League (D-League) team; and the Texas
Stars minor league hockey team. 2012 also
marked the first year that Austin hosted the
exciting Formula 1 racing at the brand-new
Circuit of the Americas (COTA) track and
racing facility, located in southeast Austin
near Austin Bergstrom International Airport.
Austin is the new home for multiple racing
events, including an agreement to host the
prestigious Formula 1 United States Grand
Prix through 2021, as well as the MotoGP
and V8 Supercars series.
Of course, there’s no question that the
University of Texas Longhorns are high on
the list of most popular sports events here,
and there’s also a host of top NCAA college
athletic events throughout the school year,
including UT’s football team, baseball team,
basketball team, and men’s and women’s
soccer and volleyball teams.
FINE FOOD AND
When you’re out and about in Austin, you’re
bound to get hungry after all that activity.
That’s good, because dining in Austin is
a delight. A bounty of restaurants offer
such delicious local fare as Mexican food,
barbecue and Southern-style cooking, as
well as everything from sushi bars to Italian
bistros to fine French cafés and sumptuous
steakhouses. Try Guero’s Taco Bar on South
Congress or Chuy’s Tex-Mex (multiple locations) for casual, Mexican fare; The Salt
Lick or County Line for barbeque (see our
barbeque article in this issue for additional
mouth-watering choices); or Hudson’s on
the Bend, Uchi, or Fonda San Miguel for the
best in fine dining.
Once you’ve satisfied your appetite, it’s off to
do some shopping. The Domain, located in
northwest Austin, includes Neiman-Marcus
and other luxury shops and boutiques such
as Barney’s CO-OP, Tiffany & Co., David
Yurman, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors,
Tumi, and the Apple store.
Then there’s the Hill Country Galleria –
152 acres of expansive natural beauty in
Bee Cave with eclectic shopping, dining
and entertainment, as well as office and
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