Hi, we're moving our son to Austin this weekend where he will be a grad student at UT. It's our first time there and we had a few questions. He is renting a furnished apartment near 3400 Red River St. and we will be staying at the Embassy Suites Central (near 35 & 290). First, what restaurant suggestions would you have for more "drop in" kind of eating in this vicinity since we're not sure how our schedule is going to play out this visit. We are looking forward to great BBQ, Mexican food, and other food experiences that we may not get back here in OH. We don't mind paying more for good food, as long as it's not hyper-expensive.
Since he is pretty much starting his household from scratch, are there any local Austin places for home goods & electronics that you would recommend other than Costco/Sam's, Bed, Bath, & Beyond, TJ Maxx, Ikea, etc. He will be needing things like a TV, a printer, towels, linens, dishes, pots & pans, and probably a desk and a few pieces of furniture that would work in a small efficiency apartment.
When will the bulk of UT students be returning to campus? We're there from Saturday thru Tuesday and wondering if the stores and restaurants will be packed with students and families dropping them off. Thanks for your help and suggestions. We're looking forward to more leisurely visits in the future to savor and enjoy Austin. BB