austin eats two ways article

2018-3-1 | Chevy New Roads Magazine

Austin Eats ... Two Ways

Austin’s food scene pulls visitors from around the country, offering dining options ranging from quirky food trucks and bubble-tea shops to barbecue joints and upscale steakhouses. The city’s growth rate has been breathtaking (its population more than doubled between 1990 and 2016,
to nearly 914,000), as Austin became a destination for lovers of music, the outdoors, and the sunny Texas climate—and all those recent arrivals have made the city a diverse hotbed of interesting eats. We created our own food-lovers focus group and sent Chevrolet Spark and Colorado owners to this lively locale with something delicious for everyone. Here’s what they loved.

Chevy Spark hits the streets

A trio of friends headed out in a Spark in search of funky, affordable fare, and there are few better spots to find it than at a food truck. The city’s convention and visitors bureau says Austin has more than 1,000 mobile food vendors and a number of gathering spots for food trucks, referred to locally as food truck trailer parks. Entire websites are devoted to mapping the city’s many food trucks and their travels about town, and a street-food aficionado could quickly get overwhelmed.

 

But you’ve got to start somewhere. The three friends decided to check out the University Co-op food court across from the University of Texas campus. Developed by the university in partnership with Tiffany Harelik, author of the Trailer Food Diaries cookbooks, the co-op’s food trucks create a haven for adventurous eaters, serving up everything from açai smoothies to Taiwanese street food and, of course, tacos—because no food tour of Austin is complete without sampling the city’s taco purveyors (natives consider the taco to be a legit breakfast food, too).

 

Texans are known for going big, so the trio made sure to sample chicken-fried ribs, Belgian fries, and ice cream, too, while soaking up some rays at the outdoor picnic tables. Yum.

 

GO EVERYWHERE: Spark makes it easy to navigate narrow city streets. And because it’s compact, you can get out of those tight parking spaces as easily as you got in.

 

STAY CONNECTED: Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility means you can bring some of your favorite music and apps right into the Spark’s seven-inch diagonal touch-screen, so you never have to go without.

 

ADVENTURE AWAITS: Spark ACTIV has heated seats for those cool mornings, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Gunmetal Silver–painted alloy wheels, unique front and rear bumpers, and roof rails for when you need a bit more cargo room (like when you’re heading out for a weekend in the woods).

 

DID YOU KNOW: Austin is much more than a food destination. The city is probably best known for its music. South by Southwest got its start in 1987 as a small festival for a few hundred movie and music lovers, and has since grown into an annual 10-day behemoth of music, film, media, and technology that draws nearly 40,000 people. Meanwhile, Austin City Limits has been bringing local music to its live PBS series for more than 40 years, making it the longest-running music program in television history.  

Chevy Colorado embarks on a foodie adventure

The influx of newcomers in recent decades has made the city’s culinary options much more varied. But plenty of Texas eateries have stayed tied to the state’s roots as cattle country, and Austin restaurants are no exception. In short, Austinites know their meats. Seeking out the best barbecue is practically a local pastime, and the city’s barbecue offerings have exploded in recent years, giving local aficionados plenty to debate and rate.

 

The whole state is known for its beef, and Eater Austin recently came up with 23 steakhouses in Austin alone worth calling out for their excellence. But the two couples exploring the city in the Colorado were craving burgers, so they headed for the wildly popular Launderette, a newish Austin eatery in a converted laundromat with a reputation for serving up a killer patty.

 

Texas native Chef Rene Ortiz’s neighborhood café has won just about every best-of award out there, getting attention from food writers across the country. But his food is aimed to please all palates with a variety of imaginatively prepared meat, seafood, and veggie dishes. The kids’ menu serves up such favorites of the pint-sized set as buttered noodles and chocolate chip pancakes.

