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The NO NOSTALGIA tour of Austin, Texas

I lived in Austin in the late 80's and the early 90's. Left and never really went back. I have only one friend left in the area (and he, technically, now lives in Round Rock, though he works in the city). We'll be visiting for a wedding and I'd like to know what are the good restaurants (particularly breakfast and vegetarian) and the decent craft cocktail bars that are not hold-overs from the late 80's/early 90's. In other words, "no Kerbey Lane suggestions, please". Bonus points for a good hotel.
posted by crush-onastick on Sep 1, 2014 - 7 answers

Help my brother find a new apartment in Austin. Difficulty level: Now.

So, my brother had a major fire in his apartment complex (fortunately for him it was on the other side of the building), and his building was condemned. He needs to move immediately. He's looking for a 1 bedroom 1 bathroom apartment in one of: Manor, Hyde Park, or North Campus. He's a grad student, so that's the sort of budget he's working with. Thanks for your help!
posted by persona au gratin on Aug 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Paint me a picture. A picture of Austin, Texas.

I'm a 31-year-old female looking to relocate to a cool, fun and relatively inexpensive urban area. What can you tell me about Austin, Texas? [more inside]
posted by shelle on Aug 23, 2014 - 23 answers

Need a good couch for cheap

Does this exist in Austin? I'm looking for a family-owned furniture store that sells name-brand furniture for less than the name-brand store. There's a place in the Dallas suburbs that does this. They have very little inventory, but they have the catalogs for places like Ashley, La-Z-Boy, and Bassett. Customers typically look around at those stores and then go to the mom-and-pop shop to order from the catalog. If you've seen this in the Austin area (Round Rock to San Marcos), please tell me where!
posted by erloteiel on Aug 3, 2014 - 2 answers

Attention Austin and Phoenix! I want to eat your tacos!

I am traveling for work to Austin and Phoenix next week and am looking for food, tea, and zines. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax on Jul 15, 2014 - 10 answers

Mean cat. No, REALLY mean. Find us a vet in Austin who can handle that?

Our cat is terrified of strangers to the point of serious violence. (We have both owned reasonably shy and standoffish cats before. This one is worse than any other cat we've known — the bites and scratches he gives people who pick him up are sometimes not just warning nips but serious attacks. We are almost certain he was abused before we adopted him, for this and other reasons.) We need to find a vet in Austin, TX where we can take him. We have already been asked not to return to Animal Trustees, the discount vet clinic in town, because he clawed a vet tech there, so we are worried that he will be unwelcome other places as well. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Jun 7, 2014 - 18 answers

Bed and Breakfast in the Texas Hill Country

My company has offered me a weekend at a B&B in the Texas Hill Country in thanks for 10 years of service. Looking on the web there appear to be thousands of them, with wildly scattered reviews depending on which review site one chooses. Having had mixed experiences with B&B's, I thought I'd turn to the green for suggestions. If you've been to one in that area that you would recommend (or steer us away from), please write below.
posted by Runes on May 16, 2014 - 3 answers

Sunday brunch venue in Austin?

I'm looking for a space in downtown-ish Austin to host a post-wedding brunch. [more inside]
posted by vakker on Mar 18, 2014 - 8 answers

Best succulents and exotic houseplants nursery on my route?

I'm driving roundtrip next week from KS to TX, and along the way I'll be passing through these cities: Oklahoma City, OK and Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and Medina, TX. In or nearby any of these cities, do you know about a fabulously awesome and dirt cheap nursery, open on Saturdays, that sells succulents/cacti and potentially other houseplants/exotics as well? I'm not interested in outdoor stock (trees/grasses/annuals/etc). [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla on Mar 2, 2014 - 6 answers

What to do at SXSW?

I'm going to SXSW for the first time this year, and want to know if any of y'all have any tips? I know the general thing to do is rsvp for concerts/parties, so I've been doing that to a few that another friend going heard about, but I'd love more suggestions and advice! I'm only getting in Friday, but feel free to talk about stuff going on all week so others can see it.
posted by DynamiteToast on Feb 27, 2014 - 4 answers

Seeking Austin Community Theatre Scene

Here in New England, there are tons of community theatre organizations of all sizes & quality levels; almost every town has a "Springfield Community Players" or something like that. I can think of dozens within a half hour of my home in MA. A theatre friend has moved to Austin, TX, and can't seem to find any such organizations at all within at least an hour radius. [more inside]
posted by jeffjon on Feb 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Looking for Family Law Attorney in Austin, Texas

Can you recommend a family law attorney with CPS experience in or around Austin, Texas? [more inside]
posted by notbuddha on Feb 17, 2014 - 0 answers

What should a single girl do on Valentine's Day?

I have a killer red dress, and I really want to go out and wear it on Valentine's Day somewhere. But where? [more inside]
posted by quincunx on Feb 8, 2014 - 12 answers

Need iPad app recommendations

So I have joined the 2010s and bought an iPad. Please help me outfit it with apps. [more inside]
posted by donajo on Feb 6, 2014 - 26 answers

Best gift for 56 yr old stroke survivor?

