January 14, 2010

South 1st Street between Annie and Elizabeth.

An Austin walk.

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When you get to Elizabeth, eat here.

Bonus photo (by Meade), taken at Annie:

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46 comments:

MadisonMan said...

Blue Skies, smiling at me
Nothing but Blue Skies do I see.

keith said...

I have been ad lurker here for quite sometime. I have managed to make a few comments here and there, but not many. Yesterday being one of them, and I got spit on for it, but hey, to each his own. Anyway. I am from Dallas, TX, lived there most of my life but was lucky enough to have spent about five years(in my early twenties at that) in Austin. These posts of your Austin trip are just amazing, and having me longing for those times and that place, immensely. Thank you for these, and hoped you enjoyed one of this country's great(extremely biased opinion) cities.

One last thing, please tell me you ate at the Magnolia Cafe. God I miss that place...

MItch said...

I thought you hated being called Annie!

Oh, it's at Annie--not of Annie.

Actually, it's both!

former law student said...

After seeing those pictures, I want a tin roof sundae, which is unfortunately not available at that coffeehouse.

traditionalguy said...

That is a real hippy memory lane there. Austin has its college and a college town has hippies like a dog has fleas. I wonder how far it is to Woodstock from there?

Lem said...

There is nothing more soothing than the sound of rain on a corrugated metal roof.

Henry said...

I love the SOY: Save Our Youth mural.

It's all about TOFU awareness.

edutcher said...

A walk on the wild side, it would appear.

Interesting, Meade photographing you in the doorway like that.

Role playing, mayhap?

MItch said...

I thought you hated being called Annie!

Oh, it's at Annie--not of Annie.

Actually, it's both!


Maybe Elizabeth's her sister.

WV "ighsa" What the DNC said when they heard about Maatha dissing the faithful at Fenway.

The Crack Emcee said...

All of these photos remind me of the Austin I saw, too, once I got away from the main drag, and give me a sense of nostalgia for it. I was hanging out in speakeasy's and Blues bars, C&W taverns and diners, just a wonderful place.

Thanks.

former law student said...

Listening to shortwave as a kid I frequently heard: SOY un hombre sincero.

More recently: Beck's SOY un perdidor.

Comrade X said...

The giant chicken with the boater and umbrella is instantly recognizable as a Leslie's Chicken Shack which originated in Waco. Delicious fried chicken served on plates.

Almost Ali said...

Good pictures of urban blight.

(Bring back the dogs!)

former law student said...

Like that unsophisticated San Francisco?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/drremulac/255105023/

It's only gated communities or other bland suburban sprawl that routinely undergrounds their wires and cables.

Almost Ali said...

...and Brooklyn Heights!

Psychadelic said...

I think we need a special post that discusses the merits of underground utilities.

Comrade X said...

Keep Austin Wired

Bradley said...

I grew up in Ft. Worth, and went to college at Baylor in Waco, TX. I've lived in Madison for 15 years and enjoy reading your blog. The chicken sign in your picture is from Leslie's Chicken Shack, a legendary restaurant just north of Waco. It sadly closed about a decade ago. The huge sign sat upon a tall pole in the parking lot. Leslie's was a "trapped in time" diner, where the waitresses wore polyester dresses and huge Texas hair. The salads were watery, the fries too greasy, but the fried chicken and hot rolls were divine. There was a jar of honey on the table to eat with the rolls. The trick was to burrow a hole into the warm roll with your finger, then fill it with honey. Mmmmm. We would play "roll toss" after dinner. We'd each smuggle a roll into the parking lot, and throw it up at the chicken, trying to hit the eye. Love your blog, and hope to meet you in Madison someday.

Chip Ahoy said...

la resistencia es vana.

Comrade X said...

Bradley, a few years back, shortly after Leslie's closed, a couple of brothers, former Baylor football players, bought an existing chicken joint on Gaston here in Dallas, and started serving Leslie's recipe chicken at their restaurant, Brother's Chicken.

LonewackoDotCom said...

I have no idea why Althouse is in Austin, but if I were there the thing I'd do the next day is drive the 600 miles or so into West Texas, home of various forts, at least one observatory, Big Bend, Alpine (former home of AmandaMarcotte), the MarfaLights, and the highest point in the state. The last requires a somewhat strenuous hike.

Lem said...

This is the other side of that Museum (this is it).

I did the virtual walk and could not see the house with the stone fasade and corrugated roof.

Donna B. said...

Lonewacko is right that Austin does not even begin to cover what is good and right about Texas. In fact, it would be the last place on my list of Texas places to visit. Again. Perhaps everyone should go there once?

West Texas is fascinating, but various deserts always are to me.

wv - fleabili. Hahaha!

Don't like deserts? Try East Texas. Swamps and tall pines.

Just ignore me... I'm sad at having given up the last vestiges of my 40 year Texas residency.

Penny said...

Althouse, I never tire of your travelogues. In fact, they give me wanderlust.

Imagine that? From me, the armchair
commander.

joated said...

Love the last photo with the arrow pointing right at you saying "This Is It". I imagine Meade chose that spot on purpose to express his feelings. Romantic devil!

judith said...

Wow. Resistencia is still there too....

The house with the stone facing is very typical Austin architecture from the 30s or 40s. Mostly found in 78704, since it was replaced in more modern wealthier neighborhoods, until 78704 became retro-chic and gentrified in the 90s.

judith said...

