Basically the best flight ever. We sat in the front row and chatted the whole time while enjoying bloody mary’s. The time flew by and pretty soon we were touching down in the great state of Texas. We had gone back and forth about renting a car, but when we saw there was a handful of Zipcars within blocks of our hotel, we decided to just cab it to the hotel.
We arrived at W Austin and our room wasn’t quite ready, so we walked over to Mulberry for some breakfast and beverages. See that mimosa? $3! Austin prices brunch beverages so low you feel stupid not to order one. I’m fairly confident the going rate for mimosas in Chicago is in the $10 range. You win, Texas.
We walked around a bit before getting a call our room was ready. We ended up getting a sweet upgrade to a beautiful room with a stunning view.
Since we started off with a late brunch, we ended up getting a later lunch. Barbecue was on the mind, so we did some scouting. Franklins was sold out (shocking), so we walked over to La Barbecue. There was a guy in line with a sign plastered on his back that said ‘Sold Out’, but after chatting with some people in line, they said it only means that food is not guaranteed. Since they had free beer and we were not starving, we decided to wait in line and see if we got any of the sought-after barbecue. My husband did some googling and a quick count of the line and determined that would get some food.
Luckily, he was right. The pulled pork, sausages, and ribs were sold out, but we got some smoked turkey and chopped brisket.
The hype is well-deserved. This barbecue was incredible. Offering free beer is also a genius idea. I’m not typically a beer fan, but I was all about it with the smoky brisket.
Since we were clearly well-fed, we headed over to Lamberts for happy hour with a friend from college instead of dinner. After a couple drinks, we ordered baked oysters and Frito pie. I thought Frito Pie would be like white trash nachos, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was exceptionally salty, but tasty after a couple drinks.
Apparently this is also a normal thing in Austin because I saw Frito pie on several menus. Who knew?
Day one conclusion? Austin is delicious. Eating and drinking was the clear theme of the vacation.