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1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, USA
Since everything seems bigger in Texas, it's no surprise that the Texas State Capitol holds the title for largest state capitol building in the union (360,000 square feet of floor space in the main building!). The building is also quite...
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2131 William Barton Dr, Austin, TX 78746, USA
Texas summers are hot! When the heat hits, the people of Austin flock to the Barton Springs Pool to cool off and chill out. The $8 summer entrance fee (for nonresidents) buys you a whole day of fun. Get your hand stamped for reentry if...
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1415 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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If you're driving or walking down South Congress Ave on an afternoon or evening you'll smell the scent of pizza dough. It is an unmistakable smell and my girlfriend and I are convinced that Home Slice Pizza is actually setup to push the smell out...
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3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703, USA
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There is nothing like a Texas sunset. One of my favorite places to catch the sunset is at the Hula Hut on Lake Austin Blvd, a spot that has a deck that overlooks the lake and the dam. The restaurant provides the perfect vista for the sunset while...
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1950 S IH 35 Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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I think that the Whip In is my favorite place in all of Austin. Anyone who knows me can probably guess this. I am biased, as our house is only a few blocks away (and I often joke that the main reason we bought the house was its proximity to the...
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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...
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1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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There is nothing like chilling on a great patio with friends on a nice afternoon. When the weather is perfect I usually rally the troupes and head to Perla's to lounge under the huge oak trees, play shuffle board, snack on great appetizers, and...
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1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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My boyfriend and I had noticed this place mid-June while in Austin with my family, but the line extended for a block outside the restaurant and we couldn't put my mother through the wait. A few weeks later, back in Austin, the line was even...
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1411 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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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...
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1224 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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After a long night listening to live music, nothing beats brunch at The Snack Bar. The Avocado BLT and a mimosa does the stomach well and their mission to support local, organic, and chef-driven cuisine puts the mind at ease.
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1720 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
This south Austin mural located on the corner of Annie and South 1st Street is a popular location for travel photos as well as engagement photos (or just cheesin' out in general). Why not take your photo in front of the mural the next time you...
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1522 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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When you're hitting the food truck or restaurant scene on South Congress, be sure to head in to Allens (look for the big red boot) to be wowed by the craftsmanship and the selection. The minute you open the entrance door, the smell of leather hits...
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1209 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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A restaurant and specialty grocery store located in the old Hillside Drugstore building beautifully restored using original pharmacy cabinetry. It's hip, it's cozy, it will challenge your taste buds and it's the perfect way to start your evening...
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South Congress, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Austin keeps going and going. And growing and growing. I know all my local friends bemoan the influx of new people, Californication and other bad elements, but really, there is so much cool stuff going on here, it puts most of the rest of the...
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3201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
This Texas Dancehall will have you two stepping the night away, in the the spirit of the musical history that dates back to Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys. There's traditional country music played by true country musicians and autographed photos...
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6550 Comanche Trail, Austin, TX 78732, USA
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Seriously, almost every night, you can enjoy a perfect sunset here. This is one money-maker, an enormous restaurant on a hilltop overlooking Lake Travis, outside Austin. The Oasis. The drinks are cold, and there's lots of room; the drinks are...
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Chihuahua, Mexico
As someone born and raised in Austin, Texas I was shocked that West Texas had so much to offer and that I had not visited sooner. The small, but cowboy chic, Terlingua Ghost Town just outside the National Park made a great place for brunch before...
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Auditorium Shores, Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, Austin, TX 78704, USA
No trip to Austin is complete with a trip to Auditorium Shores along Ladybird Lake to see the memorial statue of Stevie Ray Vaughan (SRV). SRV dropped out of high-school at age 17 and moved to Austin to pursue his musical career. He continues to...
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1500 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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My favorite thing about my neighborhood (besides the Whip In - http://www.afar.com/highlights/a-south-austin-institution) is South Congress Avenue. It is home to my favorite coffee shop and several of my favorite restaurants (South Congress Cafe,...
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2110, Austin, TX 78712, USA
Texas football is an institution. The Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium is a sight to behold even if you're not lucky enough to score tickets to a Longhorn football game! The stadium has a seating capacity that tops that of the Dallas Cowboys...
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200 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
It might be a part of the Colorado River—a man-made reservoir carved out of the river in 1960—but everyone calls the body of water bisecting Austin Lady Bird Lake. On hot summer days, scores of walkers and joggers move...
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S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
If you haven't before seen 1.5 million bats flying out for their nightly feeding at once, now's your chance. The largest urban bat colony in North America, Austin's Congress Avenue Bridge is the home to hundreds of thousands of Mexican free-tail...
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18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619, USA
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One of the best things about Texas is the BBQ and the best ones are an hour or so outside the city. I went to the Salt Lick at Driftwood, about an hour or so outside of Austin. They have the best smoked sausage! Make a day trip out of this and...
