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MACK!
11-11-2008, 03:28 PM
I'm hitting Austin Wednesday morning (tomorrow). I have a packed schedule each day talking to writing classes and sequential art classes, the Austin Books signing on Wednesday night, and the Gallery opening on Friday night.

Please tell me what to do late in the nights after signings and things, or in the middle of the night if I can't sleep, or where to go for lunch or coffee in the mid-day.

Thank you :)

Hope to see you there

bartleby
11-11-2008, 03:29 PM
Hookers and blow

schizorabbit
11-11-2008, 03:33 PM
Hookers and blow

Damn, dude.

I was gonna say do some crack.

The Cable Guy
11-11-2008, 03:38 PM
:jackoff:

The Cable Guy
11-11-2008, 03:41 PM
Sorry, I couldn't resist.

gaspar
11-11-2008, 03:45 PM
Alamo Drafthouse (http://www.drafthouse.com/)

Kerbey Lane Cafe (http://www.kerbeylanecafe.com/)

Magnolia Cafe (http://www.cafemagnolia.com/)

The "cool" place to go these days is SoCo (but only the weirdos call it that...it's really just South Congress). Here's a decent primer on things to do there:
http://austin.smallplanetguide.com/rentals/index.php?p=soco_austin_neighborhood
Lots of great Austin local shops and restaurants down there.

Home Slice Pizza (http://www.homeslicepizza.com/)

Blanton Museum (http://blantonmuseum.org/index.cfm)

Harry Ransom Center (http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/) (and see the rest of UT campus while you're there, including the (in)famous UT Tower)

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum (http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/)

Texas State Capitol Building (http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/SPB/capitol/texcap.htm) (if you're into that sort of thing)

There's always 6th Street (or the off 6th Street areas) for late night drinking and just general people watching. Lots of cool shops and clubs and bars down there, but I generally avoid that area, so I can't be very specific about that.

I'm sure I can think of more if you give me more specific info on what type of stuff you're interested in doing while you're here.

Rod Nunley
11-11-2008, 03:59 PM
Serious as a heart attack, Gasparis dead on. Those are the EXACT things I'd have recommended.

Also, if you want a kick ass chicken fried steak(or chicken) get yourself to Threadgills.

Run-BMC
11-11-2008, 04:01 PM
Kerbey Lane is great for pancakes and carrot cake, Magnolia Cafe has great tortilla soup.

Alamo Drafthouse is great for movies, but only certain kinds, and it's not for everybody (I usually don't want interruptions while I watch a movie, even if it's someone giving me beer and hot wings.)

Musashino's has the best sushi I've had in America, even compared to sushi in LA and San Francisco (never had it on the East coast.) Although the last time I ate there was a decade ago.

If you're in the mood for BBQ you have County Line or Salt Lick. Salt Lick's overrated but it's still great.

Are you doing the classes at UT? My goal in later life is to teach sequential art at UT... It's a great academic environment with none of the pretense.

Austin is weird. I think it provides for people in their 20s exactly what Portland provides people in their 30s. Sixth street was awesome when I turned 21, now the idea of it on a Friday night makes me tired. Although a weeknight might not be so bad.

Rod Nunley
11-11-2008, 04:04 PM
Oh yeah. Don't miss Flip Happy Crepes if you can manage it. It's just south of Downtown and has the best crepes in the country. Featured recently on food network. It's locally owned and operated.

http://www.fliphappycrepes.com/

Run-BMC
11-11-2008, 04:06 PM
Serious as a heart attack, Gasparis dead on. Those are the EXACT things I'd have recommended.

Also, if you want a kick ass chicken fried steak(or chicken) get yourself to Threadgills.

I remember eating at Dobie cafeteria when I was in school, and saw an Indian couple eating there. The day's special was chicken fried steak. One of the funniest/saddest things was hearing the guy totally chastising his presumably Hindu girlfriend that, of course she can eat it, why would they call it chicken fried steak if it wasn't chicken?

