[FoRK] must-see in Austin TX?

Jeff Bone jbone
Thu Dec 22 08:23:15 PST 2005


Strata,

I'd be happy to have dinner w/ you, if you're not still pissed  
off. ;-) :-)

As for must-see attractions, here's a few suggestions:

	- Am a big fan of gardens, critters, botanical parks, natural beauty

		* botanical gardens in Zilker Park
		* Umlauf Sculpture Gardens (near / by Zilker)
		* Lake Travis, if you can make it out there;  Oasis for ritas and  
view, if they've reopened
		* and / or Enchanted Rock, if you can make it out there

	- Railfan! Know about www.austinsteamtrain.org, any others local too?

		* I rode the steam train once;  it was an all-day affair, and  
frankly not that exciting.  But YMMV.

	- Fond of historical preservation stuff in general...

		* not my gig, don't know much about it

	- I (heart) good BBQ (and who doesn't?!)

		* Salt Lick if you're up for a drive, Iron Works downtown if not

	- Not much on country music, else I'd stay for SXSW Music Fest.

		* SXSW Music Fest isn't really country-oriented;  it's much more  
rock / blues, lots of good stuff
		* even if you don't go, try to catch somebody live somewhere while  
you're here:
			* Bob Schneider, Ian Moore, and Jane Bond are always fun
			* Elephant Room downtown is the place to go if you're into jazz
			* Continental Club on SoCo is an Austin standby, world-famous

Additional suggestions:

		* dinner / movie at the Alamo Draft House - voted Best Movie  
Theater in the World by Entertainment mag.
		* must spend one night prowling 6th Street and Warehouse District
		* spend some time down in funky SoCo;  south of the river on  
Congress, very cool
		* Tex-Mex Mile has a variety of inexpensive dining options, not all  
of which are nuclear hot
		* Tex-Mex Mile is S. 1st street from the river to Oltort, parallel  
to S. Congress, 2 blocks west
		* Best Dive Bar in the World:  G&S Lounge, S. 1st just south of  
Oltorf.  Runner up:  Ego's, Riverside and S. Congress
		* also must-visit bar:  Casino El Camino, south side of 6th.   
Burgers are outrageously good
		* if you happen to be looking for T&A, Expose on S. Congress is my  
favorite place like that in the world
		* spend some time around the campus.  the area's not as hip / funky  
as it used to be, but still cool
		* fave coffee shop:  The Green Muse, S. 1st and Oltorf.  wi-fi,  
coffee, weird tunes, snacks, nice patio

I'm not sure where you're staying / what your price range is, etc.,  
or if it's already booked, but if you can swing it Hotel San Jose is  
a world-class cool place to stay.  It's an old, old, dingy 40s-style  
"motor-hotel" that was bought, renovated, and made WAY swank a few  
years ago.  Favorite place to stay for visiting celebs, etc.  S.  
Congress north of Annie.

There's a lot more but it seems like you've excluded one thing I  
could rant about for hours, the high-end foodie options. ;-)  If  
you're into sushi, though, you *must* go to Uchi, over on S. Lamar  
near Zilker.  More robata than strictly sushi, very good.  Pricey,  
though.  A lower-cost option w/o quite the foodie sex appeal is  
Mimosa on Barton Springs, right by Zilker Park.

:-)

jb




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