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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Be More Pacific Filipino Kitchen and Bar

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7858 Shoal Creek Blvd
Austin, TX 78757

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
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2. Barley Swine

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6555 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78757

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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3. The Peached Tortilla

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5520 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78727
(512) 222-8781
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The restaurant outpost of this beloved food truck features a full bar and expanded menu of Asian-Southern fusion dishes.

4. Epicerie

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2307 Hancock Dr
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 371-6840

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.

5. Quality Seafood

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5621 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 454-5827

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

6. Foreign & Domestic

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306 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 459-1010
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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.

7. Uncle Nicky's Italian Specialties

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4222 Duval St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 650-8373
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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.

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

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1900 Simond Ave
Austin, TX 78723
(737) 212-1876
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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
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

9. Texas French Bread

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2900 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 499-0544
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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.

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

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2002 Manor Rd.
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 479-5006
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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?

11. Aviary Wine & Kitchen

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2210 South lamar
Austin, TX 78704

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

12. Papalote Taco House

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2803 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 804-2474
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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.

13. Jack Allen's Kitchen

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7720 W Highway 71
Austin, TX 78735
(512) 852-8558

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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14. Sichuan River

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4534 West Gate Blvd
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 892-6699
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Craving Chinese? Try Sichuan River’s take way off the normal beaten path in Westgate.

15. Pieous

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166 Hargraves Dr h
Austin, TX 78737
(512) 394-7041
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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.

16. Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

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11500 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 221-4248
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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.

Breakfast tacos from Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ. [Photo: Nick Solares/E]
Nick Solares/E

1. Be More Pacific Filipino Kitchen and Bar

7858 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin, TX 78757
Dishes from Be More Pacific
Dishes from Be More Pacific
Be More Pacific [Official]

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.

7858 Shoal Creek Blvd
Austin, TX 78757

2. Barley Swine

6555 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757
Barley Swine
Barley Swine
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

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.

6555 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78757

3. The Peached Tortilla

5520 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78727

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

5520 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78727

4. Epicerie

2307 Hancock Dr, Austin, TX 78756

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.

2307 Hancock Dr
Austin, TX 78756

5. Quality Seafood

5621 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Quality Seafood
Quality Seafood
Raymond Thompson/EATX

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.

5621 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

6. Foreign & Domestic

306 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751

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.

306 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751

7. Uncle Nicky's Italian Specialties

4222 Duval St, Austin, TX 78751
Dishes from Uncle Nicky’s
Dishes from Uncle Nicky’s
Consumable Content

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.

4222 Duval St
Austin, TX 78751

8. L'Oca D'Oro

1900 Simond Ave, Austin, TX 78723
L’Oca D’Oro
L’Oca D’Oro
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

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.

1900 Simond Ave
Austin, TX 78723

9. Texas French Bread

2900 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705
Texas French Bread’s breads
Texas French Bread’s breads
Texas French Bread/Facebook

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.

2900 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78705

10. Hoover's Cooking

2002 Manor Rd., Austin, TX 78722

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?

2002 Manor Rd.
Austin, TX 78722

11. Aviary Wine & Kitchen

2210 South lamar, Austin, TX 78704
Aviary Wine & Kitchen
Aviary Wine & Kitchen
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

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.

2210 South lamar
Austin, TX 78704

12. Papalote Taco House

2803 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

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.

2803 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

13. Jack Allen's Kitchen

7720 W Highway 71, Austin, TX 78735
Jack Allen’s Kitchen
Jack Allen’s Kitchen
Raymond Thompson

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.

7720 W Highway 71
Austin, TX 78735

14. Sichuan River

4534 West Gate Blvd, Austin, TX 78745

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

4534 West Gate Blvd
Austin, TX 78745

15. Pieous

166 Hargraves Dr h, Austin, TX 78737

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.

166 Hargraves Dr h
Austin, TX 78737

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16. Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

11500 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745
Breakfast tacos from Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ. [Photo: Nick Solares/E]
Nick Solares/E

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.

11500 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78745

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