Rod Nunley
11-11-2008, 04:07 PM
Austin is weird. I think it provides for people in their 20s exactly what Portland provides people in their 30s. Sixth street was awesome when I turned 21, now the idea of it on a Friday night makes me tired. Although a weeknight might not be so bad.

Dude. 6th street is for underage college kids and tourists. Locals avoid that shit like the plague.

West 6th and the warehouse district are wear real Austinites and locals go.

Also ... if you like Whole Foods thier flagship store (it's an Austin founded business) is pretty cool. About half of it is fresh lunch type food made every day.

I work downtown ... if you need recommendations for downtown food let me know.

Rod Nunley
11-11-2008, 04:08 PM
I remember eating at Dobie cafeteria when I was in school, and saw an Indian couple eating there. The day's special was chicken fried steak. One of the funniest/saddest things was hearing the guy totally chastising his presumably Hindu girlfriend that, of course she can eat it, why would they call it chicken fried steak if it wasn't chicken?

:Oops::no:

That sucks. Not the story ... but having to eat chicken fried steak from the Dobie food court. That place sucks.

Run-BMC
11-11-2008, 04:11 PM
:Oops::no:

That sucks. Not the story ... but having to eat chicken fried steak from the Dobie food court. That place sucks.

I was talking about the cafeteria in the dorm section... that food court downstairs makes me sad.

Rod Nunley
11-11-2008, 04:12 PM
Alamo Drafthouse is great for movies, but only certain kinds, and it's not for everybody (I usually don't want interruptions while I watch a movie, even if it's someone giving me beer and hot wings.)


You're insane. The Alamo Drafthouse is the best movie theater chain in the country. And Entertainment Weekly agrees with me. It is (again) locally owned and operated. Tim and Karrie run that place with a passion I've never seen before. Great food,great service, cool movies, cool people, and alcohol if you're so inclined. What's not to love?

You should definitly check this place outif you find time for a movie while you're in town. http://www.originalalamo.com/Default.aspx?l=2

Rod Nunley
11-11-2008, 04:12 PM
I was talking about the cafeteria in the dorm section... that food court downstairs makes me sad.

Well that's a little bit better. But still sad.

Run-BMC
11-11-2008, 04:15 PM
Dude. 6th street is for underage college kids and tourists. Locals avoid that shit like the plague.

West 6th and the warehouse district are wear real Austinites and locals go.

Also ... if you like Whole Foods thier flagship store (it's an Austin founded business) is pretty cool. About half of it is fresh lunch type food made every day.

I work downtown ... if you need recommendations for downtown food let me know.

Yeah I remember going to Whole Foods when I was there a decade ago thinking it was the coolest shit ever, and now they have one in every major city. There's even one in Beaverton/Hillsboro.

Run-BMC
11-11-2008, 04:15 PM
Well that's a little bit better. But still sad.

HA, I thought so too, until I had lunch once at Jester.

MACK!
11-11-2008, 04:16 PM
Hookers and blow


Ah... The Bendis Board!
I looooooooooove it :)

Thanks, B.
Any recommendations?
For my friend, I mean.

MACK!
11-11-2008, 04:17 PM
:jackoff:


I can do that at home


:)

MACK!
11-11-2008, 04:18 PM
Alamo Drafthouse (http://www.drafthouse.com/)

Kerbey Lane Cafe (http://www.kerbeylanecafe.com/)

Magnolia Cafe (http://www.cafemagnolia.com/)

The "cool" place to go these days is SoCo (but only the weirdos call it that...it's really just South Congress). Here's a decent primer on things to do there:
http://austin.smallplanetguide.com/rentals/index.php?p=soco_austin_neighborhood
Lots of great Austin local shops and restaurants down there.

Home Slice Pizza (http://www.homeslicepizza.com/)

Blanton Museum (http://blantonmuseum.org/index.cfm)

Harry Ransom Center (http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/) (and see the rest of UT campus while you're there, including the (in)famous UT Tower)

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum (http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/)

Texas State Capitol Building (http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/SPB/capitol/texcap.htm) (if you're into that sort of thing)

There's always 6th Street (or the off 6th Street areas) for late night drinking and just general people watching. Lots of cool shops and clubs and bars down there, but I generally avoid that area, so I can't be very specific about that.

