Out-of-Town Visitors’ Austin Recommendations: Part 1
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:
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).
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!!
…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.
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.
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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.