SXSW: Where to Eat

The definitive guide on where to grab a hangover taco, a soul-satisfying plate of ’cue, a beautiful piece of sushi, a see-and-be-seen table, a killer margarita, and more.

You are here to see movie premieres, tweet about the next big thing in the digital arena, and listen to the Boss give a keynote speech that will kick off a whirlwind of jam sessions. But remember that in between panel discussions and late-night shows, you need to eat. Lucky for you, Austin is rife with places to sit down and enjoy a good meal. We’ve combed the city and produced an exhaustive list of notable restaurants that we’ve divided up by category and location to make your life easier. Looking for a place to eat on South Congress? Got it. Want to experience Austin’s trailer scene? Check. Where should you go on the East Side?  Done. Just remember that we like to keep things weird. Bon appétit.

CENTRAL

Amy’s Ice Creams
Famous local chain with quirky decor and unique flavors
3500 Guadalupe, 512-458-6895
amysicecreams.com
Follow @AmysIceCreams
Location: Central
Categories: Sweet Tooth, Late Night

Aster’s Ethiopian Restaurant
Casual, Ethiopian
2804 I-35N, 512-469-5966
astersethiopian.com
Location: Central
Category: Comfy Cafes

Asti Trattoria
Neighborhood Italian spot; modern decor and open kitchen
408 E. 43rd, 512-451-1218
astiaustin.com
Follow @Asti_Trattoria
Location: Central
Category: Trendy

Austin Land & Cattle
Warm, relaxed steakhouse
1205 N. Lamar Blvd, 512-472-1813
austinlandandcattlecompany.com
Location: Central
Category: Upscale

Austin’s Pizza
Local pizza and beer joint
2324 Guadalupe, 512-795-8888
austinspizza.com
Location: Central
Category: Casual

Blanton Café
Light American fare inside the Blanton Museum of Art
200 Martin Luther King Blvd, 512-471-5482
blantonmuseum.org
Location: Central
Category: Trendy

Burger Tex II
Famous burgers and bulgogi, casual student spot
2912 Guadalupe, 512-477-8433
burgertex.com
Location: Central
Categories: Cheap Eats, Tried & True

The Carillon
Upscale dining on the edge of the UT campus
1900 University Ave, 512-404-3655
thecarillonrestaurant.com
Follow @CarillonAustin
Location: Central
Category: Upscale

Chango’s Taqueria
Fresh handmade tacos, salads, and drinks
3023 Guadalupe, 512-480-8226
changos.com
Location: Central
Category: Comfy Cafes

Chedd’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese
Grilled sandwiches; huge cheese selection
4601 N. Lamar Blvd, 512-323-0989
chedds.com
Location: Central
Category: Comfy Cafes

Counter Culture
Vegan and raw foods trailer
120 E. North Loop/Ave F
countercultureaustin.com
Location: Central
Categories: Trailers, Veggie Delight, Cheap Eats

Crave
Thai and sushi campus-area hangout
2100 Guadalupe, 512-482-8919
Location: Central
Categories: Late Night

Daily Juice
Juices, smoothies, and raw food
4500 Duval, 512-380-9046
dailyjuice.org
Location: Central
Category: Veggie Delight

Dirty Martin’s Place
Greasy old-fashioned burgers
2808 Guadalupe, 512-477-3173
dirtymartins.com
Location: Central
Categories: Cheap Eats, Tried & True

Dolce Vita
Hyde Park gelato and espresso bar
4222 Duval, 512-323-2686
dolcevitaaustin.com
Location: Central
Category: Sweet Tooth

Fabi + Rosi European Kitchen
Cool cottage; outdoor dining; bistro
509 Hearn, 512-236-0642
fabiandrosi.com
Location: Central
Categories: Upscale, Romantic, Trendy

Fino
Modern, outdoor lounge scene; tapas
2905 San Gabriel, 512-474-2905
astiaustin.com/fino
Location: Central
Category: Trendy

Five Guys Burgers & Fries
Classic burgers and sandwiches
3208 Guadalupe, 512-452-4300
fiveguys.com
Location: Central
Categories: Cheap Eats

Flying Falafel and Po-Boys
Mediterranean fare and sandwiches
2001 Guadalupe, 512-494-1400
flyingfalafelaustin.com
Location: Central
Categories: Cheap Eats, Comfy Cafes

F.N. Goode Burgers
Specialty burger cart behind Woodrow’s
2610 Guadalupe, 512-663-1146
Location: Central
Categories: Trailers, Cheap Eats

FoodHeads
Specialty sandwiches; outdoor patio
616 W. 34th, 512-420-8400
foodheads.com
Location: Central
Categories: Veggie Delight, Tried & True

