge and Stage, is in a perfect location to serve flavorsome food, music and chicken sandwich lovers. The new food truck offers a menu of chicken, traditional Southern sides and vegan options for all foodies in town. Fowl Mouth's fried chicken sandwich, with shaved kale, pickled jalapeno aioli and the option to add pickles and tomatoes, is a tasty bite perfect to enjoy at any and all live music performances.
Little Ola's Biscuits (Olamaie), 1610 San Antonio St.
The Fried Chicken Biscuit at Little Ola's Biscuits (Isabella Lopes)
A little sister to Austin's Southern food spot Olamaie, Little Ola's Biscuits features the beloved flaky biscuits in chicken sandwich form to provide you with an ultimate food craze. The traditional fried chicken sandwich, with Texas honey on a flaky biscuit is the perfect amount of sweet, savory and crispy to indulge all your taste buds. Little Ola's Biscuits also offers a spicy fried chicken biscuit, with spicy cayenne chili-garlic oil and benne seeds on a flaky biscuit.
Sundaze, 4304 Clawson Road
The Spicy Boi at Sundaze (Isabella Lopes)
While at first glance the chicken sandwich above looks nothing out of the ordinary, Sundaze provides vegetarians and vegans with a delicious sandwich choice of their own. The plant-based fried chicken sandwiches are a perfect choice for anyone looking for an amazing bite to eat, regardless if you eat chicken or not. Choose between the "Original NFC" with lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion and a side of sauce; the "Spicy Boi," tossed in habanero and drizzled with a curry aioli; the "Buffalo-style sandwich," tossed in buffalo sauce with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion and a side of vegan ranch; or the "Slim Crispy," two thin patties with BBQ, ranch, lettuce and tomato.
Project Pollo, 1401 Rosewood Ave.
The Spicy Project at Project Pollo
Project Pollo is another great location in Austin if you're craving a chicken sandwich but don't eat meat. The menu offers four different crispy plant-based chicken sandwiches: the "Original Project" topped with aioli and dill pickles; the "Deluxe," with bacon, lettuce, tomato and smoked Gouda cheese; the "Spicy Project," with spicy garlic buffalo sauce, ranch and a pickled jalapeno; and the "Pico de Pollo," with credo cashew queso and fresh pico de gallo. Whether you're in need of a traditional tasting chicken sandwich or a more elaborate take on the dish, Project Pollo has you covered.
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