Texas that is, black gold, Texas tea. A city that Old Jed the millionaire would most certainly never leave for Beverly…Hills that is. Austin has its own swimming pools and movie stars and a heapin’ helpin’ of their very own and self proclaimed “weird” hospitality!
For any of you that happen to find yourself in or near Austin for any reason, take advantage of the eccentricity that Austin residents manage to maintain despite the rapid development their city is undergoing!
After a long weekend in Austin (which was not nearly enough time to take in everything the city has to offer) I have to say… I am SMITTEN! If only the ocean wasn’t 3 + hours away I might even consider moving. Well, enough about me… here are a few recommendations from my time in Austin.
Austin Motel– 1220 S. Congress Ave., Austin, Texas 78704 • 512.441.1157
The Austin Motel is a place where you can slow down and relax. Family owned and operated since 1938, the friendly staff invites you to share 41 unique affordable rooms and a cool 50’s style pool. Located on South Congress Ave., the Austin Motel is the perfect location for shopping, dining, clubbing, bat watching and generally enjoying what Austin has to offer.
Hotel San Jose– 1316 South Congress Avenue Austin, Texas 78704
Concrete floors and minimalist interiors afford impeccable cleanliness and a sense of calm. Handmade furniture, custom sheets and kimono bathrobes complement the location. Their rooms and amenities are designed to set a backdrop for a life of adventure and inspiration, without the clutter of everyday existence.
Odd Duck- 1201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
The trailer that brought Chef Bryce Gilmore to the forefront, known for making farm fresh cuisine accessible to the masses, is now open on a grander scale. In December of 2014 Gilmore and partners, Sam Hellman-Mass, Jason James, Mark Buley and Dylan Gilmore created a 110-seat restaurant with an outdoor patio that overlooks the corner of Gibson and South Lamar with views of downtown Austin. Menu offerings feature local, seasonal fare prepared on the restaurant’s wood fired grill and oven. Odd Duck offers an approachable, yet finely curated wine and beer list and a full bar. Everything is amazing…but be sure to try the ham & cheese stuffed pretzels with homemade béchamel, the grilled bacon with corn pudding, chantrelles and mustard greens, and the goat confit with red chili, gordita, goat cheese, and popcorn. For dessert you can’t miss with either the coconut rice pudding which comes topped with shaved ice or the apple cake donut served with mesquite bean ice cream. If you’re thirsty the draft apple cider Moscow mule is to die for!!!! Made with house ginger beer, apple cider, citrus, and vodka, this cocktail is both thirst quenching and delightful!
Blue Ox BBQ and The Buzzmill– 1505 Town Creek Dr. Austin, TX 78741
The blue ox bbq is a food truck located in the backyard of the Buzzmill coffee shop and bar. With fresh meat coming off the pit at 11am and 7pm, this mouthwatering food trailer is well worth a visit! Sold by the pound, their brisket is sure to melt in your mouth! Thirsty? Grab a craft beer, locally roasted coffee or homemade infused liquor inside the fort or on the patio at the Buzzmill. Open 24 hours this full service bar and coffee shop is located on East Riverside.
Home Slice Pizza– 1415 South Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78704
Home Slice Pizza is an independent neighborhood pizza joint serving authentic NY-style pizza—by the pie or by the slice. Their homemade, hand tossed, bona fide pies are simply delicious.
Franklin BBQ- 900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702
Aaron Franklin and his wife Stacy debuted Franklin BBQ in late 2009 on an East Austin parking lot. What started from the walk-up window of a travel trailer turned brisket stand, quickly morphed into a bustling brick and mortar location. Everything here is great! A word of advice they open at 11am, but be there by 9am or you will find a line around the block.
I would be remiss if I didn’t say that there are hundreds of fabulous restaurants in Austin. For the sake of time I can’t mention them all…but it’s safe to say that whatever type of food you fancy, Austin will not disappoint! From food trailers to fine dining, Austin is a foodies fantasy factory!
Stag Provisions for Men– 1423 S. Congress Ave. in Austin, TX
This is one of the best men’s stores I have ever had the pleasure of visiting! With clothing, accessories, vintage, gifts, and apothecary, Stag truly is a modern day general store for every man. The unpretentious yet carefully curated atmosphere is inviting, inspiring, and superbly executed! With a mantra like…”If we love it, we stock it, and if we don’t, you’ll never find it here,” this shop is both fresh and compelling.
Uncommon Objects– 1512 South Congress Ave. Austin,Texas 78704
Established in 1991 as a small antique collective, Uncommon Objects has matured over the years into the one-of-a-kind emporium full of expertly curated antiques. Twenty-four sellers have been assembled under one roof to bring you a genuine and sometimes quirky slice of American culture and history. Uncommon Objects has been described as “your eccentric uncle’s attic on steroids.” Many of the items are grouped by color or theme making this a visually appealing walk through time!
Mockingbird Domestics– 2151 South Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Mockingbird Domestics carries fine-crafted, modern-classic styled elements for you and your home. With a wonderful collection of locally made home accessories, furniture, gifts, lighting, tabletop, and textiles you are sure to find something inspiringly unique when you visit their shop.
Feathers Boutique– 1700 B South Congress Austin, TX 78704
Since opening their doors in October of 2005, Feathers has quickly become a favorite stop among fashionistas from around the globe. Specializing in hand-selected vintage clothing for women, Feathers has expanded its collection to include an array of artisan jewelry as well as vintage home decor and gifts.
The Gypsy Wagon – 1204 S. Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78704
With locations in Colorado, Dallas, and Austin, The Gypsy Wagon is anything but a chain store. They strive to carry gifts and home items that are handmade, that are produced with recycled or sustainable materials, and that are made by people and companies who care. At The Gypsy Wagon they have amassed a group of featured artists that they admire and have grown to adore.