The Austin Park and Recreation department oversees the operation and upkeep of a diverse array of facilities serving the local community, including parks, swimming pools, golf courses, playgrounds, and tennis courts. Visitors can engage in outdoor activities to nurture an appreciation for natural surroundings and add to a burgeoning stick collection, or join artistic programs such as community theater and arts education. The department attained national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, one of just 89 nationwide to receive the honor.
Channeling Austin's spirit of community, honesty, and music through the doors of its service garage, the two mechanics who founded Groovy Automotive stand by their services with a one-year or 12,000-mile guarantee that is honored at a nationwide network of certified shops. At all four locations, Automotive Service Excellence?certified technicians leap into action to remedy ill vehicles with repairs or foster peak road prowess with upkeep and maintenance. The care they show cars also extends to the community. They donate to organizations such as the Helping Hand Home for Children, and recycle oil, tires, and coolant to relieve the environment of toxins and prevent disgruntled car-part protests outside junkyards. As an additional gesture of goodwill, Groovy Automotive's courtesy-car service lets clients keep on trucking while their own rides are down for the count.
Founded in 2009, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf currently has four locations within Austin, opening 2 more soon. CBTL is a locally owned Texas franchisee of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, the oldest and largest privately-held specialty coffee and tea retail business in the United States.
When you first enter Freebirds World Burrito, two things might immediately jump out at you: the Statue of Liberty riding a motorcycle hanging above diners’ heads, and the colorful wall mural with the word “freedom” splayed across it. More than a bit of nationalism, the word is actually Freebirds’ motto, thanks to their create-your-own burrito business model. The convivial dining room adjoins the line for food ordering, where customers can order burritos, tacos, nachos, salads and more. Want Spanish or cilantro-lime rice? Queso or shredded cheese? Freshly prepared vegetables and salsa? You can have it all, or in any combination, at Freebirds. The employees are as fun and individualistic as Austin itself, and no corporate dress code means you may be waited on by someone in a Dr. Seuss hat. “It’s not normal” states the Freebirds menu; that’s for sure.
Streat curbs cravings for the eclectic by re-creating the delectable dishes found on carts and street corners around the globe. Handheld helpings from Thailand and Texas can be found in the curry and coconut-milk-marinated chicken or beef satay ($5.99) and the homemade sweet cornmeal surrounding the classic corn dog ($5.99). Starch-swathed selections range from the italian panini ($4.99–$5.99) and Cowboy chicken burrito ($6.95) to the New York–style pizza ($2.49 per slice) and egyptian falafel ($3.99), created with a cumin, garlic, and onion-infused assemblage of green split peas, deep-fried and served with pita and tzatziki. Disguised as two vastly different characters, the humble hot dog performs its own meat-based Mrs. Doubtfire as the relish, onion, peppers, and mustard-decked Chicago dog ($5.99), and the cilantro, siracha, and kimchi-costumed Kogi dog ($5.99).