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Where to Eat On-the-Go During SXSW in Austin

Fast, portable dining options, from burgers to grain bowls to salads

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With all the madness of South by Southwest (SXSW) going on in Austin, there’s often not time to sit down to eat before dashing off to the next panel/concert/film. These convenient options near SXSW venues are fast, reliable, and easily consumed on-the-go (or while standing in line) if needed.

Get a taste of local flavor with the ever-popular P. Terry’s burger stand — the veggie burger is particularly popular, even among carnivores. Downtown Austin food hall Fareground offers a convenient way to try Austin favorites without all the formality. For those who have had too much barbecue and breakfast tacos, the smoothies at Soup Peddler, grain bowls at Cava, or poke from Malibu Poke will be a welcome change of pace.

Pro-tip: many of these restaurants offer online preorders for pick-up orders, so cut that wait time in half by planning ahead.

For more dining and drinking ideas, check out the rest of Eater’s SXSW coverage.

With updates by Nadia Chaudhury.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Whole Foods Market

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525 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 542-2200
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The flagship of the Austin-based grocery store has an array of restaurants within (including all-vegan Next Level Burger and a dedicated taco station) in addition to its grab-and-go buffet.

2. Biderman's Deli

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Entrance on E 8th St, 800 Brazos St #215
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 712-5100
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Bagels and sandwiches can be found at the daytime shop, like Taylor ham/eggs/cheese, lox, and Reubens,

Biderman’s Deli’s Reuben sandwich
Biderman’s Deli’s Reuben sandwich
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3. P. Terry's Burger Stand

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515 Congress Ave #130
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 473-8722
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It’s hard to beat the burgers, veggie burgers, and shakes at this local fast food restaurant. Conveniently, there’s a location downtown and one on Barton Springs Road.

P. Terry’s burger and fries
P. Terry’s burger and fries
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4. Malibu Poke

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211 Walter Seaholm Dr LR 115
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 609-8510
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In the western downtown area is the stellar poke spot with vegetable and sauce-filled bowls of tuna, salmon, chicken, or tofu.

Poke from Malibu Poke Malibu Poke [Official]

5. Cava

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515 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 256-8002
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The winner of Eater’s Bowl Bowl is the build-your-own Mediterranean bowl chain. The Congress Avenue location features grain bowls, pitas, and salads. From the base, add a spread like crazy feta or hummus, proteins like falafel or spicy lamb meatballs, and top with veggies.

Dishes from Cava
Dishes from Cava
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6. Flower Child

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500 W 2nd St #133
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 777-4132
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Get lighter food to go at healthy restaurant chain Flower Child, including wraps, salads, and lots of sides (including gluten-free mac and cheese).

Flower Child’s burrito bowl
Flower Child’s burrito bowl
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7. Easy Tiger

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709 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 614-4972
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If there’s not enough time to wait for a table for sausage and pretzels at this beer garden, grab a quiche or baked good from the street-level bakery.

Easy Tiger’s pretzel
Easy Tiger’s pretzel
Vanessa Escobedo Barba

8. Soup Peddler Real Food & Juice Bar

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205 W 3rd St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 444-7687
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The quick-and-easy chain made its way into downtown Austin, bringing forth juices, smoothies, soups, salads, and grilled cheese sandwiches.

Soups from Soup Peddler
Soups from Soup Peddler
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9. Tacodeli

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301 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 601-6631
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Easy new-school tacos can be found at the very convenient centrally located restaurant from the Austin chain.

Tacodeli’s breakfast tacos
Tacodeli’s breakfast tacos
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10. Patika Luncheonette

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100 Congress Ave Suite 125
Austin, TX 78701

The favorite South Austin coffee shop opened a casual daytime cafe in the middle of downtown Austin with simple breakfast dishes, sandwiches, salads, and soups during the weekdays.

11. Fareground

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111 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

This gorgeous food hall is truly representative of some of Austin’s best restaurants: there’s tacos at Dai Due Taqueria, sushi and ramen from Ni-Kome, Israeli food at TLV, sandwiches and pasta at Italic, bowls and cookies at Henbit, and rotisserie chicken and sides from Contigo. Dine in the airy interior or on the grassy hill outside or take it to-go.

Fareground
Fareground
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12. Las Trancas

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1210 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 701-8287
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This easy taco stand on the east side has a simple but delicious menu of tacos and fast service.

Taco from Las Trancas
Taco from Las Trancas
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13. Royal Blue Grocery

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51 Rainey St #120
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 480-0061
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The neighborhood grocery store (which has several locations downtown) comes in handy when grabbing quick snacks or sandwiches.

14. Shake Shack

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1100 S Lamar Blvd #2100
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 717-0430
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There’s rarely a line at the Austin location of the New York burger chain. Grab a juicy burger and thick concrete shake to power through the day.

