If you want locally sourced produce in a delicious wrap, salad, or panini, this is the place to refuel for your shopping trip while keeping things light. MAD Greens has a variety of perfectly paired greens, or you can build your own.
Recommendation: Siam I Am Salad with added cucumbers and pumpkin seeds instead of peanuts.
Rest and refuel at this new coffee shop where the coffee is so good you can drink it black (rejoice Whole30ers!). If coffee isn't your thing, they also have beer on tap! Not only does the coffee or beer buzz make you feel all warm inside, but they partner with the nonprofit Farmers to 40 to ensure a fixed percentage of what the shop pays for coffee is returned to the farmers who grow it.
This spa is a favorite among Austinites because a step through the door is simply the beginning on an epic relaxation journey. They opened their doors to the public mid-summer 2016.
Recommendation: Wind down your day with the Viva Signature Massage (Deep Tissue) before heading to dinner.
If you have been downtown or on the east side seeking good food, you have probably been to one of these Austin originals. Instead of trucking all the way downtown to grab a unique bite to eat, you can now find it north of Highway 183.
My first time at The Dogwood was at this new location, where I ordered the “I Work Out” with a beer (everyone needs their carbonated carbs). The two-story restaurant and bar has plenty of indoor and outdoor space, perfect for a happy hour with coworkers or dinner with friends.
The downtown hot spot opened its second location in Austin to bring arcade games, giant jenga, and sake bombs to Rock Rose. As an athlete, I find the pickle shots are perfect for some hydrating dehydration followed by some intense ski ball. “The Dank” was even voted the best burger on Rock Rose Avenue in the first annual pub crawl and burger cook-off in the area.
From a food truck to its first brick-and-mortar, ESK Thai Kun brings an expanded menu of authentic dishes from Thailand in an inviting environment.
Recommendation: Grilled Beef from the Ahan Jan Diao (entrees) menu, especially after a hard workout.
In Austin, as much as we all like a good barre class to tighten our glutes, we also like to celebrate all of our hard work at a good bar with friends.
This bar is named after the patron saint of good times, which are sure to be had in this upscale wine lounge. Self-described as “divine dishes for the devout drinker,” this lounge serves gourmet food and classy cocktails in an atmosphere that is a work of art.
Recommendation: If you are looking for a new Sunday brunch spot, the English French toast toffee is to die for or at least worth 100 burpees.
This new three-story rooftop bar makes you feel as if you’re on vacation anytime of the year. It offers refreshing cocktails and tapas to snack on all night. On Saturdays, soak up the sun on the rooftop between 3 and 7 p.m. when Frozen Fruit Healthy Spirits are featured.
Recommendation: The Caymen Account serves a heaping dose of rum with an impressive parrot-shaped pineapple garnish.
Just opening in July, Austin’s newest nightclub features three levels of bottle service and a big dance floor for those wanting to party in North Austin on the weekends. If you are looking for an experience, table reservations start at a minimum spend of $200.