food

« March 15, 2013

For Those Late-Night, All-Night Cravings

By Jessi Cape

Justine's Brasserie (4710 E. Fifth) A French bistro with twinkly lights and loads of restoration charm nestled into East Austin offers a full bar and late-night menu including escargot, steak frites, duck confit, daily plates, and a kickass Royale burger.

La Mexicana Bakery (1924 S. First) This 24-hour, family-owned Mexican bakery and diner quenches late night cravings for authentic enchiladas rojas, breakfast tacos, and pan dulce.

24 Diner (600 N. Lamar) A Downtown 24-hour diner next door to Waterloo Records, offering "chef-inspired comfort food," with farm-to-table ingredients (when possible) and a menu stocked with modernized 1950s-era classics, such as milkshakes or chicken and waffles.

Thai Passion (620 Congress) An Asian oasis in the mayhem of Downtown, this gem serves legit Thai cuisine into the wee hours. Try the Tom Yum Firepot or the green curry and thank me later.

Kebabalicious (Seventh & Congress, Long Center SXSW Food Court) This trailer boasts a simple but scrumptious menu of Turkish wraps stuffed with a choice of Middle Eastern-style meats or falafel plus accoutrements like tzatziki and hummus. Can't decide? Go with the Spoiled Brat.

Magnolia Cafe (2304 Lake Austin Blvd.; 1920 S. Congress) Everything about Magnolia screams Austin. No matter the time or the group of weirdos you're with, the menu spreads the love: from Love Veggies to Love Migas to the Tony Burger.

Kerbey Lane (five locations) The quintessential Austin diner serves fresh and delicious grub and embraces all that is our quirky community. Kerbey specializes in many seasonal and local menu items with vegan options: nachos, pancakes, sandwiches, and more.

Texas Chili Parlor (1409 Lavaca) A treasure with a cult following, this spot was immortalized by Guy Clark. They still have the Mad Dog Margarita and a whole slew of other tasty dishes, including an entire menu section dedicated to their chili: XXX, veggie, Frito Pie, and more.

Casino El Camino (517 E. Sixth) Keeping the best parts of dark and surly pub life alive and well, their famous burgers, famous jukebox, and plenty of booze make the wait worth every minute.

Thunder Heart Bison Trailer (1104 E. Sixth) This East Austin ranch-to-trailer spot embodies Austin's support for local, sustainable, and humane food, with grass-fed bison tacos, burgers, tater-tot nachos, chili, and more.

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