I am not going to Austin for SxSW this year and a minute before I apply my “don’t show me anything tagged #SxSW on Twitter” filter, I wanted to share some of my personal favorites in the city, in case you are looking for good places to eat or play. The source is my very own Bizzy List from my two visits in Austin last year…

  • Amy’s Ice Cream- The very best ice cream in Austin. Don’t miss! My Original comment: “Like Cold Stone but with high quality ice cream”
  • The Steeping Room- In the middle of the town of ribs, greasy food and Mexican beer you can find this elegant place with awesome coffee and tea selection and sophisticated brunch food. A bit out of the way but can be a great place for a meeting away from the crowd. What I said back then? ” I am back in the sane world where they serve artisan coffee and organic granola and yogurt. This place is my new BFF (plus an amazing selection of teas)”
  • BBQ Heaven- BEST. BRISKET. EVER (Ellen makes a better one but only once a year or when a friend is having a baby). Open really late and a perfect place to get a late night sandwich you’d never forget. “Same awesome Brisket, same great people. Best (immobile) food truck ever.”
  • Gueros Taco Bar- don’t usually like Mexican food but really liked this place. It must mean something… They also have wild Margaritas.
  • Lanai- Great rooftop bar with decent drinks and good collection of people. “Loved the roof top bar and the sliders”
  • Driskill HotelDon’t come back from Austin if you haven’t visited Driskill at night. It is a gorgeous hotel, packed with people in its bars and a typical meeting place when switching between parties and events. “if the titanic was a bar and didn’t crash, it was the Driskill.”
  • Magnolia Cafe- a bit out of the way but the best breakfast I had in Austin. Well made Tex Mex homemade food that worth the wait. “Gingerbread pancake is great. Great place for breakfast. “
  • La Traviata- No one comes to Austin to eat Italian food but if you do want some fine dining for a change, this is your place. “Great Italian food and fantastic ambience.”

There are many more great places like the legendary Salt Lick (which is a schlepp out of the city), or Torchy’s Taco so don’t start arguing… These are the places I will visit again when in Austin. Enjoy and tell me what you thought… (and please, bring back some brisket)

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