I’m headed to South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, for the first time this week, and am quite excited. I’ve been wanting to visit Austin for quite a while, and see SXSW on top of it. Of course, I cannot be expected to endure such complete geekery without proper food so did some asking around for good restaurant/food suggestions. I received three so far from Joe Johnston, a local foodie and restauranteer who is very familiar with the Austin area.
Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, TX.
Southside Market and Bar-B-Q in Elgin, TX. Told to try the hot sausage.
Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que in Llano, TX. I thought this might be too long of a drive, but looking at the Yelp reviews, I gotta check this out.
If you have any first hand accounts, add them in. I’ll post updates when I get to try them out!
Via @Jose602: Casino El Camino on Sixth Street for burgers. Tamale House for bfast tacos, Maria’s Taco Xpress for good stuff all around.
(1) The best Thai place EVAR is Madam Mam’s. Two locations: 4514 West Gate, 2514 Guadalupe Street – Tom Khlong soup and Special Beef Panang is SUPERB
(2) Upscale dining: Wink, 1014 N. Lamar Blvd
(3) Great sushi: Uchi, 801 S. Lamar Blvd
My brother has some great reviews on Dishola: http://www.dishola.com/users/view/abidonfood/tab:dishes/tabsub:reviewed
Woo woo! Thank you for the additional suggestions. I like review sites, but nothing beats first hand experience.
Maria’s Taco Xpress, most excellent. Real gospel brunch (not the choreographed House of Blues kind) on Sundays (although you’ll no doubt be conferencing at the time), AKA as “hippie church.” Don’t even have to have old time religion to enjoy the music.
A few wine bars, late night eating and some examples for Madam Mam’s and Uchi: http://farblog.wordpress.com/2008/10/28/austin-binging/
I like Iron Cactus. It’s a nice Mexican food place a few blocks away from the conference center.