As Mark Antonation noted this week, Denver and Austin share many things: Both are capital cities with an independent streak and a fondness for great food and drink. As a result, Colorado outfits have started opening outposts in Austin (Snooze, Infinite Monkey Theorem, among others), and Austin concepts are now invading the Mile High City, including six that Antonation listed.
But there's one thing these two cities do not share: nastiness. According to a recent survey of 25 cities based on restaurant reviews left on Facebook, Google, Yelp and TripAdvisor, Denver diners are the second-nicest; the only city with people who are easier to please is Charleston, South Carolina. And the city with the toughest-to-please diners? Austin.
Maybe that's what comes of a business community that pushes the slogan "Keep Austin Weird." Here's what readers have to say about the Austin invasion:
I think the originals are better where they are.
Everyone I’ve met here has been to or lived in Austin.
It’s so weird, like those are the only two cities that exist, haha.
Denver is weirder than Austin.
When you have announce you are weird, then you’re not.
The only thing that makes Austin seem weird is when you compare it to the rest of Texas!
We never wanted anything Texan here to begin with.
Ever drive behind an ass from Texas downhill? Like going to their restaurants..they do have the BEST brisket, though.
And Scott concludes:
Austin is peculiar in that you've got an extremely liberal (for Texas) city that's also full of the State Capitol conservatives. I wouldn't say Austin is nearly as much like Denver as people think — Denver is definitely more liberal without the Texas influence, but Austin has much better food overall. Literally everywhere in the South has much better food, it seems.
I like Torchy's but I feel like Chuy's is meh and just hasn't been doing it for me. Hopdoddy was good in Texas, but I feel like there are better burgers here — for some reason, even though Texas is supreme with their BBQ, they never could get the burgers quite right.
Keep reading for more on Austin's invasion of Denver.
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"Denver Lines Up for the Snowtacolypse at Torchy's on Broadway"
Torchy's, which opened on Broadway in a snowstorm a few years ago, marked the real start of the Austin invasion. Readers mentioned also mentioned Fuzzy's Taco Shop and Max's Wine Dive, but the former debuted in Fort Worth, and Max's got its start in Houston.
Which, by the way, came in as the place with the second hardest-to-please diners our of a roster of 25, 22 in this country and three outside of the United States.
Do you think Austin is weird? Do you think its residents are tough customers? And do you think Denver diners are easy to please? Post your thoughts in a comment, or email email@example.com.