Rock, Then Nosh

ACL Aftershow Eats

Rock, Then Nosh
Photo by John Anderson

If You're Downtown (Brazos Hall, Stubb's, Parish, Holy Mountain)

Kebabalicious This trailer fave caters to late-night crowds looking for something to soak up the party, and the fluffy flat bread wraps do the trick. They come packed with tender, succulent meat or falafel and abundant tangy cucumber tzatziki sauce. Lighter fare includes hummus with pita triangles and a Turk salad. 450 E. Seventh, 512/468-1065.

Johnnye's Cool couple David and Laurel make sure that their rib-stickin' Buffalo chicken, waffle fries, fresh greens, fried okra, and LGBT-allied concoction Gay-fil-A sandwich live up to the trailer's namesake: Dave's East Texas grandma, Johnnye Beth. Located on Holy Mountain's back patio, open 'til 1:30am Fri.-Sat. 617 E. Seventh, 512/943-2985.

Gourdough's Serves "big. fat. donuts." with a variety of fillings, from the savory (fried chicken and honey butter) to the diabetic-coma-inducing sweet (marshmallow with chocolate fudge icing, topped with fudge-brownie candy). 522 E. Sixth.

Hoboken Pie Provides walk-up and Downtown delivery service, and pizza options (sold by the slice or the whole pie) including soy and rice cheeses for the vegans among us. Good East Coast-style pizzas and great garlic knots, serve 'til 3am. 718 Red River, 512/477-4256.

Second Bar + Kitchen Second may be Congress' more casual kid sib, but the food's just as good. Bold flavors and iconoclastic taste combinations make for a cosmopolitan take on traditional bar fare. The pizza bianco is inspired, and the grilled steaks are perfectly seasoned. Open 'til 2am Fri-Sat. 200 Congress, 512/827-2750.

Easy Tiger
Easy Tiger (Photo by John Anderson)

Thai Passion An Asian oasis in the mayhem of Downtown, this sit-down gem serves legit Thai cuisine into the wee hours. Try the Tom Yum Firepot or the green curry. Open 'til 3am every day. 620 Congress #105, 512/472-1244.

Casino El Camino 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. 517 E. Sixth, 512/469-9330.

El Sol y la Luna Savory enchiladas, restorative soup, and mighty migas accompany live music and a full bar. Open 'til 1am Fri-Sat. 600 E. Sixth, 512/444-7770.

Easy Tiger This split-level bake shop and beer garden – both open 'til 2am – boasts handcrafted breads, house-cured meats, and a lovingly curated beer menu. Go big with the house-made bologna on a pain au lait bun with pickles, mustard, and fried eggs. 709 E. Sixth, 512/614-4972.

If You're in the Warehouse District (Lamberts, Haven)

Lamberts The first of Larry McGuire's still-growing empire marries the low and simple style of traditional barbecue with the high style of Downtown dining. The bar menu, offered 11am 'til "late," bounces from wild boar ribs and Gulf oysters to deviled eggs and Frito pie. 401 W. Second, 512/494-1500.

Rock, Then Nosh
Photo by John Anderson

Frank The late-night menu (served 10pm-2am, Wed.-Sat.; 10-12mid, Sun.-Tue.) offers a dozen different kinds of dogs, from a classic chili-cheeser to the Jackalope (smoked antelope, rabbit, and pork sausage, sweetened with cranberry compote and spiced with Sriracha aioli). Feel a hangover coming on? Consider the Canadian waffle poutine as a preventative measure. 407 Colorado, 512/494-6916.

Chi'lantro The first Mex-Korean truck in the ATX still makes the best bulgogi tacos and kimchi fries in the city. And if you get the burger, by all means get the optional fried egg. Parks in the Fifth & Colorado vicinity 9:15pm-3am on the weekends, with another truck at the corner of Seventh & Trinity. 512/800-9098.

24 Diner If you're hoofing it, this'll be a bit of a hike, but there's no rush: 24 Diner never closes. The "chef-inspired comfort food" includes chicken & waffles, heavenly burgers, around-the-clock breakfast, and meat loaf. Don't forget about the milkshakes. 600 N. Lamar, 512/472-5400.

If You're on East Riverside (Antone's, Emo's)

Buzz Mill Their Sunday $5 all-you-can-eat flapjacks are Babe the Blue Ox legendary. Beyond the weekend, this hipster Fort Wilderness holds the perfect cabin fever for hot coffee, stiff drinks, and cool company, 24/7. 1505 Town Creek, 512/912-9221.

888 Pan Asian Cuisine Vietnamese and standard Chinese perched on the hill in Studentville. You'll find traditional dishes seldom seen elsewhere, as well as Asian fusion creations with Thai and Chinese influences. Delicious and inexpensive, open 'til 2am Fri-Sat. 2400 E. Oltorf Ste. 1-A, 512/448-4722.

El Pollo Rico Here's what you need to know: Whole chicken. Mexican coke. Green sauce. Closes at 11pm. 1945 E. Oltorf, 512/444-7426; 1717 Pleasant Valley #280, 512/326-1886.

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