A Weird Article about Keeping Austin Weird

Scott Francis
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This article from the BBC is a strange one.  It is generally positive but it oddly gets certain things exactly right (boots are perfectly good business meeting attire) and other things oddly wrong (no one goes to bastrop for the art scene, there’s more going on in Austin), and odd level of attention on what brand new restaurants are “known for.”

But if anything, it is a sign that the linkage of Austin and London is increasing, and there’s a need to give some context to visiting Londoners on the experience of doing business in Austin.  In that sense they’re doing citizens of both cities a great service.

So let me add to it, for those visiting from the UK with time on your hands to explore:

  1. Skip Bastrop. Go to Lockhardt and try the BBQ at Kreutz’ Market.  Do not be surprised when they don’t have plates, silverware, nor BBQ Sauce…
  2. Try the tacos.  Even if you think you don’t like them. Try them. Especially, try the tacos if thy are some kind of fusion of other types of food. I’m thinking Chilantro and Peached Tortilla.
  3. Have a Texas Martini (aka Mexican Martini).  Replace gin and vermouth with tequila and you’re on your way. Not everyone likes them but if Austin has an official drink, this is it.
  4. If you like coffee, visit one of: Houndstooth, Cafe Medici, Juan Pelota, Figure 8, etc.  Lots of great shops with knowledgeable baristas.
  5. Check out the view at Mount Bonnell or the Oasis.
  6. Buy a pair of boots at Allen’s boots.  they’ll take good care of you.

Come back to Austin sometime when SXSW isn’t going on – the city is still fun and interesting, but not *quite* as weird!

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