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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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Bess Bistro

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Parkside

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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.

W Austin

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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.

Mulberry

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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.

TAPASITAS Tapas & Bar

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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.

Hut's Hamburgers

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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.

Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

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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.

Max's Wine Dive

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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.

Swift's Attic

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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.

The Red Room Lounge

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This hidden-away wine lounge offers a perfect spot to retreat to after the roaring engines and busy Fan Fest.

Bess Bistro

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Parkside

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.

W Austin

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.

Mulberry

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.

TAPASITAS Tapas & Bar

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.

Hut's Hamburgers

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.

Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

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.

Max's Wine Dive

Mix the F1 champagne ethos with your secret desire for fried chicken. Chef Erica Beneke does great work with local ingredients as well.

Swift's Attic

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.

The Red Room Lounge

This hidden-away wine lounge offers a perfect spot to retreat to after the roaring engines and busy Fan Fest.

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