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Aug 7, 2013 11:21 AM

A well researched (I hope) Trip Plan from Seattle

Hi! I'm heading your way over Labor Day weekend in the hopes of delicious food and not melting in the heat (I'm a fragile flower from the cool Pacific Northwest).

Mostly looking for things that are either specifically Austin (like breakfast tacos, which I'm pretty excited about, because I love both breakfast AND tacos) and things that we can't get here in the NW--like super solid Mexican food, BBQ, etc.

So, our whole purpose is coming to eat, so I tend to over stuff the itinerary a little like I plan to my belly, but it's easier to drop stuff last minute than add it. Suggestions, edits, compliments on my excellent research skills, etc. all welcome. And thanks for being a receptive bunch--read lots of good advice in other threads!

Fri eve--land around 5:30pm, rent car, go to hotel.
-1st dinner: Sway, because it's quite close to our hotel, though not for sure because there might be more Austin-y places to do that
-2nd dinner: La Condesa. Need good Mexican. I actually met and really liked the chef from El Naranjo, but the menu at La Condesa seems a little more appealing?
-Drinks: Swift's Attic, Peche (will it be over-run in those parts with insane UT fans? I'm all for football but crowds scare me)

-AM: Franklin. I've been convinced this is a must despite my feeling about lines being pretty similar to my feelings on crowds. Also hoping someone can suggest a breakfast taco in the region for me to console myself with while I wait in line. And good coffee?
-Sat after Franklin: Okay, everything I want to do is on Sat, since the Farmer's market also seems to line up with the times, and then we were hoping to hit the Jester King Brewery tour, but that seems hard, since there's a 1 and a 3pm and we're trying for....
-5pm Sake social hour at Uchi
-Between Uchi and Uchiko go to Central Market, because I work for a grocery store and want to check it out
-8pm Reservations at Uchiko
-Drinks? Maybe... Not sure where. Anything on S. Congress near the hotel?

-Morning taco crawl, copped from other thread:
* El Meson on Burleson's chori-migas taco on flour, eggs, bacon, potato, cheese on flour, and/or pastor on corn
* El Taco Rico's barbacoa
* Rosita's Al Pastor's guess
* Mi Ranchito's carnitas
* La Flor's anything really
End at a sit-down restaurant w/ a bar, either:
* Curra's on Oltorf where you can grab a table, relax, and have a couple margaritas or Negra Modelos; split a bowl of queso and the cochinita pibil
* Angie's, split the carnitas taco plate and get a couple margaritas (only do this if you didn't get carnitas already elsewhere)

Sun afternoon: maybe just relax at barton springs, maybe drink at Shady Grove after
-Dinner maybe Barley Swine?
-2nd dinner, since that will be early, maybe Eastside King at Liberty?

Monday morning/lunch: still up for grabs
Monday afternoon: thinking of hitting Tamale house, other tamale joints for one for right then, a few to bring on the plane. Maybe Draughthouse for some beers before we leave?

What's missing? Where do you keep your best beer and your best coffee?

Thanks! Can wait for suggestions!

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  1. fyi, there are no Tamales at the Tamale house (assuming you are talking about Tamale house on Airport Blvd. BTW, there's no airport on Airport either).

    3 Replies
    1. re: TroyTempest

      Ha! I love it. I will find other locations for my tamale fix and eat whatever else they serve me at Tamale house.

      1. re: dagoose

        unless you are a hungover college student seeking cheap breakfast tacos (or if you are looking for these types), there's not much reason to hit Tamale House.

        1. re: dagoose

          get some Gardner's Feast tamales as the farmer's market!

      2. Yes, you have done your homework.

        A few Beer suggestions, not all are close to where you're staying. All will have local Beers on Tap. Some brew their own.
        The above mentioned Draught House
        Black Star Coop
        Uncle Billy's Brew n Cue - Great brew when Brian Peters was there, (i hear it is still good) but only passable que (he's now now at abgb, see below)
        The Austin Beer Garden will be open by then
        Chicago House on Trinity looks to have a good selection on tap (never been, this is a fairly new place
        Dog and Duck Pub (pub grub has gone downhill over the years, IMO)

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        1. re: TroyTempest

          Excellent. I am a beer liker, but Mr. Dagoose requires copious amounts of beer to be kept cheerful while being dragged around towns to eat all the things. This list will ensure I get to eat all the tacos. Thank you.

          1. re: dagoose

            I'd also suggest Bangers (I think 100 beers on tap) or Easy Tiger for beers.

        2. Do you know about the awesome Whole Foods at corner of Lamar and 6th downtown? I call it the Disney World of supermarkets. Ton's of kiosks of soup, salads, ethnic dishes, breads, pastries, chocolate bar, gelato, fantastic BBQ counter with all the trimmings and usual groceries/produce.

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          1. re: redhatcharm

            Agreed, even if you have a local Whole Foods you should visit the mother ship.

            1. re: Ashforth

              Oh, good point! I'll definitely stop by there.

          2. You must drop in on a Torchy's Tacos. There are several; all good!

            1. Trailer fix go to Gordough's for a donut