Most of you know Austin as the "weird" city in Texas.
Austin City Limits, South by Southwest, food trailers, dread locked hipsters playing harmonicas wearing tie dye and TOMS. Yep that is Austin. Well not ALL of Austin but yes, that is Austin's reputation. Central, downtown and south Austin are known for being "weird". I grew up in Northwest Austin aka...the burbs! Since Jon and I are so young, hip and cool, we have been wanting to try different "Austin-y" stuff (especially since we live Central). Seems like every weekend there is some different festival going on downtown: hot sauce fest, kite fest, bat fest, Pecan Street fest, ice cream fest...list goes on!
Austin Kite Festival
The Texas Capitol is located on Congress Avenue right in the heart of downtown. Cross the river and head to South Congress and you are in the middle of food trailers, vintage thrift shops and 25 year old men wearing skinny jeans and sporting mustaches.
That is where First Thursday Happens.
First Thursday on SoCo (South Congress...we are so NYC) is the first Thursday of the month where stores stay open late, stores/restaurants offer deals and random live music is being played. Jon and I, along with 2 of our best couples went to First Thursday on September 1st.
Our first stop was Lucy in Disguise...an epic costume store where you can buy and rent any costume you can think of. As you would guess, my husband was in heaven (read about his love for Halloween and dressing up here). Pictures don't do this store justice. It is a must see!
Should Jon be a Fruit of The Loom character for Halloween?
Baby Logan was sporting an edgy Lady Gaga hat
And his father was Cinderalla??
German beer dude or poodle skirt gal?
Check out the hooker shoe selection
Wigs, hats, crowns...you name it
I've posted about our 2 food trailer experiences here (Biscuits and Groovy) and here (yesterday's post). We were excited to try more! First up was Mighty Cone where we ate a delicious chicken taco in a cone (featured on Man vs Food!). Mighty Cone is owned by the same people who own Hudson's On The Bend for all you Austinites. It was amazeballs.
Meanwhile we also at a yummy pita from another trailer (forgot the name). Next up was pad Thai from Coat & Thai. How cute is that name?!
I know you've always dreamed of eating pad Thai out of a trailer!
Other trailers offered hot dogs, sausages, sandwiches, cupcakes and more. It is so fun to get one thing at a few different trailers. It sure is an experience!
We spent the rest of the night enjoying free snow cones from a church on SoCo (okay I lied, I didn't have a snow cone...I despise them) and browsing through the cute little shops.
Check out the ATX skyline in the back
One shop was servin' up free beer out of a keg! Oh and check out Justin's shirt selection. Very retro
One store had lots of funny books, gifts, funky jewelry, etc and I saw this Boston Terrier paper statue (I sent it to some of my B.T. owning friends). Most people are not familiar with French Bulldogs because they are just uncommon so if I had a dollar for every time someone called Ernie a Boston, I would be rich. They are NOT the same thing!!! I know this is just a paper Boston but Bostons actually have snouts...Ernie has a flat pig face (hence the nickname Mr. Piggy). Just a little doggie FYI
Jon and I love Austin. We LOVE it. There is no place we'd rather live (we always say if we can't live in Austin we don't even want to live in Texas). We met here, fell in love here and want to grow old and wrinkly together here.
So tell me...what is your city known for? Big hair? French dip sandwiches? Most old folkies per square mile? And...what do YOU love most about your city?