Where to Eat in Austin During SXSW 2018
The best places to grab tacos, beers, ice cream, coffee and everything else during SXSW.
Austin's South by Southwest, a weeklong festival celebrating the interactive, film and music industries, has grown tremendously over the years. So much so, in fact, that it has slowly taken over the city. The annual gathering, which runs March 9 to 17 this year, promises an overwhelmingly vast lineup of events, as well as some serious eating, which is one of the biggest draws for festival goers. Getting around the city can be a real chore throughout the week, but thankfully, there are plenty of delicious bites and sips within walking distance.
The city is filled with some of the most fun food in the country, including queso smothered on top of any and everything imaginable, exceptional coffee drinks, tacos galore, next-level ice cream and, of course, awesome BBQ. If you haven't yet organized an eating agenda, we strongly suggest bookmarking this guide, as everything listed below is less than a 25-minute walk or a 10-minute Uber ride from the heart of it all.
Here's where you need to go.
Coffee: Jo’s Coffee (S. Congress and 2nd Street locations)
Combine the best of both worlds—breakfast tacos and coffee—in one stop at Jo’s Coffee. The original South Congress location, home of the “I Love You So Much” mural, is perfect for a quick caffeine fix, while the 2nd Street location offers ample indoor seating. Whatever the case, order a bacon, egg and cheese breakfast taco and an Iced Turbo (the coldest, creamiest coffee drink crafted with chocolate, hazelnut, coffee and cream). For a lighter option, the Belgian Bomber is composed of half Iced Turbo and half cold brew.
Hangover Breakfast: Juan in a Million
At Juan in a Million, go big or go home. The Duan Juan Taco el Grande is rumored to be so big, it can feed an entire family of four. But in the case you’re up for a challenge, tackle the “secret” combo of potatoes, eggs, bacon and cheese, served alongside housemade flour tortillas, solo (good luck!). Cheese lovers will appreciate the con queso breakfast, complete with queso smothered eggs, carne guisada, potatoes, refried beans and flour tortillas.
Breakfast Tacos: Tamale House East
Family owned and operated since 1958, locals will agree that Tamale House East is a solid way to start the day. Mom’s Migas & Queso, topped with scrambled eggs and smothered with queso and salsa, is the ultimate hangover cure. Or opt for perfectly seasoned pork tamales and a Mexican Coke. You can’t really order wrong.