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Old 07-17-2008, 08:41 PM
 
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What are some of your favorite downtown hangouts and things to do? I am not really all that familiar with specific places to go and things to do downtown. If I were wanting to spend some time downtown getting familiar with the lay of the land and hidden treasures what are some of the places/areas the locals would recommend? Restaurants, shops, historical sites/buildings, galleries, neighborhoods, coffee shops, clubs, parks, events, new and old places, etc.
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Old 07-17-2008, 08:44 PM
 
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Bluestar/king williams ftw
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Old 07-17-2008, 09:00 PM
 
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Coffee Shop: Ruta Maya on Soledad. I do NOT like Sip on Houston... bunch of snots working there who think they're awesome because they make coffee and Panini (though I will admit that the Paninis are excellent). Attitude there sucks. Really, who gets a superiority complex from being a "barista"!?
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Old 07-17-2008, 10:57 PM
 
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[quote=fierce_flawless;4501681]Coffee Shop: Ruta Maya on Soledad.


Hey I saw that place yesterday, it looks pretty interesting.
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Old 07-17-2008, 11:18 PM
 
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Coffee Shop: Ruta Maya on Soledad.


Hey I saw that place yesterday, it looks pretty interesting.
The staff is friendly, they have events at night, and supposedly a great lunch (though I've never tried their lunch)... and they do a cappuccino right.
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Old 07-18-2008, 07:22 AM
 
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I agree with Ruta Maya. I love Sip's roasted red pepper/goat cheese panini, but not as a coffee hangout place. In Southtown there's MadHatter's...I have mixed feelings about it now, but it's got great atmosphere.

There's an historic walking tour that starts at the Alamo, goes through the Menger, St Joseph's...a few other things and over to Casa Navarro/Main Plaza area. One of the typical guidebooks like Frommer's has it listed.

Main Plaza with its fountains is wonderful now, and on Sat am at 10:30 they have a puppet show.

Restaurants: my favourites are in Southtown: La Frite, Cascabel. Azuca is ok - good mojitos and interesting menu.

there's more....I've got a whole list of things, I'll DM it to you later.
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Old 07-18-2008, 07:28 AM
 
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I love Ruta Maya. The food is great and the people are ultra friendly.

If you are headed to Southtown, also check out La Tuna. It has a very laid back atmosphere and to me, the food is good.

For a historical sense, stop by the Menger Bar. It is a small bar, but very interesting. AND maybe you will get to see Teddy Roosevelt when you are there...
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Old 07-18-2008, 07:29 AM
 
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Chaka, Main Plaza is supposed to have a farmer's market on Friday mornings. Have you been?
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Old 07-18-2008, 08:37 AM
 
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No, I work on Friday mornings....
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:31 PM
 
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Thanks all for the great ideas! Sometimes I drive down there with the intention of doing some investigating on foot but then I can't really decide where my starting point should be and what areas would be of interest. Maybe I should do the walking tour to get my bearings straight.
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