Food & Travel Guide: Austin, Texas

Sam Saenz
8 min readAug 19, 2022

Where to eat, drink, & what to see & do in the Lone Star State.

The “Greetings from Austin” mural on South First is the perfect place for a photo opp!

Planning a visit or just looking for new things to do in and around Austin, Texas? You’ve come to the right place! During my nine years as an Austinite, I wrote a lot about the Capital City for publications such as The Austinot and Austin Monthly.

Throughout my time as a contributing writer, I wined and dined at some of the top food spots, everything from snazzy hotel restaurants to lakeside patios and everything in between. I also was invited to stay at luxury hotels, resorts, and the cutest Airbnbs in the quaint small towns all over Texas.

So if you’re looking for day and weekend trip ideas or new restaurants, breweries, and wineries to check out, the links to all of my Austinot articles below will help you do just that!

The Austinot

The Austinot is a blog that was started back in 2011 by a local couple to showcase the best local Austin restaurants & things to do. Local as in, places that were started in Austin by residents and not a chain or corporate-owned. I wrote for the publication from 2017–2019, focusing on the city's tasty food scene and unique travel experiences.


From San Marcos and Lockhart to San Saba and Horseshoe Bay, there’s miles and miles of Texas to explore.

Shake up your weekend routine with these unique day and weekend trip destinations around Austin and Central Texas.

Sam Saenz

UX Content Designer (, Travel & Food Writer (, and NLP (mindset) practitioner in Miami, Florida.