New York. San Francisco. Austin. It’s not unusual to see Austin ranked right alongside more familiar culinary heavyweights as one of America’s top dining destinations. In addition to its famous barbecue, the city also boasts world-class Japanese cuisine, gorgeous art, and great boutique hotels. And most months of the year you can eat, look at art and get down to music outside—not to mention hiking or kayaking. This is the new Austin, and it is awesome.