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!
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 http://theabgb.com
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)
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.