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south side food park at 1311 S 1st St Austin, TX 78704 and also east side food park 2209 E Cesar Chavez Austin, TX 78702. these parks are street vendors but not you typical hot dogs stuff, they serve gourmet foods, exotic foods, and new twist to hot dogs and tacos not the usual stuff.
- Bar Congress200 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX
- Franklin Barbecue900 East 11th Street, Austin, TXrecommended Franklin BarbecueI have lived in Austin for about half my life and in that time I have tried most of the bbq joints in town. While I am definitely not an expert, I can still appreciate good bbq but I have never been a ... read moreperson to go out of my way to get bbq. When I first heard about Franklin's, I was in disbelief that it could be as good as it sounded. I also thought it was ridiculous that people would wait up to 3 hour just for bbq when there are some great, consistent places to go to without any wait at all. However, I finally decided to check it out and during those 2.5 hours I kept asking myself if I thought it would be worth it. After all the anticipation, I finally got to the front of the line where a very enthusiastic and friendly Aaron Franklin asked me if I wanted fatty or lean brisket. The brisket was absolutely beautiful and tasted 100 X better. It was insanely good and the ribs were just as incredible and fell completely off the bone. The bbq was perfect without any sauce, but they have a few sauce choices in case you want some. Since that initial visit, i have taken friends and family from all over the country here with the expectation that it is the best bbq they will ever taste. Even with those high expectations, Franklin's exceeded all of my guest's expectations and they over-delivered on taste and quality. So grab your ipad, a bottle of water or a cooler of beer and get ready to wait in line for some insane bbq.Recommended for:Amit Anandwala
AMAZING! Definitely worth checking out if you like bbq or want to experience bbq. If you have a really busy weekend ahead of you, then you should save this place for another visit when you have more time to enjoy the experience.
- Stubb's Bar-B-Q801 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701recommended Stubb's Bar-B-QOkay so this place can be a little touristy, but it doesnt matter because this place combines some of Austin's best offerings- live music, outdoors and BBQ. I would highly recommend making it to ... read moreSunday Gospel Brunch where you can be entertained while eating some good ole' bbq. It gets really busy so I would recommend getting tickets in advance.Recommended for:recommended Stubb's Bar-B-QTexas barbeque, cold beer and hot live music are all up for grabs down at Stubbs Bar-B-Q in downtown Austin. There's just somethin' so right about chowing down on some melt in your mouth brisket, ... read moresipping on a Shiner Bock and seeing Merle Haggard on the stage in the backyard at Stubbs all at the same time. And their Sunday Gospel Brunch will help ya make it through all those 'Bloody Mary Mornings' during SXSW - full gospel and southern food included, of course.
- La Condesa400 West 2nd Street, Austin, TXrecommended La CondesaI love the food at La Condesa- each bite is filled with immense flavor as are all the house special cocktails. I have been almost a dozen times now and I continue to be impressed with the place. The ... read morerestaurant is extremely beautiful and colorful. I would strongly recommend this place for brunch and for happy hour. You will definitely not be disappointed and very pleased with both the food and service. The owner, Renee Ortiz and the Pastry Chef Lauren have received much deserved regional and national attention. Once you taste the food, you will understand why.Recommended for:Amit Anandwala
This place also has amazing and creative cocktails if you are not able to make it for brunch.
- Jo's Hot Coffee Good Food1300 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704recommended Jo's Hot Coffee Good FoodThis is a great little coffee shop on South Congress that will give you your morning fix before you get ready to shop at one of the many boutique and vintage stores on Congress. The staff is extremely ... read morefriendly and they have a handful of covered picnic tables ideal for a Sunday morning coffee with friends. On sundays, they also have live music!Recommended for:
- ContigoAnchor Lane, Austin, Texasrecommended ContigoContigo is probably one of Austin's best outdoor bars because there is always a great vibe there, plenty of parking and they serve delicious drinks and food. The whole bar is filled with mostly ... read morespotless picnic benches- perfect for groups. They also have the game of washers set up which is a lot of fun as well. While this is a little bit of a destination bar, it is worth a visit.Recommended for:
- Icenhauer's83 Rainey Street, Austin, TX, United Statesrecommended Icenhauer'sIcenhauer's is one of the hippest bar/lounges on Rainey street and helped set the standard of what to expect on Rainey Street. Located in a restored house, this bar serves an excellent Sangria served ... read moreis a giant mason jar and with a potent amount of alcohol and also serves a great variety of beer on tap. The indoor space is a little small, but the outdoor area is great and has a fire pit that they use during the few cold nights. The firepit also has seating all around it which is really useful. I just like the overall vibe of the place and the crowd is older and more sophisticated which is ideal for young professionals.Recommended for:Amit Anandwala
This place is walking distance to Lustre Pearl and Clive Bar- 2 other great Rainey Street bars with outdoor space.
