franklins-bbq-austin-tx

Austin is one of the fastest growing larger cities in the country, and there are plenty of good reasons for this. From its rather affordable housing prices and amazing climate to the natural beauty of the surrounding Hill Country and its fun, funky and friendly vibe, there is much to love about life in Austin. Now that you have completed your Austin relocation plans, you may be ready to get to know more about this city by touring some of the hot spots. Austin is a sprawling city, and there are many fabulous nooks and crannies throughout the area. However, these are a few of the most iconic restaurants to start your city exploration efforts with.

Franklin’s Barbecue

Situated in a rather non-descriptive building in East Austin, Franklin’s Barbecue is easy to overlook except for one thing. The very long line of patrons who are camped out in a winding line outside the restaurant each day. In fact, the line for this restaurant starts to form hours before it opens, enticing people to bring their lawn chairs and make themselves at home in the parking lot. The wait, however, is well worth it. This is by far some of the best barbecues in the state, and you cannot call yourself an Austinite until you have waited in line for barbecue at Franklin’s.

Home Slice Pizza

A trip to Home Slice Pizza is also part of the quintessential Austin experience. Located in the trendy South Congress area just south of the bridge, dining at Home Slice Pizza is a casual, relaxed experience. This is affordable pizza that is most often purchased by the slice, and you can dine indoors or out on the sidewalk and watch passersby make their way down South Congress. While Home Slice is the name of a chain of restaurants, this is an independently-owned restaurant that is an Austin tradition.

Matt’s El Rancho

If you are looking for some of the best Tex-Mex food in Austin, Matt’s El Rancho is the place to go. Located on South Lamar, this has been an Austin favorite since 1952. While other Mexican restaurants have come and gone over the years, this restaurant has gained in popularity. In fact, some say that it put Tex-Mex on the map in Austin. It has an extensive range of chicken, beef, pork and seafood options to choose from, and there are also some vegetarian options to try.

Shady Grove

Located just a short walk from Zilker Park and Barton Springs Pool, Shady Grove is a casual eatery that is well-known for its great food and live music. It has a rustic interior, but many people prefer to dine on the patio under the massive pecan trees. While you cannot go wrong with anything on the menu, Shady Grove is most well-known for its delicious burgers.

At Home (with Full Fridge)

As much as we love dining our favorite Austin restaurants, sometimes life is too busy even for eating out. For hectic weeknights, our family orders Full Fridge, one of the many Austin-based meal delivery services that offers ready-made meals to your front door once a week. While we’ve tried other services like Blue Apron and Plated, we found them to be overpriced and still time-consuming. Full Fridge is the cheapest meal kit I’ve found, and keeps us full for 5 whole days with its amazing breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.

These are only a few Austin favorites that locals love. You can spend years getting to know all that makes Austin such a fantastic place to live, so take your time and enjoy the experience.


Relocating to a new city is never easy. There’s often a lot of things to decide – like where to live, what neighborhoods are safe/desirable, and where to send kids to school. In addition to these tough decisions, you’ll also have a running list of things to get done – turning on utilities, prepping to start a new job, transferring medical and financial records, updating your address, and getting a new driver’s license. Not to mention, you’ll have to figure out your new routine – where do you shop for groceries, which roads should you avoid during rush hour traffic, and what gym do you want to join? If you’re like most people, you might feel overwhelmed at the prospect of moving. Thankfully, there are lots of helpful companies and resources to make your time of transition easier. Here’s my list of helpful resources to check out when moving to Austin:

Best Austin Apartment Locator

I had visited Austin a few times before but didn’t have an excellent grasp of which Austin neighborhoods would suit me best. A couple of months before my move, I flew out to Austin and spent a few days going around town with a guy from Live Weird Realty. I wanted a place close to downtown, walkable to bars and restaurants. He showed me lots of different rental options that fit the bill, but ultimately, I opted to rent a 2-bedroom condo in Castle Hill. The place gave me convenient access to the hike and bike trail at Lady Bird Lake, offered a short walk to Whole Foods, and put me close to all the bar action on West 6th. If you need help finding a rental, Live Weird Realty is excellent:

Live Weird Realty
201 E. 5th St. Suite 109
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 476-7368

Austin Real Estate Firm

If you’re in the market to buy a home rather than renting, I’m going to promote my services unabashedly. For the last four years, I’ve immersed myself in the Austin real estate market. If you’d like to chat, please reach out to me using the contact form.

Austin Moving Company

Everyone knows one of the biggest stresses of moving is the associated cost. Whether you rent a truck and DIY it or hire professionals, you’re going to invest some considerable cash to get your belongings moved. In my case, the stress of trying to move from California was too much. While I had friends and family that would have helped with the Oakland end of the move, I didn’t know enough people in Austin to help me unload a moving truck. Plus, I was scheduled to start a new job a week after my move date and wanted to make sure I settled in before starting. I found Austin movers that perform long distance moves at cheap rates. They drove out to Oakland, loaded up my stuff, and drove it to Austin. The quote they gave was spot-on, and I had everything moved in ten days. Couldn’t recommend these guys more:

Apple Moving
9807 Brown Ln
Austin, TX 78754
(512) 452-0399

Austin Relocation Guide

This guide is the most comprehensive resource I’ve found for people moving to Austin. Austin Relocation Guide, available in print and online, is filled with nuggets of information for newcomers to the city. There’s info on everything from things to do to housing, schools, the local real estate market, and jobs. If you feel confused about anything, Austin Relocation Guide is the best place to turn!