A very dear friend of mine (female, 56, was very physically active, runner, professor, etc.) had a stroke in late August. [more inside]
posted by Ideefixe on Oct 31, 2013 - 6 answers

Got any late-breaking news or tips on live music in Austin tonight?

This last day of ACL Fest was just cancelled due to flooding... and surely some last-minute shows are being set up at bars, hotels, homes, schools, for today and tonight! Know of any gigs today or tonight, with some of the bands that were set to play?? [more inside]
posted by swlabr on Oct 13, 2013 - 5 answers

Where can I watch USAMNT vs Costa Rica in Austin tonight?

Tonight's match is on beIN SPORTS network. What bars in Austin, TX will be showing that match? [more inside]
posted by popechunk on Sep 6, 2013 - 3 answers

MtF in Texas seeking transition resources

I'm a broke 30-year-old pre-everything MtF butch in Austin, TX. There's a chance I'll be coming the rest of the way out and trying to transition soon. I'll need some hormones, all the hair removal, and a bit of a community. [more inside]
posted by Now there are two. There are two _______. on Aug 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Austin: Seeking quality ongoing manic-depression / bipolar support group

I spoke last week with a close friend who recently found out -- in an interesting way -- that she has this manic depression illness, aka bipolar disorder. Knowing that I've dealt with it myself over the years, she asked me if I have found any helpful F2F support groups here in Austin. My answer -- I have not. She's looking for a group to join, a place to meet, talk with, support and gain support from a community of people suffering this thing but willing to do the work to kick free, such as they are able to. She's open to starting a group herself, and/or even hosting it in her South Austin home, if there are not currently any good meetups available. [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on Jul 16, 2013 - 5 answers

San Antonio, Austin and environs - where do we want to go

My partner and I are headed to San Antonio at the end of July so that he can go to a conference and I can visit Texas for the first time. We like cities, and nature, and are especially interested in how people organize and live together in whatever communities they've got (ie. social & political history and sociology). Other happy holiday finds have included biking Montreal's The Main and La Chine Canal, the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago and taking 3 kinds of trains to get to a hilltop overlooking Vienna. [more inside]
posted by Heart_on_Sleeve on Jul 11, 2013 - 12 answers

Delivering French canapés to a nursing home in Austin, TX: possible?

Through work, I have struck up a correspondence with an extraordinary translator and writer located in Austin, TX. Advancing age, declining health, and (from what I have gleaned) lack of local family members have conspired to put him in a nursing home. He's mentioned a craving for better food -- specifically for French canapés. Is there any French bistro or gourmet market in Austin where I could arrange for some beautifully prepared treats to be delivered to him?
posted by scody on Jun 30, 2013 - 7 answers

Texas bird identification

Can you help me identify this baby bird? [more inside]
posted by mokin on Jun 26, 2013 - 4 answers

TX Beer in PA?

How can I provide our host in Pittsburgh with delicious Texas brews? [more inside]
posted by theweasel on Jun 13, 2013 - 17 answers

Help an Englishman find a barbeque joint in Austin!

My husband will be in Austin for business next week, and needs suggestions for both barbeque and Tex-Mex. He's not really looking for a polished dining experience; he's looking for seriously excellent grub. Thanks!
posted by Specklet on Jun 12, 2013 - 33 answers

Moving from Austin to Champaign, please help !

Cost of living and apartment hunt advice! [more inside]
posted by harisund on Jun 9, 2013 - 9 answers

Level 2 travel tips for a San Franciscan in Portland and Austin?

I've been to both these cities before, so this time I want to explore some local fave places and grok the resident hipster vibe. Please point me in the direction of the Dolores Park of Portland/Austin. [more inside]
posted by mokudekiru on May 30, 2013 - 4 answers

Itch-Free Austin, Itch-Free New Orleans

My best pal and I will be road tripping to Austin and New Orleans this July. We've had a bit of trouble finding budget accommodations that don't have 20+ negative reports on the Bedbug Registry -- especially in NOLA. Any hotel/motel/dorm wizards have suggestions? PLUS where should we go in Austin and NOLA to satisfy our many cultural/gastronomic itches? Snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on May 26, 2013 - 12 answers

What AA meetings would you recommend in Austin, TX?

Yesterday I made a commitment to sobriety, and I want to start attending AA meetings in Austin, TX. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Name that tune: Texan dessert edition.

I am weirdly fascinated by the song that the ice cream trucks play in Austin, TX. (Approximate sheet music; MIDI.) What is it called? Where does it come from? Is it Standard Ice Cream Truck Music anywhere else in the world? And why can't I get it out of my head?
posted by Now there are two. There are two _______. on Apr 28, 2013 - 5 answers

What's up with the Zillow home value forecast for Austin?

Zillow predicts just a 0.1% rise in home values over the next year in Austin, and actually predicts depreciation in several areas near the center of the city. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by Mila on Apr 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Road Trip! Gainesville, FL to Austin, TX this fall. Suggestions, advice?

