Most of us, regardless of where we live, feel a sense of ownership and pride in our city, especially when entertaining out-of-town guests. We want to show our visitors the best that our city has to offer. But that can mean different things to different people.
I discovered this recently when my son-in-law and his friend came to town for a brief one night stay. I wanted to impress them by taking them out for a great dinner, but I couldn't think of the perfect place. As I drove aimlessly down Lamar, they were getting weak and cranky from hunger, suggesting I stop anywhere that looked remotely like a restaurant, including Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home. I ended up choosing Shoal Creek Saloon, and it couldn't have been a more perfect choice. Sipping beer on the patio and eating good ol' chicken fried steak gave them the quintessential Austin experience I was after.
I decided to do a little forward thinking, so the next time I'm required to entertain some out-of-towners, I'll know exactly where to take them. I've created a personalized dining tour guide geared toward several different fictional characters. I included possibilities for eating out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Maybe you'll recognize someone you know among these fake people. If so, you'll have some ideas on where to take them so they will leave Austin feeling satiated.
Your Dazed and Confused Ex-Boyfriend from Colorado
Your Former Partner-In-Crime-Drinking-Buddy-Turned-Vegan-Yoga Instructor
Your Two Roommates From College Whom You Haven't Seen In 20 Years
Your Former Co-Worker From Denver Who Made Fun of You For Moving to Texas
Your Wealthy, Jet-Setting Aunt and Uncle With a Fondness For Cocktails and Picking Up The Tab
Your 20-Something Niece With A Masters Degree In Art History and Keen Sense of Ironic Style