Restaurants downtown run the gamut. Close to the state capitol and downtown hotels, you'll find restaurants catering to office workers and politicians - think BBQ and chili, plus a few upscale spots. Along 6th Street it's generally more about the drinking than the eating. Rainey Street is home to a cluster of late-night food trucks.

I Scream, You Scream

Short of jumping into Barton Springs, there's no better way to cool off than at Amy's Ice Creams. It's not just the ice cream itself, which, by the way, is smooth, creamy and delightful. It's the toppings – pardon us, crush'ns they call 'em – that get pounded and blended in, violently but lovingly, by staff wielding a metal scoop in each hand. Mexican vanilla bean with fresh strawberries, dark chocolate with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, or mango with jelly beans if that's what you're into. With 15 flavors (rotated from their 300 recipes) and dozens of toppings, ranging from cookies and candy, to fruit or nuts, the combinations aren't endless, but they number too high to count. Look for other locations on Guadalupe St north of the UT campus, on South Congress near all the shops, or at the airport for a last-ditch fix.