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Generally speaking, the terms “warm” and “industrial” don’t really go together, but somehow, eastside warehouse-turned-restaurant Mettle seems to pull them together in a comfy brunch setting perfect for whiling away a sun-drenched Sunday afternoon over coffee or cocktails. Among its menu’s better and/or more inventive options: the grilled pear French toast and beef tongue tacos. With a few recent changes in Mettle’s kitchen lineup, we’re interested to see how its fare evolves in the coming months.
Mettle, 507 Calles Street
Tues-Thurs 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 10am-9pm
Closed on Mondays
Ready to rock around the Christmas tree? You’re in luck! Partake in one of Austin’s favorite holiday traditions while enjoying the festive atmosphere of downtown on a Saturday night at the Holiday Sing-Along & Downtown Stroll. Starting at 6 pm on Saturday, December 7, local radio personality John Aielli leads the crowd in a grand holiday sing-along, after which everyone gets to enjoy the annual tree lighting and special performances by local artists. A special perk: downtown businesses stay open late for the special occasion, so you can get a little holiday shopping done while you’re enjoying the merriment. Supporting the local economy and taking part in an Austin tradition — most definitely a superb way to kick off the holiday season.
Every year since 1989, Chuy’s — that bastion of Elvis-inspired Tex-Mex and maker of super-strong Mexican martinis — hosts a parade and toy drive to benefit the Operation: Blue Santa program, which distributes holiday gifts to local kids who might not otherwise receive any. Complete with marching bands and festive floats, the Children Giving to Children Parade is an Austin holiday tradition of the highest order: the kind that isn’t only fun, but that also helps those in need. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, indeed.
Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade, Sat, Nov 30, 11 am -12 pm
Along Congress Avenue from the Capitol Building to Cesar Chavez
Sometimes, it’s nice to get away from it all and commune with nature for a while. Luckily, there’s no shortage of natural beauty in and around Austin, and for those fascinated by mysticism and enchantment, there’s the aptly named Enchanted Rock
just up the highway in Fredericksburg. Rumored by generations of locals to have special powers, the pink granite rock formation is a favored place of hikers, campers and nature enthusiasts alike; open year-round to the public, it’s a serene and majestic spot to enjoy the fresh fall air and sunshine. But look out: you might also spot the occasional au naturel
sunbather. Consider yourself warned!
Open to the public 7 days a week from 8 am – 10 pm
Dogs have a way of making life better; when we come home from a rough day, they’re so happy to see us that it takes the edge off our stress, and few things are more awesome than playing in the grass with a sweet, contented pup on the weekend. Since Austin loves its dogs, opportunities abound for fostering them for several months at a time, and there’s no shortage of green spaces where they can run and play in the crisp fall air. Check out this comprehensive listing of the city’s best dog parks, perfect for taking your pooch for a spin or meeting up with friends for coffee while their four-legged friends let off some steam with pals of their own. It’s a dog’s life after all, and maybe that’s not such a bad thing.