I'm sure I can think of more if you give me more specific info on what type of stuff you're interested in doing while you're here.



Great, guys!
I appreciate it!

This will be a big help, I'm sure

Run-BMC
11-11-2008, 04:19 PM
Seriously, if it's late at night and you're hungry, there's nothing more AUstin-y than Magnolia or Kirbey Lane (go to the original one on Kirbey Lane, not the one on Guadalupe)

Also, if you're interested in this sort of thing, one of the original guttenberg bibles is on the UT campus museum.

gaspar
11-11-2008, 04:22 PM
Serious as a heart attack, Gasparis dead on. Those are the EXACT things I'd have recommended.

Also, if you want a kick ass chicken fried steak(or chicken) get yourself to Threadgills.

Glad we're on the same page! I always forget about Threadgill's (http://www.threadgills.com/), but you're right, it's a good place to go, if for no other reason than the history the place holds. I mean, Janis Frickin' Joplin developed her style there! As for the food, I actually prefer Hill's Cafe (http://www.hillscafe.com/) for that type of fare, but again, if you're only in Austin for a few days, Threadgill's is the place to go. (And I'd recommend the grilled pork chops with applesauce.)


Kerbey Lane is great for pancakes and carrot cake, Magnolia Cafe has great tortilla soup.

Alamo Drafthouse is great for movies, but only certain kinds, and it's not for everybody (I usually don't want interruptions while I watch a movie, even if it's someone giving me beer and hot wings.)

Musashino's has the best sushi I've had in America, even compared to sushi in LA and San Francisco (never had it on the East coast.) Although the last time I ate there was a decade ago.

If you're in the mood for BBQ you have County Line or Salt Lick. Salt Lick's overrated but it's still great.

Are you doing the classes at UT? My goal in later life is to teach sequential art at UT... It's a great academic environment with none of the pretense.

Austin is weird. I think it provides for people in their 20s exactly what Portland provides people in their 30s. Sixth street was awesome when I turned 21, now the idea of it on a Friday night makes me tired. Although a weeknight might not be so bad.

Kerbey Lane's blueberry pancakes are like 2nd best on the planet...and the best are all the way in Cali, so I'll take 2nd best right down the street :) Lots of other great stuff too. Magnolia is a place where you have the chance to see Quentin Tarantino or one of the other big timers that call Austin home (part time). People seem to love that place.

I really like Alamo Drafthouse even with the people bringing food A) because you can get real food and drinks at the movie (and it's good food!), and B) because I know that those are the only interruptions I'm going to get. If any snot nose high schooler decides he wants to chat on his phone during the flick, I just put up a note to the waiter and he'll take care of it. I've seen it done and it works. Much better than shushing people which rarely works in "normal" theaters. I almost exclusively go to Alamo now because of those two reasons.

Austin has GREAT sushi...I'm going to Osaka tonight actually. I've heard Musashino's is the best in town, but haven't been yet. I can't wait to go. Uchi is very good and the head chef has been written up in a few magazines as being one of the best in the country. This new place, Kenobi, is really good. There is really really great sushi here and that makes me very happy. Mmmm...Osaka here I come!

Same with BBQ, but yes, if you have the chance, take Run-BMC's advice and hit one of those places. There are several others that are also top notch and the drive won't be as long as getting out to Salt Lick.

Just thought about burgers and if you want a really cool place for a fantastic burger experience, go to Hut's (http://www.hutsfrankandangies.com/)! The menu is crazy and you'll find all sorts of weird toppings and burgers with crazy names, but hopefully you'll end up with one that you'll love! My favorite is the Wolfman Jack: sour cream, diced green chilies, jack cheese, and bacon :)

MACK!
11-11-2008, 04:25 PM
Kerbey Lane is great for pancakes and carrot cake, Magnolia Cafe has great tortilla soup.

Alamo Drafthouse is great for movies, but only certain kinds, and it's not for everybody (I usually don't want interruptions while I watch a movie, even if it's someone giving me beer and hot wings.)

