May 13, 2015
By: Veronica Meewes
In 2015, close to 80,000 people flocked to Austin for South by Southwest, the city’s annual music and film festival. And there is no question the event permanently wins over a more than few hearts to the Texas capital each year. Proof positive: an estimated 110 new residents relocate to the Texas capital each day. But a visit here during SXSW is completely different from one during the rest of the year. While live music is a huge part of the city’s culture, Austin has also been making headlines for its cutting-edge food scene, and its temperate weather makes outdoor exploration a 12-month activity.
Austin’s restaurant scene has exploded in the past couple of years, particularly in the downtown area. Just north of the Congress Bridge, Swift’s Attic features upscale yet playful dishes like edamame with chili oil and pop rocks, squid fries with garlic aioli and charred lemon, and a funfetti tres leches dessert. For one of the best seats in town, reserve their center “birdcage table” with velveteen bench seating placed right under a caged chandelier.