- Chuy's Restaurant1728 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704recommended Chuy's RestaurantAmazing. Food. Go on Thursday and try the daily special - stuffed avocado!!! Queso is also delish! Kitschy decor and friendly staff make this place a MUST. Bonus - it's located right by the Umlauf ... read moreSculpture Garden - be sure to stop there for a lovely walk around the open garden..Comment.4 months ago. Report
- Frank407 Colorado Street, Austin, TXrecommended FrankAwesome spot for breakfast (and lunch/dinner, I expect!) with a great atmosphere, friendly staff, and AMAZING food. Try the crispy pork belly biscuit and a cold brew..Comment.4 months ago. Report
- Bats Underneath Congress Bridge100 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701-4020recommended Bats Underneath Congress BridgeIf the time is right - this is like a scene from National Geographic with thousands of bats swarming out of the bridge during dusk. http://www.yelp.com/biz/bats-under-the-congress-avenue-bridge-austin ... read more
- Broken Spoke3201 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TXrecommended Broken SpokeThe Broken Spoke, a South Austin icon since 1964, is the best place in town to get Austin's real Lone Star culture. The rustic dancehall (open Tues.- Sat.), now surrounded by South Lamar's modern ... read morehigh-rise condos and mixed-use developments, is the most famous honky-tonk in town, attracting a diverse crowd, from lifelong regulars and silver-haired aficionados to hipsters and tourists. Show up early to enjoy the Spoke’s legendary chicken fried steak and warm up with a dance lesson (Wed-Sat) before the crowds arrive for a lively evening of live country music and good ol' Texas two-stepping.
recommended Yellow Jacket Social ClubCheap drinks. A shady, dog-friendly patio. Tasty bar food, including a killer brunch menu. And local-oriented special events, art shows and live music. The Yellow Jacket Social Club is one of the most ... read morepopular East Austin hangouts for locals and travelers. Even when the casual hotspot gets crowded during brunch (try the picadillo empanadas) or late Saturday nights, the atmosphere is always casual and inviting.
- Juan in A Million2300 Cesar Chavez St E, Austin, TX 78702recommended Juan in A MillionIt's a legend. The famous "Don Juan - El Taco Grande" at East Austin's Juan in a Million has gained national fame (including a few Food Network spotlights) for its savory combination of egg, bacon, ... read morepotato and cheese. All patrons need to decide is how many homemade flour tortillas to request with the behemoth. One heaping "taco" can feed two to three people, but ask for as many--or as little--tortillas as you'd like. The whole dish still totals under $5. The friendly dive joint is open for lunch and dinner, but breakfast is definitely the shining star.
- HOPE Farmers Market414 Waller Street, Austin, TX, United Statesrecommended HOPE Farmers MarketThere's no better place to experience Austin's lively culinary scene at the grassroots level than the HOPE Farmers' Market, held every Sunday (11a.m.-3p.m.) at the corner lot of Comal and East Fifth ... read moreStreets. Browse the ripened goods of local farmers, artists and culinary makers as you enjoy live music, hot coffee and other fresh morsels. There is also a rotating schedule of various health and wellness special events, from free outdoor yoga to gardening and cooking demos.
- Rosewood Collective1223 Rosewood Avenuerecommended Rosewood CollectiveRosewood Collective, an East Austin bungalow of three retail operations, is easily the best new place to shop local designs. Find excellent vintage clothing, locally designed jewelry and accessories ... read more(Olive Vintage) or browse a lovely collection of home and outdoor goods and rotating selection of plants (Sound & True.) And don't forget to stop by Rosewood's third partner, Sister Coffee, a coffee trailer in between Rosewood's parking lot and entrance.
- ContigoAnchor Lane, Austin, Texasrecommended ContigoNew restaurants and bars seem to appear every week in town, but Contigo (modeled after the Contigo Ranch in South Texas) captures the best of Austin's unique design and culinary sensibilities. The ... read moreEast Austin eatery (dinner and brunch) is an open-aired establishment that likes to keep things simple. From the rustic, refined design aesthetic, complete with hardwood picnic tables and leather-backed chairs to the elevated "bar food"-- exquisite small plates, like ox tail sliders, grilled kale and confit chicken wings. The delicious dishes paired with an equally tempting list of local beers and specialty cocktails, make it the perfect place for a date, family gathering or any other kind of friendly gathering.
recommended Halcyon Coffee House Bar & Lounge AHalcyon is a fun spot! Go for coffee during the day and come back for s'mores and alcoholic milkshakes at night. I'm sure Halcyon is popular with the students here, but it does have a hip vibe that ... read morecan lend itself to an older crowd.Katie Pierce
I found this place to be a fun spot for coffee or for a post-dinner treat. I loved the make-your-own s'mores!
recommended 6th StreetIf you want bars and music, 6th Street is the place to go in Austin. It spans a few blocks, so you're sure to find a place you like.Katie Pierce
6th Street is the main drag where the bars are in Austin. It's certainly a fun crowd and it gets very busy at night. I'd say most of the bars here are pretty interchangeable.
- Gueros Taco Bar1412 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704recommended Gueros Taco BarIt's an Austin institution. Good and sometimes creative food. Pork and pineapple tacos you say? Why not! And they taste awesome.Katie Pierce
I loved eating at Guero's. Plus it's located on trendy South Congress, which is a great area to take a look around.
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I love Brent's guide to Austin Beer and Tacos: (definitely two essentials for an out of towner!) http://www.gogobot.com/austin-essentials-beer-and-tacos-brent-wistrom