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Top 5 Holiday Events

to Attend in Austin this December

 

The Trail of Lights in Zilker Park on Monday December 11, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

 

From light shows to shopping pop-ups and the Nutcracker at home, we’ve got you covered for the top events in Austin to help you celebrate the holidays this December:

 

Austin Trail of Lights: The 55th Annual Trail of Lights is part of the essential Austin experience, lighting up the season with a celebration of community, memories and fun. This year, the spectacular trail will return as a drive-thru event in December. Arrive early with a Dash Pass, or cruise through the night with General Admission starting November 28th through January 3rd. (zilker park)

 

Peppermint Parkway: Peppermint Parkway is a magical drive-thru experience at Austin’s Circuit of The Americas. The holiday spectacular will be a one-mile driving attraction that will immerse visitors in millions of holiday lights synchronized to joyful holiday classics from November 27th through January 3rd. Tickets can be purchased online. (circuit of the americas)

 

Luminations: At the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, experience the calm of winter with the shimmer of thousands of luminarias lighting the way. This year, for the first time ever, stroll through the naturally beautiful Texas Arboretum among the illuminated oaks and the light-splashed forts of Fortlandia. Held from November 27-January 3, with limited capacity and plenty of space to explore. (lady bird johnson wildflower center)  

 

“The Nutcracker: Home for the Holidays”: Ballet Austin is bringing a favorite holiday tradition home for the holidays by transforming its 58th annual production into an interactive, multi-media experience available to dance lovers around the world. The immersive entertainment offering will be available to audience members in the comfort and safety of their homes. (virtual performance)

 

Downtown Holiday Stroll: Downtown Holiday Stroll is back for 2020! Instead of just one night, this year’s Stroll will be a month-long celebration with free, family-friendly activities taking place throughout downtown. Visit downtown Austin to celebrate the holiday season with safe and socially-distanced festivities like the holiday shopping passport, pop-ups, appearances by Mr. & Mrs. Claus, holiday window and light displays and the signature 45-foot downtown tree. (congress avenue, between 9th street & 11th street

 

 

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Top 5 Austin Restaurants

to Order Thanksgiving Takeout From

 

Photo from: Fresa’s

 

For those who find themselves a bit overwhelmed with cooking a full Thanksgiving dinner, or want to switch up their normal routine and support local Austin restaurants, here’s a list of Urbanspace’s top 5 restaurants to order takeout from: 

 

Texas Honey Ham: An Austin and Office favorite, Texas Honey Ham has both Honey Glazed Hams and Freshly Roasted Turkey Breast available for purchase by the pound, and delicious side options that include Corn Bread Dressing, Mashed Potatoes, Turkey Gravy, Chipotle Cranberry Sauce, Baked Potato Casserole, Apple Slaw, Austin Baked Beans, Honey Mustard Potato Salad, and of course Shells and Cheese. (3736 bee cave rd, ste. 6, 78746)

 

Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon: Fresa’s entire Thanksgiving meal comes with a roasted turkey with gravy, chorizo stuffing, and a spicy citrus-serrano cranberry sauce. Or opt for the turkey breast meal if you don’t feel like dealing with bones. Diners can also pick out three of the available sides for any of the two meals, which include roasted Brussels sprouts, poblano spinach gratin, and mac and cheese. Order a pozole kit for those turkey leftovers, and there are pies too. (1703 s. 1st st., 78704)

 

Micklethwait Craft Meats: For a smoked meats-filled Thanksgiving, the barbecue trailer is accepting preorders for the holiday. On deck are family-style meals with either whole turkeys or briskets, plus sides such as green bean casserole, lemon poppy slaw, jalapeno cheese grits, and more. Then there are standalone whole turkeys with gravy or pickles, onions, sauces, and bread, or whole brisket with the same pickle addition, plus a la carte green bean casseroles, stuffing, and pies. (1309 rosewood ave., 78702)  

 

Salt & Time: The butcher shop and restaurant has a variety of meats and sides for the holiday, including the enormous John Madden: a 22 to 24-pound turkey with extra drumsticks stuffed with sausage and cornbread dressing and wrapped in lace fat. Meats range from $7.50 to $52 per pound; the John Madden is $200; sides and condiments range from $8 to $16; party platters start at $50; pies are $24. (1912 E. 7th St., 78702)

