Alright guys and dolls, First off, here is the link to the thread for info to the event itself started by El Jefe: http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=263838 Now, here is the promised list of places of interest (Grub+Grog+Guns+Boots) while in Austin for the Lone Star Round Up that I had promised! I myself am a transplant from another part of Texas, but my wife has lived here for 25 years, so the following is a compilation I hope you find useful. IF any of you have any specific questions , PLEASE PM ME and I will find the information, send it to you AND include it here for anyone else that may find your question/needs useful. Feel free to add suggestions on the thread or PM me with them, either way I will add them to this initial post, reason being, for those that would like to print out just the first page and not the possible 27 pages it may be by the time April rolls around. (See, I'm thinkin' of you outatowners!) Laura writes: This is by no means an exhaustive list, but I tried to come up with a variety. There are some cool bars, some places that serve pub grub along with their beer, some good breakfast/brunch places and even a couple of 24 hour places (you can only eat so much IHOP.) I hope y’all find it useful!! MEET UP PLACES: Reggie's "To Be Announced" LSRU HAMB Meet & Greet: "To Be Announced" ------------------------------------------------------------------- BESS BISTRO UPDATE: COOL CUSTOMS AND HOT RODS WILL BE VALET PARKED UP FRONT!! (yet another reason to bring the old iron instead of the Subaru Brat....Lord, does anyone even remember those??) BESS BISTRO - Cuisine goes up first because let's face it, if your gal wants to be 'treated' for being a good sport about coming to the Round Up when she might rather be at home, this is the place to say 'thank you' and look like an Über-Stud doing it. This is owned by an exceptional person who doesn't just insist on phenomenal entrees, but prices that won't send you home early (that's a fact). Scan the menu and see for yourself. (Personally, I like the Croque Monsieur) And YES, BlueJeans are OK, but any leg cuffs higher than 4" may be used as an ashtray...lol http://www.bessbistro.com/ PHONE: 512-477-BESS (2377) DOG and DUCK – A lot of Austin HAMBer’s hang out here already. Good beer selection, good grub, outdoor area for the smokers, nice dark pub interior, decent sized parking lot. http://www.dogandduckpub.com/ TEXAS CHILI PARLOR – excellent food, even if you don’t dig chili (try the nachos!) Yep, they filmed a big chunk of Deathproof there. There is no back porch! If you go during a weekday, you get to see all the government folks trying to eat chili without spilling it on their ties. http://www.cactushill.com/TCP/home.htm GINGERMAN - great beer selection. They’re moving at the end of the year, but their current location has a really great patio – I hope they keep that in the new place. Info will be on website. http://austin.gingermanpub.com/ HALCYON – need coffee and a muffin in the morning? Need a coffee after all that beer you drank? Need a fresh pack of smokes? Halcyon, baby! It’s a bar, it’s a coffee house, it’s a lifesaver on my walk from the bus stop - http://www.halcyonaustin.com/ FADO - Not the best beer selection I’ve seen, but if you like Guinness or Harp, you’re set. Really good food. Live music on weekends – nice outdoor area. http://www.fadoirishpub.com/austin/ HUT'S – great burgers. I’ve heard the other food is good, but I’m dedicated to the Richie Valens, so it may be a while before I find out about the rest of the menu. Excellent shakes as well. It’s on 6<sup>th</sup> street, but not the party section. Parking can be a little tricky during the day. They don’t seem to have a website - 807 W. 6<sup>th</sup> Street (just east of Lamar on 6<sup>th</sup>) OPAL DIVINE'S – 3 locations! One on S. Congress, one on 6<sup>th</sup> (right by Hut’s) and one up on Parmer (far north Austin). Good pub grub (I like the cheese fries), good beer selection, all of them have nice outdoor areas for the smokers. Dogs welcome on the patios. http://www.opaldivines.com/ TRUDY'S – My first pick for breakfast/brunch. But if you go for dinner, try the stuffed avocado. Good Mexican martinis. There are 4 locations, and they’re all probably about the same, distance/hassle-wise, to get to from the Expo center. Probably the easiest one is the north location, as it’s right off of 183. http://www.trudys.com/ THE OMELETTRY – if you go on a weekend, there will be a line. The longest I’ve waited is 30 minutes and it is so worth it. Big, delicious omelets and gingerbread pancakes that make you want to slap yo mama. Also a location for some of Deathproof. CASH ONLY (unless things have changed recently.) 4811 Burnet Road SCHOLZ BEER GARDEN - Oldest bar in Texas, y’all. Food and beer are both great. Huge outdoor area for the smokers/dog owners. It’s right by the Capitol, so at least stop in for one beer and a little history, even if you’re not a fan of the brat plate. http://www.scholzgarten.net/default.htm MAGNOLIA CAFE – open 24 hours!! Two locations – I’ve only been to the South Congress one. I like the black bean entrée. Lots of vegetarian options, but it’s not a strictly veggie restaurant. http://www.cafemagnolia.com/ KERBEY LANE – your other 24 hour option. Great breakfasts. 