Austin Cheat Sheet
Friday, March 08, 2013
Stubb’s is a SXSW must. After a long day at the festival, cold drinks, all-you-can-eat food, and great music are exactly what the doctor ordered. Stevie Ray Vaughn, Muddy Waters, and Johnny Cash were among the musicians who “played for supper” throughout the 70′s, and today the music scene at Stubb’s is equally exciting. This week, check out performances by Alt-J, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, Sky Ferreira, Grizzly Bear, and more.
Tucked away in the far east side of town, the atmosphere at this French bistro is warm and the food is top notch. Check out the outside area and play a little bocce ball while you wait for your table. Order the duck confit and the steak tartare.
Food & Wine Magazine just named Bryce Gilmore of Barley Swine “Best New Chef,” and we wholeheartedly agree. With a focus on small plates meant for sharing and a long list of beers and wines to go with your meal, it’s the perfect place to wind down with friends after a day at the festival.
If you’re a fan of barbeque, take a drive to Driftwood and check out Salt Lick. It’s BYOB and a bit of a haul, but it’s totally worth it. In the words of one of the RM team members, “you could put their BBQ sauce on dirt and it would taste good.”
Head to the corner of E. 5th and Comal and have some fun at White Horse. With live music and a “hipster honky tonk” vibe, there’s sure to be a spillover of concert-goers continuing the party. Tip: Sunday nights are the best when the bar turns into an end-of-the-weekend bash.
When you think Austin, Japanese may be the last thing that comes to mind but, trust us, Uchiko sushi is worth trying. And after all of that BBQ, you may need a palette cleanser. Don’t miss the Walu Walu and Bacon Steakie. Executive Chef Tyson Cole won Best Chef Southwest at the James Beard Foundation Awards in 2011.
If you’re seeking a more casual dining experience, check out the South location of Polvo’s. Locals swear it’s some of the best Mexican food in the city. Don’t leave without trying their frozen margaritas.
Donn’s Depot is a classic Austin hotspot that’s worth a visit. The bar is constructed from old train cars, and you can even find the ladies bathroom in the caboose. A great bar with even better people watching, go on Friday when Donn himself plays with the band.
Fed from underground springs and three acres in size, this man made pool is the best place to cool off on a hot day. Set in the middle of Austin’s Zilker Park, it’s just $3 to get in, and feels 68 degrees year-round.
If you’re craving nature and adventure, check out the Greenbelt for some hiking and mountain biking. We suggest starting at Tacodeli to fuel up and then hitting the trail, which will eventually spit you back out at Barton Springs Pool.
In the Texan heat, a cold treat will definitely be necessary. Try one of over 350 flavors at Amy’s Ice Cream, including crazy combinations like Bacon Jalepeno Popper. They even have alcoholic options like Bad to the Bone, a creamy mix of scotch, whisky and beer.
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