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A Weekend in Austin

I fell in love with Austin when I first visited my older brother there during his freshmen year at UT Austin. The city is one of the main reasons why I chose to study at UT Austin the following year. Since then, I’ve spent four years studying at UT and a few sunshine filled summers there. While Austin has a huge diversity problem, which somehow only became obvious to me after a year in South Korea, I still have plenty to love about Austin. Right now, I currently work from home in Dallas. I’m still in the process of getting to love this city, but while I’m doing that, I figured I could take some trips down to Austin to get a piece of that Austin summer. Even though I no longer live there, I can’t stay away.

A couple weekends ago I drove down to Austin and hit up some favorite spots and a few new (to me) locations.

Cheer Up Charlie’s: Let’s get this list started with a place that I didn’t actually visit that weekend, but not for lack of want! Cheer Up’s used to be located on East 6th, but at some point during my year in South Korea, it moved it’s moved to perfectly charming new location at 900 Red River St. I didn’t get a chance to stop by that weekend, but I was there pretty frequently  when I was staying with a friend in Austin in April. It’s got a great atmosphere (mostly thanks to the well-lit craggy landscape outside) and almost always has some live music event going on.

Tacos and Tequila: What’s a weekend in Austin without brunch? Austinites love to brunch and I only ever brunch when I’m in Austin. I tried it in Dallas once and it just wasn’t the same. This was my first visit to Tacos and Tequila for brunch and I already know I’ll be back just for their Saturday and Sunday brunch buffet. Try a pineapple (or grapefruit) mimosa while you’re there!

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