If you’re plugged into the hipster hotline, you’ve heard that Austin is pretty much THE place to be right about now. But what to actually do once you hit those famed city limits? Never fear—Brooklyn Decker is happy to point you in the right direction. The actress and co-founder of Finery.com is an official Austin resident (after getting hitched to a local who really likes to play games, and she’s passing along her recommendations on the best places to eat and drink in town.
1. Mattie's at Green Pastures
"Mattie's is the "new" restaurant in the old Green Pastures House in Austin. It's been a staple for years, but with the main house being newly renovated it feels current, all while maintaining its old-world charm. They play bluegrass on the lawn under twinkle lights and white peacocks linger the grounds. It's dreamy."
"They have sausages and beer. No fuss. Fun, rowdy, outdoor environment off of Rainey Street. My favorite part about this place is that you can bring your pup. So you can play with your dog and booze. Is anything better?"
"Justine's is an Austin O.G. It's where all the cool kids hang out. I'm definitely not hip enough to frequent this establishment, but they have excellent frites, and who doesn't want late-night fries with their booze? Not to mention there's a tintype photo booth out back where you can take some beautiful pics if you're in the mood."
4. Stubb's Bar-B-Q
"If you want to knock out two birds with one stone—good Texas BBQ and live music—pay Stubb’s Bar-B-Q a visit. They get great acts out back and have some of the most beloved BBQ in town. It's not a hip spot, necessarily, but it's a good place to hang and have a beer."
5. St. Cecilia Hotel
"This is a beautiful, dreamy little spot nestled just off of South Congress Avenue. Get away from all the Austin hustle and bustle and have a delicious cocktail under a massive old oak tree. One of my favorite hideaways in Austin."
"Farm-to-table sushi…I could go on and on, but if you go nowhere else in Austin, go here. I love taking our food snob friends here because they never expect excellent sushi coming out of Texas, but Uchiko never disappoints. Try the madai, brussels sprouts, and the gobomaki roll. We literally sped here on the way to the hospital to deliver my son so that I could squeeze in one last delicious meal before days of hospital food."
7. Mattie's at Green Pastures
"Again, the environment is absolutely beautiful—it feels like an undiscovered gem in the middle of Austin. I love the old creak of the floors, the beautiful decor, and their excellent food. Try the vegetarian curry bowl. It's a delicious surprise on an otherwise farmhouse American menu."
8. Josephine House
"One of my favorite spots in town. The menu changes daily. It's all local, simple, clean, and delicious. The cocktails are excellent, and the bread is all made in house. It's not to be missed."
9. Ramen Tatsu-Ya
"There's always a line outside the building, but it moves quickly and they'll serve you drinks while waiting! Go on a Sundayand get the vegan broth—trust me."
10. Austin City Lemons
"This isn't a restaurant, but it's a food truck—a giant lemon, to be exact—parked on South Congress. It's the best refreshing treat to grab as you walk around that area. Grab a frozen lavender lemonade...and I strongly suggest adding a mini bottle of Tito's to it."
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