Galaxy Cafe (Triangle)
Modern American in a sleek and comfortable setting
46th & Guadalupe, 512-323-9494
galaxycafeaustin.com
Location: Central
Categories: Trendy, Comfy Cafes

Hot Slices
Campus-area pizza joint
2530 Guadalupe, 512-322-9499
Location: Central
Categories: Cheap Eats

House Pizzeria
Casual; homemade root beer; unusual toppings
5111 Airport Blvd, 512-600-4999
housepizzeria.com
Location: Central
Category: Comfy Cafes

Hyde Park Bar & Grill
Casual Hyde Park mainstay with Southern offerings
4206 Duval, 512-458-3168
hydeparkbarandgrill.com
Location: Central
Category: Comfy Cafes

Kerbey Lane Cafe (West Austin)
24-hour American, Tex-Mex, and breakfast; famously huge pancakes
3704 Kerbey Ln, 512-451-1436
kerbeylanecafe.com
Location: Central
Categories: 24 Hour, Late Night, Comfy Cafes, Tried & True

Kerbey Lane Cafe (University)
24-hour American, Tex-Mex, and breakfast; famously huge pancakes
2606 Guadalupe, 512-477-5717
kerbeylanecafe.com
Location: Central
Categories: 24 Hour, Late Night, Comfy Cafes, Tried & True

Madam Mam’s
Students flock to this Thai spot
2514 Gudalupe, 512-472-8306
madammam.com
Location: Central
Category: Tried & True

Magnolia Cafe
Eclectic 24-hour diner serving American, Tex-Mex, and breakfast; quirky local favorite
2304 Lake Austin Blvd, 512-478-8645
themagnoliacafe.com
Location: Central
Categories: Late Night, Tried & True, Cheap Eats

Mama Fu’s (Triangle)
Casual pan-Asian diner
4615 N. Lamar, 512-637-6773
mamafus.com
Follow @mamafus
Location: Central
Category: Comfy Cafes

Mandola’s Italian Market
Feel-good Italian served inside a small grocery
4700 W. Guadalupe, 512-419-9700
mandolasmarket.com
Location: Central
Category: Tried & True

The Mellow Mushroom
Pizza, calzone, and sandwich chain; casual student hangout
2426 Guadalupe, 512-472-6356
mellowmushroom.com
Location: Central
Follow @MellowMushroom
Location: Central
Category: Tried & True

Mother’s Cafe & Garden
Local vegetarian and vegan favorite with a bright, leafy garden room
4215 Duval, 512-451-3994
motherscafeaustin.com
Location: Central
Category: Veggie Delight

The Parlor (Hyde Park)
Punk-rock pizza dive and bar
4031 Guadalupe, 512-323-0440
Location: Central
Categories: Veggie Delight, Cheap Eats

Pei Wei Asian Diner
Pan-Asian chain with counter service
12901 I-35N, 512-691-3060
peiwei.com
Location: Central
Category: Comfy Cafes

Pita Pit (Guadalupe)
Fresh pitas and wraps; chain; delivery available
2350 Guadalupe, 512-474-7482
pitapitusa.com
Location: Central
Category: Tried & True

Red River Cafe
Small casual diner
2912 Medical Arts, 512-472-0385
Location: Central
Category: Comfy Cafes

Ruby’s BBQ
Barbecue in a relaxed, rustic space near UT
512 W. 29th, 512-477-1651
rubysbbq.com
Location: Central
Category: Comfy Cafes

Russell’s Bistro
Refined, cozy bistro and bakery
1601 W. 38th, 512-467-7877
russellsbistro.com
Location: Central
Category: Romantic

Spiderhouse Café
Coffee, full bar, and light meals; hip student hangout with lots of character
2908 Fruth, 512-480-9562
spiderhousecafe.com
Location: Central
Categories: Comfy Cafes, Trendy, Late Night

Sushi Niichi
Quaint, UT-area sushi and Japanese
705 W. 24th, 512-469-0499
sushiniichi.com
Location: Central
Category: Comfy Cafes

Tacodeli (Central)
Local favorite for tasty tacos; wide variety
4200 N. Lamar, 512-419-1900
tacodeli.com
Follow @TacoDeli
Location: Central
Category: Comfy Cafes

Teo
Authentic gelato and espresso; bright and cozy plus a patio
1206 W. 38th, 512-451-9555
caffeteo.com
Follow @TeoGelato
Location: Central
Category: Sweet Tooth

Texas French Bread
Local bakery and favorite lunch spot also serving seasonal dinners
2900 Rio Grande, 512-499-0544
texasfrenchbread.com
Follow @TXFrenchBread

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