Friday Lunch on Congress Avenue

Have I told you how much I love Congress Avenue? There’s just a certain something special about it.  Here it lies in the capital of Texas, not at all hustle-bustle or in a hurry.  Nope – it’s laid back. In fact, if you just say it kinda s-l-o-w, stretching out the syllables, enunciating with a d-r-a-w-l, letting the two words drip off the tongue like honey, until they sort of become one – then you’ll get the feel — the feel of Con-gressss-A-ven-oooo – Texas’ most influential address.

I had only seen the Capitol Building twice in my life before we moved to Austin, once on family vacation when I was 13, and once when Mike and I chaperoned a group of student leaders from Muleshoe. Since we moved here, I’ve seen it hundreds of times, and it never gets old.

I’m telling you – turn any corner looking north onto Congress Avenue, catch a fresh camera-eye view of that building, and it will make you catch your breath.  Other state capitol buildings – sorry ’boutcha. Our daddy is just bigger than yours.  Please don’t hate me for saying that! It’s just so darn pretty, and I do appreciate your giving me a tiny moment here to express a little Texas pride. smiley face


We take our visiting family, friends and granddogs on a little walk to the Capitol Building every chance we get.  

There are plenty of great restaurants on Congress Avenue (La Traviata is a fave), but every Friday between now and mid-November, we can enjoy a little something yummy from a food truck. Order, grab and keep walking – or order, grab and park yourself on a bench under a tree – for a few sunny minutes of watching the world go by.

Last week, Mike and I had a Banh Mi sandwich from Saigon le Vendeur.  These guys recently won a food truck competition for their spicy chicken Banh Mi – and it was easy to taste why.



Banh Mi is a Vietnamese term for all kinds of bread, but it seems like when I’ve seen Banh Mi on the side of a food truck, it means “sandwich.”  There are different kinds, but most have a few things in common:  cilantro, cucumbers, and delicious pickled carrots.


The chicken was definitely spicy, but not overpowering.  

Along with the food trucks every Friday, there will be market tents and street music.  It’s a great way to spend a lunch hour as the weather gets a little cooler.

When we moved to Austin, my aunt and uncle told us a story of how they had left Amarillo and come here so that my uncle could go to school at UT (for $50 a semester!!!).  My aunt worked at the Capitol Building to keep food on the table and pay the $85/mo rent on their tiny apartment near campus. Today there are cranes everywhere, high-rise office buildings, and even a Trader Joe’s.  Things are definitely different.

But one thing remains the same. That stately old building at the north end of Con-gressss-A-ven-oooo.smiley face


Encouraging intentional adventure, and a fresh look down the street, smiley face


PS – Thanks for letting me wax on about my favorite street in Texas – now, what’s your favorite street? I’d love to hear!




Hi, there! My name is Brenda McDearmon. I created this blog for the sole purpose of encouraging a life filled with everyday intentional adventure, whether that's trying a new restaurant, enjoying a day trip in the Texas Hill Country, or being adventurously inspired in a spiritual way. Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure and sign up to receive my weekly newsletter. It's one of my favorite ways to connect with my readers! Your devoted encourager, Brenda

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  • Paula Forrest
    October 30, 2016 at 2:16 am

    Thank you Brenda, I absolutely love reading your swag!

    • brenda
      Brenda McDearmon
      October 31, 2016 at 11:35 am

      Thank you, Paula! I wish we had spent more time together in college, because I’m thinking I could have learned a lot from your swag!