People looking for the best pizza in the world flock to two places: New York and Italy. Debbie, the daughter of Austin Pizza Garden's owner, and an award-winning pizzaiola, was no exception. To hone her culinary craft she visited both locales on a transatlantic quest for the perfect pizza recipe. Once she felt she'd mastered one—preferring the thin-crust variety for its unmistakable texture—she flew home to Indianapolis, where she founded Bazbeaux. In no time, the pizzeria took off, earning it a top spot in Indy's pizza scene, an honor that still endures nearly three decades later. To spread her success, Debbie taught her recipe to her family in Austin, who set up a pizzeria of their own in one of the city's century-old historical buildings.
Today, the chefs at Austin Pizza Garden still lovingly make pies using Debbie's carefully crafted recipes, and spice up the original flavor with their own distinctive spin. They throw jalapeno slices into the mix of the texas fajita pie, for example, which is crowned in fajita chicken and avocado and served with a side of sour cream. They've even expanded beyond the traditional pizza sauce, swapping out classic marinara for walnut pesto or black-bean dip. Whether baking up familiar flavors or unique creations, Austin Pizza Garden blows a longhorn of plenty that gathers Austinites near and far.
University of Texas alumnus, husband, and father of two, Steve Takamatsu took up the reins at long-standing Lawson Tire & Automotive to better accommodate his growing family and to provide local drivers with the services of ASE-certified technicians. Steve and his crew keep cars running with the help of AC Delco parts and Mobil motor oils, brandishing AAA approval, a Blue Seal of Excellence from the Automotive Standards of Excellence, and three gold star stickers on the staff refrigerator. The team offers an expansive list of services that tends to almost all makes and models, and a specialized Fast Brake mobile brake-repair service that fixes or replaces faulty brakes at customers’ locations. Inside the shop, a comfortable waiting area helps drivers pass the time with amenities including DSL Internet access, TV, vending machines, and complimentary coffee.
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.
ith more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Auto Service has earned a prime spot in the parking garage of quality car care and customer service. Started in 1971 by a team of seasoned muffler-shop owners, the service centers have blossomed from their beginnings as specialty exhaust shops to providers of nearly any repair or maintenance service imaginable, from installing performance-enhancing accessories to treating cars to therapeutic trust falls. In addition to promoting safety and long, healthy engine life with brake services and speedy oil changes, Car-X Auto Service reaches out to the surrounding community with regular philanthropic activities, such as recycling drives and participation in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.
At The Arbor Car Wash, skilled detailing crews and lube technicians meet drivers’ everyday vehicular needs from washing and detailing to oil changes and state inspections. Automatic washers restore squeaky-clean shine to exteriors, and pure elbow grease vacuums carpets and waxes exteriors. In the service center, technicians swap out oil with fresh, premium Castrol oil. Throughout each wash or service job, customers can retreat inside for a handful of popcorn or slink into a comfy chair to whittle a new steering wheel. The Arbor Car Wash also looks out for its community, donating time and money to a list of organizations that includes the American Cancer Society, the Austin Children’s Center, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Since 1954, Carter’s Auto Repair has maintained and repaired cars of all makes and models. Today, the shop's three locations are manned by a crew of ASE-certified technicians adept at inspecting everything from trucks and SUVs to sedans and smart cars. The team checks and repairs engines, transmissions, and suspension systems, as well as replacing malfunctioning clutches and servicing air conditioners. Beyond major repairs, Carter’s also helps vehicular health by changing oil, rotating tires, and stuffing vegetables into the fuel tank.