SXSW Downtown Dining Guide

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1) Austin Convention Center

500 E. Cesar Chavez
ATX Links, Bohemian Barbecue, Burro Cheese Kitchen, Chi'Lantro BBQ, Coffee House, Hat Creek Burger Company, King's Hawaiian, Mighty Cone, the Peached Tortilla, Southside Flying Pizza, and Wild Bill's Olde Fashioned Soda Pop Co.

2) Iron Works BBQ

100 Red River, 512/478-4855
This unassuming spot serves exactly what most out-of-towners want to eat: Texas barbecue.

3) SouthBites Trailer Park

604 Driskill St.
Art of Tacos, Bowl'd Up, Chi'Lantro BBQ, DFG Noodles, East Side King, Four Brothers, the Happy Lobster, Juice Austin, Lick Honest Ice Creams, Lucky Labs Coffee Company, mmmpanadas, Tamale Addiction, the Waffle Bus, and Wholly Cow Burgers. Open March 10-18, 11am-12mid.

4) G'raj Mahal Cafe *

73 Rainey, 512/480-2255
Tasty Indian specialties in a haute bohemian atmosphere.

5) El Naranjo *

85 Rainey, 512/474-2776
An understated oasis of soulful Interior Mexican cuisine.

6) Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden *

79 & 81 Rainey, 512/386-1656
Adventurous sausage selections are top dog.

7) NO VA Kitchen & Bar

87 Rainey, 512/382-5651
A tip of the hat to the city's favorite comfort foods.

8) Salvation Pizza

51 Rainey, 512/499-0105
New Haven-style "apizza" with fresh Texas ingredients like jalapeño.

9) Emmer & Rye *

51 Rainey #110, 512/366-5530
A grain-forward weekly menu with dim sum service.

10) Geraldine's *

605 Davis, 512/476-4755
Unpretentious cuisine with a rock & roll vibe.

11) Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

303 Red River, 512/236-9599
Down-home fare such as corn-dog shrimp.

12) Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden *

709 E. Sixth, 512/614-4972
Pretzels paired with charcuterie and fine craft beers.

13) Casino el Camino

517 E. Sixth, 512/469-9330
The wait is worth the effort for the Buffalo burger.

14) Chez Nous *

510 Neches, 512/473-2413
Carefully prepared French cuisine in a chill setting.

15) parkside *

301 E. Sixth, 512/474-9898
Beautifully executed surf & turf and a raw bar.

16) The Backspace *

507 San Jacinto, 512/474-9899
A roaring, 1,000-degree-Fahrenheit brick oven fires Neapolitan-style pizza made to order.

17) Downtown Burgers

503 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/476-7100
Surprisingly good burgers and fries.

18) Vince Young Steakhouse *

301 San Jacinto, 512/457-8325
A temple to the greatness of a Longhorn football star that aims higher than the standard steak house.

19) Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

117 San Jacinto, 512/474-4877
The first Texas outlet of this popular chain.

20) TRIO

98 San Jacinto, 512/685-8300
Pastured local meats and seasonal vegetables.

21) The Cedar Door

201 Brazos, 512/473-3712
Austin institution boasting the original Mexican martini.

22) dine

111 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/478-2991
Big flavor from longtime Austin chef David Garrido.

23) Swift's Attic *

315 Congress, 512/482-8842
Inventive small plates and a killer shabby-chic ambience.

24) Counter 3. Five. VII. *

315 Congress #100, 512/291-3327
A tasting table where the chefs run the show.

25) Perry's Steakhouse & Grille

114 W. Seventh, 512/474-6300
Classic Texas steak-house fare and a lengthy wine list in a swanky environment.

26) Roaring Fork

701 Congress, 512/583-0000
High-end cowboy cuisine, from green-chile pork stew to a "Big Ass Burger."

27) The Hideout

617 Congress, 512/476-1313
A casual coffeehouse with beer, wine, sandwiches, and more.

28) Driskill Grill

604 Brazos, 512/391-7162
An elegant dining room with modern American cuisine.

29) 1886 Cafe & Bakery

604 Brazos, 512/391-7066
Award-winning pastries, boozy hot chocolate, and coffee drinks perfect for an after-panel dessert.

30) Papadom

310 Colorado, 512/840-1434
New restaurant from the owners of Star of India offering classic Indian dishes and Indo-Chinese specialties.

31) The Hightower *

1209 E. Seventh, 512/524-1448
Small plates with global influences and a great happy hour.

32) The Silo on Seventh

1300 E. Seventh, 512/524-0866
Enjoy burgers and beer while watching the sunset from the rooftop patio.

33) Takoba

1411 E. Seventh, 512/628-4466
Interior Mexican stalwart with a buzzy brunch.

34) Nasha *

1614 E. Seventh, 512/350-2919
All your Indian favorites, plus a few Texas twists.

35) Gelateria Gemelli

1009 E. Sixth, 512/535-2170
Italian cocktails plus innovative, small-batch gelato.

36) Fukumoto *

514 Medina, 512/770-6880
Classic izakaya with sushi, yakitori, and lots of saké.

37) Ah Sing Den

1100 E. Sixth, 512/467-4280
Cocktails and Pan-Asian food in an opium den-inspired setting.

38) Via 313 *

1111 E. Sixth, 512/939-1927
Square Detroit-style pizza with a serious cult following.

39) Buenos Aires Cafe *

1201 E. Sixth, 512/382-1189
Argentinean classics like empanadas and grilled meats.

40) Licha's Cantina *

1306 E. Sixth, 512/480-5960
Mexican cantina in a refurbished cottage.

41) Kuneho

1600 E. Sixth, 512/436-9626
Haute cuisine from Top Chef winner Paul Qui.

42) East Side King at The Liberty*

1618 E. Sixth, 512/407-8166
Eclectic Asian street food.

43) Tamale House East *

1707 E. Sixth, 512/495-9504
Breakfast tacos all day. 'Nuff said.

44) Wright Bros. Brew & Brew

500 San Marcos St., 512/493-0963
Coffee, craft beer, and limited bites.

45) Yellow Jacket Social Club

1704 E. Fifth, 512/480-9572
A dive bar with surprisingly sophisticated snacks.

* indicates First Plates Food Awards winner

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