SXSW: Where to Eat on the East Side

A culinary guide for navigating your way through the city, from a hipster hangout to a vegetarian grocery.

Blue Dahlia
Romantic European bistro; some organic ingredients
1115 E. 11th, 512-542-9542
bluedahliabistro.com
Follow @BlueDahliaATX
Location: East Side
Category: Trendy

Buenos Aires Café East
Limited Argentine menu; revamped small storefront
1201 E. 6th, 512-382-1189
buenosairescafe.com
Follow @BuenosAiresCafe
Location: East Side
Category: Romantic

Cheer Up Charlie’s
Homemade chocolates and vegan food cart
1104 E. 6th, 512-431-2133
Location: East Side
Categories: Trailers, Veggie Delight, Cheap Eats

Chubby Hug Is Happy Fun Noodle Time
Late-night noodles and vegetarian options
E. 6th & Waller, 512-323-6180
Follow @ChubbyHug
Location: East Side
Categories: Trailers, Late Night, Cheap Eats

Contigo
Hipster hangout; outdoor venue offering small plates and upscale comfort food
2027 Anchor Ln, 512-614-2260
contigotexas.com/Austin
Follow @ContigoAustin
Location: East Side
Category: Trendy

East Side King
Quirky
1618 1/2 E. 6th
eastsidekingaustin.com
Location: East Side
Categories: Cheap Eats, Trailers

East Side Pies Pizzeria
Indie pizza with gourmet toppings
1401 B Rosewood Ave, 512-524-0933
eastsidepies.com
Location: East Side
Categories: Cheap Eats, Tried & True

East Side Show Room
Unique fusion of restaurant and old-style theater; changing menu
1100 E. 6th, 512-467-4280
eastsideshowroom.com
Location: East Side
Category: Late Night

Eastside Cafe
Tiny cottage with a big garden; gluten-free menu
2113 Manor Rd, 512-476-5858
eastsidecafeaustin.com
Location: East Side
Category: Veggie Delight

El Chile Eastside
Hip, interior Mexican fare; bright and comfortable with outdoor deck
1809 Manor Rd, 512 457-9900
elchilecafe.com
Location: East Side
Category: Trendy

El Chilito (East)
Fresh tacos, light meals, and agua fresca; quick and friendly
2219 Manor Rd, 512 382-3797
elchilito.com
Location: East Side
Category: Trendy

Franklin Barbecue
Friendly barbeque joint with outdoor seating; awesome brisket
900 E. 11th, 512-653-1187
franklinbarbecue.com
Follow @FranklinBBQ
Location: East Side
Category: Comfy Cafes

Gourmands
Gourmet sandwiches served in a pool hall run by locals
2316 Webberville Rd, 512-610-2031
lovetheysandwich.com
Location: East Side
Categories: Comfy Cafe, Cheap Eats, Late Night

Hoover’s Cooking
Hearty, traditional Southern comfort food in a casual diner
2002 Manor Rd, 512-479-5006
hooverscooking.com
Location: East Side
Categories: Comfy Cafes, Tried & True

Hot Mama’s Espresso Bar and Café
Coffee and wine bar; light American; live music
2401 E. 6th, 512 476-6262
hotmamasaustin.com
Location: East Side
Categories: Comfy Cafes, Trendy

Joe’s Mexican Food
Bakery, coffee shop, and cheap Tex-Mex
2305 E. 7th, 512-472-0017
Location: East Side
Category: Cheap Eats

Juan in a Million
Famous breakfast tacos and Tex-Mex
2300 E. Cesar Chavez, 512-472-3872
juaninamillion.com
Location: East Side
Categories: Cheap Eats, Tried & True

Justine’s
Hip; French
4710 E. 5th, 512-385-2900
justines1937.com
Location: East Side
Category: Trendy

Karibu
Ethiopian offerings; friendly service
1209 E. 7th, 512-320-5454
ethiopianrestaurantaustin.com
Location: East Side
Category: Veggie Delight

Live Oak Barbecue
Meats served on butcher paper
2713 E. 2nd, 512-524-1930
liveoakbbq.net
Location: East Side
Category: Cheap Eats

Lucky J’s Chicken and Waffles
Southern soul food truck
E. 6th & Waller, 512-296-9914
Location: East Side
Categories: Trailers, Cheap Eats, Late Night

Mi Madre’s
Famous breakfast tacos; family-friendly Tex-Mex
2201 Manor Rd, 512-322-9721
mimadresrestaurant.com
Follow  @mimadres
Location: East Side
Categories: Cheap Eats

Mr. Natural (East)
Casual vegetarian Tex-Mex and grocery
1901 E. Cesar Chavez, 512-477-5228
mrnatural-austin.com
Location: East Side
Category: Veggie Delight

Nubian Queen Lola’s
Homemade comfort and Cajun food; communal tables
1815 Rosewood Ave, 512 474-5652
Follow @NubianQueenCafe
Location: East Side
Category: Comfy Cafes

Rio Rita
Swanky coffee shop and lounge; snacks
1308 E. 6th, 512-524-0384
riorita.net
Location: East Side
Category: Comfy Cafes

Sam’s BBQ
Quintessential barbeque joint with late-night service (open until 3 a.m.) on Fridays and Saturdays
2000 E. 12th, 512-478-0378
Location: East Side
Categories: Cheap Eats, Late Night

Thunderbird Coffee
Hipster coffee bar with drinks and panini
2200 Manor Rd, 512 472-9900
thunderbirdcoffee.com
Location: East Side
Category: Comfy Cafes

Uncorked Tasting Room
Sophisticated wine bar serving eclectic New American
900 E. 7th, 512-524-2809
uncorkedtastingroom.com
Location: East Side
Categories: Romantic, Late Night

Victory Grill
Classic soul food in Austin’s oldest blues club
1104 E. 11th, 512 322-9344
historicvictorygrill.org
Location: East Side
Category: Tried & True

Vivo Cocina Mexicana
Colorful, fun spot with a nice patio; classic Tex-Mex, margaritas
2015 Manor Rd, 512-482-0300
vivo-austin.com
Location: East Side
Category: Trendy

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