Boutique, Antique & Speciality Stores

Austin is one of my favorite places to shop, with a wide variety of boutique, antique and specialty shops, it is very easy to spend weekends doing nothing but visiting stores.  Also, if you live in Austin or visit it regularly, make sure to visit the nearby cities of Salado and Fredericksburg which provide some of the most quaint shopping experiences nationwide. Here is the Top 10 List of Boutique, Antique and Specialty Stores in Austin:

1. Soigne Boutique

4800 Burnet Rd Ste 410
Austin, TX 78756

2. Spartan

215 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

3. Touch of Sass

500 North Lamar Ste 170
Austin, TX 78703

4. The Inglenook

360 Nueces St #2108
Austin, TX 78701

5. Adelante

1206 West 38th St
Austin, TX

6. Francesca’s Collections

3300 Bee Caves Rd Ste 420
Austin, TX 78746

7. b. chic

2805 Bee Caves Rd
Austin, TX 78746

8. Feather’s Boutique

1700 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

9. Envie Boutique

4901 Woodrow Ave
Austin, TX 78756

10. Primadora

1912 South Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

Best Places to Live in Austin

Austin is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve had the pleasure of living in.  Its climate allows for trees and grass to remain a luscious green practically all year round and despite its growth, it has maintained its charm.  Out of all the neighborhoods I’ve visited, I never cease to be amazed at the beauty of the landscaping and architecture, the community that leads the list is the Barton Creek Country Club.  Barton Creek is home to one of the most breathtaking golf courses in the state and will amaze you with its southern elegance.  I can’t imagine a better place in live.

1. Barton Creek Country Club

Southwest Austin

2. Clarksville

Clarksville extends from MoPac to North Lamar Boulevard (East to West) and extends from West 6th Street to West 15th Street (North to South). Clarksville borders downtown, so all of the clubs and restaurants are just minutes away. It’s also just around the corner from 6th Street and Lamar, which contains the popular shopping area that includes Whole Foods, Book People, Waterloo Records, and Amy’s Ice Cream.

3. Hyde Park

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association defines the neighborhood as stretching from 38th Street to 45th (north to south) and Guadalupe to Duval (east to west). It is only moments away from Interstate-35.

4. South Congress

SoCo’s boundaries run from just South of Town Lake on the North and to Oltorf in the South, then West to South First Street and along the eastern edge of Congress Avenue.

5. Travis Heights

South of the Colorado River and tucked between Interstate 35 and South Congress Avenue

6. Barton Springs

Robert E Lee Rd to S 6th St and Collier St

7. Bouldin Creek

South Congress Avenue borders the Bouldin Creek neighborhood in the East and its Western edge is marked by Bouldin Creek.

8. Barton Hills

From Barton Springs Rd to Barton Skyway and S. Lamar Blvd to MoPac

9. Lamar

North-Oltorf; South-Ben White; West-South Lamar/Manchaca; and East-Union Pacific Railroad.

10. Westlake Hills

Bee Cave Road is the main artery through Westlake Hills and leads West to the lakes and East to Zilker Park.

Austin’s Best Dining Experiences

November 20, 2008 by Jordan David  
Filed under Best Overall Dining Experience, Featured

Austin may be one of the best cities in the country to visit if you are a dining connoisseur.  From great wines to a wide variety of menu options, the city continually amazes myself and my palette.  Out of the all the dining establishments I’ve had the pleasure of visiting these past few years I was the most impressed by Green Pastures.  Green Pastures began its 60-year tradition of elegant dining rather quietly. But friends told friends, and the word spread. Austin’s neighborhood retreat quickly became known citywide as the place to enjoy sumptuous gourmet dishes, fine wine and true Southern hospitality.

1. Green Pastures

811 W Live Oak St
Austin, TX 78704

2. Driskill Grill

604 Brazos St
Austin, TX

3. Hudson’s on the Bend

3509 Highway 620
Austin, TX  78734

4. Cafe Caprice

900 W 10th St
Austin, TX 78703

5. Castle Hill Cafe

1101 W Fifth St
Austin, TX 78703

6. Jeffrey’s Restaurant

1204 W Lynn St
Austin, TX 78703

7. Vespaio

1610 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

8. Uchi

801 S Lamar
Austin, TX

9. Malaga

208 W. Fourth St
Austin, TX

10. Chez Nous

510 Neches St
Austin, TX 78701

Austin Gyms & Health Clubs

November 15, 2008 by Jordan David  
Filed under Featured, Gyms & Health Clubs, Lifestyle

I am definitely a fan of a “community” style health club.  If I am able to work out in a friendly and motivating atmosphere I can accomplish my goals much easier than in a stuffy gym.  That is why I’ve selected the Austin Fitness Center has the top health club in the city.  Visit it and you will see what I mean.

