The 31st annual SXSW (South by Southwest Conference) is officially underway here in Austin, Texas and we’re happy to host the world’s leading music, film and interactive event.
Each year, over 51,000 people converge on Austin to attend the conference and festival. The music event alone houses over 2,200 musical acts from all over the world. Plus, if you are lucky, you might see a few Hollywood celebrities floating among the crowds.
After a day of listening to the coolest bands or keynote speakers, you may be wondering where to find the best places to grab some grub. Well, I have your guide to dining out SXSW style.
24 Diner (6th and Lamar) – Home to the fried chicken waffle! Need I say more? A massive battered chicken breast that covers an entire brown sugar waffle. It is super delicious and perfect for any meal. The best part is, they are open 24 hours a day!
Kerby Lane (2606 Guadalupe near UT and other locations) – By far, the best queso you will ever consume. (For the uninitiated, queso is melted cheese with tomatoes and peppers and it’s served with tortilla chips.) Get the Kerby Queso. It’s a bowl of ooey gooey goodness and has a dollop of pico de gallo and quacamole in the middle. Served best with a short stack of pancakes or migas. Like 24 diner, this Austin favorite will satisfy your taste buds 24/7.
Chi’Lantro Korean BBQ (Locations vary) – Korean, what? Yes, you heard it right. By far, one of the top food trucks in Austin and now in brick and mortar as well. Spicy Fries are a must try. Covered in Korean peppers and garlic sauce, the French fry will never be the same. As they say, you can’t visit Texas without getting some good ole barbecue, Korean style.
Bufalina (East Side) – Specializing in Neapolitan pizza and cooked in a brick oven that was imported from Italy, Bufalina is one of the most talked-about pies in Ausitn. Did I mention that the mozzarella is made in-house and the menu changes daily? Buon Appetito!
Odd Duck (1201 South Lamar) – Open for lunch and dinner, this former Austin food truck, now restaurant, is home to many Austin foodies. The menu features culinary delights such as fish tacos with bacon, a pretzel kolache and even mustard see tater tots. Open during the week until 10pm and weekends until 11pm.
If you’re visiting Austin for SXSW or any other occasion, I hope you find this guide useful. As the saying goes, “Welcome to Austin, just don’t move here.” (Just kidding!)