SXSW: Austin Food Scene

Austin’s SXSW festival isn’t just for music fans, interactive geeks and film snobs anymore; it’s also for foodies. There are dozens of food trucks set up along the streets, and the choices range from mild to wild. Festivalgoers can make a pit stop at Before The Cone food truck, which is set up outside the Convention Center, to pick up a waffle cone filled with bacon and a mixture of decadent ingredients.

If you’re looking for something a little tamer, then visit Short Bus Subs. These guys serve up deli, chicken and veggie sandwiches with unique names, including the “Hot For Teacher,” “Summer Vacation,” “The Cheerleader” and “The Pep Rally.”  And don’t be bashful, there are other food trucks to sample, including Mighty Cone, Flip Happy Crepes, Torchy’s Tacos and Hey Cupcake!

There are lots of opportunities for foodies to mix and mingle at SXSW. Food bloggers and Tweeters hold bleet-ups or tweet-ups to sample some of Austin’s offerings. The Big Texas Beer Tweet-up provided beer connoisseurs the opportunity to hang out and sample a variety of beers with local, self-proclaimed “Twunkards” (tweeting drunkards). Others joined the TacoJournalism’s Taco Mafia for breakfast tacos after a long night of SXSW parties.

Even music DJ Moby is getting in on the SXSW food scene. He’s throwing a vegan barbecue at Cheer Up Charlie’s on Thursday, March 17, at noon. And of course, there will be a stage for bands and one for DJs. What a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

Austin has dozens of established eateries and restaurants that visitors should try when they’re in town. Stubb’s is a great place for barbecue, so you should expect to wait in a long line especially for their Sunday brunch. There are also a handful of celebrity-owned restaurants, like rock guitarist Carlos Santana’s Maria Maria and actress Sandra Bullock’s Bess Bistro. I haven’t had a chance to try Maria Maria (though I’ve heard great things about it), but I was fortunate enough to eat dinner at Bess Bistro.

Bullock’s fine-dining restaurant serves up great food in a casual, rustic atmosphere. Bacon-wrapped meatloaf, grilled salmon, cowboy rib eye and aubergine jambalaya are just a few menu items. Why not top off your meal with a unique sweet — a fudge brownie with a scoop of bourbon ice cream and chocolate sauce. Doesn’t that sound delicious?

These are just a few of Austin’s great hot food spots. This city keeps the SXSW peeps happy by providing a variety of food choices, from snacks after a long night out on the town to a sit-down, fine-dining experience. This is good eatin’.

3 Responses

  1. Jenn C. says:

    I was in Austin for the first time in January and there were so many good places to eat. Stubb's was great, but I especially liked The Salt Lick in Driftwood, TX. Their BBQ is to die for. I made sure to come home with their rub and sauce. I also enjoyed Moonshine. One of my favorite places was Gourdough's. They serve doughnuts made to order. I had the Flying Pig, a maple glazed doughnut with big chunks of delicious bacon (made to order as well). This place has only been open for a little over a year in one of those cute little trailers. The 1886 Cafe had a huge Hangover Burger that features bacon and a fried egg. I thoroughly enjoy this beastly sandwich sober. Yeah for Austin and their killer food!

  2. Guest says:

    Short Bus Subs is THE BEST food truck in Austin!

  3. Oh that sounds amazing… I'm a sucker for a good food truck, and I'm starving!

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