MADELEINE STOWE'S AUSTIN ESSENTIALS
LODGING
Four Seasons Hotel Austin, $270-$1,400; (512) 478-4500

DINING
Cooper's Old Time Pit BBQ , in Llano; barbecue; $4-$8; (915)247-5713
Fonda San Miguel, Mexican; $15-$20; (512) 459-4121
Las Manitas, Mexican; $5-$6; (512) 472-9357
Matt's Famous El Rancho, Mexican; $8-$19; (512) 462-9333
Mimi's Cafe, in Comfort; home cooking; $5-$6; (830)995-3470
The Nest, in Fredericksburg; American; $7-$21; (830)990-8383
The Salt Lick, barbecue; $7-$14; (512) 858-4959
Texas Chili Parlor, American; $4-$6; (512) 472-2828
Z' Tejas Southwestern Grill, American; $5-$11; (512)478-5355

SHOPPING
The Comfort Common, in Comfort; bed and breakfast and shops; (830) 995-3030
Homestead, in Fredericksburg; antiques/home decor; (830) 997-5551

NIGHTLIFE
The Backyard, outdoor music venue;(512) 263-4146
Broken Spoke, dance hall; (512) 442-6189
Esther’s Follies, comedy club; (512) 320-0553
La Zona Rosa, nightclub; (512) 263-4146
Paramount Theatre, music/theater venue; (512) 472-5470