#BlogHerFood16 Saturday Lunchtime Excursions: Get a Taste of Austin

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We're excited to bring #BlogHerFood16 to Austin this year, and to bring our conference attendees a taste of this city's incredible food culture with the opportunity to participate in one of four lunchtime excursions. We've found some Austin locals to lead trips to some of their favorite places, all within walking distance of the Hilton.

These super-casual, no-host outings will take place Saturday, October 8, from 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. The groups will meet up in the lobby of the Hilton Austin at 12:15 p.m. Each group will contain 25-30 attendees, and you need to sign up to join. Signups are open as of today, Friday, October 7. Just go over to the excursions signup page to join in!


Arlo's, Austin food trailer tour

Alice Chase, of Thrill of the Chases, leads a crawl through some really awesome street eats. Bring your appetite for some of Austin’s top food trailers, such as Art of Tacos, Big Fat Greek Gyros, Tommy Want Wingy, and one of the most delicious vegan food trailers in town: Arlo's Curbside Kitchen. Be sure to have cash on hand—you might discover a food truck that accepts cash only.


1886 Café & Bakery in Austin

Leigh Ann Torres, of Genie in a Blog, leads a walk to 1886 Café & Bakery for classic Texan comfort food in a casually elegant setting. Originally the Driskill Hotel's saloon and billiard hall, today the open kitchen features daily specials and local favorites such as the Hangover Burger and the acclaimed 1886 Chocolate Cake, with a recipe dating from the hotel's opening. A full bar also offers an extensive wine list and local craft beer selection, along with custom cocktails. Don't miss the Cheese Soup, developed in 1954 by Helen Corbitt, the former Driskill food and beverage director and director of cuisine for Neiman Marcus, known as the "duchess of Texan cuisine."


Geraldine's in Austin

Kristin Shaw, of Two Cannoli, takes #BlogHerFood16 to Geraldine's. Offering a bat's-eye view of Lady Bird Lake and the downtown skyline, Geraldine's is named after the famed guinea fowl that once roamed Rainey Street. Respect for Austin's history and culture seeps into every part of the restaurant, from the local ingredients to the nightly concert lineup (because there is no Austin without live music). Take shelter from the Texas sun at the adjacent rooftop lounge, complete with private cabanas and outdoor seating. Their contemporary Austin fare invites one and all to a communal dining experience. With shared plates and community seating bringing the whole room into harmony, every service is a symphony at Geraldine's.


G'raj Mahal Café & Lounge in Austin

Join Alyssa Arora, of Her Modern Kitchen, on a trip to to G'Raj Mahal. The story of G'Raj Mahal begins with native Austinite and chef Sidney Roberts' vision to bring Western Indian cuisine to the city. After four years of growing success at their food trailer location, this culinary family is thrilled to welcome you into their new brick and mortar home. G'Raj Mahal Cafe & Lounge offers the best of Austin's atmosphere and attitude with a combination of traditional and innovative Indian comfort food coupled with local music in the heart of Rainey Street.


Click here to sign up for one of these mouthwatering experiences.

You can always branch out on your own and organize your own outing, and we can help you do that, too! We'll have a thread for recommendations of must-visit Austin spots on our Going to BlogHer Food Facebook Group. And check out this list of more locals' favorite Austin restaurants to get you started.

See you in Texas!