There is no better place to be this next week than here in Austin for SXSW. This year’s festival kicks off today with the Film and Interactive portions and continues until the 22nd with the Music portions kicking off on the 17th. There is something for everyone with speakers such as MOMA's Senior Curator Paola Antonelli, Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al-Saud, United Therapeutics CEO and author Martine Rothblatt, Lyft’s Logan Green, and Google[x]’s Astro Teller as well as over 400 film screenings.
As Austinites ourselves, we know that with so much to do and see it can be a little overwhelming sometimes. Check out our blog throughout the week for some local perspective. We will keep you updated with all sorts of fun things to do and see. We thought we start things off with some food pointers.
- Easy Tiger, Peché, Swift’s Attic and Fixe are some excellent places to take refugee in without leaving the heart of SXSW.
- If you are in the mood for pizza, Austin has not one, but two Neapolitan pizza places—both certified by the city of Naples. Backspace and Bufalina are on different sides of town as well, so depending on where you are for the night you could hit up both!
- If you are off on South Congress, Home Slice Pizza and Hopdoddy are definite crowd pleasers. While you will not be avoiding any lines regardless of time, both are worth the wait.
- If you needing a break from all the festivities while on the Eastside Licha's Cantina, Takoba, Tamale House East and Qui are all in the vicinity and you can’t go wrong with any. Spartan Pizza, Via 313, the Food truck Court on 6th, and East Side King (Inside Wonderland), are definite spots where you can grab anything from an ice cream sandwich to chicken and waffles without sacrificing precious SXSW fun.
- You can’t really visit Austin without stopping for Barbecue, and we have plenty of it. Franklin Barbecue, John Mueller Meat Company, and LA Barbeque are all in the running for local’s favorite brisket. Note to the wise, all locations are pretty notorious for their long lines – make sure to get a spot in line early.
- Magnolia Café South is an Austin institution with Migas 24 hours and a pterodactyl hanging from the ceiling - it really doesn’t get weirder than that. Not down south? You can also head to 24 Hour Diner, a great place for late night eats and it also happens to be right next to Waterloo Records.
- There will be a lot of great music around Rainey Street and G'Raj Mahal Café, and The Container Bar are the perfect places to stop in between sets
- Located on the Eastside, Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile serves family recipes from the Jacoby ranch in Melvin, TX. Home cooking and a break from the crazy is exactly what this place is cooking up!
- We definitely recommend taking a trek up north to get a rest from the fest and enjoying a sure to be deserved Dark Chocolate Chiboust at Asti. An office favorite, Asti is the best modern Italian in town.