4 locations. http://www.kerbeylanecafe.com/ Looking for fast food? Try P. TERRY'S – it’s on the corner of Lamar and Barton Springs. Drive-thru or walk up, has a really nice outdoor area if you want to eat there. A cheeseburger combo will run you right at $5 and it’s WAY, WAY better than McDonald’s. (And better for you – they use real meat, not that scary stuff.) http://www.pterrys.com/ GENE'S – over on the east side, excellent Cajun/soul food (and this is from a Louisiana girl.) http://www.eatatgenes.com/ HOOVER'S –another on the east side. More of mama’s home cooking. http://www.hooverscooking.com/ Of course there is the SKI SHORES CAFE but I'm told most know of it anyway, but here is the site: http://www.skishores.com/ This just makes me think of more places! Jaime's (tex mex, 8<sup>th</sup> and Red River), Guero’s (Mexican, S. Congress), Upper Crust Bakery (DELICIOUS little local bakery on Burnet and 45<sup>th </sup>), Conan’s Pizza – multiple locations), The Hideout (coffee and alcohol! On Congress), Hickory Street (8<sup>th</sup> and Congress – good burgers and a salad bar!), Amy’s Ice Cream (well, ice cream – locations all over the damn place). Sigh – now I’m all hungry. Oh, and Jef wanted me to make sure to include Austin Speed Shop as an FYI for those that may want to swing by - http://www.austinspeedshop.com/ - they’re on South Lamar, right behind a Binswanger glass. I hope this helps. Austin has a ton of neat little local restaurants and bars – there is no reason to eat at a Chili’s while you’re here. Enjoy!! Best Regards, Laura ADDITIONS, courtesy of HAMBers (and my own poor memory): THE SALT LICK: Great Bar-B-Q http://www.saltlickbbq.com/history.htm SAM'S BAR-B-Q: Close to the Expo on east side of town http://samsbbq.com/ FLIP HAPPY CREPES: Plenty of outside seating (you'll get the joke when ya see it) http://www.fliphappycrepes.blogspot.com/ STAR SEEDS CAFE: DaPhantom recommends with huge portions! http://www.starseedscafe.com/ Other suggestions: DRAUGHT HOUSE: Now, I love this bar. I actually asked my wife to marry me here...(no lie), when you're there, you'll understand. Laura didn't initially put it on the list due to parking. But there is a business next door that isn't open on the weekends (which is where I usually end up parking). Old world pub, no loud music and plenty of outside seating as well. Hell, most just walk out the front door with their beer to sit in the parking lot (yes, at Draught House you can do that). This really is a recommended place to go....really. http://www.draughthouse.com/ GINNY'S LITTLE LONGHORN: Nice joint and you can find parking. Live bands, friendly people (last time I was there anyway..lol) http://www.ginnyslittlelonghorn.com/ CASINO EL CAMINO: Great pub-grub, I usually get the Pitts Burger (good addition chrislehr!) http://www.casinoelcamino.net/index.php ALLIGATOR GRILL: Great name, and I've heard great food though I myself have not been there yet. http://www.alligatorgrill.com/ FREDDIE'S PLACE: Another good one. Plenty of room! And animal friendly! http://www.freddiesplaceaustin.com/index.html THREADGILL'S: Fantastic Liver and Onions, of course with Lone Star Beer...lol Very nice come in and sit down place, bring the kids! Janis Joplin even used to play here before she hit it big! Be sure to peruse the walls for all the photographs. Threadgill's also owns the bragging rights to having the first beer license in the county. http://www.threadgills.com/ HOME SLICE PIZZA: As HotRodLadyCrusr says, "the best pizza I've had since NYC", I haven't been there yet, but that's good enough for me. http://www.homeslicepizza.com/about/owners.html Lockhart,TX--Just outside of town: BBQ CAPITAL link Also in Lockhart, you have the Texas BBQ Trail link, a great place for BBQ and "Located in downtown Lockhart is Texas' oldest major barbecue restaurant continuously owned by the same family - since 1932" JROD's (Jared) additions: MANOR INN MOTEL 106 W Parsons St Manor, TX 78653 Phone: (512)272-8516 Absolutely the best Mexican food around and WAS my secret but... Mariachi Band on Friday nights hit it up after the show before South Congress RESTAURANT RAMOS (512) 272-4495 116 W Parsons St Manor, TX 78653 Ma and Pa kind of place ( Burgers and catfish, family friendly, on a quiet road in the middle of nowhere.) GOOD LUCK GRILL 14605 FM 973 N Manor, TX 78653 (512) 272-8777‎ COWBOY BOOTS!: Laura was going to separate this into a list of where to get new boots and where to get vintage/used boots, but some of them sell both. So – here’s a straight list. Shepler’s - http://www.sheplers.com/ - from what I remember, they’re a tad pricey....and snooty....and aloof....and...oh, why did I put this one on here? Anyway, they got it if you're willing to be treated like a number. Not everyone has had a bad experience there, but mine got to 3, so I stopped going. Allen’s boots – http://www.allensboots.com/site/page/pg1736-pn_Allens_Boots_Western_Wear_Austin_Texas.html Cavender’s – www.cavenders.com - they