So, in addition to attending ACL last weekend, my friend Abby and I were also able to hang out with my cousins (who are locals) and explore Austin a little bit. Minus the insane heat, Austin was a pretty cool place and I can see why people are flocking to live there. Here’s a snapshot of the places we visited…
**Friday lunch at Trudy’s – a tex-mex restaurant that was right near the University of Texas campus. My cousins Laura, Danny and Robert met Abby and I there and we indulged in some mid-day drinks and good food – including pulled pork tacos and their famous stuffed avocado!
**Friday night dinner at HopDoddy’s – a burger bar with craft brews. Abby and I split fries (with queso for her and chipotle ketchup on the side for me) and each got a burger. I went with the Greek and it hit the spot – so good!
**Friday night entertainment at Master Pancake Theater – a movie theater where you can order drinks and food while comedians make fun of an old movie that is playing. The movie we saw was “Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan”and it was definitely entertaining. My cousins mentioned that they have seen Forrest Gump, The Notebook, Twister and some other classics there too. I wish we had one of these in Denver!
**A night out on Rainey St – a street made up of historic homes in downtown Austin that have been remodeled as bars. Our group ended up at Icenhauer’s after the Master Pancake show and we danced to a mix of new and old pop hits all night – cheers 🙂
**A late Sunday brunch at The Park at the Domain – a sports bar & eatery that was recommended because of their amazing brunch buffet. We indulged with some mimosas (prickly pear for Abby and signature orange for me) and because the buffet line was so long we settled on a mahi salad and chicken veracruz instead.
We were pleasantly surprised to find The Park tucked into The Domain outdoor shopping mall, so we browsed around some stores afterward as well!
**A dip in the pool – After both ACLfest days, Abby and I would dip our feet into the pool behind my cousin’s apartment. It felt AMAZING after a super long day of walking around in the heat and was probably one of my favorite parts of the trip. Life gets so crazy, and it was relaxing to just hang out, chat and look at the stars.
**Monday brunch at The Magnolia Cafe – a restaurant on the South Congress Ave that offers brunch all day long – woot! On our last day in Austin we went to eat there as an early celebration of Abby’s birthday (a brunch lover whose shirt reads “Brunch so hard mimosas wanna find me” 🙂 ).
Afterward we walked along South Congress and checked out some of the shops, boutiques, galleries and the iconic “I love you so much” mural (in the photograph at the top of the pg).
**A pitstop at Gourdough’s Doughnut’s – a doughnut food truck (located right off of South Congress) that really emphasizes the “everything is bigger in texas” motto. The menu is pictured above and you can see Abby and I holding our massive doughnuts as well. If you visit, come hungry!
Well Austin, it was real – hope to visit again soon!