Austin is all over everybody's radar right now. It's got a unique blend of hipster cool, bohemian southwest and a touch of weird which can't be found anywhere else. With endless options for good food, shopping and funky hangout spots, Austin has established itself as a go-to destination for those seeking a getaway jam-packed with new experiences and some adventure.
I am very fortunate that my sister lives out there, giving me the perfect tour guide and second home to crash in. While I was out visiting this past March, we had a typical wonderfully weird night out in Austin complete with amazing tacos and unicorn rhinos. Follow along on our journey and hopefully it will inspire you to plan your own night out and about in the always entertaining city of Austin.
The first stop on the agenda was to my old favorite joint Black's BBQ. I was first introduced to Black's last year and I have been anxiously waiting to return. The brisket has everything you could ever want in a BBQ dinner, slow cooked and full of flavor. But for me the selling point are the side "fixings" (as they say in Texas). The cream corn and mac-n-cheese followed by a dessert of peach cobbler and pecan pie is a real dose of southern hospitality. One thing to note, this place is so popular that sometimes they will run out of food, which is exactly what happened to us on this night. But don't worry, I went back for lunch the next day and got my fill :).
Torchy's Damn Good Tacos
Since our original plans didn't go exactly as we hoped, the next stop was one out of pure curiosity. While I was on the plane ride to Austin, I overheard the flight attendants talking about their favorite Austin food spot. Apparently every time they flew to Austin they would all go to a place called Torchy's. Several passengers chimed in and gave their favorite food recommendations for this popular joint. You know if the locals love it then it has to be good. Naturally I had to try it out and I quickly discovered that Torchy's is a taco joint with a twist. From unusual names to unpredictable ingredients, there's big choices to make when ordering. I chose my food options based solely on the irony of the names. As one could predict, the Democrat taco was dramatically different than the Republican taco, but both equally as delicious.
Amy's Ice Cream
Next stop for the night was to the famous Amy's Ice Cream shop. Known for their odd and boozy flavored ice creams, it is very tough to pick a final contender. I settled on the flavor "Saturday Morning Cartoons" which literally tasted like Captain Crunch and milk in a ice cream form. My sister ordered the Rum and Raisin with lots of toppings pilled on. Take note, all flavors are not always available so if you see something that peaks your interest, EAT IT! Besides the amazing ice cream, best part of Amy's is that they're open until midnight during the week and 1 AM on weekends, making the perfect late night cravings spot.
Spider House Rules
We ended the night with a treat for the eyeballs at the Spider House. The best way to describe this place is to imagine a haunted house meets Alice in Wonderland with a touch of punk. This sprawling bar with a large outdoor space and adjacent ballroom is covered with trinkets and oddness everywhere you look. From what I can recall, the music that night was the prefect blend of early 2000's hits, making me feel instantly at home given the fact that this was may heyday in high school. After all this night of indulgence I was so ready to hit the hay. Keep it weird Austin!
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