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Toasts at Seventh Flag Coffee
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Where to Eat and Drink on South First Street

Toasts, tacos, and gelato in South Austin

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South First Street combines old South Austin flare with modern structures and destinations, which spans into the area’s restaurants. The colorful trucks, welcoming patios, and delicious smells spanning just about every corner make choosing a restaurant or food truck a difficult task.

To make it easier, Eater put together this handy dining guide to eating and drinking along the busy stretch of South First Street. From breakfast tacos at El Primo to fine dining at Lenoir to casual on-the-go meals at The Soup Peddler to excellent cups of coffee from Seventh Flag, this list has it all covered.

For the purposes of this map, this guide focuses only on businesses located right on or near South First Street from the river through highways 290 and 71, encompassing the Bouldin Creek neighborhood. Check out Eater Austin’s other neighborhood dining guides too.

If a favorite South First eatery is missing, let Eater know through the tipline or within in the comments.

With updates by Nadia Chaudhury.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bombay Dhaba

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1207 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(737) 247-4323
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This unassuming food truck serves popular Indian dishes perfect for lunch or dinner. Start with the samosas, opt for the lamb or goat curry as an entrée, and round out the meal with the rasmalai, a milk patty dipped in cream and sprinkled with pistachios. Vegetarian entrees available.

2. Mellizoz Tacos

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1311 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 916-4996
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Permanently parked on South First, this brightly painted food truck offers all-day breakfast tacos, salsas made from scratch, all done in the family tradition. Be sure to try the Padre taco with ancho-pulled pork, avocado, sautéed pineapple, and salsa fresca, which is a sure-fire winner.

Mellizoz’s tacos
Mellizoz’s tacos
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3. Seventh Flag Coffee

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1506 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 596-4477
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Seventh Flag’s goal is to caffeinate South First with stellar cups of coffee and toasts in a converted house with a good porch. 

Coffee from Seventh Flag Coffee
Coffee from Seventh Flag Coffee
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4. Fresa's Chicken al Carbon

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1703 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 992-2946
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Experience classic Mexican chicken al carbón with a twist at this Austin original’s second location. Quesadillas, tacos, and wood-grilled meals anchor the menu’s Mexican roots, while its bowls and sides, like the grilled beets and crispy Brussels sprouts, invite guests to try new, innovative flavors. Plus there are cocktails, a great patio, and excellent ice cream.

Breakfast quesadilla from Fresa’s
Breakfast quesadilla from Fresa’s
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5. Dolce Neve

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1713 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 804-5568
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Dolce Neve serves 12 to 18 different flavors of gelato and sorbets, inspired by Italian traditions and made from locally found ingredients. Be sure to try seasonal flavors like eggnog and malted milk and milk chocolate chips.

Gelato from Dolce Neve
Gelato from Dolce Neve
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6. Lenoir

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1807 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 215-9778
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Hot weather food is the focus of Lenoir. The now-a la carte menu boasts dishes like chilled kombu dashi with ginger chili eggplant and roasted mushrooms, butternut squash fish curry with dried red pepper and spicy peanuts, and chermoula grilled lamb with an apple puree, za’atar zucchini, and pickled cherry bombs. Enjoy the full menu alfresco at the restaurant’s backyard wine garden.

A dish from Lenoir
A dish from Lenoir
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7. Bouldin Creek Cafe

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1900 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 416-1601
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This South Austin spot is a favorite for obvious reasons, offering vegan and vegetarian comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Any dish is a likely winner — even for the carnivore in the group. Tofu scrambles are a good bet.

Grilled focaccia with eggs and portobello bacon
Grilled focaccia with eggs and portobello bacon
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8. Soup Peddler

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501 W Mary St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 444-7687
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Refreshing juices and smoothies, healthy prepared meals, and warm, hearty soups rule at this friendly spot. Perfect for all occasions.

Soup from Soup Peddler
Soup from Soup Peddler
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9. Sugar Mama's Bakeshop

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1905 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 448-3727
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For cupcakes, cookies, and cakes, with vegan and gluten-free offerings, head to Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop. For the perfect afternoon treat, pair the cupcake with a hot coffee.

Cupcake from Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop
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10. Polvo's Mexican Restaurant

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2004 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 441-5446
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The Mexican restaurant is the one to go to for tacos, migas, enchiladas, and margaritas, all the better to enjoy out on the patio.

Polvos’ queso
Polvos’ queso
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11. El Primo

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2011 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

Eater dubbed this small, cash-only taco truck one of South Austin’s most beloved destinations for breakfast tacos.

12. G's Dynamite Deli

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2312 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 520-9810
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The tiny deli focuses on classic, huge sandwiches both hot and cold like the buffalo chicken salad sandwich or the Carly’s Hot Mess with melty cheese mixture atop turkey, bacon, and vegetables on jalapeno bread.

1. Bombay Dhaba

1207 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

This unassuming food truck serves popular Indian dishes perfect for lunch or dinner. Start with the samosas, opt for the lamb or goat curry as an entrée, and round out the meal with the rasmalai, a milk patty dipped in cream and sprinkled with pistachios. Vegetarian entrees available.

1207 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

2. Mellizoz Tacos

1311 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Mellizoz’s tacos
Mellizoz’s tacos
Mellizoz Tacos/Facebook

Permanently parked on South First, this brightly painted food truck offers all-day breakfast tacos, salsas made from scratch, all done in the family tradition. Be sure to try the Padre taco with ancho-pulled pork, avocado, sautéed pineapple, and salsa fresca, which is a sure-fire winner.

1311 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

3. Seventh Flag Coffee

1506 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Coffee from Seventh Flag Coffee
Coffee from Seventh Flag Coffee
Seventh Flag Coffee/Facebook

Seventh Flag’s goal is to caffeinate South First with stellar cups of coffee and toasts in a converted house with a good porch. 

1506 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

4. Fresa's Chicken al Carbon

1703 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Breakfast quesadilla from Fresa’s
Breakfast quesadilla from Fresa’s
Fresa’s [Official]

Experience classic Mexican chicken al carbón with a twist at this Austin original’s second location. Quesadillas, tacos, and wood-grilled meals anchor the menu’s Mexican roots, while its bowls and sides, like the grilled beets and crispy Brussels sprouts, invite guests to try new, innovative flavors. Plus there are cocktails, a great patio, and excellent ice cream.

1703 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

5. Dolce Neve

1713 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Gelato from Dolce Neve
Gelato from Dolce Neve
Dolce Neve/Facebook

Dolce Neve serves 12 to 18 different flavors of gelato and sorbets, inspired by Italian traditions and made from locally found ingredients. Be sure to try seasonal flavors like eggnog and malted milk and milk chocolate chips.

1713 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

6. Lenoir

1807 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
A dish from Lenoir
A dish from Lenoir
Lenoir/Facebook

Hot weather food is the focus of Lenoir. The now-a la carte menu boasts dishes like chilled kombu dashi with ginger chili eggplant and roasted mushrooms, butternut squash fish curry with dried red pepper and spicy peanuts, and chermoula grilled lamb with an apple puree, za’atar zucchini, and pickled cherry bombs. Enjoy the full menu alfresco at the restaurant’s backyard wine garden.

1807 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

7. Bouldin Creek Cafe

1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Grilled focaccia with eggs and portobello bacon
Grilled focaccia with eggs and portobello bacon
Bouldin Creek Cafe/Facebook

This South Austin spot is a favorite for obvious reasons, offering vegan and vegetarian comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Any dish is a likely winner — even for the carnivore in the group. Tofu scrambles are a good bet.

1900 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

8. Soup Peddler

501 W Mary St, Austin, TX 78704
Soup from Soup Peddler
Soup from Soup Peddler
Soup Peddler/Facebook

Refreshing juices and smoothies, healthy prepared meals, and warm, hearty soups rule at this friendly spot. Perfect for all occasions.

501 W Mary St
Austin, TX 78704

9. Sugar Mama's Bakeshop

1905 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Cupcake from Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop
Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop/Facebook

For cupcakes, cookies, and cakes, with vegan and gluten-free offerings, head to Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop. For the perfect afternoon treat, pair the cupcake with a hot coffee.

1905 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

10. Polvo's Mexican Restaurant

2004 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Polvos’ queso
Polvos’ queso
Polvos/Facebook

The Mexican restaurant is the one to go to for tacos, migas, enchiladas, and margaritas, all the better to enjoy out on the patio.

2004 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

11. El Primo

2011 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

Eater dubbed this small, cash-only taco truck one of South Austin’s most beloved destinations for breakfast tacos.

2011 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

12. G's Dynamite Deli

2312 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

The tiny deli focuses on classic, huge sandwiches both hot and cold like the buffalo chicken salad sandwich or the Carly’s Hot Mess with melty cheese mixture atop turkey, bacon, and vegetables on jalapeno bread.

2312 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

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