In Austin, one of the first things I noticed was the ubiquitous food trailers. I even saw a food court that was all trailers! These places seem temporary, but in fact, they’re not. With pretty much year-round warm or hot weather, tables with umbrellas set up around the trailer are popular places for people to eat and hang out. Sometimes there are musicians for entertainment!
And of course, you can’t go to Texas and not sample their famous barbecue! My friend who lives in Austin had a place in mind, Franklin Barbecue – very well-known, but it was closed. Fortunately, she knows a food critic at one of the local newspapers who recommended an excellent place : La barbecue. We were warned that the place is so popular that people start lining up in the morning: their hours are listed as “11 a.m. until sold out” – which can happen quickly! So we got there early and took our place in the queue – and were not disappointed! Barbecue beef brisket, pork, chicken and sausage all came with our order, which we feasted on later that day. I tried other barbecue places after that, but none could compare with La barbecue! (Check out their web site at labarbecue.com.)
Of course, there is nothing better during a hot day of sightseeing than a break at a well air-conditioned, delicious ice cream place! Amy’s Ice Cream has several franchises in the Austin area and a few other cities in Texas, but it’s a long way from the Midwest! At Amy’s, you choose from a variety of ice cream flavors, including traditional vanilla and chocolate, to tropical fruit flavors, to ice cream with liquor in it. Their ice cream is at least 14% fat, but they also have frozen yogurt and ices. Next you choose what to put in it: the counter is lined with a variety of “crush’ns”, including peanuts, cookie pieces, M&M’s, tiny pieces of cut up dried fruit, candy, and many others. The servers put your scoop of ice cream on a cutting board, where they flatten it out, then fold in your choice of additions, mix it together and serve it in a cone or a cup. If desired, you could choose to make your concoction into a hot fudge sundae, with whipped cream and a cherry on top. (Amy’s web site address is: amysicecreams.squarespace.com.)