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A Plateful of Austin Barbecue and Blues

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A November 2007 trip to Austin by sararevell

Driskill Hotel Photo, Austin, Texas More Photos
Quote: Austin is living proof that great things come in small packages. The downtown is a celebration of 19th century architecture and vibrant music clubs, catering to young and old alike. Austin is also home to some wonderful restaurants, and it wasn’t long before we became bona fide barbecue addicts.

A Plateful of Austin Barbecue and Blues

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Staying at the Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin was a highlight in my life, not just of this trip. This hotel is the crowning glory of Austin’s well-preserved downtown core, having undergone its most recent renovation in the late 1980s. I was staying there on business (sadly for one night only) but would implore anyone to stop in at the adjoining Bakery and Café or at the very least, take a walk through the stunning hotel lobby and opulent bar and lounge area.Austin is extremely pedestrian friendly, with many shops, bars and restaurants centered in and around the 6th Street district. We discovered on a Friday night that this area really comes alive as bars open their doors and invite every ...Read More

Driskill Hotel

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Hotel | "The Driskill "

Driskill Hotel Photo, Austin, Texas
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If you’ve ever wondered how the other half live, book a night’s stay at The Driskill. If you can’t afford to, go there anyway and walk around. This hotel impresses from the minute you step inside with it’s gleaming marble floors, towering pillars and expansive lobby and lounge areas.We arrived after an early morning flight from Washington DC, looking and feeling a little worse for wear. In spite of our appearance, the staff was all smiles and swiftly checked us in. Meanwhile our luggage had disappeared but was delivered to us in our room within minutes. I began to understand that at The Driskill, you really do get what you pay for. The service is incredible, and the presentation of almost ev...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 30, 2007

Driskill Hotel
604 BRAZOS ST
Austin, Texas 78701
512-474-5911

Omni Austin Hotel Downtown

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Hotel | "Omni Austin Hotel Downtown – Outside In"

Omni Austin Hotel Downtown Photo, Austin, Texas
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The Omni Hotel in Austin is an interesting place. The building takes up an entire city block and shares the space with offices, which we could see into from our room. The reason why the hotel part is interesting is because the view from our window down across the lobby, restaurant and coffee shop was entirely enclosed. This meant that technically we were looking out at the inside of the building.We reluctantly left The Driskill (the first night was for business, the second night was on our own dime) and walked up the hill to the Omni, which was bustling with guests checking in and out. Despite all the activity the desk staff were very quick to check us in and equally as friendly as at The Dr...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 30, 2007

Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
700 SAN JACINTO
Austin, Texas 78701
512-476-3700

Roux Austin Cajun Con-fusion

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Restaurant | "Roux Restaurant"

Roux Austin Cajun Con-fusion Photo, Austin, Texas
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Roux is a deep warehouse of a restaurant and with all its door and windows opening up onto East 6th Street, it seems almost impossible not to fall into it at some point.Touted as a modern, New Orleans style restaurant, Roux also has a certain grittiness to it, which it owes to its beautiful exposed brick walls, flat screen televisions for sports viewers and eclectic art displays. It’s an environment that wants to appeal to everyone, and fortunately the menu does the same thing.On a very warm winter’s morning, we were catching an early lunch. Any pretense of trying to eat light went straight out the window once we saw the menu. Gumbo, bisque, cornbread, bison, oysters, jambalaya...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 30, 2007

Roux Austin Cajun Con-fusion
214 East Sixth Street
Austin, Texas
(512) 479-0474

Stubb's Barbeque

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Restaurant | "Stubb’s Bar-B-Q"

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If you want to experience incredible barbecue food, Stubb’s would be my first recommendation for two reasons: first, we only paid $9.95 for our meal, and second, it was delicious."Stubbs" was born Christopher B. Stubblefield in Navasota and opened his first restaurant in Lubbock in 1968. He made his first barbecue in a hickory pit and filled a nearby jukebox with vintage blues music. The Lubbock location is now closed but the legendary food and music lives on in Austin.We arrived on a lively Thursday night and were initially told that we would have a half hour wait. We wandered to the downstairs bar but before we could even place a drinks order, our remote button began flashing...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 30, 2007

Stubb's Barbeque
801 Red River St
Austin, Texas 78701
+1 512 480 8341

Iron Works Barbecue

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Restaurant | "Iron Works BBQ"

Iron Works Barbecue Photo, Austin, Texas
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Just down the road from Stubb’s, we found the red shed of Iron Works BBQ. As the name suggests, the building was originally the site of an iron works shop, run by German immigrant Fortunat Weigl. His business eventually closed in 1977 and paved the way for a different type of artistry – creating and serving fine barbecue sauces.Approaching the diminutive restaurant on a Friday night, I wondered if there would be room for us inside but I need not have worried. Iron Works is a little bit off the beaten path and certainly wasn’t as busy at Stubb’s. In addition, they have a self-service style counter where you collect your food and pay before you take your seat. There’s no wait staff so if you w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 30, 2007

Iron Works Barbecue
100 Red River St
Austin, Texas 78701
+1 512 478 4855

Halcyon

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Halcyon Photo, Austin, Texas
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Feeling a bit worse for wear after a night out on Sixth Street, we were very happy to find Halcyon. Located in the Warehouse District, Halcyon is a refuge for day-trippers and night owls. We stumbled upon it on a Sunday morning and whilst the place wasn’t packed, you tell it was popular, as small groups had already commandeered the few super-cosy spots inside.I sunk as far as I could into a lime green chair, which oddly complimented the electric orange coffee mugs. I ordered an Earl Grey tea, which they serve up in a "Teavana" canister. Luckily I have one at home so I know how it works but if you don’t know I’d recommend asking before you spill hot water over yourself. We also ordered a coup...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 30, 2007

Halcyon
218 W 4th St.
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 472-9637

Nuno's on Sixth

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Attraction | "Live Blues Music at Nuno’s "

Nuno's on Sixth Photo, Austin, Texas
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Nuno’s On Sixth was a bet we took that paid off tenfold. Up and down Sixth Avenue, friendly bouncers invite you in with the enticement that they don’t charge a cover fee (on their website Nuno’s claim to charge a $2 cover on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights so it may pay to show up earlier as we did at around 9pm.) With so many places to choose from, making a decision on a music venue in this town is not easy. We walked up and down Sixth Street and to the Warehouse District and back before we decided on Nuno’s. We were drawn in by the small warm-up band. My husband is a blues fan and I took it as a good sign that the singer was old and fragile looking and completely incomprehensible to me when he ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 30, 2007

Nuno's on Sixth
422 6th Street
Austin
(512) 833-5133