- Antone's213 West 5th Street, Austin, TX, United Statesrecommended Antone'sOne of Austin's most popular live band venues. This place has housed many incredible bands over the years and was one of Austin's first nightclubs. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan, The Fabulous ... read moreThunderbirds, Los Lonely Boys, Ian Moore, and Bob Schneider all got their start here. It's prime location makes it easy to head to other bars after a show.Recommended for:Amit Anandwala
On Saturday July 7th, Suite 709 performs at 9pm. This Austin band has a lot of soul and put a lot of thought and energy into their performances. I will definitely be there to hear them, Check out http://do512.com/event/2012/07/07/suite-709 for more details.
- Uchiko4200 N. Lamar #140, Austin, TXrecommended UchikoI have literally eaten here about 30 times and I have never been disappointed. The food is inventive, thought-provoking, consistent and just delicious. I recently took several family member with ... read morevegetarian and vegan diets and they loved it. My dad is a very critical 60+ year old Indian man and he left Uchiko saying, "In 60 years I have never had food this good, everything was so flavorful.. we should buy a compressor for our kitchen. The staff is unbelievable and they move around the restaurant like a perfectly choreographed dance. They are friendly and knowledgeable and you can tell that they all love their job. What I love about the atmosphere is that is elegant and laid back at the same time. I think they have the best happy hour in town and it is everyday from 5-7pm. Some of my favorite items include the brussel sprouts, Uchi Salad, Yokai Berry, Avofry role, Fried Chicken and the Fried Milk Dessert. Although literally everything on the menu is fantastic, I like to get the daily specials because they are unique and always interesting. Even though I dont really have a sweat tooth, i would tell anyone to save room for dessert here. After eating here, you will know exactly why Paul Qui kicked ass on Top Chef.Amit Anandwala
If you love amazing food, then this is a must hit spot for your trip here. Uchiko has helped put Austin on the international food scene with the number of awards they have won including 2 James Beard Awards for Chef Tyson Cole and Paul Qui and nods from Food and Wine Magazine. The service is amazing there as well.
- Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill303 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701recommended Moonshine Patio Bar & GrillGood food, I would describe it as upscale comfort food. I like that they bring out popcorn at the beginning instead of bread! It is definitely not a light meal, but I haven't yet found a place in ... read moreTexas that has light food...Recommended for:
- Maiko Sushi Lounge311 West 6th Street, Austin, TXrecommended Maiko Sushi LoungeService is impeccable. This roll is called the Texas Monster. Mmmmm!!! Good Happy hour prices for some rolls I might not normally order. Let the waiter order for you. It's the best way to try new ... read morethings and branch out of your comfort zone.Recommended for:Patty Drew
This is much closer than Musashino, and with a great happy hour too.
- Musashino Sushi Dokoro3407 Greystone Dr, Austin, TX 78731recommended Musashino Sushi DokoroMusashino is, in my opinion, the very best sushi in Austin, Texas. I've been there several times. Each time is a great experience with both the Tokyo style sushi (Edomae zushi) and the service. The ... read moreother very popular sushi place in town is Uchi + Uchiko. Fact: Executive chef and sushi master Tyson Cole of Uchi learned from the best, apprenticing for six and a half years under Takehiko Fuse, owner/chef at Musashino, offering more traditional menu items. You won't be disappointed, I guarantee it.Recommended for:Patty Drew
The very best in town. Hands down.
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There is no shortage of what you're looking for in Austin. I'll see if there are any good shows while you're in town. Do you have a free night?
- Lustre Pearl97 Rainey Street, Austin, TX, United Statesrecommended Lustre PearlThis is a definite win when it comes to outdoor bars. Great music, two ping pong tables, hoola-hoops, indoor and outdoor bars, awesome mexican food trailer in the back. Rainey Street, where this bar ... read moreis located, is really turning into a hotspot for nightlife.Recommended for:Patty Drew
This place is cool.
