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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
"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.
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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.
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1700 B South Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
"Each of the vintage finds at Feathers feels special. And because I’m a Virgo, I really love how everything is organized by color," Lambert discloses. This appeared in the March/April 2016 issue.
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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.
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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, 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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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...