"... rolls. The trick was to burrow a hole into the warm roll with your finger, then fill it with honey...."

When I was a child in Dallas in the 1960s, we ate frequently at a fried chicken chain called Youngblood's, which had the same honey and roll arrangement, and I did the same thing. I wonder if Leslie's is a descendent of Youngbloods? Anyway, best fried chicken i ever had, to this day.

evan's monocle said...

Por favor, forget the honey dough holes in rolls

¿Donde estan los chips y salsa perfecta en el hueco/ agujero en la pared?

When in Austin, verde o habanera. Mole for meat.

Pobre abejas y gracias a Dios para las vacas, los Horns.

Palladian said...

"This Is It"


Whoa! You found This Is It! Did Dean Stockwell sing to you when you were in there??

LonewackoDotCom said...

It'd be nice if we could have a free, open, and vigorous national debate about whether medical pro's should be able to impose their religious beliefs on those seeking emergency care.

In the meantime, here's Althouse's little buddy Glenn Reynolds with some braindead, anti-intellectual partisan hackery and demagoguery.

edutcher said...

It's her words, Wack. Yes, another Maatha moment. The woman is truly a slug.

Or do you intend to tell everybody she's right and Catholics should be restricted from ERs? After all, the abortion crowd foists their religious views on people in such circumstances.

paul a'barge said...

Ummm, Althouse ... ? Please.

People are going to start moving down here.

Palladian said...

Althouse, you should really start charging Lonewacko for advertising, like maybe a dollar every time someone here clicks through to his blog. Why, you might make a whole two dollars a month!

Or would you let him click his own links for free? In that case, I'm downgrading my income assessment by 50%.

Pogo said...

"It'd be nice if we could have a free, open, and vigorous national debate about whether medical pro's should be able to impose their religious beliefs on those seeking emergency care."

No, that would suck.

Because there is no such thing as a It'd be nice if we could have a "free, open, and vigorous national debate" about anything.

It usually means a bill crafted by lobbyists.

I would very much prefer a free, open, and vigorous national interval of Shut Yer Yap You Collectivists, And Leave Me The Hell Alone.

Pogo said...
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Pogo said...

"It'd be nice if we could have a free, open, and vigorous national debate about whether medical pro's should be able to impose their religious beliefs on those seeking emergency care."

No, that would suck.

Because there is no such thing as a "free, open, and vigorous national debate" about anything.

It usually means a bill crafted by lobbyists.

I would very much prefer a free, open, and vigorous national interval of Shut Yer Yap You Collectivists, And Leave Me The Hell Alone.

vbspurs said...

OT: Had to post this, because it's an urgent message from Microsoft. Bottom line is, DO NOT use IE for the foreseeable future. It's got a super-exploitable script hole for which there is no solution so far, on all versions.

Try Firefox, guys. Really, it's the best.

LonewackoDotCom said...

Palladian is one of the very long line of people who failed to make any sort of logical argument against something I've written and so chatter away with the ad homs instead.

P.S. Despite what Palladian thinks, my site isn't at pajamasmedia.com/instapundit. That's someone else. Sheesh.

Chip Ahoy said...

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I'm totally Jones'n

Titus said...

My concern about moving back to Madison/Wisconsin eventually, after my husband and I live in Bangalore, is the lack of really good authentic Chinese Restaurants.

Am I going to be going to Imperial Garden?

Lord help me, my stock has dropped.

Fred4Pres said...

Great signs! Sign photos are cool.

teddy said...

Ann Althouse's hero Rush Limbaugh is proving once again that he is a real dumb ass.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/31502

Fred4Pres said...

Here in Massachusetts, as well as in Washington, a growing sense of gloom is setting in among Democrats about the fortunes of Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley. "I have heard that in the last two days the bottom has fallen out of her poll numbers," says one well-connected Democratic strategist. In her own polling, Coakley is said to be around five points behind Republican Scott Brown. "If she's not six or eight ahead going into the election, all the intensity is on the other side in terms of turnout," the Democrat says. "So right now, she is destined to lose."

Justice? Pray it is so.

Fred4Pres said...

Rush Limbaugh encouraged listeners not to contribut to Haiti through the White House. You know something, that is not crazy. If I am going to contribute, I am going to pick some NGO charity with a proven track record on this type of aid. World Vision is a good one. There are others. If you want to give to the Obama Administration, knock yourself out.

Frankly, the Obama Administration does have a poor track record with money. It is not crazy to suggest sending them more is a bad idea. They have our tax dollars (and I support the USA assisting Haiti that way). As private citizens we should go around our government to private groups that do more good more efficiently.

Lem said...

My only worry Fred is that Brown will say something stupid and implode.

Brown (inexperience in the public eye) reminds me of Palin, unpolished.

He also seems a little coky to me. I hope he keeps listening to the professionals.

Fred4Pres said...

Lem, I think Brown has been doing okay. It is Coakley who has been making one unforced error after another.

Sigivald said...

Is it just me, or is ironic that a "Resistance" bookstore pushing some romantic Mayan/whatever imagery, with "Resistance" in Spanish...

Subtitles itself "bookstore", not "biblioteca"?

Someone knows exactly who he's marketing to, and it's not people who are primarily Spanish speakers.

(Which reminds me exactly why I never, ever go into an "alternative" bookstore anymore.)