Portland to Austin - Alaska Airlines Weekend Wanderer

Wandering the sunny streets of Austin, Texas, on a weekend-long tour we enjoyed some of the city’s most dynamic and flavorful restaurants and bars. Lively neighborhoods and streets were full of energy and Texas culture and in the evenings the music-filled bars lined the town with excitement and entertainment.

One of the main influences in Austin cuisine is Tex-Mex (characterized by its use of spices, meats and cheese) and more specifically – tacos. From street to breakfast tacos local purveyors take these handheld staples seriously. While shopping all along South Congress – an eclectic neighborhood and cultural district renowned for its shops and restaurants – we were welcomed with live music, colorful Texan boutiques and of course a late lunch of some of the city’s coveted tacos.

There was no shortage of brunch, lunch and dinner spots that were must-stop places on our list. Oysters and seafood at Clark’s Oyster Bar, al fresco brunch at Launderette, lively sushi bar service at Uchi and of course mouth-watering barbeque at the understated La Barbeque.

When we weren’t regaling in delicious food and classic cocktails we took a tour of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum. This historic and important site pays such remarkable tribute to hometown former Senator, VP and President LBJ and the gracious and inspiring First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson. It’s a must see experience that honors the pride and heart of Austin, Texas, and the United States.

We dined around town visiting restaurants that ranged from local fare to the most innovative and freshest in Asian and Mediterranean cuisines. What makes Austin so special is the range of cultures that are celebrated in the food, drinks, music and people.

 Torchy's Tacos, South Congress

Torchy's Tacos, South Congress

 Crudo, Clark's Oyster Bar

Crudo, Clark's Oyster Bar

 Sushi Counter, Uchi

Sushi Counter, Uchi

 Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

 Brunch, Launderette

Brunch, Launderette