Hello all, this is my first official article for CSNChicago.com, and what better way than by telling you about places in Austin for those traveling to Texas to watch the Fighting Irish play the Longhorns? While the video segment — check it out above — from JJ Stankevitz and I was more focused on tacos and humor, here are some more places to use as a reference guide for visiting the lovely city in Central Texas.
Whole Foods Flagship, 6th and Lamar: breakfast tacos, and a general odyssey of food with built-in restaurants and fun stuff, along with Austin souvenirs.
South Congress Café: you have not had Migas until you’ve had these.
Juan in a Million: the famous “Don Juan” breakfast taco is the mother of them all. Expect a wait but prepare to be amazed. Order one with extra tortillas. Just trust me.
Matt’s El Rancho: home to the mother of all queso, the “Bob Armstrong Dip.”
La Condesa: it’s one of those cool kid spots. You’ll feel cool.
Fonda San Miguel: a favorite amongst Austinites for its more authentic fare. Excellent brunch as well.
Torchy’s Tacos: their creative tacos leave you wanting unlimited space for a variety of tacos, from breakfast to dinner. Their queso is also excellent.
Lambert’s: a more formal setting in downtown Austin.
Rudy’s: the opposite of Lambert's, informal fast barbecue served on butcher paper.
Franklin Barbecue: be prepared to get in line as early as 6 a.m. for this popular restaurant, which sells out fast.
The Salt Lick: it needs no introduction but it’s amazing. The original location is about 45 minutes west of Austin, and there’s one in Round Rock too, near the Dell Diamond.
Sophia: located in the former Bess Bistro spot on West 6th street, this new and inventive Italian restaurant is run by the BDG group from Chicago and features the executive chef of Prosecco in Chicago heading up cuisine.
Galaxy Café/Zocalo: a pair of quick and tasty restaurants just west of downtown Austin.
Whataburger: it’s not in Chicago. The burgers are great. Breakfast starts at 11 p.m. Look into the taquitos.
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Sixth Street, just east of downtown, west of I-35: home to many college bars. It’s what people think of when they think of 6th street in Austin. The natives call it “Dirty Sixth.”
West Sixth Street: this is considered the more “mature” side of 6th street. Lots of bars as well, just a little older on average than “Dirty Sixth.”
East Sixth Street: the cool kids go there. I’d say “hipster” but that’s not doing it justice. It’s a growing district with great restaurants as well.
South Congress: home to the aforementioned South Congress Café. It also features Allen’s Boots — mentioned in video — along with a variety of shops and restaurants and a very scenic stroll with the Capital Building in the distance. The Congress Avenue Bridge is home to many bats, which you can see emerge at sunset to go eat mosquitos. Hopefully lots of mosquitos.
Barton Springs: a natural swimming hole in the middle of town, this spring-fed pool is an oasis.
Zilker Park: not the only oasis in downtown Austin! Zilker Park is home to countless events and people wanting some daily recreation.
Lady Bird Lake Trail: the trail around the “lake” in downtown Austin is a favorite for runners, walkers and bikers alike.
Rainey Street: a growing spot just east of downtown which is home to a variety of bars and restaurants.
The Dell Diamond: home to the Round Rock Express, the enjoyable minor league park hosts the Texas Rangers’ Triple-A club and is a good place for Cubs fans to get their revenge for Longhorns singing “Texas Fight” at Wrigley last year.
These are just a few of my recommendations in Austin. Enjoy and have a great time.