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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Switch Gears in Austin


2. Where to Eat

Enjoy dining alfresco at La Condesa.  

Refuel at the Mighty Cone, a standout among the South Congress Avenue food vendors beloved by the city's bikers. Hot and crunchy cones—fluffy flour tortillas stuffed with deep-fried avocado or sesame-seed-battered shrimp—are topped off with a dollop of mango-jalapeño slaw and won't run you more than $6.

Grab a table on the dog-and-bike-friendly patio at La Condesa, the new spot opened in spring 2009 by former La Esquina chef René Ortiz. Try Mex-forward creations like green-apple-and-crab guacamole ($8) washed down with an icy michelada (beer, lime juice, and salt).

Park your bike in the racks next to Olivia, the sleek newcomer on the South Austin foodie scene designed ground-up by local starchitect Michael Hsu. Sidle up to the limestone-and-glass bar for some Taylor Bay Nantucket oysters or spoon into foie gras and grits with maple syrup.

Published on Aug 13, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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