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    • John Ewalt commented on this trip

      You could try just walking up and down Sixth Street in the downtown area and just go in whatever place looks appealing.

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    • Ruby's BBQ512 West 29th Street, Austin, TX
      Rosemary Tsai recommended Ruby's BBQ
      4
      This is a MUST STOP place for some REAL TEXAN BBQ. I don't eat pork, so the only thing I can here is beef and chicken. My group decided that they only want beef and pork rib, so I was out voted. I was ... read more
      really skeptical about their food because I had a horrible BBQ experience previous night at Green Mesquite BBQ. This one was way better. Their beef brisket was SO TENDER and FLAVORFUL even without the sauce. As for their sides, I didn't care that much for it at all. I thought they were a-ok. I would definitely come eat here if I'm ever in Austin. If you live in CA, however, it's not worth flying all the way to Texas to eat BBQ. Try Phil's BBQ first before you start flying to eat BBQ. I think it's a myth that any BBQ in Texas is better than any other BBQ anywhere else in the country.
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    • Lamberts Downtown Bbq401 West 2nd Street, Austin, TX
      Connie Pistilli recommended Lamberts Downtown Bbq
      4
      Not having BBQ in Texas would be a sin. And while Lamberts is a more upscale spot for BBQ, it's definitely a must visit. Our large group of 15 had a pre-fixe menu put together in advance, so the food ... read more
      just came rolling in. Our meal started off with fried green tomatoes topped with a light crab salad which was fantastic. We also had a big platter of finger lickin' good boar ribs that were served with a spicy buffalo sauce. Next came a platter of delicious brisket and dry-rubbed BBQ chicken, with sides of collard greens and some of the tastiest mac 'n' cheese I've ever had. Dessert is not to be missed either - the chili chocolate pot de creme and peach pie were absolutely heavenly. Austin, you guys know how to grub!
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    • Torchy's Tacos1311 South 1st St., Austin, TX 78704
      Connie Pistilli recommended Torchy's Tacos
      4
      Some of the most inventive and delicious tacos I've ever had can be found in a food trailer park. I tried their special taco, The American with fried chicken, The Republican with italian sausage, ... read more
      Trailer Park with fried chicken and the Green Chile Pork. The pork was definitely the winner even though it was the most typical of all the choices. There's a large covered seating area in the lot so you can enjoy your food without melting in the sun.
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    • Kung Fu Saloon510 Rio Grande Street, Austin, TX
      Connie Pistilli recommended Kung Fu Saloon
      5
      Free play and happy hour all day on Sunday makes this spot one of the best Sunday Funday bars in downtown. You can grab beers for $2 or mimosas for $1 and have a blast playing life sized Connect Four, ... read more
      Jenga, skee ball and a bunch of other fun arcade games.
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    • Paggi House200 Lee Barton Drive, Austin, TX
      Connie Pistilli recommended Paggi House
      5
      Paggi House is the kind of place you want to take that someone special that you want to impress. The ambiance is sexy and conducive to canoodling. The outdoor patio is loungey, the bar area is chic, ... read more
      and the main dining room inside is intimate. But best of all, the food is fantastic, and will make that someone special fall head over heels for you because you treated them to it. Cocktails were yummy - I had the blood orange margarita, and it was better than being on a tropical vacation. The strawberry mojito was fruity paradise in a glass. Food was exceptional. The sea bass was flaky and incredibly tasty. The miso sauce drizzled on top was delicious - I could have doused the whole piece of sea bass into a bowl of it. The truffle risotto and scallops were also amazing. Service was top notch - southern hospitality at its best! If you want to woo someone, woo them at Paggi House. You can't go wrong here.
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    • Lustre Pearl97 Rainey Street, Austin, TX, United States
      Connie Pistilli recommended Lustre Pearl
      5
      Lustre Pearl is a gem of a bar on the hipster Rainey Street. Going for that shack chic look, each room inside has a ton of character with exposed wood and vintage fixtures. Get their speciality ... read more
      strawberry infused moonshine, bring it outside (or chill in the AC rooms inside if it's sweltering out), grab a hula hoop or ping pong paddle for some extra fun. There's also a taco truck parked out back if you're hungry for some small bites.
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    • Icenhauer's83 Rainey Street, Austin, TX, United States
      Connie Pistilli recommended Icenhauer's
      5
      Old bungalow converted into a cool modern bar on Rainey Street. Get The Katy - their version of a Moscow Mule - and kick back in one of their cozy rooms inside or lounge out back. One of the more ... read more
      sleeker looking places on the row.
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      Connie Pistilli

      There are tons of cool spots along Rainey Street.

