34 Things Austinites Love

Shelter dogs, tacos, and everything that is right in the world.

1. TACOS. Especially of the breakfast variety.

Preferably hailing from one of the great breakfast taco meccas of Austin: Torchy’s or Tacodeli.

2. Rescuing shelter dogs

Gidget here is still waiting to be adopted. You can find out about her at Austin Pets Alive.

3. Free outdoor concerts (like Blues on the Green)

4. Doing yoga at Black Swan

5. Doing yoga on stand-up paddleboards

6. Doing yoga on stand-up paddleboards with dogs

7. The flagship Whole Foods

Which has a bar featuring $8 WINE FLIGHTS

9. Food trailers. ALL OF THEM.

OMG KIMCHI FRIES I LOVE YOU CHI’LANTRO.

11. Proclaiming our love for Austin to anyone who will listen…

12. …yet forbidding them from moving there and crowding our beautiful, sprawling landscape.

13. Queso

because CHEESE.

15. Barbecue, obviously.

Salt Lick field trip!

We will literally wait in line four hours for this. Because Franklin is the holy grail of brisket.

ALL HAIL BRISKET!

16. Alamo Drafthouse sing-alongs, quote-alongs, and, above all, Master Pancakes.

17. Things with “local,” “organic,” or “vegan” in the title

19. Paul Qui, and all of the heavenly food he has brought to the capital of Texas

20. Rainey Street

Because who doesn’t love a bar that’s basically just a house with a food trailer in the backyard?

22. Standing up for what we believe in

23. Austin City Limits

Godkin Photo / Via carolineplusben.com

Because why would you ever want to go to CHICAGO for Lolla? No.

24. Partying on the lake

Also, wakeboarding on the lake

25. Ryan Gosling

He’s, like, practically one of us.

26. Signs. All of the signs.

27. Local musicians

Like Bob here.

28. And getting to listen to them live. All the time.

These guys are Friendly Savages.

29. Tex Mex, margaritas, and Mexican martinis. Preferably all at once.

30. Every single store, eatery, and music venue on South Congress

31. (Especially Amy’s Ice Cream)

Mexican Vanilla, GET IN MY MOUTH!

32. Texas football

33. Expressing ourselves.

Just as the thong cyclist has taught us

And this woman at Eeyore’s birthday

And of course: Leslie. RIP.

34. But most of all, we love that this…

Is what we get to call home.

Austin… I love you so much.

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