Food Bloggers Share Picks on Where to Eat in Austin if You're Attending SXSW
Over the next few weeks, literally thousands of bloggers, techies, film-makers, and musicians will be descending on Austin, Texas, for the SXSW Music, Film, and Interactive Festival which runs from March 13-22 this year. I doubt all these folks are as food-obsessed as I am, but since I'm going to SXSW as part of a panel about food blogging, I've been checking for weeks to find the "don't miss" places for good food in Austin.
I know three food bloggers with ties to Austin, and they've been happy to share opinions about where and what to eat, so here are Austin restaurant picks from Homesick Texan Lisa Fain, Anna Ginsberg from Cookie Madness who lives in Austin, and Addie Broyles, a food writer for the Austin American-Statesman who blogs about food at Relish Austin. If any BlogHer readers have favorite Austin restaurants to share as well, please chime in with a comment!
Photo of Frito Pie from Slashfood
Group Picks for Great Eating in Austin:
After I asked my three Austin food experts to send me their restaurant ideas, I was amazed how little overlap there was on the lists, so I thought it was worth spotlighting places that got mentioned more than once. Lisa and Addie both included Shady Grove, with Lisa remarking that the Frito-Pie-in-a-Bag here is not to be missed, while Addie says Shady Grove is a great watering hole. Another place that made more than one list is Home Slice Pizza, which Anna calls "the home of Austin's best pizza." Then there's La Condesa, a relatively new Mexican restaurant that Addie says had "everyone in town buzzing," even before it opened. Also dishing up Austin's brand of Tex-Mex cuisine is Chuys, a place with Elvis Presley-inspired decor, and famous for being where one of the Bush twins got busted for fake I.D. Another classic Austin place is Jo's Coffee, which Anna says is "great for eating alone or for a casual lunch."
Five Austin Restaurant Picks from Lisa:
- ~Magnolia Cafe is a place Lisa calls "a classic," (and if you want to try Migas in the Morning, this is where you can get them)
~For burgers, Lisa picks Hills Cafe (with an exclamation point after the recommendation!)
~Lisa loves breakfast tacos, and in Austin she recommends Maria's Taco Xpress. (Warning: don't enter that site unless you like Texas music!)
~If you want barbecue, drive to Lockhart and visit Kreuz Market or Black's BBQ, and don't ask for sauce, Lisa says.
~For classic Texas Chicken Fried Steak Lisa goes to Tony's Southern Comfort, which she calls "chicken fried steak heaven" and a place where "you can get your fill of black-eyed peas, okra, and cheese grits as well."
Five Austin Restaurant Picks from Anna:
- ~Anna likes Trio in the Four Seasons Hotel which she says has a great sommelier, and says "be sure to order the French fries with rosemary, shallots, and garlic."
~Bess Bistro is a place Anna describes as having "an eclectic menu with choices that are usually above-average." (It's also owned by a famous actress, and I'm going to let you discover by yourself who that is. Hmm, famous actress who lives in Austin, Texas; this should not be difficult.)
~Anna says "everyone recommends" East Side Cafe, which has a menu that ranges from steak to vegetarian choices.
~Sushi lovers won't want to miss Uchi, which Anna calls "a great place for people watching" and this place is also recommended by Food and Wine.
~Anna says the drive through the hill country to Llano for barbecue "is gorgeous" and when she gets there she'd pick Coopers or for barbecue downtown, try Stubbs or Green Mesquite.
Five Austin Restaurant Picks from Addie:
~Addie likes the food at Somnios, which she describes as "a fantastic BYOB places that features almost entirely local ingredients."
~South Austin Trailer Park and Eatery is a collection of food trailers where Addie says Torchy's Tacos is "much loved" and she also recommends the companion trailer Shuggies for "delicious po' boys and burgers."
~For "the best of many cupcake eateries" in Austin, try Sugar Mama's Bakeshop (also picked by Rachel from Cupcakes Take the Cake.)
~For lunch Addie loves Koriente on seventh where she says "try the bulgogi!"
~If you've over-indulged on barbecue or Tex-Mex and want some lighter fare, Leaf is recommended for salads.
More About Texas Food or the Austin Food Scene:
- ~from Homesick Texan, The Essence of Tex-Mex
~Top 12 Austin Restaurants picked by Austin360.com (mostly upscale places)
~Alaina Browne at A Full Belly talks about Austin Eats
~Where to Eat in Austin from Serious Eats
~Food-Related Events at SXSW from Addie at Austin360.com
Kalyn Denny shares her passion for low-glycemic cooking at Kalyn's Kitchen. She's excited to be participating at SXSW as part of a panel on foodblogging that also includes Rachel from Cupcakes Take the Cake, Zach from Midtown Lunch, Kathy from Not Eating Out in New York, and Addie from Relish Austin.