Austin, Texas: What to do, what to eat, what to see: part 1

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    Over my birthday weekend at the end of January, Jason and I decided to take a trip to Austin, TX! We’ve always heard such amazing things about Austin and what a foodie city it was so we knew it was somewhere we wanted to visit, and HELLO, the best show on the planet (Friday Night Lights) was filmed there so that was another reason (as if we needed more) to go. Everyone has such great things to say about Austin: how nice everyone is, how laid back it is, how easy it is to get around, and what a great culture and vibe there is there. I’m happy to report back that all of it is very true! I just love Austin. The food there – we only touched on some of it. There’s just SO MUCH more that we couldn’t do in our 3-day trip BUT we’re definitely going back and I do want to visit San Antonio, too, next time we’re there. It’s only an hour South of Austin and there is some amazing food there too.

    I had to split up my Austin trip into three parts. You get Austin, Texas: What to do, what to eat, what to see: part 1 today. Part 1 is basically what Jason and I did – meaning, taking a bunch of our friends’ recommendations and our own research, we compiled our own schedule and list of what we wanted to see, do, and eat. Part 2 is probably my favorite because we went on a Rocket Electrics foodie tour of the city – we saw & ate EVERYTHING in the eyes of a local. More on that Wednesday. And then I conclude with part 3 which is where we stayed – the perfect location downtown. It’s the spot you have to stay when you visit the great city of Austin!

    So, without further ado, I will let the photos do most of the talking :)

    Friday Night Lights Driving Tour

    We rented a car because most of what we wanted to do would require one. Below is Coach Taylor & Tami Taylor’s house, my hall pass boyfriend aka Tim Riggins’ house, and Saracen’s house. Ahhhh it was so nostalgic and I totally wished they were actually there :P Coach Taylor and Riggins’ house were actually right down the street from each other so that was a quick drive. Saracen’s house was like an additional 10 minutes drive, but all of them are really close together. We didn’t do any of the other stuff like go to the Landing Strip (it was actually right next to the airport so we drove by it and didn’t even realize we would), East Dillon, Panther Fieldhouse, etc. If you want to do this yourself, here are the addresses:

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    Taylor’s house: 6805 De Paul Cove, Austin, TX 78723

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    Tim & Billy Riggins’ house: 2604 Lehigh Dr., Austin, TX 78723

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    Saracen’s house: 3009 Kuhlman Ave, Austin, TX 78702

    Tim Riggins’s Land
    7252 Burleson Manor Rd., Manor, Texas (this is probably farther down Burleson Manor Road from 969)

    Vince’s House
    2681 East Cesar Chavez St., Austin, Texas

    Panther Field House
    Flow Ln & Del Valle St., Austin, Texas 78617

    East Dillion Practice Field
    2271 Riverview St., Austin, Texas 78702

    Alamo Freeze
    5900 Manor Rd., Austin, Texas 78723

    Garrity Motors
    6328 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd., Austin, Texas 78745

    Ray’s BBQ
    6302 Monsanto Dr., Austin, Texas 78741

    Panther’s Field
    1301 Pecan St., West Pflugerville, Texas 78660

    Jo’s Coffee

    242 W 2nd St + 1300 S Congress Ave

    We went to the one on 2nd street. Everyone I talked to recommended Jo’s. They’ve got really good coffee and their food was super delicious!

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    Traveling to Austin, Texas? You have to read this post on tablefortwoblog.com on what to do, what to eat, what to see!

    Traveling to Austin, Texas? You have to read this post on tablefortwoblog.com on what to do, what to eat, what to see!

    Traveling to Austin, Texas? You have to read this post on tablefortwoblog.com on what to do, what to eat, what to see!

    Traveling to Austin, Texas? You have to read this post on tablefortwoblog.com on what to do, what to eat, what to see!

    Traveling to Austin, Texas? You have to read this post on tablefortwoblog.com on what to do, what to eat, what to see!

    The Texas State Capitol was literally right down the street of where we stayed. We could see the top of it from our hotel room! It was a short stroll and we were yearning for sunshine (since it had been so cold and dreary in DC) so we walked on over! It was a really nice day, too.

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    Gordough’s

    1503 S 1st St.
    Austin, TX 78704

    The legendary donut place that everyone talks about! How could we not stop in?!

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    Traveling to Austin, Texas? You have to read this post on tablefortwoblog.com on what to do, what to eat, what to see!

