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

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 BBQ

November 15, 2008 by Jordan David  
Filed under BBQ

I’ve traveled around the world, and when I want great BBQ I always come back to Austin, TX.  My Obsession started when I was 9 years old with a visit to the County Line near Barton Creek and I’ve had the pleasure of visiting dozens of other establishments since then, and each BBQ Restaurant seems to get better.  Presently, Stubbs is has the top distinction on the list for their fun atmosphere and fantastic food.  Many couples also choose Stubbs for Wedding receptions.

1. Stubb’s

801 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701

2. County Line on the Hill

6500 W Bee Cave Rd
Austin, TX 78746

3. Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q

2451 Capital of Texas Highway S
Austin, TX 78746

4. Iron Works Barbecue

100 Red River
Austin, TX 78701

5. Ben’s Longbranch BBQ

6500 W Bee Cave Rd
Austin, TX 78746

6. Artz Rib House

2330 S Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78704

7. Salt Lick 360

3801 N Capital of Texas Highway
Austin, TX 78746

8. Black’s Barbecue

215 N Main St
Lockhart, TX 78644

9. Kreuz Market

619 N Colorado St
Lockhart, TX 78644

10. Louie Mueller’s Barbecue

206 W Second St
Taylor, TX 76574

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