I recently escaped the cold of the New York winter and headed down south to the great state of Texas. Having heard so much about Austin, I was excited to see it for myself and experience the culture and indulge in the food. Below are highlights, insights, and tips I learned from the four days I was there.
- What do you love most about this city?
- When I first landed in Texas, I immediately loved the weather. Coming from a never-ending New York winter, I was thrilled to be in 65-degree heat (yes, that was hot to me). It also didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the food that Austin has to offer. With endless amounts of tacos and barbeque, it’s safe to say I was in heaven.
- Where would you take a first-timer in this city?
- Being a first-timer myself, I relied on my local friends to show me around the city. We started off with a bike ride along the river which had great views of the downtown area. After riding bikes, margaritas were needed. We headed to happy hour at a great rooftop spot called El Alma. From the Avocadorita to the Mangorita, there was a different margarita for everyone in the group to enjoy.
- What is one thing that a first-timer must do in this city?
- EAT THE BARBEQUE. We ventured outside of the city slightly to find the best authentic Texas barbeque money can buy. I was in a larger group, so we order unlimited brisket, baked beans, and coleslaw.
- What is your favorite dish from here, and where might we find it?
- Although Texas is famous for its barbeque, I would have to say my favorite dish in Austin was the tacos.
- Tell us about the locals.
- Yes, there are a few cowboys, but overall the city is full of young professionals. As more of an up-and-coming spot, I wasn’t surprised to see a younger crowd.
- What is the best thing you can do here for free?
- A fun free thing to do is walk down Congress Avenue and get the classic Instagram shot with the “I Love You So Much” mural. It’s located on the side wall of Joe’s Coffee, which is not free but is a great spot to get your caffeine fix!
- Tell us about your favorite memory of this city.
- Brunch is a must in any city I visit, and Austin was no different. With a big day ahead of us, we stopped for brunch at Irene’s, which is famous for their biscuits. They did not disappoint. After brunch we made our way to Rainey Street, which is full of fun and unique bars.
- Name something in this city that you wish you had at home.
- The tacos. As great as the food is in New York, the tacos in Austin are amazing and can be found everywhere. Torchy’s Taco serves unique and delicious options, and locations are all over the city.
- What are five words that describe this city?
- Fun, Laid-Back, Young, Hip, BBQ
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Just Back From: Austin, TX