1. Austin Fitness Center

3100 Slaughter Ln Ste 100
Austin, TX 78748

2. Mecca Gym & Spa

524 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

3. Hyde Park Gym

4125 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78751

4. Pure

907 W 5th St
Austin, TX 78703

5. Lake Austin Spa Resort

1705 S Quinlan Park Rd
Austin, TX 78732

6. Workshop Fitness

2210 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

7. Sunstone Yoga Northwest Austin

10710 Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78759

8. Body Business Health Club & Spa

3801 N Capital of Texas Hwy Ste I-100
Austin, TX 78746

9. Adam’s Personal Training

7739-G Northcross Dr
Austin, TX 78757

10. Gym One

3300 W Anderson Ln Ste 301
Austin, TX 78757

Austin’s Best Golf Courses

November 15, 2008 by Jordan David  
Filed under Featured, Golf Courses, Lifestyle

Like many other cities with beautiful weather all-year round, Austin boasts some of the best golf courses in Texas and if you enjoy the sport you will not be disappointed.  This was a difficult list to create, however my favorite course was the University of Texas Golf Course.  With its rolling hills and well maintained facilities, you are sure to have a fun-filled day (Austin 10 does not take responsibility for your slice!).

1. University of Texas Golf Course

2200 University Club Dr
Austin, TX 78732

2. Barton Creek - Fazio Foothills

8212 Barton Club Drive
Austin, TX 78735

3. Lakeway - Yaupon Golf Course

26 Club Estates Parkway
Austin, TX 78738

4. Avery Ranch

10500 Avery Club Dr
Austin, TX 78717

5. Falconhead Golf Club

15201 Falconhead Blvd
Austin, TX 78738

6. Teravista Golf Club

4333 Terra Vista Club Dr
Round Rock, TX  78665

7. ColoVista

100 Country Club Dr
Bastrop, TX 78602

8.  Wolfdancer

575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd
Lost Pines, TX 78612

9. The Golf Club - Star Ranch

2500 FM 685
Hutto, TX 78634

10. Bluebonnet Hill Golf Course

9100 Decker Ln
Austin, TX 78724

Austin Apartments and Condos

Whether you are a student or young professional, Austin has a terrific lineup of apartments and condos for great prices compared to other metropolitan areas around the country.  So which complex won the top honors?  Well, if you are like me and enjoy sitting out by the pool, I think you will enjoy living at the Bella Sarah Apartments.  As you can see from the picture below, this complex provides its residents with a gorgeous pool and recreation area on top of a long list of additional amenities that will make living in Austin even more enjoyable.

1. Bella Sarah Apartments

12800 Center Lake Drive
Austin, TX 78753

2. Amli Downtown

201 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701

3. Bluff Springs Townhomes

7100 Bluff Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78744

4. Remington Hills

10601 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78748

5. Domain Apartments

11400 Domain Dr
Austin, TX 78758

6. Windsor At Barton Creek

2611 Bee Cave Rd
Austin, TX 78746

7. Deerfield Luxury Apartments

8600 Brodie Ln
Austin, TX 78745

8. Legacy on the Lake

43 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

9. The Cottages

8515 S  Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78744

10. Reserve at Walnut Creek

8038 Exchange Dr
Austin, TX 78754

Austin Mexican Restaurants

October 31, 2008 by Jordan David  
Filed under Featured, Mexican, Restaurants

If you like tex-mex as much as myself, Austin Mexican restaurants will leave you satisfied.  One word of caution, don’t try to walk in without reservations on a Friday or Saturday night at some of the top Mexican dining establishments on this list, most of them have 30-60 minute waits.  I have a special restaurant topping this particular list:

El Borrego De Oro is a Mexican restaurant that has 2 locations: one in Austin and one in Red Rock. They serve authentic Mexican food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner while providing live entertainment on the weekends. The restaurant maintains a comfortable and casual dining atmosphere. Enjoy live music on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., as well as margaritas and mixed drinks to go along with delicious Mexican dishes.

1. El Borrego De Oro

3900 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

2. La Jolla

1817 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

3. Juan In a Million

2300 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

4. Berryhill Baja Grill

3600 N Capital of Texas Highway
Austin, TX 78746

5. La Posada Mexican Restaurant

6800 W Gate Blvd
Austin, TX 78745

6. Chuy’s

1728 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704

7. Antonio’s Mexican Restaurant

16912 N Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78664

8. Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill

1110 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703

9. Maudie’s Cafe

2608 W 7th St
Austin, TX 78703

10. Curra’s Grill North

614-E Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78702

Best Places to Stay in Austin

Austin has become a top business and tourist hotspot over the past few years, and with the increase in visitors, the lodging accommodations have improved dramatically.  From traditional hotels to quaint bed & breakfast destinations, I’ve enjoyed my tour of the city’s best places to stay.  The top spot of the hotels and lodging list goes to The Driskill Hotel, a magnificently appointed hotel located in a great part of the city.

1. The Driskill Hotel

604 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701

2. Barton Creek

8212 Barton Club Dr
Austin, TX 78735

3. Mansion at Judges Hill

1900 Rio Grande Ste 100
Austin, TX 78705

4. Four Seasons Hotel Austin

98 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

5. The Wyndham Garden Hotel-Austin

3401 South IH 35
Austin, TX 78741

6. San Jose Hotel

1316 S Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704

7. Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark

4140 Governors Rows
Austin, TX 78744

8. The Austin Motel

1220 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

9. InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Luxury Hotel

701 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

10. Sheraton Austin Hotel

701 East 11th St
Austin, TX 78701