Brit’s Guide to Austin

Brit’s Guide to Austin

Austin has been my home for a year now. When we moved in March of 2020, the world seemed to be crumbling around us and it took me a while to get acquainted with the city. But now, a little more than a year since we moved, I feel like I’m fully at home here and want to share my favorite parts of the city with all of you.

If you’ve been following me for a while or follow my Instagram account, you’ll know that I’m a pretty big foodie. So it’s only fitting that I start off this list by talking about my favorite restaurants in Austin. I broke this one up into two categories–my favorite places for brunch and lunch and another one for my favorite dinners in Austin. I did this because Austin is very vibey. I usually enjoy places with great patios more during the daytime and a sophisticated interior for the evening. So here we go!

Clark’s, Josephine House, Aba

Whether you’re visiting Austin for a quick weekend or live here full time, you’ll want to check these brunch/lunch spots out. I personally live for a Saturday brunch or long, bougie lunch during the week and Austin has the dreamiest restaurants that were basically made to do just that. First things first, Clark’s is my Mecca. I live for everything about Clark’s. In my eyes, they can do no wrong–even though most of their seating is now in their parking lot and it backs up to king of a noisy street, I just love it! Order yourself a bottle of wine, oysters and some shoestring fries and just enjoy your day! Truly the best.

I also love Josephine House and Aba for lunch and brunch. I will say that Josephine House is more of a vibe place for me than great food, but it is lovely and so nice for a girls brunch. Now Aba is a totally different story. They have the best patio in Austin, in my opinion, and incredible food! If you go, make sure you’re sitting outside and order some cocktails, the lamb ragu hummus, the whipped feta and the hamachi.

Jeffrey’s, ATX Cocina, Launderette

When it comes to dinner, I live for these three spots. They are totally different cuisine wise and by occasion. If you’re looking for a good, somewhat casual dinner, I would definitely recommend Launderette. Located in the up-and-coming East Austin, this spot is very hip and the food makes me feel like I’m hanging out in the south of France. When we go, I order the Brussel Sprouts, whole fish and french fries.

If you’re looking for an upscale, cosmopolitan Mexican restaurant, look no further than ATX Cocina. Our friends took us for the first time when we were preparing to move to Austin and we go back all the time now! In addition to having the coolest interior, they also have incredible cocktails, an impressive wine list and AMAZING food! We always get the chips and guac (duh), the octopus, the queso fundido and the pork tomahawk.

For special occasions and VERY romantic date nights, you have to go to Jeffrey’s. The Austin staple is located in Old Clarksville (the cutest neighborhood in Austin) and has the most sophisticated and cozy interior of any restaurant in town. If you can, ask to be seated in one of the booth enclaves. Pre-pandemic, Jeffrey’s was known for their martini cart–where they would make you a martini table side. I can say even without the cart, the martinis are incredible and not to be missed. Once your mini-time is over, take a look at their impressive wine list (we love the Ch√Ęteauneuf-du Pape and Frog’s Leap) and literally anything on the menu. The steaks are SO good and the sides and starters don’t disappoint either. Jeffrey’s is the nicest restaurant in Austin and probably the most expensive too. If you’re looking to save some money, but have a great experience, go on a Sunday night when their entire wine list is half off!!

Thank the lord Austin is such an active town so I have a chance to walk off all of the food I eat here! When we moved to Austin last March, pretty much the only thing that was open was the trail around Town Lake and I pretty much went every day. The Trail Foundation made a huge effort to make the trail safe to all during the pandemic and it was such a solace for me. I still walk it regularly now with Charlie and we also love to go paddle boarding on the lake! It is such a fun workout and you and your significant other/friends can pack a picnic on the water by connecting your boards and floating together.

Although we have lived in Texas for more than seven years, we never really explored anything outside of Houston and Dallas until we moved to Austin. We have barely scratched the surface when it comes to visiting all of the Lone Star state, but we have totally fallen in love with the Texas Hill Country and wineries. The best part is that most of these within an hour of Austin so we can do a quick day trip or have a nice weekend away. Our favorite places in the Hill Country so far are Round Top, Dripping Springs and Fredericksburg.

Enjoying the day at Signor Vineyards in Fredericksburg.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Austin Favorites! What are your favorite things to do in Austin? Leave me a comment and let me know!

XO,

Brit

Brit’s Guide to Round Top, Texas

Brit’s Guide to Round Top, Texas

Tucked away in the Texas Hill Country and equidistant from Houston and Austin, Round Top, Texas is the perfect getaway. With a population of 90 (yes, 90 people) this charming town boasts phenomenal food, shopping and culture. A couple of weeks ago, my best friend and I decided to meet in Round Top and do some shopping and I can’t wait to share our recap with you.

When I heard that one of my favorite hat designers was doing a pop-up in Round Top, I thought it would be such a fun time to check out this little town I’ve been hearing so much about. The Sarah Bray Bermuda pop-up was held at the Courtney Barton store in Round Top Village. This adorable shop has beautiful textiles, candles, jewelry and so much more.

In spite of unseasonably cold weather, we had the best time shopping in Round Top. We never made it out to the main Antique fair, but absolutely loved the shops at Round Top Village, Junk Gypsy and the Marburger Farm Antique Show. Whether you’re looking for antiques, clothing or gifts and collectables, you will have no shortage of options in Round Top.

After a long day of shopping and searching for hidden gems, there’s no doubt you’ll need some food and most likely a drink. Luckily, Round Top has excellent restaurants to choose from.

I normally trust Eater for restaurant recommendations, but I actually found the best information for dining in Round Top on the town’s website. For such a small town, there are some serious culinary gems in Round Top and I cannot wait to try them all.

We absolutely loved our lunch at the Garden Co. We had the most delicious tacos, shrimp salad and shared a bottle of Prosecco! This restaurant is adorable, delicious and has a wonderful wine list so we will definitely be back!

Our favorite food from the day though was the pizza at Prost! I had read about it on blogs before our trip and then we ran into my friend and her mom and her mom said that she dreams about the pizza at Prost so we all went for pizza and wine after our day of shopping and it was heavenly!

We ended up making some new friends while we were warming up by the fire. In addition to the pizza and atmosphere, the wine list at Prost is incredible and the service was out of this world. I’ve been told that the pizza is not always available there, just at certain times of the year so check on social media and the Prost website to see when the pizza will be served.

Whether you’re a Texan looking for a quick getaway or if you’re from out of state and want to explore the Texas Hill Country, Round Top has so much to offer. From culinary delights to vintage treasures, I am certain you will have the best time and I can’t wait to go back myself! Thanks for tagging along with me on this little road trip! Cant wait to share my next travel guide with you soon! Any guesses where we’re going?!

XO,

Brit