This vibrant city's super-sized personality is as big as Texas. It has room for all comers, from musicians and filmmakers to high-tech pioneers and chicken farmers. Austin's eclectic mix is Texas-proud, and unabashedly "weird."
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Callahan's General Store
Susan loves this former feed store for its unusual kitchen gadgets and cast-iron cookware.
Lala's Little Nugget
Cozy dive bar with a great jukebox, and Christmas year-round.
Salt Lick Barbecue
Just outside of town, it's loved as much for its idyllic location as for its barbecue.
Cain and Abel's
The traditional post-Longhorns game hangout; you might spot players here.
Tito likes chilling here with a crowd that's easygoing, sometimes a little rowdy.
Botticelli's South Congress
A nice Italian place. Get a table on the patio, under the giant old oaks.
A great place to trick out yourself Western-style, boots to Stetsons.
Home Slice Pizza
New York-style pizza by the slice, in the heart of the South Congress scene.
More than 350 acres, including botanical gardens and Barton Springs Pool.
Parts & Labour
Everything sold here -- clothes to housewares -- is by independent Texas designers.