I'm a NYC hounder who will be making my first trip out to Austin next week for a family gathering. We are staying at Barton Creek and I know a few dinners are already planned. But I am eager to try anything unique and authentic to Austin. I will have most of my lunches free and I would like to spend the first night downtown hearing some indie rock music and exploring.
I have already considered driving to Lockhart one day to taste test the three BBQ places - Smitty's, Black's, and Kreuz. I am also looking for a taco truck, the best ice cream in town (I'm a big ice cream connoisseur), and anything else that I must not miss. I do only have three days and have family obligations, but I will be sure to use my free time wisely.
Also, I'm picking my parents up at the airport on Thursday and am looking for a fun, inexpensive place for dinner. I was thinking of Shady Grove?
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!