10 Best Places to Eat in Austin During SXSW, Breakfast to Dinner

One of the best things about Austin, and there are many, is its appreciation for great food. From barbecue to Mexican, there is something for every palate. Here are my top 10 picks.


Joe's Coffe and Congress Avenue Grocery - two perfect spots for SXSW breakfast
Joe’s Coffe and Congress Avenue Grocery – two perfect spots for SXSW breakfast.

Joe’s Coffe
📌242 West 2nd Street

As I hear from my coffee loving friends, Joe’s has the best coffee in town. It also has many options for breakfast (tacos, omelets and such) but I loved their oatmeal with an added bowl of fresh fruit. After many burgers and omelets, it was a welcome change.

Congress Avenue Grocery
📌227 Congress Street

The best-kept secret of SXSW! Don’t be discouraged by the look of the place, it has the best tacos I ever tried (and still think about). At first, you may not be certain if you are entering a gallery, a grocery store, or a coffee shop, but that is what gives this place charm. You only have tacos to choose from and I recommend choosing two, the one with black beans and white cheese and the one with eggs and cheese. You won’t regret it!


Casino El Camino
📌517 East 6th Street

Bonus Tip: Food Trucks!

Food Trucks SXSWAnother best-kept secret of SXSW are food truck that you can find parked around Austin Convention Center. There is also a food truck court nearby and you can find everything from burgers and Asian food to avocados and Maine lobsters (yay!).

First, it’s not really a casino. 🙂 There is a sign in front that says “World-Famous Burgers”. They more than live up to the promise. The burgers have been featured on Food Network and have won Best Burger Awards locally for several years. We tried both the burgers and hot-dogs and every bite was incredibly tasty. Glowing recommendations!

📌404 East 6th Street

Second best burgers in Austin but still awesome! A jackrabbit with antelope antennas and one of the mythical creatures of North Americal folklore, Jackalope is as unique as this rock & roll dive bar.

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Il Sol y La Luna
📌600 East 6th Street

Authentic Mexican food. We tried enchiladas with shrimps, followed by the Tres Leches Cake. I got the larger one and it wasn’t as spicy as Mexican food can get. I loved everything! It was a taste that made me happy. #theultimatecompiment Also, if you are a fan of Latin dances, they have a great dance floor and designated nights for tango dancing.

Also, if you are a fan of Latin dances, they have a great dance floor and nights reserved for tango.

Places to eat during SXSW: El Naranjo and its dark mole
Just look how tasty it looks! You will find El Naranjo in Raney Street, one of the must-visits places in Austin.

El Naranjo
📌85 Rainey Street

A bit pricier, authentic Mexican food. We were recommended to try mole, an authentic Mexican sauce. We choose duck breasts with black mole, made from more than 30 spices and plants. It was heavenly prepared and it had an earthy taste that reminds a lot of coffee. While I don’t drink coffee and am not such a big fan of the aroma, my friends were delighted and profess their love for the dark mole to this day.

📌400 East 6th Street

I would describe it as affordable but tasty Tex-Mex. You can find enchiladas, (fish) tacos and margaritas. All that I’ve tried have been a bit spicy though.


📌452 West 2nd Street

Italian food made by Italians. Everything we tried (pizza, arrancina tradizionale, cannoli…) everything was perfect!

On the Wish List

Cuba 512
📌6800 West Gate Blvd

This is one the recommendations we got from a local. Unfortunately, it’s a bit further away from the city center so we did not find the time to visit, so it remains on the wishlist. 🙂

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Sanja Gardasevic
Used to travel in books, now she combines it with real-life adventures. Proud parent of the cutest dog in the world (so, not biased at all). Incorrigible romantic.


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