The CliffNotes of Austin Food & Drink: A Guide for SXSW Goers

9 Mar

My highlights whether it’s their food, notoriety, cocktails, or just its pop culture lure

24 Diner – (6th & Lamar) – Gratifying southern comfort food by Season 9 Top Chef cheftestant, Andy Curren

Alamo Drafthouse (6th Street & multiple locations) – How ‘bout dinner and a movie? Entertainment Weekly named Alamo the best theater in the country

Baby A’s (1628 Barton Springs Rd.)Potent purple margaritas have you seeing pink elephants

Barley Swine (2024 S. Lamar) – Bryce Gilmore, named one of the Top 10 Chefs by Food & Wine magazine – delectable small plates, which I describe as PERFECTION.

Bess Bistro(500 W. Sixth Street) – Sandra Bullock’s basement bistro

Congress (200 Congress) – Named Bon Appétit‘s top 10 new restaurants in America

Contigo – (2027 Anchor Lane) In Top 10 of Texas Monthly’s Where to Eat in 2012

Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden (709 E. Sixth) – Season 9 Top Chef Cheftestant, Andy Curren’s new venture

El Arroyo (1624 W. 5th Street) – This local Tex-Mex restaurant is not just famous for being mentioned in the lyrics of Pat Green’s popular song Carry On, but their marquee sign has entertained the Austin masses for years with its sometimes controversial humorous blurbs.

Food Trailers – A blog for another day, though a couple are mentioned – Food trailers have blanketed the city and are emerging with spectacular innovative foods.

Frank (4th & Colorado) – Hot dog lounge featured on a recent Google commercial

Franklin Barbecue – (900 East 11th Street)Named Best BBQ in America by Bon Appétit magazine, did I mention it’s a trailer?

Gourdough’s (1503 S. 1st) – Eat yourself into a self-induced sugar coma with these heavenly gourmet donuts. Also featured on No Reservations.

Home Slice – (1415 S. Congress) – A little slice of New York in the ATX

Hult Hut (3825 Lake Austin Blvd.) – This lakeside restaurant definitely has its allure with a menu of food items described as “Tiki-Tex-Mex” and outdoor bars perfect for kicking back and watching the sunset on Lake Austin.

Juan in A Million (2300 E. Cesar Chavez) – Man vs. Food’s Adam Richman’s stomach was no match for their “Don Juan El Grande Taco Challenge.” Is yours?

Kerbey Lane (multiple locations) & Magnolia Café (multiple locations) – Both local eateries serving up everything from gingerbread pancakes to queso to late night diners.

Lambert’s Downtown Barbecue (401 W. 2nd Street) Located in the newly emerging 2nd Street District, this barbecue joint offers some savory pulled pork and other palatable dishes including their mac ‘n cheese.

Perla’s Seafood & Oyster Bar (1400 S. Congress)Also featured on No Reservations, this SoCo decked restaurant offers freshly flown in seafood daily.

Salt Lick (18300 FM 1826) – Worth the off the beaten path excursion to Driftwood, TX – BBQ done right!

Top Notch Hamburgers (7525 Burnet Rd.) – An old fashioned drive-in restaurant where some scenes of Richard Linklater’s cult classic, Dazed and Confused were filmed.

Trudy’s (multiple locations) – Knock you on a** Best Mexican Martini

Uchi (801 S. Lamar) – Try contemporary Japanese dishes from James Beard Award-winning Chef, Tyson Cole.

Uchiko (4200 N. Lamar) – Executive Chef & Top Chef Winner, Paul Qui created exquisite looking cuisine on the show, now see what he can do in his Austin kitchen.

This is does not even begin to showcase the many other worthwhile restaurants here in the Live Music Capitol. This is just a mere snapshot.

Happy Dining!

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One Response to “The CliffNotes of Austin Food & Drink: A Guide for SXSW Goers”

  1. Erica Tracy Robinson March 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM #

    Great ideas! I would also add that the Irie Bean Coffee Bar on S. Lamar has a FREE music lineup from 2-6PM on Saturday 3/17.
    Also, Raf and I went to Alamo Drafthouse the other night and were severely dissapointed. Ever since they started growing/franchising, the service is super-poor and it’s super-crowded. It’s usually a great experience so try you’re luck if you’re interested.

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