Whether you’re a newbie in need of a local dictionary or an Austin native testing your knowledge, we’ve got the lowdown on the local Texicon.
A is for Austin City Limits
- You’re going to have to rely on on context clues for this one, because ACL can mean one of three things: ACL Festival, the annual music festival that takes place in October at Zilker Park; ACL Live at the Moody Theater, a live music venue located on 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd.; or Austin City Limits, the longest-running musical variety show in American TV history.
B is for Breakfast tacos 🌮
- Although it remains disputed which Texas town invented the humble breakfast taco, it is the undisputed classic dish of Austin. City Editor London prefers to cop a tac’ from Veracruz All Natural, while Figi enjoys a King George taco from Tyson’s Tacos. Austinites have never met a breakfast taco they didn’t like.
C is for Continental Club
- Some of Austin’s best and brightest musicians have performed at the historic Continental Club, which has been operating since 1955 at 1315 S. Congress Ave. C is also for Cedar Fever, a yearly allergy phenomenon that leaves locals sneezy for weeks.
D is for the Drag
- Locals call the western portion of Guadalupe Street along the University of Texas campus “The Drag.” You’ll find bookstores, school apparel, restaurants and resources for UT students on this street.
E is for Eeyore’s Birthday Party
- This one-of-a-kind annual birthday bash celebrates the mopiest Winnie the Pooh character with a festival in the park, vendors, and good weird fun. E is also for Evil MoPac, a famously angsty Twitter account that pokes fun at the city’s infrastructure.
F is for fútbol ⚽️
- After years of waiting for a major league sports team, the city has embraced Austin FC with open arms since 2021. F is also for football, usually Longhorn football, a well-known and beloved weekend tradition enjoyed by Texans everywhere.
G is for Grackles
- Grackles, crow-like birds that love congregating in H-E-B parking lots, are either loved or despised by locals. There is no in-between.
H is for H-E-B
- H-E-B isn’t just a grocery store, it’s a lifestyle. The San Antonio-based chain grocer has been thriving in Austin since 1957, and H-E-B opened its first upscale grocer, Central Market, in Austin in 1994.
I is for I-35 🛣
- Just reading the name I-35 is enough to give some Austinites a twitch, as the highway is famously traffic-heavy and usually under construction.
J is for Jeremiah the Innocent 🐸
- Jeremiah the Innocent — Austin’s unofficial mascot — sits along 408 W. 21st St., on T-shirts, billboards, and signs asking passerbys “Hi, how are you?” The whimsical mural was painted by the late Daniel Johnston, whose artwork can be found all over the city.
K is for Kolaches
- Filled with fruits, sausage, cheese and more, kolaches (pronounced kuh·laa·chee) were brought to Texas through Czech immigrants and are now a breakfast staple. We recommend scoring a pillowy treat from Lone Star Kolaches or Dos Gatos, if you’re able to make the drive to San Marcos.
L is for Longhorns
- Austin is Longhorn country, meaning most people in the city bleed burnt orange.
M is for Moody
- Ever wondered why so many things in the city share the name Moody? The Moody Center, Moody Amphitheater, Moody College of Communications, and the Moody Foundation were all brought to town by local legacy Moody family.
N is for Nueces Street
- This commonly mispronounced street, which runs north to south through downtown, is correctly pronounced “new-AY-sez.”
O is for Opa
- This cozy little coffee shop and wine bar is a study spot of choice for students and the perfect way to spend a rainy weekend.
P is for Pennybacker Bridge
- Also known as the Austin 360 Bridge, the Pennybacker Bridge overlooks the Texas 360 Loop and Lake Austin. Every seasoned Austinite has taken a photo in front of the panoramic views at least once while living here.
Q is for Queso
- The unofficial cheesy currency of Austin is rarely executed the same way outside of Central Texas in our humble opinion, so City Editor Figi gravitates toward Fresa’s or Torchy’s Tacos for her melty fix.
R is for Rainey Street
- Rainey Street District is where you’ll find bungalow bars and wide-open patios to spread out on while you enjoy a local brew. Rainey is also known for hosting many tech sector happy hours, so the strip is also an ideal location to brush up on your crypto knowledge.
S is for South Congress
- One of the areas of town that has changed dramatically in the past 30 years, South Congress has gone from being a pseudo-red light district to an upscale tourism and shopping hub. SoCo is changing all the time, so soak up your favorite areas while you can.
T is for the Triangle
- Home to many UT students, the Triangle is an urban hub in North Central Austin where locals can find a place for a casual lunch or light shopping session.
U is for the Universities
- It’s no secret that Longhorns bleed burnt orange, but the University of Texas has been a local front runner in higher education since it was founded in 1883. However, the Austin area is home to a host of local universities, including Huston-Tillotson University, St. Edwards University, and Texas State University.
V is for Violet Crown 👑
- This Austin nickname originated during the 19th century, when residents began to call Austin the “Athens of the South,” as both cities give locals a purple-toned sunset.
W is for Willie Nelson
- Austin just wouldn’t be the same without our resident cosmic cowboy, who has long had a major impact on Austin’s musical and cultural identity. W is also for weird, which the city prides itself on fostering, and Waterloo, Austin’s original name.
X is for SXSW
- OK, we’re fudging it a bit on this one, but the X in South by Southwest is pronounced “by” in all interpretations of the world-renowned film and music fest.
Y is for y’all
- Here’s a quick lesson in Texas speak: You = one person, “y’all” = two people, and “all y’all” = three or more people.
Z is for Zilker Park