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The Best Ice Cream in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

Now that summer is heating up, it's time to find the best places to cool down. Austin is full of great frozen flavors and treats to help you keep down the heat. Here's some of the best places in Austin to find your favorite scoop of coolness.

Amy's Ice Cream

You'll never run out of new flavors to try at Amy's. With over 350 rotating flavors, every visit will be a new treat.

Lick Honest Ice Creams

Have you ever had a roasted beets, goats cheese, or thyme ice cream cone? Now is your chance, made with peak-season ingredients sourced responsibly from local Austin farmer and artisans. And best of all, you can try samples before you choose your unique flavor.

Sweet Ritual

Everyone should be able to have a yummy scoop of ice cream, and that's why Sweet Ritual makes delicious dairy-free ice cream with options for a wide variety of dietary needs. Now you really have no excuse to treat yourself!

Dolce Neve

If you prefer the velvety smooth feel of gelato, then stop by Dolce Neve for the best gelato in Austin. Inspired by their Italian traditions, the owners an ever changing array of flavors, made from fresh local ingredients.

Manolis Ice Cream

Whether it's frozen treats or delicious baked goods, Manolis will satisfy your sweet tooth. Their pops and ice creams are made with fresh ingredients, and baked goods baked from scratch.

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Austin Boasts the Sweetest Treats

by Rebecca Shahan

We all need to indulge our sweet tooth from time to time, or perhaps all the time. If you live in Austin or Lake Travis, you'll have no problem finding the right treat to satisfy any sweet craving. Here's a list of some of the sweetest places in Austin, just in time for Spring.

Gourdough's Big Fat Donuts

Located in a vintage Airstream on South 1st Street, they offer some the the largest donuts you'll find anywhere. And these donuts aren't just for dessert. They serve up donut sandwiches, donut burgers, donut entrees, and of course, the most amazing donuts you'll find anywhere. With names like "Black Out" and "Sin-A-Bomb", you know you're in for a treat you won't forget.

Amy's Ice Cream

Reviewers say that Amy's is the best ice cream in Austin, and with 13 locations in Austin, you won't have any trouble finding an Amy's near you. With an excellent variety of outstanding flavors and new items, there's every reason to keep coming back for a new taste.

Lick Honest Ice Creams

For a unique array of homemade ice cream flavors, Lick Honest is one of the best places for dessert in Austin. This ice cream restaurant is considered a bit more "hipster", with flavors that are a bit more subdued, so get ready for a unique ice cream experience.

Le Cafe Crepe

Crepe's are the perfect combination of a meal and dessert, all in one tasty thin wrapping. You'll find all kinds of flavor combinations, from the savory crepes with meats and cheeses, to the sweet crepes with Nutella, fruits, and all sorts of sweet flavors.

Hey Cupcake

It would seem that desserts taste better when served from an Airstream, because Hey Cupcake is also based in the ever iconic Airstream trailer. And of course, we can't leave the best cupcake makers in Austin off this list. 

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Enjoy a Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

​Have you made plans yet for your romantic outing in Austin? Valentine's Day is coming up fast this Thursday, so don't forget to show your special someone how much you care. And Austin the ideal place for a romantic evening.

Here's some of the best restaurants for Valentine's Day in Austin:

Le Politique

Don't have a date for Valentine's Day? Le Politique will celebrate Galentine’s Day during lunch + dinner on February 13th. Groups of ladies are welcome to make a reservation to celebrate one another. You'll get two complimentary heart-shaped macarons as well. Reservations can be made at

Central Standard

Central Standard’s is featuring a special Valentine’s Day menu including truffled mashed potatoes, grilled broccolini with braised cippollini onions, porcini mushrooms and wagyu ribeye for sharing. Reservations can be made at

La Condesa

La Condesa will feature their A La Carte Dinner special which will be available 2/14 to 2/16. The menu includes Huachinango ($17); Tamal de Pato ($19); Pescado Asado ($39); NY Strip ($45); and Pan y Chocolate ($10). 

Uncle Billy’s Smokehouse & Brewery

The Uncle Billy’s winter seasonal beer, Shokolad Chocolate Imperial Stout, is back for its third season just in time for Valentine’s Day. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Uncle Billy’s will have a series of sweet pairings during the week of February 11. They will close out the sweet week with two Shokolad Firkins released on Friday, Feb. 15 with an aged cask of Shokolad and a cask of Shokolad infused with chili peppers.

Aloft Hotel

Element  at the Aloft Hotel, will feature a Galentine’s Day special with two buckets of Infinite Monkey Wine in room upon arrival, $250 dining and drinking credit at onsite restaurants & bar, four packages containing robes, slippers, face masks, nail polish and chocolates. Available 2/8-2/18. The Indulgence Package features a sweet treat by Chef Jessica and a bottle of champagne waiting in room upon arrival.

Caroline Restaurant

Caroline’s Valentine’s Day menu specials include Smoked Beef Tataki – $16; Lobster Dinner- $38; and Red Hot Cinnamon Cheesecake – $9. There’s also a featured cocktail – Love Potion No. 9 – $9. Caroline is located in the Aloft Hotel downtown.

Have a happy and romantic Valentine's Day in Austin!

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The Best Pizza in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

Best Pizza Restaurants in AustinAustin is home to many great things.  And quite arguably, Austin is home to some of the best pizza in all of Texas. That may sound like a boastful statement.  But when you try out some of the top pizza places in Austin, your taste buds will convince you that no other city does pizza better than Austin. If you plan to buy a home in Austin or Lake Travis or already live here, then get ready for some of the best pizza you’ve ever eaten. 

Here’s the top 4 pizza restaurants in Austin.

Home Slice Pizza

If you crave authentic NY Style pizza, then this is the place to go.  They serve it up crispy and fast, with friendly staff to boot. They also put on a great show making their pizzas the NY way which you can enjoy if you can get a seat at the counter.


Featuring fresh handmade pizza, great Caesar salads, and outstanding pastrami.  You can enjoy the warm friendly atmosphere inside or on the outside patio. Now celebrating 5 years of making great pizzas, Pieus has quickly become a local Austin favorite, which is evident in the large crowds enjoy their tasty fare.

Pinthouse Pizza

Nothing goes better with great pizza than a refreshing brew. They feature am Irish Stout beer that has a bold flavor that goes with their equally bold pizzas.  Everything is made in house and from scratch from locally sources ingredients when available. Their website describes them as “not gourmet, but we are artisanal. We are not gastropub, but we are craft.”

Via 313 Pizza

313 makes the best Detroit and Bar Style pizzas in Austin.  A slightly different take on the classic pie, the Detroit style is made in a rectangle in metal trays.  The Bar Style have a thin crust that are crispy yet chewy, similar to Detroit style. This style is found from Wisconsin to Massachusetts in any number of beer joints, taverns, and tap rooms. Either way, you’ll get a delicious pie along with outstanding brews on tap.

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Top Restaurants in the Austin Area

by Rebecca Shahan

There are many great reasons to buy a home in Austin Texas and the surrounding communities, such as Lakeway, Costa Bella, Flint Rock, Spanish Oaks, Lake Pointe, Falconhead, The Hills, Arbolago, and Vineyard Bay.  Austin is one of the best cities in America to live.  And one of those reasons is the amazing food!  Every year, comes out with their list of top restaurants in Austin.  Out of over 3000 places to eat in Austin, here are the top 3.

#1. Truluck's Seafood - Austin Downtown

Truluck’s is certainly a fine dining experience, featuring fresh seafood and prime steak, along with wine by the bottle or glass. The prices may be higher than average, but so is the food, service, and atmosphere. The full service bar is noted for its happy hour and piano bar.

#2. Eddie V's Prime Seafood

According to Eddie, “Man cannot live by music, wine, and fine dining alone. But it’s worth exploring.”  And you’ll certainly explore some of the best food and drink in Austin at Eddies. Reviewers comment on the comfortable elegance and the amazing service, not to mention the delicious food and drinks, and of course happy hour.

#3. Uchi

Hands down the best Japanese cuisine in Austin.  Featuring a daily menu, Uchi serves up Japanese dishes such as kinkan kanpachi (amberjack, kumquat, negi), and wagyu no daikon (ribeye, daikon, curry). All of this comes complete with valet parking and a knowledgeable and attentive wait staff.

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Plan the Perfect Valentine's Day in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

Austin Valentine's Day IdeasIf you're looking for something special to do for Valentine's Day this year, don't worry. Austin is full of great ways to spend the day with your sweetheart.  Austin is rife with unique culture, art, diversity, and plenty of special events, activities, clubs, concerts and more. And of course you can find plenty of special packages at hotels and restaurants for a special evening. And you don't have to be in a romance to have fun.  There's plenty of ways for people who are “single and want to mingle,” hanging with girls, or having a night out with the guys to have a great time.  Here's a few of the best ways to enjoy Valentine's Day this year in Austin.

Romantic Weekend Hotel Packages

This is for couples who want to have a weekend getaway. Even if you live in Austin, you can take a weekend getaway to various hotels offering special packages. lets you choose from tons of sweet little inns to get away from the city. Visit to make romantic reservations for a sweet package for two.

Zilker Botanical Gardens

This is a great idea no matter if it's for a family, an outing with friends, date groups, or just the two of you.  The 31 acres of greenery set among the Colorado River makes the perfect setting for a picnic of wine and cheese. Or you can dine at the Garden’s cafe. Best of all, these gardens are free to visit, saving more money for chocolates!

Ride a Horse-Drawn Carriage

What can be more romantic than taking a ride through downtown in a horse-drawn carriage? Die Gelbe Rose Carriage and Austin Carriage both offer great deals. This is also a great idea for the family, especially the kids. Bring some flowers and enjoy the ride! 

Austin Steam Train

Climb aboard this special Hill Country Flyer or the Valentine's Day Dinner Train to celebrate Valentine’s Day. They will take you on a romantic ride through the Texas Hill Country, crossing the South San Gabriel River and Short Creek Canyon. During the two hour layover in Burnet you can enjoy lunch and shopping on your own, a leisurely stroll around the historic town square and the Wild West Gunfight (weather permitting). Adult-only cars and family friendly cars are available. Or take a ride on the Valentine’s Day dinner train and enjoy handcrafted premium wines from The Austin Winery at the three course wine pairing dinner.

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Wake Up at the Best Coffee Shops In Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

For many residents in Austin, coffee is the way to start the day.  A great coffee shop in Austin is the perfect way to sit and enjoy your favorite hot brew while you converse with friends and neighbors, or just people watch.  Local Austin roasters are obsessive over making the perfect roast.  So if you're looking for a new place to start your day, here are some of the top spots in Austin to find the perfect cup of coffee, teas, and pastries.

Cuvée Coffee

Cuvee Coffee's flagship cafe serves some of the best coffee in Austin, along with beer and pastries.


Another unique coffee house that also serves wine, beer, cheese and charcuterie plates, housemade baked goods and breakfast/lunch/brunch dishes. They feature sweets such as carrot cake s'mores, root beer float cookies, and peach amaretto pecan doughnuts that are sure to add something new to your morning routine.

Caffé Medici

This Austin staple has 5 branches around town, with makes them more convenient.  They also feature a walk up window and sidewalk cafe. The Clarksville shop offers a warm and homey vibe, while the downtown store boasts a massive espresso bar.

Houndstooth Coffee

If you're a real coffee fanatic, then try Houndstooth. They feature a rotating selection of beans that are carefully prepared. They have two locations in Austin that provide a clean and welcoming atmosphere.

Fleet Coffee Co.

This tiny coffee shop is where you go to try a new specialty drink, such as "The After School Ritual" made with Oreo-infused milk and cookie, or try the "E.T." made with tonic water, espresso, lime, and simple syrup.

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