Austin is the capital of Texas and the seat of Travis County. Located in Central Texas and the American Southwest, it is the 11th-most populous city in the United States of America and the fourth-most populous city in the state of Texas with around 865,504 residents. Residents of Austin are known as “Austinites”. They include a diverse mix of government employees; foreign and domestic college students; musicians; high-tech workers; blue-collar workers and businesspeople. The city is home to development centers for many technology corporations. However, the current official slogan promotes Austin as “The Live Music Capital of the World”, a reference to the many musicians and live music venues within the area. In recent years, some “Austinites” have also adopted the unofficial slogan “Keep Austin Weird”. This interpretation of the classic, “Texas-style” sense of independence refers to: the traditional and proudly eclectic, liberal lifestyles of many Austin residents.
The Salt Lick is one of the most popular BBQ restaurants in Austin. Not only do they serve amazing food they are also located on a beautiful estate. While you are eating you can take also take in a fabulous view of the property while listening to some live music. Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill is housed in a part of the old Waterloo Compound, an original grouping of some of the very oldest commercial buildings in Austin. Located where the pre-Austin 1835 settlement of Waterloo was established, Moonshine is steeped in the early history of the city. make sure you stop by for some of the best classic American comfort food. Lastly, check out South Congress Cafe. The cafe emerged in 2003, influenced by a new generation of local artists. The building was originally a drug store built in the 1940s. To preserve the charm and history of old Austin they showcase the original brick structure in the bar but have added some modern architectural details as well. This is a great restaurant for both brunch and dinner. They are also known for their Bloody Marys so amke sure to have a drink or two.