So last year I posted a journal about places to eat in Austin, as well as some general tips for the city. This year, I'll also be including a few of our new ride sharing services, since both Uber and Lyft have left our city.
Ride Sharing services as of 5-29:
You can use https://ridefinder.io to see what services will pick you up, and even get an estimate before calling a ride.
Arcade City, Wingz, GetMe, and Fare are a few. Please research the ride sharing options you use, as most of them may not be following city regulations, which means that your driver may not have had a background check, or be registered as a driver with the city. You can always call a cab, and they can usually have someone out within 30 minutes off peak. Times may be longer during peak hours.
Your best bet for getting rides to and from events is to reach out and see if other people who have vehicles might have a seat for you.
For those of you with vehicles: Parking is awful, and you're going to have to pay for it. It might be cheaper to park in your hotel and have them charge it to your room. If you see a bunch of empty spots, check to make sure they're open, and not restricted or off limits parking. Austin likes to tow.
Franks - 5th and Colorado, Good, but don’t bet on it, also they won’t seat you unless you’re all there
Searsucker - 5th and Colorado, okay for the cost
Iron Cactus - 6th and Trinity, tequila! And happy hour in the afternoons, they also have very tasty eats, and a second floor covered dining area that overlooks the street.
Moonshine - East Side of Convention Center has a great Sunday brunch 9-2, but get there early.
Royal Blue Grocery - several locations, has great, healthy options for a quick snack, multiple locations downtown.
If you don't mind a walk, Gourdoughs (trailer) is a mile and a half away from the CC on 1st South if the river. Go during the week and it won't be too busy.
Hut's Hamburgers - on 6th and West, but it's delicious, and within walking distance of the convention center.
Downtown Hamburgers - directly South of the convention center, outside dining only, very tasty.
Iron Works BBQ - is in the same lot as the convention center (the southeast side) and has some traditional style BBQ. Fun fact, it used to be a forge.
IHOP - southeast of the convention center on Cesar Chaves and the IH35 frontage road.
Fogo de Chão - Immediately west of the convention center, they're open during lunch and dinner, they're going to be on the higher end for price, but it's the most delicious.
Roppolo's - on 6th between Neches and Trinity, delicious Pizza by the slice, open late and so good.
Also, there is a Gold's Gym downtown, if you have a membership, on 6th and Brazos.
A few general truths about eating throughout the city:
Torchy's - They're all tiny, and parking is a joke.
Ramen - They're almost always going to be packed, plan on waiting.
Hopdoddy - Parking is decent (by Austin Standards) but they are almost always packed. They'll serve you booze while you wait in line though.
Brunch of any kind - Be prepared for a minimum wait of close to an hour, no matter where you go, no matter when you get there.
Bars downtown - A lot of the bars are 21+, but there's no reason to go to one with a cover, there are plenty of bars without a door charge that are fantastic.
Our city does not allow stores to provide plastic bags, you bring a bag, or you buy one.
There's a Fiesta Mart on IH35 and E 38th 1/2 st, the produce is fresh and it's usually pretty cheap.
There's an HEB on E41st and Red River, along with several places to eat.
There are two Whole Foods on Lamar, one on 6th and the other on 10th.
If you have questions about Austin, shoot me a message and I will do my best to provide a good answer for you.