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Las Manitas: An Austin classic

Mike meets the owner of local favorite Las Manitas Mexican restaurant

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No visit to Austin would be complete without a visit to Las Manitas, a down-to-earth Mexican diner that is the preferred meeting spot of local politicians, visiting musicians and regular folks. We snagged a booth and a few minutes with Cynthia, one of the owners, to find out what makes this place tick.

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Star sightings

This morning over huevos rancheros, we spotted a three Playboy bunnies (sadly, not The Girls Next Door, but rather the "girls from the rundown apartment around the corner," as Mike put it); Hanson of "MMMBop" fame, all pushing strollers and with a camera crew in tow (one of the Hansons crashed into my elbow, sending coffee all over me and our table–OMG!); and...big finish...all of Vampire Weekend, looking slightly annoyed while waiting on a takeout order, about five minutes after their NPR showcase was supposed to begin at The Parish on Sixth Street.

We also heard from Cynthia, the owner of Las Manitas, who heard from a customer seated at the counter, that Lou Reed and Alejandro Escovedo were playing an unannounced set together this afternoon. We haven't figured out where yet, but if we do, we'll let you know.

Now it's off to (try to) see Sons & Daughters, British Sea Power and, if we can successfully bullshit our way past the velvet rope, Vampire Weekend. Wish us luck!

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