Austin’s food scene was impressive

Austin’s food scene was impressive

On Sunday it was time to leave San Antonio and head to Austin. We stopped at San Marcos Premium Outlets and the adjacent Tanger Outlets San Marcos for some shopping. After a couple of hours of shopping and some lunch, we drove on to Austin.

Rooftop terrace and seafood

Once we arrived in Austin we checked in at Courtyard by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center and got settled. Next, we headed out to a rooftop bar for some refreshments. We enjoyed the views and cocktails at Westin Austin Downtown’s Azul Rooftop Lounge. While there we decided to reserve a table at the nearby Eddie V’s Prime Seafood for dinner. We kicked off dinner with some tuna tartar and for mains, it was scallops and a breaded fried fish fillet. The food was delicious. After dinner, we headed back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep.

Refreshing cocktails at Azul Rooftop Lounge
The pool at the rooftop lounge
Views over Austin
Austin downtown
Austin by night
Spot our hotel
Tuna tartar at Eddie V’s
Scallops cooked to perfection
Tasty fish fillet

Food truck park

On Monday we headed to the Picnic Food Truck park for an early lunch. There we opted for Mexican from Have a Taco. We ordered chicken nachos and a Taco Pastor and washed them down with Jarritos. It was super yummy. After returning from lunch and dropping off our car at the hotel, we strolled around downtown. We visited the Book People bookstore and Waterloo Records. Eventually, we ended up at Rainey Street Historic District. There we found a nice terrace at Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden where we enjoyed a couple of beers/ciders and a serving of Fried Pickle Spears. This was the first time we had fried pickles and I must admit they make a great beer snack.

Welcome to the Picnic Food Truck Park
Chilling at the food truck park while waiting for our food
Chicken nachos and a Taco Pastor
Snaps of Austin
Where old and modern mingle
Colorado river in Austin
Strolling along Rainey Street
Cute houses on Rainey Street
The historic district is surrounded by new construction
Banger’s beer garden
Fried pickles
Impressive sausage and beer offering
Another example of old and new next to each other
One more cute house

Texas BBQ

Eventually, we strolled back to the hotel, relaxed for a bit, and got ready for dinner. We ordered an Uber and headed out to an authentic Texas experience – BBQ. The spot we had chosen was Terry Black’s BBQ. The place was busy and we joined the line to order our grub. We chose brisket, a beef rib, an original and a jalapeno cheese sausage. For sides, we picked mac-n-cheese and coleslaw. After we paid, we headed to the terrace to enjoy our meal. It was outstanding. I do get why people rave about Texas BBQ, you could almost call it an art form. With our stomachs filled to the brim, we ubered back to the hotel and lounged around for the rest of the night.

BBQ time
The outdoor dining area
The meat is being barbecued
Time to feast on some BBQ

Our first full day in Austin proved a culinary delight and left me anticipating what other delicacies would be in store. Stay tuned for our second day in Austin.

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