Your pup can accompany you to Pro-Tape, which welcomes dogs.
Pick up a breathtaking piece of handcrafted artwork at this store.
Make use of the safe parking options near Pro-Tape and reap the great benefits of parking close by.
If art hits the spot, peruse piece after piece at Austin's Umlauf Sculpture Gardens.
Whether you want mouth-watering food or great drinks, this museum has the restaurant just for you.
This museum is great for families with kids.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
According to Cajun Boils, no party is complete without crawfish. Its staff, led by a New Orleanian specializing in crawfish boils, boil hundreds of pounds of the delectable crustaceans for all sorts of events, from weddings to weekend nights out.
Its Austin-based boils complement the crawfish with potatoes, corn, and garlic, emulating classic New Orleans–style meals right down to painting a fleur-de-lis on each crawfish shell. The cooks also host the occasional crab boil, and cook up seasonal specialties such as jambalaya, roast pig, and frog legs.
Just off of South Lamar on Barton Springs, Uncle Billy’s specializes in two things: beers and barbecue. To the left of the entrance, the bar’s glasses hang from the ceiling like stalactites, and a ledge of cans showcases the different types of beer available. Meanwhile, a blackboard lists the guest beers of the day, and in case all of that didn’t give things away, a giant red arrow proudly displaying “Drink Local” rests behind the bar. Real Ale Brewery is housed here, and through a glass window in the back of the restaurant, diners can see the fermenting tanks in action. Outside, guests can savor brisket, pork and other meats while enjoying live music in the patio area, while indoor guests can catch a game on the one of the many TVs throughout the establishment.
Nicole Butler grew up cooking two different kinds of food. Her mother preferred cuisine using French-inspired flavors and techniques, and her father adhered to recipes for down-home comfort foods. Being from southwestern Louisiana, Nicole didn't find these two styles to be that disparate, and she recognized the influences that each had in creating the region's iconic Cajun cuisine.
Nicole brought memories of those flavors to Austin, where she received her formal culinary training from Le Cordon Bleu. This education introduced her to the benefits of cooking with local and sustainable ingredients, which encouraged her to rethink the recipes she'd cooked throughout her childhood. At Beau Cherie Cajun Cooking, she combines homespun cooking tips with those she learned at culinary school, teaching students how to prepare relatively healthy Cajun staples without sacrificing the bold flavors.
Each hands-on lesson addresses a different theme, spending more then three hours on Cajun classics, Louisiana comfort foods, or French dishes. Recipes such as red beans and rice and beef bourguignon represent the cultural extremes, but dishes such as creamy bisque with crawfish tails and brandy demonstrate how the various styles work together in Cajun cuisine. After preparing a four-course meal, students sample the food before taking the leftovers home to practice for any upcoming food fights.
Locally owned and operated since 1984, El Mercado came into being as a small operation selling breakfast tacos from a front porch on South First Street. Although the Mexican market they were once part of has disappeared, El Mercado has grown to three locations, with breakfast tacos remaining a staple of their menu. In the kitchen, cooks sauté onions for barbecue chicken enchiladas and rub beef with a secret spice mix before adding it to brisket tacos. Beans and sauces made without meat products can satisfy the cravings of vegetarians and giant carnivorous plants trying to change their ways.