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Let me just put it out there right from the start, Austin, Texas is one cool town and I just love being there. Even though it’s pretty way out and I mean in a seriously weird way ~ it’s the most chill town I think I have ever been too. My favorite part of Austin is SoCo. South Congress leads directly into downtown Austin ending at the state capitol. With funky, eclectic shops, hip restaurants, Airstream and other food trucks and so much more, SoCo is sure to please even the most conservative minds. Did I mention the music scene? The music in Austin is out of this world good. I just love it. One does not feel like they are in the “big” state of  Texas while visiting Austin, I tell you. If you haven’t been ~ you just gotta go!

View from South Congress with unobstructed views of the State Capitol in downtown Austin

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South Congress signage: Doc’s Bar & Grill, Uncommon Objects, Maya, Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds, Heritage Boot Company and Amy’s Ice Creams!

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Hey Cupcake! is one of my favorites. I mean who doesn’t love a super moist cupcake that is handed to you out of a vintage Airstream?

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“Keep Austin Weird” is a slogan inspired by Red Wassenich in 2000. The slogan has stuck and I know why. It’s pretty chill when most people in a major city don’t give a hoot about what peeps look like or how they dress. And, I am here to say that I have never seen more tattoo’s in my entire life than in Austin, TX. Some local hippie flavor below….

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South Congress is famous for their food trucks and Austin LOVES Airstreams!! Below are just a couple food truck choices: Taco Baby, Burro Cheese Kitchen, Short Bus Subs, Nomad Dosa, Crepes Mille, The Fat Cactus, Hey! You Gonna Eat or What? and Little Big Mike’s,

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There are also boutique Airstreams on South Congress: Curb Service Adelante and Bootleg Market.

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Even a doggie adoption Airstream ~ gotta love it!!! Please visit Austin Pets Alive! and support them. A cause very close to my heart!

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There is so much good food in Austin that you might just have to wait in line. Here at Hopdoddy Burger Bar is no exception. They serve up hand-crafted, all natural burgers and beer! What’s not to love?

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Every once in a while I splurge for some exceptional southern fried chicken. And we were not disappointed at our new favorite chick’n joint ~ Ms. P’s Electric Cock. That’s right, it’s called Electric Cock and it’s sensational. If you want some serious “soul” food then head on over to the Electric Cock. Yum!!!

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A locals favorite and another great “dive” restaurant that we really enjoyed is Magnolia Cafe. Yes, it’s swarming with the “weird” of Austin and the decor is quirky, to say the least but, this is a great find and we’ll be back for more. And their slogan is “Everybody Knows, Everybody Goes”!! Gotta love this place.

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Photo source: © Anna Sullivan Photography