We keep hearing that Austin is just about brisket and Tex-Mex, and we should only focus on a couple of places, so I'm hoping someone here can clear that up if it's incorrect.
My wife and I will be in Austin for a Saturday-Wednesday trip next week. We're staying on Rainey Street right by The Blackheart. We have a few non-food-specific things we're doing, such as going to see Bob Schneider/Lonelyland at The Saxon Pub on Monday, and a show at the Moody Theater.
I'll have meetings during some days, but mostly we'll be free to walk neighborhoods and eat. We like to sample as much as we can rather than committing to some gigantic tasting menu or fine-dining experience. For example, when we were recently in Nashville, she ran to get carry out at a couple of places during the trip just so we could have things like Prince's hottest fried chicken. On the other hand, if something is amazing, we might feast on it. We usually don't repeat in one trip, but recently doubled up at the same seafood joint in Dublin, IRE.
We love places where we can hang out and have a beer or wine, especially if it's local and we can't get it at home.
We do want brisket--should we commit to Franklin or are there others as good or even better?
We love smoked sausage, but have never had it in Texas. One great place? Many we should try?
We eat extremely hot (as in chilis not temperature) food and folks at the local Thai place are routinely amazed that we eat their "5" which is made with house-grown chocolate habs and Thai peppers. Any places that make a really HOT smoked sausage or other local specialty?
Any places near The Saxon Pub that we should plan to visit before that show?
Any weekend markets or local sources of charcuterie/cheese we could visit? We love to grab samplings and take them back to the condo. We'll have a full kitchen and fridge there.
Any help is appreciated! Also, do people like to talk about food in Austin? We like to, but some places folks are more close the vest. :)