Austin, TX – “hill country” or the capitol of Texas, is about 2 – 2.5 hrs away from Houston depending where you’re driving from. I had planned to make a day trip to Austin for awhile now, but found a reason to do it much sooner…I had bought a set of wheels online from a seller in California. The plan was to get some friends to pick up the wheels and ship them back, but shipping wheels are a hassle. You would need to package them well or else they would get damaged, and I didn’t want friends to go through that. Luckily, the Japanese Classic Car Show (JCCS) was that weekend… Thaison Nguyen and Branden Chaisorn of Natsukashi Garage happened to make the trip the same weekend I bought the wheels. Long story short, lots of contacting and planning was done to get the wheels transported to Austin the following Monday.
I planned to make a solo trip to Austin, but Law had offered company and a truck to transport the wheels back. We made the trip on Wednesday at 10AM and got to Austin around 1 PM. We thought about places to eat, and the first thing that came to my mind was Franklin BBQ. I had never been there and have always heard good things, but have always heard about the wait times being ridiculous.
Since it was mid day on a Wednesday after the lunch rush, the wait wasn’t too bad. We got our food within 20 minutes of waiting in line and they weren’t sold out of everything. Success! The brisket and ribs were good, but I could probably pass next time if there was a long wait for it. After filling up on meats, we decided to get some coffee at Flat Track Coffee to wake us up a little.
We got recharged with coffee in our system and still had time to kill before meeting up with Thaison for the wheels so we found some stuff to do. We passed by a small toy place and decided to kill some time there.
We thought it was just a toy store or gallery, but it was a full blown Toy Museum. You can can get info about the place here at http://austintoymuseum.org/.
It was about $15 to enter a back room full of nostalgic games and toys. The owner said a lot of the toys are either donated by people for display or from his personal collection. There was a good collection of stuff in there.
Check out the pokemon collection here.
It was time to meet up Thaison at Pho Thaison. I’ve also been wanting to see his newly acquired Black Limited AE86. We got the chance to see it because that was the container used to transport my wheels.
Shout out to the homies and California for picking up and meeting up with Thaison – Linhbergh and Karrisa <3. Another huge shout out to Thaison for taking some time from the trip to pick up the wheels from Linhbergh and transporting them back to Austin. And a final thank you to Law for driving to Austin and back.
Austin is always an enjoyable place to visit every time I’m there and will definitely be back for other activities, food, and the people. As always, thank you for reading/skimming through this long ass post.