Yesterday, I recapped the wedding portion of my wedding weekend in Austin, TX….today we are talking food and drink! Austin is an awesome destination for foodies and I am thrilled to share my recommendations with y’all. We made the most of our 48 hours eating and drinking around the city!
Thursday night I met up with Sara and her mom quick for dinner at 24 Diner after a long afternoon of traveling. 24 is more of an upscale dinner…their menu has a lot of interesting selections! My first task though was finding a beer, because I was definitely in need of one. I decided on the local Austin Brewhouse Pearl-Snap.
For dinner I had the pulled chicken and goat cheese sandwich, the sandwich came with a side, which was mac & cheese. The meal was good, however it was expensive! $15 for a sandwich is a little pricey in my opinion…and any extra sides were $4 extra! Makes it hard for those on a budget who want to sample!
Friday before the wedding my mom and I ventured to South Congress St. near the capitol to do some poking around the shops. Obviously, shopping makes us hungry and we had lots of options!
We ended up getting lunch at Homeslice Pizza, a hilarious and eccentric pizza shop on South Congress. We had about a 15 minute wait. You can order many types of unique pizzas here, but we just ordered a couple of slices from the pizza of the day. The slices were HUGE and a good deal!
There are food trucks EVERYWHERE in Austin. We of course, found the dessert one! haha My favorite thing about Hey Cupcake is that they will top off your cupcake with HOMEMADE whip cream. It was amazing. I don’t like canned, commercial whipped cream but I love the homemade stuff!!!
Amy’s Ice Cream
Because I am a bottomless pit and am obsessed with ice cream, I couldn’t not try Amy’s while we were heading back to our car. Many of my friends have raved about their ice cream. I appreciated that they had a dark chocolate flavor and nutter butter mix-ins. Was a great choice!
The wedding reception was over by 3:30, so after we had napped, we headed out to discover some good grub and nightlife in Austin! Our first stop was Torchy’s Tacos, which was recommended to me by several people on my airplane from Dallas to Austin, including the good looking guy sitting next to me in my row…so I decidedwe needed to act on the recommendation!
There are many taco options at Torchy’s and you can mix and match. I got the chicken fajita (your basic chicken taco with veggies) and the brushfire taco, which was a jamacian jerk chicken taco with pineapple and jalepenos. Obvi, I said no thanks to the jalepenos. Those tacos were awesome. I loved the flavors of the brushfire and would have ordered 3 more if I had room! My friends had the brisket tacos and salmon tacos and also approved! We all loved the combo of flavors in our tacos from not only the meat and veggies, but also the various sauces.
But the best part of Torchy’s, in my opinion, is their dessert options. One in particular– The Nookies. Nookies = fried chocolate chip cookie dough bites. OMG. OMG. OMG.
Heavenly is the only way I can explain it.
Rainey St. is literally one of the coolest concepts I have ever heard of. It is this street close to downtown Austin that is full of houses that were converted into microbreweries and bars. Tons of outdoor seating and fun decorations. We ventured down here after dinner and I never wanted to leave!
1st stop on Rainey St. was Craft Pride. A few of us in our group are big craft beer lovers, so this was a no brainer. Craft pride had at least 30 beers on tap and something for everyone.
My friend Jeremy, (husband to one of the fellow fab-fivers) is a craft-beer pro and recommended a barrel-aged stout, which is smoother than a typical stout. I’m not a huge fan of stout beer, but after tasting his, that was my selection!
We spent an hour or so sampling each others beers and catching up, before heading up the street for more shenanigans.
We next stumbled upon Lucille, which looked trendier than some of the other bars (this was not a brewery), but still looked like it had character (if that makes sense).
Lucille had some fun (and a little pricier) mixed drinks and a huge outdoor seating area…complete with hammocks! We took advantage of both to catch up more. The music selection at Lucille was also right up my alley (Robyn, Foster The People, etc.,).
Our last stop of the night on Rainey St. was Bungalow, where we met up with the bride and groom, Sara and Miguel, and some of the rest of the bridal party and their Austin friends. The inside was very loud, but they had a lot of outdoor seating which was lovely and easy for us to keep talking! I thought this was a cool, unique advntage of having a brunch wedding that ended in the afternoon, so that way Sara and Miguel could spend more time with their families for dinner and their friends for the evening!
The drinks were pretty standard at Bungalow– a few beers on tap and your average mixed drinks. My whiskey ginger was good, however, when I got home I noticed that whoever ran my credit card at Bungalow entered $10 for the tip line for the one drink I bought, instead of the small amount I tipped because the total was $16.50!!! NOT HAPPY. However, in the grand scheme of things, not a huge deal.
Our last stop before the airport was none other than the only In-N-Out burger I have ever seen away from the west coast! Such a good surprise! My parents and fellow fab-fiver, Dani, had never been there, so it was a must-stop for lunch.
Burger was animal-style, always. Hopefully they are now believers!
In the end, Austin was a nice breath of fresh air and reminder of the food culture I am used to in Madison, yet have had trouble finding here in small town Minnesota. I was glad that we stuck to the young professional scene of Rainey St. and away from the party central that is 6th St. in downtown Austin. Maybe if I make it back, I’ll do my best to rustle up some undergrad in me and take it on. I don’t think I could ever live in Texas, or Austin, but it was a fun place to visit with lots of food and drink culture which I loved!
Have you been to Austin? What was your favorite part of the city?