Hi, and welcome to the home of real bbq, and well, variations on pizza. It's been a while, but Hwy 12 around Wimberly used to be a good one. Of course, The Hill Country roads to the west are really good rides. Look up the "Three Sisters". As per above, in October, there will be a 109 gathering there. Don't miss it. For food, ie, BBQ, Lockhart is hard to beat, and The Salt Lick, in Dripping Springs, was covered on Man vs. Food. I have been there a few times- great food! And of course, there is year-round riding in Texas.
Hey welcome to the LONESTAR! there is a place in Smithville,Tx about 40 miles east of you on hwy 71 called Zimmerhalmels (my spelling may be off) however the bbq is the BOMB!!!! :hot: and besides that its a beautiful ride to get there.
Not only is Stubbs a great place to eat, they also host a ton of live music there. Austin is such a great place in general but as far as riding goes - I would head up to Lake Travis and go to the Oasis one evening... awesome ride through the hills, reasonable food when you get there, beautiful people everywhere, and the sunset is what draws the crowd. Welcome.
Welcome to the Central Texas area. I can't say that I blame you for leaving Chicago. I was up there a couple of weeks ago and couldn't wait to get back to Texas.
Tsummit is right about going to the Oasis on Lake Travis. Sunset there is a must see. Check out the thread about the Kerrville "Three Sisters" ride in October. Usually around 20-25 riders there. It is a great ride and a lot of fun. Friday evening, we all meet for dinner then head back to the hotel parking lot for a lot of wild stories and 1 man comedy show by Galen.
Ride all day Saturday, then repeat Friday night. We all leave Sunday Morning.
Try to make that ride if you can.:bigthumbsup: