Our early Thursday lunch at Franklin Barbecue was a veritable meat orgy, so we actually avoided eating for most of the rest of the day, aside from Whole Foods smoothies. Eventually, at some point around normal dinner time, I downed a bag of popcorn and some hot chocolate from the hotel coffee shop, followed by a gin and tonic with a friend of a friend at the hotel bar thanks to the magic of Twitter, but by midnight, we were starving.
The previous day, Mike had told us about an amazing Detroit-style pizza trailer, Via 313, that we seriously considered visiting after our dinners at Uchi and East Side King, but we had obviously had no room at that point. Thursday night, though, was the perfect opportunity. Alex and I walked over; it was only about ten minutes away, but the walk was chilly and fairly sketchy. Totally worth it though.
Detroit-style pizza is a square pan pizza, similar to Sicilian, but definitely better than any Sicilian I've had. Via 313 prepares it as a four-slice rectangle, so that every piece is a corner. There's a little cheese overlapping onto the crust, making it especially crispy. The crust itself is fairly thick but not at all dense; it's actually rather airy. The pepperoni was under the sauce to prevent charring.
This cell phone photo doesn't do it justice, but after lugging the real camera around for three days and many miles, I ditched it for this outing.
I was freezing and exhausted, but I would make the trek again under the same conditions and worse. In fact, I'm sure I'll be craving this every night for the remainder of the trip. Friends coming into town in the next few days, wanna go? (Note to friends with sensitive diets: dairy-free and gluten-free pies are also available.)
Other posts in the Fork it over, Austin! series:
Part 1: Whip In
Part 2: Foreign & Domestic
Part 3: Caffe Medici
Part 4: Walking Along SoCo and Lunching at Chi'Lantro
Part 5: The Capitol, UT Austin, and Lunching (Again) at Torchy's Tacos
Part 6: Museum of the Weird
Part 7: Uchi
Part 8: East Side King at The Grackle
Part 9: Franklin Barbecue
Part 10: Flagship Whole Foods and My First Green Smoothie
Part 12: Kebabalicious
Part 13: My Robotic Kitchen Planned This Dinner Party
Part 14: Papi Tino's
Part 15: Annie's Cafe & Bar
Part 16: The Peached Tortilla
Part 17: Cupcake Quest: Hey Cupcake!
Part 18: Arancini
Part 19: The DeLorean, Boxing Robots, and Roller Derby Pillow Fights
Part 20: Second Bar + Kitchen
Part 21: Tia Kelly's Navajo Tacos
Part 22: Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Part 23: Gourdough's
Part 24: The Ice Cream Social
Part 25: Walking to Barton Springs
Part 26: Izzos Tacos
I'm also posting daily recaps on the Tasted Menu blog, FOOD=LOVE:
Day 1: A First Taste of Austin
Day 2: Tons of Tacos, Sushi at Uchi, and a Late Night Trip to East Side King
Day 3: Early Morning Barbecue and Late Night Pizza
Day 4: Globetrotting: Kebabs, Enchiladas, Pommes Frites
Day 5-6: Meeting and Eating