 

The couples found the Launderette burger’s stellar reputation justified—bacon and lard give it extra richness, and the challah buns are made on-site. (If you’re feeling adventurous, the Prince Edward Island mussels with pancetta and green-chile butter and the charred octopus with chorizo were delectable, too.) Desserts like a birthday-cake ice cream sandwich and a carrot layer cake aren’t to be missed.

 

EVERYTHING YOU WANT: Colorado offers a wide variety of trims—from work trucks to the ZR2, the most capable off-road midsize pickup—to meet your needs.

 

ROAD READY: Chevrolet offers the GM-exclusive Duramax® 2.8L Turbo-Diesel engine that makes Colorado America’s most fuel-efficient pickup and offers best-in-class towing. The three engine offerings also include the powerfully efficient 2.5L, and an available 3.6L V6 with the most horsepower of any midsize pickup.

 

GREAT WITH GEAR: With the Colorado’s spacious crew cab and bed, you’ll have plenty of room for passengers and gear, so go ahead and load it up. This is the vehicle that your friends will want to take every time.

 

URBAN ADVENTURE: Austin is an ideal destination for seekers of outdoorsy adventure right in the city. Famed Barton Springs Pool is a natural spring–fed three-acre pool that holds at 68 degrees year-round. And the city is home to the beautiful Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail, a 10-mile off-road trail with beautiful skyline views. (The lake offers kayaking, canoeing, and even stand-up paddleboarding.) So hop in your Colorado and get exploring!

 

STORY: ALEXA STANARD/PHOTOGRAPHY: JOE VAUGHN

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  • Vehicle user interface is a product of Apple and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires compatible iPhone and data plan rates apply. Apple CarPlay, Siri, iPhone and iTunes are trademarks for Apple Inc, registered in the U.S. and other countries.

  • Requires the Android Auto app on Google Play and an Android compatible smartphone running Android™ 5.0 Lollipop or higher. Android, Android Auto and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.

  • Based on segment-exclusive features.

  • EPA-estimated 30 MPG highway: Colorado 2WD with available 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine.

  • Colorado 2WD with available Duramax 2.8L Turbo-Diesel 4-cylinder engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

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  • With 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine. Based on GM Large SUV segment and EPA-estimated MPG highway: 23 (2WD), 22 (4WD).

  • EPA-estimated MPG city/highway: Sonic with 1.8L engine and 5-speed manual transmission 26/35; with 1.8L engine and 6-speed automatic transmission 25/34; with 1.4L engine and 6-speed manual transmission 28/37; with 1.4L engine and 6-speed automatic transmission 27/35.

  • EPA-estimated 53-mile range based on 106 MPGe combined city/highway (electric); 367-mile extended range based on 42 MPG combined city/highway (gas). Your actual range may vary based on several factors, including temperature, terrain and driving technique.

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  • Dependability based on longevity: 1987 – July 2017 full-size pickup registrations.

  • Dependability based on longevity: 1987–July 2017 full-size pickup registrations.

  • With rear seats folded. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution

  • EPA-estimated 29 MPG city/39 highway with 5-speed manual transmission and 30 MPG city/38 highway with available Continuously Variable Transmission

  • EPA-estimated 29 MPG city/38 highway with 5-speed manual transmission and 30 MPG city/38 highway with available Continuously Variable Transmission.

  • EPA estimated with 3.6L V6 engine.

  • Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

  • EPA estimated with 3.6L V6 engine

  • Chevrolet Infotainment System functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.

  • Always use seat belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner’s Manual for more information.

  • EPA estimate for Sonic with available 6-speed automatic transmission.

  • With rear seats folded. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

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  • Model year 2018 and newer vehicles include: 1 month of OnStar Safety & Security Plan and 1 month of Chevrolet Connected Services which include navigation services, Remote Access Plan and 1 month or 3 gigabytes of 4G LTE data (whichever comes first) from vehicle delivery date. Services are subject to user terms and limitations. Visit onstar.com for more details. Data plans offered by AT&T. Availability subject to change.

