Weird, Wild and Wonderful Sites on Austin’s Sixth Street

I’m on the road quite a bit in my job, and it occurred to me I hadn’t shared my back yard with you. While I don’t live in the Capitol of Texas, I work there. Looking at Austin through a visitor’s eyes is easy for me because I haven’t lived in this region of Texas long.

Since moving here, I’ve climbed to the top of a rocky overlook to capture a picture of the 360 Bridge, toured the State Capitol to photograph the inside of the dome and visited the Bullock Texas State History Museum to learn more about the rich history of my beloved Lone Star State. I’ll share those stories at a later date. Today, however, I’m give you my interpretation of the infamous Sixth Street in downtown Austin. I’ve visited Sixth Street in the evening, but decided to check it out during a recent motorcycle event in the daylight hours.
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First, the visual explosion of color hits you square in the face. Vivid signage from as far as the eye can see, tempt visitors to enter their doors. No doubt their neon lights shine brightly at night. For no reason I could think of, a number of the eclectic businesses contained animal names including Jackalope, Bat Bar, Dizzy Rooster, Lucky Lizard, Buffalo Billiards, and the Chuggin’ Monkey.
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Musicians with various styles can be heard on every block. Rock, indie, R&B, folk, country, jazz and just about any genre you can name is playing, offering insight to visitors as to why Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World
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Ever-present pigeons roosted in the historic buildings, well, mostly roosted. One little guy was apparently offended with me taking pictures in his neighborhood so he chose to honor me with a flyover and christen my arm with a little something special to remember him by. In addition to my bird friend, I was brought back to the fact I was in Texas when I looked on a power line that crossed from one side of Sixth Street to the other and instead of seeing a pair of athletic shoes hanging there, I saw a pair of cowboy boots. That’s Austin!
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Many have described Sixth Street as the meaning of the word weirdin Keep Austin Weird. I don’t know that I would give it that same moniker but the blocks that represent this small portion of the city are definitely different from any other place I’ve visited. Don’t just take my word for it. Come on over to my neighborhood! For more information on Sixth Street, visit http://www.6street.com. For more about Austin, check out http://www.austin texans.org.

EAT IN THE HEART OF TEXAS
The story goes that it all started with an executive chef, a food trailer, a red Vespa scooter and a dream. Torchy’s Tacos serves Damn Good Tacos. Well, that’s what the sign says and whether you walk in one of their restaurants or a food trailer, I think you’ll agree it’s not false advertising. Normally when I write about dining locations, I usually focus on non-chain restaurants simply because many people are not able to learn about these unique places otherwise. However, Torchy’s has expanded from the Capitol city into DFW and Houston but it all started in Austin.

The menu is simple, made up of breakfast, lunch and dinner tacos with a few additional items on the side. A variety of options include the Wrangler, Ranch Hand, Green Chile Pork, Fried Avocado, Trailer Park, Dirty Sanchez, Baja Shrimp and Fajita. Because we are in the state Capitol, they also cater to legislators by offering the Democrat, the Republican and the Independent.
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As a queso connoisseur, I challenge you to find a recipe better than their Green Chile Queso. It ranks as one of the best I’ve ever tasted. The cheesy goodness is topped off with guacamole, queso fresco, cilantro and diablo hot sauce. Now how much would you pay? Six sauces round out the menu.

The locations are almost as unique as the menu. You can try a sit-down restaurant like I have. I recommend their original location on 1st Street in Austin, but the experience of a food trailer has its own qualities. No matter your location, the menu is consistently good.
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Give Torchy’s a try. You won’t be disappointed! Check out their website, http://www.torchystacos.com.

Safe travels!



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