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Texas hotelier Liz Lambert recalls how South Congress went from seedy to stylish, and reveals her favorite spots. As told to Jennifer Flowers. This appeared in the March/April 2016 issue.
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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....
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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.
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1522 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
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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1602 Fortview Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
An antique collective with hipster flair, Uncommon Objects lives up to its name, starting with the giant jackalope with light-up eyes perched atop their sign. Inside, you’ll find meticulously arranged displays organized by theme and color,...
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1700 B South Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Feathers Boutique has offered a carefully curated collection of vintage clothing for women since 2005, and now also boasts a collection of artisan jewelry to match. Best of all, they're committed to making fashion accessible (that is, affordable)...
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1501 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Elizabeth street cafe is the charming outpost offering French breakfast bites & creative Vietnamese plates you didn't know you needed in your life. The menu consists of everything from ho and bun bo hue to sticky rice, banh mi, and chocolate...
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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.
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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...
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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 Avenue, 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...
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4515 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78745, 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 Liz Lambert.