Austin won over this WVU fan!
Austin might be one of my favorite cities in the US. Its full of super cool food trucks, weird bars (you had me at see-saw in a bar), open-air hot spots to party, and tons of dining al fresco options. I went there last year for the first time for my niece’s wedding and fell in love with the city. This weekend my alma mater, West Virginia University is playing University of Texas in Austin and I assume there will be many of my friends looking for places to eat, bars to hop to and a little shopping on the side. To know me, you’ll learn that I am not a “dive bar” kinda girl and I won’t steer you wrong when it comes to consuming calories. So, where would I go in Austin?
When you Wakey Wakey:
Freebirds- Awesome breakfast burrito
Fixe- best biscuits
Perlas on S Congress- brunch
Jo’s coffee for breakfast on 2nd and also S Congress (Grab a couples pic at the famous ‘I Love You So Much’ graffiti sign on South Congress).
Doc’s Bar & Grille on S Congress- all day breakfast & more
Where to Nosh & Booze:
Swift’s Attic- bar menu
Steampunk- opened Nov 2015
Second Bar & Kitchen (near The W)
Bacon (near graffiti park)
Yes, you’re in Texas and if you’re seeking finger lick’n bbq check out:
Lambert’s – 401 W. 2nd Street
Micklethwait (food truck) – 1309 Rosewood Ave.
*If you are thinking of going to Franklin Barbecue, weekend lines are typically 4-5 hour wait times.
Austin is food truck nation. Like, I was kinda shocked how many food trucks permanently reside in the middle of the city.
Here’s a list of the best food trucks to try:
Chi’lantro (Mexican)- 1720 Barton Springs Road
Torchy’s (Mexican) – 1311 S. 1st St
Veracruz All-Natural (Mexican) – 1704 E. Cesar Chavez
Violet Taco/Star bar (Mexican) – 600 W. 6th St.
East Side Kings (Thai/Asian) – 1618 E. 6th St.
Thai Kun/Whisler’s (Thai/Asian) – 1816 E. 6th St.
NoSe@ SoCo hotel for drinks
Container Bar on Rainey St (also lots of other bars here too)
Garage- hard to find but so cool.
Handle Bar- loved 100 times over. Love.
Nook- On dirty 6th (if you must venture to the Bourbon St of Austin. I’ll take a pass)
Seeing out a Speakeasy? Try Vinyl at Tellers
For just a bite of something sweet: Delish Bakery- heavenly sweet treats
S. Congress is full of boutiques & gift shops
Parts & Labor on S. Congress- cute local art and gifts
Kettle & Brine- 808 W. 12th St.
Kendra Scott- Local jewelry designer who has made it to the big leagues (click link in my side bar or here to see her stuff). If your a lucky November baby like me, go in and ask for your 50% off bday discount.
Things to do:
Go for a walk/jog around Lady Bird Lake
Grafitti Park- Its a hike to get there but Bacon is nearby to grab a bite to eat
Enjoy a free guided tour of the Texas State Capitol. Tours run every 30 minutes and meet in the main lobby of the Capitol building.
Austin BCycle offers short-term bike rentals at kiosks throughout the city. (https://austin.bcycle.com/)
Sunday Funday on Rainey Street. Your best bets for watching football are at Bar 96 or Javelina. You can find live music on Rainey Street on Sundays at Bangers Beer Garden
Check out the bats that fly out from underneath the Congress Avenue bridge behind the Radisson at sunset (http://austinot.com/guide-bat-season-in-austin)
Come back for the SXSW Music festival or Formula 1 Grand Prix
KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD!
LET’S GOOOOOO MOUNTAINEERS!!!!