I have been to Austin for 10 SXSW events and countless other times to visit Dell when I was at AOL. Â I consider myself a veteran of SXSW and while I am taking the year off going, I thought I’d share some advise on where to eat in Austin.
- The Driskill, home to the Texas Waffle is the most consistent breakfast place within walking distance.
- Magnolia Cafe South is also a solid place for breakfast. Â Lots of the technorati hang out there.
- Franklin’s BBQ is a must, but you have to get there around 10A. Â Bring friends because you’ll be waiting, but it is worth the wait.
- Casino El Camino is my favorite place on 6th for food. Â Don’t let the outside or inside scare you, go to the back window, order a burger and then take it to their courtyard in the back.
- Juan in a Million is a bit of a trek from the convention center but this place is an institution. Â I usually stop on the way from the airport since it is in between the airport and downtown.
- Going to Salt Lick only counts if you go to the one in Driftwood. Â I’ve never been to the Round Rock, but the airport does not count. Â Salt Lick takes advantage of being the only open pit fire BBQ joint around.
- Serranos is really good Mexican up near the capital. Â The setting is cool too in front of an amphitheater.
- Uchi for sushi is great especially given the location. Â You are guaranteed to always run into someone famous during the SXSW week. Â A couple of years ago I was seated next to Matthew McConaughey.
- Gourdough’s for crazy, awesome donuts. Â Its a food truck usually parked south of the lake.
- This one most visitors miss because it is a local place, but the Broken Spoke is straight out of a movie. Â Many seasons of Friday Night Lights were filmed there. Â Just go there, order a few pitchers of beer and dance to the live music.
- Do an early morning walk up to the Capital. Â You can walk right in and see both chambers.
- Franks, for hot dogs after hours is always a sure way to ease into your inevitable hangover.