 

Dai Due: The Cherrywood butcher shop carries a cornucopia of Thanksgiving offerings, including brined turkeys from Belle Vie Farm, smoked ham, turducken sausages, charcuterie, mincemeat, brined quails, sides, kolaches, pies, and pie dough. (2406 manor rd., 78722) 

 

 

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Top 5 Places to Watch a Longhorn Win 

 

Photo Credit: Texas Sports

 

While DKR may still be the best spot in the house to witness a Texas Longhorns Win, these local favorites aren’t too bad for a second option. Here’s a list of some of Urbanspace’s favorite restaurants and bars where you can go to catch the game. 

 

Abel’s On the Lake: Abel’s on the Lake is the prime spot to come enjoy a drink with your friends and watch the Texas Longhorns play. With spectacular views of Lake Austin, classic American food, mixed drinks and a selection of over sixty beers on tap, including seventeen local brews you’re sure to have a good day. (3825 lake austin blvd, 78703)

 

Star Bar: Established in 1995, Star Bar is the original west 6th street bar. With three great patios equipped with 14 flat screen TVs, 17 rotating taps dedicated to dispensing the best beer available in Texas, and a Via 313 food truck on site there’s no reason you won’t enjoy game day from here. (600 west 6th street, 78701)

 

Scholz Garten: Since 1866, Scholz Garten has been a favorite of the Austin community from hosting a celebration for the University of Texas football team’s first undefeated season in 1893 to being honored by the 1966 Texas legislature with House Resolution #68, which recognized Scholz Garten as “a gathering place for Texans of discernment, taste, culture, erudition, epitomizing the finest tradition of magnificent German heritage in our State. Whether you’re craving a cold bier, cocktail, or fresh German food, Scholz Garten is the perfect spot to watch the game. Reservations can be made online at [email protected] (1601 waterston, 78703) 

 

Buford’s: This popular West 6th bar is a great place to watch a Longhorns win and grab a craft beer or cocktail indoors or outdoors with several TV’s and an extensive patio area. (700 West 6th St, 78701)

 

Bouldin Acres: Located on a historic intersection of Bouldin Creek and South Lamar Blvd, Bouldin Acres resurrects approachable, quality eats & drinks in a fun indoor/outdoor environment that’s both family and pet friendly. Our style is open, relaxed, friendly and inclusive. With 2 acres sitting on Bouldin Creek, Bouldin Acres is a great venue to watch sports, play games, eat, drink, and hang out with friends. (2027 south lamar blvd, 78704) 

 

2020 Texas Football Schedule
Sept. 12—UTEP

Sept. 26—Texas Tech
Oct. 3—TCU
Oct. 10—vs Oklahoma (Cotton Bowl)
Oct. 24—BAYLOR
Oct. 31—Oklahoma State
Nov. 7—WEST VIRGINIA
Nov. 21- Kansas
Nov. 27—IOWA STATE
Dec. 5-Kansas State

Urbanspace’s Favorite Austin Food Delivery + Take-Out Spots

With the citywide “Shelter in Place” order in full effect until April 13th, Austin restaurants have been forced to temporarily close their dining rooms. However, some of Austin’s best restaurants remain open with carry-out and delivery options. While typical takeout options range from drive-thrus to pizza delivery, many local restaurants that have never offered takeout service before have turned to the new model. 

 

While transitioning to to-go can be difficult with certain cuisines, restaurants have found a way to make it work including additions to the menu, and the option for “family-style” meals. With an expansive list of new takeout options, now is the prime time to support your local restaurants and order takeout from somewhere you wouldn’t normally consider. 

 

Here’s a list of some of Urbanspace’s favorite restaurants that are still serving to-go. 

