Fall 2019 National Meeting
December 7 – 10 | Austin, Texas
110 East 2nd Street | Austin, Texas | 512-474-4777
Fun Things to do Just a Short Distance Away
Night Out on Sixth Street – You can’t leave Austin without a night out on the famous Sixth Street. With 80+ distinctly different bars lining the street, pedestrian only, it’s the perfect place for a little pub crawl!
Barton Springs Pool – Barton Springs Pool is a recreational outdoor swimming pool filled entirely with water from nearby natural springs. Located on the grounds of Zilker Park in Austin, the pool exists within the channel of Barton Creek and utilizes water from Main Barton Spring, the fourth largest spring in Texas.
Inner Space Cavern – A karst cave located in Georgetown carved by water passing through Edwards limestone. The cavern is estimated to be 90–100 million years old but has only opened to the surface since the late Pleistocene period 20,000–45,000 years ago.
The Texas State Capitol – Widely recognized as one of the nation’s most distinguished state capitols. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986.
South Congress – Famous for its shops, restaurants, lively crowd and hipster style. You’ll find tons of cute boutiques and fun shops to explore, including Allen’s Boots with an endless row of cowboy boots (this is where many celebs go to get their boots)!
2nd Street District – This upscale shopping area features high-end boutiques and emerging local designers. Pick up an outlandishly unique button-up shirt at Bonobos, try on handcrafted jewelry at Eliza Page, try fresh and sophisticated olive oils at Con Olio’s tasting bar, and shop fashion-forward women’s clothing and accessories.
Austin Restaurant Recommendations
La Volpe, Italian, 201 Brazos St Bldg B – 344 Feet – An attractive and intimate restaurant & bar located in the heart of Downtown with a unique Italian inspired menu with seasonal and local ingredients resulting in something truly unexpected. Providing fresh farm-to-table ingredients, when possible, is something they strive for.
Uchi, Sushi, 801 South Lamar Blvd – 0.2 mi – Your experience at Uchi will go beyond just great sushi, beautiful presentations and flavorful entrees. It is considered by many as one of the best places for sushi in Austin; it is sophisticated, yet relaxed, making for a wonderful dining experience.
III Forks, Steakhouse, Seafood, 111 Lavaca Street (at Cesar Chavez) – 0.2 mi – A sophisticated club-like ambiance with an elegant bar and lounge with an array of fine wines from the spectacular walk-in wine room that houses over 500 selections. III Forks is a contemporary realization of the classic steakhouse.
The Capital Grille, Steakhouse, Seafood, 117 W 4th St – 0.2 mi – The experience is one of comfortable elegance with African mahogany paneling and Art Deco chandeliers providing a warm, stately setting for nationally renowned dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood and acclaimed world-class wines.
Lonesome Dove, Steakhouse, 419 Colorado St – 0.3 mi – Features both classic and new tastes, with Austin-inspired dishes that showcase creative use of bold flavors, wild game and signature wood-fired cooking techniques alongside a diverse wine program.
Truluck’s, Seafood, Steakhouse, 400 Colorado St – 0.3 mi – One of Austin’s first upscale seafood, steak and cocktail lounge locations. Known for the pinnacle of service and elegant dining.
The Driskill Grill, American, Steakhouse, 604 Brazos St – 0.6 mi – Famous for the iconic first date spot of President Lyndon B. Johnson and former First Lady Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Johnson, The Driskill Grill blends the refined setting with a hyperlocal Texas menu. Boasting one of the only in-house dry-aging rooms in Austin, the menu features an impressive selection of dry-aged and hand cut steaks.
Botticelli’s, Italian, 1321 S Congress Ave – 1.0 mi – A fun and tasty Italian Restaurant that serves fresh and delicious Italian food combining old family recipes with new, inventive ones.
The Carillon, American (New), 1900 University Ave – 1.6 mi – Innovative chefs, quality ingredients, masterfully constructed dishes, a comfortably elegant atmosphere and top-notch service. They serve beautifully plated dishes and provide inspiring cuisine for one of the best dining experiences in Austin.
Jeffrey’s, American (Traditional), 1204 W Lynn St – 2.0 mi – A neighborhood fine dining restaurant featuring dry-aged prime beef and French American classics.
OP Italian, Italian, JW Marriott Austin – 0.0 mi – OP Italian Austin is a revitalized concept that is making the classics new again, all in a modern setting. With an open-kitchen concept and lively wine bar, OP Italian combines the past and present to provide good food to good people.
Corner Restaurant & Bar – Patio, American, JW Marriott Austin – 0.0 mi – Corner serves a diverse menu inspired by ingredients from local Texas markets, farms, ranches and distilleries. The Executive Chef believes in bringing local ingredients into her kitchen.
Red Ash Italia, Italian, Seafood, Tapas/Small Plates, 303 Colorado St – 0.2 mi – Influenced by the culinary traditions of Northern and Southern Italy, Red Ash features craft Italian cuisine that features fresh handmade pastas, pristine seafood, locally sourced prime meats roasted on the wood-burning grill and plancha and an abundance of seasonal fresh vegetables.