have 2 locations. Weirdly, I’ve only been to the south one, even though I live closer to the north. Odd. Anyway, this is where Laura got her boots, ages ago. It’s also where she got her Rocky Mountains, the jeans that will create an awesome ass out of even the flattest pancake. (this is true, my Xwife wears them and I'd swear she didn't have that ass when we were married) Lee Miller boots 2222 College Avenue (512) 443-4447 Capitol Saddlery - http://www.capitolsaddlery.com/ Haven't been, so nothing to add. Any of yall go, let me know your experience and what you bought, if anything. Tiny’s Western Shop 8403 Research Blvd #a (512) 476-1277 Texas Custom Boots - http://www.texascustomboots.com/ Laura believes she had them do a half-sole on a pair of boots a few years ago. At the time, they had a really great selection of vintage boots. Prices ranged from $50 - $100. Bear in mind, when dealing with vintage boots, they look at the amount of detail and the overall condition. Some boots that might look expensive for “used”, you could only get by dropping $350 on custom work now. Blackmail - http://www.blackmailboutique.com/store.html - Good general vintage they’re on S. Congress Uncommon Objects - http://www.uncommonobjects.com/ - good general vintage and great place to just putter around when you’re side and tired of the heat. Not sure about boots, but Room Service - http://www.roomservicevintage.com/ - is a really cool vintage shop that’s been around forever. Read This: If you have time, drive north on Lamar and keep an eye out for little hole-in-the-wall thrift/vintage stores. There’s a small patch of them in the 6300-6500 blocks, mostly on the right (east) side of the street. MUSIC: I had a HAMBer message asking specifically about bands playing, etc. These are two good links (though not definitive) to give you a start: Austin Links: http://www.austinlinks.com/Music/ Austin Chronicle: http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Calendar/MusicListings Satan's Cheerleaders (^up there) could be seen with a lot of local Austin bands, here is the link to the squad: http://www.satanscheerleaders.com/start_frames.htm They used to play with the Flametrick Subs, which is a band I've enjoyed on more than one occasion. Link: http://www.flametricksubs.com/ I put 'used to' and 'could' because I heard the Cheerleaders went into retirement New Years day....we'll see if they make it out. (Thnx C5Cruiser) FIRING RANGE (INDOOR) I have a couple of friends in Brisbane,AUS and since I'm aware of their gun-ban (wtf?), I figured I would add this as well for all of you coming in from countries that don't let ya own your own firearm. Figured this would not only be something to talk about once back home, but a great way to blow off steam---I'm thinking of you guys that won't be bringing your car with ya and will not be able to 'boil the hides' in the street. RED'S GUNS: http://www.redsguns.com/ They have guns you can rent and fire at their range. They are open SEVEN days a week and from 9am to 9pm! (this would be a great filler for the time between the RoundUp [I noticed most started leaving about 5pm] til you go to the Bars). I spoke to Reds Guns and since I used to be a Deputy, I asked about an I.D. from another country. I was told that the person renting the firearm has to have a valid U.S. drivers license. BUT, if a person from another country is with someone from the U.S., the U.S. person can rent the firearm, then go to the range and the international person is welcome to fire it. They take into consideration there may be people from other countries so it only applies to the renter of the weapon. This has less to do with liability and more to do with who to look for if someone sneaks off with one of their guns!...lol PLACES TO STAY: I've had a few ask me about a place to stay. Well there's just not enough room in my apartment, but this link here is a great place to start: http://www.austinlinks.com/lodge.html Also, the actual Lone Star Round Up page is a great place to look for suggestions: http://www.lonestarroundup.com/lodging.html Ok Guys and Gals, That is the list so far. If you have any questions about anything local, shoot me a PM and I will answer you as well as add it here! Jef http://www.lonestarroundup.com/ From me, Jef and my wife, Laura, we hope you enjoy the show, enjoy the city and enjoy the people of Austin, TEXAS. For those of you driving your ride in, I found this: (hope it helps!) Old Car Prayer Common baby, please turn over Just tonight Promise I'll make you tight Change your oil filter, that broken tail light Common baby, you know she's waiting Anticipating Sweet loving to come her way Don't be jealous She's flesh and blood Can't take your spot in my heart You take me places I'd never see Provide for sweet pleasures That comfort me Common baby, you know she's waiting Anticipating Sweet loving to come her way In your seat I feel like a man I feel like a man who still can Fog up the windshield on the hot summer night Make this screwed up world seem all right Common baby, you know she's waiting Anticipating Sweet loving to come her way Nikola Neskovic See ya there!