Austin TX {Food Tour, Shopping S Congress, Driskill Bar, Matt’s El Rancho}

Our second day in the Lone Star State was full… full of fun, family and FOOD! Here’s how it all went down.

Austin TX
Terry Black’s BBQ & Broken Spoke
Food Tour, Shopping S Congress, Driskill Bar, Matt’s El Rancho
Joe’s Bakery, Segway Tour, Fairmont Austin

Austin Food Tour

I told you the boys wanted food and I knew a food tour would be a Texas-sized hit with them! We slept in and then hit the ground running on an amazing walking tour of the Austin food scene. We had a great sized group of 11 guests, including four tweens/teens. The walking part was easy and flat, with each of our five stops being within a few blocks of each other. We were treated to six different and unique Austin eats – all local and all absolutely delicious! There was so much more than bbq and tex-mex, which was a fun surprise! Our guide also sprinkled in info about the history of Austin, the food scene and the sites and building we visited. We were soooo full by the end that we were tempted to take an Uber the .4 miles back to our hotel, but decided a brisk walk would do us good. All in all, a unanimous 5* review from us.

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Brisket & Beans

Migas Taco



Sliders, Churros & Cheesecake

Shopping South Congress

After alllll the eating and a little live music, it was time for the shopping part of the bucket list! It was a gorgeous, sunny day for browsing all of the great shops on South Congress. We geared up in boots and hats and, as I told Sister and Cee, I’m officially in my cowboy mom era. LOL. Some of our faves from the day…

Driskill Bar

After a little cat nap, we made the walk to the old-world Texas Driskill Bar. Named one of the 10 Best Hotel Bars in America by USA Today and The Best Bar in Texas by Southern Living, The Driskill Bar is, without question, as Texas as it gets for downtown Austin bars. We settled into the rustic leather couches and sipped on practically perfect cocktails while enjoying some great live music. I went with the Batini – the “signature drink of Austin” and a nod to the 1.5 million bats that call the Congress Bridge home. (If you’ve been around here a while, you’ll laugh when I tell you Honey asked if it came with a side of a rabies shot.) He got an old fashioned, which was as smooth as they get. Overall, a lovely spot!

Matt’s El Rancho

Our final stop of the night was for dinner at another Austin staple for some delicious tex-mex at Matt’s El Rancho. We did our homework – and a few of you weighed in on Insta – and ordered the margaritas, Bob dip, Matt’s Special, Chile Rellano and Tacos Asadero. It was a veritable feast and we loved sharing bites from each plate.

Sweet dreams, Texas!

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