Austin, TX Weekend Getaway

This was our first visit to Austin and although it was a rainy and cold weekend it was still pretty eventful.  B and I found tons of great restaurants and some indoor activities to enjoy and stay dry. A recap below on all our Austin favorites! 


  • Salt Lick BBQ: This place is a little outside of Austin ~35min drive but it is worth the drive. I am not a huge BBQ person in general, but this place is amazing. We tried "The Rancher" sampler plate to get a little bit of everything. The meat was smoked so well and the meat was tender. Being from CA, I laughed a little that Vegetable sides were coleslaw, beans, and potato salad, which I did not eat any of it but the meat was so great. B and I also shared the cobblers they had, 1/2 peach and 1/2 blackberry. Both were so decadent and had a great homemade taste. It is a cash and BOYB only place so keep that in mind when coming here.  
  • Salty Sow: This edgy gastro pub had a great vibe for a Saturday night. We ordered a few items to share, including the duck fat fries. The fries come out with a "110 degree egg" on top. These fries were apparently on a food network show and I can see why. They were so good - they are a must try at this place. B had a pork chop special they had and I nibbled on some crispy brussels sprout leaves, which are also really good. 
  • 1886 Bakery & Cafe: This place is in the Driskill Inn and it had the coziest holiday decor including a big tree right in the middle of the lobby. The breakfast here was to die for! I highly recommend this place. I had the Benedict and B had the Texas pecan waffle (it is literally in the shape of Texas). They also had some baked goods that looked to die for including a massive cinnamon roll and a hazelnut torte. We were too stuffed to try any but they looked so delicious.
  • South Congress Street Cafe: This place is on the most darling street ever, there are lots of other restaurants and bars here. We stopped by for a quick breakfast in this retro cafe. Food was decent and service was great. They are known for carrot cake french toast, but that was too much for either of us to try! Let me know if you try it

Things to Do

Topgolf: This is an awesome venue with multiple floors and a driving range. This was my first time at a driving range but it was so much fun. There is a full menu here as well but we just grabbed drinks and played for an hour and half. It was great fun and a must experience. 


Shooting Range: When in Texas do as Texans do and that included checking out a shooting range. We went to Red's Indoor Shooting Range and  I did pretty well for a first timer. Someone briefed me on how to use the pistol and off I went! It does take a little getting used to but by the second box of rounds, I was pretty comfortable with my target.