After a long week, I was really excited to spend a day in Austin. We booked through AirBnB and lucked out with a great place that was uber convenient to all the delicious food and shops on S. 1st St and S. Congress Ave. Here’s a rundown of our whirlwind 24 hours in Austin.
I was dying of hunger when we reached Austin, so after dropping off our bags, we walked to Sway. Sway is a beautifully designed Thai restaurant with super flavorful food. If you like spicy things, this is definitely the place for you. We got the pad kwetio (wide flat noodles with pork belly) and the beef fried rice (the beef is flavored with tamarind and topped with crispy shallots, which clearly make everything better). The dishes are pretty big and 2 dishes is more than enough for a 2-person lunch. You can opt to sit at the counter or at one of their huge communal tables.
Hangriness averted, we now continued our walk down S. 1st to Dolce Neve, which makes amazing gelatos with lots of gluten-free options. We opted for the Crema Dolce Neve (custard and lemon) and the Matcha Tea. A small is 2 scoops and it was the perfect refreshing after-lunch snack. We spent the rest of the afternoon shopping on S. Congress Ave. My favorites were Uncommon Objects (lots of random vintage goods arranged by color), Tesoros Trading (fair-trade folk art from around the world), and United Apparel Liquidators (liquidators of high-end apparel, great selection of shoes from Chloe, Pierre Hardy, and Maison Martin Margiela just to name a few; I got a great pair of black jeans for $10!).
On our way back, we passed by the Continental Club and decided to check it out. They have music every night of the week and no cover before 9pm. We spent an hour listening to the wonderful Blues Specialists. Don’t forget to tip the musicians if you come!
We had dinner at Lenoir, a small cozy restaurant on S. First St. They have a $40 prix fixe menu that includes 3 dishes from any category on the menu (so you’re not restricted to an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert). All of our 6 dishes were quite good but our favorites were the bowfin caviar dish (this dish comes with avocado and beets and is reminiscent of a Russian salad) and the buttermilk rabbit, which had a crunchy shell but was soft and tender on the inside. Our waitress was also lovely and friendly.
The next morning, we continued our feasting with a Miss Shortcake doughnut from the Gourdough’s trailer. It was covered in fresh strawberries and the doughnut was crispy and not too sweet. To get our morning caffeine fix, we headed to Once Over Coffee Shop. I got a toasty organic Hojicha and he got a cappuccino, which I’m told was quite good. To end our time in Austin, we decided to get some BBQ at Micklethwaite Craft Meats. It’s sort of recessed from Rosewood Avenue and easy to miss but it’s right after the FS Food Mart. The wait is about 40 minutes but the sun finally came out to greet us so standing in line was not too bad. They specialize in sausages and ribs. We got the 3 meat plate with kielbasa, pulled pork, and ribs. It’s $15.50 and comes with pickles, red onions, bread, and 2 sides. All of the meats were awesome and the BBQ sauce complemented them perfectly. It was the perfect end to a perfect 24 hours in Austin.