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Out-of-Town Visitors’ Austin Recommendations: Part 1

12 November 2012 2,109 views 7 Comments

The vast majority of our wedding guests were from out of town, and I asked them what their most–and least favorite Austin experiences were. We did offer them a list of some of our favorite spots to give them a head start on their research. Here is part one of their recommendations after getting a taste of Austin:

Steven Weise:

Here's a pic from our run along the river. Beautiful.

Here's a pic from our run along the river. Beautiful.

Food wise, great BBQ brisket taco at Stubb’s.
Disappointed with Casino [El Camino] – one hour wait for a burger when the place was empty (we left).

Minna Golden:

Here is a photo of our wedding weekend crew atop Mt. Bonnell. It was a lot of steps upward but well worth the climb.

Photo Credit - Minna Golden

Zed's childhood friend John-o (arms crossed) took us on a wonderful tour and this was our first stop.

We next went to South Congress – when I walked into Allen’s Boots, those walls of sparkling boots just called my name. I tried on a million pair until I found MY pair. And my saleswoman was a delight!! A fabulous shopping experience!!

Minna's boots

Minna's boots

…and then on to the best Italian restaurant only a block away [Vespaio or Enoteca Vespaio]. I had a glass of chianti and perhaps the best chianti and beyond words cannoli ever!!!! It was freshly prepared dough filled with divine sweet ricotta and chopped pistachios on the overflow at each end–superb!! Better than in sicily!!

We brunched at the Four Seasons and indulged in the bloody mary bar–it was out of this world–the hot sauces, house made bloody mary, all of the condiments and even bacon instead of celery.

Marilyn Blattel:

Here are our (probably age-related) reactions:

  • Loved the half hour tour of the State House [Capitol]
  • Ditto going to the Texas State History Museum — it happened to have a super exhibit on Texas music.
  • A trip to San Antonio for the Alamo and Riverwalk was worthwhile.
  • Barton Springs a must see
  • We had a nice Tex/Mex meal at the Cantina Laredo, a fairly new place in the warehouse area. Attractive surroundings and nicely prepared shrimp fajitas and a salad (for me) with shrimp, mango, goat cheese.

Alex Matthews:

We had some delicious meals — JMueller, Gourdough’s, a Dock & Roll lobster roll, Torchy’s, and Amy’s Ice Creams — we totally pigged out!

Out of all of those, JMueller BBQ and Torchy’s Tacos were the most best.

JMueller BBQ (now called La Barbecue)

JMueller BBQ (now called La Barbecue)

At JMueller, I loved the camaraderie of standing in line with everyone while the head chef passed out beers and people just hung out, talked, and debated whether they were going to get the short ribs or the pork shoulder and then you could hear a collective sigh when one of the menu items got crossed out due to high demand.

Torchy’s was just damn good food. Chris is still dreaming of their queso and their fried chicken taco was delish.

Stay tuned for part two and three of Austin recommendations from our out-of-town wedding guests!

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  • http://twitter.com/mikegalante Mike Galante

    Great idea to share this priceless info Jodi! I'll be referring back to this (and #2 & #3) when we have guests in town. Thanks and congrats again to you and Adam!

  • http://twitter.com/mikegalante Mike Galante

    Great idea to share this priceless info Jodi! I'll be referring back to this (and #2 & #3) when we have guests in town. Thanks and congrats again to you and Adam!

  • jodibart

    So glad it's helpful to others as well, Mike!

  • http://twitter.com/mikegalante Mike Galante

    Great idea to share this priceless info Jodi! I'll be referring back to this (and #2 & #3) when we have guests in town. Thanks and congrats again to you and Adam!

  • jodibart

    So glad it's helpful to others as well, Mike!

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