4 Days in Austin!
Recently my hubby Wade and I traveled to Austin, Texas where I attended a social marketing summit, Mom2.0. During the four days there, we were able to do some exploring throughout this amazing Texas city of just under a million people. What was the biggest thing we noticed? Austin is just so FUNKY! There are SO many colourful murals, paintings, installations and just pure happiness, everywhere you look! Their entire motto is KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD, and let me tell you, they practice this daily!
We had many amazing meals in the short time we were in Austin. They truly have it all, delicious “Texas BBQ”, tacos, and super unique finds. We could have stayed for weeks but in the short time we were there, we want to share with you our TOP 4 SPOTS!
1.We started with Cooper’s BBQ 217 Congress Ave, Austin, TX.
SO MUCH FOOD!
If you are a meat lovers brace yourself, it is out of this world! Word to the wise. SHARE! We ordered far too much, but it was authentic, delicious and MASSIVE! Brisket (that I seriously think Wade would marry if possible), jalepeno sausage, pork ribs, and the greatest peach cobbler we have EVER eaten!
2. The next night, an Austin staple, Torchy’s Tacos. 2801 Guadalupe St St 5-b, Austin, TX.
For under $25 our entire table was filled with tacos, sides and drinks. My highlight was the “Hillbilly Queso with Chips” – their classic queso with green chiles topped with chorizo. My hubby’s fave: Trailer Trash Taco: fried chicken, green chiles, lettuce, pico de gallo & cheddar jack cheese with poblano sauce.
3. A trip to Austin would not be complete without a stop to the infamous Voodoo Doughnuts. 212 E 6th St, Austin, TX
After a short line we were handed a menu by the super friendly manager, then we made the agonizing pick of which donuts to get. We ended up splitting the glazed cake based Butterbar made with buttermilk dough, the Grape Ape, a raised yeast doughnut with vanilla frosting, grape dust, and lavender sprinkles, and the original and trademarked Voodoo Doll doughnut. A raised yeast doughnut filled with raspberry jelly topped with chocolate frosting and a pretzel stake. They were all SO interesting and a wild departure from what we’ve ever had. By that I mean the grape ape, get ready for pucker power! Not sure I would get this on my own, but…when in Austin!
4. As tough as it is to decide on a fave, I think we both unanimously pick Holy Roller. 509 Rio Grande St. Downtown Austin, TX. *Also featured in Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins & Dives!
“INSPIRED BY THE SPIRIT OF PUNK ROCK WITH A HINT OF RELIGIOUS KITSCH, WE’RE PUTTING OUT NOSTALGIC FOOD WITH A BIT OF WHIMSY, STARTING AT 10AM EACH DAY.”- Holy Roller, Austin Texas.
This super eclectic spot enticed us in for breakfast, then back again two days later for dinner and dessert. For brunch, we had the addictive yellow cake pancakes topped with banana pudding, caramelized bananas and whipped cream. With a side of bacon, obviously. Wade had the churro french toast with cinnamon sugar crumble with lemon creme fraiche. When we returned for dinner a couple nights later, we shared the trash fries (fries topped with green chili, sunny egg, sour cream, corn, lime, cotija, jalapeno, cilantro) which were out of this world delicious. Then we both chose the blue plate specials, mine was a butternut squash penne with brick chicken, and Wade had the pastor pork chop. DELISH! TIP: please get drinks! For breakfast we had the gold lion (pineapple, lime, fiery ginger and ginger brew), and for dinner a drink called “not today satan”. Too funny! Oh and pictured above was our dessert…homemade banana pudding. Guys. Go. Now.
Austin truly has something for everyone.
We are so happy we got to sneak away from the conference to explore a little in this amazing Texas city. Beautiful water, gorgeous homes, funky shops, eclectic food, friendly people and more. Definitely a “must visit again” city, thank you Austin! Keep being weird!
Want more fun eats? Let’s go to NYC!