Classic burger joint featured in Dazed and Confused
This retro spot that still has its drive-up slots hasn't changed much since it opened in 1971. And while this joint might be best known for making an appearance in Dazed and Confused, the Austin based movie that gave Matthew McConaughey his breakout role, the burgers cooked over an open flame and the tender fried chicken make it much more than just a place for movie lovers to visit. In the scene that takes place here, McConaughey says what is now his catchphrase "alright, alright, alright” for the first time (clip at the info button below). Like the other Richard Linklater classics, Slacker, Waking Life, and Boyhood, Dazed and Confused is a bit of a love letter to Austin. Another famous scene from the movie, the huge keg party at the moontower, takes place at the moontower at Zilker Park.
Top Notch Hamburgers
Recreate the final scene of Slacker
After a fairly easy fifteen minute walk up some stairs, you are greeted with one of the best views in the city. Stop by to recreate the final scene of Slacker (clip at the info button below), watch the sunset over Lake Austin, or set up at one of the picnic tables on site. Like the other Linklater classics, Boyhood, Waking Life, and Dazed and Confused, Slacker is a bit of a love letter to Austin. Slacker, Linklater's first hit that he also appeared in the opening scene of, was filmed entirely in Austin at locations like The Continental Club where the characters discuss what it means to be an artist and in front of the UT tower where the Old Anarchist and the thief have a conversation.
Guero’s Taco Bar
Where the girls plan their night in Death Proof
This Tex Mex spot has been an Austin and South Congress mainstay for years. They serve refreshing margaritas along with free chips and salsa, both of which are featured in Tarantino's Death Proof. You see a shot of the Guero's sign before Butterfly walks inside and has some drinks with the girls while they plan their night (clip at the info button below). Death Proof is filmed throughout Austin including a scene at Texas Chili Parlor where the girls take shots with Warren. Guero's also hosts live music out back, Wednesday through Sunday, which was captured in another movie, Chef. In the movie, the food truck parked outside to sell it's food while local Gary Clark Jr. played on stage. This is the food truck's second stop in Austin, with their first being Franklin Barbecue.
Massive streetlight from Dazed and Confused
These tall structures were a popular type of streetlight in American and European cities in the late 1800's, but these bulky constructions soon became obsolete in favor of more compact options. Austin is the only city in the world where they still remain, so these distinctly Austonian structures have become a bit of a point of pride, especially since this one was depicted in Dazed and Confused, the movie that gave Matthew McConaughey his breakout role. In the scene, which is actually filmed in different parks around the area but is supposed to take place at this moontower in Zilker Park, the students meet up for a huge keg party (clip at the info button below). Like the other Linklater classics, Slacker, Waking Life, and Boyhood, Dazed and Confused is a bit of a love letter to Austin. Another famous scene from the movie where McConaughey says "alright, alright, alright” for the first time was filmed at the nearby Top Notch Burgers.
Famous barbecue spot featured in Chef
Aaron Franklin's famous brisket is often said to be the best in the country, with the national accolades to back it up. In fact, Jon Favreau's food truck made a length stop here in the movie Chef that even included a cameo from Franklin himself (clip at the info button). After they are done here, they head to Guero's on South Congress Street to sell their food. Unlike in the movie, you will be waiting for about four hours before you can order your barbecue. That being said, waiting can be half the fun, just bring lawn chairs and a few beers and settle in. If waiting isn't your thing, you can preorder your brisket, ribs, and sides as long as you place the order two weeks ahead of time and order at least five pounds of meat. But no matter how you get your Franklin fix, it will be worth it. If you want to skip all of the Franklin craziness, Micklethwait and their delicious meats are just down the street with a fraction of the wait times.
The Driskill Grill
Hotel restaurant used in Miss Congeniality
This elegant, wood paneled restaurant in The Driskill Hotel offers a fine dining refinery matched with delicious food that is hard to find in this day and age. That may be why it was used in Miss Congeniality as the interior of the St. Regis Hotel that is supposed to be in New York (clip at the info button below). In fact, even though the movie takes place in New York and San Antonio, most of it was filmed in Austin. Reservations are recommended if you want to eat in the restaurant but the bar that has great cocktails and live music six nights a week is always available.