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A FOODIE'S GUIDE TO AUSTIN

July 8, 2016

DAY 1 - SOUTH CONGRESS

Start your day with breakfast at Café No Sé at South Congress Hotel with the ricotta hotcakes and avocado toast.

Grab an iced turbo from Jo’s Coffee and take a photo at the "I Love You So Much” wall around the corner of the coffee shop.

Explore the shops on South Congress - Cove, Sunroom, and By Georgeare a couple of my favorite boutiques.

Big Top Candy Shop is filled with old-school confections and Uncommon Objects features an eclectic selection of antiques.

You can’t visit Austin without eating tacos and the Torchy’s Tacosoriginal location is on Bouldin Creek at South First Street. Order the Democrat, Republican, or Independent taco with green chile queso and frozen margaritas (also one of Austin's most Instagram worthyrestaurants!).

Go paddle boarding or kayaking on Lady Bird Lake with the best view of downtown Austin.

Sway Thai is a popular restaurant on South First serving up modern Thai cuisine. Be sure to order the Son In Law and Thai Tea Affrogato.

If you’re looking for a more casual dinner, Home Slice Pizza serves authentic NY-style pizza on South Congress and 40 North serves wood-fired, Neapolitan pizza out of a trailer on South First.

DAY 2 - CENTRAL / DOWNTOWN

Beignets and the breakfast sandwich at Epicerie, the avocado toast atJosephine House, or breakfast tacos from Tacodeli are popular picks for breakfast in Central Austin.

Second Bar + Kitchen, Parkside, and Backspace are great picks for lunch in downtown Austin.

If swimming in 68-degree Barton Springs Pool isn’t for you, spend the day biking through Zilker Park.

The Picnic, Austin's premier food trailer park, is located right next to Zilker Park on Barton Springs Road. Steel City Popsicles, Hey!...You Gonna Eat or What?, Turf N' Surf Po Boy, and more are located here.

For dinner, make reservations for Emmer & Rye - Chef Kevin Fink was recently named one of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs. The team uses locally sourced produce and even mills their own flour in the morning for their handmade pasta.

If you're in the mood for upscale Chinese cuisine, Wu Chow is also a great option for dinner with the best soup dumplings and Peking duck in town.

DAY 3 - EAST AUSTIN

Paperboy is a cute food trailer in East Austin serving up delectable sandwiches, sweet and savory open faced toasts, and hearty breakfast bowls using only local farms and purveyors.

Hillside Farmacy, located right next door, is another popular option for breakfast serving locally sourced produce on the cozy patio (also one of Austin's bestoyster happy hours!).

Don't miss the puffy tacos and refreshing aquas frescas at El Chilito.

Love plants? East Austin Succulents has an impressive selection of succulents, cacti, and other plants.

Thirsty? Go on a craft beer brewery tour at Hops & Grain. Tours are given Tuesday through Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturdays at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. - they are approximately 45 minutes in length and include special samples not available in the tap room.

Hop over to Gelateria Gemelli for gelato made with local seasonal ingredients and craft cocktails.

For dinner, Justine’s Brasserie has incredible French cuisine with a cute patio. The steak frites and pork chops are delicious.

If you want a more casual dinner, Jacoby’s is a ranch-to-table dining experience with elevated Southern comfort staples and locally sourced beef from their own ranch.

End the night with drinks at Weather Up, Whisler’s, and/or Stay Gold.

Have the munchies after drinking? The fried chicken karaage and beet fries from East Side King at The Liberty bar hit the spot.