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Passing through Austin on my way to a wedding in Fredricksburg. Staying at San Jose Hotel.
Whats the one quintessential Austin spot to hit for dinner? Ide like a fun spot with some good drink.
Im doing salt lick bbq on the road, and BBQ at the wedding. Are there any other goto BBQ joints that must be had?
I need 1 lunch too, I heard about some food trucks, is there a area where they congregate?
Out from LA so Uchi need not apply.
Thanks for the help,
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  1. Welcome to town!
    Can you give us an idea what you might be looking for in terms of cuisine? Looks like you might be set for your BBQ fix, and I might suggest you stop there. Truth is, the best cue in the area is actually all out of town, and I'm not sure how much driving you want to do in one day.
    There really is no one spot that every Austin 'hound would point you to if you wanted the typical Austin experience. If you're staying at the San Jose, it occurs to me that you're walking distance from Vespaio, which is very good Italian food. Personally, I prefer their smaller Enoteca next door, but both are excellent. You're also not far from one of the food truck venues, near S. 1st and Barton Springs. Don't let that be your only destination, though. There are many, many more locations that will impress.

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    Vespaio
    1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

    Enoteca
    1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

    1. Fonda San Miguel, very special.

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      Fonda San Miguel Restaurant
      2330 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78756

        1. re: texangurl

          Thanks!
          Lookin for anything from taqueria to a a good tex mex spot.
          Something I can only get in Tx would be ideal.
          What are the foodtrucks I should look for?

        2. Sam's Bar B Que on eat 12th is my favorite BBQ, outside of Llano and Lockhart. It's "a little rough around the edges", but where else can on find mutton Q? Better have a good grease tolerance.

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          Sam's Bar-B-Cue
          2000 E 12th St, Austin, TX 78702

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          1. re: Passadumkeg

            Is salt lick my best bet for Q en route to Fredricksburg?
            The thread on it got my head spinning.

            Fonda san miguel may be my thursday night spot.