What America Looks Like: Austin, Texas

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In Austin, Texas, a man plays guitar near various food trucks parked in the South Congress neighborhood. Residents enjoy a meal at the outdoor tables provided. One establishment visible in the background sells "fine sausage sandwiches." A basic hot dog starts at $4.50. The Buckwurst, a mix of smoked venison and pork, costs $6.50. The "exotic" fare is even pricier: for $7.50, patrons can get the "Predator and Prey" sandwich with sausage that is a combination of "rattlesnake and rabbit with a hint of jalapeno." You know what they say: "Keep Austin weird."  

Previously in this series: Venice Beach, California. Western Georgia. Cincinnati, Ohio.  Birmingham, Alabama. Clarksdale, Mississippi. New York, New York. The border between Arizona and Nevada. Detroit, Michigan. Key West, Florida. Portland, Oregon. Boston, Massachusetts.

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Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.

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