Hey there, music-and-food-and-drink lover! (Allow us to say that you clearly appreciate the finer things in life.) Are you heading down to Austin for South by Southwest (SXSW) this weekend? Sure, the huge festival will be keeping you busy with music, films, new technology, and more, but festival-goers still gotta eat, right? And —just as importantly (some would say more importantly) —drink. Here's where to do it.
'SxSW' on Serious Eats
With several new restaurants opening every month, there's no shortage of great places to eat in Austin. But because most of these new places typically charge $20 to $30 per entrée, it can be hard on both your stomach and your wallet to keep up. Don't feel too bad for us Austinites, though—there are plenty of budget-friendly options out there if you know where to look. Here are ten of our favorites!
Fifteen food trucks have taken over the property at the corner of Rainey and Driskill Streets for SXSW. This pop-up food truck court, christened "SouthBites," was curated by Austin star chef Paul Qui.
Smoked macaroni and cheese, smoked scallops, smoked corn chowder, and more smoked creations at the Smoke Experiment in Austin at SXSW over the weekend.
At the recently-opened Craft Pride on Rainey Street in Austin, Brandy and J.T. Egli serve Texas-brewed beer, and only Texas-brewed beer. They're serving beers from 23 Texas breweries out of 54 draughts and 2 casks.
SXSW events are happening all over Austin, but here are some recommended spots in and around downtown, the nexus of the action, just in case you're still hungry after eating all the free food sponsored by start-ups and record labels. Barbecue, breakfast and brunch, tacos, and more on this guide.
The number of food trucks in Austin is overwhelming. With more than 1,000 trucks (many with quirky and kitschy themes, like "Biscuits and Groovy"), some might even say the scene is saturated. Don't settle for mediocre food served from gimmicky trucks! For this list, we wanted to highlight the trucks that represent the Austin scene at its best—scrappy entrepreneurs making excellent food with minimal overhead.
Assembling a list of only 10 must-eats is difficult in a city like Austin where new restaurants and food trucks are opening constantly. With many out-of-towners visiting for SXSW, we've assembled a collection of eats that are representative of Austin's personality: barbacoa taco, rabbit and dumplings, barbecue, and more!
Are you a commander of greatness? With strong managerial skills? And a smartphone? That you know how to use? With Twitter on it? That you tweet with? Then this may just be your lucky day! Because Pizza Hut is looking to hire a Manager of Greatness.
For those who plan to spend their trip to SXSW—or any trip to Austin, really—staying up late and, maybe, possibly, consuming lots of tacos and booze: a solid morning (or afternoon or even evening) coffee is going to be of the utmost importance. Thus, we offer a quick guide to some of the finest cafes in this land of sensory indulgence.
The food at Frank is just as awesome as the concept, where about half of the artisan sausages are made in-house. The Jackalope is one of the most popular, but they also do all sorts of weekly specials like the Venison Corn Dog and the In-and-Out tribute Animal Style dog, an all-beef Vienna topped with grilled onions, American cheese, iceberg and Thousand Island dressing, only available during SXSW.
South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, which runs this year from March 9 through 18, has expanded from the Music, Film, and Interactive festivals to now include a video game portion, fashion, and even panels dedicated to food obsessions featuring food celeb panelists. If you'll be in Austin for the festivities and want to find some grub between shows and panels, use this guide to help you navigate the street food, brunch, Texas barbecue, burgers, Mexican, coffee, and more.
This funky, independent Austin coffee shop keeps in tune with the so-called Live Music Capital of the World with its quirky, upbeat focus on community, coffee, and, above all else, quality.
South by Southwest (SXSW) 2010, the series of festivals and conferences centered around digital media, kicks off tomorrow, and there are some great food- and drink-related panels, workshops, and partaaays on the schedule. We've rounded up some favorites here. And in between all that busy SXSW-ing, make sure you actually stop and eat, instead of just talking about blogging about eating. Here's our guide to the best food in Austin (and around Austin).
There's nothing like South by Southwest (SXSW) Austin's three-pronged mega-major arts festival now in its 24th year, to draw thousands of visitors to an unknown city. Yes, you'll be running around crazy all week (parties, panels, screenings, and more parties) but you can still experience the best of what Austin's food culture has to offer. Check out Citizen Taco's picks for the best tacos, street food, barbecue, coffee, vegan eats, dive bar, and draft beer in between all that SXSW-ing.
Interested in what was discussed at the "Secrets of Successful Food Blogging" panel at South By Southwest Interactive on Tuesday? Ryan Adams of Nose to Tail at Home recorded the discussion and has posted it on his site....
The trio of SXSW Festivals and Conferences (Music, Film, and Interactive), best described as Spring Break for geeks, kicks off this weekend in Austin, Texas. Maybe you've already decided which panels, screenings, shows, and parties you'll be attending—or not. That's OK, there are more pressing concerns like, where are you going to eat? The SXSW Baby! Guide: Where to Eat During SXSW 2009, has all the answers. Originally compiled and written by Kathryn Yu, a SXSW veteran and a serious eater, this year's edition has been updated by Jessica Reynolds and Brad Graham. Restaurants included meet the top criteria of hungry festival-goers: close proximity to the Convention Center, easily accessible by foot, cheap, fast, and tasty. You can find all...
"People think I'm like this food robot or something, but music is a huge part of my life." Ray told MTV News last year when nobody saw her rockin' SXSW party comin'. This year, she's got another one scheduled, with talk of the Hold Steady and the Airborne Toxic Event performing....
Photograph from Fellowship of the Rich on Flickr Since my "real" job (whatever that means) is in the "music industry" (radio is still part of the music industry, right?), I've always dreamed of going to the SXSW music festival. I've heard great things about Austin, Texas, and my friends and co-workers always have amazing stories of great shows that I am bound to love that take place in a really cool town. But this year, I discovered a new aspect of SXSW that makes me feel jealous about not getting to go: all the serious sandwiches. Thanks to blogs, Flickr, and most important, the invention of the iPhone, the SXSW food porn has been pouring in since last week—and I...