ATX Cocina, Mexican, 110 San Antonio St – 0.4 mi – A relative newcomer to the Austin downtown scene, ATX Cocina is known for it’s beautiful decor, hip clientele and a tableside guacamole that is out of this world.
Wu Chow, Chinese, Dim Sum, Seafood, 500 W 5th St – 0.5 mi – Offers a very modern take on farm-to-table Chinese with a menu that offers “dishes representative of all eight styles of Chinese cuisine” with dim sum service on Sunday evenings.
Fixe Southern House, Southern, 500 W 5th St – 0.6 mi – Open the doors to Fixe any night of the week and prepare to be transplanted. Your experience will take you back to that feeling of your most memorable Sunday supper, as your favorite Southern classics are elevated with new and exciting flavors.
Perla’s, Seafood, Bars, 1400 S Congress Ave – 1.1 mi – Offers fresh fish and oysters flown in daily from both coasts with an emphasis on sourcing from the Gulf of Mexico and simple, clean preparations. Perla’s has Austin’s prettiest oak-shaded patio and a comfortable airy dining room featuring a huge saltwater fish tank, poured concrete oyster bar and open kitchen.
Juniper, Italian, 2400 E Cesar Chavez St #304 – 1.8 mi – Juniper is a relatively new (2018) Austin restaurant that features Northern Italian cuisine in one of the most modern and stylish decors on the East side.
Olive & June, Italian, 3411 Glenview Ave – 4.1 mi – Olive & June raised the bar for Italian cuisine in Austin with an emphasis on handmade pasta made daily in house. The three-story building is enveloped by a 200-year-old oak tree with four different dining areas inside and out. It also has the largest and most diverse selection of Italian wine, Amari and Grappa in Austin.
Uchiko, Japanese, Sushi Bars, 4200 N Lamar Blvd – 4.2 mi – Uchiko’s mix of composed dishes and sushi is accented with noteworthy flavor additions to round out the dining experience.
Edge Rooftop & Bar, American, JW Marriott Austin – 0.0 mi – Edge Rooftop is an elevated evening lounge experience overlooking lively Congress Ave and Lady Bird Lake featuring craft cocktails and locally inspired bar bites.
Lamberts, Barbecue, Bars, Music Venues, 401 W 2nd St – 0.3 mi – Serves up slow smoked BBQ & modern Texas cooking with local beers, classic cocktails and new world wines. Situated in the heart of bustling 2nd Street, Lamberts has a fun laid back atmosphere and warm professional service with an upstairs bar and lounge that features live music nightly.
Péché, French, 208 W 4th St – 0.3 mi – Austin’s very first absinthe bar, serving rich French cuisine and pre-Prohibition style cocktails along with a carefully curated wine list. Péché strives to provide an atmosphere that is both mysterious and fun.
Ranch 616, American, 616 Nueces St – 0.7 mi – Texas diner-gone-designer with shiny black booths, a leather bar and funky Southwestern art. The permanent menu and eclectic nightly specials reflect the background of talented owner-chef Kevin Williamson, who grew up in south Texas enjoying fishing, game hunting and cooking home-style food.
Terry Black’s BBQ, Southern Barbecue, 1003 Barton Springs Rd – 1.0 mi – “Brisket is King” is the motto of this local barbecue spot and its loyal subjects can be found filling the cafeteria-style eatery seven days a week. Named one of Texas Monthly’s 50 Best BBQ Joints in Texas, Terry Black’s BBQ is hard to miss with its bold sign and large smokehouse, which lures in pedestrians throughout the day with the smell of smoked meat.
Sway, Thai, 1417 S 1st St – 1.3 mi – Serves modern Thai cuisine in a contemporary setting.
Barlata, Spanish Tapas, 1500 S Lamar Blvd – 1.9 mi – A staple of the Spanish culture is snacking on tapas, many of which come from small tins of gourmet vegetables, meat and seafood preserved in brine.
Winebelly, Tapas, Wine Bar, 519 W Oltorf St – 2.1 mi – Winebelly features an internationally curated wine list that is ranked highly on top wine bars in America lists by various wine-related magazines. That combined with a snazzy tapas list and some reasonable prices shows they consistently deliver a fun and vibrant dining experience.
Salty Sow, American Gastro Pub, 1917 Manor Rd – 2.5 mi – Known for its unique savory menu, featuring appetizers like Triple Fried Duck Fat Fries with a 110-minute egg and cold béarnaise. The egg is spun for 110 minutes perfectly cooking it by centrifugal force.
Barley Swine, American (New), Bars, 6555 Burnet Rd – 7.7 mi – Features a seasonal menu that is always changing based on the availability of ingredients and the aspirations of the kitchen. An optional Chef’s Tasting experience is also available.