  • Connected Services include navigation services and Remote Access Plan, and 1 month/3 GB of 4G LTE data (whichever comes first) from vehicle delivery date. Data plan offered by AT&T. Services subject to user terms and limitations. Certain services require working electrical system, cell service, and GPS signal. OnStar links to emergency services.  Visit onstar.com for more details.

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  • With rear seats folded. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

  • EPA-estimated 238-mile EV range. Your actual range may vary based on several factors including temperature, terrain, and driving technique.

  • With second row seats folded flat. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

  • EPA-estimated 238-mile EV range. Your actual range may vary based on several factors including temperature, terrain, and conditions.

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  • Read your vehicle owner's manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • EPA-estimated MPG highway for Cruze Sedan with 1.4L 4-cylinder engine and transmission.

  • With rear seats folded. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

  • Read the vehicle owner's manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • If you decide to continue service after your trial, your selected subscription plan will automatically renew thereafter. You will be charged at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel you must call SiriusXM at 1-866-635-2349. See SiriusXM Customer Agreement for complete terms at siriusxm.com. All fees and programming subject to change. ©2018 Sirius XM Radio Inc. All rights reserved.

  • EPA-estimated MPG highway for Cruze Sedan with 1.4L 4-cylinder engine.

  • EPA-estimated 37 MPG highway for Cruze Premier Hatchback.

  • Cargo space for Cruze Hatch with rear seats folded. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

  • EPA-estimated 53-mile range based on 106 MPGe combined city/highway (electric); 367-mile extended range based on 42 MPG combined city/highway (gas). Your actual range may vary based on several factors, including temperature, terrain and driving technique.

  • EPA-estimated 53-mile range based on 106 MPGe combined city/highway (electric); 367-mile extended range based on 42 MPG combined city/highway (gas). Your actual range will vary based on several factors including temperature, terrain and driving conditions.

  • Read the vehicle owner's manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • EPA-estimated 1.5L engine 29 MPG city/36 highway.

  • Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

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  • Available late 2018.

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  • Requires available Performance Exhaust or Z51 Performance Package.

  • Requires available Performance Exhaust or Z51 Performance Package.

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  • EPA-estimated 28 City/39 Hwy MPG

  • With second row seats folded flat. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

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  • Read the vehicles Owner’s Manual for more important feature limitations and information.

  • Does not detect people or items. Always check rear seat before exiting.

  • Vehicle user interface is a product of Google and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires the Android Auto app on Google Play and an Android compatible smartphone running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher. Data plan rates apply. Android, Android Auto, Google, Google Play and other marks are trademarks of Google LLC.

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  • Premier shown seats seven. Standard on L, LS. Available on LT.

  • EPA-estimated 18 MPG city/ 27 MPG highway 3.6FWD.

  • With second and third row seats folded flat. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

  • EPA-estimated 18 MPG city/ 27 MPG highway 3.6FWD.

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  • The system wirelessly charges one PMA- or Qi-compatible mobile device. Some devices require an adaptor or back cover. To check for phone or other device compatibility, visit my.chevrolet.com/learn for details.

  • EPA-estimated 25 MPG city/31 highway (FWD models).

  • With rear seats folded. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

  • With second and third row seats folded flat. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

  • With 5.3L EcoTec 3 engine. EPA-estimated MPG city/highway: Suburban 2WD 15/22, 4WD14/21.

  • Based on GM Large SUV segment. With 5.3L EcoTec 3 engine. EPA-estimated MPG city/highway: Tahoe 2WD 15/22, 4WD 15/21.

  • With second and third row seats folded flat. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

  • Read the vehicles Owner's Manual for more important feature limitations and information.

  • Colorado 2WD with available Duramax 2.8L Turbo-Diesel 4-cylinder engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner's Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • 308 horsepower with available 3.6L V6 engine.

  • Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner's Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • 308 horsepower with standard 3.6L V6 engine.

  • The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Click here to see all Chevrolet vehicles' destination freight charges.

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