We know that those of you who are heading to the Lone Star State for SXSW have two things on your mind: bands and booze. With all of the daytime events as well as the evening showcases, it is tough to find the time to escape the music festival. Well, you've got to eat... and paying for the occasional drink at a rad bar is ok as well. If you are looking to take a break from the chaos while in Austin, here are a few tips:
Breakfast - Las Manitas (211 Congress Avenue)
This is the best damn breakfast spot in Austin, hands down. Unfortunately, this could be the last SXSW during which they will be open, so take advantage of this opportunity and enjoy some breakfast tacos that will make you wet your pants.
Breakfast Part Deux - Kerbey Lane (3704 Kerbey Lane)
Another spot worthy of bumming a ride from somebody with a rental car, as their pancakes are in a food group all of their own. This is another spot that gets quite busy during peak breakfast hours, so add a little extra time to your schedule for Kerbey Lane. It is worth it.
Burger - Casino El Camino (517 East 6th Street)
For our non-veggie friends, make sure you grab a burger at Casino El Camino. It is off 6th Street, so it is nearby most of the SXSW action. Their spicy buffalo burger is something I've been dreaming about since we were here last year. Hot damn it is tasty!
Pizza - Hoek's Pizza (320 E. 6th Street)
Located right in the middle of all the 6th Street insanity, this is the best spot to grab a quick slice between shows. The crust is thick, it is served insanely hot, and you have to yell your order over heavy metal tunes that are blaring from the pizza stand.
Johnny Cash Bar - Mean Eyed Cat (1621 W. 5th Street)
You will need to hop in a cab to get to the Mean Eyed Cat, but we think it is worth the effort. This Johnny Cash-themed bar has cheap beer, a crazy jukebox and a really great patio for enjoying the warm weather.
Dive Bar - The Jackalope (404 E. 6th Street)
If you need a few drinks between shows, this is a great spot. Go upstairs and out to the patios where you can enjoy some beers next to a fire pit. Make sure you say hello to roller derby badass Miss Conduct, who tends bar there rather frequently.
BBQ - Iron Works (100 Red River Street)
Another must for carnivores invading Austin. This is some of the best BBQ you will ever eat. The line can get a bit long, so make sure you give yourself some extra time to grab lunch at Iron Works. The brisket is tops!
Mexican Food - Guero's Taco Bar (1412 S. Congress Avenue)
There are many options for enjoying killer Mexican food in Austin, this just happens to be one of our favorites. Awesome tacos and margaritas that will knock you on your ass.