Omar has lived and worked in the Austin area since 1997. He’s watched the city change and still loves how friendly and open to new experiences people are here. He’s always looking for that perfect bowl — not just a cup — of queso.
Where I live:
A German town named New Braunfels that’s south of Austin, but work frequently brings me back to the city. I previously lived in deep South Austin, about 20 minutes from downtown.
Best way to get around the city:
Parking is tough downtown, so it’s easier to do ride hailing, take an electric scooter (they are controversial!) or rent a bicycle. My vote is usually a bike, electric or traditional.
Don’t leave without having:
Three things: A migas breakfast, a Mexican martini and a good bowl of queso.
But the local favorite is really:
Topo Chico, a Mexican mineral water that has a devoted local following. Don’t try to tell anyone in Austin that La Croix is better.
If I moved, I’d most miss:
The film-geek scene, plus local musicians who still frequently play Austin, including Wild Child, Riders Against the Storm and Grupo Fantasma.