• Remember to ask for the fatty marbled cut
  • BBQ is a morning meal because that’s when the meat is the freshest
  • Most places are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
  • Most places close in the early afternoon, or when they sell out
  • ⅓ pound is a decent amount of meat, especially if you’re eating sides too
Terry Black’sour Airbnb hosts said it’s sort of touristy, but I enjoyed it the most
Salt Licknot dry-rub covered, but sauce covered
Scotty’scame here as a last option; it was too dry and our least favorite
La BBQnot open when we went
Micklethwaitnot open when we went
OthersFranklin, Stiles Switch, Freedman’s, Valentina’s


  • There is no ice cream scene
Gordough’s 🍩incredible donuts, reminiscent of funnel cake. Crispy on the outside, but doughy and fluffy on the inside. Each donut is huge, so I recommend making multiple visits
Dolce Nevesolid gelato. Probably the best ice cream you’ll get in Austin
Lick Ice Cream
Amy’s Ice Creamnot good if you have standards


  • Lady Bird Lake is actually a river
Barton Springs Roadnice walk after eating too much. Also runner and biker friendly
Barton Springs Poolpopular spring to wade in
“Secret” beach


  • Seating is abundant, and restaurants are spacious
  • Sit-down restaurants don’t tend to have a parking lot, but offer free valet

Waiter service

Odd Duck 🍳modern take on Southern food. My favorite meal during the trip (brunch)
Uchirecommended to us by many friends, Asian and non-Asian. The food was low-quality and everything tasted monotonously of soy sauce

Counter service

South Congress Cafehighly rated on Yelp. Average diner food
Hopdoddypretty good burgers and milkshakes
Taco Jointinexpensive breakfast tacos were stuffed with eggs and meat. I would revisit in a heartbeat


Houndstooth Coffeethere are a few locations, solid latte
TOMSdon’t roll your eyes, the cold brew is good


Whole Foodsflagship store has a bar, which people actually hang out in. We picked a few specialty beers to drink at our Airbnb
Rainey Streetfun 2 block strip of bars built in old homes. Drinks are much cheaper than in SF. Free parking at the Mexican American Cultural Center
Icenhauer’sgreat sangria deal. They also play hip hop on poppin nights
Lucillegood cocktails and seating in twinkly-lit outdoor yard