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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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Whole Foods Market

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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.

Biderman's Deli

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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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P. Terry's Burger Stand

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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
Chris Olfers

Malibu Poke

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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]

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.

A spread of salads and grain bowls from Cava, arranged on a dark grey background.
Dishes from Cava
Cava [Official]

Flower Child

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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
Flower Child/Facebook

Easy Tiger

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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

Soup Peddler Real Food & Juice Bar

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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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Tacodeli

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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
Tacodeli/Facebook

Patika Luncheonette

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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.

Fareground

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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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Las Trancas

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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
Las Trancas/Facebook

Royal Blue Grocery

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

Shake Shack

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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

Whole Foods Market

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.

Biderman's Deli

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
Biderman’s Deli/Facebook

P. Terry's Burger Stand

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
Chris Olfers

Malibu Poke

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]

Cava

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.

A spread of salads and grain bowls from Cava, arranged on a dark grey background.
Dishes from Cava
Cava [Official]

Flower Child

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
Flower Child/Facebook

Easy Tiger

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

Soup Peddler Real Food & Juice Bar

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
Soup Peddler/Facebook

Tacodeli

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
Tacodeli/Facebook

Patika Luncheonette

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.

Fareground

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
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

Las Trancas

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
Las Trancas/Facebook

Royal Blue Grocery

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

Shake Shack

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

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