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How Questlove Ate His Way Through SXSW

Barbecue was involved.

Questlove at Wu Chow
Questlove at Wu Chow
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Questlove, the musician, producer DJ, and noted food enthusiast, spent some time in Austin this weekend for SXSW, as did most of the world. He’s already a fan of the food down here, recently praising East Side King’s fried chicken sandwich. Here is a rundown of where he ate during his short time in the city, from Dai Due to Wu Chow.

Dai Due

Questlove enjoys Dai Due and Jesse Griffiths so much that he included the butcher shop and restaurant in his upcoming book. During his recent meal, he tried pastry chef Abby Love’s buttermilk grits pie.

Sam’s BBQ

He went back to his favorite barbecue joint Sam’s BBQ, which he compared to Freddie's BBQ from House of Cards. Last year, he told SXSW attendees that he asked his taxi driver to take him to the best barbecue in Austin, and he ended up at the East Austin joint.

Wu Chow

THen he set up shop during Wu Chow's dim sum brunch on Sunday, where he played an entirely Wu Chow-themed set. Wu Chow owner CK Chin shared that he asked Questlove if he would be interested in playing a set several years ago, because he "wanted to have that cool old school SXSW vibe where it seems so random and magical."


Questlove chimed in to say he also dined at the "magical" Uchi during his time here.

Wu Chow

500 West 5th Street, , TX 78701 (512) 476-2469 Visit Website

Sam's Bar-B-Que

1110 South Bascom Avenue, , CA 95128 (408) 297-9151 Visit Website

Dai Due

2406 Manor Road, , TX 78722 (512) 524-0688 Visit Website