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Where to Eat Downtown During Formula One Weekend

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This weekend Austin will be taken over by the second annual Formula One United States Grand Prix. The Circuit of the Americas track is not exactly in restaurant heaven, but downtown is flooded with F1 specials and events, including, perhaps, giant bags of Doritos. The Fan Fest includes the Cadillac Cafe, which will feature chefs from Garrido's, Sway, the Bonneville, and more. Beyond those options, Eater has mapped out the various F1 culinary enticements around downtown, as well as some recommendations for spots for race fans off the beaten path.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bess Bistro

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500 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 477-2377
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Bess is celebrating their seventh anniversary and F1 weekend with a prix fixe dinner Saturday night, and a party starting at 10pm with special cocktails, including a "McLaren."

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2. Parkside

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301 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-9898
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This swank downtown restaurant is offering a Johnnie Walker Flight for F1. Thirty-five dollars gets 1oz each of the Johnnie Walker Black, Johnnie Walker Platinum, Johnnie Walker Blue.

3. W Austin

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200 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 542-3600
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The W Austin is really, really excited about their COTA Flame cocktail, which was specially created for F1 weekend. It features many local Texas ingredients and a flamed orange peel.

4. Mulberry

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360 Nueces St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 320-0297
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Mulberry will be hosting a lamb roast on Sunday, November 17. Their post-race party runs from 4-10 pm featuring food, drinks and music on the patio.

5. TAPASITAS Tapas & Bar

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800 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 436-9633
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Newly launched Tapasitas in the old Bar Mirabeau space, isn't running any specials, but their 'global tapas' menu is generating buzz, and they're still under the radar enough to offer a good chance of snagging a seat.

6. Hut's Hamburgers

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807 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 472-0693
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Like cars that go fast but not so into the fancy-pants atmosphere? Soothe your scruffy soul with a burger and a beer at this Austin landmark.

7. Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

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81 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 386-1656
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In an interview with Eater earlier this year, owner Ben Siegel said Rainey Street was surprisingly quite last year during F1. Ditch the crowds and check out their playful menu and epic tap wall.

8. Max's Wine Dive

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207 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 904-0111
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Mix the F1 champagne ethos with your secret desire for fried chicken. Chef Erica Beneke does great work with local ingredients as well.

9. Swift's Attic

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315 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 482-8200
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F1 and Austin are an odd fit, with the town's hippie ethos rubbing up against an event that loves the word "VIP." Swift's presents a near-perfect marriage of fine dining and keeping it weird, making it the weekend's ideal dining destination.

10. The Red Room Lounge

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306A E 3rd St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 644-1737
This hidden-away wine lounge offers a perfect spot to retreat to after the roaring engines and busy Fan Fest.

1. Bess Bistro

500 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Bess is celebrating their seventh anniversary and F1 weekend with a prix fixe dinner Saturday night, and a party starting at 10pm with special cocktails, including a "McLaren."

[Photo: annaustin/Flickr]

500 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

2. Parkside

301 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
This swank downtown restaurant is offering a Johnnie Walker Flight for F1. Thirty-five dollars gets 1oz each of the Johnnie Walker Black, Johnnie Walker Platinum, Johnnie Walker Blue.
301 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

3. W Austin

200 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701
The W Austin is really, really excited about their COTA Flame cocktail, which was specially created for F1 weekend. It features many local Texas ingredients and a flamed orange peel.
200 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701

4. Mulberry

360 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701
Mulberry will be hosting a lamb roast on Sunday, November 17. Their post-race party runs from 4-10 pm featuring food, drinks and music on the patio.
360 Nueces St
Austin, TX 78701

5. TAPASITAS Tapas & Bar

800 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Newly launched Tapasitas in the old Bar Mirabeau space, isn't running any specials, but their 'global tapas' menu is generating buzz, and they're still under the radar enough to offer a good chance of snagging a seat.
800 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

6. Hut's Hamburgers

807 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703
Like cars that go fast but not so into the fancy-pants atmosphere? Soothe your scruffy soul with a burger and a beer at this Austin landmark.
807 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703

7. Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

81 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
In an interview with Eater earlier this year, owner Ben Siegel said Rainey Street was surprisingly quite last year during F1. Ditch the crowds and check out their playful menu and epic tap wall.
81 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

8. Max's Wine Dive

207 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701
Mix the F1 champagne ethos with your secret desire for fried chicken. Chef Erica Beneke does great work with local ingredients as well.
207 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

9. Swift's Attic

315 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
F1 and Austin are an odd fit, with the town's hippie ethos rubbing up against an event that loves the word "VIP." Swift's presents a near-perfect marriage of fine dining and keeping it weird, making it the weekend's ideal dining destination.
315 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

10. The Red Room Lounge

306A E 3rd St, Austin, TX 78701
This hidden-away wine lounge offers a perfect spot to retreat to after the roaring engines and busy Fan Fest.
306A E 3rd St
Austin, TX 78701

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