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Star Seeds Cafe

Posted in Keep Austin Weird on September 1, 2009 by dvcmann

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3101 N I H 35

Austin, TX

(512) 478-7107

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Located just under the northbound deck between 31st and 32nd St, the atmosphere is the classic Austin mix of funky, hip, and laid back.  The food is awesome and the portions are generous.  Try the Migas.  After you shovel in the first bite, you’ll actually stop chewing and be like, “Damn… that’s awesome right there.”

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The outside looks like a Jalisco taco joint attached to a funky motel, but the inside is classic American diner.  When you walk in you’ll first get the impression that it’s too small, but there is plenty of seating with lots of large booths and a long counter.  The bathrooms are a trip with the black paint and graffiti personalizing the walls, and somehow that’s just the way you wanted it to be.  You’re server will have tattoos, be dressed in a thrift store ensemble and more than likely have a pierced septum (among other things I don’t usually ask about) and they are some of the nicest people in town.

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I have no idea how crowded it must get after sixth street closes but the Star Seeds is open all the time, as in right now this very minute.   When you get there don’t forget to add one of their t-shirts to your order for just $4.99.

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Hyde Park Bar & Grill

Posted in Keep Austin Weird on November 8, 2008 by dvcmann

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If you spend enough time driving through the cozy Hyde Park district of Austin you will eventually come to a fork in the road.

Okay, that joke’s a little obvious, but if you’re looking for a place to grab brunch or a burger in central Austin then look no further.  Oh, and the fries ROCK!

Keeping with the town’s tradition of colorful, attention grabbing signage, the HPB&G’s casual exterior belies the almost continental vibe you get once you step through the front door with the linen napkins and well dressed wait staff.  Not to worry, this is the usual Birkenstock crowd you’re used to in Austin where t-shirts and flip flops are as formal as it gets. The collection of artwork adorning the walls gives it the feel of a small art-community gallery – which is in fact what it is, as the paintings are for sale.

Nestled among the historic homes where hipster meets hippie, everybody is super laid-back and friendly with the kind of service that never lets your iced tea get too low, and a pesto sauce that will sexually arouse you.

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I wonder if you buy a painting if they let you put it on your check?  Did I mention the fries?

The Moonlight Towers

Posted in Keep Austin Weird on July 11, 2008 by dvcmann

In 1894 Austin purchased 31 iron light towers from the city of Detroit. Often referred to as the Moonlight Towers, these 165ft tall structures have been helping to light up the city for over 100 years and many people who live here don’t know anything about them, even though they are probably very familiar with at least one of these giant spires – the Zilker Park Christmas tree.

The Zilker “tree” is one of 17 towers left of the original 31. They have been in almost continuous use for over a century. Only briefly being shut off during a city dispute in 1905 and during the nation’s energy crisis of the 1970’s.


Since then, they have received historical status, and full, individual restoration in 1995.

Some odd facts about the towers include protests from farmers and ranchers of late 19th century Austin because they believed the extra evening light would wreak havoc on their crops and livestock. Also, Ripley’s Believe it or Not did a story about an 11 year old boy, Jimmy Fowler, who climbed and fell from one of the 16 story structures and survived by bouncing through a tree on the way down. That’ll teach him!

Sounds like a great way to spend a day – a map, some gps coordinates and a sharp eye to see if you can spot all 17 remaining monuments to Austin’s weird history.