- Tower Health Club & Spa500 East 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701, United Statesrecommended Tower Health Club & SpaAwesome rooftop pool with a great view of the city. Full bar service on the weekends. Gym with a separate room with machines with a cool view of the UT football stadium. Sauna and spa services ... read moreavailable. I have a friend with a membership. It's only $65 a month. $90 for two people. Sounds a lot cheaper than an equivalent gym.Recommended for:Patty Drew
My buddy has a membership, and my boyfriend is about to join as well so we can swim rooftop with an amazing view of downtown! :)
- Easy Tiger709 E 6th St, Austin, Texasrecommended Easy TigerBakery + Beer garden with 30 beers on tap + Ping ping on the water = my favorite place ever. Shady patio with occasional live music. Homemade pretzels are amazing.Recommended for:Patty Drew
Big pretzels and dipping sauces + Beer + outdoor ping pong. Hope I can take you out with friends here too! I'm stealing you whenever you're free.
- The Liberty1618 1/2 East 6th Street, Austin, TX, United Statesrecommended The LibertyIndoor bar, outdoor patio with lots of picnic tables. Good music and pool, plus an amazing food trailer in the backyard. East Side Kings...it's a MUST TRY foodie spot in ATX. Chef Paul Qui is a Top ... read moreChef winner!!! Best street food I have ever had. Check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE0Fbzl-l4cRecommended for:Patty Drew
You've gotta try this while you're here.
- South Congress AvenueSouth Congress Ave and E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704recommended South Congress AvenueI take my mother to Congress Avenue every time she visits. It's the perfect place for a little bit of everything, including but not limited to a unique shopping and dining experience. There are plenty ... read moreof food trailers if you want something quick and easy, plus several great restaurants. Guerro's for your standard tex-mex. I suggest the margarita and the mushroom spinach quesadillas. You can't go wrong with queso either. South Congress Cafe is a must-try! Get the eggs benedict. It comes with crab meat! Homeslice pizza is Mm Mm good too. There are all sorts of tents set up on the weekend with handmade apparel and jewelry, a great place for special gifty items. If you're looking for local gifts, Parts & Labour showcases Texas-based designers only. There's even quaint lodging options. Both the Hotel San Jose is in the heart of it all, and St. Cecilia is just off in a neighborhood near Congress Ave too. I heard Radiohead stayed there when they played Moody Theatre. Lots to do on South Congress. Take your pick or ask me for some more recommendations!Recommended for:Patty Drew
You'll get a little bit of everything on SoCo. Great people watching, amazing food, a little boutique shopping and more. :)
- Torchy's Tacos1311 South 1st Street, Austin, TXrecommended Torchy's TacosBest Tacos I have ever had. Puts Chronic Tacos to shame. All of their tacos are good, even their breakfast tacos. When I think of Austin I think of Torchies!!Recommended for:Johnathon Hewko Feed Me
Connie, you must go to torchie's tacos. Best tacos you will ever eat.
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This probably isn't going to be extremely helpful because I don't recall a lot of specifics, but when I went last year for SXSW, we basically roamed all those streets branching off the convention center, and there are TONS of awesome restaurants and bars there. The area is also easily walkable. One place that still stands out in particular was this awesome hot dog spot. I don't eat meat and they had one of the most delicious veggie sausages I've ever had. We went there two nights in row. I just googled around and am 99% positive it's Frank: http://hotdogscoldbeer.com/
- TRIO at Four Seasons98 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin, TXrecommended TRIO at Four Seasons4.5 stars really. After finding out that Truluck's, Driskill Grill, Gumbo's, and Louie's 106 were all closed for lunch, we finally found a place open for lunch on a Saturday in downtown Austin. ... read moreLocated in Austin's landmark Four Seasons hotel, open since 1988, across from sparkling and serene Town Lake with a gorgeous view, the Cafe presents you with a dramatic interior and a romantic, lovely setting, and in addition to the sun shining in through the patio windows, you'll also have a lovely vantage point from which to view the nightly winged exodus from the Congress Avenue bridge, home of the largest urban bat colony in America, when they're in town, of course. I loved celebrity chef Elmar Prambs' continental-New American food. One of the distinctive touches of the Cafe is its hibiscus tea chilled with ice cubes made of tea instead of plain water, whose distinctive color will grab your eye as you enter. Our bread basket included wonderful sun-dried tomato rolls, whose taste I enjoyed greatly. I decided to forego the appetizers, and for my entree I had the orange-horseradish crusted Scottish salmon, with sweet onion risotto, sauteed asparagus, and citrus butter sauce, $19. It was very good, and I particularly liked the sweet onion risotto. My friend had the eggs Benedict, which he liked. For dessert, I had a half-size key lime pime, topped with an orchid, and surrounded by 3 colored fruit sauces, probably strawberry (pink), raspberry (red), and mango (yellow), $2.50. An excellent creation by talented pastry chef Judy Marts. All in all, a pretty reasonable lunch for $21.50 compared to the $46 or so that dinner will usually cost. The Sunday brunch buffet is a special treat. This classy favorite is one of Austin's finest dining destinations.Recommended for:
- Wink1014 N Lamar Blvd, Ste E, Austin, TX 78703recommended WinkWow. I think this is my first 5-star review, if not, then one of a few. Started my business trip (which turns into a vacation on this Superbowl weekend) to Austin dining here, at arguably the 2nd best ... read morerestaurant in Austin. It's hidden in a strip mall in Old West Austin only a mile from my hotel, the Sheraton (fka Marriott at the Capitol). The dining room is smartly casual, and rather petite, seating perhaps 50, causing the tables to be too close together and so noise becomes an issue. But you won't care after you've eaten at this gourmet gem, with adjoining wine bar (where you'll wind up if you don't have a reservation; Thursday night and it was booked). I had 8:30PM reservations, but decided to give up my table and eat at the bar. Open since 2001, Wink, a French colloquialism for "small meal", features celebrity chefs Stewart Scruggs, formerly of the Four Seasons Hotel New York, and Mark A. Paul, formerly of Charlie Trotter's and Le Cirque. The French-inspired New American eclectic and vegetarian-friendly menu changes daily, while the wine list is weekly, with 50-plus by-the-glass offerings. Decor is about 3.5 stars, but service is impeccable. The bread, white square rolls that are crispy but not too hard, are served warm and taste great. I had the celeriac (aka celery root) bisque with d'anjou pears and leek oil, $8. It had a great flavor, not too strong, not too weak, and the small diced pears were a great addition, their sweetness and succulence a nice contrast. Just exquisite, really. In the past Wink has served the celeriac bisque with apple, but I think the pears are a better choice. For my entree I chose the seared rare tuna with cherub tomatoes (a Monsanto hybrid), hearts of palm (whose redneck name is swamp cabbage), Parma prosciutto, and olive relish, $27. There was some Swiss chard present as well. This dish was amazing. You not only get tuna (2 pieces about 4 inches long, an inch tall and an inch thick), but also prosciutto (and Parma at that), plus a great tasting vegetable accompaniment. Finally, for dessert, I had the roasted cranberry-quince tartlette topped with pecan streusel and surrounded by a maple-cranberry compote, $8. Oh so yummy, this fluted tart was topped with a dollop of whipped cream that had been piped on, sprinkled with nutmeg. Instead of the usual parsimonious drizzle of coulis, the tart was surrounded by a veritable sea of the maple-cranberry compote. Portions are just right, though those with big appetites might consider the plates under-filled, and with my meal totaling $43, some may also consider it overpriced. But the food is terrific and worth it, and you can always fill up on dessert and the bread. For those not on expense account as I am, I also recommend Tiff's suggestion of using http://restaurant.com to buy a coupon. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, it won't take even that much to get me to dine here!Recommended for:
- Enoteca Vespaio1610 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TXrecommended Enoteca VespaioVespaio---Italian for beehive, and thus slang for a place that's really buzzing, as evidenced by the honeycomb design on their business cards, and this place seriously does that and more since opening ... read morein 1998. Having heard that they do not take reservations, my coworker and I arrived at 6:15PM on a Friday. Parking was not too difficult, as there's a parking lot off back, otherwise you may have to find street parking in the South Congress (SoCo) area. But maybe that's if you arrive early, as we did. Since they start seating at 5:30PM, we were told it'd be 45 minutes at least before a table opened up. Yes, they were already full! So we took a table by the wall in the bar area, and what a wonderful bar it is. And the decor is quite nice, an exposed-brick-and-glass fronted by an impressive antipasto case, and in back a seasonal garden filled with the likes of eggplant, tomatoes, chard, green beans, and squash. Here too the bar was already packed. It's also a very romantic setting, but not too dim. It can be noisy, but not uncomfortably so. By the end of our meal, the bar was packed 2 and 3 people deep. And quite a good-looking crowd as well. And what were all these people waiting for? There's a reason Vespaio is the number one restaurant in Austin, and it's the flawlessly prepared sublime and complex Italian cuisine by celebrity