A guide to local favorites on South Congress
- By Omar L. Gallaga
- Photos by Ilana Panich-Linsman
An area that was once a little seedy has gone upscale hipster in the past two decades. But don’t worry: The vibe is still low-key, and there are still enough bookstores, weird antique shops and homegrown restaurants to counter all the Instagram photo ops. If you can master the tricky back-in parking on South Congress Avenue, you might be ready to move here.
Meet Omar Gallaga
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.
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