SXSW: Austin Dining From Yawn Till Dawn

Some late-night lifesavers to keep you well-fed in the wee hours of SXSW


Magnolia Cafe

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.

24 Diner

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.

Epoch Coffee

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
Mrs. Johnson's Bakery (Photo by John Anderson)

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.

Bennu Coffee

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!

Ken's Donuts

2820 Guadalupe. Cash only; ATM available. Donuts or doughnuts, Ken's has them round the clock, along with an 81-cent cup of coffee.




Waffle House

The places you know and frequent, all of them the same as they ever were, even here in little ol' Austin.


Las Cazuelas

Sam's BBQ
Sam's BBQ (Photo by John Anderson)

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.

Sam's BBQ

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.

Thai Passion

620 Congress (daily, till 3am) Great Thai food, and it's available until 3am! Who would have thunk it?

The Onion

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.

Hoboken Pie

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.

The Belmont

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.

888 Vietnamese

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.

Opal Divine's

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.

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