One of Our Favorite Places (And We May Be Biased)
Centrally located in Texas, Austin is also the capital of the Lone Star State. The city first got its beginnings in the 1830s from the first Anglo-American settlers. In 1837, it was called Waterloo and adopted the Austin name in 1839. Austin comes from Stephen F. Austin, the “Father of Texas.” In the summer of 2020, Austin reached a population of over a million people, and it keeps growing!
Austin’s mild climate translates into an average of 300 days of sunshine each year, and that means residents can experience outdoor activities all year round. The city is surrounded by greenery and several state parks, plus Lake Travis and Lake Austin are nearby. Besides the climate, Austin is well known for its entertainment venues, number of live performances, and bustling music scene, making it the “Live Music Capital of the World.” South by Southwest and Austin City Limits are popular local festivals that take place in Downtown Austin to celebrate live music from all over the world and draw in thousands of people each year.
Austin is a very vibrant and active city. No matter the temperature or time of year, you’re bound to see people running, paddleboarding, biking, or kayaking. The parks, lakes, trails, and gorgeous weather keep residents exploring the outdoors.
Repeatedly recognized as the best city to move to and the best place to retire, Austin has a low cost of living, high-quality living, and favorable employment opportunities. It’s no mystery why the city appeals to everyone. Austin is a beacon for businesses and large corporations like Tesla, Indeed, Facebook, Google, and Apple. They have offices in the city or the surrounding area. The low tax structure, educated workforce, and collaborative spirit between the government and businesses make Austin a great place for small businesses and large corporations alike. There’s a reason many companies are moving out of Silicon Valley and to Austin. Austin has it all!
Franklin’s may be one of the most talked-about eateries in all of Austin, and for good reason. After one taste of the brisket, ribs, turkey, and house-made sausages, you’ll understand why Austinites lineup to be the first to place a BBQ order each day.
The ramen, katsu sliders, and hush piggies are just the beginning of the delicacies you’ll find on the menu. The Japanese noodle soups will envelop you in warmth with every bit and have your taste buds singing.
Veracruz All Natural
When Austin residents talk about where to find the best tacos, Veracruz All Natural is sure to be named more than a few times. The tastiness starts with the handmade corn and flour tortillas and ends with the fresh salsas.
Emmer & Rye
For a higher-end dining experience, check out the cacio e pepe and wagyu steaks offered at Emmer & Rye. The menu is a treat and the dessert options are the cherry on top of a wonderful dining experience.
Combining Asian flavors with the Southern classics makes for a unique dining experience you can’t get anywhere else. You’ll love the Dan Dan noodles and Asian pear miso salad they have on their menu.
Craving a little sushi? With fish flown in daily from Tokyo, chefs who have mastered the traditional techniques, and some wildcard staples on the menu, Uchi is a must-visit.
The menu is filled with classic pizzas as well as tasty concoctions that are Dough Boy originals. You may come for the wood-fired Neapolitan pies, but you’ll keep coming back to try all of their menu options and devour an order of garlic knots while you’re at it.
Arlo’s is sure to shock your tastebuds. By the first bite, you won’t believe that the comfort food you’re indulging in is plant-based. The vegan dishes include seitan-stuffed tacos, BBQ soy burgers, and sweet potato fries and tots.
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