ABOUT THE CITY: A lot of folks come through my old hometown and I wish I could throw everyone in the pick-up and blow their lips off with tasty grub. I wish I could show them where to drink and feel haunted. I do love having the chance to guide folks through this evolving city, but I live in Hollywood now. Some people don’t know that Austin is much more than bbq and music. Below is my list, after much adventuring and hitting lame blowouts and total boner spots, here are my favorite jams from a local’s perspective. Don’t waste your time anywhere else.
Lunch at Sway. Get the brisket curry, the pork bowl, the salt and pepper shrimp, and the oysters. Nap. Explore beers at the Draught House on Medical Parkway. Go get dinner at Dai Due and eat all the meat. Go boot scooting at the Broken Spoke.
See a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse and get the cookie. Go swim at Red Bud Isle and swim across Lady Bird Lake to the secret rope swing. You can also rent paddle boards and paddle for 1.5 miles to get there. Rent at the Paddle ATX. Eat lunch at The Brewer’s Table. Eat The ribs and try the freshest beers. Do an escape room downtown at The Escape Game and play the Prison Break room or The Heist room. Have dinner at Contigo and play “washers.” See a band at Stubb’s. Get a nightcap at Donn’s Depot.
Lunch - Get the oysters at Clarks. Dinner - get the burger at happy hour at Jeffery’s. Night swim from 9pm to 10pm at Barton Springs Pool for free.
WHERE TO STAY: Hotel San José, Hotel Saint Cecilia, and Hotel Heywood.
WHERE TO EAT: See Below