Austin has long been touted as an eclectic city of weirdos, where art and music interconnect, and where life is different every day. However, many have decried the city's "weird" reputation as being centered only in the downtown and south areas. This is not the case. There are a lot of great and interesting things in North Austin as well. Try a few of these beauties on for size.
This is one of Austin's most renowned barbeque joints. For years, the only Saltlick location was nestled in Driftwood, a town that's just about as big as it sounds. The newer location in Round Rock allows Austinites to get their hands on that delectable Saltlick grub without spending a tank of gas and an afternoon wandering in the mesquite brush out past the "Y" in Oak Hill.
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Located at 5434 Burnet Road, this North Austin institution was established in 1970 and has all the charm you would expect from a honky-tonk dive bar. For example, head down to The Little Longhorn Saloon on any given Sunday afternoon to partake in the great Texan tradition of chicken sh*t bingo. If you're not from Texas, you should still have no problem understanding this basest of farm animal games. The rules are simple: a chicken is released into a pen that has a numbered grid on it, and participants place bets on where the chicken will "go".
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The "world famous" orange donuts made at this bakery are unlike any you've had before. Both soft and crispy, the donuts are pure heaven. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, try the "Texas-sized donut" which is one donut made from the equivalent dough of a dozen donuts weighing in at around 2 POUNDS. If you don't believe me, check out my YouTube video on the Texas-sized donut.
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4. Texas Stars
Although the words "Texas" and "Hockey" don't seem to go together, there actually are a couple of hockey teams in Texas, and one of them plays in a beautiful, relatively new arena in Cedar Park, on the northwest side of town. Tickets range from about $20 - $80, depending on how up close and personal you want to get with the action.
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Remember getting dropped off at the arcade with $10 on a Saturday and not emerging for hours? You can experience that again at Pinballz. Located on North 183 about half way between 35 and Mopac, Pinballz offers a wide range of classic and new arcade games. If you grew up playing these games, going to Pinballz is a trip down memory lane.
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