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1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
"The outdoor seating at Perla’s, under a huge oak tree on a corner not too far from the San Jose, is a good spot to people-watch while you enjoy seafood pozole and a drink," shares hotelier Liz Lambert. This appeared in the March/April 2016 issue....
2008 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
"The owner of the Continental Club, Steve Wertheimer, saved this tiny music venue where up-and-comers play," says Lambert. "I saw Leon Bridges perform here before he made it big." This appeared in the March/April 2016 issue.
1522 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
"I got married recently," explains Lambert, "And I bought boots for my wedding reception at Allens Boots, a family-owned business that also sells Wrangler shirts and Stetson hats." This appeared in the March/April 2016 issue.
1602 Fortview Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
"The antique dealers offer everything from Western belt buckles to midcentury furniture. I used to visit so often," says Lambert, "My border collie would come looking for me here." This appeared in the March/April 2016 issue.
1501 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
"This French-Vietnamese cafe turns out amazing pastries and banh mi. It also has Kronenbourg beer on tap; I like to order one while I’m waiting for my pho to go," dishes Lambert. This appeared in the March/April 2016 issue.
1608 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
"I’m a sucker for a well-curated used bookstore," says Lambert. "South Congress Books has a solid collection of books about Texas and signed first editions by authors like Alice Walker." This appeared in the March/April 2016 issue.
1415 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
"This is, hands down, the best pizza in Austin," Lambert discloses. "I like the sandwiches, too—the turkey sub is doused with a tangy vinaigrette and can be topped with cherry peppers. The interior is a small space that’s always buzzing." This...
112 Academy Dr, Austin, TX 78704, USA
A compound-like hideaway on a leafy street a block from trendy South Congress, Hotel Saint Cecilia is a retro-glam love letter to the 1960s and '70s rock music scene, named for the patron saint of music and poetry. But that doesn’t mean that...
1315 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
"Everyone from the late blues musician Stevie Ray Vaughan to the Butthole Surfers has played at the Continental Club. Musicians who do big gigs in Austin like to play small shows here afterward," says Lambert. This appeared in the March/April 2016...
1618 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
The first of Top Chef Winner, Paul Qui's four East Side Kings food trucks, the Liberty Bar location remains the best food of the bunch and possibly the best food in town. Period. Don't be afraid to hop a pedicab and leave the confines of downtown...
1600 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
If you think you know brats and sausages, think again. Wurst-Tex, a bright red food truck in Austin, serves a simple menu of innovative sausages. For inexpensive, no-frills eating, Wurst-Tex sandwiches will satisfy your hunger. Try the Buckwurst...
5604 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78745, USA
This Sengalese food truck, which usually operates out of East Austin at 1102 E. Cesar Chavez, is part of this year's SXBites, SXSW's food truck court on the corner of Rainey & Driskill. And it may just be the best of the bunch. The presentation is...
73 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
With an extensive yet cozy covered patio, this food trailer is a true taste of Mumbai. The Chana Masala arrives at the table steamy, huge and delicious with a complement of fresh Basmati Rice, their Chai tea is the best in town (keep your cup for...
5520 Burnet Rd #100, Austin, TX 78756, USA
Southern comfort food, with Asian spices on a taco—that kind of fusion perfectly represents Austin's mix-and-match personality, and also happens to be damn delicious. Highly recommended: -BBQ Brisket and Crunch Fish tacos -Seared pork belly bites,...
W 3rd St & Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, USA
Simple, fast and delicious. These Kebabs are tasty and huge! Two buddies from Texas go on a snowboarding trip to the Swiss Alps and discover the Doner Kebab...Kebabalicious is here! Must try: beef/lamb kebab: mixed shawarma topped with lettuce,...
4550 Mueller Blvd, Austin, TX 78723, USA
519 N Main St, Taylor, TX 76574, USA
As a Peruvian, I am very proud of the cuisine of Peru...complex, eclectic and very, very delicious. Now thanks to Victor, the chef and owner of Pachamama's, I can get my fix when my Peruvian taste buds require home-cooking. Pachamama's Peruvian...
400 W 2nd St A, Austin, TX 78701, USA
Tacos in Austin are like pizza slices in New York. They’re everywhere. I dined at La Condesa restaurant in buzzing downtown Austin to learn more about quintessential TexMex cuisine. Condesa is known for its hip Latin style and two-story bar...
2529 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Whether you roll out of bed at 6 a.m. or 2 p.m., start your day with Austin’s favorite Tex-Mex invention: the breakfast taco. A hometown institution, the Tamale House (5003 Airport Blvd.) serves eggs and bacon wrapped in a flour tortilla. At Maria...
1411 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
Takoba has two full bars, in the dining room and one in the great patio, in addition to their bar at Cantina El Milamores. All three of the bars boast the largest Mezcal selection in Austin, as well as an extensive selection of Mexican and Latin...
2809 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
This is a dream come true for Executive Chef Michael Rypka. It began with a maxed out business card, a food trailer and a scooter, and now it has became Austin's must go to Taco Joint. These Tacos are creative and delicious, give them a try for...
1722 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
A restaurant with an eclectic Mexican/Brazilian/Asian menu and a Hawaiian north-shore vibe. This down to earth eatery, with a skate shop meets surf shop vibe will serve you the best Fish Tacos on South Congress. Also try their Rice Bowls, served...
3023 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705, USA
A Taqueria that never disappoints, Chango's makes delicious and healthy Tacos at a great price. Eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and bring the kids (if you have any), they will love them too! High quality food with the finest ingredients;...
900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
"Franklin Barbecue in Austin may be the most popular barbecue joint in the world," says Daniel Vaughn, the barbecue editor for Texas Monthly. "It actually made the local news when the line was short due to crazy cold temperatures. They make my...
18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619, USA
I have dreams about the family style BBQ from the Salt Lick, it's that good. Located beneath the oak trees in a sprawling space in Driftwood, Texas, it is the perfect place to gather with friends and family and celebrate all things Texan. On the...
206 W 2nd St, Taylor, TX 76574, USA
"This would be where I eat my last BBQ meal," says Daniel Vaughn, barbecue editor of Texas Monthly. "It's a beautiful old building without heat or A/C, and they're known for giant peppery beef ribs. It's like going to meat mass at a barbecue...
516 Main St, Lexington, TX 78947, USA
At this small-town barbecue joint in Lexington, Texas, 78-year-old pit master Tootsie Tomanetz turns out spectacular ribs, chicken, and, of course, brisket, says Daniel Vaughn, barbecue editor of Texas Monthly. Get there early—Snow's is only open...
6555 Burnet Rd #400, Austin, TX 78757, USA
From a metal trailer to a brick and mortar restaurant, Bryce Gilmore, owner and head chef at Barley Swine, has elevated food truck cuisine to not only compete with the best restaurants in Austin, but garner himself not one but two Beard Award...
801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Uchi takes Japanese cuisine and dials it up a notch. Hama Chili, thinly sliced fresh tuna with chili, soy and grapefruit—who would have thought of such a combination? It's a party in your mouth, truly creative fresh Japanese dining. I'll be going...
1807 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Lenoir is a very small pre-fixed menu establishment. They have four courses: Field, Land, Sea, & Dream and each course has three options. You can pick any three you want so if you want all Field then go for it, and of course you can add...
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