Where to Eat in Austin During SXSW and Year-Round, by Neighborhood

March 17, 2015

By: Stephanie Keller

Downtown/Dirty 6th Street

Within the Downtown area, some of the time-tested favorites are still the way to go for a decent meal, although I have to say the SouthBites temporary group of food trailers, including local favorites like Veracruz All Natural and Kebablicious makes me pretty excited. Over by the music clubs on Red River like Stubbs and the Mohawk you can duck into Casino El Camino for an excellent burger and a break from the slew of shot bars on Dirty 6th. Moving West, Parkside is an oasis of relative sanity with fresh oysters and gourmet garlic fries, as is the adjacent Backspace, which offers brick oven pizza in a quaint space just out of sight. The Driskill Bar is sure to be quite the scene, but the menu is great, service professional and it has all the cowhide an out-of-towner could hope to take in during one visit. Swift's Attic has strong drinks and a whimsical array of plates in all sizes and across the street, Second Bar + Kitchen has a large space and long bar that has something for everyone including some next-level Brussels sprouts with mint, feta and smoked bacon served in a cast iron skillet.

  • 315 Congress Ave.
  • Austin, TX 78701
  • 512.482.8842

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