So… you’re pumped, you have your short term rental booked, a schedule of shows and parties at the ready, but there’s one thing your are missing… A MUST EAT LIST!
Austin is a foodies paradise and with these local treasures no itinerary is complete without them! This list could literally stretch very long, but we narrowed it down to the top 15 so here it is…
Top 15 places to feast at when you’re not relaxing in your furnished house rental for SXSW:
1 – Texas Chili Parlor
1409 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701
This local dive has the BEST margarita’s and chili in the lone star state! You will not remorse your decision to eat here, unless you have to use the facilities… Their restrooms do have shower curtain dividers, but that is part of the experience. You want to eat good like the locals, go here.
2 – Boulden Creek Cafe
1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Another hidden gem with great fresh, local fare. Perfect for those who appreciate vegetarian and vegan options. There are also meat options, so this will delight everyone in your companies palette.
3 – The Belmont (Brunch)
305 West 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701
A usual hotspot at night with DJ’s and special events, The Belmont offers Sunday brunch at 10:00AM that is to die for! Yes, it is a buffet, but, no it is not your average buffet. Think fresh eggs benedict, fresh, delicious all you can eat bacon, migas, capt’n crunch french toast and fresh fruit. Then you top that off with $1 mimosa’s, patio seating and a DJ and you have the perfect recovery brunch!
4 – Hut’s Hamburgers
807 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703
The basics but better, Hut’s is a long time favorite. An Austin Chronicle 32 time winner, this burger joint is famous for a reason. Awesome daily specials, gluten free buns available, what’s not to like!
5 – Thai Passion
620 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Truly is “food from the heart”. Get away from the madness, without having to venture out of downtown with this tranquil and equally amazing restaurant. Everything is delicious, funny to say but oh so honest. Another great perk, this place is open till 3:00AM. What a way to wind down, or spice up!
6 – Home Slice Pizza
1415 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Who doesn’t like pizza? Especially great pizza! Home Slice is a neighborhood and beyond favorite, with not only great pizza, but great italian sandwiches also. A low-key SOCO atmosphere where you can get a whole pie or by the slice. If and it is probable that Home Slice Pizza is packed, there is More Home Slice right next door, with the same addictive pizza!
7 – La Condesa
400 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701
This one and a few other are on the pricey side, but if you want to go fancy, do so here! Their food is “modern mexican” and it will blow your socks off. The ambiance is high-end and modern, just like everything you put in your mouth. Great drinks as also a crowd pleaser.
8 – Amy’s Ice Cream
6th Street 1012 W. 6th St Austin, TX
3100 S Congress Ave #3A Austin, TX
An Austin staple and no SXSW experience would be complete without a little Amy’s. Many locations around downtown, so there is literally nothing that should keep you away from this fresh, delicious ice cream. Do it!!!
9 – La Barbecue Cuisine Texicana
Think impossibly tender… think east Austin food truck and come to La Barbecue! Ribs, Brisket, Pulled Pork, and Turkey Breast oh my. They open at 11:00Am and stay open until they are sold out, so get here early.
10 – Hoover’s Cooking
2002 Manor Rd. Austin, TX 78722
Home cooking like you would not believe. This 15+ year Austin staple will leave you and your soul full and happy. Not enough good things could be said, just go.
11 – Uchi + Uchiko
801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Bringing flavors and blending foods in a modern and unseen way, these restaurants are worth breaking the checkbook out for and you will have to! Considered contemporary Japanese sushi, the executive chef Tyson Cole brings the sophistication and excitement with every creation and that is really what everything here is.
12 – Burro Cheese Kitchen
1221 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
“Making grilled cheese dreams & love come true!” This food truck, that is actually a really cool converted storage container will revolutionize your grilled cheese assumptions. You have probably heard of an “artisan grilled cheese” before and thought ok that is better than I usually make mine… well times that experience by 100 and you come close to a Burro Cheese Sandwich.
13 – Matt’s Famous El Rancho
2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
A patio that stretches far and wide, this mexican food restaurant would be a great gathering place for you and your friends during the hustle of SXSW. Plenty of room is also a plus, if you have to wait it shouldn’t be too long with the multitude of tables. Now enough about the logistics, lets talk food: the queso, the margs, the fajitas the everything is delish!
14 – Quality Seafood Market
5621 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
The freshest and highest quality seafood is here. Their menu is large and full of greats, a seafood wonderland that has been an Austin original since the 30’s.
15 – Enoteca Vespaio
1610 Congress Ave S, Austin, TX 78704
If you are looking for delicious food, patio dining in your casual lunch or dinner look no further. This Italian restaurant will excite your tongue with the favorite dishes you know well, but with the freshest ingredients and an elevated execution.