    • Swift's Attic308 Congress Ave, Austin, Texas
      Connie Pistilli recommended Swift's Attic
      5
      Located upstairs from the famous Elephant Room jazz club, Swift's Attic is a gem of a sexy and moody speakeasy-style bar and restaurant that serves up mouth-watering small bites with a lot of Asian ... read more
      influences. Loved their Foie gras & Niman pork belly bahn minis, oxtail flatbread, fried chicken meatballs and grilled baby octupus. The Reunited cocktail was amazing.
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    • Perla's1400 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704
      Connie Pistilli recommended Perla's
      5
      Their cocktails are super refreshing, especially their daily frozen delight. Come here to cool down with a drink on their patio or enjoy some seafood, brunch or daily changing dinner menu.
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    • Peché208 West 4th Street, Austin, Texas
      Connie Pistilli recommended Peché
      5
      Wonderful speakeasy-esque bar - although you don't need reservations to get in - where the mixologists are whipping up cocktails and dressed post-Prohibition style. Loved my Willett Old Fashioned made ... read more
      by Mark, who was really cool. All day happy hour on Sundays and Mondays.
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    • South Congress Cafe1600 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
      Connie Pistilli recommended South Congress Cafe
      5
      They're known for their eggs benedicts, but I loved my smoked brisket hash! I also really enjoyed their fried grits croutons, which were more like croquettes. Expect a long wait as this is one of the ... read more
      most popular brunch spots on South Congress. You can head down to Perla's for some drinks while you wait as they call your phone when your table is ready.
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    • Easy Tiger709 E 6th St, Austin, Texas
      Connie Pistilli recommended Easy Tiger
      5
      Upstairs, you can pick up freshly baked giant pretzels, pastries and bread. Downstairs, enjoy one of their many beers on tap including local microbrews, take it out to their beer garden and challenge ... read more
      your friends to a game of ping pong.
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    • Holy Cacao, Inc.1311 South First Street, Austin, TX
      Katie Pierce recommended Holy Cacao, Inc.
      5
      Cake shakes... I don't really understand them except for the fact that they blend two of my favorite things together: cake and ice cream. They are seriously deadly and rich... so splitting one among ... read more
      two or three isn't a problem. It can be found in one of the many areas where food trucks gather just a little off of South Congress (Austin seriously has the most food trucks I have ever seen!).
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      Katie Pierce

      And for dessert, Holy Cacao! It's fun, different and comes from a food truck, which is all very Austin!

    • Eastside Cafe2113 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
      Katie Pierce recommended Eastside Cafe
      5
      Homegrown dinner in a cute little house? Yes, please! I had a great meal here and I LOVED that a few of the dishes even came from the garden out back.
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      Katie Pierce

      This spot is great if you like eating local. A good portion the ingredients are from Eastside's own garden!

    • Guero's1412 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX
      Katie Pierce recommended Guero's
      5
      I can't say I have ever had pork, pineapple and cilantro tacos before but now I certainly cannot imagine not having them again. I loved the flair of the place and the neighborhood was by far the ... read more
      quirkiest I've ever seen (in a really good way). I'd say one MUST stop into Guero's and try those pork tacos... or you're missing out on some seriously good food.
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      Katie Pierce

      Highly recommended for yummy tex-mex food!

    • Zilker Park2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78746
      Ramona Flume recommended Zilker Park
      5
      Zilker Park is Austin's all-encompassing recreation hub, offering luscious green acres of prime downtown space for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Whether you're taking your dog to play on a quiet ... read more
      Monday morning or enjoying the citywide blowouts, like the annual Kite Festival or Austin City Limits Music Festival, Zilker is Austin's natural playground.
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    • Rainey StRainey St, Austin, TX 78701
      Ramona Flume recommended Rainey St
      5
      Rainey Street, a formerly rundown part of town near Lady Bird Lake, was recently renovated and has quickly become one of the city's liveliest places to grab cocktails and trailer food in a relaxed ... read more
      environment. It's different from the East Side's hipster dives and it doesn't have the fraternity boy debauchery of Dirty Sixth Street. The unique open-aired patios of hotspots like Lustre Pearl and Clive Bar instead offer the perfect place to just kick up your heels with locals without any sense of pretension.
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      Ramona Flume

      A nice option for a night out

    • Hotel San Jose1316 S Congress, Austin, TX 78704
      Ramona Flume recommended Hotel San Jose
      5
      Hotel San Jose is a quintessential Austin hotel with a soul. The chic modern oasis, located in the heart of the bustling South Congress neighborhood, San Jose offers intimate, artfully designed hotel ... read more
      rooms, as well as a picturesque courtyard that is open to the general public. Fabulous retail and dining options are all just a short walk away.
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      Ramona Flume

      An incredible hotel if you're looking for accommodations and, if not, it's worth it to stop by their patio for happy hour

    • Whole Foods Market - Lamar525 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX
      Traci recommended Whole Foods Market - Lamar
      5
      OK, I know, it's a supermarket. But this place is seriously AMAZING. This is the HQ Whole Foods, and it puts all other Whole Foods to shame! It's like the DIsneyland of While Foods. There is a candy ... read more
      station, a walk-in beer refrigerator, a wine bar, a myriad of hot food stations...you could literally spend hours here. Also, in wintertime they put an ice skating rink up on the roof of the parking lot! Among the things you'll find in here are the walk-in beer fridge, wine bar, bbq station, candy station, the list goes on. It's huge and it's not just a supermarket. If I lived near here, I would probably come in here without shame for happy hour after work. There are always fun events going on here. In December, they put in a skating rink on top of the building!
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      Traci

      This is the Whole Foods mothership...it's at least worth seeing or having lunch or breakfast there!