If South Austin were Captain Planet (just go with it), this neighborhood guide would be all the multicultural kids wearing rings who you'd need to bring it to life. From the blackest Michelada ever, to side-alley gems, to a place you need a translator to order at, this thing is about to help you do Austin like a boss
Avocado Dessert: Lick Ice Creams 2032 S Lamar Blvd; 512.743.6470 While Amy's is great if you're into a college sophomore with purple hair tossing your scoop 10ft in the air, the more adult option is Lick: an artisan creamery rocking some of the sweetest dairy in town, with creative pairings like beet and avocado, molasses and bacon, and caramelized carrot with tarragon
Menswear At 1/3rd the Price: Moss Designer Consignment 705 S Lamar Blvd; 512.916.9961 Stag, Service, and By George are all amazing bets for menswear, but if you're looking for the same goods on the cheap, head to this South Lamar outpost hawking gently used wares from brands like Rag & Bone, Varvatos, and APC
The Blackest Michelada Ever: Hotel San Jose Bar 1316 S Congress Ave; 512.444.7322 The San Jose's known as a great date spot and laid back SoCo drinking destination, but next time you're there, opt for one of their super-savory Micheladas but ditch the watery Mexican brews in favor of the seldom seen Xingu, a black Schwarzbier named after a 1230mi river in Brazil
Back Alley Vinyl: Friends of Sound Records 1704 S Congress Ave; 512.447.1000 Like all good back alleys, you never know what you're going to get when you walk up the loading dock leading to Friends of Sound. Tucked behind Big Top Candy and Wahoo's, FoS is a true old-school meeting ground for vinyl-heads looking for everything from deep cut boogie singles, to lost doo-wop songs that they personally repress on 7in vinyl, to mint condition, still-wrapped LPs of '90s favorites like Nine Inch Nails' The Downward Spiral
3AM Tacos Within Sight of a Strip Club: El Paisa 3600 S Congress Ave Parked next to a convenience store in the shadow of Expose, La Paisa sells real-deal, late-night Mexican street tacos (bring a translator) with a stand-out pineapple al pastor, sided by a crispy stalk of green onions. For those who like their Mexican between a bun, they've also got top-notch tortas like the milaneze/chorizo/huevo/queso Torta Diabla
Sugar Rush Latte: Summermoon Coffee 3115 1st St; 512.804.1665 Essentially made with the equivalent of melted ice cream, Summermoon's signature latte's loaded with a thick, sugary milk with a hint of cinnamon that -- when combined with the city's only fire-roasted beans -- results in a smoky-but-sweet surprise contender for Austin's most creative coffee concoction
Two-Way Pork Peppers: It's All Good Bar-B-Q 603 W Live Oak St; 512.264.1744 Spicewood smokers It's All Good have quietly moved within city limits to the SoFi food trailer park, offering the TX Rib King's royal pork ribs as well as an insane jalapeno that's stuffed with pulled pork and cream cheese, then wrapped in bacon and smothered in even more cheese.