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« on: June 10, 2010, 07:02:51 PM »

I'm going to Austin on Saturday for a week long course.  I'll have Saturday afternoon, Sunday all day, and my evenings free.  Any suggestions on things I must see or do while I'm there?  Looking forward to the heat for a week! 

edit: please to be including fantastic places to eat!
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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2010, 08:33:26 PM »

Where are you staying, and do you have a car?

PS - you're in for a treat this weekend.  slywink
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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2010, 09:24:52 PM »

I'm in the Arboretum area, and yes, I'll have a car.  Wow, a biker rally.   saywhat  That's some good timing!
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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2010, 09:41:41 PM »

What to do in Austin?

Drink and listen to live music. Done.

Make sure you check out Stubbs BBQ as well.
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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2010, 09:45:30 PM »

Stubbs BBQ will definitely be checked out.

I have a minor tradition of golfing every time I've gone on a business trip (weather conditions permitting) - any recommended local golf courses?
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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2010, 10:00:54 PM »

Quote from: Rowdy on June 10, 2010, 09:24:52 PM

I'm in the Arboretum area, and yes, I'll have a car.  Wow, a biker rally.   saywhat  That's some good timing!

Food:

ZTejas up in the arboretum is awesome, and an Austin legend (at least the 6th st location - food is the same up north though).

If you are into sushi, go to Uchi down on South Lamar - nationally recognized and the best restaurant in the city.

Likewise, if you're into farm-to-table gourmet, go to Olivia, also on South Lamar.  Plan to spend between $50-$75 at either just for yourself though.  But definitely try to do one or the other.

Hit up Mighty Fine for a great casual burger, or Rudy's for great casual BBQ.  Not a stubbs fan myself, but County Line and Salt Lick are both great as is Lamberts downtown.  Salt Lick is a drive, though.

Take in a film at the Alamo Drafthouse one night, and have a beer or some wine along with dinner while you're at it, or hit Gold Class Cinemas up atthe Domain for a more upscale movie/dining experience.

You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a bar band here, so just wander in somewhere and check out some tunes.

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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2010, 11:00:10 PM »

Thanks Geezer - had forgotten about the Alamo, definitely would like to check that out.
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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2010, 11:46:40 PM »

Quote from: Rowdy on June 10, 2010, 11:00:10 PM

Thanks Geezer - had forgotten about the Alamo, definitely would like to check that out.


ok, it has to be done:

REMEMBER THE ALAMO!!!!!!!

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« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2010, 12:08:03 AM »

Trudy's mexican martinis are awesome.
Shady Grove is fantastic.

If you want an excellent sandwich for a decent price, check out Ave. B Grocery in Hyde Park. It's an old-school little grocery store, owned by a laid-back guy named Ross. He always hires insanely cute college girls to work there biggrin  Seriously, one of the secret little groovy places in that town.
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« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2010, 04:41:38 AM »

Five Guys whips Mighty Fine any day of the week.

There's always Sixth Street. Tongue
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« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2010, 11:59:26 AM »

Quote from: Zarkon on June 11, 2010, 04:41:38 AM

Five Guys whips Mighty Fine any day of the week.

There's always Sixth Street. Tongue

Maybe (I don't agree), but you can get Five Guys anywhere. I think Mighty Fine is unique to Austin, right?
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« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2010, 12:16:25 PM »

Quote from: godhugh on June 11, 2010, 11:59:26 AM

Quote from: Zarkon on June 11, 2010, 04:41:38 AM

Five Guys whips Mighty Fine any day of the week.

There's always Sixth Street. Tongue

Maybe (I don't agree), but you can get Five Guys anywhere. I think Mighty Fine is unique to Austin, right?

Yep. Actually  P. Terrys is probably better than both and also local
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« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2010, 03:56:00 AM »

Still disagree.  I haven't found ANYTHING in Austin that beats Five Guys.  and I've had P.Terry's, the Dagburger from Hut, and Mighty Fine.
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« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2010, 04:26:25 AM »

Wow, caught the A-Team at Gold Class Cinemas tonight... that's an interesting way to watch a movie.   icon_eek  I was half expecting someone to feed me grapes while I was reclining after eating my steak.
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« Reply #14 on: June 16, 2010, 02:38:05 AM »

Rudy's rules!  Good call, Geezer.  Man, I'm considering moving here!  smile
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« Reply #15 on: June 16, 2010, 01:27:46 PM »

Glad you enjoyed the suggestions.  We actually saw Ateam at gold class on friday night.   First time id been there and it was quite an experience.