Musashino's has the best sushi I've had in America, even compared to sushi in LA and San Francisco (never had it on the East coast.) Although the last time I ate there was a decade ago.

If you're in the mood for BBQ you have County Line or Salt Lick. Salt Lick's overrated but it's still great.

Are you doing the classes at UT? My goal in later life is to teach sequential art at UT... It's a great academic environment with none of the pretense.

Austin is weird. I think it provides for people in their 20s exactly what Portland provides people in their 30s. Sixth street was awesome when I turned 21, now the idea of it on a Friday night makes me tired. Although a weeknight might not be so bad.


The classes and the Gallery exhibit is at St. Edward's University.
Do you know much about it, or where it is in relation to things?

MACK!
11-11-2008, 04:25 PM
Glad we're on the same page! I always forget about Threadgill's (http://www.threadgills.com/), but you're right, it's a good place to go, if for no other reason than the history the place holds. I mean, Janis Frickin' Joplin developed her style there! As for the food, I actually prefer Hill's Cafe (http://www.hillscafe.com/) for that type of fare, but again, if you're only in Austin for a few days, Threadgill's is the place to go. (And I'd recommend the grilled pork chops with applesauce.)



Kerbey Lane's blueberry pancakes are like 2nd best on the planet...and the best are all the way in Cali, so I'll take 2nd best right down the street :) Lots of other great stuff too. Magnolia is a place where you have the chance to see Quentin Tarantino or one of the other big timers that call Austin home (part time). People seem to love that place.

I really like Alamo Drafthouse even with the people bringing food A) because you can get real food and drinks at the movie (and it's good food!), and B) because I know that those are the only interruptions I'm going to get. If any snot nose high schooler decides he wants to chat on his phone during the flick, I just put up a note to the waiter and he'll take care of it. I've seen it done and it works. Much better than shushing people which rarely works in "normal" theaters. I almost exclusively go to Alamo now because of those two reasons.

Austin has GREAT sushi...I'm going to Osaka tonight actually. I've heard Musashino's is the best in town, but haven't been yet. I can't wait to go. Uchi is very good and the head chef has been written up in a few magazines as being one of the best in the country. This new place, Kenobi, is really good. There is really really great sushi here and that makes me very happy. Mmmm...Osaka here I come!

Same with BBQ, but yes, if you have the chance, take Run-BMC's advice and hit one of those places. There are several others that are also top notch and the drive won't be as long as getting out to Salt Lick.

Just thought about burgers and if you want a really cool place for a fantastic burger experience, go to Hut's (http://www.hutsfrankandangies.com/)! The menu is crazy and you'll find all sorts of weird toppings and burgers with crazy names, but hopefully you'll end up with one that you'll love! My favorite is the Wolfman Jack: sour cream, diced green chilies, jack cheese, and bacon :)


The late night food stuff is very helpful.
This is actually making me hungry!

Run-BMC
11-11-2008, 04:32 PM
The classes and the Gallery exhibit is at St. Edward's University.
Do you know much about it, or where it is in relation to things?

It's in South Austin, small Catholic school, a friend of mine went there.

You're going to need a car, especially late at night. The bus system isn't bad though.

Dan-C
11-11-2008, 04:38 PM
Hookers and blow

Why pay for hookers when there's young college girls a'plenty?

Patrick King
11-11-2008, 04:56 PM
Dude. 6th street is for underage college kids and tourists. Locals avoid that shit like the plague.

West 6th and the warehouse district are wear real Austinites and locals go.

Also ... if you like Whole Foods thier flagship store (it's an Austin founded business) is pretty cool. About half of it is fresh lunch type food made every day.

I work downtown ... if you need recommendations for downtown food let me know.
Gotta agree with Rod on this, I've only been to 6th street a couple times, and it's massively overrated. Drunken douchebags as far as the eye can see. The fun stuff is, as mentioned, on South Congress.

The Crushtacean
11-11-2008, 04:57 PM
Same with BBQ, but yes, if you have the chance, take Run-BMC's advice and hit one of those places. There are several others that are also top notch and the drive won't be as long as getting out to Salt Lick.



