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Experience Austin, TX

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Austin is the capital of Texas, an energetic college town and a vibrant city known for its hip, creative, and bohemian vibe – reinforced by the locals’ motto, “Keep Austin Weird.” The city has more music venues per capita than any other U.S. city;(1) a strong theater community with a growing improv comedy scene; a thriving downtown nightlife with Sixth Street, the Warehouse District, and SoCo (South Congress); and many cultural offerings. There’s also lots of green space – with lakes, miles of biking and hiking trails, golf courses and 300 days of sunshine to enjoy them. When it comes to food, Austin doesn’t disappoint either. You can find restaurants offering everything from authentic Tex-Mex – including the best barbecue in America at Franklin Barbecue(2) – to more sophisticated cuisine. The city of Austin regularly lands on various publications’ lists of the best places to live in America(3). In 2012, Travel and Leisure chose it as one of the top cities for singles(4) and in 2013 Forbes named it one of the best cities for good jobs.(5)

  1. http://images.businessweek.com/slideshows/2012-09-26/americas-50-best-cities#slide44Austin
  2. http://www.seriouseats.com/2012/09/what-to-expect-at-franklins-barbecue-in-austin.html
  3. http://images.businessweek.com/slideshows/2012-09-26/americas-50-best-cities#slide44Austin
  4. http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-best-cities-for-singles
  5. http://www.forbes.com/sites/danielfisher/2013/02/25/texas-dominates-the-best-cities-for-good-jobs/

Learn More About Austin

Find out more about this city's attractions and notable chefs by clicking on any of the options listed below.

Unique Attractions

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  • 23rd St. Renaissance Market
  • Austin City Limits Music Festival
  • South By Southwest Music and Film Festival
  • The University of Texas Tower Tours
  • Texas State Capitol
  • The Harry Ransom Center
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
  • Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
  • Lady Bird Lake
  • Lake Travis
  • Barton Creek Green Belt
  • Barton Springs Pool (natural swimming hole)
  • SoCo (super hip, quirky area with eccentric stores, coffee shops, restaurants and festivals)
  • Congress Avenue Bridge Bats (largest urban bat population in the U.S.)

Social & Culinary Attraction

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  • Whole Foods Market World Headquarters
  • Sustainable Food Center
  • Weekly Farmers Markets
  • Austin Restaurant Week
  • TX Monthly BBQ Festival
  • Texas Hill Country Food and Wine Festival
  • World-famous Salt Lick BBQ
  • Food Trailers throughout the city

Austin Area Chefs

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  • Executive Chef Tyson Cole (Uchi; Food & Wine Top Chef; James Beard Award Winner 2011)
  • Damian Mandola (Owner,Trattoria Lisina and Mandola’s Market; co-founder or Johnny Carraba’s)
  • Chef d’ Cuisine Paul Qui (Uchiko Restaurant; East Side Kings Food Trailer; Le Cordon Bleu Austin graduate)
  • Executive Chef James Holmes (Olivia; former Le Cordon Bleu Austin chef instructor; cooked at James Beard House)
  • Executive Chef Janelle Reynolds (Bess Bistro [Sandra Bullock’s restaurant]; Le Cordon Bleu Austin graduate)
  • Executive Chef Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine Restaurant and Odd Duck Trailer; one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs 2011)
  • Executive Chef Rene Ortiz (La Condesa, cooked at James Beard House)
  • Executive Chef David Bull (Congress)
  • Executive Chef David Garrido (Garrido’s)
  • And Much More!

 

Average Temperatures

  • January 40° – 60°
  • July 73° – 95°

Nicknames

  • Live Music Capital of the World

Neighborhoods

  • East 6th Street
  • Hyde Park
  • Manor Road
  • North Austin (Domain area near campus)
  • SoCO
  • And More

Transportation

  • Capital Metro - bus

Sports

  • University of Texas Longhorns
  • Toros (NBA Development League)
  • Ice Bats (Minor League Hockey)
  • Round Rock Express (Pacific Coast League Baseball)
  • Aztex (United Soccer League)
 

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