As with Portland, you could make the case that fast-growing Austin is one big cluster of post-gay culture, with several neighborhoods that fit the bill as mixed LGBTQ-straight enclaves of the creative class, including South Congress, Clarksville, Zilker, Hyde Park, and the area surrounded University of Texas.
But Austin’s East Side — starting just across I-35 from downtown and extending for a couple of miles to Airport Boulevard — might just have the most interesting mix of both residents and hangouts.
Two (sometimes overlapping) hallmarks of Austin dining are food trucks and barbecue — on the East Side, you don’t want to miss Saigon Le Vendeur (French-Vietnamese cuisine), Chaat Shop (Indian street food), or Veracruz All Natural (Mexican) among the former. The neighborhood is also home to highly touted Franklin Barbecue, but the lines here can be daunting — John Mueller Meat Company is a good bet as well.
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