36 Hours in Austin

 South Congress Hotel photography 

South Congress Hotel photography 

          Austin is the perfect little getaway from Fort Worth.  If you time it right (avoiding traffic), it is only a three hour drive down to the hipster haven.  After living in Austin for seven years, it is hard to know what parts to visit and which of my favorite places I should go to when I am there.  Inspired by a recent successfully restful and fun trip with my mom, here are some recommendations of how to spend a weekend in Austin.  

 

Friday 

6:00 pm Walked from South Congress Hotel (where we stayed) to Rainey Street.  (2 miles- walk down South Congress through the activity of South Congress, the bridge (home of the bats) and through downtown)

7:00 pm Dinner at Emmer and Rye, claims itself as a "seasonally inspired farm to table restaurant serving American cuisine in a Dim Sum Style." It was recently named one of Bon Appetite's Top 50 New Restaurants.  It may have been the best food I have ever tried.  

Order 3-5 dishes to share between two.  I would highly recommend the White Sonoran Tamarin and the White Sonoran Cascarelli, (both pastas) and the Corn and White Sonoran Johnny Cakes were out of this world.  

9:00 pm Stop by Little Lucy's Mini Donuts Food Truck on Rainey Street on your walk home.  Make sure to pay the extra dollar for sauce, you will thank me later.  

 

 Cafe No Se photography

Cafe No Se photography

Saturday

9:00 am  Coffee and read in the Mañana Coffee Shop in the South Congress Hotel.  Try the lemon and blueberry tea bread for a morning snack.  

11:00 am Brunch at Cafe No Se in the South Congress Hotel.  We ordered the ricotta hotcakes, with bananas, pecan butter, and maple syrup and the avocado toast, with a soft boiled egg, créme fraîche, upland cress, and aleppo carrots.  Their coffee is top notch and be sure to order a glass of orange juice as well it taste like the nectar of the gods.  

1:00 pm Walk and shop in East Austin.  Check out East Austin Succulents, Take Heart gift shop, and Friends and Neighbors resale shop.   Walk down Cesar Chavez and E seventh to see so much creativity and artistry everywhere you look.  

3:00 pm Take and afternoon yoga stretch and relaxation at the beautiful Wanderlust Yoga studio downtown.  

4:30 pm Head to the pool at South Congress Hotel on the second floor.  Order the hummus and pita bread and a glass of Rose under the shaded vertigo or in the water.  

7:00 pm Head to Bufalina on the East side for wood-fired Neapolitan pies.  Plan on eating early or late, because there is always a wait at this gem of a spot.  Try "today's mozzarella" which is made every afternoon fresh through quite an extravagant process and you can't lose with the fresca pizza with prosciutto piccante, arugula, meyer lemon, and mozzarella.

9:00 pm Late night dessert at Lick Ice Cream.  Oh my goodness, give all the flavors- dark chocolate, olive oil & sea salt; brown butter brown sugar pecan, texas sheet cake...yum!

 

 Cafe No Se photography

Cafe No Se photography

Sunday

9:00 am Run/walk around Town Lake.  Park under the bridge at Austin High School and run either to Lamar bridge and loop back around for 3 miles or to the Congress bridge loop for 4 miles.  

11:00 am Brunch at Eberly.  The vibe of this place is really impressive- featuring a glass covered patio, mahogany bar, and an old school dining room.   You have to see this place.  Not to mention the fried chicken and waffles and the crab 'n grits are not bad.  

 

 

Other Favorite Spots

breakfast/Coffee

-Paperboy

-Fleet

-Figure 8

-Cuvee

-Brew and Brew

-Texas French Bread

-Cenote

 

Lunch

- Foodheads

-The Grove in Westlake

-Hillside Farmacy

-Salt and Time

-Waltons Fancy and Staple

-Epicerie

-Counter Cafe

 

Dinner 

-Winslows

-Takoba

-Launderette

-Tillery Kitchen

-Elizabeth Street

-Uchi

-Contigo

-Second Bar + Kitchen

 

Outside of Town (if you want to see the hillcountry) 

-Jester King Brewery

-Pieous Pizza 

 

Where are your favorite Austin spots?

 

 

(spin off of New York Times 36 Hours series)