Mettle

Bridget Dunlap's chic bistro is still going strong, its urbane metal and glass box incongruously situated at the end of an industrial side street in East Austin. Get a running start with one of the inventive cocktails, like a Siamese caipirinha spiced up with Thai chiles (the happy hour is quite generous, running from 3 to 7), then move on to the more-complex-than-it-looks menu.

Ask the Wanderer: South Congress And Beyond

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Jordan,

Hey. I’m heading to Austin at the end of July and—having worked at Philadelphia magazine for a few years—I figured reaching out to you would be the best way to figure out what to do.

A few college friends and I will be visiting a buddy and his wife for a long weekend (most of us get in Thursday morning). Is there a cultural/historical/enriching event/museum/experience that we shouldn’t miss?

Note: We’ll be staying in South Congress and, considering that we’re millennials, antiquing feels fiscally irresponsible/unappealing. Also, I wouldn’t hate it if you recommended a hip date spot that won’t feel like a total cliché.

Jeez. I know that’s a lot. Sorry for the lack of brevity.

A Fan From Philly

Salt & Time

Sign us up for artisan charcuterie served inside this simple, airy warehouse space, especially when it starts with the rich, slightly gamy goat salami sliced in tiny rounds. This brick-and-mortar location of a homegrown business, which started with a stall at the Hope Farmers Market, now has a retail butcher shop with counter seating and a coffee bar.

La Barbecue

Rating: 4.5
Opened: 2012
Pitmaster: John Lewis, age 34
Method: Post oak; indirect-heat pit
Pro tip: There’s free beer Friday through Sunday.

Winflo Osteria

Clarksville continues to be a hotbed of great new dining spots, and this little osteria is no exception. With its chic timbered interior and expansive shaded patio, it lures you in with Italian nibbles such as crisply breaded artichoke hearts and lean carpaccio with a lemony arugula salad. Neapolitan pizzas, such as the classic margherita, combine fresh, bright ingredients and crisp crusts for those wanting to share.

Discovering LBJ’s Austin

Long before Austin became a bustling hub of live music, technology, and food trucks, it was a simple capital city, dominated by politicians and lobbyists. That city, on the eastern edge of the Hill Country, was the Austin of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s day. Though Johnson didn’t live in Austin for much of his life, the city made a mark on the president from a young age. He was only 10 when he began accompanying his father, a state representative, to the Capitol, where he became enchanted by the legislative process.

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