“Keep Austin Weird.”
The popular phrase from the city’s locals (who are, actually, mostly ex-pats) does hold true, as Austin is one of the weirdest cities I’ve visited in some time. And I don’t want it to change at all.
From the walkability and or ride share (now that it’s back) score of one million, to the food truck scene, social scene, barbecue scene, bar scene, and paddle board scene, Austin really is as enjoyable as most people suggest. And while Austin is approximately ten thousand degrees, it doesn’t take away from all there is to enjoy in this wonderful city.
Ali and I have had Austin on our must-visit list for some time now, as we have friends and family in Texas who rave about the city. What better reason than friends and family is there to visit a new, glorious city? There is none. So we went.
First stop was fried chicken and waffles at Wild Chix & Waffles, a strip mall gem that hooked up some deliriously good chicken, waffles, and mimosas. With funky decor and a fun brand, it’s no surprise Wild Chix & Waffles is starting to franchise. We spent some wonderful time with Ali’s uncle and his girlfriend, and caught up over many (many) mimosas.
In the evening, we rendezvous’d with our good friends Garrett & Breana at a hipster-chic restaurant called Laundrette. As you can imagine, Laundrette was a former coin laundromat-turned restaurant, and it was as thickly hipster as you can imagine (I’m talking mandatory armpit-hair-for-the-ladies hipster – no judgment, though). It was a great time, and the food/cocktails were spectacular. After that, it was live music and bars. Simple, enjoyable time with friends.
I’ll spare you the details from entire trip, rather, I’ll give you the highlights.
First things first, the best tacos in the business are from Torchy’s Tacos. It’s a mandatory stop in Austin (or Dallas).
There were two food trucks I adored, and both were for breakfast. Paperboy was absolutely worth the wait – don’t miss it. Biscuits & Groovy was spectacular, too. The bosslady loves biscuits and gravy, and she claims it was some of the best she’s ever had.
With all that said, the most enjoyable time of the entire trip was paddle boarding on Lady Bird lake with a cooler full of beers, a bluetooth speaker, and nothing but time on our hands. We just paddled out under the bridge, parked, and drank some beers for 3 hours. Could life be any better?
Can’t wait to see you again, Austin.
Here are some shots from the trip: