Welcome Back to the ATX

Posted on August 13th, 2009

We certainly didn't miss the blistering Texas heat during our multi-week vacation Up North, but we longed for Lone Star cuisine. Upon returning last week, Paula and I celebrated our wedding anniversary by taking in a trio of classic Austin eateries — Taco Cabana, Ruby’s Barbecue, and Amy’s Ice Cream. Welcome back y'all!
We could make a meal out of Taco Cabana's tortillas alone — these tasty treats are perfect for rolling and dipping (in pinto beans, salsa, any remaining sauces on the plate) — and their flavorful fajita tacos and sour cream enchiladas are way too bueno to be considered fast food.
Ruby's is a uniquely Austin kind of place: politically correct barbecue. Their meats are lean and all natural (hormone-free, no antibiotics) and their sides and sauce are inventive, with Cajun spices and distinctive blends like the creamy cole slaw infused with curry and peppercorn.

We topped the day off with a banana split from Amy's, another Austin original that always reminds us why we enjoy this city so much. The place has pizzazz, with hipster employees slinging scoops of ice cream behind their backs and pounding in mixtures to the beat of the local indie music blaring in the background. Our cool, colorful, multi-layered banana split was a super sweet and ideal way to celebrate our anniversary and return to our family's hometown.

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