SXSW: Where to Eat on South Congress

A culinary guide for navigating your way through the city, from a Hawaiian shaved-ice stand to a romantic Italian spot.

Amy’s Ice Creams
Famous local chain with quirky decor and unique flavors
1301 S. Congress, 512-440-7488
amysicecreams.com
Follow @AmysIceCreams
Location: S. Congress
Category: Sweet Tooth

Austin Frigid Frog
Hawaiian shaved ice stand
1219 S. Lamar Blvd, 512-825-6464
Follow @FrigidFrog
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Trailers, Sweet Tooth, Cheap Eats

Big Top Candy Shop
Old-fashioned candy shop with fun decor and hand-jerked sodas and shakes
1706 S. Congress, 512-462-2220
facebook.com/bigtopcandyshop
Follow @BigTopCandyShop
Location: S. Congress
Category: Sweet Tooth

Botticelli’s
Simple Italian; intimate and romantic
1321 S. Congress, 512-916-1315
botticellissouthcongress
Follow @Botticellis1321
Location: S. Congress
Category: Romantic

Chipotle
Burritos, burrito bowls, and tacos
1603 S. Congress
chipotle.com
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Coat and Thai
Funky Thai food trailer
1603 S. Congress, 512-970-2154
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Crepes Mille
Savory and sweet crepes
1318 S. Congress, 512-919-2416
crepesmille.com
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Trailers, Cheap Eats

Enoteca Vespaio
Italian cafe serving pasta and pizza; limited outdoor dining
1610 S. Congress, 512-441-6100
austinvespaio.com
Location: S. Congress
Category: Trendy

Fat Cactus
Southwestern fry breads
1318 S. Congress
fatcactusaustin.com
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Fran’s Hamburgers
Burgers; old-fashioned diner
1822 S. Congress, 512-444-5738‎
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Cheap Eats, Tried & True

Freebirds
Tex-Mex fast food
515 S. Congress, 512-462-3512
freebirds.com
Location: S. Congress
Category: Cheap Eats

Güero’s Taco Bar
Tex-Mex and tacos; popular watering hole
1412 S. Congress, 512-447-7688
guerostacobar.com
Location: S. Congress
Category: Tried & True

Hey Cupcake
Cute cupcakes from an airstream; lots of flavors
1600 S. Congress, 512-476-2253
heycupcake.com
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Trailers, Sweet Tooth, Cheap Eats

Hey You Gonna Eat or What
Sandwiches served with a bad attitude
1318 S. Congress
heyyougonnaeatorwhat.com
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Home Slice Pizza
Casual counter service; small, classic, and unusual pizza
1415 S. Congress, 512-444-7437
homeslicepizza.com
Location: S. Congress
Category: Tried & True

Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Hip spot for designer burgers
1400 S. Congress, 512-243-7505
hopdoddy.com
Location: S. Congress
Category: Trendy

Jo’s (Congress)
Hipster hangout with live music; sandwiches and local coffee
1300 S. Congress, 512-444-3800
joscoffee.com
Location: S. Congress
Category: Tried & True

Magnolia Cafe South
Eclectic 24-hour diner serving American, Tex-Mex, and breakfast; quirky local favorite
1920 S. Congress, 512-445-0000
themagnoliacafe.com
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Late Night, Tried & True, Cheap Eats

The Mighty Cone
Hudson’s on the Bend offshoot; eclectic
1603 S. Congress, 512-383-9609
mightycone.com
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Trailers, Cheap Eats

Ms P’s Electric Cock
Fried chicken goodness
1101 S. Congress, 512-912-7778
electriccock.com
Follow  @MsPelectricCock
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Opal Divine’s Freehouse
International and American pub food
700 W. 6th, 512-477-3308
opaldivines.com
Follow @OpalDivines
Location: Downtown
Categories: Tried & True, Late Night

The Original New Orleans Po-Boy Gumbo Shop
Po-boys, gumbo, and New Orleans–style cooking
1603 S. Congress
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Perla’s
Seafood in an airy space with an aquarium; killer patio
1400 S. Congress, 512-291-7300
perlasaustin.com
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Trendy, Upscale

Pitalicious
Meat, chicken, or vegan Mediterranean pita sandwiches
1603 S. Congress, 512-649-1975
austinpitalicious.com
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Short Bus
Sandwiches and subs in a mini school bus
1603 S. Congress
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Snack Bar
Modern, quirky; tapas and the like
1224 S. Congress, 512-445-2626
snackbaraustin.com
Location: S. Congress
Category: Trendy

South Congress Café
Casual, loud, crowded space; Southwestern fare
1600 S. Congress, 512-447-3905
southcongresscafe.com
Location: S. Congress
Category: Trendy

Southside Pizza
Thin-crust pizza at a South Austin staple
2206 S. Congress, 512-442-4246
southsideflyingpizza.com
Follow @atxflyingpizza
Location: S. Congress
Category: Comfy Cafes

Thai Fresh
Fresh and simple Thai food; cozy cafe
909 W. Mary, 512-494-6436
thai-fresh.com
Follow @ThaiFresh
Location: S. Congress
Category: Comfy Cafes

Trophy’s Bar and Grill
Dive bar and South Austin fixture; live music
2008 S. Congress, 512-447-0969
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Cheap Eats

Vespaio Ristorante
Cool space with a buzzing bar; Italian
1610 S. Congress, 512-441-6100
austinvespaio.com
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Upscale, Trendy, Romantic

Woodland
Hipster hangout; upscale comfort food
1716 S. Congress, 512-441-6800
woodland.com
Location: S. Congress
Category: Trendy

Wurst Tex
Cheap and tasty wieners from a trailer
1603 S. Congress, 512-289-1329
Location: S. Congress
Categories: Cheap Eats, Trailers

Zen
Healthy, local stir-fry chain
1303 S. Congress, 512-444-8081
eatzen.com
Follow @EatZEN
Location: S. Congress
Category: Cheap Eats

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