The last time we visited Austin, we spent most of our time in the downtown area. This go around, we explored different parts of town, toured campus, snacked at a ton of restaurants and bakeries, kicked back at the house cooking out and watching movies (one of them being The Secret Life of Walter Mitty which I love and adore), took scenic walks by the river, and basically ate a whole bunch of special-to-Austin food. No, seriously, a lot of food went down, people. But what else are you supposed to do when there is an endless supply of unique restaurants and you just want to try them ALL.
Thanks for the holiday, Austin. You really are a lovely, hipster-crazy, exciting, interesting place. (Just cut down on the traffic, okay?)
Recommendations:The Hope Outdoor Gallery - This huge maze of graffiti-covered concrete spans an entire hill and provides a great view of downtown Austin. You have to work hard to run out of things to look at.
Gourdough's Public House - A restaurant where everything is served on a donut. Donut sandwiches, donut burgers, donut appetizers, donut desserts. Need I say more?
Torchy's Tacos - Tacos are a huge thing in Austin, and I really don't think you could ever run out of options. But Torchy's is one of the best.
Mozart's Coffee House - Located on the river with plenty of outdoor seating, this coffee house serves delicious beverages and offers a beautiful view.
World Market - Not limited to Austin, of course, but always a good idea.