I've used AskMeFi for travel advice before and it's been invaluable. This time I'm planning a road trip from Gainesville, FL to Austin, TX around Halloween to coincide with a music festival I attend each year. I've been to the United States (NYC, San Francisco, and the Pacific Northwest) many times but never to the south – with the exception of Florida if that counts. Do you have any suggestions, places to definitely see, places to definitely avoid? More below if useful... [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Apr 15, 2013 - 10 answers

Finding homes for cat and kitten in Austin, bonus estrus edition

A sweet mama cat and her kitten were abandoned at a friend's house outside of Austin. I agreed to foster them for a bit, but we're going on week three, and tensions are building between the fosters and my two regular kitties. Bonus complication: Mama cat has now gone into heat (I think). Yikes. [more inside]
posted by pantarei70 on Apr 8, 2013 - 6 answers

Good second-hand bookstores and record shops in Austin TX?

What are the best second-hand bookstores and record shops in Austin, Texas? [more inside]
posted by Grinder on Apr 3, 2013 - 9 answers

What kind of tree is this?

A friend wants to ID this tree that is in her yard in Austin, TX. Pictures of the tree in question. Thanks, AskMe!
posted by superlibby on Apr 1, 2013 - 6 answers

How to evaluate the job market when deciding where to move...

Partner and I are deciding which of his grad school offers to accept/which new town to move to next year: Austin, TX, Athens, GA or Tucson, AZ currently. What resources/methods can I use to help me figure out if I will be able to find a job in these places? [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell on Mar 3, 2013 - 14 answers

How to find an affordable Austin Hotel during SXSW?

Can't find an affordable hotel for SXSW, where else to look? [more inside]
posted by touareg on Feb 18, 2013 - 14 answers

Weekend break near Austin, TX?

I will be visiting Austin, Texas for work in April. I'm thinking of taking a weekend break before I return to Europe. I'm looking for suggestions for somewhere relaxing to spend a few days near the city, preferably Texan in flavour.
posted by Grinder on Feb 14, 2013 - 16 answers

Still trying to visit Austin, having trouble finding an affordable hotel

So our planned January trip got bumped to March. I knew enough to not try to book anything around SXSW, but even 2 weeks after, there is very limited hotel availability and very high prices. [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Feb 9, 2013 - 22 answers

Help me get help

How do I start getting treatment for my mental health problems, specifically, in Austin, TX? [more inside]
posted by hrj on Feb 8, 2013 - 8 answers

How to cold-contact editors of local (or national) publications?

Cold-contacting editors and publishers in Austin and elsewhere: I want to return to freelancing after several years away from the field. Problem is, my previous freelance jobs all came from lucky, completely random meetings with editors and networking based on that luck, in another city. Please help me strategize so I can make a good impression on editors I haven't met in person! [more inside]
posted by xenophile on Jan 8, 2013 - 3 answers

urban design in texas

Cool parks, public spaces and green/urban design in Austin, TX? Houston, TX? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Dec 26, 2012 - 10 answers

How do you find a great place in Austin, TX?

We need some advice on the logistics of finding a place to rent in Austin, TX. [more inside]
posted by lamechopz on Dec 20, 2012 - 10 answers

Where in Austin can I serve cake to 75 people on the cheap?

I'm looking for a place to have a wedding reception on an extremely tight budget. We're serving cake and punch (champagne if we can swing it) to about 75 people, and would like a place near downtown Austin, TX for under $300. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by erloteiel on Nov 4, 2012 - 9 answers

What's to do in Austin, TX?

Things to do in Austin this weekend? [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger on Nov 1, 2012 - 16 answers

Hello Austin, Where are my people?

Hello Austin, Where are my people? I recently moved to Austin, TX from Fargo, ND (of all places). I've quickly discovered that this place is flooded with awesomeness, to a point of being mildly overwhelming. Thus, I am asking for help with finding things and people with similar tastes. I am, a maker crafts person type, I mostly sew and knit but I have a background in sculpture and some interest in learning electronics. I am also a cyclist, who loves chill coffee houses and a sense of community. I'm looking for: 1. a place to consign/wholesale goods I make, mainly plush toy monsters, before the holiday season. also craft fairs 2. a couch, or a place to find a couch (secondhand); thrift stores dont seem to have much in the way of furniture. 3. a good, non-chain, hardware/surplus store. 4. a good fabric store 5. a job 6. fellow makers
posted by misformiche on Oct 21, 2012 - 11 answers

Austin travel tips?

Thinking of a January trip to Austin, and I've got a few questions... [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Oct 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Moving to Austin. What next?

My partner and I plan to move to Austin, Texas, in January. We’re looking for recommendations about neighborhoods, information about the housing market, or any other useful information. [more inside]
posted by maurreen on Oct 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Ideas for memorials in Austin, TX?

Ideas for memorials in Austin, TX? [more inside]
posted by jpziller on Oct 7, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me find a therapist

I need a bus-accessible therapist/grief counselor in Austin, TX [more inside]
posted by petiteviolette on Aug 25, 2012 - 6 answers

Where can I get body art quality henna in Austin, Texas, this evening, or in Philadelphia this weekend?

Where can I get body art quality henna in Austin, Texas, this evening, or in Philadelphia tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad on Aug 24, 2012 - 1 answer

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