Think I'm gonna have rudy's for lunch slywink
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« Reply #16 on: June 16, 2010, 05:32:09 PM »

I will be in Austin in October so this thread has been a huge help for me as well.

Can't wait to try P. Terry and Mighty Fine.  We have Five Guys here already so will skip that one.

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« Reply #17 on: June 16, 2010, 06:41:23 PM »

Again- Avenue B Grocery. You'll thank me later.
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« Reply #18 on: June 16, 2010, 09:02:28 PM »

I loved my 2 weeks of training in Austin. I was up in the Arboretum area as well and thought nothing but great things about the city. Lots of good food (but unfortunately I can't recall much beyond the already mentioned Rudy's), friendly people, well laid out highway system...I wish I was going back to Austin in August rather than Houston *shudder*.
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« Reply #19 on: June 16, 2010, 09:49:15 PM »

Quote from: Jiffy on June 16, 2010, 09:02:28 PM

I loved my 2 weeks of training in Austin. I was up in the Arboretum area as well and thought nothing but great things about the city. Lots of good food (but unfortunately I can't recall much beyond the already mentioned Rudy's), friendly people, well laid out highway system...I wish I was going back to Austin in August rather than Houston *shudder*.

I lived in Houston for 4 years - it's actually a pretty cool place if you know where to go. Post up another thread when you're on the way and I bet we can help you out smile
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« Reply #20 on: June 16, 2010, 09:50:53 PM »

Quote from: Bulletpig on June 16, 2010, 05:32:09 PM

I will be in Austin in October so this thread has been a huge help for me as well.


Same except in about 3 weeks.
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« Reply #21 on: June 16, 2010, 11:56:52 PM »

Quote from: Geezer on June 16, 2010, 09:49:15 PM

Quote from: Jiffy on June 16, 2010, 09:02:28 PM

I loved my 2 weeks of training in Austin. I was up in the Arboretum area as well and thought nothing but great things about the city. Lots of good food (but unfortunately I can't recall much beyond the already mentioned Rudy's), friendly people, well laid out highway system...I wish I was going back to Austin in August rather than Houston *shudder*.

I lived in Houston for 4 years - it's actually a pretty cool place if you know where to go. Post up another thread when you're on the way and I bet we can help you out smile

I lived in Houston for 6 years and I consider it to be the smelly armpit of America. I hate that city.
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« Reply #22 on: June 17, 2010, 12:19:26 AM »

Quote from: godhugh on June 16, 2010, 11:56:52 PM

Quote from: Geezer on June 16, 2010, 09:49:15 PM

Quote from: Jiffy on June 16, 2010, 09:02:28 PM

I loved my 2 weeks of training in Austin. I was up in the Arboretum area as well and thought nothing but great things about the city. Lots of good food (but unfortunately I can't recall much beyond the already mentioned Rudy's), friendly people, well laid out highway system...I wish I was going back to Austin in August rather than Houston *shudder*.

I lived in Houston for 4 years - it's actually a pretty cool place if you know where to go. Post up another thread when you're on the way and I bet we can help you out smile

I lived in Houston for 6 years and I consider it to be the smelly armpit of America. I hate that city.

I thought New Jersey was the smelly armpit of America?
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« Reply #23 on: June 17, 2010, 01:18:26 AM »

Quote from: godhugh on June 16, 2010, 11:56:52 PM

Quote from: Geezer on June 16, 2010, 09:49:15 PM

Quote from: Jiffy on June 16, 2010, 09:02:28 PM

I loved my 2 weeks of training in Austin. I was up in the Arboretum area as well and thought nothing but great things about the city. Lots of good food (but unfortunately I can't recall much beyond the already mentioned Rudy's), friendly people, well laid out highway system...I wish I was going back to Austin in August rather than Houston *shudder*.

I lived in Houston for 4 years - it's actually a pretty cool place if you know where to go. Post up another thread when you're on the way and I bet we can help you out smile

I lived in Houston for 6 years and I consider it to be the smelly armpit of America. I hate that city.

I've been here 11 and I pretty much consider it the Devil's Butthole
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« Reply #24 on: June 17, 2010, 07:18:11 PM »

Quote from: th'FOOL on June 16, 2010, 06:41:23 PM

Again- Avenue B Grocery. You'll thank me later.

I'll try to track it down, but I don't want to stray all the way across the city.  If it's on the way to the airport, maybe I can check it out tomorrow.
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