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S Congress Ave, Austin, TX, USA
What began as a simple country road leading into the state capital is now Austin's most vibrant shopping district. Packed with small shops, popular restaurants, street musicians, and food trucks, South Congress Avenue is a cool neighborhood to...
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18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619, USA
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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...
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1608 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Slow-smoked Barbecue and award-wining beer, what else could you ask for?! Opened in 2007, Uncle Billy’s Brew and Que is located on Barton Springs Road...just a walk away from Zilker Park and a few minutes from downtown. Whether you’re catching a...
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2918, 407 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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'Purveyors of artisan sausage' is an excellent description of this gourmet dog and beer spot in Austin's Warehouse District (4th and Colorado). The loft ceilings, large vintage murals, friendly neighborhood bar and funky table seating all create a...
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600 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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There's Mariachis on Fridays and an amazing selection of tropical drinks to enhance the experience of being in a truly authentic Mexican restaurant. Now in its 18th year of business in Austin, El Sol y La Luna Restaurant is a local, Latina and...
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626 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703, USA
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Legendary food in a tiny locale. Counter cafe has what you are looking for in a Diner, creative-good-comfort food, interesting people, a great counter. Come with your newspaper or strike a conversation with the waiter. Recognized by Texas Monthly...
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507 Pressler St, Austin, TX 78703, USA
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Hands down, one of the best Happy Hour offerings I have seen in a long time! But visit anytime. Simple makes better; premium Tequilas, fresh and seasonal ingredients and creativity. Don't leave without trying the Guacamole; made to order in front...
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The Austonian, 200 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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American cuisine or Comfort Food? Chef David Bull's creations have been called "sophisticated and complex." In a highrise in downtown Austin, Second is classy and upscale without being too much. Try the Brunch as well! Mi-Mimosa to start the day!!...
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303 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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Moonshine is a comfortable and easygoing restaurant in downtown Austin that serves some of the tastiest American comfort food in Austin. They are known for their "All You Care to Eat" Sunday Brunch starting at 9am, but their Dinner offerings are...
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114 Linden St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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Lustre Pearl had me immediately upon entry, with the neon sign above the fireplace reading 'ici tout est bon' (here, all is good). The space is hugely appealing, especially the exterior with ping pong tables and rocking chairs galore. With bars...
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3508 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Come to Reds Porch for a drink at the balcony, overlooking the beautiful Greenbelt, or for Happy Hour in one of their awesome outdoor areas and soak in the fresh air, or to watch your favorite team and enjoy their Texas Draft beers and tasty...
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915 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703, USA
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Fresa's Chicken al Carbon is an Austin-owned restaurant serving charcoal-grilled, locally raised chickens, freshly prepared tortas, salads, sides, homemade ice creams, aguas frescas, and a selection of beer and wine. The...
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616 W 34th St, Austin, TX 78705, USA
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Let's face it, FoodHeads knows sandwiches. With freshly baked breads, delivered daily from local bakeries and the finest quality deli meats and cheeses how can they not create such masterpieces?! Tucked away on 34th street, this homegrown deli has...
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There is no need to go South of the Border to have an authentic "panaderia" experience, just head to Mi Victoria and let your cravings be satisfied. The staff is super friendly, the portions are generous, and the food is tasty and cheap. Mi...
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10025 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78758, USA
A new quick-service eatery in Austin, TX. Owned by Austinites who felt there weren't enough healthy options in Austin. This is delicious, healthy, organic, local...and FAST. GreenGos is about well-being and making it tasty amazing. Must try:...
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1618 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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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...
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5520 Burnet Rd #100, Austin, TX 78756, USA
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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,...
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1511 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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Spongy cake, perfect icing...creative flavors. These cupcakes are one-of-a-kind treats that won’t just hit the spot, they will turn your sweet tooth up a few notches. Must try: Red Velvet and that Michael Jackson
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4550 Mueller Blvd, Austin, TX 78723, USA
I almost missed my flight from Buenos Aires, Argentina back to Austin for stopping at an Empanada Bakery for my last fix of these amazing treats. Thinking that I would never find them back in Austin, I filled a paper bag with as many as I could...
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400 W 2nd St A, Austin, TX 78701, USA
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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...
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2529 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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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...
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2809 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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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...
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6555 Burnet Rd #400, Austin, TX 78757, USA
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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...
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1807 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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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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Lake Travis, Texas, USA
Let's face it... it get's really hot in the summer in Austin, Texas. And when the temperature rises that means its time to hit the lake! Luckily you are never far from water and swimming options in Austin and one of the largest watering holes the...
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100 Blue Hole Ln, Wimberley, TX 78676, USA
About an hour southwest of Austin is the Village of Wimberley. I would have called it a town, but the three-thousand or so residents that live there prefer that it be called a "village". It is a quaint little town surrounded by nature and is...
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24300 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620, USA
The Hamilton Pool, this beautiful collapsed grotto, is a perfect place to go when needing to chill in some cold water. Linger in the pool and enjoy the clouds gliding across the sky and the cooling sight of water trickling down from the trees...