Last weekend I got to check something off my bucket list…go to Austin, TX! I’ve always loved Texas, live music, and great food, so Austin has been on my list for awhile. My sister is getting married and chose Austin for her bachelorette weekend, which meant I got to experience the city with her in a way I hadn’t imagined for my first trip! I can’t wait to go back and enjoy even more of what this amazing city has to offer!
COFFEE: Alta’s Cafe (74 Trinity Street)
The perfect place to start your morning! Grab a coffee and sit outside overlooking the gorgeous Colorado River. Do not overlook their pastries and breakfast tacos either! Plus, you can’t beat the view overlooking the water.
BREAKFAST: Torchy’s Tacos (locations all over)
A trip to Austin wouldn’t be complete without breakfast tacos and Torchy’s are the BEST in the city! Okay, so I haven’t tried all of the breakfast tacos in town (maybe I should make that a life goal?), but these are pretty darn good! Everything is fresh, and the salsas are to die for!
LUNCH: Perla’s Oyster and Seafood Bar (1400 S Congress Ave.)
After cruising South Congress Ave. you’re going to be need a little pick-me-up. Relax on the beautiful patio and grab a delicious cocktail at Perla’s over lunch. They have an amazing outdoor area perfect to enjoy the warm Austin weather. They are known for seafood and they do it impeccably well, but their burger and hanger steak are pretty tasty!
So, Austin’s food scene is one of my all-time favorites. As a result, I can’t suggest just one place for dinner! A trip to the South is not complete without BBQ and Lamberts (same restaurant family as Perla’s) is an epic spot for BBQ. I would definitely call it upscale BBQ, if that’s possible. But it is still perfectly appropriate to eat with your hands and leave with BBQ sauce all over your face. And let me just say, all BBQ is not created equal. They oak smoke or grill their meats until they are fall-off-the-bone tender. Pair that with their bacon braised collard greens or baked mac and cheese and prepare for your taste buds to thank you.
If you are not up for BBQ, give Austin’s TexMex scene a try at La Condesa. Start with a margarita (duh!), and some ceviche and guacamole. But leave room because their menu is DE-LICIOUS. Do not overlook their tacos, or whole grilled branzino. Further, get some Mexican style street corn for the table. If that isn’t enough, they have a pretty tasty dessert menu to cap off your evening. Just make sure you have a friend with you that can roll you out of the restaurant after eating too much.
I’m already to go back to Austin, so who is with me?