 

Hestia: The open-fire restaurant is now fully to-go with both delivery and curbside options, Tuesday-Saturday, 5-9pm. Sister restaurant Henbit will be serving food as well, from 11am-2pm, and 5-9pm. (607 w 3rd st, austin, tx 78701) 

 

Better Half Coffee & Cocktails: The neighborhood bar that specializes in burgers & breakfast offers both curbside and delivery options from 9am-9pm. Check out their Happy Hour menu that consists of $5 burgers and sangria everyday from 1-4pm. (406 walsh st, austin, tx 78703) 

 

Uchi: The upscale sushi restaurant located on South Lamar currently offers curbside pickup with a delivery option coming soon. Simply place your order over the phone during 2:30-8:30pm or online to reserve a pickup time. Wine, sake, and beer is 25% off. (801 south lamar blvd, austin, tx 78704) 

 

Red Ash: The craft Italian restaurant that specializes in fresh handmade pastas, pristine seafood, and locally sourced prime meats offers call ahead and pickup orders each day from 4:30-9:00pm. Enjoy 50% off all Wines by the bottle with your food order. (303 colorado st, austin, tx 78701) 

 

Matt’s El Rancho: An Austin Tex-Mex favorite, Matt’s currently offers delivery or pickup Sunday-Thursday, 11am-7:30pm, and Friday-Saturday, 11am-8:30pm. Don’t forget about the legendary Bob Armstrong! (2613 south lamar blvd, austin, tx 78704) 

 

Tiny Boxwoods: The Houston based restaurant is offering their classic lunch and dinner menu items such as the Turkey Avocado Club, the Lucky Burger, and Pizza. They are also offering family style meals that feed 4- check out their website for this week’s lineup. Tiny’s will be open for pickup Tuesday-Friday, 11am-2pm and 4-8pm, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-2pm, and Saturday, 4-8pm. Tiny’s bakery Milk & Cookies will be open daily from 8am-8pm. (1503 w 35th st, austin, tx 78703) 

 

Fixe: This Southern Cuisine favorite is now offering call-ahead curbside pickup and delivery daily from 9am-8pm. The menu includes Biscuits and Biscuit Sandwiches, Snacks & Salads, select Entrees, and Family Style Meals like Fried Chicken or New Orleans Style Jambalaya. (500 w 5th st, austin, tx 78701) 

 

Loro: This Asian Smokehouse and Bar is now offering takeout and delivery daily from 11:30am-8:30pm. Specials include 25% off all beer, wine, and sake available for pickup only, the Loro Cheeseburger available all day for $8.75, and $40 Cocktail kits that make 8 drinks. (2115 south lamar blvd, austin, tx 78704) 

 

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew: This exceptional BBQ joint located off North Lamar is now offering curbside pickup with call-in and online orders Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-8pm. Check out their website for their daily specials such as today’s Smoked Prime Rib and Friday’s Texas Wagyu Chicken Fried Steak. (6610 north lamar blvd, austin, tx 78757) 

 

Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum: The restaurant that specializes in Asian home cooking and Dim Sum is now open for online orders offering takeout and delivery options for Lunch, Dinner, and Weekend Brunch. Hours for pickup include Monday-Friday, 11am-2:30pm, and 5-9:30pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 11am-2:30pm, and 5-9:30pm. (1203 w 6th st, austin, tx 78703) 

 

Culinary Curiosity | Happy Chicks

Happy Chicks

360 Nueces St. Suite 20

Everyone’s favorite chicken tender joint opened a new location! The Nueces location opened September 7th with the same hours as the E 6th location, 11:00 am – Midnight Sunday through Wednesday, 11:oo am – 2:00 am Thursday through Saturday.

Happy Chicks grew out of a weekend when our founder relied on a tried & true chicken tender recipe to feed his entire family. He noticed the recipe put smiles on everyone’s faces, both young and old. The universal appeal of the meal sparked an idea for a downtown eatery that would feature the prized chicken tenders, complete with their famed secret crunch.

Our menu, which includes original and spicy tenders, bacon mac and cheese, jalapeno cornbread, fries and desserts, has quickly become popular with the downtown crowd. We make it all, even our 14 dipping sauces, every morning. At Happy Chicks, we can proudly say our food is as good as it looks, and feels as good as it tastes.

Happy Chicks is a true downtown favorite of Austin.

https://www.happychicks.com/

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