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sel | | Jan 26, 2011 02:15 PM

I will be in Austin for about a week very soon and would like some suggestions that are within walking distance of The Austin Convention Center. I am open to all types of food and would like to focus on what locals find to be the very best representations in each category.
I love good burgers but prefer versions that showcase excellent quality beef, buns from a good baker whether in house or across town. I'll probably skip the cheaper fast food type burgers unless someone insists that a particular spot has a must try burger! I've read about many burgers suggested by posters on this board but would like to narrow it down to a current short list of the best available!
After my week in Austin I'll have a car and a copy of Texas Monthly's TheTop 50 BarBQ and will be exploring Texas Hill Country BarBQ and beyond. Is there any really great barbq in Austin near The Austin Convention Center? What about Tex-Mex? Any places that feature local ingredients? Best beer bars, craft beer and really good food too? The best spot for coffee, pour over or espresso? Anyplace that I would regret not trying while in your city? Anything that will have me saying "Wow, I can't find this in Los Angeles or San Francisco!" Info on food trucks, trailers and carts, only if the food is exceptionally good would be welcome too.
My only constraint besides not having a car is that while price is of no concern, I'll be wearing 501's or Carhartts and a t-shirt or work shirt. I won't be bringing any dress clothes.

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