Austin Stays Weird – A Pictorial

greetings from Sumoflam in Austin

greetings from Sumoflam in Austin

After a good night’s rest at my cousins house in late June, I was able to spend my morning and part of my early afternoon in Austin, Texas. The motto of that town is “keep Austin weird.” I must say that they have done that very successfully!

Roadhouse Relics

Sumoflam at Austin’s Roadhouse Relics, one of the unique and quirky shops on South Congress

i had breakfast at the South Congress Cafe. It was truly an upscale cafe, if there is such a thing

I had breakfast at the South Congress Cafe. It was truly an upscale cafe, if there is such a thing

There are not many offbeat and quirky towns in this country, but those that are really go to town and Austin is certainly one of the best of these. Portland is another fun and quirky town and I am sure there are a few more bouncing around out there in the country.

Texas Capital Building in Austin

Texas Capital Building in Austin

Austin Cityscape including the Frost Bank Tower -- the "Owl Building" (due to the shape of the top of the building)

Austin Skyline including the Frost Bank Tower — the “Owl Building” (due to the shape of the top of the building)

Another view of Frost Tower - The Owl

Another view of Frost Tower – The Owl

Fun Austin

Fun in Austin

What makes the town of Austin fun is all of the old neon signs, the unique in kitschy stores and eateries.

Freddie's Place on South Congress seems to be covered with kitsch

Freddie’s Place on South Congress seems to be covered with kitsch

Amy's Ice Cream

Amy’s Ice Cream is a chain out of San Antonio. Their shop on 6th St. in Austin is fun to look at and fits in well with keeping Austin weird

The main drag through the best part of Austin is on South Congress Ave. Here one can see an abundance of unique shops and restaurants and cafés. They also have special parks set aside for food trucks and food trailers. I was even surprised to see what appeared to be a trailer park with a number of Airstreams including some really nicely painted ones.

Trailer Park Eatery in Austin -- a hybrid "food truck" type of place comprised of trailers that are actually like food trucks

Trailer Park Eatery in Austin — a hybrid “food truck” type of place comprised of trailers that are actually like food trucks

Trailer Park Eatery. Check out the Airstreams!

Trailer Park Eatery. Check out the Airstreams!

Lovely quirky Airstream

Lovely quirky Airstream

Another one of many food parks in Austin

Another one of many food parks in Austin

Then there is Gourdough’s – Also in an Airstream

Gourdough's

Gourdough’s Big Fat Donuts in Austin. Giant gourmet donuts

While in Austin I stopped at one of them, Gourdough’s, which did custom gourmet donut (thus Gourdough’s – get it?) I figured I needed to at least try it out because it looks so unique. My last unique donut shop visit was in Portland, Oregon where I visited Voodoo Doughnut, which is one of the quirkiest eateries I have ever been to.

Gourdough’s certainly had unique gourmet donuts. The following photo is part of their menu.

Gourdough's Menu - Yum!!

Gourdough’s Menu – Yum!!

The Flying Pig at Gourdough's was yummy

The Flying Pig at Gourdough’s was yummy

Two sweet gooey yummiferous ly rich giant donuts from Gourdough's. Made to order fresh in the trailer. What a kick!

Two sweet gooey yummiferously rich giant donuts from Gourdough’s. Made to order fresh in the trailer. What a kick! And yes, that’s the Flying Pig on the left and bacon on the right (the Porkey’s)

I wish I would have had three or four days to just spend in Austin as there is so much to see there. But I did my usual swing through and found a number of neon signs, a few murals and of course, the “greetings from Austin” mural which is like a giant postcard.

Welcome to Austin Mural - Austin, TX

Welcome to Austin Mural – Austin, TX

Another place I would’ve liked to have gone in and visited where is the Lucy in Disguise shop. The storefront, including the roof, is phenomenal and quirky as ever.

Lucy in Disguise, Austin, TX

Lucy in Disguise, Austin, TX

Lucy Statue at Lucy in Disguise in Austin

Lucy Statue at Lucy in Disguise in Austin

As I drove down South Congress and on 6th Street, I captured a few more scenes of the essence of Austin’s weirdness!

Doc's Motorworks Bar & Grill in Austin

Doc’s Motorworks Bar & Grill in Austin

Autin Motel

Austin Motel in Austin – No Preservatives!!

Home Slice Pizza

Home Slice Pizza and the Queen of Pies in Austin

New Bohemia in Austin

New Bohemia in Austin – Quirky retailer featuring vintage men’s & women’s apparel, plus a wide array of boots & accessories.

Uncommon Objects

Lasso Cowboy on a rabbit on Uncommon Objects, an antiques, oddities, and curious goods store on South Congress in Austin

Roadhouse Relics in Austin

This Is It at Roadhouse Relics in Austin

Roadhouse Relics Wall Sign in Austin

Roadhouse Relics Wall Sign in Austin

Nostalgicalaly Austin

Nostalgically Austin

Fun mural in Austin

Fun mural in Austin

South Congress Cafe in Austin

South Congress Cafe in Austin

Unfortunately, I did not have time to visit some of the historical sites in Austin, but hope to do so in the future.  Austin is a place worth spending a few days in!! Happy Trails until we meet again Austin.

Custom Boots Wall Art

Texas Custom Boots Wall Art

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