TravelDec/Jan 2015 Issue

Visit Austin!

The capital city of Texas welcomes special-diet travelers

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With an unofficial slogan of “Keep Austin Weird,” Austin, Texas, is a place that prides itself as much on its slacker ethos as its booming tech sector. This city has something for everyone. Visitors can stay anywhere from a five-star hotel to a backyard yurt and eat anywhere from a fine-dining restaurant to a taco trailer. The city, which may be best known for its buzzing South by Southwest Music Festival, calls itself the live music capital of the world.

Austin’s restaurant and food scene is booming, intensely focused on both sustainability and sourcing. It’s a great place to dine gluten-free and with food allergies. Many restaurants offer gluten-free menus. At others, servers are well informed about the needs of diners with special dietary needs. Whole Foods Market got its start in Austin and the company’s focus on organic, local and clearly labeled foods and snacks impacts the food culture of the entire city. You’ll never be far from a great, safe meal. It’s also worth checking out some of the city’s great artisan food options, from chocolate bars and beans to the growing local cider scene.

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