Why I’m All About Texas

Getting out of a nice comfortable bed is the last thing I want to do at 1:30 in the morning. However, I was thirsty, and that problem needed attention, stat. So out of bed I rolled, and down the stairs I trudged. Apparently, my roommate had a similar late night plan and here we met in our kitchen on a random midweek night, when I blurted out a spontaneous idea.

“Hey man, you wanna go to Texas? I’ve heard Austin is really cool and I wanna go check it out soon.”

“That’s random,” Matt laughed, “But uh… yeah! I’ve heard it’s really cool too!”

That was easy, I thought! I’d asked around to some of my more common travel buddies to see if any of them were available to go with me, but they weren’t. But after stopping and thinking if this guy’s a good roommate, he can’t be too terrible of a travel buddy, right? Matt seemed like a good fit to make the trip with.

“Alright!” I exclaimed, remembering the need to keep my voice low so as to not be too disruptive during the late hour. “I’ll check out some flights and see what deals I can find!”

It was a plan! I had a place to go and I had someone to go with.

I’ll fast forward a bit through the less-than-exciting logistics of scoping out a flight on Google flights, finagling my way into any potential exit row seating with my 6 foot, 7 inch body, and scarfing down overpriced tacos at LAX. But after a solid day, Matt and I finally made it to Texas.

Our trip, which began on a Thursday with a Monday return date, began in Dallas. Here, we took our hotel’s reception advice to check out a few places…

18th and Vine BBQ

Grapevine Bar

We were able to meet up with some people from the area that my friend Andrea had set us up to meet with. We joined them for a cocktail at Parliament downtown, which had a great menu of drinks (skewed especially toward whiskey, my favorite). It was nice being able to make instant friends on our first night in another state.

Our time in Dallas was short-lived, as Matt and I hopped on a Greyhound that we’d reserved and took a 3 and a half hour ride into Austin, our primary destination. Here began a three day journey of eating and drinking and drinking and eating some more. It was a vicious, never-ending cycle, but incredibly satisfying. We got around the city using an app called Fasten, as Uber and Lyft had left the city due to restrictive regulations. It worked like a charm!

As I use my iPhone camera roll and (very active) credit card statement to piece together the highlights of bars and restaurants we went to, I’ll name some of my favorite spots, and things I’d recommend seeing if you’re ever able to make it to the INCREDIBLE city that is Austin, Texas.

After finally getting settled into our Airbnb, we headed to downtown ATX, which is known for its active nightlife down on its (in?)famous Sixth Street. On Friday and Saturday nights it’s shut down to traffic, as the streets are jam packed with people (often college-aged) out ready to have a good time.

We were ready to have a good time. Sure, we had taken time to plan ahead. We did our research, chose where we wanted to go, and had a solid game plan together. Said game plan involved spending just that one night, Friday, on Sixth Street.

That Friday night turned into Friday and Saturday.

That Friday and Saturday turned into Friday, Saturday AND Sunday.

Sixth Street was just THAT good. I don’t know how we somehow gravitated to that place

every night, but we did. And it was well worth it.

Here are some of the highlights…

No. Pizza is NOT pizza. And fortunately, something in my gut told me that. “You know what, we’re here in Austin, let’s just keep going to Via313.”

Arguably few decisions in my life have been better.

Austin had plenty more to offer than just Sixth Street, though.


Castle Hill

Torchy’s Tacos

Barton Springs


Austin Beerworks

Rainey Street

These are just a few of the highlights of things I especially enjoyed during my time in ATX. The people in Texas were consistently kind, helpful, talented, welcoming; just about any positive adjective you could ascribe to these people would be fitting. Matt and I had the best time exploring that booming city. I list Austin as one of my top 3 favorite cities to visit in the whole country.

If you have the opportunity…


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