good recs for nightlife and shopping guys. I'm a foodie. So food that I can't get in LA. Please, never again with that word. Temper your expectations on shopping in Austin- it's generally lacking. There are a few cool shops on South Congress too (I can't believe that I forgot to mention it). If you're looking for Austin specific, go to Torchy's, Hudson's, and Aquarelle. Hudson's is probably a 40 minutes drive, but very worth it.