Whether you’re just visiting Austin for the South by Southwest Festival or you’re lucky enough to call it home, be sure to check out our top picks for food and drink at SXSW 2016. We have a separate list going for food trucks and trailers; this post is all about the permanents—the brick-and-mortar shops serving up food and drink to fuel festival goers throughout the event.
1300 S. Congress Ave. & 242 West 2nd St.
Home to the famed “i love you so much” wall (South Congress location), this little cube of coffee goodness has been serving up turbos, sandwiches, baked goods and live music since 1999. Go for the photo op, stay for the music and come back time and time again for the coffee.
709 E. 6th St.
This bake shop and beer garden in the heart of Sixth serves up house-made pastries and breads by the loaf. If you’re looking for something a bit more substantial, check out the house-cured meats and cheese boards. If the weather holds out and you need a beer spot with a patio, head to Easy Tiger.
200 S. Congress Ave.
Second Bar + Kitchen is farm-to-table, fresh, seasonal and delicious with specialty brunch, lunch and dinner items. The overeasy egg is listed as an option for the congress burger, but it’d be a real tragedy to forgo it.
1917 Manor Rd.
Just east of downtown, this American gastropub tops the list for many locals. From candied pork belly and triple-fried duck fat fries to brussels sprouts and roasted beets, the Salty Sow has something for everyone to fall in love with.
718 Congress Ave.
Cocktails always taste better on a tufted leather couch under a crystal chandelier. Check out the Townsend for elegant, high-end cocktails as you wrap up the event.
|Top Austin photo ops
Grab a friend or a selfie stick—we’ve mapped out our top photo ops for SXSW 2016.
|Mobile dining at its best
On the go and looking for a bite to eat? Check out our picks for the best food trucks at SXSW 2016.