TV chef Rachael Ray releases her guide to Austin, her ‘second home’

AUSTIN (KXAN) – It’s pretty clear – Rachael Ray loves Austin.

The TV chef and talk show host calls Austin her “second home” and says in an article on her magazine’s website that it is “one of the coolest places in the country”.

But of course we all knew this second part.

Ray offers her “Guide to Austin” in the article, and he hits the usual spots when it comes to eating, drinking, shopping, and overall good times.

Ray is a huge fan of Pitmaster Aaron Franklin, and rightly so. The first two restaurants in her guide are his Franklin BBQ and Loro projects. Franklin leads Loro with Tyson Cole and Ray says this is always the “first stop in town”.

She’s also a fan of Hopdoddy, ATX Cocina, Elizabeth Street Cafe, Waterloo Records, Jo’s Coffee (home of the “I Love You So Much” mural), BookPeople, The Saxon Pub, and more.

Check out her guidebook, and even she admits it’s only a partial list of all of her favorite Austin spots.

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