    Traveling to Austin, Texas? You have to read this post on tablefortwoblog.com on what to do, what to eat, what to see!

    Traveling to Austin, Texas? You have to read this post on tablefortwoblog.com on what to do, what to eat, what to see!

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    Salt Lick

    18300 FM 1826
    Driftwood, TX 78619

    If you don’t have a car, it’s not easy to get here so if you wanna try some of the best TX BBQ, I highly suggest renting a car and making the drive. It’s about 40 minutes southwest of Austin. It was freaking phenomenal.

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    I think this was the triple meat platter. It came with ribs, sausage, and brisket. So so good.

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    Ugh, their peach cobbler. To die for!!!! Ahhh I’m so hungry looking at this lol

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    THE PIT!! I didn’t mind smelling like that all day :)

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    South Congress Cafe

    1600 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

    If you go here for brunch (which I highly suggest), then you should allot like 90 minutes to shop around South Congress Ave. afterwards. On the weekend, they have these little popup tents with local artists selling stuff. And not to mention, South Congress Ave is just eclectic. There’s so much going on up and down the strip and there’s cute little shops to stop into. All unique and boutique. There was a really cool antique shop we stopped in, too. And, if you need energy, another Jo’s Coffee location is on this strip as well!

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    The migas were SO good (even if the photo doesn’t look it). I got mine with chorizo :)

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    Jason got a crawfish omelette with chipotle hollandaise on top!

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    Uchiko

    4200 N Lamar Blvd.
    Austin, TX 78756

    If you love REALLY good sushi (yes, even in Texas), you need to make a reservation to Uchiko or Uchi. They’re sister restaurants. You can’t go wrong with either. Uchi is the original location and it’s a lot smaller than Uchiko. Uchi is contemporary Japanese sushi cuisine and Uchiko is more farmhouse. Honestly, it was really hard to choose which to make a reservation at but 8/10 people told us Uchiko so we made the reservation there. It was my birthday dinner and was so well worth it!!!

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    Traveling to Austin, Texas? You have to read this post on tablefortwoblog.com on what to do, what to eat, what to see!

    Traveling to Austin, Texas? You have to read this post on tablefortwoblog.com on what to do, what to eat, what to see!

    Traveling to Austin, Texas? You have to read this post on tablefortwoblog.com on what to do, what to eat, what to see!

    Traveling to Austin, Texas? You have to read this post on tablefortwoblog.com on what to do, what to eat, what to see!

    Traveling to Austin, Texas? You have to read this post on tablefortwoblog.com on what to do, what to eat, what to see!

    Traveling to Austin, Texas? You have to read this post on tablefortwoblog.com on what to do, what to eat, what to see!

    Traveling to Austin, Texas? You have to read this post on tablefortwoblog.com on what to do, what to eat, what to see!

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    This was super cool. It was a sear yourself wagyu beef. You cook the beef yourself on a really hot Japanese river rock. Omg, this was amazing. Tasted like butter.

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    This was a birthday dessert on the house. So sweet of them!

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    This is their most popular dessert and you HAVE to get it. It’s fried milk!

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    Caffé Medici

    200 Congress Ave
    Austin, TX 78701

    We came here to grab a latte and croissants before we headed to the airport. I love cute coffee shops that have great coffee so when I looked this up on Yelp, it had great reviews so we thought we’d give it a try! It has an upstairs too where you can take your coffee up there and do some work or chat with friends.

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    Traveling to Austin, Texas? You have to read this post on tablefortwoblog.com on what to do, what to eat, what to see!

    And that was part 1! Feel free to ask any questions about the dishes we ate and where we went, etc. I didn’t talk a whole lot through this because I wanted the pictures to do the talking :)

    Come back on Wednesday for part 2!! The Rocket Electrics foodie tour is something you DO NOT want to miss. If I could get on my knees to beg you to do this tour, I would. In fact, just picture me begging you now. You will never see Austin to its full extent if you don’t go on this tour. Really. The food we ate was just freaking phenomenal. You won’t be able to find it yourself, either :) anyway…see you Wednesday!!

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  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    You’re making me SO hungry and of course crave visiting Austin like nothing else at the moment. Looks amazing and I can’t wait to see the rest of your recap :) PS I need that strawberry donut asap.

