SXSW: Austin Dining From Yawn Till Dawn
Some late-night lifesavers to keep you well-fed in the wee hours of SXSW
1920 S. Congress, 2304 Lake Austin Blvd. A stalwart of the ATX late-dining scene, with all of the munchie bases covered and servers with snap.
Kerbey Lane Cafe
3704 Kerbey Lane; 2700 S. Lamar; 2606 Guadalupe; 12602 Research; 4301 William Cannon The place that started it all, with local, fresh produce. Full menu covering all of the cravings, even for vegans. Reasonable prices and reliable service.
600 N. Lamar A diner with chef-inspired comfort food and quasi-typical diner fare, all made from great ingredients.
Star Seeds Cafe
3101 N. I-35 The little diner with attitude; step out of line, and you'll know about it. Reliably delish comfort food at great prices.
221 W. North Loop An offspring of Mojo's, Epoch carries East Side Pies pizza slices and Upper Crust Bakery pastries, and gosh darn it, sometimes you really want a steaming bowl of oatmeal when you're toasted.
Mrs. Johnson's Bakery
4909 Airport (starts cooking at 8:40pm) For decades, every ATX stoner has had wet dreams about these right-out-of-the-grease doughnuts, still dripping with glazed sugar and too hot to touch. They melt in your mouth.
2001 E. MLK Bennu not only has superb coffee, but it carries all sorts of goodies from some of Austin's best spots.
La Mexicana Bakery
1924 S. First Mexican sweets, pastries, and savories too. ¡Muy sabrosa!
2820 Guadalupe. Cash only; ATM available. Donuts or doughnuts, Ken's has them round the clock, along with an 81-cent cup of coffee.
The places you know and frequent, all of them the same as they ever were, even here in little ol' Austin.
1701 E. Cesar Chavez (Mon.-Thu., till 12mid; Fri.-Sun., till 3:30am) Mexican food from Potosi at really great prices along with friendly service.
2000 E. 12th (Sun.-Thu., till 2am; Fri.-Sat., till 3am) Smart food for Austin's musicians for decades, Sam's is the friendliest barbecue joint this side of the Mississippi. Sounds weird, but be sure to get some mutton. It'll rock your world.
620 Congress (daily, till 3am) Great Thai food, and it's available until 3am! Who would have thunk it?
408 Brazos (Tue.-Sun., till 3am) Always hot, fresh pizza, whether you get a whole pie (you can call ahead) or by the slice.
El Sol y la Luna
Sixth and Red River (Fri.-Sat., till 2am) Fresh and healthy Tex-Mex with some regional dishes thrown in for good measure.
Seventh and Red River (daily, till 2:30am) Good East Coast-style pizzas, great garlic knots, and delivery late.
4710 E. Fifth (daily, till 2am) A hipster's heaven with a great mixology bar and French food from the '50s.
305 W. Sixth (Mon.-Wed., till 12mid; Thu.-Sat., till 2am) Pricey food of great quality and incredible drinks, with phenomenal people-watching.
T&S Chinese Restaurant
10014 N. Lamar (Wed.-Sun., till 1am) A go-to spot for Hong Kong-style seafood and dim sum.
2400 E. Oltorf (Mon.-Sat., till 2am) Vietnamese and standard Chinese perched on the hill in studentville.
Casino el Camino
517 E. Sixth (daily, till 2am) One of the best burgers in one of the coolest bars. Takes time, but very worth it.
Dog & Duck Pub
406 W. 17th (late-night menu till 2am) Great snacks, burgers, and pub grub, with fantastic beer selections.
The Freehouse: 700 W. Sixth; Penn Field: 3601 S. Congress; Marina: 12709 MoPac One of the best-stocked Austin bars, with nice nibbles and burgers. The Freehouse and Penn Field kitchens are open till 2am Friday-Saturday.