Shake Shack’s burger
Shake Shack’s burger
Shake Shack/Facebook

1. Whole Foods Market

525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

The flagship of the Austin-based grocery store has an array of restaurants within (including all-vegan Next Level Burger and a dedicated taco station) in addition to its grab-and-go buffet.

525 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

2. Biderman's Deli

Entrance on E 8th St, 800 Brazos St #215, Austin, TX 78701
Biderman’s Deli’s Reuben sandwich
Biderman’s Deli’s Reuben sandwich
Biderman’s Deli/Facebook

Bagels and sandwiches can be found at the daytime shop, like Taylor ham/eggs/cheese, lox, and Reubens,

Entrance on E 8th St, 800 Brazos St #215
Austin, TX 78701

3. P. Terry's Burger Stand

515 Congress Ave #130, Austin, TX 78701
P. Terry’s burger and fries
P. Terry’s burger and fries
Chris Olfers

It’s hard to beat the burgers, veggie burgers, and shakes at this local fast food restaurant. Conveniently, there’s a location downtown and one on Barton Springs Road.

515 Congress Ave #130
Austin, TX 78701

4. Malibu Poke

211 Walter Seaholm Dr LR 115, Austin, TX 78703
Poke from Malibu Poke Malibu Poke [Official]

In the western downtown area is the stellar poke spot with vegetable and sauce-filled bowls of tuna, salmon, chicken, or tofu.

211 Walter Seaholm Dr LR 115
Austin, TX 78703

5. Cava

515 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Dishes from Cava
Dishes from Cava
Cava [Official]

The winner of Eater’s Bowl Bowl is the build-your-own Mediterranean bowl chain. The Congress Avenue location features grain bowls, pitas, and salads. From the base, add a spread like crazy feta or hummus, proteins like falafel or spicy lamb meatballs, and top with veggies.

515 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

6. Flower Child

500 W 2nd St #133, Austin, TX 78701
Flower Child’s burrito bowl
Flower Child’s burrito bowl
Flower Child/Facebook

Get lighter food to go at healthy restaurant chain Flower Child, including wraps, salads, and lots of sides (including gluten-free mac and cheese).

500 W 2nd St #133
Austin, TX 78701

7. Easy Tiger

709 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Easy Tiger’s pretzel
Easy Tiger’s pretzel
Vanessa Escobedo Barba

If there’s not enough time to wait for a table for sausage and pretzels at this beer garden, grab a quiche or baked good from the street-level bakery.

709 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

8. Soup Peddler Real Food & Juice Bar

205 W 3rd St, Austin, TX 78701
Soups from Soup Peddler
Soups from Soup Peddler
Soup Peddler/Facebook

The quick-and-easy chain made its way into downtown Austin, bringing forth juices, smoothies, soups, salads, and grilled cheese sandwiches.

205 W 3rd St
Austin, TX 78701

9. Tacodeli

301 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Tacodeli’s breakfast tacos
Tacodeli’s breakfast tacos
Tacodeli/Facebook

Easy new-school tacos can be found at the very convenient centrally located restaurant from the Austin chain.

301 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

10. Patika Luncheonette

100 Congress Ave Suite 125, Austin, TX 78701

The favorite South Austin coffee shop opened a casual daytime cafe in the middle of downtown Austin with simple breakfast dishes, sandwiches, salads, and soups during the weekdays.

100 Congress Ave Suite 125
Austin, TX 78701

11. Fareground

111 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Fareground
Fareground
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

This gorgeous food hall is truly representative of some of Austin’s best restaurants: there’s tacos at Dai Due Taqueria, sushi and ramen from Ni-Kome, Israeli food at TLV, sandwiches and pasta at Italic, bowls and cookies at Henbit, and rotisserie chicken and sides from Contigo. Dine in the airy interior or on the grassy hill outside or take it to-go.

111 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

12. Las Trancas

1210 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Taco from Las Trancas
Taco from Las Trancas
Las Trancas/Facebook

This easy taco stand on the east side has a simple but delicious menu of tacos and fast service.

1210 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

13. Royal Blue Grocery

51 Rainey St #120, Austin, TX 78701

The neighborhood grocery store (which has several locations downtown) comes in handy when grabbing quick snacks or sandwiches.

51 Rainey St #120
Austin, TX 78701

14. Shake Shack

1100 S Lamar Blvd #2100, Austin, TX 78704
Shake Shack’s burger
Shake Shack’s burger
Shake Shack/Facebook

There’s rarely a line at the Austin location of the New York burger chain. Grab a juicy burger and thick concrete shake to power through the day.

1100 S Lamar Blvd #2100
Austin, TX 78704

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