SXSW: Where to Eat in Central ATX

A culinary guide for navigating your way through the city, from a casual Ethiopian spot to a classic burger joint.

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
Location: Central
Categories: Tried & True, Comfy Cafes, Sweet Tooth

Thai Noodle House
Quiet, cozy Thai cafe
2602 Guadalupe, 512-494-1011
Location: Central
Category: Cheap Eats

Thai Spice
Thai and sushi campus-area hangout
2100 Guadalupe, 512-482-8919
thaispiceaustin.com
Location: Central
Categories: Late Night

34th Street Cafe
Quiet, low-key spot that still charms the locals
1005 W. 34th, 512-371-3400
34thstreetcafe.com
Location: Central
Category: Tried and True

Threadgill’s (Old No. 1)
Classics done right; famous Austin live music joint
6416 N. Lamar, 512-451-5440
threadgills.com
Follow @threadgills
Location: Central
Category: Tried & True

Torchy’s Tacos (Guadalupe)
Cheap and tasty tacos
2801 Guadalupe, 512-494-8226
torchystacos.com
Follow  @TorchyTaco
Location: Central
Categories: Cheap Eats

Toy Joy Cafe
Vegan soft serve and sweets inside funky local toy store
2900 Guadalupe, 512-320-0090
toyjoy.com
Location: Central
Categories: Veggie Delight, Sweet

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