Texas' answer to the Bay Area
Trip Start Jul 12, 2013
158Trip End Feb 21, 2014
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Hampton Inn & Suites Austin Downtown
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Read my review - 4/5 stars
We broke up the drive with lunch in Greune a small down just south of Austin. We hit up the Gristmill, a restaurant located on the river which has a fantastic looking outside seating area. Since the weather is still on the cold side we opted to sit inside. The food was classic American fair. Feeling like I'm on the verge of a Brisket\Pulled Pork heart attack i decided to mix it up and go for the Chicken Fried Steak. In retrospect not my smartest decision. Chicken Fried steak is breaded beef, deep fried covered in chicken gravy. Not sure what i was expecting but it was certainly not the chicken dish i envisaged. We also ordered the onion rings which are one of the signature dishes here. I guess the diet is on hold for one more day.
After checking into our hotel which is located in Austin's downtown we headed straight over to sixth street which is the heart of the live music scene here. 2pm on Wednesday is clearly not the time to check this street out as all the bars are shut and the only liberally minded people you will meet are of the homeless variety. These guys really have taken the fight against capitalism to the extreme.
With everything seeming closed we decided to check out the Capitol building, the government is always open for business in America right? We jumped on a free tour (whoop whoop) and got to see where all the laws of the land are made. In the main hall they have portraits of all the previous Governors of Texas. The most recent picture was of the one and only George W Bush, who was governor until 2000. I was confused to how the last governor could be 14 years ago until we discovered that Texas' current governor is Rick Perry (Yes the anti same sex marriage, and Anti pro-choice/abortion Rick Perry) who has been in office for 14 years. I guess their is no maximum term in Texas. "14 more years, 14 more years" I'm sure is the cry from all those liberal Austin citizens.
Highlight of the tour for me was when our guide asked, "Who knows what number state Texas was when it was admitted to the Union? While the Americans around me scratched their heads the Brit chirped in with "The 28th State"
Stopped in a pretty nice beer pub called the Ginger Man and finished the evening in a Jazz bar which was opposite out hotel. Not normally my kind of music but with a couple of tasty cocktails in my system in didn't sound half bad. After the show we got chatting with the musicians and ended up having a much later night than originally planned.
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