chef Ryan Sampson. The bar has a long list of antipasti on the wall, and the regular menu comes with a separate page full of daily specials. There's also an extensive wine list. Service is very good, as well. Our bread came with a cannellini bean dip with garlic and parsley oil, which was amazing. I loved it for not being commonplace butter, and being lactose-intolerant, I was further overjoyed as well. Not to mention that it tasted wonderful. And cannellini beans are known for their buttery taste. With this kind of start, you know the remainder of the meal will not disappoint. For my starter, I had the zuppa, a brandied fish bisque served with basil-wrapped gulf coast shrimp, $8. It was one gulf coast shrimp that came on the side, but it was huge, the size of a roll of quarters curled up into a spiral. I added it to my soup, which was so very yummy. Next I had the potato-crusted ruby snapper over creamed fennel and leeks finished with Tasmanian lump crab meat, $29, another daily special. It must be a Texas thing, to have two kinds of meat in one dish! The potato crust reminded me of hash browns, or shoestring pommes frites, and had a delightful crunchy texture. This dish was very delicious. And portions are large, enough to share. My coworker had the spinach salad and the prosciutto-wrapped gulf coast shrimp with risotto cakes and mustard greens. The risotto cakes, crabcake-like spheres, were a delight to eat. We were both nearly full by now, but managed to fit in dessert. I had the Fuji apple bread pudding, a warm brioche pudding studded with apples and golden raisins topped with Calvados (an apple liqueur) hard sauce and finished with a golden raisin syrup, $7. I enjoyed this dessert very much, the Calvados sauce an excellent pairing with the Fuji apples. My coworker had wanted something to cleanse her palate of the salty prosciutto, and the Meyer lemon sorbet did the job perfectly. You can eat more cheaply at Vespaio, but you'll wind up spending about $44 if you order one of the more expensive entrees, but no matter what you decide, it's all splendid.Recommended for:
- Continental Club1315 S Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704 recommended Continental ClubThe Continental Club is iconic Austin at its finest. It's one of those places where you feel cooler the minute you step in the door and that feeling of coolness ain't from the AC, if you know what I ... read moremean. Since 1950, they've been rocking South Austin and you can feel the presence of greatness when you're there (all 3 Hank Williams have been on the stage here at one point or another) but my persona fav back in the day (we're talking mid 90's) were Sunday nights with local legend Junior Brown on his 'Guit Steel' - like Ernest Tubb and Jimi Hendrix had a baby and called him Jr. Brown. Anyway, check the Austin Chronicle while you're there 'cause they've always got a rowdy mix of road shows and local acts to keep ya'll coming back.
- Barton Springs Pool2201 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78746-5736recommended Barton Springs PoolSpring fed water at a constant 68 F makie this the place to cool ya heels after a night out in the 'World's Capital of Live Music.' The lush setting and adjacent dog park make this a killer place for ... read morepeople watching, catching a few rays and z's.
- Eastside Cafe2113 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722recommended Eastside CafeEastside Cafe is a 1950's home converted to a gourmet cafe serving organically grown veggies (meander through their garden after dinner), free range beef and chicken and fresh fish from the Gulf with ... read morea flair far from the bar fare so popular in this college town. The setting is intimate, the food, delicious and the service, impeccable but not uppity at all. Small wonder my dad never got tired of me taking him here when he'd come up for a visit from Corpus. Oh, and there's an excellent selection of wines from the Texas Hill Country (and foreign varieties too) to complement your meal. Bon appetite!
- Flipnotics Coffeespace1601 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TXrecommended Flipnotics CoffeespaceFlipnotics is, hands down, the best coffee house in Austin. They've got a killer location on Barton Springs Road, a shady back patio, excellent coffee, delicious food and live music almost every night ... read moreof the week. This is essential Austin right here, folks. Don't miss it!
- Shady Grove1624 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704recommended Shady GroveShady Grove is down home cookin' at its finest. Tex-Mex, southern cuisine and all your fav comfort foods are on the menu at this popular Barton Springs Road eatery. The patio boasts a stage and live ... read moremusic on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and the waitstaff holds the record for most instances of ironic facial hair. Oh, and the outside patio under the sprawling shade of some ancient oak trees is just plain idyllic for sipping a Lone Star, the National Beer of Texas.
- Swift's Attic308 Congress Ave, Austin, Texas