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Re: Austin, TX [Re: skyactiv] #4852710
08/27/18 07:51 PM
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Silicon Valley
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Originally Posted By: skyactiv
My wife travels for her job and says Texans don't like change and being told how to their job.


I worked with one nice TX fella and this is true. He walked out on one of our client "suggesting" him on what to try.


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Re: Austin, TX [Re: The Critic] #4852776
08/27/18 08:40 PM
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the canyons
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What I would do, is get out to COTA, and ride the track. Barring that, there's always the: Audi Driving Experience or Formula Americas

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Re: Austin, TX [Re: 02SE] #4852784
08/27/18 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted By: 02SE
What I would do, is get out to COTA, and ride the track. Barring that, there's always the: Audi Driving Experience or Formula Americas


That is what I would do, the one time I was in Austin was to see the V8 Supercars at COTA. I am a really boring food person but there was a place near COTA called Wild Bubba's Wild Game Grill that people raved about. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_R...alle_Texas.html


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Re: Austin, TX [Re: The Critic] #4852932
08/28/18 02:05 AM
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I've eaten some good (and bad) food all around the world, but being a foodie has likewise never been a high priority. I'm more about riding a Motorcycle anywhere I can. Whether it's on scenic roads in various countries, or on a sanctioned MotoGP track. grin

Re: Austin, TX [Re: tightwad] #4853397
08/28/18 02:02 PM
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Originally Posted By: tightwad
I forgot to mention places to go. I second the capitol building. It is impressive. It was the largest state capitol until Nebraska and Louisiana built skyscrapers.(lots of tradition there) If you have time, The Alamo in San Antonio is an awesome place. Texas will never split itself up as people sometimes theorize about, because only one of the pieces would be able to have The Alamo. If you want more BBQ, head over to Lockhart, TX, the BBQ capitol of the world. There's Smitty's, Kruetz Market, and the original Black's. The LBJ Library is on the UT campus, just off I-35. The LBJ Ranch is not too far away, in Rockwall, near Johnson City. It has been restored to be just as it was when it was the Texas White House. LBJ and Lady Bird are buried at the family cemetery there. Everything's bigger in Texas, including convenience stores. The Buckee's in New Braunfels is the largest in the chain and may be the largest in the world. One hundred and twenty gas pumps. (yes, I counted them) Imagine a Walmart full of knick-knacks, packaged food, truck accessories, and every kind of fresh fast food you can imagine. You want fresh-made candy. Watch 'em make it! Too much more to list. BTW, my future nephew is a grillmaster at the Black's BBQ in San Marcos. Small world.
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Re: Austin, TX [Re: The Critic] #4857555
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Seafood in Texas ? Not for this Maryland boy- the best seafood is local for me.

Re: Austin, TX [Re: rubberchicken] #4857560
09/02/18 12:33 AM
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Originally Posted by rubberchicken
Seafood in Texas ? Not for this Maryland boy- the best seafood is local for me.

So, it turns out, Texas is oceanfront...


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Re: Austin, TX [Re: rubberchicken] #4857989
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Originally Posted by rubberchicken
Seafood in Texas ? Not for this Maryland boy- the best seafood is local for me.


The "local" seafood probably comes straight off the Sysco truck haha laugh

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Re: Austin, TX [Re: The Critic] #4858423
09/03/18 01:31 AM
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aquariuscsm, that's probably more true now than ever with fishing communities like Rockport still trying to recover from Hurricane Harvey. At least most students have been able to return to their home district's school buildings this school year.


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Re: Austin, TX [Re: sleddriver] #4859580
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Originally Posted by sleddriver
As someone who has lived nearby since the late 70's, much of former Austin has been bulldozed and replaced by hipster central. Both Franklins & The Oasis are major tourist traps. Black's BBQ in Austin is shipped in daily from Lockhart, where the original BBQ dynasties were found. Driving to Louie Mueller's and Makeskas in Taylor is worth the trip.



Terry Black's has working pits at the Barton Springs Road location (which for old-time Austinites used to be Holiday House), so not all the meat is brought from Lockhart. The hipsters in the neighborhood on the hill behind it complained about the smoke, so they had to put some filtration on the pit stacks, but it still smells good.

The Kreuz/Smitty's BBQ family (the Schmidts) also opened Schmidt Family BBQ in Bee Cave (an Austin suburb) and the pitmaster did internship stints at both Smittty's and Kreuz's in Lockhart before they opened Schmidt's, so its also supposed to be up to Lockhart quality. I haven't tried it yet.


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Re: Austin, TX [Re: The Critic] #4859922
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Thanks for the suggestions, folks. It was a great trip 3.5 day trip. We spent time in Austin, Waco, Dallas, Plano and San Antonio.

Some of the well-known places we visited were:
1- Franklin's in Austin
2- Terry Black's in Austin
3- The Magnolia "empire" in Waco
4- The Oasis at Lake Travis
5- UT Austin
6- The new Toyota USA headquarters in Plano.

The people in TX were friendly, the food was great and the overall experience was fantastic.


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Re: Austin, TX [Re: 440Magnum] #4860746
09/05/18 05:35 PM
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Terry Black's has working pits at the Barton Springs Road location (which for old-time Austinites used to be Holiday House), so not all the meat is brought from Lockhart. The hipsters in the neighborhood on the hill behind it complained about the smoke, so they had to put some filtration on the pit stacks, but it still smells good.

The Kreuz/Smitty's BBQ family (the Schmidts) also opened Schmidt Family BBQ in Bee Cave (an Austin suburb) and the pitmaster did internship stints at both Smittty's and Kreuz's in Lockhart before they opened Schmidt's, so its also supposed to be up to Lockhart quality. I haven't tried it yet.
Not all Black's BBQ outside of Lockhart are owned by the same people. Terry B's is great, so is the other off Lamar? or Burnett? But the later told me several years ago all of their Q came from Lockhart. May have changed.

Kreuz's had quite the family feud amongst the siblings if I recall, several years ago, thus the multiple names.

BBQ happens...


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