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Where to Eat in Austin to Avoid SXSW Madness

Dine well while dodging the festival madness

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South by Southwest (SXSW) consumes the city, and Austinites either love or hate it. What everyone can agree on is that dining out is really hard during that time. Here is Eater’s updated guide with restaurant suggestions outside of the city’s crowded, very-branded centers (downtown, east side, Rainey, South Lamar, South Congress), offering great meals without the hassle. You might just remember why you love living in this town.

If you’ve got friends in town for the conference asking you “Where should I eat now?” direct them to Eater’s SXSW guides for more dining and drinking ideas

Looking to avoid SXSW with drinks? Eater has you covered over here. For other dining suggestions, look to the Eater Austin 38 essential restaurants and the heatmap. If you are SXSWing, check out the rest of Eater’s .

With updates by Erin Russell.

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Be More Pacific Filipino Kitchen and Bar

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Be More Pacific is doing its part to bring Filipino cuisine to Austin, first through a food truck and now through its restaurant location. Take a break from the festival and from Austin's heavy rotation of mainstay cuisines with the restaurant's enticing array of dishes.

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Dishes from Be More Pacific
Be More Pacific [Official]

Barley Swine

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Try Bryce Gilmore’s true Texas dishes at the Brentwood restaurant, which has both tasting and a la carte menus, along with a full bar. Don’t skip the desserts, either.

Barley Swine
Barley Swine
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The Peached Tortilla

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The restaurant outpost of this beloved food truck features a full bar and expanded menu of Asian-Southern fusion dishes.

Epicerie

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Epicerie is a grocery/cafe in Rosedale, selling artisan goods and handmade breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner from a French-inspired Cajun menu. Order the beignets.

Quality Seafood

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Quality Seafood is known city-wide for its fresh sea fare, whether you’re looking for a take-home tuna steak or a dine-in po’ boy, fish taco, or fried catfish. Stay a while and grab a cold beer, too.

Quality Seafood
Quality Seafood
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Foreign & Domestic

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This chef-owned restaurant in North Loop is home to farm-fresh local produce, a killer burger, and fun dishes like light Parisian gnocchi. It also offers a nose-to-tail prix fixe menu for adventurous diners.

Uncle Nicky's Italian Specialties

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The all-star team behind Juniper, Nickel City, and Via 313 opened up a casual Italian cafe full of happy hour-friendly bites like Italian breads with various toppings (whipped cod, spicy Calabrian sausages) and stuffed peppers, alongside hearty sandwiches and low-ABV cocktails.

Dishes from Uncle Nicky’s
Dishes from Uncle Nicky’s
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L'Oca D'Oro

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This humble Italian charmer in the Mueller development has become a stable for Italian fare for good reason. Its straightforward and thoughtful approach to rustic cuisine allow simple ingredients to shine.

L’Oca D’Oro
L’Oca D’Oro
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Texas French Bread

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The neighborhood bistro serves up a thoughtful menu full of house-made breads, excellent meats (burger made with Texas wagyu beef, pan-seared trout), and vegetables galore, alongside a stellar wine list.

Texas French Bread’s breads
Texas French Bread’s breads
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Hoover's Cooking

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Soothe your SXSW-addled soul with some of Austin’s best Southern and soul food at Manor Road restaurant Hoover’s. Chicken fried steak solves everything, right?

Aviary Wine & Kitchen

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The South Lamar wine restaurant is an ideal spot to spend a calm afternoon with friends, a bottle of wine, and a rotating selection of cheese and charcuterie.

Aviary Wine & Kitchen
Aviary Wine & Kitchen
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Papalote Taco House

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The stellar taco spot is far enough south that few will venture down that far. It has great tacos, and a liquor license. For those staying north of the river, there is a second location, too.

Jack Allen's Kitchen

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Chef Jack Gilmore’s locally sourced, Southern-inspired restaurant mini-chain Jack Allen’s Kitchen is a great destination for a lively, filling meal without the downtown mess. There are also locations out in Round Rock, 360, and West Anderson Lane.

Jack Allen’s Kitchen
Jack Allen’s Kitchen
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Sichuan River

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Craving Chinese? Try Sichuan River’s take way off the normal beaten path in Westgate.

Take a wander out in the southwesterly direction to Pieous in Belterra Village, which specializes in pies sweet and savory. It also bakes all of the bread in-house, and cures artisanal meats, with beer and wine on tap. Plus, there is the on-site Pie-é-tea with baked goods made from the same pizza dough, and coffee.

Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

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Barbecue and Tex-Mex combine at this highly acclaimed far south barbecue and taco truck, which boasts massive tacos including the popular Real Deal Holyfield with a fried egg, potatoes, refried beans, bacon, and brisket.

A tray of six tacos, each filled with a slice of bacon, brisket, and fried eggs.
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ. [Photo: Nick Solares/E]
Nick Solares/E

Be More Pacific Filipino Kitchen and Bar

Be More Pacific is doing its part to bring Filipino cuisine to Austin, first through a food truck and now through its restaurant location. Take a break from the festival and from Austin's heavy rotation of mainstay cuisines with the restaurant's enticing array of dishes.

Dishes from Be More Pacific
Dishes from Be More Pacific
Be More Pacific [Official]

Barley Swine

Try Bryce Gilmore’s true Texas dishes at the Brentwood restaurant, which has both tasting and a la carte menus, along with a full bar. Don’t skip the desserts, either.

Barley Swine
Barley Swine
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

The Peached Tortilla

The restaurant outpost of this beloved food truck features a full bar and expanded menu of Asian-Southern fusion dishes.

Epicerie

Epicerie is a grocery/cafe in Rosedale, selling artisan goods and handmade breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner from a French-inspired Cajun menu. Order the beignets.

Quality Seafood

Quality Seafood is known city-wide for its fresh sea fare, whether you’re looking for a take-home tuna steak or a dine-in po’ boy, fish taco, or fried catfish. Stay a while and grab a cold beer, too.

Quality Seafood
Quality Seafood
Raymond Thompson/EATX

Foreign & Domestic

This chef-owned restaurant in North Loop is home to farm-fresh local produce, a killer burger, and fun dishes like light Parisian gnocchi. It also offers a nose-to-tail prix fixe menu for adventurous diners.

Uncle Nicky's Italian Specialties

The all-star team behind Juniper, Nickel City, and Via 313 opened up a casual Italian cafe full of happy hour-friendly bites like Italian breads with various toppings (whipped cod, spicy Calabrian sausages) and stuffed peppers, alongside hearty sandwiches and low-ABV cocktails.

Dishes from Uncle Nicky’s
Dishes from Uncle Nicky’s
Consumable Content

L'Oca D'Oro

This humble Italian charmer in the Mueller development has become a stable for Italian fare for good reason. Its straightforward and thoughtful approach to rustic cuisine allow simple ingredients to shine.

L’Oca D’Oro
L’Oca D’Oro
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

Texas French Bread

The neighborhood bistro serves up a thoughtful menu full of house-made breads, excellent meats (burger made with Texas wagyu beef, pan-seared trout), and vegetables galore, alongside a stellar wine list.

Texas French Bread’s breads
Texas French Bread’s breads
Texas French Bread/Facebook

Hoover's Cooking

Soothe your SXSW-addled soul with some of Austin’s best Southern and soul food at Manor Road restaurant Hoover’s. Chicken fried steak solves everything, right?

Aviary Wine & Kitchen

The South Lamar wine restaurant is an ideal spot to spend a calm afternoon with friends, a bottle of wine, and a rotating selection of cheese and charcuterie.

Aviary Wine & Kitchen
Aviary Wine & Kitchen
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

Papalote Taco House

The stellar taco spot is far enough south that few will venture down that far. It has great tacos, and a liquor license. For those staying north of the river, there is a second location, too.

Jack Allen's Kitchen

Chef Jack Gilmore’s locally sourced, Southern-inspired restaurant mini-chain Jack Allen’s Kitchen is a great destination for a lively, filling meal without the downtown mess. There are also locations out in Round Rock, 360, and West Anderson Lane.

Jack Allen’s Kitchen
Jack Allen’s Kitchen
Raymond Thompson

Sichuan River

Craving Chinese? Try Sichuan River’s take way off the normal beaten path in Westgate.

Pieous

Take a wander out in the southwesterly direction to Pieous in Belterra Village, which specializes in pies sweet and savory. It also bakes all of the bread in-house, and cures artisanal meats, with beer and wine on tap. Plus, there is the on-site Pie-é-tea with baked goods made from the same pizza dough, and coffee.

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Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

Barbecue and Tex-Mex combine at this highly acclaimed far south barbecue and taco truck, which boasts massive tacos including the popular Real Deal Holyfield with a fried egg, potatoes, refried beans, bacon, and brisket.

A tray of six tacos, each filled with a slice of bacon, brisket, and fried eggs.
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ. [Photo: Nick Solares/E]
Nick Solares/E

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