A Final Austin Roundup
For those of you who like this sort of place, this is the sort of place you like.
Well folks, it’s time to round-up the pack, lift the jacks and get going to the next location. We’ve had a fabulous 10 days here in Austin and it’s gone down as one of our favorite big cities. It’s a fascinating mix. Despite its designation as the State Capitol of Texas it’s got its own unique vibe. There’s a good dose of rugged, old-style Texas, but also an infusion of West Coast, a touch of the bohemian and edges of Asian. The growth of the semiconductor and technology industry over the past few decades caused a boom in this town bringing in slews of young folks from CA and all that comes with it. There are big Asian communities in the area providing a full assortment of authentic food and Asian markets. And then there’s the farmers’ markets, the University and the health stores bringing a spot of the bohemian to the place.
We’ve worked hard to get our fill. On the BBQ side we went from The Salt Lick in Driftwood, to Rudy’s (the fatty brisket is outstanding) with a day-trip to the BBQ central of Texas just 20 mins south in Lockhart TX (Rex Vogel did a fabulous series of posts on this area in his blog). We indulged the gourmet in us with Trailer Food, satisfied our Asian longings with Taiwanese Spicy Beef Noodle Soup and bubble-milk tea (these brought back many fine memories of my years in Taiwan), and met both old friends (a good friend of Paul’s, IMei moved over here with her husband) and made new ones (Caroline, a blog reader, popped by with her hubby). And finally we attempted to walk it all off with some relaxing and pretty hikes in McKinney Falls State Park.
There is so much more we haven’t seen here, but this will definitely go down as our kind of town and a place to come back to wanting more.
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Cherie @Technomadia says
Glad you guys had an awesome time in Austin! I grew up there, and I fall in love with it more with every visit. Especially in the spring, perfect time of year to be there.
I have to admit Austin grew on us too. What a great town! Nina
Sandie Dixon says
So many places to see and to go eat. There just isn’t enough time.
So true, so true! Nina
Linda Sand says
We haven’t toured Austin yet. Now I know to allow more time than we might have. Thanks.
It definitely deserves a good visit, if nothing else for the fooooood! Nina
I agree with Cherie! We think that we may try to spend every March here in Austin. Rudy’s is on our list of “must do before we leave Austin”. I’m glad you enjoyed it.
Briana, Yeah, we really ended up loving Austin more than we imagined. What a fun place! Nina
We are glad that you had a good Texas stay. We love it here too. It is esay to grow roots in Texas so move before you decide to stay. Se’ya when you come back. We’ll keep the light on for you.
Rick, Thanks so much! Texas has so much more to offer that we haven’t even seen yet. Lookin’ forward to coming back! Nina
I am glad you enjoyed the bubble tea, Rudy’s, and more importantly Austin! It was great meeting you guys. Come back to visit soon!!!
Imei, It was great to meet you and share some time together. Thanks so much for all the Austin tips! Nina
Craig Mooty says
Loving your blog posts! Planning on following you in the future. Just purchased a new Fiver toy hauler…and will be working/ traveling full time. I am based out of Wimberley, Texas…and live five minutes from the Salt Lick BBQ. Would be more than happy to act as a tour guide when you are next in our area. Craig
Oh yum!! I still dream of TX BBQ. Just nothing quite like it anywhere else. If we come your way we’ll definitely look you up.