Salt Lick has a new location open at the Dell Diamond, if anyone's up north at all. I've been there and it's as good as the original. They even laid it out exactly like the original.

The Crushtacean
11-11-2008, 04:58 PM
The classes and the Gallery exhibit is at St. Edward's University.
Do you know much about it, or where it is in relation to things?

St. Ed's is down at Oltorf and 35, or thereabouts. It's only a few miles south of downtown if you take 35.

Thudpucker
11-11-2008, 05:15 PM
Not sure what kind of music you like but there are a few concerts this week.

Metro Station is going to be at La Zona Rosa on Thursday: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpU78IeTx_c

Ghostland Observatory is at Stubbs Thursday and Friday, those guys are alot of fun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtFVRo1ovIk

If you're still here Saturday Cheech and Chong are going to be at the Austin Music Hall.

Jew Mafia
11-11-2008, 05:48 PM
If you're lookin for a strip club*, stop by Perfect 10, ask for Andrea, she night get you in for free.

:)



* I mean gentlemans club.

TRILL, THE CARBON BASED LIFEFORM
11-11-2008, 05:57 PM
If you want a comfortable coffee house that's open all night with free wifi, go to Epoch. It's just a couple blocks north of Austin Books on N. Lamar and take a right on North Loop. It's on the right hand side after the first light.

Go to Cisco's if you want the best migas. It's on E. 6th St. not far off of 35.
I hope you enjoy Austin! :)

The Crushtacean
11-11-2008, 06:17 PM
If you want a comfortable coffee house that's open all night with free wifi, go to Epoch. It's just a couple blocks north of Austin Books on N. Lamar and take a right on North Loop. It's on the right hand side after the first light.

Go to Cisco's if you want the best migas. It's on E. 6th St. not far off of 35.
I hope you enjoy Austin! :)

One of the owners of Epoch, Joe, is a big comics fan too. I used to work with him at a comics store before he opened the place and he is a huge fan of Robin. Like stalker-level fan.

TIP
11-11-2008, 06:21 PM
Visit the Ham Machine Museum
http://i34.tinypic.com/e0llhw.jpg

The Hodag
11-11-2008, 06:22 PM
One of the owners of Epoch, Joe, is a big comics fan too. I used to work with him at a comics store before he opened the place and he is a huge fan of Robin. Like stalker-level fan.

Yeah, that'll get him through the doors, Crush! :lol:

Heh, I know Joe too, and he is (or at least was) a nut for Robin and various teen heroes, but I think if you never asked him if he read comics, it wouldn't necessarily come up in conversation. He's a pretty well rounded guy for a Robin-stalker.

The Crushtacean
11-11-2008, 06:24 PM
Yeah, that'll get him through the doors, Crush! :lol:

Heh, I know Joe too, and he is (or at least was) a nut for Robin and various teen heroes, but I think if you never asked him if he read comics, it wouldn't necessarily come up in conversation. He's a pretty well rounded guy for a Robin-stalker.

It's true, he hides his fanaticism well. Just ask him if thinks Batman ever beat Robin, though, and watch him go off.

TRILL, THE CARBON BASED LIFEFORM
11-11-2008, 06:31 PM
One of the owners of Epoch, Joe, is a big comics fan too. I used to work with him at a comics store before he opened the place and he is a huge fan of Robin. Like stalker-level fan.

I go in there a lot to drink coffee and read my comics, and the people behind the counter are always interested in what I'm reading. I don't think I've ever met Joe, though.

Rod Nunley
11-11-2008, 07:50 PM
Visit the Ham Machine Museum
http://i34.tinypic.com/e0llhw.jpg

That's in Dallas. ;)

MACK!
11-11-2008, 08:24 PM
If you want a comfortable coffee house that's open all night with free wifi, go to Epoch. It's just a couple blocks north of Austin Books on N. Lamar and take a right on North Loop. It's on the right hand side after the first light.

Go to Cisco's if you want the best migas. It's on E. 6th St. not far off of 35.
I hope you enjoy Austin! :)

Hey thanks, that's helpful too.

And I'm looking forward to fish tacos!