12 hours in Austin

4 Feb

Gosh dang it, I wish we had spent more time in Austin. The city is so lively, so quirky and yes, so weird. You know how the slogan goes, keep Austin weird, y’all. Well, I added the y’all, but you get the point. Austin is a blast and lucky for us, just an hour drive from San Antonio.

We only had one day to explore, and we did our best to make the most of it (even with my disgusting head cold). A big thanks to Sebastian for putting up with my constant nose blowing, slow walking and whiny moments.

Here’s how we spent 12 hours in the capital of Texas:

Late breakfast/early lunch at Lucky’s Puccias
Open: Mon-Tues 11a.m.-3p.m.; Wed-Fri 11a.m.-3p.m. and 6-9p.m.; Sat 12-2p.m. and 6-9p.m.; Sun 12-2p.m.
Address: 817 W. 5th Street

Lucky's Puccias in Austin | www.the-wild-child.com #austin

Since I felt like I was on my death bed the day before we visited Austin, we spent a lot of time in our hotel room watching the Food Network. Ever see Eat St.? They cover all the amazing street food you can find in the U.S. and we just so happened to see an episode featuring Austin. Coincidence? Maybe. Destiny? Definitely. Our first stop in Austin was straight to Lucky’s Puccias, where the bread is made to order – crispy on the outside, soft on the inside delicious Puccia bread. I tried one with prosciutto, mozzarella, arugula, tomato and basil oil, while the bf had the Puccia Classica with smoked ham, fontina cheese, mixed greens, tomato, onion and chipotle mayo. This was a great kick-off to exploring Austin.

Lucky's Puccias in Austin Texas | www.the-wild-child.com #austin

Get your history on at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum
Open: 9a.m.-5p.m.
Cost: $8 for adults
Address: 2313 Red River Street

Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum in Austin Texas | www.the-wild-child.com #austin

This was the second Presidential Library I’ve ever visited, and I have to say, I was very impressed. There were great exhibits, including a legacy gallery of the legislation passed by LBJ, images and artifacts from the fatal day JFK was assassinated, a social justice gallery featuring Civil Rights background, LBJ’s limousine, cases of gifts received by the Johnsons and a reproduction of the Oval Office. The museum showcases so much history, not only on LBJ, but America as a whole during his presidency.

Leisurely stroll at the Texas State Capitol
Open: Weekdays 7a.m.-10p.m.; Sat-Sun 9a.m.-8p.m.
Address: Congress and 11th St. (although you really can’t miss it when you’re downtown)

State Capitol in Austin Texas | www.the-wild-child.com #austin

This wasn’t on the top of my list, but when in Austin. However, the Texas capitol building really is beautiful (and it’s free). We enjoyed leisurely walking through and checking out the chambers of the Texas Legislature and the interior architecture. Fun fact – it’s taller than the U.S. Capitol in D.C., and the dome itself is worth the visit.

State Capitol Dome in Austin Texas | www.the-wild-child.com #austin

Inside the capitol building in Austin Texas | www.the-wild-child.com #austin

State Capitol building in Austin Texas | www.the-wild-child.com #austin[how cute is this guy?]

Afternoon pick me up at Chupacabra Cantina
Open: 11a.m.-2a.m.
Address: 400 East 6th Street

Chupacabra Cantina in Austin Texas | www.the-wild-child.com #austin

After learning about LBJ and walking through the state capitol, we were hungry – but not hungry enough for dinner. We wanted to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine so we randomly happened upon the Chupacabra Cantina with an outdoor patio. It had a bit of a hipster flair, but the Tex-Mex was delicious. We tried the deluxe nachos, and I had a massive margarita. It was the perfect place to people watch and felt oh so Austin.

Bar hopping on Sixth Street

In addition to the Chupacabra Cantina, there are a bunch of different restaurants/clubs/bars you can check out on Sixth Street. It’s part of the entertainment district in Austin, and most places we passed had live music playing. We didn’t actually bar hop, but it would be a fun place to do it if you have more time.

Dinner at Foreign & Domestic
Open: Tue-Thurs 5:30-9:30p.m.; Fri-Sat 5:30-11p.m.; Sun-Mon Closed
Address: 306 E. 53rd St.

Chefs cooking at Foreign and Domestic in Austin Texas | www.the-wild-child.com #austin

This restaurant was another stop on our Diners Drive-Ins and Dives tour, and along with the others, it did not disappoint. It’s located in a tiny building on the outskirts of the city. We opted to sit at the counter and watch as our dinner was prepared. They have a clear attention to detail, resulting in beautiful and delicious food. I tried the salmon with cauliflower, brussel sprouts, capers and almonds, and Sebastian had the cacao e pepe with parmesan, chestnuts and black truffle. If you ever make it there, ask for the gruyere popovers as an appetizer. Beyond amazing.

Foreign and Domestic in Austin Texas | www.the-wild-child.com #austin

Delicious dinner at Foreign and Domestic in Austin Texas | www.the-wild-child.com #austin

If I wasn’t so worn out from the day (stupid cold), we would have headed back to Sixth Street, but I was ready to go home. I’m looking forward to going back some day – I know we only scratched the surface of this city.

3 Responses to “12 hours in Austin”

  1. Pat 02/05/2014 at 7:27 am #

    I always enjoy reading your adventures around the world an the United States. So interesting it’s almost like being there, but would love to see the presidential library in person. Love an hugs!,,

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Uncle Bob 02/06/2014 at 11:03 pm #

    Thanks for sharing.. Sounds like fun except for the cold. Hope that’s gone. Give the big guy a hug and you need to drag him to Calif one of these days!!! Give him a big hug when you get a chance. Love, Ur unc


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