  • Jen @ one curly fry says:

    Perfect timing. I’m going to Austin at the end of the month. The food tour is on my list!

  • Laura says:

    Wow, that’s all I have to say, wow the photos you take are amazing! I can’t wait to go to Austin someday. xox.

    • Julie says:

      Aww thank you, Laura :) :)

  • shelly (cookies and cups) says:

    South Congress Cafe is amazing! Love this recap, such a fun city :)

  • Marie @ Little Kitchie says:

    Loved reading this! I used to live in Austin and miss it so much. My husband and I are heading back for a few days for our anniversary next week and I can’t wait!

  • Alice // Hip Foodie Mom says:

    Love that you visited Austin! I went to college at the University of Texas at Austin. . (Hook ’em) so love love love the city! Looks like you got some GREAT eats. . Salt Lick it the best! Gorgeous photos.

  • Stephanie @ Long Distance Baking says:

    Your obsession with FNL makes me love you even more! And your pictures…they’re making me drool! I’m so hungry now. Can’t wait to see the rest of the recap!

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    Ohmahgosh! Julie, I am totally loving this comprehensive post! You have truly outdone yourself for your readers, girl. This is one of my favorite posts and I love all of the photos. (I really think I need to move to Austin! If I had attended BHF last year, I just know that I wouldn’t want to come home. LOL!) That FNL tour is amazing! I love the fact that you are such a fan, too. Thanks ever so much for sharing. Have a fabulous week, my friend! xo

  • Maria says:

    If only Riggins was outside drinking a beer…with his shirt unbuttoned. That would of been the tour of a lifetime:) Glad you had fun!

    • Julie says:

      Hahahaha best comment, ever.

  • Ashley @ My Midwest Table says:

    That’s it! Austin is on my must-visit list! :) Love the fact that you went to the the FNL houses. I started binge-watching the show this winter, and I only have the series finale left…watching it tonight! I’m debating starting it again.

    It looks like you had an amazing and memorable birthday weekend! Thanks for the recap. Looking forward to Parts 2 and 3!

    • Julie says:

      Ahh the series finale is a tear-jerker!!! I totally cry every time I watch it lol

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    Austin is the best!! I want to go back and eat my way through again! So glad you had a wonderful time!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    What a fun trip! Looks like you hit all of the hot spots :) Love Austin!!

  • Heather Christo says:

    I am hungry. really hungry after reading that. I did nor nearly take advantage of everything there was to do and eat last time I was there- looks like we have to do it again!

  • Leah | So, How's It Taste? says:

    Austin is top on my list of places to visit soon! Looks like you ate some super yummy stuff. I’m bookmarking this for when I go. Great review!

  • marla says:

    I LOVE Austin & WOW is this a fun filled travel post. I will bookmark for my next trip there :)

  • Gaby says:

    So much fun! Love this post. Austin is such a great place!

  • Sommer @ASpicyPerspective says:

    This makes me want to catch a plane for Austin right now! Love the food pictures. They are making me hungry.

  • Charlie says:

    I am going to Austin for a Conference in a couple weeks and I’ll be staying 2 extra days to visit (I wish I could stay longer!), this is definitely going to help me choose what I’ll visit and eat there! Thanks :)

    • Julie says:

      I’m so jealous!! Have so much fun in Austin and eat lots for me :)

  • Bea says:

    I absolutely love Austin as well as San Antonio, both are great. The food truck ally as they call it is not to be missed either . It’s truly unique and the food stands for its self. Four Seasons! Great food better desserts and that is saying a mouthful. I would go another few minutes to Lockhart where the best BBQ in Texas is founded. Great blog thanks for sharing. I hope to be going home in the next couple of months, I hope.

    • Julie says:

      Thanks, Bea!

  • Ashley says:

    I’m going to Austin in August and I’m compiling a list of things to do,see, and eat during my 4 days there and this helped tremendously!

    • Julie says:

      I’m so glad this helped!! :)

  • Savannah says:

    I love love your post! As a fan of Austin, I have to say that you depicted it beautifully! With so much to see and EAT you did very well. I am glad that I took the plunge and moved here because a visit just wasn’t enough for us! I now live in Cedar Park TX a community by D.R. Horton but so close to downtown Austin. I will be following for a long time I am sure! Love it!

    • Julie says:

      So awesome! I’m glad you took the plunge too! We would love to move there! It’s such a great city.

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